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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby Sharkyssurfers » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:52 am

davis wrote:
Sharkyssurfers wrote:wash and blow dried the bike at the weekend, also fitted the crud racers only took me an hour!, but it looks good now, just noticed there is a lot of play in the headset i.e. if I put the front brake on the bars and forks can still move backwards and forwards by quite a bit, hopefully it will last until I can afford new bearings etc..


You have tried simply tightening the headset, right?


err you know when I said tighter that tight thing, errrrrmmm, just had a fettle, it helps if you don't tighten the stem first :oops: retighten headset and then stem and guess what no play
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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby davis » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:04 pm

Sharkyssurfers wrote:
davis wrote:
Sharkyssurfers wrote:wash and blow dried the bike at the weekend, also fitted the crud racers only took me an hour!, but it looks good now, just noticed there is a lot of play in the headset i.e. if I put the front brake on the bars and forks can still move backwards and forwards by quite a bit, hopefully it will last until I can afford new bearings etc..


You have tried simply tightening the headset, right?


err you know when I said tighter that tight thing, errrrrmmm, just had a fettle, it helps if you don't tighten the stem first :oops: retighten headset and then stem and guess what no play


I was going to ask if that's what you'd done :)
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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby Sharkyssurfers » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:30 pm

davis wrote:
Sharkyssurfers wrote:
davis wrote:
Sharkyssurfers wrote:wash and blow dried the bike at the weekend, also fitted the crud racers only took me an hour!, but it looks good now, just noticed there is a lot of play in the headset i.e. if I put the front brake on the bars and forks can still move backwards and forwards by quite a bit, hopefully it will last until I can afford new bearings etc..


You have tried simply tightening the headset, right?


err you know when I said tighter that tight thing, errrrrmmm, just had a fettle, it helps if you don't tighten the stem first :oops: retighten headset and then stem and guess what no play


I was going to ask if that's what you'd done :)


whats even more worrying is that I have probably ridden 1500 to 2000 miles before noticing it :shock:
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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby Mikey41 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 22:39 pm

Had a good check over the new Giant. LBS have done a great job setting it up, so I have checked my positioning. Brought the saddle forward a bit to get lined up over the cranks better, that has also seemed to make the reach more comfy.

I'll find out when I have a good long ride on it on friday, weather permitting :D
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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby MisterMuncher » Thu Sep 20, 2012 21:40 pm

Replaced rear bearings and freehub body.

On a not unrelated note, Formula hubs can grill my dung.

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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby iPete » Sun Sep 23, 2012 09:24 am

Fitted Crud MK2 to my track bike. Going to cry if I get a rear puncture... bring on a week of rain :evil:

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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby Asprilla » Sun Sep 23, 2012 19:15 pm

Put a new freehub on the Hopes on the commuter. The previous was so chewed that I yanked it off when trying to change the cassette. Decided to fork out the extra and put a steel one on.

Incidentally, I've been using Big Wipes Industrial+ wipes to clean the bike and my greasy hands for a while now and I can also recommend Big Wipes Industrial+ Scrub; leaves your hands lovely and soft.

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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby Initialised » Sun Sep 23, 2012 21:28 pm

Rearranged my mud guards and decided they need stays, ordered some and I lost my cadence magnet so got one of them too. Also, noticed my brakes were uneven so tweaked the spring tension to even them out and tightened the cables up. Seems to be wearing the pads much faster this year, I guess that'll happen with a 600ft oft-road climb followed by a 40mph+ descent.

Yesterday I helped assemble an Argos Challenge Emulator for a neighbour and took him for a 10mile ride to make sure it was okay. It didn't break, apt name for a BSO. I think he'll only be doing a 4 mile commute on a week on week off basis when the weather is OK so it will probably last a couple of years.
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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby rjsterry » Mon Sep 24, 2012 09:13 am

Really should know when to call it a night. Successfully changed my headset on the kitchen floor last night (dark and chucking it down outside), then thought I might swap out the perished and rusting gear cable outers with some I salvaged. FD all fine, RD, well, the cable was slightly frayed at the end, and not enough spare to trim it off. Of course it came out fine, but would it go back through the little section of outer by the derailleur? Not with out stripping one strand back 12" up the cable, rendering it useless. Unthreaded the whole thing (gone 10.30pm by now) and remembered I had a spare cable.

Spare cable sold to me by Evans as a "Universal" (yeah right) cable has the wrong end to fit in the STI :evil: A bit of hacksawing and filing later and I have something that will at least fit in to the STI, but won't allow it to operate properly. So, this morning I rode in on 42x15 - only forgot not to change gear once, but that still necessitated a 10 minute pit stop to release the jammed lever.:evil:
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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby UndercoverElephant » Fri Sep 28, 2012 14:14 pm

Made the mistake of adjusting my mudguards at the weekend when I re-attached the dynamo light and wheel for the winter. Horrible rattle all week, but can't be arsed to fix it until the weekend.

