Join Date: Apr 2007
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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Agreed. Would you go to Acehardwareonline.com to purchase a 1/4x20 nut and bolt? I don't get the reason for spending time searching for a $1.00 part, particularly when the mechant who sells you the part has no ability to come through your Internet connection and say "That part is not going to be compatible to me," or "I would recommend checking that crank arm for damage."
(Fair warning - Here he goes again)
The people who avoid bike shops strike me as kind of reverse Luddites - the Internet is high tech and therefore better than the old-fashioned bike shop. Well, guess what? You will likely learn far more from a few visits to a bike shop than from hours spent reading questionably qualified posts on this or any other forum. If you only have one bike shop and it "sucks" then look for a local bike club and ask if they offer any repair clinics, or look for a local cyclist who like to help others.
Believe it or not, people learned how to fix bikes before the Internet existed, and even before there were dozens of bike repair books. When the 10 speed boom hit we did not even have many other folks to help us - we had to figure out how things worked by observation. I'm not saying that as a "we had to walk 10 miles to school" rant, because nothing has changed. Observation, backed by information as it is available, is still the best way to understand working on a bicycle.
p.s. If you don't know the threading of a BB spindle, and don't know that a nut will not fix the problem, then you probably should not be working on someone else's bike.