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April 21, 2021, 11:05 a.m. -  Poz

One of the best things I got was a Park Tools book from my parents when I was a kid. That book taught me most of what I have needed. The park website is pretty solid too. Lots of people like YouTube but personally I’m a written media learner.  Over the years I’ve found Manuals and articles that I print and keep in a binder in my shop.  The majority of bike maintenance really isn’t complicated. Knowing some of the basics can save a ride not just a bundle of money at the shop. I once met a rider at the bottom of the valley of a 35km out and back ride that was having serious issues with his brakes that threatened to make him walk uphill the remaining 15km and didn’t know how to fix them. 10 minutes, my multi tool, and some ingenuity and I had him riding again. And now have a riding partner.  That’s not to say I haven’t messed up my fair bit of parts but usually that comes from being in a rush or having a couple too many shop pops while wrenching. Those are usually expensive beers.

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