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Title: What have you fettled today?
Post by: bobajobrob on April 13, 2008, 10:39:24 pm
I'll start us off. My dad and I fitted new worktops and sink in my kitchen today. After plumbing in the sink, we lifted it up a couple of inches to fit the clips that secure it to the worktop. One of the compression joints on the cold feed was not done up properly and it came apart, making a nice fountain in the cupboard under the sink for a couple of minutes before I could crawl in there and turn off the service valve. The kitchen was quite nicely flooded, and I spent the next half an hour mopping it up with towels and wringing them out in the drain outside. I'm sure there's a lesson to be learned there somewhere ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CAMRAMan on April 14, 2008, 09:46:10 am
I stuck together a wooden dinosaur for my son this morning. One of those press out/stick together things that don't press out so well and the instructions require VERY careful focusing.

The hot glue gun I used got more glue on it than the model.

Still, quite impressive once assembled.

5-year-old son was not listening to the advice that it was really only to look at, so I suspect some regluing might be needed when I get back home...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 14, 2008, 10:16:24 am
30m of cat 5e cable, through 3 walls and along a wall behind pyrocanthus bushes. I think I'm leaking.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: bobajobrob on April 21, 2008, 09:40:29 pm
I had new carpets fitted in the hall, landing, stairs and front bedroom today. I was fitting some skirting boards in the bedroom and snapped a drill bit drilling into brick. I pulled the bit out of the wall and dropped it because it was hot, the tip was glowing red hot and melted a hole in the carpet. That'll teach me to use wood drills for masonry.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hairyhippy on April 21, 2008, 10:31:18 pm
Refurbed a bath tap and found a brilliant plumbers merchants. Total cost £1.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on April 21, 2008, 11:00:59 pm
Refitted a kitchen lamp, put up by someone who thought that screws into plasterboard provide a solid fixing. >:(

Gods save us from your average DIYer.  I really hope the wiring in Chez TimO was done properly.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 22, 2008, 10:31:07 am
Replaced a light bulb in the Great Hall.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on April 22, 2008, 11:48:13 am
Ahhhh,,,, I was looking for this Thread.


Saturday, the Dyson died :(  Only 7 years old and I'd been rating them on here (or there), and it looks like 7 years of DIY has killed it.

One Torx driver and an hour later I'd stripped it right down, sorted it out, and it's back as it was when brand new ;D



On Sunday I got fed up with the Bonsai trees always being dried out, so with the aid of an empty Dulux can, small hoses and plant drippers made an automatic water.   Mrs Nutty isn't too keen on the can wired to teh decking balustrades, but I'm sure it'll grow on her ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alecstilleyedye on April 22, 2008, 08:28:17 pm
have had to put some old pedals on best bike to try and track down a clicking noise "down below".
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Regulator on April 22, 2008, 08:38:20 pm
Damn.  I get back with a damaged Ting Tong to find that Sheldon's front mech is playing up....  >:(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on April 22, 2008, 08:46:17 pm
 :(

Front mechs on new bikes always seem to need a little fettle.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Andrew Br on April 22, 2008, 10:11:50 pm
I've tried to get the (new) washing machine to spit out the water and spin so that I can get my cycling kit out.
No luck so far and the slight whiff of hot electrics/onics isn't inspiring confidence.
Time to GSI I think.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: RogerT on April 23, 2008, 12:07:51 pm
Fitted a new frame pump to the Dawes. ( that was not exactly technical )

Nutty, I share your enthusiasm for Dyson repairs, rebuilt our DC07 2 years ago after the builders had destroyed it. ( Dysons positively hate plaster dust )

Still going strong with a new motor from Flea bay.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on April 23, 2008, 03:40:51 pm
Busy rewiring the Utility Room (it's not the Kitchen, so it's less not legal!) to try and fit the new fridge in, otherwise I can't use the back door, since the fridge is sat there at the moment.

If I don't post on here for a while, and there's smoke and the smell of burning flesh from the direction of Croydon, someone send out an ambulance. ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on April 23, 2008, 04:20:24 pm
...correction, the fridge/freezer looks good where it is.  It almost killed me getting it there.  At one point I almost had to use my mobile phone to ring up someone 10 miles away, to come and get me out from underneath it. :-\

At some point I want to rearrange things, but that will require me moving a fridge/freezer, washing machine, dish washer, and tumble dryer, then shifting a kitchen unit, 6 foot of counter top, and reposition a couple of double way sockets and their wiring.  Somehow I don't fancy doing that this afternoon, mainly because the shifting of white goods turns out to be a major hassle!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rower40 on April 30, 2008, 08:24:57 pm
At some point I want to rearrange things, but that will require me moving a fridge/freezer, washing machine, dish washer, and tumble dryer, then shifting a kitchen unit, 6 foot of counter top, and reposition a couple of double way sockets and their wiring.  Somehow I don't fancy doing that this afternoon, mainly because the shifting of white goods turns out to be a major hassle!
Why does this remind me of...
Quote from: Flanders and Swann, in a song called "High Fidelity"
If you raise the ceiling six feet, move the fireplace from that wall to that wall, you'll still only get the stereophonic effect if you sit in the bottom of that cupboard.

