Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Bicycle Mechanics
Reload this Page >

I just attended Comprehensive REI Class

Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

I just attended Comprehensive REI Class

Old 06-10-07, 02:10 PM
  #1  
midorix
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: San Diego
Posts: 129
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I just attended Comprehensive REI Class

Since I just purchased 2006 Giant TCR C3, I figured I should learn to maintain my own bike by signing up for a comprehensive class. I can use the knowledge to maintain all my family members' bike.

I took a class at Chula Vista, CA REI (=South San Diego).
Cost was $70 + $15 membership fee (better than $85 w/o membership).
Class was scheduled for 10:30am to 4pm (we ended up hanging out till 6pm because we were having fun and the instructor, Richard, was cool!)
Class size was limited for 4 students (got lucky and it was only me an another guy).

I learned to:

1. Adjust front/rear derailer including repositioning the rear derailer frame
2. Truing wheel
3. Take off and reinstall cranks and bottom bracket
4. Brake replacement and maintenance including changing brake lines
5. Disassemble, clean, reassemble cassettes
6. Overhaul the wheel including replacing ball bearings and replacing spokes
7. Disassemble, lubricate, reassemble headsets

There were few other basic tricks sprinkled all over within the above topics (ie. which screws/nuts should be Gorilla Tight, Man Tight, Women Tight, Kid Tight)

Funny thing is I didn't get to do much in the morning hours but my Giant was too new.
So during lunch break, I went and picked up my wifes Specialized Hardrock that was bought used....then the party got started and it needed everything.

I thought 6 hours might be long but time flew.
We ended up spending almost 8 hours as we were having a blast.

I highly recommend the class if anyone is thinking of doing their own maitenance.
I then plan to use internet site (Park Tools/Sheldon Brown) as a reference/refresher for what I learned in class.

The only drawback is now I want Park Tool set, Park Apron, Turing Stand, etc. etc. which will further lighten my wallet (....initially)
midorix is offline  
Old 06-10-07, 06:00 PM
  #2  
DMF 
Elitist Troglodyte
 
DMF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Dallas
Posts: 6,927

Bikes: 03 Raleigh Professional (steel)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You will need more bikes to work on or you will forget everything.
__________________
Stupidity got us into this mess - why can't it get us out?

- Will Rogers
DMF is offline  
Old 06-10-07, 06:13 PM
  #3  
old and new
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 3,132
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
So advised.. THANKS !!!!
old and new is offline  
Old 06-10-07, 06:21 PM
  #4  
operator
cab horn
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Toronto
Posts: 28,335

Bikes: 1987 Bianchi Campione

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 23 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
The only drawback is now I want Park Tool set, Park Apron, Turing Stand, etc. etc. which will further lighten my wallet (....initially)
Hehe, I do miss those at home. But I have access to a full bike shop on campus and at work. I usually find some refresher material when something needs to be replaced or goes out of adjustment healthy to the mechanical skills.
operator is offline  
Old 06-10-07, 09:04 PM
  #5  
Makalu
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Left Coast
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Start by getting a good bike repair stand. I just bought a Park Pro Race Stand (PRS-15) and love it. Then you can buy the tools a bit at a time.
Makalu is offline  
Old 06-10-07, 09:53 PM
  #6  
midorix
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: San Diego
Posts: 129
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for the advice.
We currently have 5 bikes (if you include my kids) so there's plenty to mess around.

I've already have the Ultimate Repair Stand so I'm set there.

Still shopping around for the tool

Hey Father's Day is coming up, isn't it?
midorix is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
jar351
Classic & Vintage
32
12-19-11 12:11 PM
Hammonjj
Bicycle Mechanics
3
09-12-11 09:39 AM
DerekU2
Commuting
9
11-17-05 09:15 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.