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Old 01-10-19, 02:10 PM
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Whew!!! You need to divide your thoughts into 2 or 3 sentence paragraphs!!!

Do you have any local bike co-ops? They tend to be non-profit shops that take donations and used and abused bikes to turn over at minimal costs... at least in theory.

An option would be rather than working as a "mechanic", to see if there is something else you could do. Cleanup, organizing parts, etc. That would also give you some time to watch and talk to the mechanics and people working on the bikes.

One of the problems with working on a shoestring budget is that you will be tempted to kludge something together when you really need to just get the proper parts and tools to do a job right. Make sure bolts are tight, but not so tight that you break them.

An option might be to watch around your neighborhood to see if you can find someone who is friendly and rides a bike, and does his own repair on bikes and other projects around the house. Yeah, asking a lot, but there are some people out there. Tell the person that you don't want him or her to do the work for you, but to rather help you learn.

Also, whenever you present your "finished work" to someone to inspect, you have to learn to be right there to talk about what you did and what needs done. Don't be offended when something is found to be wrong, but rather learn from the mistake.

If you are lacking tools, have at least $100 ready to invest in good high quality tools. You don't need to buy a whole bike shop, but a few cone wrenches, cassette and freewheel tools, plus typical wrenches and screwdrivers.
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