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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-02-2019, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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When you can't work on your bike - options?

Anyone else out there in this predicament? For the time being my place of residence does not allow me to do any work at all on my bike. Zip. Nada. Bupkiss (what does that even mean?!)

This is a first for me, even though I am not terribly mechanical not being able to do simple things like oil changes, chain lube etc. is a weird feeling. Short of having a buddy with a garage that doesn't mind an invasion, are there any other options I don't know about? A friend mentioned something about a "community garage" but I have never heard of or seen such a thing and did some searching in my area coming up empty.

Just sort of spit balling here and looking for interesting solutions to a problem that I have never encountered before - I can't be the only one with this issue. Can I?
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Bupkis from the Yiddish bobkes means nonsense or nothing. Yiddish slang that has made it into the mainstream. Just like the word schmuck which if people really knew what it meant it would be on Carlin's list of words that you can't say on TV. I would think those who can't work on their bikes find either a friendly friend like you suggest, communal garage or a cheaper independent shop vs a dealer. I've seen people tear down their bikes completely, including pulling engines out on the street by the curb. Depends upon the neighborhood you live in.

You can lube or clean your chain anywhere. Parking lot, along the curb, out on the open road, etc. Folks who tour do it all the time.
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How about finding a girlfriend who has a house with garage where you can work on the bike.


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My first choice would be find a local riding buddy that wouldn't mind if you came over to change the oil, etc.

You might be able to get away with renting a storage unit and using that as a sort of garage? (probably technically against the rules but I'd imagine it could work..)

Lastly you could find a local mechanic that you trust to do the work for you... but I'd also be looking for another place to live because that sucks.
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Rent a Uhaul, park bike in said Uhaul, perform service work, return Uhaul. LOL just an idea.
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Rent a Uhaul, park bike in said Uhaul, perform service work, return Uhaul. LOL just an idea.
Innovative!!!! I like it
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There must be a way; you just have not yet found it. I used to drive my car to a deserted place away from the city to change my car's oil and filter. I could bring along my tools and supplies including a drain pan, funnel and used oil container. This would be more difficult with a bike but not impossible with bags and a luggage carrier or a plastic container fastened to your seat with bungee cords.

Here in SE WI there is the West Allis Auto Club http://www.westallisautoclub.com/. I don't know if they permit an occasional bike in their shop. If you have a similar auto or bike club in your area, that might be a solution.

Is there a fellow Triumphrat member nearby who might let you use his/her driveway or garage to do an oil and filter change to get you going with DIY and even help with advice?
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There must be a way; you just have not yet found it. I used to drive my car to a deserted place away from the city to change my car's oil and filter. I could bring along my tools and supplies including a drain pan, funnel and used oil container. This would be more difficult with a bike but not impossible with bags and a luggage carrier or a plastic container fastened to your seat with bungee cords.

Here in SE WI there is the West Allis Auto Club http://www.westallisautoclub.com/. I don't know if they permit an occasional bike in their shop. If you have a similar auto or bike club in your area, that might be a solution.

Is there a fellow Triumphrat member nearby who might let you use his/her driveway or garage to do an oil and filter change to get you going with DIY and even help with advice?
I've seen people doing oil changes on cars here in the UK in laybys on the roadside . Personally always had access to workshops its always nice to be able to down tools for a brew (tea) sit back and admire what you are doing not exactly easy at the road side . One of my brothers once helped a kid out whose frame was wrecked and no knowledge how to proceed we stripped everything and rebuilt it in a new frame one morning with the assistance of bacon butties and coffee .
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Innovative!!!! I like it
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