What Have You Fettled Today?

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

  1. JhnBssll

    JhnBssll Über Member

    It was pointed out to be again recently that the bar end plugs of the Bianchi are different colours, even after I'd sprayed the Di2 junction box bezel orange to match the hope one on the other side. The junction box itself is still black, and the hope bolt is silver, so they still looked different...


    Anyway, I accidentally came across some game changing information the other day; the Hope bar end plugs (Grip Doctor) use the same custom bolt as the headset cap (Head Doctor) which are of course available in all the lovely Hope colours. A quick search found Leisure Lakes had them on sale for 3 quid each and it was a done deal - 2 bolts on their way to me :okay: They arrived earlier in the week and I just found them and decided to pop them in, hopefully this should stop the OCD from myself and others :laugh::laugh::laugh:

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  2. Jenkins

    Jenkins Guru

    I've had a pair of Raceblade Pro XLs sitting in their packaging in my shed for a few months and finally got round to setting them up for use on the Giant flatbar this morning.
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  3. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    Re-fitted my 14yo's stem on his Boardman AirPro with longer stem bolts after his bars slipped on a training ride today.

    Then had a look at the Dawes Galaxy I bought last week:

    • Cleaned and lubricated. I don't think it's been used in a while
    • Removed and re-greased the seatpost
    • The front derailleur wouldn't hold - shifter was loose so tightened and works fine
    • Rear derailleur also tightened
    • The cranks still seem 'sticky', so the next job is to have a look at the bottom bracket
    • Also needs new bar tape (to be removed) and a better saddle (on order)
  4. BSOh

    BSOh Senior Member

    I fitted a pair last year and was absolutely dreading it after reading online how torturous some had found it. But they went on with no hassle in an hour or so. I say no hassle i.e. Bothinv went wrong, but they are a bit of a fiddle. Slow, steady, and a full mug of tea is my recommendation :okay:

    Edit: nothing not bothinv! :wacko:
  5. dave r

    dave r Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner

    Holbrooks Coventry
    A minor fettle for me today, I'd noticed recent rides had been slow and hard, I realized yesterday my rear mudguard had become clogged, so I had the rear wheel out this morning and cleared a couple of pounds of dirt out from under the mudguard. Whilst I was at it I had a look at the bottom bracket, it runs free and smooth with no play, but rumbles like a good un, looks like I'll be changing it sometime soon. I also did the usual checks, tyres and brakes.
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  6. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    All i have done over the last couple of days, is take peoples pedals off there bikes ready to be transported to Calpe.
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  7. chriswoody

    chriswoody Veteran

    Having brought the Super Galaxy out of semi retirement and pounding the plentiful forest tracks around here, I decided that it was about time I caught up with the maintenance that's been slipping over the last years. Firstly I purchased the headset spanner that I've been threatening to buy for the last twenty years and tightened the headset up.


    With that done I turned my attention to fitting a new large chainring, the old one had lost some teeth at some point as well as looking decidedly worn.


    Then it was on to the tedious job of fettling the twenty five year old cantilever brakes. I discovered a few years back that the bosses on the fork blades are far closer than on a modern bike, so there will never be the chance to upgrade to anything other than these old canti's. So no excuse, but keep them fettled and in good nick. When done properly though, the stopping power easily rivals more modern systems. It's just a pain to get right. There was also a myriad small jobs as well, but I'm looking forward to cycling some more gravel roads now that the bike is back in tip top condition.

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  8. I don't know if it techically counts as a fettle but I gave my commuter a mechanical clean (wiped the frame but didn't give it a deep clean I don't want it to be too desirable).
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  9. JhnBssll

    JhnBssll Über Member

    But of course it counts, this is the most important fettle of all :okay::laugh:
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  10. albal

    albal Veteran

    Have a stronglight triple chainset, x1 ring removed as I run x2 shimano hydraulic shifters. 46-30 if anyone interested . Do plenty of Bikepacking so need bottom end gearing.
    Didn't like silver so painted them black.

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  11. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    Ended up using the Olmo Rigel I've got stored at work as my Eastway had a flat when I went to pick it up - I'll fix that tomorrow.

    So ... the Olmo got new black bar tape and a Selle Italia Canard saddle. It's now ready for sale in the Spring and I'll put it back into storage in the morning.
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  12. JhnBssll

    JhnBssll Über Member

    This evening was Tannus time :okay: I got home from work and there was a parcel waiting for me - I was rather expecting it to be larger, I hadn't realised they shipped coiled like this...


    I emptied the contents out on to the table for a quick look, no surprises as I'd watched a few installation videos and read up on what to expect. The instructions were quite clear and my first impression was that it was a good kit and everything felt pretty good quality wise.


    The first step of installation is to work out which of the clips to use. Mums rims were 20mm internal width and the instructions stated to use the clips that were 3.5mm larger than this so I went for the red 23.5mm jobbies :okay: These just poke in to the holes, I pushed them in a few mm by hand and then the rest of the way carefully with pliers as they were a fairly tight fit.


    The next step once they're all in is to get the tyre on to the rim. This bit is best described as mud wrestling a boa constrictor with one arm tied behind your back. After a couple of failed attempts following the instructions I went rogue - I squished the tire in to the rim adjacent to the (now redundant) valve hole and clipped two of the clips in with the lever tool provided. I then work around the rim from one side of these clips, stretching the tyre on by hand. This was possible about two thirds of the way around, by which point the tyres get too tight to budge. So out came the lever tool again - one hand holding the tyre on to the rim, the other levering the next bit of tyre on to the rim. Bit by bit I worked my way around until the whole tyre was mounted, after which it was just a case of using the tool to pop the clips in on the other side...


    One thing to note is after popping all the clips in on the other side I checked the first side and several had not seated properly. These were visible between tyre and rim, so I went around both sides of the tyre again a few times ensuring both sides of every clip were properly popped in to place.


    The second tyre took less time than the first as I'd learnt a few tricks - I think I had it all done and the wheels back on within 45 minutes so not the nightmare it could have been but it was pretty tough on the arms and fingers, I feel like I've had a good workout now :laugh:


    With it all done I made some slight adjustments to the brakes and mudguards and then dropped it back round to mother - she seems quite pleased with my handiwork, you never know she may even ride it one day :becool::laugh:

    Oh, I should also mention I rode it around the block a few times before I delivered it back - they feel fine at low speed, I doubt she'll even notice a difference. I was pleasantly surprised with how compliant they feel, plus plenty of grip on the wet tarmac I rode it around on :okay:
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  13. overmind

    overmind My other bike is a Pinarello

    Reading, Berkshire
    I need to tighten the BB cup-cone bearings on my work bike tonight. I had the replace the lock ring about 1 month ago and the replacement needs a minor adjustment.

    That got me wondering. If I had a modern bike with something like a Hollowtech BB (which wore out) would be it possible to replace it with an old fashioned cup-and-cone or is the spec completely different?
  14. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    If you've got a threaded BB it's the same.
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  15. C R

    C R Über Member

    But can you get hollowtech spindles to go with cup and cone? Wouldn't you have to go for square taper, which would require a new chainset?
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