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Maintenance - New Rider (back in it after 10 years)

DanrDanr Posts: 196
edited September 2009 in MTB beginners
As per my thread in the " My Ride" section i'm just getting back into riding after 10 years out.

Whats the basics for maintenance on the bikes. Whats best to use on the running gear etc.
Best for keeping clean?
Best for maintaining forks and shocks?

When buying a new bike is it advisable to get a professional service? If so what cost am I looking at?

All tips and help appreciated!

Thanks
Dan

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  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    www.parktool.com for servicing how to's

    Fenwicks FS1 for cleaning/degreasing

    Finish line wet or dry lube for er lubing chain

    LBS servicing cost will vary on the shop & the work done
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  • stubsstubs Posts: 5,001
    Fig rolls: proof that god loves cyclists and that she wants us to do another lap
  • DanrDanr Posts: 196
    Excellent. I was looking at the new Hayes one in Halfords. Is this one better?
  • stubsstubs Posts: 5,001
    I couldnt compare it to the Haynes one because I havent read it but I have a copy of Zinn covered in oily fingerprints that lives in my toolbox. Some sections of Zinn are 10 years old but it is well written and has very clear explanations and the author has a sense of humour.

    I reckon if you bought either of Zinn, Haynes or the Park Blue book and kept them with you as you tinkered you should save your self a bit of money on bike mechanics.
    Fig rolls: proof that god loves cyclists and that she wants us to do another lap
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