What Have You Fettled Today?

biggs682

Smile a mile bike provider
Location
Northamptonshire
Stripped rear wheel hub bearings on my latest project , drive side were dry and very worn so replaced them and added some grease non drive side were treated to some fresh grease ^_^

Hopefully that should stop the grumbling noise ,

Just waiting for some new quick release levers then i can do an evaluation ride .

Less than 2 years old according to previous owner and it doesn't look like it's ever had any maintenance done
 

bikingdad90

Veteran
Not so much a fettle, more I got fettled or to be accurate the machine I was on got fettled.

I was in the gym tonight and the leg press I was using the guard/rest jammed in the open position so I couldn’t end my set, had to shout a buddy who was in the gym over to unstack the weight and then I could get down. Had to hold 120kg for a good minute or two 😂😂.
Reported it to staff who put an out of order sign on it.
 

DCLane

Found in the Yorkshire hills ...
The bell came with the bike, but u can order them .
Velo Orange has nice stuff. Expensive, but nice.

The Velo Orange bottom bracket in my son's 'Project Orange' Carlton Corsa is a) probably worth more than the rest of the bike, and b) will out-last everything else.

Oh, and my Ridgeback Platinum has Velo Orange brakes. They're brilliant and a nice piece of bling.
 

postman

Legendary Member
Location
,Leeds
Non cycling put two single beds together,found a small fault with mine.A support bracket it out of line all it needs is a small hole enlarging with a wood drill bit,ten min job,but company are coming out next week to look at it.
 
I gave my Van Nicholas a deep clean and service today

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it was a bit neglected,

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so I took my time and with a rag and WD40 I cleaned every nook and cranny, degreased and lubricated the chain and checked all the bolts were tight.

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too nice to use now!
Think I spotted an ant walking along the frame leaving dirty footprints. You'll have to start all over I'm afraid.
 

ColinJ

Puzzle game developer
Laptop mouse fettling!

I had a problem with a mouse last year...

Today, I have mostly been fettling...






... my old PC mouse!

I prefer using a mouse with my laptop. The track pad is ok for occasional use but a mouse is much better for intensive graphical work and I have been playing about with Xara Photo & Graphic Designer recently.

I really liked my old Microsoft mouse but it has died the death. (It looks like somebody immersed it in a vat of strong coffee, though I don't remember any coffee break accidents. Anyway - it is no more; it is an EX-mouse.)

I have a couple of cordless mice but they play up after a while; it is probably a driver issue. I haven't been able to get them to behave themselves so I have put them to one side for now.

I found a cheapo Labtec corded mouse in the drawer of my desk and I have been using that. It isn't as good as the MS mouse was but I can live with it. Well, I could until the point where the scroller wheel started playing up. It felt like my finger was slipping on the rubber wheel. About 3 times out of 4 there would be slippage rather than, er, scrollage. It was starting to do my head in!

Ideally I would have bought a new MS mouse but funds are tight, and I don't like binning things that I can repair so I decided to sort the mouse out.

Close inspection revealed that my finger was NOT slipping on the rubber wheel - it appeared that the rubber wheel itself was slipping inside the mouse. I disassembled it and discovered that the rubber wheel is in fact a doughnut-like ring fitted round an inner plastic wheel on a little shaft. I could feel that the rubber was not gripping the wheel properly. When I removed the ring I could see that it was relying on friction between it and the wheel, but the wheel's outer edge was perfectly smooth so there was little friction between the two. I thought about trying to superglue the two items together but they looked like they might be a bad combination for superglue - I haven't had much success with materials like that. Then it dawned on me that I could create the friction needed by roughing up the edge of the wheel. I took a sharp knife to it and scored a deep crosshatch pattern onto it. I refitted the ring and hey presto - the two stick together nicely.

I just put the mouse back together and it works perfectly. Yay - a few crisp tenners saved*** and another chunk of plastic did not end up getting chucked away!

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*** I just looked up how much corded mice cost. You can actually get them for under £10 now, so not a huge saving, but still - waste not, want not!
Sorted!

Then @slowmotion donated a wireless mouse to me, which was great until it too developed a problem: single clicks were seen as double clicks.

So...

I searched online and apparently it is a common problem with Logitech mice so I consulted online technical experts for advice (YouTube videos!) and found 2 proposed solutions...

One looked likely to work, but fiddly, and potentially fatal to the mouse - take the whole thing to bits, including the microswitch under the 'button' (in this case there isn't a button top, the top of the mouse casing is designed to just flex up and down for clicks), bend the springy electrical contacts, and reassemble everything.

Option two was much simpler. It seemed unlikely that it would work but several people in the comments section said that it had fixed their mice, so I thought I would give it a go. That involved removing the battery and one screw to get the mouse open, and then applying a drop of lube to the little plastic rod that presses down into the microswitch to push the spring contacts together. The speculation was that friction was stopping the rods springing back quickly and smoothly enough to avoid contact bounce. I did this in the ad break of one TV show and to my surprise it seems to have worked. TBH, it was such a quick fix that if I had to relube it once a month it wouldn't bother me! I'm going to do a test... Before lubing the mouse, if I clicked once on each word in this paragraph, about one in eight clicks would have registered as double-clicks and highlighted the word. Hang on... Super - 0% accidental double-clicks, and 100% deliberate double-clicks, and that was with the double-click time extended to a more user-friendly length.
I have never had that double click problem again. What has happened recently though is the same kind of scroll-wheel problem that I had on my old corded mouse, so I decided to try the same fix. I disassembled the wireless mouse, and sure enough - the rubber surround of the scroll-wheel had come loose on the wheel itself. I took the rubber off and cut a rough crosshatch pattern on the outside of the plastic wheel. That surface is rough enough for the rubber surround to grip. No more scrolling problems! :smile:
 

bikingdad90

Veteran
Not so much a fettle, more I got fettled or to be accurate the machine I was on got fettled.

I was in the gym tonight and the leg press I was using the guard/rest jammed in the open position so I couldn’t end my set, had to shout a buddy who was in the gym over to unstack the weight and then I could get down. Had to hold 120kg for a good minute or two 😂😂.
Reported it to staff who put an out of order sign on it.
UPDATE: was there on Friday and it was fixed, I was able to leg press ok after it was fixed.
I thoight what the hell and stacked 200kg on it (5x20kg on each side) and surprised myself at how I was able to do a few sets. Think it is a new PB and I’m more of a sprinter than a climber.
 

bikingdad90

Veteran
Used a self adhesive patch to fix a puncture in granddaughters “ Frozen “ themed inflatable bed after it went pop while I was blowing it up. ( I got impatient with the slow progress using the crappy device supplied, so I rigged it up to my track pump and got a bit carried away )
Oops…

"let it go..."
Award for pun of the year!!!
 
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