How do you guys learn to repair your bike? I've been a daily commute biker for over 5 years and I don't know how to do any repairs except the extremely most basic shit (replacing rim brake pads, flat repair) because I have no way to learn or practice since I only have my one bike, and I'm not gonna fuck up my own bike trying some unnecessary repair. I have never really had any significant issues
>>1940878I didnt know how to fix anything on my bike and it only took about 2h worth of youtube videos to completely build up a carbon frame road bike from scratch.Sure you need about 400$ worth of tools but its worth it.Now i think people are completely retarded who need bike mechanics.Its literally only 2 wheels and some cogs.
>>1940878i started working as a bike mechanic but i'm guessing that's not an option for you. replacing brakes and fixing flats is already more than most people are capable of, you can just fix things on a need be basis, just research basic terminology, get some tools and follow tutorials. most you'll need is some spanners and allen keys, maybe a frame spreader for replacing inner tubes on back wheels.
>>1940923>a frame spreader for replacing inner tubes on back wheelswhat in the dunning-kruger
>>1940878I can do everything on bikes short of framebuilding. It's taken me 15 years. maybe I think the thing you need to do first is accept you're gonna enjoy dealing with bullshit issues like a thread stripping out or a seatpost being stuck. You enjoy that stuff as it is part of it. get a project. a bike which requires a full overhaul. Do everything. You have infinite resources for information. It's only worth it if you can find something high(ish) end. that would have once been expensive, for a low price, in your size. budget ~200 for nice consumables and 100-200 on tools/chemicals.
>>1940925what? what do you use? we get alot of old dutch city bikes and there's no way to remove things from the back wheel otherwise
>>1940958Just take the wheel out?Dont particually know how it works on dutch bikes but it has to be easy like on every other frame.
>>1940925I think he means what most people call tire leavers or tire spoons
>>1940978oh wait never mind. what the hell is this thing
>>1940878>>>/n/bqgstop shitting up this bus/train/plane board with your blogposts about how you need someone else to repair your bike
>>1940980This, /n/ is for alon levy copypasta and screeching about stroads, no bicycles in my backyard those are for nimbies reeeeeeeee
>>1940878For it me it was owning a 19070's shitter 10 speed, getting burned by a bike shop, and saying "fuck that i'll learn" and repairing shit on my own as pieces fell off my bike.Granted day the end of 4 years that bike was basically rubbish from all the damage I had done. But I learned a lot! I've probably done full rebuild on 3 dozen bikes, trued wheels, replaced bearings everywhere there are bearings, basically I've done it all. Bikes are not complicated so don't get too nervous.
>>1940923>>1940925A frame spreader????????That's a tool used to bend a steel frame wider. Arenyous ure that's the right tool for replacing a tire?
>>1940921>buying open mould chinese crabbonDid it assplode?
>>1940878Watching my dad, doing it myself, and watching online videos.I wrench on motorcycles and cars, so bicycles were easy for me.It just takes some time and learning. Get a project like others said and a simple mechanics tool set at harbor freight or home depot.Then, when required or desired get bicycle tools.>>1940979wtfI would try a c-clamp if the tire was that stuck on.>>1940989>19070man you must be a wrenching god from the future.10 speeds are dirt cheap still so it's fine.
>>1940969it's not, to take the wheel out you'd have to take off the entire chainguard, the chain, fender, internal gear hub thingy etc. much faster to just spread the frame and switch the tube.
>>1940979that's not it we use this
>>1940990it's what every bike shop in NL uses
>>1940878the bicycle is a complex system comprised of simple machines. learn what they are and how they function independently and in conjunction with one-another. the machines will never lie to you, anon. they are what they are at all times. youtube is a fantastic resource to watch and start tinkering, and the sheldonbrown.com site is a more advanced read once you've got a foundational understanding from youtube and tinkering. practical experience is the world, here. you gotta get your hands in it from the get-go.
>>1940998No it was an expenisve 3.5k LOOK frame.
>>1941006Ahhh now it makes sense.Can you also change the tire without removing the wheel? Or do you create just a small slit to slip in the tube?
>>1940878I learned a lot about using basic tools from my dad starting at a young age. Applying that to bikes was a mixture of learning by doing and consulting the internet once I fucked something up.Having a large set of high quality tools is a big plus but in my case all bike specific ones (chain whip, crank puller, etc.) are all ultra cheap chinesium. Basically just start going at it.
I've been learning at a bike co-op in my city; they have all the tools you need and will walk you through repairs and answer questions. Also Youtube.
>>1941061you basically just move the back fork away from the axle just enough to slip out the inner tube and sometimes the tire, then slip new ones in, then you loosen the spreader, put all the nuts and bolts back on and the fork goes back into place.
>>1940878The Sutherland book is available as a free .pdf.
