Old 07-21-16, 09:14 AM
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I'll put in a plug for local bike shops. Like you, I am not particularly mechanically inclined and don't have the time or a decent place to work on my bikes. I have shopped around a lot when it comes to bike mechanics and found several that are reasonably priced and do great work. They don't mind me supplying some of the parts, although I usually buy some parts from them as well. In my experience, it is worth paying for their expertise. When I try to fix something beyond basic maintenance (such as chains, cassette, stems, bar tape), I usually end up having to take the bike into the shop anyway. Maybe I will find the time to learn how to do more after I retire, but while I am still working I would rather pay someone else to do it right the first time.
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