In Taiwan we are extremely lucky not to have to pay an arm and a leg for quick tune ups at the bike shop. I know for some people, half the fun is in maintaining their bike, for others, they think it’s a mechanic’s job.
I live on the 5th floor walk up, so despite the mechanic is only 2 min ride away, I try to figure things out on my own. My tool and maintenance collection has grown and those are things I cherish as much as my bike.
There’s some very interesting things on here that I wish I knew earlier on. I personally like the section labeled “Respect Your Mechanic”
No. 21 Don’t be a hero. Whether it’s due to lack of knowledge or experience, or not having the proper tools for the job, you are not capable of every repair. Sometimes you have to take your problem to a professional.
No. 22 Find out what your shop mechanic’s favorite afternoon munchie is, then bring it along the next time you stop in for a repair.
No. 23 It doesn’t matter how you broke it. Just don’t lie to your bike mechanic.
No. 24 Never roll your bike into the shop and expect an on-the-spot repair. You don’t know what your mechanic is up against on any given day.