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10:11pm, 11 Apr 2014
2997 posts
Brakes =LBS for me. I can do pretty much anything else, but never ever seem to be able to get the brakes quite right and it ends up with lots of sweary stuff. I've got one rebuild completely done and I'm off to LBS tomorrow for the final piece - brake settings!
8:02am, 12 Apr 2014
1653 posts
The thing I currently find tricky is properly lining up the front derailleur. I imagine I'll get the knack with more trial & error.

When I started riding bikes again (not long ago) I found doing anything to the brakes awkward. I had frog leg cantilever brakes- after changing the front brake to a double pivot I found it much easier to tinker. My commuter has V brakes which I find easiest of all.
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