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    Are you a DIY'er or does a bike store maintain your bike?

    If you maintain your own bike, what do you do and how often do you inspect your bike? Can you recommend a maintenance schedule? Or, if you take your bike in to a shop, how often do you do that?

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    Just a suggestion: your thread title doesn't really indicate your actual question. But anyway: I do a little of both. "Easy" stuff (e.g. chain cleaning, adjustments, simple part replacements, etc., I do on my own. More major work (wheel rebuilds, overhauls, new part installations or anything I don't feel comfortable doing, I take to my LBS. I don't have a schedule; I inspect the bike about once a week. If it needs something, I make a determination on what to do. Occasionally my LBS will suggest some specific maintenance, and I usually listen to them.

    You might want to look at http://www.parktool.com/ or http://sheldonbrown.com/ for tons of useful information on maintenance, if that's what you're after in general.

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    I typically do all cleaning, lube, and most simple wheel and brake related issues.

    Derailer stuff, especially my tricky front derailer is a LBS thing. Truing wheels is also a LBS thing.

    I am trying to learn more and more as I go along, but I refuse to compromise my safety and will gladly take my bike to the LBS to fix it "right" until I have the knowledge to complete this stuff myself.

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    This is a pretty reasonable schedule for maintenance:

    http://www.bikesportmichigan.com/bikes/maintsched.shtml

    The site just has a lot of really good real world information. I am not affiliated, I swear.

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    I do everything from clean and lube to wheel building. The last time I took a bike to a shop was to have them rebuild the bike after I broke a frame. Specailized requires that a shop does this or they won't cover the warranty on the bike. I actually find working on bikes to be quite pleasurable and easy to do. You only have to ruin a few parts before you learn how to put the bike together properly
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    The only stuff i'd take to an LBS is cutting a new fork and pressing a new headset and BB removal/installation (since I don't have the correct tool).

    Everything else is DIY.

    I'm a bit leery about that bikesportmichigan site.

    If you feel it is an exaggerated schedule and your handlebar stem snaps suddenly during a ride resulting in a fall, you suddenly learn the importance of preventive maintenance.
    I'd like to know how preventive maintenance would prevent a stem from failing. Especially any of the stuff they tell you to do in that flow chart.

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    I'm a bit leery about that bikesportmichigan site......I'd like to know how preventive maintenance would prevent a stem from failing. Especially any of the stuff they tell you to do in that flow chart.
    I think the idea is to continuously inspect your frame and/or components for any cracks or other damage that could be a precursor to a catastrophic failure. I believe the specific item you quoted was included to emphasize the point.
    Last edited by lethbri1; 05-16-05 at 03:24 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    The only stuff i'd take to an LBS is cutting a new fork and pressing a new headset and BB removal/installation (since I don't have the correct tool).

    Everything else is DIY.

    I'm a bit leery about that bikesportmichigan site.



    I'd like to know how preventive maintenance would prevent a stem from failing. Especially any of the stuff they tell you to do in that flow chart.

    Actually, cutting a fork and pressing a headset isn't nearly as hard as you might think. There have been lots of discussions in the Mechanical forum about making your own headset press.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 'nother
    Just a suggestion: your thread title doesn't really indicate your actual question.
    Thanks for the tip. I can't seem to find a way to re-title my thread though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cantdrv55
    Thanks for the tip. I can't seem to find a way to re-title my thread though.
    Yeah, I made that comment more for future reference

    I don't know of any way to change the thread title, unless you're a moderator.

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    I do everything myself- there is nothing to do with normal assembly and maintenance of bikes that canīt be done at home IMO. You just need to take your time, buy a few simple tools and use your brain.

    I donīt have any fixed maintenance schedule- I normally work on my bike when I have some time and feel like it. It is quite therapeutic.
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    labor alone for a real good tune up can run up 60.00 to 80.00 bucks at some LBS. A good tool set can run you 200.00 bucks or so. After a few of my own tune up the tools paied for themselves and then there is the money that I now save. It is also nice to be able to help out friends when they are short on cash or when we are out on the road and there is a problem.

    so I do it myself with the help of BF and SBrown.

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    There is not an LBS in the world that I would allow to touch my bikes.

    My maintenance schedule is pretty loose - I inspect and fill tires before every ride. Chain gets cleaned when it needs it. Chain and cassette get replaced when they stop working properly. Cables get replaced when they're no longer smooth. Not a lot of science here - bikes work correctly or they don't. When they stop working right, they get fixed. The only preventative I do is hubs and headsets which I check annually or more frequently depending on mileage.

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    I do all of my own work, except: pressing in headsets, and wheel building. I hung out at shops for so long when I was younger that I learned how to do just about it all. Most LBSes will let you hang around, ask questions, jump in to help, etc.

    I suggest doing your own work, that way you know your bike, and notice anything out of the ordinary right away. You'll save money, and you never know where you'll be when something does go wrong; it will help to know how to fix your bike.
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    I will do just about anything I have the tools to do myself... i.e. change cassettes, adjust deraileurs, lube, clean, etc. I will not install forks, install major components, etc, and I always have trouble with the darn bar tape.

    There are sometimes though I would just rather drop the bike off and let them deal with it... expecially the day before a race and something is acting up... it is free BTW... (most work is)...
    Just your average club rider... :)

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    Lubing and cleaning I do myself. Some derailler and brake adjustments, although they are admittantly sloppy when compared to when the lbs does it. Every once and a while I'm gonna take it in to get tuned up, to clear up problems I may have caused, problems I haven't been able to solve, etc... Better they do it perfectly than I do it mostly right.
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    I use my LBS for buying parts only.
    I don't do 'preventative maintenance'. When some things need adjusting, I adjust them. When some things need fixin, I fix them.
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    I do most of my own maintenance, but as of now I don't touch headsets and bottom brackets. I've just recenlty torn down my hubs for the first time, so I don't imagine bb's and headsets are much worse, but I still don't have all the proper tools. The only "preventative maintenance" I do is to clean and oil the drivetrain every once in a while--which depends on how much I'm riding. And I do the occasional cable change, but lately this has more to do with changing bars and stems than anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by royalflash
    I do everything myself- there is nothing to do with normal assembly and maintenance of bikes that canīt be done at home IMO. You just need to take your time, buy a few simple tools and use your brain.
    Good advice. Ive never taken a bike to a shop.
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    Bike work - DIY.
    Car work - DIY Except A/C and alignment. Figures, my A/C is getting really noisy.
    Computer work - DIY.
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    Sex - DIY. My wife is out of town for two weeks.

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    I do all my own maintence and repairs. Once you get the proper tools it's really not that difficult, you just kind of need to develop a feel for proper tightnesses and such.

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    Sex - DIY. My wife is out of town for two weeks.
    That was fast, got a little something on the side eh

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    cost of repair = cost of tool to do the job or close enough.

    or worse, spoke tool = $5, get a wheel trued at the shop = $ ouch !!

    get your own tools, you'll save money in the long run.

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    I do most everything myself, but I do for 4 bikes, so it becomes a matter of reasonable finances. AS for a schedule...mine gets more miles, so I tend to take a good look and a dab of chain lube whenever I ride it. For the most part, 100-120 miles to me means a good cleaning and lube, and check over the deraileurs to make sure they are smooth. Anything gets at all sloppy on any of the bikes, and it gets taken care of. I've done some minor wheel trueing without any problem, and even one major, but I've never built a wheel. Other than that I've tackled most everything although some of it goes back to my BMX racing days so it might be a little different for a road bike.
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    I want to do as much as possible, I just dont know how yet, and dont have all the specialized tools.

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