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    How many people actually work on their own bikes?

    I am curious, I was talking to a worker at a bike shop and he said that majority of biker riders don't work on their own bikes. Why is that? Is it because they would rather spend their time out on the road or just scared they will screw up their bike?
    Sometimes you wonder why things fall apart and then you realizze..a bolt is missing.

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    im afraid ill mess up my bike and itll cost more for HUGE adjustments when it only needed small adjustments lol However, i am starting to work on my bike now, in fact in a few weeks i plan to replace the chain all by myself
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    the same reason you are not a banker, truck driver, sky diver. they don't want to

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMetric View Post
    I am curious, I was talking to a worker at a bike shop and he said that majority of biker riders don't work on their own bikes. Why is that? Is it because they would rather spend their time out on the road or just scared they will screw up their bike?
    Your LBS guy is likely correct. We on MTBR represent a skewed sample base. In the wider scheme of things, most whom I know go to a shop. Some do a few things themselves, and go to the shop for the rest. Some go to the shop for everything.

    Some just plain don't like to wrench. Nothing wrong w/that. I hate working on my car, so I pretty much always take *that* to the shop.

    Some are afraid of screwing up.

    Some might be capable but too busy.

    All sorts of reasons. Liking to ride a bike and liking to work on a bike are really two different things. One does not necessarily need to lead to the other.

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    I love working on my bike.

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    I do what I can. If it's something I am afraid of screwing up or I can't figure out, I'll take my bike to the shop. For instance, when the time comes to press in the headset on my new frame, I'll take it to the shop. I don't want to chance destroying a $100 headset when my shop will do it for $10 and if they break it, they pay for a replacement.
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    Who on here actually rides their bikes? I'm just kidding, but reptilezs by far has the best response. So true.

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    Mountain Bikes aren't cheap. Fiddling around when you got no idea what you're doing could cost you.

    Regular maintenance - tyres, chains brake wiring I'm happy to do myself.

    But it's always nice to just hop over to your local, support their business and maybe just chat a little bike talk.

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    I try....tools, patience and finesse projects tend to limit me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    Who on here actually rides their bikes?
    I am a poser. But forums.poser.com doesn't seem to exist, so I come here instead.

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    I haven't taken my bike to a shop in a couple years. I do most things myself. In fact, I just serviced my fork yesterday.

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    I've not been serviced by a bike shop since the 1990's sometime, I'd guess. No black art here. Take your time and anything can be one.

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    I do all my own work as well. Of course coming from a mechanical background doesn't hurt. I'm somewhat new to bike repair, but a few bucks on some special tools and time spent researching goes a long way. I sometimes get a little apprehensive ordering an expensive part when I'm not 100% sure it will work, but so far so good. The members here have been a great help as well.
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    I do all my own stuff. I dont trust the bike shop folks to do anything. Also, in the amount of time it takes me to go to the shop, wait for the bike, then go pick it up, I could do it myself alot faster, and know that it was done correctly.

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    I used to assemble bikes in a shop back in the 90's so I picked up a few tips from the mechanic at the time. Lack of the correct tools has been a problem since then.

    However I recently got a bicycle toolkit which has all the specialist tools like cassette tool, chain whip, crank extractors, BB tool etc.

    A truing stand is on my list now.

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    Mostly scared that I'll screw it up. It's a catch-22. If I try to figure it out and mess it up the LBS gives me a dirty look because they have to fix it. If I bring it in to get looked at before messing with it, there's the same dirty look because they figure you should be able to do it yourself. I can't win.

    I wish LBS could give quick lessons on the simple things instead of getting the death stare of stupidity. I'm not mechanically gifted but trying to learn as I go. I'm a visual learner so any kind of basic lesson is appreciated. Most shops don't have/don't want to take the time to do that hence the catch-22.

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    Some people like food better when someone else cooks it. A lot of my plumbing customers are more than capable of most repairs but feel better about the repair if they spend money on it. Some are looking to screw some one out of money for the repair.

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    Got my 1st shop job at 16 years old. Been working on my own bikes since then. I have always enjoyed taking things apart and understanding how they work, my father must have spent a fortune having the bikes I either rode the hell out of, or took apart to get fixed. But dad always made sure I was on 2 wheels.

    I am 30 now.

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    lots of people who own good bikes, their time is worth more than the price they pay the shop.

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    My riding buddy neither goes to the shop nor does it himself...he invites me to her house for lunch which has a nice big terrace, a bike stand and always cold beer in the fridge
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob13bob View Post
    lots of people who own good bikes, their time is worth more than the price they pay the shop.
    They can probably afford good bikes because they do their own maintenance.

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    I am a construction machinery mechanic and engineer but some things are just not mine:
    lacing and truing is not relaxcing for me but makes me squirelly

    way back in 1993 there have been no good bicycle mechanics in Germany, so one had to learn the hard way..

    so this is for my friends in the LBS
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    In most cases, you can purchase whatever tool is necessary to perform a repair or adjustment for less than what your lbs will charge you to do the same thing. And you get to keep the tool, do the next time the issue comes up, you are all set. There are limitless resources online to learn how to do things. I do all my own repairs, and taught myself everything. I'll still support my lbs when I can't wait for an online order, or I'll even buy the necessary tools there. I own 4 high end bikes that I perform about 500 dollars worth of maintenance/installs/adjustments per week on. Mostly just switching parts and experimenting with different set-ups. This would not be possible if I were to bring it to the shop each time. This is also a huge learning experience, and an even huger money saver.

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    I don't do everything.
    Most people that are into cycling that I know (as opposed to people who just ride to school or work etc) do at least some work on their bikes.

    I have never:
    - faced a headtube or BB shell because the tools are pretty expensive, I don't need it done often, and the LBS doesn't charge all that much for the job.
    - cut a steerer tube because I let the shop install headset and fork while they have the frame for the facing.
    - laced a wheel because it just seems like so many things to put together and I've found complete wheels for less than the individual parts would cost.
    - bled the brakes. Don't know why.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bethany1 View Post
    Mostly scared that I'll screw it up. It's a catch-22. If I try to figure it out and mess it up the LBS gives me a dirty look because they have to fix it.
    Don't even worry about that. We all make a mistake now and then. I remember once I broke two detanglers in a row while working on a BMX bike. The shop guys and I laughed about that one for a long time. I still laugh when I think about it. They were happy because they sold not one, but two(!) detanglers in just a days time.

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