Meanwhile: I've not technically fettled anything today, but I've removed the evidence of a faerie visitation (*), and sorted the 19 remaining spare innertubes in my shed by which bike/trike/trailer each one fits.  And I've found that there are three wheels on my fleet for which I don't have any spares.

(*) Not a real one.  Just a manufacturing defect in the cheapo czech-made inner tube, where the valve came away from the surround.  The Bin Beckoned.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jacomus on April 30, 2008, 08:54:51 pm
Anti-fettled a door*, then spent 2.5hrs fettling it back into position.

Fettled the downstairs toilet U-bend. On the inside.  :sick:







______________________________

* Our kitchen->Lounge door gently closes to if not propped open. I went through and into my housemates bedroom on the other side of the kitchen, on Operation Muthafcuking Payback Biatch. After a period of small talk as she was tidying up, an opportunity presented itsself and 1kg of flour was deposited down her trousers. In order to avoid immidiate, painful, retribution I departed at a cracking pace. Glanced backwards and ran into the door.

Luckily it opens into the lounge (my direction of travel) so I didn't hurt myself too badly, but the door didn't fare so well and the top hinge ripped out.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gus on April 30, 2008, 09:24:49 pm

switched handlebar and stem on my fixed steamroller. 
The original handlebar was way to narrow
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: bobajobrob on May 04, 2008, 04:25:53 pm
This, in the kitchen. It's messy work and I've lots to do. I seem to be getting more adhesive on the outside of the tiles than on the underside.

(http://www.robshields.org/~rshields/2008/05/tiling.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on May 04, 2008, 09:19:07 pm
I actually fettled a bike, admittedly just to fit a new computer to replace the crummy Topeak one that couldn't withstand three wet commuting trips last week.

I'm quite impressed that all the modern computers seem to let you set the odometer mileage, so you can claim to have cycled some ridiculous distance!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: IanDG on May 05, 2008, 10:16:33 am
This morning I have added tape and saddle to my 'Saracen', adjusted the brakes and gears and blown up the tyres ready for a ride this afternoon. It's a rather tasteless clash of purple and yellow - I'll post pics later
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Phil on May 05, 2008, 11:30:32 am
Our loo is no longer overflowing at the cistern, and I stopped it making a horrible howling noise post-flush as well.  It only needed some PTFE tape and a tighten.  My housemates wanted to get the landlord to fix it ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mike on May 05, 2008, 02:02:35 pm
the puncture is fixed in the wheelbarrow :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on May 05, 2008, 05:18:43 pm
I quickly fettled the TCR before heading out ( air and break pad placement ) and a quick wipe down ( remember that Pumpe and Jaded ??  ;D ).
I am planning to install the rack from Mrs G's Specialized onto the Monsta Thorn after tea and fettle the Monsta for a commute to work tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gandalf on May 05, 2008, 05:28:53 pm
As part of the 'you bought a new bike and you owe me big time' garden makeover I have got the fountain going again.

I had such a good time today with the lovely weather I have declared summer officially open.

This is usually marked with a glass of Pimms and 'Summer in the city' by Lovin Spoonful given a good blast  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: pdm on May 05, 2008, 06:21:27 pm
I dug up a lot of plants, spread a lot of compost, dug a lot of holes for some new plants.

Also swapped the summer wheels for the winter ones (heavier duty with dynamo hub) on the Orbit Photon commuter, washed it down, took off the solidlights,  rotated a chain and lubed it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nmcgann on May 05, 2008, 06:59:10 pm
Replaced the Stronglight chainset & bb on my bodged-up turbo-slash-TT bike with a bargain square taper Campag Centaur I got off ebay last season.

Then had to have a test ride  ;D :thumbsup:

Neil
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: bobmick on May 05, 2008, 07:08:36 pm
Gave the tourer/commuter a deserved clean and isolated the source of a very annoying ticking noise that occured at the same point of every crank rev.  Believe it or not it was a piece of fine thread that had wound its way around the pedal at the point where it spins!!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Lonewolff on May 05, 2008, 07:19:30 pm
Cleaned the commuting bike and discovered a worrying amount of play in the bottom bracket - that will require some investigation tomorrow, but explains the odd noises when going up hill out of the saddle.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on May 05, 2008, 07:24:34 pm
Put on new tyres and computer, and repaired every punctured tube (had a lot of visits last week).

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: bobajobrob on May 05, 2008, 10:06:15 pm
Still tiling...

Thankfully the only job I have left is to clean up the mess :thumbsup: It's only taken me three days.

