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Old 11-11-07, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Patriot View Post
One should always buy a 19pc tool kit, and learn basic bike maintenance for themselves.
While I don't disagree, I also don't agree that getting a bike online in a box is the best time/way to learn for the first time.

I had a friend who bought a bike from Performance last winter. They had some great deals but he had to buy it online. He still got local support and so forth, but he didn't want to wait, so I helped him put it together.

The stem needed to be installed, which meant dealing with headset loading etc.
The front brake needed to be installed, wired up, adjusted etc.
I forget all of the other things. None of it was impossible, or even that hard. But he didn't feel comfortable on his own and I don't blame him.

And even though I have done all of my own maintenance for the last 15 years, I still use my free tuneup at the LBS sometimes when I just don't feel like dealing with it myself.

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