Posts about bike maintenance, repair, or related.
My dearest old friend has a new coat. It’s a black coat and it suits him rather well. And he deserves it too. It’s 21 years since his last. My Webster (a custom-built Columbus Max OR steel cross country bike) was born in 1994, wrought into existence amid the fiery coalpits of Leicester, and forced […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
About this time last year a few mates and myself set off on a wild trip across Skye and the Outer Hebrides. It’s taken a long time to write but I’ve finally published my diary of the ride. Check out the story and pictures here.Continue Reading... No Comments.
I have too many bikes. I know that that statement shows blatant disregard for the n+1 rule*, but there’s only so much time in the day that can be spared for fettling, and the queue of bikes needing attention never seems to get shorter. But with winter coming, and my trusty cold-weather steed badly in […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Yesterday was all about the bits that create movement – wheels and chains. Today was about the bits that help to control that movement, so we’re talking gears, steering, and brakes. Oh, and bottom brackets of course… First up, gears – we looked at identifying shifting problems, straightening hangers, replacing cables, adjusting mech stops (front […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I had a busy day today running Day 1 of our Advanced Bike Maintenance Course for the guys at Bala Adventure and Watersports. Mark and Stu got their hands dirty getting to grips with wheels – from removing the tyres and repairing tubes, through to truing the rims and tensioning spokes, all the way to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.