>>1049175>How shit are your local bike shops?
I don't trust ANYONE to work on my bike. The one exception is the shop that builds and maintains my wheelsets for me. They seem to know what they're doing, at least with wheelsets.
Otherwise, it's only taken a few fuck-ups from shops for me to say "nuts to that!" and just not bother:
* Front derailleur cable housing was literally mushy, was out on a ride, let a HIGH-END shop replace it for me. Dipshit cut the housing too short, if you turned the handlebars too far in either direction, it would *bind*. They looked at me like they had no idea what I was I talking about. Had to cut it all off when I got home, re-do it myself the right way.
* Long time ago I took it into a shop to see what their mechanic thought about a front shifting problem I had. He made some 'adjustments' (which did little to nothing). Then he 'did me a favor' by lubing my chain for me. He didn't even BOTHER to ask me what type of lube I was using; he put Tri-flow on it (which is water-based wax). I use Dumonde Tech Lite. They don't mix. Got it home, had to clean the chain completely and re-lube it.
Not me, but someone I used to know:
* Had his bike 'tuned up' at some shop or other. He's having a tough time on our group ride. We're stopped, I happen to look down; the chain is OUTSIDE the rear derailleur cage, instead of all the way around the lower pulley. How the actual FUCK did they manage that!? Partially dismantled the derailleur cage, put the chain where it belongs, put it back together. Remarkably, he had a MUCH easier time riding it after that.
After shit like that, I have NO use for bike shop 'mechanics'. I've been maintaining and repairing my own cars, pickups, motorcycles, and bicycles for YEARS and YEARS, I don't need some ham-fisted idiot fucking up my stuff.