(http://www.robshields.org/~rshields/2008/05/tiling2.jpg)

(http://www.robshields.org/~rshields/2008/05/tiling3.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on May 25, 2008, 06:24:00 pm
- replaced front STI brake cable, in order to correct the change in cable length required after a previous change in lever position and stem. Change also permits fitting Dinotte under bars.
- new bar tape, required by above.
- changed shift cables so that they cross under the down tube - I've been meaning to do this for ages.
- redo indexing, required after above.
- thoroughly cleaned and polished bike.

Most satisfying.

However, what I really should have been doing was st*dying.  ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: FatBloke on May 25, 2008, 06:28:49 pm
I spent too much time trying to fettle a Carlsberg pump and a Fosters pump to set up and outside bar for the airshow only to be scuppered as we appeared not to have the right regulator valve and head for the gas.
You can't pump lager with CO2/Nitrogen mix.  :-\
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: toekneep on May 25, 2008, 06:39:43 pm
I noticed on yesterdays ride that a little bit of play had developed in the bottom bracket. So I've just tightened it up and had a little ride to check it. Its all smoooth and luuurvly now.  :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on May 25, 2008, 07:19:40 pm
Tried and failed to get the brakes working on my wife's bike working :(  They 'feel' right but the new blocks just don't rip the rims. Probably alright 'cos I doubt she'll go that fast :D*


actually I'll push some business towards the LBS
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on May 26, 2008, 01:11:49 am
Ahhhh,,,, I was looking for this Thread.


Saturday, the Dyson died :(  Only 7 years old and I'd been rating them on here (or there), and it looks like 7 years of DIY has killed it.

One Torx driver and an hour later I'd stripped it right down, sorted it out, and it's back as it was when brand new ;D



On Sunday I got fed up with the Bonsai trees always being dried out, so with the aid of an empty Dulux can, small hoses and plant drippers made an automatic water.   Mrs Nutty isn't too keen on the can wired to teh decking balustrades, but I'm sure it'll grow on her ;D

Contact dyson for a flate rate of £45 they rebuild it and guarantee it for a year,
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on May 26, 2008, 01:18:14 am
Well i replaced the bottom bracket, crank, rear cassette but could get no further as the rear derailleur jockey wheels were the wrong ones.  So no off roading for me today.

May play with the Iseran and clean the bike clean the rear cassette and the chain,  Replace the jockey wheels and give it all a good clean.

I repaired my mates bikes that was damaged so now thats back for sale.

Played with a CB500 I'm rebuilding.  Really should get that finished and sold.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on May 26, 2008, 09:29:42 pm
The Telecaster is complete!

I soldered the electrics this afternoon (slightly complex, with two humbucking pickups providing oodles of wires) and it not only works, it sounds superb.  It's much fatter-sounding than my Strat, but the tone is clearer than a Les Paul.  The sustain is longer than on any guitar I've heard, and I've had (or at least borrowed) a proper Gibson LP Custom.  The tone control actually does something, unlike most guitars, and the range of sounds with the 3-way switch and the tone control is very wide.

Pics and maybe a sound clip when I get round to it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on May 26, 2008, 10:15:05 pm
Halfway through an Improved Pennyfarthing Saddle Clamp with a nice wrought-iron curl.  Need more bolts.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: pdm on May 26, 2008, 11:17:42 pm
Replaced the frame on my winter commuter today... (and a few other bits too....) ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rae on May 26, 2008, 11:52:59 pm
Very productive day - rain makes you stay inside and do proper stuff.

Beadblasted a vast number of tractor and chainsaw parts.  They're all matt now, and waiting for etch primer.  You can't spray in humid conditions, so no painting today.  I tested the force fed air mask for spraying the two pack top coat - nasty stuff.  Everything works, I now just need a warm day.

Did my tax return, my mum's tax return and Mrs rae's tax return.   Feeling pretty smug.

Fixed my big old A3 printer - it was whinging that the ink cartridges had expired.   Ripping out the memory battery had it running perfectly for the first time in a year.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nmcgann on May 27, 2008, 07:35:33 am
Did a complete frame transplant on the TT bike based on a s/h frame I bought. It's now an ally Giant TCR Aero (circa 2005 model).

I was particularly pleased I managed to re-use all the old cables since my new integrated aerobars haven't turned up from the states yet and I didn't want to use the new cables I bought for them.

Neil
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: groucho on May 27, 2008, 08:10:31 am
Saturday - cut grass and trimmed front hedges including neighbour's side, before the rains!
After the rains I painted a wall in the downstairs bathroom, sealed the office/studio floor, filled cracks in the extension. The nearest I got to the bike was when I moved it to get the mower out the garage.

Sunday - more painting to bathroom and extension.

Monday - tiling and grouting in upstairs bathroom.

