Working on your bike yourself?

  • metlboy

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    Apr 28, 2010 4:52 AM GMT
    Do you guys work on your bikes yourselves or take it to a shop? I do most work myself, but I'll go to a shop to borrow a tool if I don't have what I need. Pros? Cons? Discuss...
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    Apr 30, 2010 1:18 AM GMT
    I try to do most work myself. It's a great feeling of satisfaction and I feel less reliant in case of an emergency. I've changed the cranks, cassette, pedals, saddle but leave the yearly tune-up to the professionals.

    I don't have the necessary tools for truing a wheel or doing some other heavy-duty maintenance work and really don't feel comfortable working in other areas because I don't want to hose up my carbon frame.

  • a2507

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    Apr 30, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
    Built my mtn bike.....mainly cause my buddy who got me started had a frame to sell.....but it helped me to better understand components, instead of just buying a complete bike. But I did take it in to a shop just to have someone experienced make sure I hadn't jacked it up.
  • DrewT

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    Apr 30, 2010 1:52 AM GMT
    Uh, I'm mechanically inept, so when I got my bike last year, I went to the shop a LOT and they were so awesome. Fixed me right up, no charge b/c I bought it from them. Haven't had any major issues since, though I'm sure it needs a tune up.
  • CAtoFL

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    Apr 30, 2010 2:05 AM GMT
    Work on it myself, but definitely do an annual tuneup - usually at least a couple of weeks before doing an event. Gives me time to get used to any changes.
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    May 03, 2010 4:08 PM GMT
    All my own work, and have been for years.
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    May 03, 2010 4:29 PM GMT
    Bikes are really easy to work on! Almost anyone can do the basic maintenance stuff with a small set of tools and a bit of reading. Plus, YouTube has videos for pretty much any repair you'd want to do.
  • danisnotstr8

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    May 03, 2010 5:00 PM GMT
    i'm excited... i just bought a new trek 3500 yesterday. i can bring it back for free servicing whenever i want icon_smile.gif woohoo
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  • laxdude25

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    May 03, 2010 5:14 PM GMT
    i buy all my bikes (for me and my family) at the local bike shop 2 blocks away, and in return they do an annual tune for free ($40 value) and will do other basic stuff for a pretty minimal cost. So although I am a pretty good bike mechanic, I take the easy path most of the time.
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    May 03, 2010 5:19 PM GMT
    My uncle used to build his own BMX and I think it's freaking cool.
    I tried to fix my bike whenever I can, ie tuning the gear/break, changing tyre compounds, I dont have enough knowledge to do something like changing the chain though.
    I should learn more.
  • calibro

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    May 03, 2010 5:21 PM GMT
    adenhart is like a child to me... i take care of him best i can but know i'm not the one to perform surgery on him if needed... let the professionals do that
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    May 04, 2010 1:34 AM GMT
    I work on my own Bike . I dont trust anyone . icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 04, 2010 1:54 AM GMT
    I work on my own bike. Most things are pretty easy to do yourself.
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    May 04, 2010 3:35 AM GMT
    hmm years of a bike shop sponsorship made me terribly lazy .
    i can do a lot except suspension tuning/overhaul, that is better left to experienced mechanics.
    sometimes i bring myself to change my cassette, chain, cables, tubeless tires -last time i put so much dish washing detergent on the bead , when i hooked the compressor i nearly drowned in bubbles icon_eek.gif-
    i much prefer going to the shop , chat with the mechanics while they slave away and i drink my espresso ...plus they still hardly ever charge me for labor..
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    May 04, 2010 6:25 AM GMT
    xassantex saidhmm years of a bike shop sponsorship made me terribly lazy .
    i can do a lot except suspension tuning/overhaul, that is better left to experienced mechanics.
    sometimes i bring myself to change my cassette, chain, cables, tubeless tires -last time i put so much dish washing detergent on the bead , when i hooked the compressor i nearly drowned in bubbles icon_eek.gif-
    i much prefer going to the shop , chat with the mechanics while they slave away and i drink my espresso ...plus they still hardly ever charge me for labor..


    Me , You , Hiking . No lazy .
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    May 04, 2010 5:55 PM GMT
    TRACKBOY111 said
    xassantex saidhmm years of a bike shop sponsorship made me terribly lazy .
    i can do a lot except suspension tuning/overhaul, that is better left to experienced mechanics.
    sometimes i bring myself to change my cassette, chain, cables, tubeless tires -last time i put so much dish washing detergent on the bead , when i hooked the compressor i nearly drowned in bubbles icon_eek.gif-
    i much prefer going to the shop , chat with the mechanics while they slave away and i drink my espresso ...plus they still hardly ever charge me for labor..


    Me , You , Hiking . No lazy .


    yes sir !... it's on the agenda !
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    May 06, 2010 2:10 PM GMT
    I just got a bike worth taking care of after commuting every day on a second hand mountain bike for three years.

    At first it was terrifying. I was worried I would mess a bit up and not be able to get to work the next day. But I have figured out how to adjust breaks and derailers or clean and oil the gears. They really are simple, wonderful machines.
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    May 09, 2010 2:58 AM GMT
    When I rode, I was "able" to do my own work, but opted to let the hot dude at the bike shop work on it. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 25, 2010 1:32 AM GMT
    The team I race for is sponsored by a bike shop, but I really wanted to learn how to do it all myself so I don't feel so helpless. So now that I know how to do most things, I carry my bike in, set it up on a stand, and do the maintenance myself.

    Patrick