What Have You Fettled Today?

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by threebikesmcginty, 29 Sep 2011.

  1. si_c

    si_c Veteran

    Left work today to a flat rear tyre, figured it was a slow puncture as the tire was pretty solid when I got there, so pumped it up and rode home. Had dinner, then pulled the rear wheel off the bike, first time I've taken a proper look at it in a month or so. The cassette was making an odd noise, and there was a broken spoke on the drive side. How long it's been like that I don't know, but the wheel was still perfectly true.

    Set the truing stand up, removed cassette and disc rotor, everything was covered in a nasty paste of road salt, rust and other unmentionable muck. Cleaned everything as I worked around, patched the tube, put the tire back on after supergluing the nasty gash that has appeared (already have new tires on order at the LBS).

    Put in a new spoke into the wheel to replace the broken one, and as this wheel is the first wheel I ever built, I'm not 100% on how well it was originally built, so I de-tensioned all the spokes, then evenly tensioned them all the way around the rim. Quick final truing and it seems ok. Like @Elybazza61 I'm slowly building up my understanding of how wheels can be built, of the 4 I've built, I've re-built both of the first two, not because it was strictly needed, but because I can improve on them.

    Checked the chain wear, about 12 days ago it was less than .75, now it's somewhere between that and .1, so new chain time, I'll need to pick one up tomorrow.
  2. I thought I would make up some bits for my down tube shifters . I eventually found some nylon to make the wing nut. It was from some material that was used when Formula One cars had ground effect.

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  3. confusedcyclist

    confusedcyclist Über Member

    I find it is one of the most satisfying jobs on a bike. Once you have a few builds under your belt and you can knock a whole wheelset out in under an hour to a reasonable standard, it seems a whole lot less daunting. I haven't got fancy tools, I just do them in the frame suspended in a mechanics stand, and eyeball dish, lateral and horizontal true using my thumb and the seat stays as a guide. Maybe my builds might turn up noses of people with fancy equipment, but they have been durable and remain true for me. :biggrin:
  4. User19783

    User19783 Guest

    Picked up a Mango 3 speed bike from @User42423 this morning.

    I needed to make several adjustments , raised the saddle, lower the handle bars, flipped the stem and replaced the inner tube. All nothing major, but like on every new bike I like to check everything, unfortunately I had to buy some new inner tubes as all mine have a short valve, and I need 60 mm valves:sad:, so I brought 3 from Halfords.
    To my surprise, the Nexus 3 speed hud is dream, I really like it, as I am so use to using my fixed or single speed bikes.
  5. RealLeeHimself

    RealLeeHimself Just keep peddling, just keep peddling...

    My new Schwalbe Landcruiser Plus tyres arrived this afternoon and are now on the bike. They are a snug fit on my 27.5” rims, but I still managed to put them on without tyre levers. It may be an optical illusion, but they don’t seem as wide as the tyres that came with the bike (Kenda). If it’s not an optical illusion, it may help me ride faster on the MTB. Most of my rides combine road, towpaths and bridleways, and I call always put the knobbly tyres back on for going on the trails.
  6. I had a go at making an aluminium short mudguard from 1mm ally by hand. It is coming on but the curvature needs to be tightened a bit more, it might be alright for a Penny Farthing at the moment. IMGP7179.JPG
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  7. Vantage

    Vantage The dogs chew toy

    Refitted my old Zoom suspension seatpost.
    I'm getting softer as time goes by.
  8. I was going to swap my 4bolt chainrings from a 52/36 for a 50/34 but I didn't realise I needed a T30 torx wrench (all mine are T25) so I swapped a whole 5 bolt 50/34 crankset in instead.
    Last edited: 27 Mar 2018
  9. dave r

    dave r The Little Diesel

    Holbrooks Coventry
    I managed to persuade a new mudguard to fit my eastway this evening, the bike has very little clearance under the brake bridge and not all mudguards will fit, the original one had started to rattle again and as I'd already patched it up twice I decided to replace it. I'll do the front later on in the week.
  10. Jenkins

    Jenkins Veteran

    Based on today's commute/test ride, the bars have been rotated another fraction upwards and that should (hopefully) be that.
  11. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    Raleigh Elements mudguards fit, or at least on an Eastway 4.0.
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  12. dave r

    dave r The Little Diesel

    Holbrooks Coventry
  13. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    Same frame as the 4.0 but with a carbon fork. Mine runs a Claris/2300 groupset as it's a winter bike and arrived as a frameset/seatpost/stem/saddle.
    Last edited: 28 Mar 2018
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  14. dave r

    dave r The Little Diesel

    Holbrooks Coventry
    Tiagra group set on mine, its my summer best bike.
  15. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    My 'best' bike is a NeilPryde Nazaré, shown below, possibly too quick for me:
    Last edited: 28 Mar 2018
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