What I’ve learnt
1 Bag and tag everything as you strip the bike down, and take photos so you check how it’s supposed to go back together. You always think you’ll remember at the time, but you never do.
2 If you’re bidding on ebay and the seller is asking too much for something you really want, wait until it doesn’t sell and send them an email afterwards trying to negotiate a realistic selling price. You’ve got nothing to lose and they might decide to be sensible.
3 Find someone who knows more than you! Mates, on forums, whatever. For example, Andy is the local parts guy at Webbs in Lincoln and what he doesn’t know about parts isn’t worth knowing. He’s got so much knowledge.