What Have You Fettled Today?

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

  1. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    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.

    SPD shoe - broken tab.jpg
    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.

    SPD shoe - cable tie bodge for broken tab.jpg

    If that lasts me to the summer then I will be satisfied.
  2. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    Had a busy morning moving cranksets between bikes:
    1. Removed the 105 172.5mm from the Boardman AirPro black edition
    2. Removed the Ultegra 172.5mm from the Wilier Montegrappa commuter and fitted the 105 172.5mm
    3. Removed the Ultegra 170mm from the NeilPryde and fitted the Ultegra 172.5mm, and a longer stem so it suits me not my 14yo
    4. Removed the Shimano R500 170mm from the BeOne and fitted the Ultegra 170mm and a shorter stem so it fits my 14yo
    5. 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.
    6. 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 :heat: :

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    Last edited: 5 Jan 2019
  3. DCBassman

    DCBassman Basses or Bikes? Hmmm...

  4. chriswoody

    chriswoody Veteran

    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.


  5. 13 rider

    13 rider Guru

    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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  6. Alwaysbroken

    Alwaysbroken Active Member

    As a father of four, I cleaned and re-lubed the chains of 14 bikes, cycled the shocks of 5 mtb’ s through their stroke to keep the seals lubed, put a new saddle on my wife’s cafe racer as I stole hers for my pathracer build & re-routed it’s cables to clean it up now it’s near completion.

    During this I partook in a nice fresh ground coffee.

    Now having a couple Hob Goblins sitting on the sofa making a couple of final adjustments to my undercarriage.
  7. DCBassman

    DCBassman Basses or Bikes? Hmmm...

    As you do...
  8. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

    Fitted the new XT crankset 2x11 from the 1x11.
    New front pull slx mech and shifter.

  9. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

    Ultima Thule
    My fitness via a wee ride
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  10. kiwifruit

    kiwifruit Well-Known Member

    Service a sticky mavic freehub again, twice in about 3 months. Don't know why it keep sticking as I haven't been out much in the wet.
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  11. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    Don't use grease in them! Light oil does the job and doesn't gunge them up. Mine has been running fine since I did that 6 or 7 years ago.
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  12. kiwifruit

    kiwifruit Well-Known Member

    I have been using shimano hydraulic mineral oil.
  13. Changed out the Italian Universal center pull brakes on the Corso for some vintage Mafac Racers, which have better adjustability and greater stopping power.
    I also added a little T shaped tang I had hanging around the brake parts drawer. It is made to keep a Pletscher rack from sliding down the seat stays. Had no idea what it was for, until I got a Pletscher rack and added it to the Corso.
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  14. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    In that case, I don't know why it keeps sticking either! :laugh:
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  15. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    Son's new Langdale track bike needed an extra chain link putting on for 52/16 - only the chain wasn't playing ball. So we fitted a new chain with 2 links just in case. Much easier.

    Then sorted out the Boardman Airpro's mudguards which worked fine with Schwalbe One tyres but Conti GP4000S' must be taller - so fettling needed there.

    Added some new carbon paste to the seatpost on the Giant TCR we're selling so it looks cleaner.

    Oh, and now trying seatpost bolts and clamps from stock for the Ridley Damocles in the hope that one fits ... the ones from the tiny Kuota seatpost did. I knew it'd come in handy one day ^_^ . Then removed the very stiff bottom bracket - just need to sort out the stuck/drilled/broken off brake bolt in the forks now and it's ready to be dealt with.

    Just another day ...
    Last edited: 6 Jan 2019
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