Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

View Poll Results: What service do you do yourself?
Everything+helping other people 11 26.19%
Everything 6 14.29%
A lot 12 28.57%
Some 12 28.57%
None 1 2.38%
Voters: 42. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-25-02, 10:51 AM   #1
Anders K
To infinity and beyond
Thread Starter
 
Anders K's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Bikes: Cannondale M600, Crescent 92318, Bianchi Lo Spillone (tandem)
Posts: 421
To service or not to service

What kind of service do you do yourself?
What kind of service do you let lbs handle?
Iīm thinking of wheel truing, brake and mech adjustings, bottom bracket removal and install, hub maintenance and so on.

Anders K
Anders K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-02, 11:21 AM   #2
lotek
Forum Admin
 
lotek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: n.w. superdrome
Bikes: 1 trek, serotta, rih, de Reus, Pogliaghi and finally a Zieleman! and got a DeRosa
Posts: 17,702
I've come to the conclusion that I really don't
want to be dependent on anyone when it comes
to the bike. Alot of what helped is building a bike
from the frame up.
The hardest part has been getting started, and
that was more of a "I don't think I can do this"
kind of thing.
A good repair manual, some google searches, and
of course Bike Forums generally get all the answers
I'll ever need.
So, yeah I'll be doing all maintenance.

Marty
__________________
Sono pių lento di quel che sembra.
Odio la gente, tutti.


Want to upgrade your membership? Click Here.
lotek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-02, 11:58 AM   #3
Maelstrom 
Wood Licker
 
Maelstrom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Whistler,BC
Bikes: Transition Dirtbag, Kona Roast 2002 and specialized BMX
Posts: 16,885
Truing of wheels, changing of hubs and bottom brackets (for now) and suspension upkeep. Everything else I do on my own. Those things I don't do only because I don't have the tools.
Maelstrom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-02, 11:59 AM   #4
VegasCyclist
suitcase of courage
 
VegasCyclist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: SoCal (ex Las Vegas, NV)
Bikes:
Posts: 1,010
since I built both of my bikes I pretty much do it all, (although how well I do it is another quesiton )

I guess this is unrelated but when I ride and I see a broken down cyclist (walking a bike) I always stop and offer help.
__________________
-VegasCyclist
"Daddy made whiskey and he made it well.... cost two dollars and it burned like hell...."
Register!
VegasCyclist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-02, 12:00 PM   #5
diamondback
Senior Member
 
diamondback's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Central Texas
Bikes:
Posts: 234
Everyone has different gifts and talents. I'm satisfied that I may never get that last perfect tweak adjustment on a tuneup myself, but the guy at the bikeshop can. More than anyone. I'm happy to do some things like adjustments and tires etc.. but if it gets complicated or I want the perfect adjustment. It's better to pay the 10 bucks. The bikeshop guy wouldn't do my job well, and I wouldn't do his job well. Even bike mechanics gotta make a living.
diamondback is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-02, 12:42 PM   #6
dirtbikedude
Gravity Is Yer Friend
 
dirtbikedude's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: "Over the Hill" and going down fast in the 805.
Bikes: Scott Gambler, Scott Ransom, Kona Bear, Bianchi 928 Carbon/Chorus, C'Dale Rize4
Posts: 2,961
I started doing work on my own bikes years ago when I realized that no matter how good the LBS mechanic is they never get the bike just right ( I am very picky about seat angle, bar angle, the amount of play in the brake levers, etc, etc, etc). So now I do all my own work.
Slainte
Matt
dirtbikedude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-02, 03:52 PM   #7
Anders K
To infinity and beyond
Thread Starter
 
Anders K's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Bikes: Cannondale M600, Crescent 92318, Bianchi Lo Spillone (tandem)
Posts: 421
It looks like we have an even spread at the do-it-yourself alternatives, so far no one have voted non. Several even helps other, thatīs good

My self, I donīt true wheels (not yet), donīt quiet have the knowledge but will try in the future to build a wheel. Must get myself a truing stand first. I donīt press headsets in place, have no tools for that. Otherwise I do everything on my bike myself OOh, I donīt weld either, hope it donīt comes to that...

