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    Chicago repair help

    Alright, heres the deal, I want to learn how to true wheels and overhaul bottom brackets. I'm willing to drop some cash on buying tools, including a truing stand, but I need somebody to teach me how to do these things. Nobody I ride with knows how to do these kinds of repairs. Does anybody know of any workshops in Chicago that could teach me how to these things, or alternately, can I persuade anybody to teach me with offers of 12 packs of 312? Let me know.

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    I will teach in exchange for both beer and access to your fancy tools Truing stands are hard to come by, and I can't drop the cash on BB tools either. Where do you live?

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    or you could stop by the west town bike collective on tuesdays and I'll show you how.

    ps- bring the beer

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    kisha, you seem like a cool person. i hope you're coming to my race on wednesday!

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    I'm pretty ok, scloe mo! And I have your race on my calendar!

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    Share a sixer with ChicagoDave and have him teach you; neither of the things you mentioned are terribly hard, and they're both fun. Pre-bikeforums, I posted for trade in craigslist for someone to teach me things in exchange for a DVD of music. The guy had been a wrench at Cycle Smithy, and I learned a lot.

    FYI, Dave likes good beer. Buy him some alpha king or some Bells and he'll be your friend forever.

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    It really isn't too hartd on either counts. ParkTool.com and Sheldonbrown.com both will inform you of everything you need to know. Truing stand = $40 at Performance and worth it (built two sets of wheels now) and BB tools are always useful.

    But I'll second having someone show you and West Town is a great place to get your know-how on.

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    2418 North Ave.? I'll drop by Tuesday, what time, and what tools should I pick up in prep?

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    yep, we're on the corner of north and western. Open shop is 7-10. All you need to bring is your bike, we'll take care of the tools. Also, entrance to the shop is through the alley.

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