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Today's satisfactory bicycle maintenance

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  • Started 2 years ago by Greenroofer
  • Latest reply from acsimpson

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  1. gembo
    Member

    Flow and of course Jay Blades

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  2. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Awight then fella I'll get them ordered up for ya yeah? At one point I had both sun specs and reading glasses perched on my baldy bonce so quite like Clock Guy?

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  3. gembo
    Member

    Brenton?
    Or
    The brother of leather woman?

    Both double spec

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  4. gembo
    Member

    Huge thanks to @Iwrats for fixing my Tricross and turn8ng it proper gravel in time for glen tilt

    Posted 1 week ago #
  5. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Pleasure. The chain length thing is a wonder. How did His Mattness know?

    Posted 1 week ago #
  6. gembo
    Member

    His Mattness measured twice, cut once.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  7. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Also we should big up @wingpig for the claw and my mate Cairnski for the straddle cables. Big team effort.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  8. gembo
    Member

    Not sure I did much except pay in small potatoes. i howked some for my tea last night. They were delicious. Butter salt and pepper only five mins boiling and one min resting. Mrs Garto away visiting the Garto Sisters and yo7ng miss Gembo up at the reservoir so I was able to indulge myself in a WG Sebald recreation. Kerr’s Pink for the spud curious.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  9. gembo
    Member

    Took the IWRATS refurbed Tricross out on a smidge of gravel this afternoon. Had intended Listonshiels as would have been empty. Was climbing Johnsburn when I realised a. It was quite a stiff westerly and b I had forgotten my Ribena. Was quite thirsty so returned to homestead and picked up. Water bottle then rerouted to the. No climb all descent route,

    There is a slight climb up Harlaw Road. Stopped near the end of the houses to chat to a mate who was tickling up his chainsaw. Then proceeded. Along the top road beyond the reservoir (is this Edinburgh’s highest tarmac that takes you anywhere?)

    Proceeded to end of tarmac at Poets Glen then took the track round to Clubhiedean then Torphin /torduff? And down to Bonaly. From there I cycled on the JK Rowling roads, lovely Hedgerow she has. Spotted three daredevils barreling down from the Phone Masts atop the hill on the JK Rowling bridleway. They were polite lads when I scalped them but I did warn an unsmil8ng Blinkbonnyite of their imminent arrival in her coupon as they were less cautious than me on the descents. Slight suggestion of rain so headed along Wol Path and home. Enjoyed shouting at youngest Ms Gembo and her pal out walking Get out of the way you pesky kids. How we laughed.

    All of this in under an hour, Bargain.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  10. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Bike ride OK? Back brake a pest with no barrel adjuster.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  11. gembo
    Member

    Back brake fine

    Some minor mudguard noise which fixed

    Some gear change adjustment perhaps needed. But it was a blast

    Posted 1 week ago #
  12. wingpig
    Member

    Want any barrel adjusters?

    Posted 1 week ago #
  13. gembo
    Member

    Yeah, what you got @Wingpig?

    Posted 1 week ago #
  14. wingpig
    Member

    I have superfluous gear barrel adjusters between my gear levers and downtube bosses. Possibly M-part brand. Don't need them as neither gear lever is indexed. Might also be wise enough for brake cables?

    Posted 1 week ago #
  15. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @gembo

    Twiddle the right hand barrel adjuster on the down tube until it shifts like you know it should.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  16. gembo
    Member

    @iwrats, yes a quarter turn anti clockwise is my usual prescription

    Posted 1 week ago #
  17. Arellcat
    Moderator

    When a bike is described as "full working order", one should accept the fact not in absolute terms but in the context of the technical abilities, thoroughness or diligence of the one saying it.

    With Yet Another Bike Tool*† in my collection I have determined that FWO has a somewhat wider definition than I previously understood.

