Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by threebikesmcginty, 29 Sep 2011.
Thanks for the comedy, I could imagine the slapstick sketch happening as I read the above
A fettling fail for me today :-( Tried to take the dumb left crank arm off to swap it with one with a PM and the clamp bolt nearest to the frame came off easy but the outside bolt is seized solid after just two weeks. I think I've rounded it a bit now :-( It could be I've been too liberal with the bike cleaning spray (before was just wipes and its never happened). I'm trying soaking it in GT85 but as I've started to round it I'm not hopeful, might be a trip to the lbs tomorrow :-/
Hardly a fettle, but I enjoyed it.
Two neighbours kids passed me yesterday.
1) " are you coming out on your bike "
2) " I've got flat tyres , daddy is out and Mummy has got false nails on "
Had to stop myself laughing , then get my pump out.
Boardman AirPro black edition progress:
- front derailleur fettled and working nicely
- rear derailleur adjusted
- shifters adjusted to suit both of us
- shorter stem fitted and seatpost adjusted to fit my 14yo nicely
- bar tape fitted. I found some Selle Italia Corsa Gel Smootape which is a nice black with gold flecks at the back of the bike bits stand
Just to sort out a suitable wheel/tyre combination tomorrow and we're done. The current wheelset's a Superstar Components red pair and they don't suit - I've some Mavic Aksium's needing minor repair and they will probably be used instead when fixed. Photo's to follow.
Oh, and because it fits him well his Giant TCR can go on sale sooner than planned .
New Wellgo LU987U pedals fitted to the Trek 800.
Having done about 100 miles since changing the bottom bracket & chainrings on the main commuter, just a quick trip round with the allen keys re-tightening all the bolts now they've settled in.
New tube and tire on the rear wheel. Lets hope this one does the trick.
Swapped my 14yo's track gearing from 52x16 (done on Monday from 51x16) to 49x15 for a practice tomorrow on his new Langdale track bike.
Dunno if this counts but got a cheap bike computer for Christmas and set it up today. Don't like having finicky things like that attatched to the bike, but it could be useful. Will take it up the Pentlands tomorrow to see if it survives the bumps.
Also lowered my seat by 1 mm.
new turbo trainer tyre fitted...eventually.....it put up a good fight but I won in the end.
Today, I have been mostly ...
... fettling my left SPD shoe!
I have been using a pair of cheapo Aldi SPD cycling shoes for about 3 years. They are starting to fall apart now, but that's okay - I have done a lot of hard riding in them and have definitely had my money's worth out of them. Cash is tight and I don't like throwing things away that can be repaired, so I did a bodge repair which should get me a few more months out of the shoes.
I went to do up one of the velcro straps on the left shoe before setting out on my ride yesterday but the tab through which the strap passes just tore off the shoe.
I limped through the ride with my overshoe holding the cycling shoe on but a more effective solution was required. So, today I cut a small slot either side of the broken tab, threaded a cable tie through, looped that back, and made quite a neat bodged replacement tab out of it.
If that lasts me to the summer then I will be satisfied.
Had a busy morning moving cranksets between bikes:
Removed the 105 172.5mm from the Boardman AirPro black edition
Removed the Ultegra 172.5mm from the Wilier Montegrappa commuter and fitted the 105 172.5mm
Removed the Ultegra 170mm from the NeilPryde and fitted the Ultegra 172.5mm, and a longer stem so it suits me not my 14yo
Removed the Shimano R500 170mm from the BeOne and fitted the Ultegra 170mm and a shorter stem so it fits my 14yo
Removed the 105 170mm from the Giant TCR, plus mudguards and fitted the Shimano R500 170mm plus Fulcrum 5 wheels. Cleaned the Giant ready for sale.
Fitted the 105 170mm one onto the Boardman Airpro black edition along with new GP4000S II tyres. More suitable wheels can wait ...
And a final Boardman AirPro photo now it's all completed to finish all that lot off :
So today I decided to fit some tractor tyres to my old Dawes Super Galaxy. We've a lot of forest trails and gravel roads around here and whilst I've explored once or twice, the old 28C Marathons were not really up to the job. So today I swapped them for some 38C Gravel Tyres. Clearance was fine but unfortunately it also meant ditching the mudguards. Oh well who needs them!
I also gave the brakes and headset a little love and attention whilst I was there. So hopefully I can find some time in the next weeks to go exploring.
New conti gp tyre fitted to the giant . Had a puncture 3 weeks ago which damaged the side wall slightly so better safe than sorry despite not having much wear on it I decided to change it . Been running the original giant stock wheel which came with the bike which I dont like the feel off so back to favourite conti gp 4000 was tempted to try the 5000 but for £25 quid more they can wait a bit
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