>>1941091>Having a large set of high quality tools is a big plus100% And if you don't inherit it (like me, dad is notools), and you're gonna be kinda in one place, everyone should spend a few hundred bucks on decent sets of screwdrivers, spanners, wrenches, pliers, etc as early as they can. Those things are infinitely useful. You can get by with cheap shit ones but it sucks. And they pretty much last your entire life.
>>1940878Watch videos on gear and brake cable replacement. That is easy to learn. You need a cable snips, Alan keys, and a vicegrips. After doing it 4 or 5 times you'll be a master. I changed mine yesterday in 5 minutes and I am mechanically retarded.
>>1941433>>1941435<3 manuals. I can read them all day.
>>1940979https://youtu.be/3LGUTYrSWQc?t=86oh my. I guess they really dont want to mess with taking the drive side off, as this can involve decoupling the shifting linkage from the hub
>>1940878lbs for $350 a year. all my shit work.
>>1940923what do I do if one brake pad is closer to the wheel than the other?
>>1940878youtubethis hellhole of a boardwebsites like sheldon brownhonestly if you know how to do brake pads and tyres youre already half way there with basic maintenancelearn to also adjust derailleurs and replace brake and shift cablestrueing wheels if you hit potholesprettymuch everything else is stuff you only need to know for modifications or replacing entire broken or worn out components
>>1943694what are the vice grips for?
>>1943964what a retarded way to design a bikegetting a puncture must be a curse
>>1945393what kind of brakes do you havejust look up your brakes on youtube and youl see how to adjust the pads
>>1940878I literally just chimped it for 20 years. Also look up Sheldon Brown and Park Tools' moustache man.
>>1940878park tools videos on youtube and buy some used cheap bike if you have a fancy bike you don't dare to mess with, there's nothing more to it
>>1941573>wanna learn to fix bicycles? you should start by consooming a ton of tools most of which you won't need for your bike
>>1949786How is it consooming? The tools will last you a long time and do all the things a shop will charge you big money for.A good selection of tools for most repairs can be bought for <$100.Yes, these tools will immediately start saving you money.
>>1949786>I can only use my tools for fixing bicycles>I totally can't use them to do anything else
>>1940878>thing brakes>google / youtube how to repair "thing">look for video that uses similar components to you>copy what they did in the video>??>profitunless you have sub 80IQ anyone can do it
>>1949799>thing brakes>unless you have sub 80IQ
>>1949800>so retarded he can't even spell breaks>still able to fix anything on his bikepoint proven I guess
>>1949804Tool-lets in shambles
>>1940878i grew up in the countryside with clapped out old mtbs as my main form of transportlearned how to change toobs adjust vbrakes and derailleurs from youtubehad fun :)i really got into real bike maintenance and modification when i became homeless for 2 yearsdragged an ancient old mtb from a junkyard for £10 and just kept watching youtube tutorials till i figured out how to get the whole thing running smoothly and converted it from 15 to 21 speed for climbing hillsthat bike saved my life unironicallyi still have that pos bike it kinda means alot to methanks to that piece of shit i know how to fully disassemble and reassemble prettymuch any old mtb and it led onto me learning how to work on modern ones when i bought one of those (also clapped out)realizing how easy bikes actually are to work on it kinda became a bit of an obsessionwanting to build the perfect bike for me on the lowest budget i can (still working on it)thats my advice buy a clapped out bike and learn to fix every part one step at a time till you know how every piece of it worksrly doesnt take long either
>>1949824forgot picthe green one was the onethe black one was my friends bike and is now my main bike while im building my custom
>>1949824>>1949826Are you using the green frame as a base or are you starting from scratch? Also what is the perfect bike to you?
be poor and not be able to afford someone to fix it for you.
>>1949848no the green bike is just sitting around atmit weighs a tonne even by steel standards so its not really worth doing much toi have plans for it thoughthe perfect bike for me is a very personal thingi just want to choose every component of my bike so the whole thing fits my preferences perfectlyand its thanks to both of these pieces of shit that i learned how to achieve thatnow i cant even imagine just buying a bike and riding it and accepting things i dont like knowing that i can swap any component for any other
>>1949885By asking what your perfect bike is I meant in terms of components not your philosophy on the subject although I do appreciate your answer. As in what style of frame and so on.>its not really worth doing much to>i have plans for it thoughI know the feeling. I've also got an old steel mtb which weighs more than its worth but it's hard to fight that urge to make it just that little bit nicer.
>>1949888well this is the steel frame and fork i boughtthose wheels arent the ones im gonna use those are just for showi kinda cba to explain every component im gonna use thoi have my preferences for almost every individual component at this point>it's hard to fight that urge to make it just that little bit nicer.yeah its very tempting but i know im not gonna ride it unless something goes catastrophically wrong with every other bike ive got