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Old 07-31-08, 02:57 PM   #1
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Bike Repair Classes in Orange County California

I am looking for bicycle repair classes in Orange County. I have checked into the Park Tool Schools but there isn't anything local.

Anyone have recommendations?
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REI offers basic and comprehensive bike maintenance classes...
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REI offers basic and comprehensive bike maintenance classes...

Thanks, I will look into what REI has. My goal is to be able to do everything on the bike myself including take the bike down to the frame and reassemblying it.
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switchback cyclery in orange has classes from time to time... give them a call and talk to tim or sherry
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switchback cyclery in orange has classes from time to time... give them a call and talk to tim or sherry

I checked with Switchback and they do have repair classes from time to time. This is great because they are the closest bike shop to my house. They are no more than a mile away.

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An update on Switchback Cyclery. I was told by them that when they do have classes, they are typically just basic maintenance and that they would not make a bike mechanic out of someone. This is a good start, but I am still interested in something more comprehensive.
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Well, I have the Barnett Manual which is about as good as it gets. I am little unsure if I want to un-adjust my front derailleur and then attempt to adjust it on my own. Having someone standing next to me that know how to set a front derailleur would be very helpful. If I had a spare bike to work on then a book would probably work fine, but I ride almost every day so I can't risk not getting my bike back to together and working correctly.
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Well, I have the Barnett Manual which is about as good as it gets. I am little unsure if I want to un-adjust my front derailleur and then attempt to adjust it on my own. Having someone standing next to me that know how to set a front derailleur would be very helpful. If I had a spare bike to work on then a book would probably work fine, but I ride almost every day so I can't risk not getting my bike back to together and working correctly.
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Why, is it your bike??

I'm ripping two mountain bikes apart right now to make another frame complete...
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Yeah, I am actually looking for a mountain bike, but I would like to get one that fits. I have been looking for an XL with suspension.

In the mean time, I keep trying to learn as much as I can about bicycle mechanics.
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bike oven and bike kitchen in LA have pretty good classes. you may have to ride (or drive) a bit, but they are great classes from what i've heard.
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bike oven and bike kitchen in LA have pretty good classes. you may have to ride (or drive) a bit, but they are great classes from what i've heard.
It looks like Bike Kitchen is only in San Francisco but Bike Oven is in Los Angeles and is close enough for me.

Thanks for letting me know about them.
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It looks like Bike Kitchen is only in San Francisco but Bike Oven is in Los Angeles and is close enough for me.

Thanks for letting me know about them.

Bike Kitchen Heliotrope/Melrose near Los Angels City College...

Bike Oven is off the Heritage Square Goldline Station...


I'll be at the Oven tomorrow, Sunday.
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Bike Kitchen Heliotrope/Melrose near Los Angels City College...

Bike Oven is off the Heritage Square Goldline Station...


I'll be at the Oven tomorrow, Sunday.
Thanks, I didn't know that Bike Kitchen was in Southern California. It looks like a good place to learn how to build bikes.
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time to revive a dead thread. Is there anything new in the OC in terms of a maint class put on by the local shops. Im talking about adjusting shifters and truing wheels, not basic like changing tires adjusting seat

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Bicycle Tree in Santa Ana is a coop and they have classes and tools. On Broadway I think.
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Bicycle Tree- I think they also often sell used parts.

YouTube- that's my go to. Found several that made the dreaded derailleur adjustment simple and a breeze (literally so simple I could explain it to someone over the phone in less than a minute). There are often bad ones, but there are really good ones as well. I'm the type that has to be shown rather than read how to do something.

As a kid, I'd just tear into something, take it apart and put it back together, nothing like trial and error. There's something satisfying about tuning your own bike and having the knowledge to fix it on the road. Everyone should.
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