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Who does ALL their own maintenance?

Old 04-04-17, 07:52 PM
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I don't have the tools nor knowledge to true my own wheels but I've also taken things to 2 different local shops for problems I couldn't get dialed in the way I wanted. I recently took my Basso to have the lower headset bearing and BB removed and the fixed BB cup on my vintage Simoncini, both I lack the proper tools to accomplish. Though the shop was unable to get either of the BB out, I ended up doing both the night I brought them home by just being more aggressive that I had prior. The last time I'll use that shop.

I've taken my wheels to be trued and my first rode bike to have the shifting tuned after I replaced the cables and couldn't get the shifting just right. Turned out that my RD hanger was tweaked a bit, the mechanic had the tool to align it properly and got my shifting straightened out while I waited. My wheels were ready the next day and both times at that shop labor was less than $20. I would use the 2nd shop more often if they would closer but it's a 3 hour round trip to take something up there.
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I do all my own. Most of the bikes I've purchased have been framesets that I've built-up then maintained. Also build my own wheels.
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Everything that doesn't involve pressing/removing bearings.
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Everything myself.

The closest "LBS" to me is about 45 minutes away. I have accumulated most of the tools I need over the past 16 years, and build my own wheels, too.

I enjoy it.
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I do 99.99%.

Ex mechanic of 12 years, I have a very extensive bike specific tool set. On a very rare occasion, if the job requires a very special and very expensive tool, I'll drop it off at the lbs.
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