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Location: Syracuse, NY
Bikes: 2008 Novara Randonee - love it. Would have more bikes if I had time to ride them all. Previous bikes: 1968 Motobecane Mirage, 1972 Moto Grand Jubilee (my fav), Jackson Rake 16, 1983 C'dale ST500.
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A video is certainly one way to see the procedure done in real time, but there are some cautions:
1. Any procedure is subject to what I call Don's Rule: There's no such thing as a routine repair. With a video, even more than with a written procedure, what you see is a very cleansed version with none of the stuck, bent or just plain wrong things that you might encounter.
2. Anyone can make a video, and many give you no indication of how complete is the knowledge of the presenter. Some have flat-out wrong info, othersdo not show a complete picture or efficient methods.
3. Even a knowledgable person may not know how to give instructions. In fact, many times someone who has done a procedure hundreds of times neglects to mention subtle but important steps - because they do them automatically.
4. Recommendations you get here are not automatically good ones - they may be from the person who made the video, or from someone who is not in a position to evaluate the accuracy of the video.
That being said, there's nothing wrong with getting all the knowledge you can, and many repair procedures are not easy to describe just with words and still pics, so use them as a part of the learning process.
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