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Old 05-14-18, 09:12 AM
John E
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Bikes: 1959 & 1960 Capo; 1982 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;

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Originally Posted by gman107 View Post
I do all my own maintenance and repairs. If you are mechanically inclined it is not difficult. Youtube videos abound and are helpful, as are manuals such as Barrett's. What I have found is that the proper tools go a long way towards your success and that cheap tools are not the bargain they seem to be. A decent, sturdy bike stand and a wheel truing stand have been my most valuable purchases.
Same here, on all counts. "There is no such thing as a cheap tool."

Proper tools are essential for bottom bracket, crank, wheel truing, freewheel/cassette, and bearing work, and good-quality general purpose tools are needed for everything else. My best frustration-reducing tools are a good cable cutter and a "third hand" brake caliper clamp. Good spoke wrenches, either a multisize disk or a set, are needed, as well, because even a slight mismatch will quickly damage spoke nipples beyond repair.
"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." --Theodore Roosevelt
Capo: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324
Capo: 1960 Sieger (2), S/N 42624, 42597
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1982 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069
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