It rained a lot!
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Post by: bikenerd on May 27, 2008, 09:31:36 am
Saturday: completely stripped down the Moulton, except for the brass pivot bushing, the bottom bracket and squash ball at the back which is seized tighter than a badger's armpit.  Strip the head on the allen bolt holding the squash ball :(
Sunday: realised I do have the right tool to remove the Moulton's bottom bracket and removed it with extreme prejudice:  I had to use the camping mallet  :thumbsup:.  Fix the p*ncture on the Hill Special.  Fitted a saddle to the mountain bike so I can actually ride it when the weather improves.

I also finished my computer program to convert .GPX files into formats suitable to download to my Garmin Edge.  Does that count? :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on May 27, 2008, 10:07:34 pm
Pennyfarthing saddle clamp ready for a test ride:

(http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h95/andygates/Penny-newsaddleclampdraft.jpg)

It gets prettified once I'm happy it works.  Now to sort out that wobbly crank...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: eck on May 27, 2008, 10:13:09 pm
Get that pile of scrap metal out the way, I want that book off the bottom shelf.   :demon:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: FatBloke on May 27, 2008, 10:14:44 pm
Pennyfarthing saddle clamp ready for a test ride:

(http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h95/andygates/Penny-newsaddleclampdraft.jpg)

It gets prettified once I'm happy it works.  Now to sort out that wobbly crank...
Will you be referring to the "Encyclopaedia of Unusual Sex" to help with the wobbliness of your crank?  ;) ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: steveB on May 27, 2008, 10:35:41 pm
I spent too much time trying to fettle a Carlsberg pump and a Fosters pump to set up and outside bar for the airshow only to be scuppered as we appeared not to have the right regulator valve and head for the gas.
You can't pump lager with CO2/Nitrogen mix.  :-\

Actually you can.  60/40 CO2-N for lager and cider.  30/70 CO2-N for ales and stout. Both set at 35psi, cider works better on 100% CO2 set at 25-28psi.  The lagers and ciders need about 6-8ft of 3/16 restrictor line and open all flow controls to the max.

I guess it's too late for this info now, but it should come in handy if there's a next time.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Phil on May 28, 2008, 04:26:27 pm
Get that pile of scrap metal out the way, I want that book off the bottom shelf.   :demon:

Yeah, it's been ages since I last reread Speaker for the Dead
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on May 28, 2008, 06:52:18 pm
Here's the gee-tar:

Greenburst Tele now complete - Telecaster Guitar Forum (http://www.tdpri.com/forum/telecaster-discussion-forum/108586-greenburst-tele-now-complete.html#post1264402)

Now I'm off to make some noise with it  :demon:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Phil on May 28, 2008, 08:00:21 pm
Very nice! I particularly like that you had the presence of mind to put some clothes on before taking photos of the shiny bits on the guitar. 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 28, 2008, 08:03:46 pm
Last night I was driven crazy by three flies which couldn't find their way out of the window despite me vigorously guiding them with a TV Quick. I gave up and went to bed. Tonight when I got in there were 5. I got them outside eventually. Two minutes later, there was another 4. I got them out. And then another 2. I got them out. And then another 1.

12 flies.

They were all on or around the livingroom window, and I noticed little holes in the wooden facing above the window. I think there's a nest of them in the space above the window, so I've blocked up the holes with sealant, plus shut the vent things at the top of the window frame, and there hasn't been a new one for about 10 minutes now.

Ugh.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: steveB on May 28, 2008, 09:13:20 pm
Last night I was driven crazy by three flies which couldn't find their way out of the window despite me vigorously guiding them with a TV Quick. I gave up and went to bed. Tonight when I got in there were 5. I got them outside eventually. Two minutes later, there was another 4. I got them out. And then another 2. I got them out. And then another 1.

12 flies.

They were all on or around the livingroom window, and I noticed little holes in the wooden facing above the window. I think there's a nest of them in the space above the window, so I've blocked up the holes with sealant, plus shut the vent things at the top of the window frame, and there hasn't been a new one for about 10 minutes now.

Ugh.


Is it an upstairs window?  They could be clusterflies (I hope not), although it might be a bit early in the year for them.  They have a disgusting lifestyle, lay eggs in the fields and become parasites in earthworms until they hatch, sort of an Alien thing- can't find them on Wiki.  I once had a loft full, millions of the buggers hanging in huge bunches, they kept dropping through the window frames upstairs. Ugh! and double Ugh!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rower40 on May 28, 2008, 09:19:27 pm
Stop flies spreading disease - keep'em zipped up.  :hand:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: outwith on May 28, 2008, 09:23:06 pm
If they're cluster flies they're inside the building, where they've been hibernating, and trying to get out.  I used to have an atticful.  They come inside in the autumn to hibernate, and then they wake up in spring and try to get out, usually dying on the way.  So if you have a room full of dead flies in the morning...  The good news is that they aren't any sort of health risk to humans.  Googling will produce various local council information sheets.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on May 29, 2008, 06:34:02 am
Very nice! I particularly like that you had the presence of mind to put some clothes on before taking photos of the shiny bits on the guitar. 
No eBay-style reflectoporn here  :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 29, 2008, 08:10:45 am

Is it an upstairs window?  They could be clusterflies (I hope not), although it might be a bit early in the year for them.  They have a disgusting lifestyle, lay eggs in the fields and become parasites in earthworms until they hatch, sort of an Alien thing- can't find them on Wiki.  I once had a loft full, millions of the buggers hanging in huge bunches, they kept dropping through the window frames upstairs. Ugh! and double Ugh!

