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Detailed tour of my bike maintenance and repair shop (video and pictures).
Posted By John Stone On August 22, 2011 @ 6:25 am In Daily Blog | 8 Comments
Considering the relatively small number of JSF visitors who are mountain or road bikers, and the even smaller fraction of those who actually have an interest in creating their own repair shop (and don’t already have one), I admit that I spent an inordinate amount of time working on this morning’s blog. I don’t care, it was fun. Most of you know how much I love to document my various passions (it’s really why this site exists in the first place), so I don’t think anyone is dying of shock here.
It’s my hope that the below information will be of use (and, perhaps, even inspirational) to both current and future riders. Mountain biking is a wonderful sport, and over the past two years I’ve become hopelessly addicted to it. I’ve recently come to realize that mountain biking is no longer a mere hobby, and is now a true passion of mine. I think about riding constantly. Indeed, assuming I am physically able, I know that I’ll be riding for the rest of my life.
If you ride then you need to at least be able to perform basic maintenance tasks on your bike; failure to do so will decrease your bike’s performance, shorten the life of your bike and very possibly cause you to sustain a serious (or even fatal) injury. If you decide to move beyond the basics, then you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of working on your own bike, spend less time cooling your heels while your bike is at the shop and you’ll also save a heck of a lot of money.
I need to point out that I am far from a bike repair expert. But I enjoy learning, and I do have a background in mechanical repairs (when I was a teenager I completely restored a 1970 Firebird from the ground up). I don’t think you have to be particularly mechanically oriented to learn basic bike repairs, but you do have to have the desire to learn and patience. A lot of patience.
I’ve assembled so much media that I don’t really need to provide a lot of exposition here. Please check out the pictures and then watch the video. I’ve also compiled a very comprehensive list of practically every item seen in this video (with links). Most of the items can be found on Amazon.com, and I even took the time to locate the lowest priced items with free Prime shipping (when available). You’ll find the list, organized by category, just below the video.
I hope you enjoy the tour, even if you’re not a rider (at least not yet!)
NOTE: I’ll update the below list of items regularly, and will also add new pictures on occasion.
List of items last updated on April 30, 2013.
Pictures added/updated on December 12, 2012.
Below you’ll find a listing of everything shown in the above video of my home bike shop. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the tools you’d need to perform every bike repair under the sun. A shop stocked with the below items, however, will allow you to perform all regular bike maintenance tasks as well as many repairs. More tools will be added as the need for them arises.
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