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basic maintenance topic demo

Catrin2012-07-28 19:19:43 +0000 #1
I hesitate to call this actual teaching, but I am going to help a couple of local Orthodox nuns learn the very basics of bike maintenance Friday evening. They know I am no expert, but they are good friends and they asked me to help them.

Here is what I am planning to cover:

Checking tires/airing

Chain cleaning/lubing

Dealing with a dropped chain

How to change a tube/tire

I am confident showing them the above, but is there anything else really basic that I've left off my list?
Desert Tortoise2012-07-28 19:21:35 +0000 #2
How about brakes? At the very least, how to check they are not rubbing by lightly lifting one end, give a little free spin to see that the tire does not abruptly stop. Personally, I don't know much about fixing brakes but I have done a minor adjustment when my rear brake was sticking. Boy, was that ride a kill-joy. On the upside, it was a great incentive to learn brake adjustment.

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