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|We offer this section for those new to
cycling, or those just starting to do their own bicycle maintenance. Everyone has to
start somewhere, and this is the place for great beginnings. Just knowing what might
be wrong can be puzzling at first.
|Bike maintenance is not difficult, and not particularly exacting.
Bicycles (except highly specialized racing bikes) are meant to be user maintainable.
Most routine tasks can be done by you at home using common tools.
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This is not to say that you should avoid using the talent and experience of the Local
Bicycle Store ("LBS" is the internet abbreviation used most often). Forty
years of cycling and doing my own maintenance does not prevent me from dropping the bike
off at the LBS and having the professional "wrench" install the new front shock,
or upgrade the derailer and shift levers on a well used bike. Yes, I can, and have
done it myself in the past. Often making do without the proper tools.
But not everyone has the time or even an appropriate place to tear down a bike and
rebuild it. Keeping your LBS in business is to your advantage, and some jobs do require
special tools and experience always helps.
However the little jobs and the small tune ups are easily done at home. As you
progress, even the larger tasks will come naturally.
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