Second-floor flat. Nothing to see this morning.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on May 30, 2008, 10:35:41 pm
My TCR frame was replaced in 2006 yet I had to keep the carbon fork / steerer from the earlier TCR Hybrid.  The forks have been through several winters and the headset is still the original.  It has been a bit clunky of late.
I have taken it apart before and greased the bearings etc - but tonight I went further.
I not only stripped the lube out and then repacked it, before doing so I used a light emery stick to take off some of the markings and discolouration.
I also didn't put it back together quite so tight.  After watching Mark and Tuggo fettle Arabella's bike on the BCM and saw them tilt the bars to either side to see if the movement was free enough - I copied and hey presto - much smoother head set.

I also fettled the cleats on my shoes.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on June 07, 2008, 12:19:09 pm
Reassembled an old Moulton for a new home:

YouTube - Moulton Rebuild (http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj9IpDQYNlg)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Yorkshireman on June 07, 2008, 04:19:44 pm
In the past month I have -
Serviced the front and rear wheel bearings (new balls and grease after a good clean) including new cones in the front as these
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h270/Yorkshireman1/Trek%20700/2008_0321Cones0001.jpg)
were knackered (my fault - I over adjusted without allowing for the little extra from the quick release  :-[) . Decided that I wanted slightly lower gearing, and the tripple (28, 38, 48) was looking a bit worn anyway - It wasn't too keen to come off ... but I won in the end
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h270/Yorkshireman1/Trek%20700/2008_0429TREK7000003.jpg)
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h270/Yorkshireman1/Trek%20700/2008_0429TREK7000004.jpg)
to be replaced with a 22, 32, 44 and new bottom bracket
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h270/Yorkshireman1/Trek%20700/2008_0429TREK7000001.jpg)
Cassette changed from 14, 16, 18, 21, 24, 28, 32 "F" to custom 14, 15, 16, 18, 21, 24, 28 (based on 11-28 "ac") which seems to suit me ok.
New headset
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h270/Yorkshireman1/Trek%20700/2008_0429TREK7000007.jpg)
MIL bought me a new dynamo for my birthday so replaced this
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h270/Yorkshireman1/Trek%20700/2008_0325Update0007.jpg)
with this
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h270/Yorkshireman1/Trek%20700/2008_0404Dynamo0006.jpg)
very impressed - quiet and hardly any drag. My wife bought me one of these
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h270/Yorkshireman1/Trek%20700/BastaPilot.jpg)
(to go with the new dyno) and what an improvement after this one
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h270/Yorkshireman1/Trek%20700/2007_0929MillerDyno0002.jpg)
just walking with the bike seems to give full lighting power.
Got to thinking that the stem/bar set-up looked a bit 'ungainly' (and the fit wasn't quite right for me)
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h270/Yorkshireman1/Trek%20700/2008_0404Dynamo0002.jpg)
Couldn't find a replacement stem that would suit me (not in black anyway), so I bought a quill-ahead converter (I already had a stem - Halfords sale £2.00 a couple of years ago) and ended up with this
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h270/Yorkshireman1/Trek%20700/2008_0506Trek7000003.jpg)
That fitted me OK, but looked a bit 'clunky', so I got a spacer (SJS) and dabbed a bit of shiny black paint here and there ... and
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h270/Yorkshireman1/Trek%20700/2008_0514TREK0001.jpg)
(I'm not sure yet ...).
Rear mech was sort of OK,
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h270/Yorkshireman1/Trek%20700/2008_0510Newder0002.jpg)
but this was going for £12.00 at UKBikestore
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h270/Yorkshireman1/Trek%20700/2008_0510Newder0001.jpg)
and looked a bit more up to date.
Had a good look at the rear lighting
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h270/Yorkshireman1/Trek%20700/2008_0404Dynamo0004.jpg)
and decided that it was letting everything else down. Ordered  a B+M DToplight Plus from Cycle Plus on Wednesday @ 7.30pm. Removed the home made flasher mount and light
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h270/Yorkshireman1/Trek%20700/2008_0606RearLight0002.jpg)
and made a suitable mount for the new light and fitted it with pop rivetts
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h270/Yorkshireman1/Trek%20700/2008_0606RearLight0003.jpg)
New light arrived at 1.30pm yesterday, and took about 10 min to fit and connect up.
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h270/Yorkshireman1/Trek%20700/2008_0606RearLight0004.jpg)
I'm highly delighted with that bit of kit (and the quick service)  :thumbsup:
Completed bike is like a new one now, and is certainly a better ride.
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h270/Yorkshireman1/Trek%20700/2008_0518TREK0003.jpg)
Just wondering what else is left to 'improve'  :demon:

