Just a quick post today prompted by a maintenance problem I’m having with my Specialized Epic.
The bottom bracket that was fit by the previous owner is too small and the chain keeps getting sucked up and jammed between the chainset and the chain-stay. I’ve been looking into a new one and I have to admit, I don’t have a scooby what length I need, nor how to fit it. I like doing the maintenance myself, and I’m pretty good at figuring it all out if I can be bothered getting off my ass, but the bike shop’ll do the replacement for about £15. Tis mighty tempting…
Anyway. the point of this was, I’m curious how much other bikers do to their own bikes. Do the majority just go as far as cleaning and lubing after every (most…? some…?) ride, or does everyone get their hands dirty replacing group sets, brake hoses and the like?
I’m slightly hoping the majority do the latter so I don’t feel as much of a wuss going to the bike shop, but if it’s the latter at least I’ll be motivated into learning how to do it. Leave a comment below and let me know, shame me into action!