Anders K
Anders K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-02, 04:05 PM   #8
vlad
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
I do all possible maintenance on my bike

-replace spokes
-true the wheels
-pack the bearings with grease
-lube the chain and cables
-adjust the brakes
-adjust front and rear derailleurs

I bought a copy of Bicycling Magazine's Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair. It is well worth price.


see my posts Bike Mechanics forum:
-Demount/mount solid tires
-Replace spokes w/out demounting solid tire
-Truing/aligning wheel

Truing the wheel is much easier than I expected. I turn the bike upside down, put one hand on a brake, hold my thumb near the rim and spin the rim to feel where it touches my thumb. etc

if it was complicated would I be able to do it?

Last edited by vlad; 07-25-02 at 04:12 PM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-02, 07:33 PM   #9
FROryder
Senior Member
 
FROryder's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow
Bikes: 83 Marinoni, 91 Yeti FRO, 2000 Litespeed Blueridge, 94 Serotta legendTi, 2010 Curt Goodrich Sportif.
Posts: 94
Everything but headset replacement, cannot see myself purchasing headset tools that may be used only once every five years.
-Build and true wheels.
-Adjust and repack all bearings.
-BBs
-Brake, gear set-up
I would love to build my own frame but that would take some serious investment in time and money. If there was a frame building school in my area I definitely investigate the possibility.
Cheers

FROryder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-02, 08:34 PM   #10
Louis
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Bikes:
Posts: 4,866
I do everything except serious wheel truing. I'm very picky about adjustments and prefer my own touch.

I have helped many riders with on-road repairs on club rides.
Louis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-02, 12:45 AM   #11
cyclezealot
Senior Member
 
cyclezealot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Fallbrook,Calif./Palau del Vidre, France
Bikes: Klein QP, Fuji touring, Surly Cross Check, BCH City bike
Posts: 13,166
I very much trust my LBS mechanic. At this time of life, I have no time to think about learing bike maintenance.. Eventually, yes.!
So my question. Someone please give me your advice.
He takes really great care of my bikes. My oldest bike has at least 60,000 miles on it... It runs well. It has been pretty much rebuilt. I keep it up to take on the planes, so they can have at my old bike; when some flunky baggage loader decides he hates cyclists..
Anyway- my question. My main and best bike is a 2000 Klein with Ultegra compentry. I let my bike mechanic look at it. He says- As I heard- Klein's are made so well; he really does not have much to do in terms of annual maintenance. !!! I ride 3 bikes equally; so the Klein gets about 3,000 miles a year on it.
So is it true sealed bearing in Klein's bottom bracket, et al, wear so well ; that if anything goes wrong with any given component, I willl know ?? Says, there is no grease to be added anually,- etc..
I am very fussy about my bikes. Do you all find, the way fairly expensive bikes are now built, there is little to do with annual maintenance ?? Thats' what I think I hear from my mechanic.
cyclezealot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-02, 05:45 AM   #12
velocipedio
human
 
velocipedio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: living in the moment
Bikes: 2005 Litespeed Teramo, 2000 Marinoni Leggero, 2001 Kona Major Jake (with Campy Centaur), 1997 Specialized S-Works M2, 1992 Specialized Rockhopper
Posts: 3,563
Like cyclezealot, I trust my wrench implicitly. I always bring my bikes in for a preseason tune-up.

On the other hand, I do most of everything else myself [except for headset installation and maintenance]. For me, working on my bikes is part of the pleasure of owning them.

In fact, this week, I'll be doing and almost-complete rebuild of my cyclocross bike. Gonna be fun!
__________________
when walking, just walk. when sitting, just sit. when riding, just ride. above all, don't wobble.

The Irregular Cycling Club of Montreal
Cycling irregularly since 2002
velocipedio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-02, 06:03 AM   #13
cyclezealot
Senior Member
 
cyclezealot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Fallbrook,Calif./Palau del Vidre, France
Bikes: Klein QP, Fuji touring, Surly Cross Check, BCH City bike
Posts: 13,166
Like Veliocepidio. I am fussy about my bike. Fussy enough, I should do it all myself. until I do, I have them checked out by my trusted wrench, each Spring. Id I were to do my own bike- maintenance wise- Bike would consume all my life, instead of most of my free time..
cyclezealot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-02, 08:11 AM   #14
Richard D
Donating member
 
Richard D's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Faversham, Kent, UK
Bikes:
Posts: 1,852
I said most - fitting new brakes (not just blocks), replacing cables, upgrading shifters and mechs, stems, saddles etc. are fine, but I haven't tried anything major like wheel truing.
__________________
Currently riding an MTB with a split personality - commuting, touring, riding for the sake of riding, on or off road :)
Richard D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-02, 08:22 AM   #15
a2psyklnut
NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
 
a2psyklnut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
Posts: 7,964
Well, I am a mechanic, albeit part-time. So, obviously, I fix all my own things(four bikes). I also maintain my wife's bike(s), that's another 3! Then I take care of my in-laws, another 2. And also, my brother in-law's(2), and his girlfriend's(1) another 3 total. Plus, I always stop and help anyone out on the trail/road.

