/ new to MTB and need some advice re servicing bike
I'm relatively new to mountain biking, been doing it off and ono for a couple of years, but one thing that is massively lacking is my mechanical knowledge.... it took me 45mins to change a tyre a few months ago :-(
My bike needs a bit of a service and was wondering if anyone had any good beta on websites that show you how to service etc, i've considered looking on youtube for DIY servicing, is this any good or does it need to be bike specific?
This is a good resource:
There are some good videos on YouTube, and some rubbish ones search for the thing you want to do, for example bleed brakes, change bottom bracket etc and add in the particular make of component although most are generic. You may need specific tools for some things.
Considering the 45mins to change a tyre, +1 for this advice.
Most bike maintenance is pretty simple but it can be fiddly. You will end up spending some frustrating evenings getting stuff right by trial and error, anyway, so best to get the basics set first.
Cheers for the advice. I'm not normally a mechanic mong, but it had been about 18yrs since my dad taught me how to change my tyres when i was about 10 yrs old, so the memories were somewhat rusty. You were definitely right about things being fiddly!
I'm pretty certain once i see how it's done i'll be ok, but for anything more complex i'll probably look at one of those mechanic sessions.
What needs doing on your bike, do you think?
I was totally intimidated by the technical stuff when I started, and made a few cock-ups along the way, but there are only a couple of things I won't attempt now, and even those are starting to look approachable.
you must be doing it wrong as I have hayes brakes and they are incredibly easy to bleed and the only part you need is a little plastic bleed nipple that screws into the master cylinder and even then you can get away with a 50ml syringe.
to the OP: check out singletrackworld and register as it's a wealth of information as if you aren't sure of something, you can ask a question on the forum and have a reply very quickly.
Could be, they're quite an old model. But basically, the bleed nipples weren't available in the country I live when I looked into it and as I remember it you needed to buy a bleed kit which was reasonably pricey. Fortunately the brakes still work perfectly OK, if with a bit more pull than needed than I normally favour.
For future reference you can get reasonably priced kits here:
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