Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Providing you are handy with the spanners, then Bike maintenance is easy. Only problem is How tight to Tighten everything. You are mostly talking 6 mm bolt sizes, and if not tight enough, they move and if too tight they snap. My advice to anyone mechanically minded is to look at how the parts are put together before adjusting or replacing it.
Just face, if you have a mountain bike, then you will be repairing the bike out on the trails in any case, Simple things like puncture repair and cable adjustment is obvious, but what you should learn are a few extra basics like re-trueing a wheel, how to change and set up brake blocks, and how to change a chain. Almost as important is to be able to recognise when these things need doing, and that comes by experience, so you have a long learning curve ahead of you.
My theory is "If it ain't broke--don't fix it", but add to that a little extra of "Check the thing before it falls apart"