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TP's Commuter Maintenance

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Tin Pot, 10 Jan 2016.

  1. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Über Member

    East Devon
    You may have done this but I can't see this in the images. If you don't the sand and grit will slowly disfigure the paint where the mudguards are fixed (given you haven't got eyes on that frame).

    Your wheels must really run true to be able to have the pads so tight on the rim.
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  2. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Veteran

    Sorry must've missed you first comment - yes the clear plastic protector tape is on.

    I had to loosen the rear caliper to get them to than state - rolling well during testing, but we'll see in a few hours...
  3. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Veteran


    Ive also got some damage where the brake cables and pump and lock holder touch the paint, so added some gaffer tape today:




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  4. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Veteran

    Got a few things to look at this weekend.

    Front brakes making a weird noise since I stopped the squeeling last weekend, like something is dragging rhythmically:

    And a few spots of rust, so will clean these and grease - not lube - them:
  5. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Veteran

    What the..!?

    The front brake pads have some kind of metal in them!

  6. Booyaa

    Booyaa Über Member

    That doesn't look good. Hope your rims haven't been scratched to bits. Perhaps that is a cause of going for the cheaper end of the brake market??
  7. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Veteran

    Fibrax Science are cheap?
  8. Booyaa

    Booyaa Über Member

    No idea, I just read you were looking for cheaper options?
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  9. Adrian

    Adrian Heed the elf's wisdom

    Bits of road grit can cause bits of the rim to flake off, and these can get embedded in the brake blocks.
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  10. Gatters

    Gatters Well-Known Member

    Right Here
    yep you need to take the blocks off at reasonably regular intervals and pick out the embedded grit / glass / metal especially on a winter commuter
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  11. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It! Staff Member

    South Manchester
    When applying tape cut the edges neatly and trim the corners off. PVC tape comes in all colours to match the bike. PS clean the surface before applying.
  12. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Veteran

    Lesson learned.

    I've replaced them with a new set, can I recover these by digging out the bits? It sounds like it will destroy them somewhat.
  13. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Veteran

    Ended up taking the wheels off and cleaning everything a bit more thoroughly. The amount of gunk on the jockey wheels and chains(!)

    Used some degreaser on the chain and cassette, but it hasn't made much difference. Re lubed with wet lube afterwards.
    Tape is just electrical tape for protection - I'll remove it when I stop commuting, or race. Think I've got some spare transparent tape from the raceblade kit.
  14. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It! Staff Member

    South Manchester
    You can leave the tape on the contact areas - that's what I do, and if cut neatly, you don't notice it.
  15. dave r

    dave r The Little Diesel

    Holbrooks Coventry