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Old 07-19-13, 03:53 PM
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Learn to repair and maintain

Hello all. New to the forums. I used to maintain my own bmx bike back when I was a teenager, but have not done any maintenance since (now 36yrs old). I am getting back into biking and want to learn how to repair and maintain my own bike as much as possible. I see there is a big blue book, but does anyone have any other suggestions? Any assistance would be appreciated.


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There are a number of good books out there, search bicycle repair book on Amazon for some titles. Zinn's book is well respected among serious mechanics, but there are others.

There are also good tutorial available on the net for every specific job, ie. adjust rear derailleur. You'll find free and pay tutorials, both in video, and text and photo. I suggest reviewing a few (free) until you feel you have the sense of the job, then trying your luck, with the tutorials as a reference.

By far the best way to learn, is from the courses taught by dealers, or at bike co-ops. I like the co-op approach because it's hands on, and you can usually trade volunteer time for both the learning, and the use of their shop and tools.

BTW- see also this thread started the same day, just before yours
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