Also broke a spoke this morning. Trudged the next couple of miles to a bike shop to get a replacement and fitted it on the pavement outside - some days you're glad you have a Spokey as a keyring.

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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby DesWeller » Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:39 am

Bonded a cable to the down tube and mudguard to supply the new dynamo rear light. All using sealed connectors so I can disconnect it without mucking about with cable ties. Got to wait for the silicone to set now...

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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby woodnut » Sun Sep 30, 2012 18:53 pm

New bottom bracket on the MTB. The old one was as dry as a very dry thing, no surprise it was so creaky. That's the second time I've had to renew the BB on that bike, shows it's getting on a bit. Still at £15 and about 15 minutes work it's no real hardship I guess.

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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby MTB-Idle » Sun Sep 30, 2012 19:09 pm

Something that is perhaps overlooked when we are thinking about protecting our bikes but I spent a useful hour yesterday upgrading the security on my up-and-over garage door by fitting a set of Enfield Garage Door bolts.
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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby Rolf F » Sun Sep 30, 2012 19:13 pm

At my parents and fettling my Raleigh Record Ace. Finally got round to sorting out the new brakes - Suntour Superbe (to almost match the Suntour Cyclone groupset) to replace the less than brilliant Weinmann 605s it came with.

Even managed to reuse the original brass cable end ferrules (now that's recycling!). Tweaked the front limit screws and went for a ride. And as always on that bike, the fact that it is hard work on climbs is offset by the revelation that is riding a bike with top quality downtube shifters and mechs. Truly a lovely experience. I just wish the rear mech could take a wider range of gears (though to be fair I've not tried to find out what it can do).

Anyway, thoroughly satisfying and the new brakes work much better than the old and look much better.
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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby Mikey41 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 21:46 pm

Did an overhaul of a 25+ yr old Raleigh "MTB" (since they clearly used a road frame and bolted knobbly tyres and flat bars to it, but hey!) Dad has had this in his garage for ages now and it hasn't done many miles despite it's age.

Rear wheel bearings were loose and we also found the rear axle was bent slightly. Stripped the freewheel down and re-greased it, cleaned 25 years of muck off it and the chain, cleaned up the chainset and deraileurs, re-lubed and back on the bike. The rear wheel now no longer wobbles when you ride it :)

Gears needed adjustment, now all working properly again and finally re-adjusted the brakes so they actually work now.

Here's to another 25 years :lol:
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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby Wrath Rob » Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:55 am

The Comtat was making some dodgy sounds from the crankset area so last night I checked the chain ring bolts (2 slightly loose which was probably the noise) and then removed the crank, cleaned and re-greased and re-assembled then removed, cleaned and re-fitted the peddles. Gave the bike a quick baby wipe down and all is good to go. No creaks this morning, hurrah :D
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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby itboffin » Wed Oct 03, 2012 20:09 pm

Swapped the handlebars and stem from flat to drops on the BSO, also removed all the gears and refitted the chain and one of the brakes so far, would have been much easier with a cable cutter.

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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby Daddy0 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 22:59 pm

For the past few evenings I've done the following to my 2006 Scott Sportster P4:

Stripped rear derailleur, cleaned, greased and reinstalled
Installed new cassette - I now have a shiney one!
Installed new chain
Tuned derailleur
Cut bars down by 4-5cm and washed grips
Installed new pedals - old ones had loads of play, just went for light open pedals
Adjusted saddle and got rid of squeak
Swapped old sus forks for rigid alu Kinesis ones - had to cut down steerer, which I overdid by a few mm, almost destroyed crown race getting it off old forks, and well and truly mangled compression bolt fitting. It was almost a complete disaster, but I rescued it by hitting it with a hammer!

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I also recently got Cont Gatorskins and new tubes, which I pump up to 120psi.

I bought the bike second hand for £150 earlier this year, all in all I've spent an additional £210+ - I know I know, I should have bought a new bike from the off. However its been a good learning experience. After riding BMX's exclusively for the last 15 years pretty much everything on this bike is new to me!

Bike feels like a new bike now though. I managed to get 45mph downhill on it when it was pretty much falling to pieces, looking forward to my commute tomorrow now - should be good for 50mph I reckon :twisted:

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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby Paul E » Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:39 am

My race blades arrived at work so I will fit them before heading off so I can get them home as I can't get them in my rucksack.
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Re: Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You've Just Done

Postby DesWeller » Thu Oct 04, 2012 14:27 pm

Paul E wrote:My race blades arrived at work so I will fit them before heading off so I can get them home as I can't get them in my rucksack.


This isn't 'Thread To Tell Everyone What Fettling You're About To Do' you know. Keep it 'on topic'. :wink:


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