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Author Topic: Fix it

That old time religion
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2022 »
Actually something did need doing, I've been procrastinating. Also I needed to order a file.

If the congregation will turn back to the Old Testament Book of Sheldon, the chapter called Derailerless Bicycle Drivetrains, the verses about Kludges:

It is also possible to grind or file a flat on each end of the axle to allow a bit more adjustment.

Fortunately I had an old wheel to practice on, as it's not easy getting both sides flat at exactly the same spot. In fact I didn't quite manage it either time. Even so, it worked! To my surprise. Doesn't take much to make a big difference.

Unfortunately no pics, so technically none of this happened.

A public apology
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2023 »
Had to call emergency services after a roadside fix gone wrong.

The seatpost has been slipping. I tightened it to the limit of tightenability before my ride, then marked the post with tape to see if it kept going down. It did. 

It then struck me that this is likely because I'd temporarily swapped posts with a metal one which has anti-seize on it, which I hadn't wiped off before reinstalling the carbon post.

I had some paper towels in my saddlebag, so I stopped to do that. Unfortunately I broke the bolt in the process of unclenching it. (I actually had a spare clamp as well – but the wrong size!) If it weren't for the saddlebag, too heavy to safely hold or hook on my handlebars, I would've just ridden home out of the saddle. Even walking seemed preferable to a callout, but it's 5 miles, which while hardly a marathon, was too much of a hairshirt approach when there was someone who could be roused from her cozy nest.

. . .

On order: a new clamp, because I can't extract the remainder of the bolt. It rattles around, taunting me. (I considered loctiting it out, but not sure how hold the extraction tool, probably another allen key, to the end of the bolt until it sets. And no, that verb will never catch on.)

Also on the way is a torque wrench which looks like it was made on Blue Peter, but which reviews assure me does indeed mostly work.

Also beats eggs

Re: Fix it
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2023 »
I have some odd gaps – I've never taped bars or tightened a spoke!

Still not in a hurry to mess with spokes. I'll leave that to quantum qualified mechanics.

(Actually, if I had a proper workshop – the great outdoors isn't a great workspace – I might consider getting into wheels.)