What Have You Fettled Today?

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

  1. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    I built a singlespeed bike a few years back, mainly from surplus parts, but I had to buy some brake callipers because I didn't have any spare at the time. I wanted to spend as little as possible so I bought a pair of cheap Campanolo Veloce ones. They did the job but they felt a bit flexy/'spongey' compared to the better quality callipers that I am used to. They are also black, and I prefer silver.

    Since then I have dedicated an old bike to turbo trainer duties so its brakes were no longer needed. I decided to pinch the callipers off that bike to use on the singlespeed instead. I swapped them over today and they feel a big improvement. It turns out that the old brake blocks were pretty worn, so they would have needed replacing soon anyway.

    If I ever decide to take the old bike off the TT I can put the Veloce callipers on that.
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  2. Fenders installed on the Dawes.
    Rack and basket for the weekend.
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  3. Denis99

    Denis99 Well-Known Member

    South Wales
    New Campag Record headset fitted.

    Old school, 1" threaded.

    Plus the Restrap small frame bag arrived, lovely stuff.

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  4. DCBassman

    DCBassman Veteran

    Cleaned and lubed the Scott, and adjusted the front changer, cable looked a bit slack. Now it's only slightly less slack-looking, but works well!
  5. Dawes, now 8 speed rear cassette, and Alivio, as opposed to Tourney. Revo twist shifters replaced with snap shifter/brake combo. Now, If I can get the front to work, all will be hunky-dory. Oh, and the fellows changed out my a/c system while I was doing that. I also added leather and twine bar tape to my Raleigh Super Grand Prix. Cooler inside now, hotter outside. An improvement from the morning, when all was the opposite.
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  6. DCBassman

    DCBassman Veteran

    More cleaning of the Scott, plus a go over with some Tesco car wax. Actually the first time I've ever properly polished a bike. Looks fabbo!
  7. Domus

    Domus Über Member

    Sunny Radcliffe
    Got caught out by a shower whilst out on the summer bike, no mudguards, the bike was FILTHY. Good wash and lubed the chain and spokes. Put away and thought to myself it is a long time since the seat post was out. I can't believe how nasty it was, it was horrible, covered in gritty grease, it felt like grinding paste. A quick wipe and a rag pushed down the seat tube, a re grease and all was well. God knows what the winter bike one will be like. Will check after tomorrow nights epic to Blackpool.
  8. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Crossfire e recently developed a strange clunk when I stopped pedalling and coasted, like a kick from the crank or bb. This morning on my commute I stopped pedalling and the chain drooped between the rear and the crank then dumped itself off the crank. Ooer.
    Tonight on the way home it did the same 3 times. Motor over running I'm thinking, no, the freewheel/freehub should prevent the chain from still being driven forward...On the last throw of the chain I got off again, re sited the chain out of the way, rotated the freewheel/cassette....eh, that feels like its dragging ?
    One second later I realised why....the spoke protector disc had slid between the motor /hub and the freewheel....creating drag when it shouldnt.
    Resited spoke protector...all is well.
    5 seconds of actual fettling...does that count :laugh:
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  9. Fitted new bar ends - custom ones with expanders so hopefully won't lose these!
    Also adjusted the mudguard to give more clearance. The new tyre seems to be marginally larger than the old one, and it's catching. The noise is very annoying.
  10. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

    Ultima Thule
    Fitted marathon 40mm on one if my bikes. Tired of the frequent punctures on the terrain that bike covers
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  11. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    Dear Colin - it is a good idea to tighten the sleeve nut on the rear brake properly before going off on a 161 km (100 mile) ride... I heard a horrible rattling from the bike on a long, bumpy descent into Wigan yesterday. I just discovered that the brake is now barely attached to the bike! :eek: :laugh:
  12. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

    where abouts in wigan was you @ColinJ
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  13. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    I had ridden out from Littleborough with Littgull to do a big loop round - Rochdale, Bury, Bolton, Horwich, Chorley, Leyland, Maghull, Ormskirk, the biggest climb of the day to Ashurst's Beacon (Skelmersdale), Orrell, then down to Wigan Wallgate station via Kitt Green, Robin Park and Newtown.

    We skirted round a lot of the towns, and used towpaths, greenways, quiet roads and the Trans Pennine Trail where we could to avoid traffic.
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  14. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

    only a mile from me when you was at newtown, I could have put the kettle on...
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  15. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    Unfortunately, we were in a hurry to catch the train... :okay:
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