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7/19/08 8:26 P

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Hello Julesgl, thank you!

A LBS (with two Denver area locations) here in Colorado offers 6 week bike maintanance classes.
It is called "Bicycle Village"...don't know if it is a national chain. emoticon


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7/19/08 5:15 P

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Rebecca, thanks for asking this question and allowing everyone to remind you and me of bike maintenance.

Someone mentioned a 6 week course? Which shop was it through? I took a "lady's specific crash course" one evening, but am overwhelmed with the idea of tearing my bike apart like Wonderchi does.

Any suggestions on where courses are held?

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7/18/08 1:03 P

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WONDERCHI,
The way your advise always restates what I am reading from manuals with the addition of instilling confidence has propelled me on with passion for achieving mastery in the art of bike maintenance.
I thank you for the empowering advise.
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EVERYONE should know how to change a flat. It always baffles me how many riders out there don't know how to do it. Or not carry the right tools to do it.

REBCCA:
Most people know instinctively how to take off the front wheel - it's the back one that seems to cause the problems. And most flats seem to occur on the back wheel!

The best tip is to shift so that the chain is on the smallest cog before popping the wheel off. That way you know what gear you were in can can slip it back in place easily. Then all you have to do is open the brakes, loosen the QR skewer (or undo the nut), pull back the rear derailleur and the wheel should drop away. To put it back, simply reverse the procedure, making sure that the chain is on the smallest cog.

You also should make sure that the wheels are not rubbing the brakes when you put it back in. If you're by yourself that can be a bit of a fiddle (especially if you're me who likes to have the wheel exactly between the brakes) but if you have company here's an easy tip. Put the wheel on, get your friend to squeeze the brakes so that they are holding the wheel, and then tighten up the QR skewer. Once you've done this the brakes can be released, and voila - a straight wheel, with an even distance between the brake pads on both sides.

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I know what you mean about being able to change a flat! I was frustrated at always having to run to my LBS or bother my friends to fix anything on my bike, so I recently took a 6 week bike maintenance course. I feel pretty confident in being able to fix almost anything now, and it feels great!

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I don't know if this is a bike maintenance tip but I believe everyone should know how to change a flat. I had my hubby show me how and then one rainy day I sat in our garage and practiced until I had it nailed. I have changed flats for my daughter on our rides, I helped a stranger who was struggling, and I must admit I am quite good at it. I changed my daughter's flat on a ride we did a week ago in under 5 minutes! Reminded me of A Christmas Story! Timing myself to see how fast I could do it.

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HappyDestiny, Well I guess I will need to learn to pull my wheels. I am feeling less timid about doing this with all the sound advice and tips I have found on this forum. My rides are almost exclusively on paved streets or concrete paths so dirt is easy to clean off with damp cloth followed with dry one. With the information you have all shared I feel confident to accept the invitation of LBS mechanic to be tutored.
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Rebcca: When I clean my bikes, I pull the wheels and check for dirt in the lithium grease. My deraullers I use powdered graphite because it doesn't collect dirt on a ride as fast as an oil will. I use air pressure to clean the chain and gears when I am done..if it was a 'dirty' ride!

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Someone gave me this link from another message board and I think it will be most helpful: chainwheel.com/page.cfm?pageID=246

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A friend of mine once told me: A clean bike is a happy bike!

I mostly mountain bike and so my bike needs a thorough cleaning frequently. I like to remove my cog set and clean it in the sink with a good degreaser, same with the chain and the crank arm. A clean drive train means less wear and fewer problems down the road.

I always lube before I ride, and hose down the bike after every muddy ride, which seems often these days. I dry my bike thoroughly, especially the drive train and screws as they are more prone to rust.

Other than that, I check my tire pressure and give my bike the once over before I ride. I've had a wheel fall off on a ride and so I'm extra cautious in checking them!

Just keep it clean and well lubed.

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WonderChi, thank you...most sincerely appreciate you sharing your wisdom!
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Here's what I do:

After every ride - wipe down frame with Pledge (lemon is my favourite) taking care not to get any on the rims or braking surfaces. This takes about 5-10 minutes. I generally clean the drivetrain components with a bit of water and dry off too. When I've been riding in showers I'll wipe off the road dirt with a wet rag first, dry and then Pledge.

I generally only lube the chain etc. if it starts to squeak or stick but when I Pledge I'll also go and check the tires for glass etc.

After every month, or if I've been riding long in the rain (or in the dirt), I'll wash the bike. I'll clean and degrease the chain (love my chain cleaner tool), then remove the wheels, etc, before hosing down the bike. Don't use a high-pressure hose, just a regular garden hose set to dribble over everything is good. I'll then spray with Simple Green bike cleaner and go clean up the wheels and scrub the cogs while it sits. Then rinse off and dry (I like paper towels for this).

Then I'll put the bike together and then lube everything. I'll use a "normal" lube, one drop per chain link. I'll also lube the derailleur and brake pivots too. The whole bike washing procedure takes me about 20 minutes.

It's weird but I really like having a squeaky clean bike. And giving it a thorough once over every so often means that you'll catch problems before they become major ones....

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My bike is a month old and I have been keeping her clean but feel I should know more about how often and where to lubricate all those moving parts. What sort of oil etc.
All tips are welcome. emoticon

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