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Old 07-04-06, 11:21 AM
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REI basic bike maintenance class?

Has anyone taken it? How about the $60 comprehensive class? I've only been riding since May and I want to be able to take care of my bike and not rely on taking in into the LBS for every little thing. Since my husband is convinced I can't take care of anything, I'm out to prove him wrong
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Old 07-04-06, 11:27 AM
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divorce him...
Then I'll have to get a J.O.B. and I'll have no time to ride.
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Originally Posted by Brandy
Has anyone taken it? How about the $60 comprehensive class? I've only been riding since May and I want to be able to take care of my bike and not rely on taking in into the LBS for every little thing. Since my husband is convinced I can't take care of anything, I'm out to prove him wrong
I know somebody who took and an spoke very highly of the class. He said it was nice because he brought in his own bike to work on. And they go at good pace so that you understand everything. And this was a very casual rider speaking who had very little knowledge of bike mechanics.

That being said, it probably has a lot to do with how good the instructor is at each REI.
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I signed up for the class but they were overbooked but I hung out anyway hoping for a no-show. Though I didn't get in, I still stayed around. After the class, I asked a couple of people if they thought it was worth their time and money. They said they highly recommend the class. So, I've signed up again.
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My fiancee told me about the classes, but I figure since I used to build all of my race bike from the ground up and worked at an LBS, I wouldn't benefit from it. It could be a good class, although my local club has maintenance workshops every month and Sheldon's site has more in depth explanations than any 1 day class could ever cover. If you need the essentials, go for it, then read Sheldon's site for more details.
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I had no idea REI offered that. I've long been interested in some sort of class that would show me how to do some of the basics, and perhaps some of the more advanced stuff. I'm pretty good at following a manual, and so far the Zinn book I bought has been helpful, but with some of that stuff it would be nice to do with a little supervision.

Besides REI, anybody have suggestions on where else to look for this type of instruction?
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no question, just do it. bike maintenance is easy and fun and if you don't have friends who can show you, this is the next best thing.
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I've contemplated doing such a class in the past...still haven't done it. Regardless, I've been doing 90% of my maintenance for the past 2 years. I use the Park Tool website as my guide. Performance has a cheap tool kit that has pretty much everything you'll need. Not super quality but they get the job done.
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Originally Posted by gurana
I had no idea REI offered that. I've long been interested in some sort of class that would show me how to do some of the basics, and perhaps some of the more advanced stuff. I'm pretty good at following a manual, and so far the Zinn book I bought has been helpful, but with some of that stuff it would be nice to do with a little supervision.

Besides REI, anybody have suggestions on where else to look for this type of instruction?

The Bike Mechanics forum. Search for you're problem, then ask if you can't find it. They'll give you the answer to anything...
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Definitely take the class but do not let him know that you did. Otherwise you could get stuck working and maintaining 2 bikes.
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Originally Posted by Tommyp
I've contemplated doing such a class in the past...still haven't done it. Regardless, I've been doing 90% of my maintenance for the past 2 years. I use the Park Tool website as my guide. Performance has a cheap tool kit that has pretty much everything you'll need. Not super quality but they get the job done.
I'm basically in that boat. I just don't have a complete tool set, so when I mess something up, it's usually because I tried doing it without the proper tools.
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