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      07-23-2021, 07:21 PM   #1057
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^^^What they said. I have my LBS do virtually all the wrench turning on my bikes. It supports them and keeps me from screwing things up.
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^^^What they said. I have my LBS do virtually all the wrench turning on my bikes. It supports them and keeps me from screwing things up.
As a kid, I grew up taking bikes apart (occasionally to the ire of my father) and putting them back together (usually successfully). As I got older, I started building bikes up from scratch for friends and family-- to the point where I actually thought about doing it for a living-- Lord knows I spent enough time hanging out in bike shops, and my mother despaired of ever getting me (or my clothes) clean from bike grease.

As I got older, I was the mechanic for my friend's bikes-- I'd get a bike brought over the night before a race by a panic-stricken buddy to fix whatever was wrong, and I'd be the guy with the bike mount, truing stand and tools in my truck whenever we went on a ride or went on a road trip.

But, as I've gotten older, I've found that my time has compressed more than I ever thought it would-- and the newer bikes are just a hassle to tune and trim (yes, SRAM-- I'm talking about your 1X setup-- an amazing piece of kit, but an utter bastard to set up properly). I've found that it's easier for me to establish and keep a good relationship with my LBS (beer is a good starting point) than to do the work myself. I've got one shop I go to for my mountain bikes and one I go to for my road bikes. They're all Good People, and if it's something I don't want to deal with (like taping up a tubeless conversion or properly aligning the rear derailleur on a 1X with that weird tool), they'll do an excellent job for a fair price-- and will occasionally scoot me to the front of the line if it's important (i.e. my wife's headed out for a 300 mile race or something like that).

So, I'm an enthusiastic supporter of my mountain and road LBS's-- Yes, things might cost a little bit more, but that's worth it to keep the local pro's in business and our bikes running in top form without me having to spend one of my rare days off tinkering on the bike.

In fact, I went out on a MTB ride with a buddy yesterday and spent about 40 minutes of ride time re-trimming his rear derailleur (because the bozo had "forgotten" to tell me that he'd bent the hanger and had then ham-fisted it back). I got it running enough to do the ride, but then told him to take it to my MTB LBS as I didn't have the time to fix it properly myself until at least September.

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Can I ask a dumb question? In the 21st century, is it common for people to carry just their wheels into a local bike shop for new tubes, tires, and maybe a spoke tensioning or wheel truing?

I have a Trek bike that someone gifted me as a motorsports paddock ride about 10 years ago sitting in my race car hauler thanks to my forced medical retirement from competition, and the tires are now dry-rotted and won't hold air. There's no Trek dealers nearby, and I feel strange carrying the whole bike into a LBS that sells other brands. I'd like to try and ride it around our neighborhood, if for no other reason than to see if my internal gyroscope isn't so far gone from my ticker being hotwired that I'd face-plant before getting it out of first gear.

I'm not a stranger to changing motorcycle/bicycle tires and tubes or even truing wheels, but K-Mart is long out of business in our region for bicycle parts and I don't know if I can pry a tire off of a rim any more with two screwdrivers to do it myself.....
vreihen16 Order the parts and tools online. It's a 10 minute job per tire, if you are moving slolwy, to remove the tire and tube, and put a new one one.

Needed:
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- tire
- tire lever (plastic tool to remove tire)
- air pump (assume you already have one of these)
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Order the parts and tools online. It's a 10 minute job per tire, if you are moving slolwy, to remove the tire and tube, and put a new one one.
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- air pump (assume you already have one of these)
I've done tire/tube changes dozens of times in my younger days, and even trued bicycle and motorcycle wheels. Living with heart failure these days, taking off quick-release wheels is challenge enough! I really want a professional to look the wheels over and check the spoke tensions, since I'm pretty sure that it was ridden in excess of its designed weight limits a time or two in the past. Plus, I honestly don't know what type or size tires/tubes are appropriate for the somewhat unique bicycle-riding mecca that I live next to...and of course not dry-rotting again for another 10+ years.

This whole idea may be moot at this point. I went outside about an hour ago, to pull the bike out of my race car hauler. When I stepped up through the side door, one of my knees buckled and I took a tumble onto the trailer floor. It took me almost 5 minutes to recover from the "help me, I've fallen and can't get up" moment, slide to the door, and get back onto my feet outside the door. Looks like riding a bicycle is beyond my abilities at this point if I can't even get it out of the trailer!

My bicycle helmet was hanging right inside the trailer door. I brought it into the house with me, to see if/how several years of baking in the hot trailer did any damage to my rare Snell B95 lid.....
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Never had to return my Carrera 24 speeder to the shop,(touchwood) haven't adjusted the SRAM/Shimano set up since the pre-del at new and keep it lubed regularly.
It's cooler here now so perfect time to do my usual 10-12 miler.
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