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Misplaced priorities?
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Keep your drivetrain cleaned and lubed. How often varies on what kinds of conditions you ride in. Riding in wet or dirty conditions requires more frequent work.

As for anything else, if something seems amiss, deal with it ASAP before it turns into a bigger problem. Otherwise, just keep an eye on things, and you should be good to go.

Unless your LBS gives you free tune-ups or very cheap tune-ups, I wouldn't bother with taking it there. It's good to learn how to do a lot of your own wrenching.

To do your own wrenching, I recommend getting Park Tool's "Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair." Each repair will tell you which tools you'll need, and a lot of common bike repairs can be done with tools you already have in your workshop (hex wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, etc.). The only other thing you might want immediately is a way to get the bike off the ground while working on it.
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