Message from Gaius Mucius Scaevola in MacGuyver - Skills & Academics #mechanics

2018-02-17 10:16:28 UTC  

Anybody know of any good guides for tuning up a bicycle? I want to repair my old bike, but I"m pretty sure everything needs to be replaced and both the breaks and gears are fucked up and need fixing.

2018-02-17 12:22:49 UTC  

I know zip about bicycles, unfortunately but I will @everyone this so we can find out who does

2018-02-18 17:53:40 UTC  

@Gaius Mucius Scaevola search YouTube. If you can't find anything there search google for bicycle forums.

2018-02-18 20:09:41 UTC  

I'm a huge bike nut, as you might see from my avatar. YouTube has every maintenance topic covered. The most popular is GCN. Art's Cyclery is also good.

2018-02-18 20:11:40 UTC  

I learned one step at a time, researching each time a new maintenance task came up. If you're starting from square 1 and need a full tune-up, it will be far easier to bring it by a shop. Bike shops only charge like $15 an hour for their labor rate, so they're far more affordable than a car mechanic and they can get a lot done in an hour because they're experts. You could spend days trying to figure out all the various components you need to order that are compatible with your bike. And if everything is worn, it can be cheaper to buy an entirely new bicycle than to replace all of the worn components on your current bike.

2018-02-18 20:12:44 UTC  
2018-02-19 23:08:48 UTC  

@Tanner - SC I know it'll be easier to pay it to get fixed but I also really want to learn how to fix it myself, so starting from square one and fully fixing up my bike I think would be a good way to learn. Where would you personally recommend I start?

2018-02-19 23:08:56 UTC  

With the tune uo

2018-02-19 23:31:51 UTC  

@Gaius Mucius Scaevola What kind of bike? If you bought it from Walmart, it is not worth fixing. You’ll probably need chain rings, cassette, chain, tires, tubes, brake pads, wheel truing, shifter cable and housing replacement. That’s all before you even start “tuning”. The wheel hubs might need a rebuild from loss of grease and gain of rust.

2018-02-19 23:32:14 UTC  

It could literally cost you two bicycles and weeks worth of effort to get it running like new.

2018-02-19 23:32:14 UTC  

I can take a picture when I get home

2018-02-19 23:32:30 UTC  

I know I got it off of Craigslist and it's at least a halfway decent bike

2018-02-19 23:32:50 UTC  

Truing wheels alone is a complicated art form.

2018-02-19 23:34:14 UTC  

Easiest would be to buy a whole new group set from eBay, then let the bike shop handle the wheel truing and any bearing replacements. You will need to buy tools and accessories too.

2018-02-19 23:36:17 UTC  

How long has it been since you last rode it?

2018-02-19 23:41:47 UTC  

Months, if not more than a year

2018-02-23 06:08:33 UTC  

I was recently added, am also a Bike Mechanic.

2018-02-23 06:09:27 UTC  

@ me for slow response.

2018-02-23 06:42:58 UTC  

Also @Tanner - SC and @Gaius Mucius Scaevola ParkTool has a YouTube channel with a video archive for almost every repair.

2018-02-26 00:40:40 UTC  

@Gaius Mucius Scaevola Are you still looking for some bike help?

2018-02-26 00:52:00 UTC  

@Freiheit - CA yeah definitely

2018-02-26 00:52:09 UTC  

once the weather gets a bit warmer I want to fix up my bike

2018-02-26 00:52:17 UTC  

not just to have a bike to ride, but to learn how to fix a bike in the process

2018-02-26 01:03:49 UTC  

Let me know when ready. Can give pointers.

2018-02-27 00:50:39 UTC  

Posting a PSA in here, please let me know if its too graphic / breaks any rules and I’ll remove. Any of you guys that are in an industrial field no doubt get your PPE policies drilled into you over and over. But it’s all too easy to neglect that when you’re working at home. Almost lost my thumb this weekend, taking apart an automatic louver/damper motor, and I neglected to relive the tension from the spring inside. Had I been wearing gloves it probably wouldn’t have been as bad.

2018-02-27 00:52:18 UTC  

Friday night trip to the ER for a severed tendon and artery, severed the nerve also, Dr says I probably won’t get the feeling back, at least not fully. Stupid mistake.

2018-02-27 00:52:54 UTC

2018-02-27 00:54:21 UTC

2018-02-27 00:56:51 UTC  

I'm sorry to see it, bro. Great point, though. Just because it's at your house, doesn't mean it's a toy

2018-02-27 01:01:48 UTC  

Yeah, just an oversight. Could have been way worse. Could have flown up and hit me in the eye or something permanent. Or another 1/4in I would have been picking my thumb off of the garage floor

2018-02-27 02:25:38 UTC  

Good PSA. Call me overkill, but I wear this every time I’m working with a knife or dremel:
Stainless Steel Mesh Hand Glove - Cut Resistant <>

2018-02-27 02:28:26 UTC  

Best wishes brother. I have a buddy who was shot in the hand in Afghanistan and later sliced a tendon in his kitchen while cooking chicken. He said the pain from the bullet didn’t approach the pain from the sliced tendon @Px4stormtrooper#3883

2018-02-27 11:18:54 UTC  

Funny enough, the initial cut wasn’t very painful at all. I believe because of the severed nerve. It was more of a dull pain, and I still have very little sensation at all on the whole side of the thumb. It has mainly been a huge annoyance not being able to grip with that hand. It’s damn near impossible to do anything without a thumb, even simple things, like having to reach across with my left hand to start my truck. Luckily I’ll be healed up in a week or two and it’ll be a lesson learned. Just take care of yourselves gents, be safe out there

2018-03-02 12:37:37 UTC  

Any pointers beyond RTFM when it comes to not breaking powertools/stripping bolts/don't do X to Y because Z

2018-03-02 12:37:53 UTC  

Been having a time of it lately.

2018-03-02 12:39:06 UTC  

Also is there any kind of 'how not to be a greenie round the shop' manual beyond binging AvE vids?

2018-03-02 16:31:38 UTC  

Downward pressure, sharp tools.

2018-03-02 17:07:38 UTC  

@Freiheit - CA Why is Snap-On still in business? Does the quality of their tools really demand such a high price? All my wrenches are Craftsman, and although I don't use them but about once a week, they've stayed sharp for the 5 years I've had them. Plus, the warranty

2018-03-02 17:10:52 UTC  

What do you guys think of Klein?

2018-03-02 17:12:39 UTC  

I have them, they're electrician's tools more than anything

2018-03-02 17:13:50 UTC  

@Deleted User If you're just a hobbyist, do Craftsman. Klein is like $40 for a pair of pliers