Bicycle maintenance can be very daunting for many but it doesn’t have to be. The internet is a great place to find articles on how to do bike maintenance or bike repairs yourself.
Here at Going Going Bike, we have our own bike maintenance section in our Know-How area. We haven’t blogged extensively on the subject, so we’ve put together a blog on the best places on the net where you can expand your knowledge of bikes and bike repair problems.
The daddy of all bike maintenance sites and general bike parts geekery is Sheldon Brown’s site. The look and feel of the site is strictly early internet web design but don’t let that put you off as there is a wealth of information lurking behind those pages. Quite simply, Sheldon has knowledge of almost anything to do with a bike. Sadly Sheldon is no longer alive but the site continues to be maintained by Harris Cyclery of Massachusetts, a local bike shop of Sheldon’s.
Another good resource is the Park Tools website. Park Tools are of course a commercial operation that wants to sell you there tools but their repair section does gives good and independent advice on how to solve a number of bicycle maintenance issues and bike problems.
Many sites feature video tutorials alongside instructions. The best of these is undoubtedly The Bicycle Tutor. Unfortunately, the guy behind it, Alex Ramon, now charges a membership fee to see his videos but his advice is still top notch in written form. He covers a whole range of bike repair subjects and even looks at the maintenance of individual branded derailleurs and groupsets.
In a similar vein to The Bicycle Tutor, Andreas, the man behind the LondonCyclist blog and friend of GGB, has launched a Bike Doctor app that gives guidance on the most typical bike repairs (42 and counting) you need to do for a bike. Just follow the step-by-step guide on the app for a given repair or maintenance issue. Bike Doctor is available for iPhone and Android phones but there is a cost to download.
Forums are also a good source of info and way of finding a solution to a problem. There are many bike forums out there of course and if you like the look of a particular one, then join and ask a question, Bike Radar’s forum is a good starting place. For something more specific, try the Bicycle Mechanics section on BikeForums.net.