Fortunately, most of the bikes I maintain, are quality bikes. Except of course for my mother-in-law's Huffy Cruiser that she rides around the neighborhood! So, it's not a full time process.

Did I forget to mention my riding buddy's bikes, and the neighbor's bikes, and the neighbor of my riding buddy, and my co-workers, and the neighborhood kids, and, and, and.......

I don't mind, I love working on bikes! It's what I do!

L8R
__________________
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
"Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger
a2psyklnut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-02, 08:54 AM   #16
Anders K
To infinity and beyond
Thread Starter
 
Anders K's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Bikes: Cannondale M600, Crescent 92318, Bianchi Lo Spillone (tandem)
Posts: 421
Quote:
Originally posted by a2psyklnut
Well, I am a mechanic, albeit part-time. So, obviously, I fix all my own things(four bikes). I also maintain my wife's bike(s), that's another 3! Then I take care of my in-laws, another 2. And also, my brother in-law's(2), and his girlfriend's(1) another 3 total. Plus, I always stop and help anyone out on the trail/road.

Fortunately, most of the bikes I maintain, are quality bikes. Except of course for my mother-in-law's Huffy Cruiser that she rides around the neighborhood! So, it's not a full time process.

Did I forget to mention my riding buddy's bikes, and the neighbor's bikes, and the neighbor of my riding buddy, and my co-workers, and the neighborhood kids, and, and, and.......

I don't mind, I love working on bikes! It's what I do!

L8R
Sounds like you have found your place in life

Anders K
Anders K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-02, 01:18 PM   #17
webist
Huachuca Rider
 
webist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Charlotte, NC
Bikes: Fuji CCR1, Specialized Roubaix
Posts: 4,275
So far, I have the books to tell me what I should do and how to do it. I've acquired only a few of the tools necessary to do any of it.

LBS is nearby though.

Carl
__________________
Just Peddlin' Around
webist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-02, 06:15 PM   #18
WoodyUpstate
xc AND road
 
WoodyUpstate's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Upstate NY
Bikes:
Posts: 503
I do it all. I'm too impatient to wait for the LBS, and worried they'll mess it up worse than me. And I'm cheap.

Building my own wheels has given me particular satisfaction.
WoodyUpstate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-02, 08:11 PM   #19
John E
feros ferio
 
John E's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: www.ci.encinitas.ca.us
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
Posts: 16,814
I worked part-time at a couple of bike shops while attending UCLA. I have the tools and the expertise and enjoy doing all of my own mechanical work, but I do admit to being in a time squeeze. I avoid offering to fix bikes for friends, because my own family's dozen bikes keep me busy enough.
__________________
"Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069
John E is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-02, 11:27 PM   #20
Dutchy
We drive on the left.
 
Dutchy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Bikes:
Posts: 1,096
I try to do all my own servicing except for wheel truing and headset work. Even then there are limitations to what I can do.
A friend wanted his MTB serviced and asked could I do it. I said no problems. Two weeks later he brings his frame over and a bucket. In the bucket was EVERY nut and bolt off his bike including handlebars, headset, handle grips, front derailleur, rear derailleur, brake levers, brakes, forks. He had decided to give it a go himself and had completely stripped the bike except for the cranks. I took one look and said forget it. The fact that the derailleur's and forks were removed was enough of a headache, he also forgot to bring his wheels.

I then had to explain to him that a bike is like a car. Servicing is one thing but rebuilding is another. Imagine going to get your car serviced and taking all the parts to the dealer in a trailer and saying, service this!

He took it to a shop and was charged a reasonable price of $140.00AUD, they had the bike for a week.

His wife wasn't happy as she is a penny-pincher, and couldn't understand why I didn't want to do it.

CHEERS.

Mark
Dutchy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-02, 07:20 AM   #21
Hunter
NOT a weight weenie
 
Hunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Bikes:
Posts: 1,762
I voted everything +. I am a shop owner so i work onall kinds of bikes and um well......
Hunter is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:49 PM.