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    My dad chased me a few times with a willow stick....
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    Those memories of picnic table engine rebuilding with your father and a none too happy mom are priceless.
    Those first tentative dips into understanding and manipulating the mechanical world around us can really build self confidence.
    Early wrenching or al least understanding mechanical systems should be encouraged in today's youth. I sure like when I see pictures of forum member's kids helping with maintenance.
    Certainly the proven wealth formula is to become a specialist in one thing so as to make enough money to pay others to do the myriad of other tasks life has for us. I'm just not sure this makes us better people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepster09 View Post
    My dad chased me a few times with a willow stick....
    You probably deserved it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by admiral View Post
    You are so right Fred. My main fear is not being able to ride it and winter (which turns into how often I can ride it).

    Kris; is that why you now have six or seven bikes in the garage (so one will always be ready)! And hammer; Hammer; I'm looking for the HAMMER !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Those memories of picnic table engine rebuilding with your father and a none too happy mom are priceless.
    Those first tentative dips into understanding and manipulating the mechanical world around us can really build self confidence.
    Early wrenching or al least understanding mechanical systems should be encouraged in today's youth. I sure like when I see pictures of forum member's kids helping with maintenance.
    Certainly the proven wealth formula is to become a specialist in one thing so as to make enough money to pay others to do the myriad of other tasks life has for us. I'm just not sure this makes us better people.
    Sorry if I lead you to believe I was a kid. I was in my 20s and had my own place. But dad was up to tackle the challenge with me.
    I remember the first real mechanical thing he had me help with. I was 12 years old and we replaced the clutch in a Jeep. Good times!
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    Yep Fred,
    Been a self taught "DIY" wrencher, welder, cabinet builder, wood worker, plumber, roofer, and a whole lot for oh, maybe 55 years or more. There's been a zillion times I've wished I'd have taken whatever I was working on to someone who knows better but, in the end, it's all worked out. Not only have I learned literally tons of stuff and gained light years of experience in all this, but, I've also tried to calculate the money I've saved over that length of time. It's almost impossible but, as close as I can come, in the 55+ years I've done all listed above type work myself, I figure not a dime less than a minimum of $150K!!!! Motorcycles, boats, motorhomes, trucks, cars etc., anything that we've owned in the last few decades, has all been serviced on, worked on, repaired, altered, changed and modified by ME.
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    Here in the Twin Cities area shops are charging $120-$150 per hour. Do the math.
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    Wow! It may be cheaper to buy a new bike than to pay someone to work on one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by old w/?? View Post
    Kris; is that why you now have six or seven bikes in the garage (so one will always be ready)! And hammer; Hammer; I'm looking for the HAMMER !!!
    Haha, it’s not the reason I have 6 or 7 other bikes but it doesn’t hurt to have an extra or two when one is in maintenance. Busted on the no hammer. Fewer like yourself know what the legend of the hammer is anymore.
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    B.F.H. should be in every toolbox. Along with two sizes of vice grips.
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