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How often should I bring in my FG in for a tune-up?

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Old 07-24-09, 04:29 PM
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How often should I bring in my FG in for a tune-up?

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Old 07-24-09, 04:44 PM
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never, learn to fix your own stuff. There is so little in a fixed gear that can go wrong you should be able to learn to fix it yourself.
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Old 07-24-09, 04:45 PM
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i highly recommend learning how to maintain your bicycle on your own.
ask your dad, the local bike shop/collective, sheldon brown, ask here, whatever.
that way you can fix your bottom bracket when it makes noise or lubricate your own moving parts and things like that
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i thought the point of a fixed gear was to have something you can maintain yourself.

all you should worry about in terms of a tune-up are the rotating parts, which by riding i assume you can tell when something is wrong.
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Old 07-24-09, 06:21 PM
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never, learn to fix your own stuff. There is so little in a fixed gear that can go wrong you should be able to learn to fix it yourself.
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Once a year, remove the bottom bracket, clean it and the bottom bracket shell. Regrease the threads and reinstall. Remove the seatpost, clean, apply a tiny bit of grease, reinstall. I do these things to keep corrosion or gunk from getting them stuck.

Check to make sure the headset is tight but not too tight. If you ride in the rain a lot, you might want to take the headset apart and regrease the bearings.

Every few rides, I run my fingers over the spokes to see if any have gotten loose. You can also pluck them. If one doesn't ring or sounds different than the rest, it may need tightening.

Check your tires for any gashes or cuts when you air them up.

Get out your allen wrenches every few months and make sure everything is tight like it should be.

Whenever you feel your brakes aren't as tight as original, adjust the cable to get it right. A little "fade" now may mean no brakes at all while flying down a hill straight for a busy intersection.
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Old 07-24-09, 08:52 PM
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i would say, do all the above things, but depending on how much you ride, you'll probably have to do stuff much more frequently. at one point, after every ride through bad weather, something or another would begin creaking, and i'd have to rip it apart and put it back together almost every other day.

its all up to you.
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Old 07-24-09, 09:50 PM
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never, learn to fix your own stuff. There is so little in a fixed gear that can go wrong you should be able to learn to fix it yourself.
This is like saying:
- Change your own oil
- Tune your own car up
- Shingle your own roof
- Fix your own sink
- Mow your own lawn
- Cook your own food
- Pave your own driveway
- Brew your own beer
- Make moonshine
- Grow your own tomatoes
- Build your own bike from scratch

(Yes, I'm sure that some of you do some of this, but it's reasonable to assume that all don't do all.)

Look, everyone isn't interested in maintaining their bikes. Just like there are many people that are, the are also many people that aren't. Don't give this guy/girl a hard time about it. Some people just like to ride.
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Old 07-24-09, 10:07 PM
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Your question will be better received in the Mechanics forum. This is the cheap forum.
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Old 07-24-09, 10:10 PM
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
This is like saying:
- Change your own oil
- Tune your own car up
- Shingle your own roof
- Fix your own sink
- Mow your own lawn
- Cook your own food
- Pave your own driveway
- Brew your own beer
- Make moonshine
- Grow your own tomatoes
- Build your own bike from scratch

(Yes, I'm sure that some of you do some of this, but it's reasonable to assume that all don't do all.)

Look, everyone isn't interested in maintaining their bikes. Just like there are many people that are, the are also many people that aren't. Don't give this guy/girl a hard time about it. Some people just like to ride.
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never, learn to fix your own stuff. There is so little in a fixed gear that can go wrong you should be able to learn to fix it yourself.
Why are the questions asked here so (for lack of a better word) DUMB!
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Old 07-25-09, 06:14 AM
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Why are the questions asked here so (for lack of a better word) DUMB!
Because SS/FG is a FAD right now.
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Old 07-25-09, 01:40 PM
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you know how to adjust a brake right?
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Serious answer if you ride everyday I would take it into a shop every six months. If you're a seasonal rider than once a year should do it, but people are correct in saying there's not much to go wrong. If the shop is any good they'll tell you that you maybe need a new chain, brake pads, and if there are strange sounds coming from your bike have your bearings inspected.

But as always DIY is cheaper and can be very fulfilling if you want to do that too.
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