Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

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Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby Schmenz » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:05 am

I need to put my bike in to get a rear cassette changed.

I can go to several different bike shops so am wondering which ones you would recommend as I don't want to have a dodgy job done.

(I am not sure on the forum rules regarding this, but if we avoid saying x shop is bad because of x that should be ok, and just recommend the good ones :D)

choices are

blackman bicycles parramatta
bike barn parramatta
cylcesport thornleigh
turramurra cyclery
hornsby cycles

(or any in the parramatta, hornsby area. I am also happy to go to north sydney as well. I do need something with decent opening hours preferrably).
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Re: Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby Mulger bill » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:13 am

Hate to sound rude Schmenz, but why not pick up the tools and get stuck in yourself?
A/ You will know the job is done right.
B/ The satisfaction from knowing that you need never be stranded by a roadside mechanical.

Cassette change would be a great place to start, while specific tools (2) are needed, the job itself is even more of a doddle than crucifixion. :wink:

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Re: Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby jimsheedy » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:29 am

Buy this

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one of these

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some of these

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And have a go yourself.

There are some jobs im wary of and will happily pass them onto a mechanic. But there are plenty that are pretty easy. Follow all the steps and give yourself plenty of time.
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Postby CommuRider » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:39 am

And when I first joined, someone posted this

http://bicycletutor.com/
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Postby Schmenz » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:45 am

CommuRider wrote:And when I first joined, someone posted this

http://bicycletutor.com/



oooo where have you been all my life!

thank you!

Doing it myself is definitely something I want to learn but I am pretty pressed for time at the moment and am happy to get someone else to do it. But once its done, if i want to change it back - im definitely going to look at doing it myself!
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Re: Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby Mulger bill » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:53 am

A DIY cassette swap should take less time than actually taking the bike to the LBS. Budget for 15 minutes including the post job brew of coffee. :wink:
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Re: Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby Schmenz » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:54 am

Mulger bill wrote:A DIY cassette swap should take less time than actually taking the bike to the LBS. Budget for 15 minutes including the post job brew of coffee. :wink:



oooo THAT easy!

so probs an hour for me.

rightio.

exactly what tools would i need? or anyone got a linky? will double check that bike tutor site.
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Re: Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby CommuRider » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:55 am

Mulger bill wrote:A DIY cassette swap should take less time than actually taking the bike to the LBS. Budget for 15 minutes including the post job brew of coffee. :wink:


Hmmm...MB, first time it took to install my rear rack it took 2 freaking hours!!! :evil: So never overestimate newbies, tools and dexterity :-P
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Postby Schmenz » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:59 am

i was going to drive to steve hogg which is an hour each way.. so either way.. 2 hrs and im still even.

although it took me 2 hrs to clean my bike on the weekend :( and 4 hrs for my car :(
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Postby janus77 » Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:15 am

i"ll probably go down in flames for suggesting this, but i've found the guys at Clarence St Cyclery to be pretty good, and reasonably priced... (compared to some others i've encountered).
Not too far from North Sydney if you're around there.. otherwise doesn't really matter with a cassette change, it would take a REMARKABLY poor bike mechanic to stuff that one up.

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Re: Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby Schmenz » Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:01 pm

janus77 wrote:i"ll probably go down in flames for suggesting this, but i've found the guys at Clarence St Cyclery to be pretty good, and reasonably priced... (compared to some others i've encountered).
Not too far from North Sydney if you're around there.. otherwise doesn't really matter with a cassette change, it would take a REMARKABLY poor bike mechanic to stuff that one up.


I like clarence street. really helpful and my sister really rates their service.. but parking is a NIGHTMARE! it drives me mental everytime i go in. :evil:
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Re: Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby ozdavo » Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:09 pm

1. Cassette Lockring Tool
2. Chain Whip

You may also need a chain breaker to replace your chain (which should ALWAYS be done with a cassette change IMO.

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Re: Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby Schmenz » Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:39 pm

ozdavo wrote:1. Cassette Lockring Tool
2. Chain Whip

You may also need a chain breaker to replace your chain (which should ALWAYS be done with a cassette change IMO.

GL


oo ta.

