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Originally Posted by fietsbob
Lesser bikes are more suitable to shade tree mechanics.. perhaps more practice on a few of those..
For nearly all practical purposes "lesser" bikes are nearly identical mechanically.
Other external bearing cranksets also have premature wear issues where the bottom bracket shell is out of tolerance or has non-square faces.
I reccomend using a Pro Level Bike Shop services.
I don't. This stuff is _not_ rocket science. The specialized tools you need (apart from cutting tools which may not be required and bearing presses which can be improvised) are relatively affordable and it's often (if not usually) less expensive to buy the tools and do the job yourself the first time than to pay a shop.
With a background in auto mechanics the original poster should already understand things like torque wrench accuracy and lubricating threads to avoid galling and galvanic corrosion.
It may be worth noting that not all torque wrenches click in reverse when tightening left handed threads like most drive side bottom bracket cups.
He can pickup everything else from manuals, the Park tool site, youtube, etc.
Last edited by Drew Eckhardt; 01-17-13 at 02:07 PM.