I didn’t get any riding in, but had a productive and fun weekend. I spent most of Saturday working outside, but I had time in the afternoon to watch a movie and play a little poker. On Sunday I took the time to get those projects I blew off last weekend knocked out. Feels good to have that that stuff out of the way!
I want to follow-up on all of those upgrades I did to my Fuel back in March. I’ve got several hundred miles on the new components, and everything is still performing as flawlessly now as the day I did the install. About the only adjustment I’ve had to make is last week I had to go two clicks in on the rear derailleur barrel adjuster–a normal occasional adjustment that takes all of 1 second. I also had to install new seals in my rear shock, but that shock has been on the bike since I bought it.
I’m pretty fastidious about regular maintenance, and that certainly helps keep my bikes running nice and smooth. After each ride I clean and oil all the drivetrain components using Rock-N-Roll Extreme lube and I check tire pressure and rear shock air pressure. Once per week (more depending on trail conditions) I give the drivetrain a thorough cleaning, lube the shifter cables, clean the rotors with rubbing alcohol, lube the front and rear shock stanchions with Finish Line Stanchion Lube, check chain wear and re-center my brake calipers on the rotor. I also give the entire bike a thorough inspection once per week, and make any required adjustments or repairs at that time.
It’s been one year since I completed my home bike repair shop, and that project has turned out to be one of the smartest investments I’ve made in my riding. Since completing my home bike shop last August, none of my bikes have seen the inside of a pro shop–not even once. While I’m still far from being a professional bike wrench, over the past year I’ve learned a tremendous amount about bike repair and bike maintenance. I feel quite comfortable working on my bikes now, and that was not always the case.
Not only has learning these new skills been personally satisfying, it’s saved me a small fortune in maintenance and repair bills. I wonder how much a shop would have charged me to install all of those upgraded components I put on my Fuel last March? It was not a small job: crankset, bottom bracket, shifters, front derailleur, rear derailleur, cassette, handlebars, stem, saddle, pedals, grips, wheels, tubeless tires, chain, rotors… basically the entire bike was pulled apart and put back together. There’s something very satisfying about riding a bike that you built yourself.
The other nice thing about doing my own repairs is that I no longer have to drop my bike off at the shop and leave it for days at a time.
If you’re a rider and you have a little space to devote to a home shop, I highly recommend that you go that route. You can check out my home bike repair shop article for some ideas if you want. I keep that article and list of supplies updated whenever I make changes to my shop or add a new item, so what you see there is how my shop sits today. The video, however, is very out of date. If there is any interest, maybe I’ll shoot an updated video?