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Reasons for not wrenching on your own bike.

Old 12-29-10, 12:24 AM
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Reasons for not wrenching on your own bike.

So we have the reasons for not riding thread, I'm wondering what is keeping you from maintaining your own bike. I am trying to learn.
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Old 12-29-10, 12:32 AM
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don't have the tools.

but I do..
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Old 12-29-10, 12:33 AM
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I don't have any reasons not to. It's easy enough, so I don't care about doing it.
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Old 12-29-10, 12:39 AM
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none...although, I used to wrench at a shop. Today...I even build my own tools if I need to. I was just thinking about buying a small machining lathe.

I believe knowing and being comfortable with the mechanics of your ride is one of the best things you can do. I always scratch my head when riding with people who don't know how to do something as simple trim out a derailleur cable on the fly.

That being said, only do what you feel comfortable with. I know the mechanics at my shop began to offer repair classes to the public after I left.
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none...although, I used to wrench at a shop. Today...I even build my own tools if I need to. I was just thinking about buying a small machining lathe.

I believe knowing and being comfortable with the mechanics of your ride is one of the best things you can do. I always scratch my head when riding with people who don't know how to do something as simple trim out a derailleur cable on the fly.

That being said, only do what you feel comfortable with. I know the mechanics at my shop began to offer repair classes to the public after I left.
I love the idea of classes at the LBS. I'll have to look in to that.
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I love the idea of classes at the LBS. I'll have to look in to that.
Many retailers do it in cooperation with Park Tools and offer it as a "Park Tool School". I did a quick search of the zip code 92055 (which I believe is yours, or at least close)

Nothing too close...

http://www.parktool.com/dealer/locat...tool_school=on

I'm sure shops might do something similar on their own too...
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I love the idea of classes at the LBS. I'll have to look in to that.
You have me on a scavenger hunt now....Just found this..I don't know this shop from "Adam", but here you go:

Oc Bicycle Service & Garage Partners With Park Tools!
October 13th, 2010 OC Bicycle Service & Garage is a Certified Park Tool School, the only one south of LA County! Check out the link on Park Tools: http://www.parktool.com/dealer/locat...tool_school=on


Classes coming soon!
Stay tuned for upcoming clinics, classes & workshops!
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MikesBikes offers their tools and stands for use on certain days and the mechanics stick around to help people out.

Pretty much any co-op has people that can teach and help you out, as well as the tools you need to use.
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Old 12-29-10, 01:34 AM
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Some people are incompetent with tools. Better let the shop do the maintenance than to make dangerous non-repairs yourself.
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If you have too much cash and need more time away from your bikes, it can also make sense. Also if you have multiple bikes and would rather not mess with things yourself.
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they do it for free
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It would look pretty bad if I took my bikes to someone else's shop, have not had anyone but me work on my bikes for 30 years.

I figure that everyone should be able to handle some basic work and be able to make small adjustments and quite often my repair work comes with small lessons so that people can do these little things themselves.
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Half the fun is being able to do your own wrenching imo.
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wrenching is fun if you know what you're doing.... it also helps you get to know your bike better. there are, however, and for me at least, things better left to the professionals.
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all I need to know about my bike is that the pedals are connected to the cranks and go round and round
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If you have too much cash and need more time away from your bikes, it can also make sense. Also if you have multiple bikes and would rather not mess with things yourself.
If you have multiple bikes and don't know some maintainence, there's something wrong
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I've been doing more and more of my own work. Still worried about working on the CF bike until I own a proper torque tools.
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none...although, I used to wrench at a shop. Today...I even build my own tools if I need to. I was just thinking about buying a small machining lathe.
There is no harder core than this. Of course, you could smelt your own metal...

Working on a bike is part of riding a bike. I derive more pleasure out of a ride if I have built the bike myself or applied a wrench to it than if I rolled it out of the shop and past the cash register.
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I've never had a bike shop work on a bike. I've done all my own work going back to my teenage years. For me, it's as much a part of cycling as is riding. I know guys who won't even twist a cable adjuster. It strikes me a bizarre.

I do have a lathe and mill in my basement...
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I enjoy working with my hands. I build my own wheels, build and maintain my own bikes, as well as all the other bikes in our house, and many of the ones on our street. Same with house stuff. I built my own kitchen cabinets, stair trim/box newels, tiling, many pieces of furniture, plumbing, electric, etc. I've built a couple houses with Habitat for Humanity as well.
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One of the mechanics for Team Jelly Belly lives around the corner from me. He's also a personal fried. He makes it too easy for me NOT to use him for repairs and upgrades. I just walk my bike over to his house and it's ready, always in perfect condition, the next day.
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I'm afraid of breaking a nail or getting my hands dirty.
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team Jelly Belly still exists.?^..
. Should you have more than one bike- - More Ride time.
. and the fear of unlabeled bike parts strewn about the garage floor.
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I'd break it more than it was when I started.
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I think maintaining my ride is one of the most satisfying parts of cycling. To adjust something and have it work flawlessly on a ride is a real good feeling. You need a few tools (spline sockets, torque wrench, chain whip, BB wrench), but you can collect them over time and still get a lot done on your bike without that stuff. It's not terribly expensive. Oh, and you really need a workstand of some kind. I think that's Numero Uno.
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