By Jim Langley
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While you may have no interest in becoming a pro mechanic or even of setting up a pro work area, if you ride a bicycle I bet you already have some kind of home bike workshop. Maybe it’s just where you top off your tires, lube the chain and make minor adjustments. It might be in a hallway in your apartment, or a corner in your garage, the only spot you have to store your two-wheeler.
Even if that’s all you have, you probably already realize some of the benefits of having a place to work and of maintaining your own machine. It saves you the time and money of bringing your bike in and paying the pros to do it.
There’s also the savings from less frequent breakdowns and component replacement that results from regularly maintaining your bicycles. And also the satisfaction of learning more about your bike, so you can fix things that crop up at home and on rides, and so that you can communicate more clearly with the pros when you need their help with more serious issues. Plus taking care of your bike yourself is the best way to ensure that it’s ready to go when you are.
And there are other great reasons to set up a nice home bicycle workshop.
Here are my top fourteen:
1.) Regular maintenance is the best way to keep your bicycle(s) running perfectly and prevent problems. A home workshop makes this much easier.
2.) Bicycles and the components on them last longest when they’re properly maintained, saving you money over the long haul. For example, by simply keeping a chain clean and lubed, your bike will run like a champ and you’ll put off expensive chain, cassette and chainring replacement costs.
Purchase the book to read the other 12 reasons and learn how to do it yourself.