    I have determined that the fancy Hollowtech II cranks, of the newer mountain bike, that started making a curious graunching noise within 15 miles and exhibited angular play after 10 miles, a) came complete with rather overtorqued and ungreased cinch bolts, b) came without the rinky dink anti-falling-off tab, and c) were attached to a bottom bracket whose cups were d) torqued far in excess of 30 lbs ft, and containing bearings that are e) to use the technical term, boll***sed. They are really quite marvellously gritty, and because they are Shimano and therefore designed to be expendable consequently I will ride them into oblivion before I deign to replace them.

    Oh, and I had to buy a full set of new brake pads too, but Woolly Hat Shop had a sale so I got them for, like, £4. I'll swap them in sometime.

    * Yet Another Proprietary Tool, more like
    † actually Tools, because I've never had a really good long pedal¥ spanner before.
    ¥ the pedals were stand-on-the-end-of-a-spanner tight, so I removed them anyway and installed my SPDs. They're Time Atac Alium and in fairly good condition, in case anyone would like to buy them.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  18. mcairney
    Member

    Pretty small fry in the grand scheme of things but I managed to swap out the new wheels I got myself for my birthday myself, including swapping the rear cassette over and fitting new disc brake rotors. Mind you anything involving cables is still witchcraft and I’ll probably get it checked by someone competent at some stage

    Posted 6 days ago #
  19. Snowy
    Member

    > When a bike is described as "full working order..."

    Indeed. Closely related to "It's as good as I can get it."

    Posted 6 days ago #
  20. Snowy
    Member

    I had to change the first inner tube on eldest's MTB yesterday (18 months, first punc***e, not bad). But, wow. I honestly thought the Tough Tom tyre was glued to the rim. I had to resort to a hairdryer to soften it, at which point it happily popped off.

    Glad to hear the Gembo-tricross is still running. Mine is now on wheelsets 3 and 4, third chainrings and at least seventh cassette. Brakes still activated via semaphore.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  21. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Glad to hear the Gembo-tricross is still running.

    The most beneficial operation I carried out was the removal of two mysterious cable ties.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  22. wingpig
    Member

    I still have a bit of bamboo gaffer-taped to my rack from PoP 2014. It harms no-one where it is at the moment but hopefully increases the scruff factor a little.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  23. gembo
    Member

    @iwrats, they hear me coming now for sure

    Posted 6 days ago #
  24. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @gembo

    It has always been the case that people hear you coming.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  25. Arellcat
    Moderator

    That tends to happen when you have half a dozen bicycle bells.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  26. gembo
    Member

    I told the concerned chap in Colinton, it is just a loose mudguard. It is not as bad as it sounds, he laughed.

    @snowy, another forumite, by name of Sheeptoucher has very pimped up tricross.

    They abide (though you need to bu6 a lot of stuff and your friend needs to fix it for you)

    Posted 6 days ago #
  27. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Ah yes the rear mudguard requires an intervention similar to the front's. Alloy sheets, pop rivets and superglue standing by.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  28. gembo
    Member

    Lovely jubbly

    Posted 5 days ago #
  29. Arellcat
    Moderator

    Edinburgh's cratered roads claimed another victim this week. Or it might have been last week. In fact, it might've been four months ago, I don't know. The torpedo's rear suspension mount broke. It'd been making an occasional graunching squeaking noise that I thought was something else, but then I found the crack, right where other people have found theirs.

    The mount is a very complicated bit of aluminium tubes and plates and brackety bits, all welded together in a sort of triangular shape that connects five different things.

    The makers sent me an ostensibly stronger replacement, which needed a certain* amount of fettling to make it fit, and I reinforced it with some fancy fibreglass prepreg tape. I was so pleased with the result that I ought to post simultaneously in this thread's counterpart, for having done up all the bolts I realised I'd forgotten to loop the wiring loom around it before installation. I am not taking it to bits again!

    * rather a lot

    Posted 3 days ago #
  30. wingpig
    Member

    Did you take it to bits again though, or disconnect and reconnect all the wires?

    Posted 3 days ago #

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