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on June 07, 2008, 04:25:33 pm
Cripes.  You put us all to shame.  What a fettle that was.
You should start a new thread - Marathon Fettles  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clifftaylor on June 07, 2008, 04:35:07 pm
Quote
Just wondering what else is left to 'improve'

I think that the shed door could do with some TLC  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Yorkshireman on June 07, 2008, 04:48:12 pm
 ;D
I'm still not quite used to this retirement job Grub (working conditions and hours are OK - but the pay's a bit 'lacking'). Garden's looking good, decorating up to date (the stuff that I can do anyway), housework only takes a couple of hours or so each day. Most days I get up around 4am (habit of a lifetime ;)) and go for a bit of a ride, and then the day is often mine to do ...  8)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clifftaylor on June 07, 2008, 04:52:35 pm
I have actually done some minor fettling today.
A couple of weeks ago, the Ribble was about to be put back in the garage when the front tyre went flat - almost instantly. The cause was the rim tape having migrated sideways enough to allow the innertube to kill itself by diving into the spokehole, and a deflation that rapid at 40mph didn't bear thinking about. I considered adhesive rim tape, but they all seemed to be thicker than the plastic stuff provided, and I'd had a lot of trouble getting Conti 4 Seasons on the wheels, eventually having to buy a Var lever. Then I found veloplugs (http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/reviews/velocity/veloplugs/), and bought some from Planet-X. They're a bit small for Shimano wheels, and I've had to stick a bit of electrical tape on top of each one (I'm trying to source the Shimano version), but I can now fit the Contis with my bare hands, which is most excellent.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on June 07, 2008, 05:01:05 pm
;D
I'm still not quite used to this retirement job Grub (working conditions and hours are OK - but the pay's a bit 'lacking'). Garden's looking good, decorating up to date (the stuff that I can do anyway), housework only takes a couple of hours or so each day. Most days I get up around 4am (habit of a lifetime ;)) and go for a bit of a ride, and then the day is often mine to do ...  8)

Good for you.  Get some miles in then - but ensure you are on Bikejournal first.  I hope I'll be like that one day too.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on June 07, 2008, 05:04:43 pm
I've got veloplugs on the TCR Mavic wheels.  They didn't fit the Campag Sciroccos on the Monsta Thorn though.

My TCR looks very clean and sexy.  The Monsta Thorn had a wash too as she goes into the LBS for the new cranks next week - so at least he will not get covered in muck from my machine.

TCR has been stripped down for the Highclere Sportive tomorrow.  Essential items only  - noticably missing are my lights  ;D  I put a smaller saddle bag on too.

The Monsta Thorn is also now sporting her new Bagman supporting her Carradice Nelson ( thank you Paul ).

I can fettle to my heart's content as I am home alone as the G family have gone to Wales ( I couldn't due to the sportive tomorrow ).
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Yorkshireman on June 07, 2008, 07:34:18 pm
Quote
Just wondering what else is left to 'improve'

I think that the shed door could do with some TLC  ;D

Ah! That 'shed door' (if it's the one behind the bike) is the garden gate. It's finished in what's known in the 'trade' as Stressed Woodland Green, with the fittings being in Gas-tar Black with Rust Relief and I'm going for the 'Rustic' look  :P, though there's a large container of B+Q Woodland Green Sprayable Fence Paint somewhere at the back of the garage. I'm waiting for a bit of decent weather - to see if the spare (unused) pump up weedkiller spray thing will work with the paint (looks just the same as the B+Q item - including the nozzles). I've still got loads of shiny black paint left as well  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on June 07, 2008, 08:39:06 pm
Solved the problem of intermittent failure of the computer on the Longstaff.The fork mounted transducer was creamcrackered so a new one was fitted.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on June 07, 2008, 09:01:17 pm
Finally finished the kitchen sink. Removed the old worktop with sit in sink. Removed the thin bit of wood under the windowsill that acted as a splashback. moved the centre pillar for the sink unit over 10cm. Cut the top to fit. Installed taps. Did plumbing stuff. and got it all connected up except the waste.

Off to B&Q. I should have gone by bike. It would have been quicker.

Back to B&Q for the one adapter I needed but didn't have for the waste pipe, this time by bike.

Back again to B&Q for the other bits I had forgotten.

