Doing the small ( but important) maintenance

by Liz Zimmerman
(Waveland, MS)

I need to learn to do small maintenance: like chain lube, fix a flat, etc..when do I bring it to a mechanic and what can I do myself? What are the other girls doing?
What tools are a must for the saddlebag? How do I choose saddlebags?
These are all things that I want to learn. I hope others do to.

Liz Z

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Oct 06, 2008
Maintain your own
by: Laura

Go ahead and get some subscriptions of motorcyle magazines, lots of great info there, get a Clymer manual for your bike, and try to befriend someone that works in your local bike shop (donuts, etc), to be able to call or drop by and pick there brains. You'll be surprised what you will pick up, also many many sites on line. Lots of Luck!

Oct 06, 2008
link for ladies
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the repair link. It will come in handy.What is the best chain lube. My book warned about oring issues? Can the chain be "overlubed"?

Oct 05, 2008
the Basics
by: Anonymous

you need to know these at the minimum :


I have never changed a tire, but im not really off-road either. When i get new tires, i take it in because it has to be balanced and i have spoke wheels.

I had an older bike, that i was constantly afraid something would happen on the road, ( i ride solo) so i got a newer bike a few years ago 2000, that hasnt needed any repairs yet!

I do my own chain lube every 200 miles, change oil, thats it ! Tools came with bike, but we got plenty anyway.

Oct 05, 2008
do it yourself
by: gina

I have 750 yahama that has had a headlight issue, it works sometimes and sometimes it doesn't. I have replaced the light and it has the same problem, spent friday & saturday chasing with a mulitmeter to try and find the short but can't seem to figure it out. I hate to take to the shop as shop hours our $70.00 per hr, and it would take an hour to figure out the problen then another to fix. I think I'm just going to have to take in it and hopefully it will be a short simple fix. I think if you have basic mechnic skills then you should be able to learn to fix whatever you want but it may be something like this that you'll have to leave to someone who has more knowledge.

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