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    Senior Member Plow13's Avatar
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    closer with the bike

    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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    Trek 4500 2006 (mtb) Gary Fischer Utopia 2008 (commuter)
    Redline Conquest 2009 (cross) Redline 925 2009 (single speed)

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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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    Senior Member Plow13's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by apricissimus View Post
    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
    Cervelo S1 2010 (road) Lemond Alpe d'Huez 2004 (road)
    Trek 4500 2006 (mtb) Gary Fischer Utopia 2008 (commuter)
    Redline Conquest 2009 (cross) Redline 925 2009 (single speed)

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