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Source for Fine Tuning Bike Repair/Maintenance???

Old 09-06-15, 10:56 PM
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Source for Fine Tuning Bike Repair/Maintenance???

I'm pretty mechanical and, after a lot of frustration, I can usually figure things out. I can perform simple maintenance, but have limited knowledge when it comes to mechanical repairs. Tonight, for example, I had a chain suck issue, where the chain got wedged in between my small chainring and my new carbon frame. There is some scratched, chipped paint right above the bottom bracket where the chain slapped. I don't think it's a structural issue, but still ugle nonetheless. I managed to wedge the chain out, but then my front derailleur wouldn't jump the chain from the small ring to the large ring. After granny gearing it home a few miles, I spent a few hours of tinkering with the limit screws, playing with the cable and adjusting the derailleur height and rotation. It finally seems to work again. I'll probably still take it to the LBS on Tuesday to make sure I did everything correctly.

Is there a resource where I can search and find out how to repair things like this on my bike? Somewhere besides random YouTube searches? Even if I'm angry when something breaks, I do enjoy fixing things myself. I also know a finely tuned bike and components make for a much better ride. So, if I'm going to do it, I want to know how to do it correctly. I just hate having to take the bike to the shop, leave it for a few days and miss those days riding.

So, instead of taking a nice, long ride, like I wanted today, I had this happen and spent hours trying to fix it. I also put on new Speedplay pedals and cleats for the first time. Also stopped suddenly, couldn't get out, fell sideways HARD, and lost my new mirror I installed in the end of my drop bar. All around crappy day. At least there is tomorrow to try to ride again, maybe screw something else up and start over. Could always be worse.
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After you do bike stuff once, you'll see it's straight forward and not overly complicated.

Give you tube another shot, it is a great source.
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Park tool website and Art's Cylery videos are good starts
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