Join Date: Apr 2006
Bikes: downtube VIIIfs 2005, brompton s-type 2012
I've owned a Downtube FS 2005 for a few years now.
This year I've finally started putting it to more use than 3 rides per year, as I now regularly ride it to the gym as well as around the neighborhood.
Initially when I got it, I have tried to adjust for smoother gear shifting, and have only made things worse. Generally I am not a big fan of taking a bike to a mechanic, as it's supposed to be a rather simple device that anyone should be able to fix, and I have fixed/assembled plenty when I was a kid.. but now that the gears are getting jumpy, i either need some educational material on the matter, or just take it to a bike shop.
so 2 questions
1) can someone point to some useful links if I want to try by myself again (one thing I recall from DYI is that the shifting would not be the same upside down vs bike's normal position.. guessing some gravity is taking effect)
2) if my pathetic attempt fails, what should I expect/ask/pay at a local bike shop for a tuneup, and can I expect one done within 30 mins, as I plan to ride there.
Thanks in advance.
The only upgrade to the bike I made was a brooks saddle.