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Bicycling "How-To"

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. j0103200.wmf (11840 bytes)
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. 

Have a Question?
Ask Crank And Hub!

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. 

Repair and Maintenance

Riding a Bike

How to Tame A Bicycle
(Humor by Mark Twain)


 How to Shift A Bike


Links to Bike Repair Sites

Park Tool has some excellent
(but more advanced) pages.
Sheldon Brown's Fixit Tips.





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