All connected and working. Most of the woodwork done (just got to take a few mm off the plinth piece - the units were lowered about 8mm to get the new sink splashback (it is a sit on rather than a sit in) )

All done and I am tired.. a few bits to tidy up.

..d
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MattH on June 08, 2008, 11:51:06 am
After months of thinking about what to do, I finally got around to replacing the chainset on my audax bike. I'd spent ages looking at the merits of different bottom bracket systems, considering if I should aim to move fully Campy (using the very tempting Bikeplus Record triple offer), or move to outboard bearings and modern Shimano stuff (with the retooling and frame facing costs).

Eventually I just bought a rather nice TA Vega square taper triple set from Wiggle (at a rather nice price of a few pence over £100, assuming you use a £5 voucher gained by updating your mailing list preferences and want 170 26/36/46, which was exactly what I was after).

Building it up from the kit of parts of you are supplied is a very satisfying way of spending an evening in front of the telly; kind of like working on a bike, but without the oil and dirt. I like having a big pile of shiny bits that gradually reduces in size as the thing your are building takes shape. Then getting to the end and not having any bits left over is the icing on the cake :-)
The only irritating part was needing a special spanner to attach the crank to the spider (or bodging it like I did).

The I spent some time yesterday swapping it all over, moving the front derailleur down, new chain and tweaking the gears so everything is running sweetly and silently.
Now I just need to actually replace the front derailleur with a top swing one; the existing one's band now fouls the bottle cage.

A satisfying job, but perhaps I should have done it before going on the Irish Mail  :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gandalf on June 08, 2008, 01:03:55 pm
I spent a fair chunk of yesterday trying to make  my son's Halfrauds hybrid roadworthy.  I'm disgusted that he would ride something in that state.

Both brake cables, rear mech cable and freewheel totally cattle trucked, several broken spokes in rear wheel and rear mech dangerously loose.

Isn't getting old freewheels off a wizard wheeze? In the end I had to resort to the old scaffold pole trick.

It was also the first time I had attempted to change a gear cable on SRAM twist grip shifters, which was a right caper.  As I opened it up to expose the cable end it did a Zebedde on me and catapaulted the spring come ratchet thingy which does the indexing.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on June 08, 2008, 05:51:38 pm
My fettling yesterday paid off.  No issues today.  Silent stealth machine she was.  Well done girl.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on June 08, 2008, 07:11:00 pm
Another computer :o
This time the one on Marj's Trice.Fortunately it was only a two minute fettle.I suppose it could be natural justice taking it's course on me for riding Marj's machine at a time when she can't ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: pdm on June 11, 2008, 09:24:26 am
Replaced the bearings on my summer commuter's eggbeaters and re-greased them.
The bearing on the right pedal disintegrated on the way home last evening and that meant a slow 10 miles through the peaks due to the whole pedal mechanism coming apart. Cue (mainly) single pedal cycling up and down the hills  :P
On average, eggbeater bearings last me 10-15,000k
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on June 11, 2008, 09:43:04 am
Fettled some new brake pads onto the rear, and moved the Space Grip again so that the computer, GPS, and spare front lamp no longer partially blocks the main front lamp to people on my left.  Right, that's me ready for the Zombocalypse now!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on June 11, 2008, 10:40:42 am
I took the cranks and bottom bracket out of the Fuji track bike, cleaned them and re-assembled with smears of grease everywhere.

The hideous uphill creak has gone  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on June 22, 2008, 10:55:37 pm
Cleaned bike after the FNRttC - despite gritty grinding noises all night my Koolstops seem largely intact, despite the presence of masses of goo, which I presume must be composed of Mavic rim.

Put mudguards back on as I don't like having a wet bum and saddle pack. With its fairly relaxed geometry the Yukon looks better with them on, I think.

Removing and refitting mudguards is probably the biggest hassle of bike-on-plane transportation. They'll have to come off again at the end of August.

Oh, and goodbye, lawyer lips.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: woollypigs on June 23, 2008, 07:33:29 am
Fettled 98 bikes(or version there of) in 4 and a bit hours yesterday, ok with the help of 4 others :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: vince on June 23, 2008, 07:36:46 am
Turned the handlebars to put my bike in the bike bag for the boating holiday I should have started two days ago (got another half day at work to go and I'm in trouble). It doesn't sound much fettling wise, but it's the first time the bolts have been loosened since it was built 4 years ago and I was a little worried that a couple may have stuck.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tiermat on June 23, 2008, 08:11:57 am
Fettled 98 bikes(or version there of) in 4 and a bit hours yesterday, ok with the help of 4 others :)

An average of ~20 bikes in that time is good going, well done that man....
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 23, 2008, 09:01:18 am
My Cateye Velo 5 speed/milometer thing, which went through the washing machine in my shorts pocket without me realising. It came through relatively unscathed although it increased my "maximum speed achieved" from 32mph to 87mph! So I've taken the battery out, let it air, and put it back together and reset it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Ian H on June 23, 2008, 09:32:12 am
I've been gradually bringing my old rigid Dawes MTB up to reasonable standard. It's a hack, so doesn't have serious money spent on it.