I've only had the bike since July and it has probably just hit 1K. I have asked around when I was discussing changing it all and everyone seemed to say the chain would be fine.
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Postby Schmenz » Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:58 pm

Ok so I gave in. Had an hour to kill in north syd this afternoon so went to clarence. Again I am reminded about why I hate it's location! No parking anywhere. All loading zones. Gave in and used the qvb. Will make it a tax deduction :D

Still a pain in the .... Tho. But it's done, and I'll get the gear and learn to do it for next time :)

Physio then akuna bay to test it! :D
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Re: Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby MarkG » Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:21 pm

The tools aren't overly expensive (chain whip and lock ring spanner anyway).
Just remember a cable tie, to keep all the sprockets and spacers in their right order!
Take the time to build up an extensive kit of tools, lubes etc, and do it yourself!
Just think, you can pay $150 to get a cassette from your LBS and get them to fit it, or pay $50 and get it on line, and do it yourself!
Then you can spend the money you saved on taking your wife to dinner!

or be like me, and spend the extra $100 on more bike parts!
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Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby singlespeedscott » Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:51 pm

Schmenz wrote:I've only had the bike since July and it has probably just hit 1K.

unless you have been riding in sand there is no way your cassette could be stuffed after 1000km.
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Re: Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby TimW » Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:57 pm

Scott, i think Schmenz is riding in a challenge shortly from Sea to summit, and i would imagine has fitted a more climbing suitable cassette.I may be wrong.Tim
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Re: Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby trailgumby » Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:39 pm

Hmmm... should have chimed in earlier. KOM2 at Crow's Nest is pretty good. Would have saved you a frustrating drive and park and paying the 25% above retail that CSC routinely charges for parts.

Next time, ask for Brad Prescott and tell him hawkeye from nobmob sent you.

Bike Addiction at North Manly is also decent in my experience.

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Re: Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby Schmenz » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:47 pm

TimW wrote:Scott, i think Schmenz is riding in a challenge shortly from Sea to summit, and i would imagine has fitted a more climbing suitable cassette.I may be wrong.Tim


Yup that's it. An 11-28

My compact chainset is lost in the mail :(


TG - oddly enough I went to KOM on the way home! Well way to Akuna bay.
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Re: Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby spirito » Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:01 pm

MarkG wrote:
Then you can spend the money you saved on taking your wife to dinner!

or be like me, and spend the extra $100 on more bike parts!


If we ever see you selling a bunch of bike parts on the MarketPlace forum we'll know that Mrs.G has been reading these forums !!! :lol: :wink: :P
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Re: Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby MarkG » Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:49 am

spirito wrote:
MarkG wrote:
Then you can spend the money you saved on taking your wife to dinner!

or be like me, and spend the extra $100 on more bike parts!


If we ever see you selling a bunch of bike parts on the MarketPlace forum we'll know that Mrs.G has been reading these forums !!! :lol: :wink: :P


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Re: Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby human909 » Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:03 pm

Abbotsford Cycles.

A proper bike workshop. It doesn't even sell bikes! Its like having a workshop full of Sheldons.


(But I do all my own bike work.)

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Re: Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby master6 » Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:33 pm

Unless you live on the street, do it in your workshop. This can be the kitchen sink, or any of a number of places where you live. Do you have a pitched roof?

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Re: Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby Schmenz » Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:05 pm

I would definitely rate mine as one to miss!

Washed bike, relubed with not enough lube. Now the left brake sticks and is nasty, and no matter how I tweak the front derailleur, it still makes a horrible clicking noise as each chain link flicks past it.

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Re: Bikeshop workshops you'd rate.

Postby master6 » Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:20 pm

Schmenz wrote:I would definitely rate mine as one to miss!

Washed bike, relubed with not enough lube. Now the left brake sticks and is nasty, and no matter how I tweak the front derailleur, it still makes a horrible clicking noise as each chain link flicks past it.

:(

Perhaps you need a pen and paper?

Take one problem at a time. eg left brake. Now list some possible causes. eg . cable frayed in brake handle, crap in rear brake arms, cable dry/needs lube.
Now sit down and think of one possible cause at a time, and devise a method to test for each possible problem.

Should I go on?

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