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1/22/13 6:57 P

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I want to take a course. When I lived in Chicago, there was an organization called Cycling Sisters that had an open workshop once a week. You could use their tools, and be surrounded by people who knew a lot more than I did and could help out as you learned to do the work. There is an open workshop near me here, too, but it's a 45+ minute drive, so I've never gone.


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11/27/12 12:12 P

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Glad to help!

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11/25/12 10:24 P

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Thanks, that is really good to know! (about oiling the chain)

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11/24/12 8:29 P

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Thanks for the oil reminder, MissG. That's something I was doing more regularly when I was splashing through rain & puddles, but slacked off when the weather got a little more dry.



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11/24/12 2:53 P

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The one thing that EVERYONE can do to really help their bike it to regularly oil the chain. My LBS recommends a light oiling every 100 miles. It saves wear on the chain AND the gears.

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11/22/12 10:13 P

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I don't know anything about fixing my bike atm....but I will soon. :) I want to learn!

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11/4/12 4:17 P

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Lisa, I plan to do that this winter. Our LBS gives several seminars throughout the winter months.



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11/4/12 3:38 P

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I do basic repair myself such as fixing a flat. Other than that I have my LBS take care of. A friend and I took a basic repair class for women that Bikeworks had . We both found it very helpful. I would recommend that you all see if your local LBS provides something similar.

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11/4/12 2:57 P

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Thanks for all the good ideas.. the You Tube video was helpful but my problem is a bit more complicated.. and unfortunately, I was not successful in my first attempt at repairing.. I did find that my local vo-tech offers a basic and advanced Bicycle maintenance and repair class.. so I'm going to sign up for the next one.. in the meantime, off to my LBS for assistance.

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11/3/12 11:15 P

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There are so many videos on YouTube these days. I'm learning how to sew using them! Here is one on your brakes: www.youtube.com/watch?v=02D2rqAUAPM

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11/3/12 9:52 P

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My bike is new, but when the LBS guy adjusted brakes on my hubby's bike, he talked me through what he was doing and why. Not that I could do it myself yet, but at least I know a few things to look for.

I am always looking online for tutorials for one thing or another. Let us know if you find a good site for bikes!

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11/3/12 7:13 P

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Mine is pretty new yet but I know REI has classes on a lot of different subjects. Never taken one yet so I don't know how the quality is.

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11/3/12 7:07 P

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I trust my bike to my bike repair shop utterly, but this winter I'm going to take their repair courses and try to be a little more prepped for road emergencies.

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11/3/12 6:47 P

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I'm attempting to repair my brakes tonight.. curious if anyone has some ideas for good reference books or videos on "how tos"

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