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Old 02-01-10, 03:08 PM
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Bicycle Maintenance Class in Los Angeles?

A friend of mine mentioned that when he started cycling, he took a maintenance class at REI where they taught him how to completely disassemble and reassemble a bike, and how to take care of all the individual parts. Well, I called REI and they are booked for almost 2 months. I dont want to wait that long. Does anyone know of a similar class available in the Los Angeles area? I live in the San Fernando valley, but am willing to drive. I feel too dependent on the shop mechanic and want to be able to take care of my own gear.

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What is it you want to learn how to do? Any specific things in mind?
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Well, I know there is a shop near me that lets you use their stand and full toolset for $5 an hour. So being that tools are not a concern, I would love to know how to take the entire bike apart, clean, regrease and reassemble it all. Basically everything that would be included in a premium tune-up at the LBS.
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if you are mechanically inclined and understand mechanical concepts well then you could learn yourself through the internet and books
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if you are mechanically inclined and understand mechanical concepts well then you could learn yourself through the internet and books
Yeah, the problem with that is, I dont own my own tools, I have to go to a local shop and rent them. So, it wouldnt really work that well to go figure it out with websites and books. It looks like maybe I should just wait the two months and take the class at REI. Or, I can pay $130 a year to have my bike tuned up completely.
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Dude, in L.A. you've got the bike oven, the bike kitchen, the bikerowave, and the valley bikery that are all DIY bike co-ops (google their names for more info), and will all be more than happy to teach you how to do whatever it is you want to do to your bike, for a fairly minimal hourly fee.

These places are awesome.

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Originally Posted by marcusedvalson View Post
A friend of mine mentioned that when he started cycling, he took a maintenance class at REI where they taught him how to completely disassemble and reassemble a bike, and how to take care of all the individual parts. Well, I called REI and they are booked for almost 2 months. I dont want to wait that long. Does anyone know of a similar class available in the Los Angeles area? I live in the San Fernando valley, but am willing to drive. I feel too dependent on the shop mechanic and want to be able to take care of my own gear.

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Originally Posted by bigvegan View Post
Dude, in L.A. you've got the bike oven, the bike kitchen, the bikerowave, and the valley bikery that are all DIY bike co-ops (google their names for more info), and will all be more than happy to teach you how to do whatever it is you want to do to your bike, for a fairly minimal hourly fee.

These places are awesome.

Feel free to PM me if you have questions.
Holy hell man, that is a treasure trove! This is exactly what I was looking for. I will PM you with more questions. Thanks!
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Yeah DUDE!
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The REI classes are overrated, in my view. The bike co-ops are your best value for the money.
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Originally Posted by marcusedvalson View Post
Or, I can pay $130 a year to have my bike tuned up completely.
As someone who once worked as a bike mechanic at a reputable shop in the San Fernando Valley, I can tell you that tune-ups for bikes are useless. This $130 includes looking the bike over for loose bolts, making sure the shifters shift smoothly, making sure the brakes work well, lubing the chain and checking it for wear, and cleaning the bike. Anything else found to be wrong with the bike at that time (chain, gears, cables, brake pads) costs extra to fix.

Check and lube the chain, bearings, and cables, and the rest is just fixing anything that needs adjustment or replacement.
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Really? For $130 I'd expect fresh cables / pads all the way around, greased/packed hubs and BB, adjusted derailleurs / brakes / etc.

Good thing I've got a co-op nearby.

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As someone who once worked as a bike mechanic at a reputable shop in the San Fernando Valley, I can tell you that tune-ups for bikes are useless. This $130 includes looking the bike over for loose bolts, making sure the shifters shift smoothly, making sure the brakes work well, lubing the chain and checking it for wear, and cleaning the bike. Anything else found to be wrong with the bike at that time (chain, gears, cables, brake pads) costs extra to fix.

Check and lube the chain, bearings, and cables, and the rest is just fixing anything that needs adjustment or replacement.
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Really? For $130 I'd expect fresh cables / pads all the way around, greased/packed hubs and BB, adjusted derailleurs / brakes / etc.

Good thing I've got a co-op nearby.
I'm not sure exactly what is included in the $130 tune-up around here. I worked 1996-1997, and the tune-up I described was $60 if I recall. Still not worth it for what amounts to no new parts and about 10 minutes of a mechanic's time.
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