how to pick a bike mechanic ...
My new Dahon Speed TR is on order! :beer:
I went internet because all four of the local bike shops seemed uninterested in helping me buy a folder. I hope I can find one interested in maintaining a folder. I spoke with the mechanics at all 4 shops as much as possible. 2 were truly busy so I wasn't able to get a feel for them. One of the others was probably having a bad day but he didn't impress me much. The other was very helpful, but he's never seen a folding bike before.
Total newbie here - haven't ridden a bike much in 25+ years. I'm also a dedicated DIYer so I suspect I will not be satsified with any bike shop after a bit. However, I need to start with a tuneup to activate the warranty and build a relationship with a shop for a safety net - yes I have loaded parts into a box and had my car towed when I got in over my head. The one I liked was at REI. I'm a little weary of a chain. should I be?
My intent it to commute mostly with occassional 25-30 mile pleasure rides. I plan to buy my accessories - helmet, lights, pannier/bag/backpack, gloves, mirror - at this shop even though I can probably save some dough using the internet.
Recommendations for books on bicycle repairwould be appreciated too.