I live 75 miles from one archery shop and 105 miles from the second in opposite directions. With access to the internet (forums, You tube videos, books and DVD) there is a lot if information available. Doing your own repair work, tuning etc. is all part of archery and can be performed whenever you have spare time and in your own location). I'm fortunate enough to be mechanically inclined where I built my own bow press, arrow cut off saw etc. I do all my archery building, replacing, tuning etc. I find this can be as much fun as target shooting or hunting. Good luck and have fun.