My Home Bike Repair Shop: 1.5 years later and still growing. New video?
When I completed the initial build of my home Bike Repair Shop in August 2011 I had a pretty decent collection of bike repair tools and a fairly well-rounded home shop set up. I had the tools I required to perform all general maintenance tasks, as well as pretty much any Level I or Level II repair (and some Level III repairs).
Back in August 2011 I had already amassed some amount of experience working on my own bikes, but was still pretty wet behind the ears. That lack of experience was evident in the video tour of my home shop (which can be found here) by how often I referred to bike repairs as “frustrating”. While I had a background in mechanical repairs (mostly from working on my own cars as a teenager), bike repair was an entirely new ballgame.
Since I posted that video almost 1.5 years ago I’ve gained a lot of bike repair experience. I no longer find working on my bikes frustrating; iIn fact, I very much enjoy the time I spend in my home bike shop! I find working on my bikes quite relaxing, and the satisfaction of doing all my own maintenance, repairs and builds is immense.
It’s been more than 1.5 years since I’ve had any of my bikes in a “professional” shop. Not only have I saved a small fortune in repair bills, there’s no down time while I wait days for repairs to be completed. I also know the job is done right every single time, and that’s important to me.
Over the past year and a half I’ve added dozens of new tools and bits of shop equipment when they were needed. I now have a very well-stocked Level III+ home bike shop, and there are very few tasks that I could not accomplish with the tools and supplies I have on-hand. There’s a short list of tools I still would like to add to my collection, but I see no point in purchasing them until they are required for a repair.
As my home Bike Repair Shop has evolved I’ve diligently updated the list of tools and supplies: it’s always 100% up-to-date. That said, I would like to take all new photographs of the shop and shoot a new video.
When I posted the original bike shop article I didn’t think it would have a very wide audience here on JSF. I was sure wrong about that! Aside from the JSF members who are avid bike enthusiasts, the number of people who have discovered the article from Google searches is astonishing! Looking at the blog stats for JSF, that article is in the top five of all-time popular blogs.
For casual cyclists having a full-blown shop probably doesn’t make much sense, but I do feel everyone should be able to perform basic bike maintenance. The reason I feel that way is because taking your bike to a shop is a pain, and so people often blow it off until there is a major problem. Riding a bike that is not properly adjusted and tuned is not only hard on the components, it can be frustrating to ride (at best), and even unsafe.