Author Topic: Free bike maintenance  (Read 1122 times)


  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
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Free bike maintenance
« on: March 22, 2015, 12:56:54 PM »
The local bicycle co-op hosted a free basic bike maintenance class yesterday. I was the only one who showed up with a bike, so the instructor hoisted my ride up on the rack and basically gave it a tune up while showing me how to fix common problems. Riding home I couldn’t stop smiling - no more random squeaks and honks, and now I know how to keep it that way.

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  • Pencil Stache
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Re: Free bike maintenance
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2015, 02:37:06 PM »
Badass! :-)

If I can't find something similar around here, I'm going to sign up for a class offered at a local bike shop. I've often thought being a part-time bike mechanic would be a pretty sweet side gig that could double as a way to downshift as I wind down working for The Man. Would probably save on transportation costs in the near-term, too.


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Re: Free bike maintenance
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2015, 02:40:56 PM »
Alternately, it lets you buy good quality bicycles with some major mechanical issues on Craigslist or the like, fix them yourself, and flip them for a nice profit.  After, of course, extensive test riding for a few weeks (or months, if it's really nice - wouldn't want to let a problem slip past!) to make sure everything is working properly.

Bikes are so simple.  Even fancy ones.  Though I'll draw the "absurd" line somewhere before shift-by-wire systems to save a few grams.