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Old 05-27-12, 07:44 PM
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park tool school

I was looking at the park tool website and noticed that I can take classes at my local bike shop . I no nothing about bikes maintenance / service . I was looking at all the tools needed. Is it worth it to go through all the classes and getting the tools? I would think it would take a long time to recoup all the money spent.... all though dropping $100 every time when I take my bike in..... HMMMM
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Lots and lots of good repair/maintenance info on the Park Tool web site for free! Of course, you'll still need some bike-specific tools for some of the tasks you decide to try on your own - just buy what you need.
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When I took the class about 8 years ago all I had to supply was a bike to work on and $100. Everything else was provided.
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Originally Posted by kardar2 View Post
I would think it would take a long time to recoup all the money spent....
Don't do it for the money.

Do it for the enjoyment.
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Old 05-29-12, 12:09 PM
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I think it also depends on what you really want to get out of it. I considered doing the Park School, but ended up just going to a different shop's free classes. Not as in depth as Park's, but they covered the things you would need to know to get back home, quick brake fixes, etc.

Now, if you want to do all your own wrenching (for fun), Park's likely is a better option. Some shops will give a discount on tools purchased when you are there for the class.
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If you think of the "school" as "intro to DIY" it might make sense. Buy your tools as you need them -- you'll end up with a pile after some years, but each tool typically costs less than the shop charge for them to use it. The second time, it's free. (Exceptions include things like chasing tools and specialty die sets, like a BB or head tube.

If you don't like working on mechanical things, and have plenty of money, don't take the course. (That should be obvious.)

The other thing is that you might run into times when the LBS mechanics are booked for a few weeks. It's no fun sitting around watching TV reruns in the spring when your bike is being held hostage in the shop. (Also a good reason to have a spare bike!)
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Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
Don't do it for the money.

Do it for the enjoyment.

If this is something that you think you'd enjoy doing, there's a good chance that you'll do enough of your own maintenance and repairs to more than pay for the tooling up. Honestly, if you are judicious about what you buy, you really don't have to spend much money do perform most maintenance jobs.

If you don't enjoy doing it, you'll always be able to find an excuse to outsource the maintenance and whatever you have spent on tools will be lost.
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I took the Park Tool School class at an LBS. I paid for the class, a book, and a few tools. I still have a few more tools on my wish list, but I've been able to do more stuff at home with less fear of breaking something.
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