I worked as a mechanic years ago. I can do a mean overhaul on your 1" headset-having, 3-piece bottom bracket, old school bike...
That is awesome!! I love it - great idea - anyone?mtbxplorer said:I am truly impressed at all the mechanix in the lounge! Now who is going to design the "wrench wench" t-shirt for us???
+1 on keeping track of the pieces and not working in a time crunch. I for one am not too proud to draw a picture, right a note, or at least place the pieces in order somewhere so they go back in the right order & the right direction!IttyBittyBetty said:Don't be afraid of working on your own bike! With the exception of instances when you cut something, chances are you will not break anything by working on your own bike. The worst thing that usually happens is that you get the bike so out of whack that you need to take it to your LBS. But that is rare - you can usually fix the any bad adjustment you've created. Remember too to keep track of small pieces and don't work on your bike when you are in a time crunch - you will lose something or forget how to put it back together.
When I bought a new bike recently and wanted to swap forks from the old bike to the new one (old bike had a better upgraded fork), my BF pulled out all the tools, explained what I needed to do, then said "go ahead and get started and call me if you get stuck". I called a few more times than I like to admit, but it got done with only one visit to the LBS. I learned a lot. Much better than watching someone else do it.Andrea138 said:I love working on my bike! My BF "taught" me how when I got my 2nd road frame and needed to switch the components over from the old frame... and by "taught," I mean he showed me all of the tools then sat around and drank beer while letting me figure it out (and interjecting if I was going to screw something up)
My boyfriend is an automotive mechanic, and he's really anal about lining up parts in the order that they came off (for cars & bikes). It makes it waaaay easier when you go to put them back on.mtbxplorer said:+1 on keeping track of the pieces and not working in a time crunch. I for one am not too proud to draw a picture, right a note, or at least place the pieces in order somewhere so they go back in the right order & the right direction!