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Old 08-16-08, 04:19 PM   #1
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so i've never been a mechanic by any means...when i first got my bike, i couldn't change a tire...so, for about a month now i've had a terrible creak happening. I finally diagnosed it and it was the bottom bracket..Still feeling uneasy about doing the work myself i went out and bought the bottom bracket..I know this is probably a simple fix for most of you but i just feel so proud and knowledgeable now being able to do the work myself now..I went from not being able to change a tire to being able to fix every part on my bike!
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Old 08-16-08, 04:43 PM   #2
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Doing your own wrenching is one of the best things you can learn to do. A $20.00 book and a beginner tool set will get you going. The money you save will pay for the tools in no time. Then there is the matter of upgrading. A few self installed upgrades and your ride starts getting real nice. Upgrading can become a habit, though. After you get rear derailleur tuning down, your bike will always run at it's best. Keep going for it. bk
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I can do some simple stuff, and I'd like to try more complicated things, but I'm scared of really screwing something up. I do have another bike to use if I do screw something up and I need to take my main ride into the shop, but I so dread having to use my old POS bike that I'm hesitant to do anything major myself.

I've started practicing on the POS bike, taking things apart and such, because I know I should really learn these skills. (I really don't care if I mess up my old bike.)
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I can do some simple stuff, and I'd like to try more complicated things, but I'm scared of really screwing something up. I do have another bike to use if I do screw something up and I need to take my main ride into the shop, but I so dread having to use my old POS bike that I'm hesitant to do anything major myself.

I've started practicing on the POS bike, taking things apart and such, because I know I should really learn these skills. (I really don't care if I mess up my old bike.)
i'm the same way. but i figured i might as well start learning now..I can do pretty much everything except a major overhual now. I just need to get a better tool kit. I'll just hope for one on my bday
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