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Old 02-21-10, 02:41 PM   #1
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DIY Bay Area Shops?

Hey guys, so I have two roadie projects on their way to the garage, and I'm here to ask you guys if you know of any DIY shops/co-ops in the East Bay for loaner tools and such. I've heard of Missing Link in Berkeley. Anybody have any experience with them? I'd also need to purchase certain things like cables and housing, and I think Missing Link has a shop as well...?

I mean, I could probably just go to BigBossMan's garage and work there, but I don't know how comfortable he'd be with that.

Anyway, let me know what places you guys have gone to and what you think I should do. Thanks.
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Old 02-21-10, 03:35 PM   #2
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If you're willing to cross the bridge, I've heard great things about the bike kitchen in SF. I've done quick adjustments with the tools at missing link with varying experience. I think they're a great shop, but their employees range from fantastic to harmful.
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Missing link is a decent store, they do pride themselves on the variety of opinions that they have available.
They have a full shop with most parts you would need (and what they don't have they have across the street).

Nice and very helpful folks as well.
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Well, the Missing Link sounds reasonable, I suppose. Do they supply housing in the annex where I work on the bike, or should I stop by the store first?

Also, does it get pretty busy there? I suppose I should plan on getting there when they open if I'm building a complete bike...
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I mean, I could probably just go to BigBossMan's garage and work there, but I don't know how comfortable he'd be with that. .

I hear he can be pretty cooperative if you bring pizza and beer.
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(I hear he leaves the key to the garage under the mat, and you can just swing by whenever you like.)
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I hear he can be pretty cooperative if you bring pizza and beer.
Does dessert on top of pizza and beer also buy expert advice on removal and installation of drive-trains?
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I hear he can be pretty cooperative if you bring pizza and rootbeer.
Got ya covered!
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Does dessert on top of pizza and beer also buy expert advice on removal and installation of drive-trains?
Only if it's Campagnolo.
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There's also the Waterside Workshop at Berkeley's Aquatic Park. I've ridden by there but have never stopped in. Anyone have any experience using their facility for doing maintenance and repairs?
http://www.watersideworkshops.org/pa...vel-cycles.php
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How about Cycles of Change in Alameda? (I haven't been there).

http://www.cyclesofchangeapc.org/index.php

From their website:
Community Repair Shop
Repair your own bicycle! Six bike stands, advice, and a full range of bicycle tools help you do your own repairs. $5/hour or 5 credits/hour.
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There's the bike co-op in Santa Cruz: http://bikecoop.ucsc.edu/

(Not anywhere near the east bay but I just mention it for completeness.)
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fyi, the missing link area for customer work isn't in the annex. There is room for two people and there are two sets of tools. You give them your id, and they open up the tools for you to use. There's a truing stand, and most tools you'd need. NOT ALL OF THEM HOWEVER. There's a chance you'll either have to abandon or buy a tool.

You can buy cables/housing at either place and they have stuff like bartape and anything else you'd need (spokes, lube, chains, etc). If you're really planning on building a bike -- for chrissakes do it on a weekday. The stands are free and are just a section of the shop. If you try to take up a whole one for 5 hrs, some kid's going to stab you with a spoke.
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Yeah, I planned on doing it during a week day. A full bike build has never taken me more than 2 hours, but then again, I've never built with brifters either.
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