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Old 07-19-13, 01:55 PM
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I need to learn about my bike

This has probably been posted here before but I just need someone to point me to somewhere that I can learn all about mechanics. There are problems arising on my bike, and when I search how to fix them I'm lost. I don't know how to find the length of my cranks or what my BB is. Can someone help me? I'm looking at park tools but it's pretty confusing as to where I can find out things about my bike. thanks.
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Old 07-19-13, 02:41 PM
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I am a novice too, but here is what I know:

For diagnoses and general info help, visit sheldonbrown.com. Or post here with detailed info/pic, someone may be able to help you.

For the how-tos
1. Youtube is good. try search there
2. If you are a bookie, get the big blue book by park tools
3. Do you have a bike co-op locally? people there should love to help you out. donation suggested
4. Nuclear option: take it to a LBS. For a fee of course.

I have found nothing beats experience in this department. we just have to repair more, more and more. good luck bro
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"Bicycling Magazine's Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair", published by (duh) Bicycling Magazine is a very good introductory manual. Almost any book store or Amazon sell it and your library may have a copy. Start with it as it will answer most of your fundamental questions.
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The bike co-op idea is the best recommendation but some bike shops also offer repair clinics. There is a community bike organization in Guelph - The Bike Centre When dealing with cranks and bottom brackets, in-person help is especially valuable, as dealing with finding compatible replacement can get complicated. Using a public clinic can save you a huge amount on tools, as you don't have to buy expensive tools that you will use only occasionally.

Also parktool.com/blog is great for repair procedures. I would use that site and sheldon's as primary references, then Google for additional resources and specific problems. It also is helpful to familiarize yourself with bike-specific terminology - Google bike part diagram.
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Thanks everyone, I'm going to check some of it out and see how it goes!
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