I suddenly now have some unexpected huge repairs on my bike (took it in for a tune-up,and big problems were found) that I can in no way afford to have fixed. So I asked Erok and he said it was cool to post a link to my gofundme on here.
I don’t know if your schedule would allow for this in the future, but if you’re ever able to get over to FreeRide, you could learn how to do this stuff yourself and save not only money on labor, but you could buy parts online for a lot cheaper than buying them through a bike store at full retail.
Just based on my rough estimations, it would be like half as expensive that route. I think it is also less stressful because when things come up, you can fix them and just have a better sense of how your bike is doing
Thanks everyone for your help! Between PayPal and the gofundme, i will be able to pay! I closed the campaign (i think so anyway, i set to “stop donations”… Not sure how gofundme works entirely), so once again, thank you everyone!
Erica, for what it’s worth, I would suggest doing two things to maximize your components’ life span if you are riding in the rain, snow, salt, etc:
1) Lubricate the chain with PJ1 foam air filter oil (for motocross bikes). I’ve tried all kinds of products over the last 25 years and, by happenstance, found that this works the best and lasts the longest in the rain and snow. A big aerosol can is about $10 and will last for years.
2) Buy a cheap pancake-style air compressor at Harbor Freight or Home Depot and use it to blow the water, grit, etc. off of your drivetrain and shifting components after you ride in wet conditions.