Old 07-13-16, 10:30 PM
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If you're reasonably handy with mechanical things, there is no reason you can't self-teach yourself to a pretty high level of bike mechanics - bikes are very approachable and most things are out in the open and non-mysterious. Get a good basic book (like the Park), slowly buy the tools as you need them, and tackle things slowly and one at a time. If you have questions or get into trouble, shoot some pictures and ask questions here. And it's a good idea to get to know someone at a LBS - seek out one that seems receptive to DIY's coming in for parts, tools, and advice. (If everything starts out with "make an appointment", then you want to go somewhere else.)

I wouldn't recommend you tear your bikes down all the way at once. Tackle one thing (e.g., wheel truing, hub overhaul, stem adjustment, chain replacement, deraiileur overhaul, etc.) at a time and you won't get overwhelmed or forget how you took something apart. Later when you are more experienced you can try the complete restoration in one fell swoop deal.

Classics are in many ways simpler to work on, but they require a little different approach as you may need to improvise or experiment a little more. And you have to scrounge for used parts more, which is often good because new bikes have ridiculous prices for most parts. They're great for learning. I can't see that the bikes you have are so valuable that they wouldn't be great for cutting your teeth.

- Mark

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