The other week I replaced the rear cantis with a pair I found lurking in a box, and replaced the front brake lever with one that works with the V-brake that a previous owner must have fitted.

Then the chain started jumping. So...find a block - I had to buy that; replace the chain - from another box. I greased and adjusted the rear hub as well - impressive how an old, cheap Shimano hub runs as smoothly as new.

Took it for a spin, and the middle chainring was skipping. On inspection the chainset - a nasty rivetted budget thing - was totally ker-nackered. Ordered a cheap one from Parkers; had to wait as it was out of stock. I finally got to fit it yesterday. A few more teeth and the rings sitting further in meant the old front changer wouldn't work. Another root in the boxes brought an old deep-cage triple changer to light, so fitted that. It needed a longer cable, so I searched out a new one. I then had to adjust the routing so the cable would pull the right amount.

Eventually I managed to get out for a few hilly miles. Everything worked.

It's also had a new headset this year, so I don't think there's much else to go wrong.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on June 23, 2008, 11:17:24 am
I have finally admitted failure in attempting to fettle (or even pay others to fettle) the free tandem we picked up from Phil a few eeks ago.  :(

Now saving up for a new/second hand one  :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on June 25, 2008, 08:09:39 pm
I have succesfully adjusted the front & rear mechs to stop the chain falling of the largest sprocket & granny ring plus selecting the largest chainring without hesitation.
I am feeling very pleased about this ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on July 01, 2008, 10:53:40 pm
New Dura Ace cassette and shifter cables, KMC chain. All working very nicely.

And new SPD cleats for my shoes. I have finally discovered that there is a hole in the sole to allow you to change the backplates too.  Never noticed that before. Which is good as I stripped a backplate thread.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on July 01, 2008, 10:57:43 pm
Bowline bowline bowline, keep those doggies bowline, rawhide!

I've been tying knots in shock cord.  To go with the basha.  I now have six skinny little elastics with a bowline at each end, ready to play. 

The rabbit comes out of the hole, goes around the tree, and back in the hole...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alecstilleyedye on July 01, 2008, 11:01:24 pm
readjusted the position of the back wheel in the dropouts as i must have not tightened the qr lever enough after my painful wrestling with the new tyre i fitted yesterday.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: annie on July 01, 2008, 11:05:32 pm
Nothing yet but tomorrow the chainset will be removed
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: groucho on July 02, 2008, 08:29:29 am
Micro adjusted rear brake!

'bout as much as I can manage.

Tip : Avoid that last minute fettle before an event! :-[
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: pcolbeck on July 02, 2008, 09:17:38 am
Last night I finally got the front mech on my road bike working again. Its a Shimano Tiagra triple shifter and it has been driving me mad. I took it off months ago when it seized up due to the nasty chalk / mud paste that you get in some puddles and car parks round here. Got it dismantled cleaned lubed and reassembled OK but getting it adjusted again was a nightmare. I could get it to work fine with either the inner and middle or the outer and middle chain ring but not all three ! Stripping and reassembling entire motorbike engines was easier than this.
Reading Park Tools web site and Zinn and the art of road bike maintenance didn't provide the answer. Finally yesterday a determined Google search and reading many posts found the essential missing bit of information. It's all in the  cable tension. The high low adjusters aren't going to help unless the cable tension is right (and there is no cable adjuster on my bike). So undo cable clamp at the shifter, adjust low adjuster so that its about right put a bit of tension on the cable with a pair of pliers and tighten the clamp. A cup of tea and five minutes twiddling the high and low adjusters and it shifts better than when new !
I think I am going to write to Mr Zinn and ask him to revise the next edition of his book so that in the section on front mechs the first sentence is

"First get the cable tension right".

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: juliet on July 02, 2008, 01:47:32 pm
Last night I fettled my old bike, which now belongs to a friend.  (It had "a creaking noise" - seems to have vanished after I tightened the pedals.)

At Glastonbury I made a 3-legged wooden stool & had a go at blacksmithing & made an S-hook!  Does that count as fettling?   It was damn good fun, anyway :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on July 02, 2008, 02:06:27 pm
I took an 80s vintage single finger MX bmx brake lever with a cheap split clamp and hammered and bent the clamp to make it fit the centre section of a set of drops

It is now sat on the fixie as an extremely cheap alternative to a dia-comp gold finger, works just fine
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on July 02, 2008, 09:28:49 pm
Installed a 12k carbon weave fork onto the MonstaThorn.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: annie on July 03, 2008, 12:02:16 pm
My biggest fettling job to date :thumbsup:  Just put the cassette back on the bike, all is running nice and smoothly now.  My hands might not agree but I am very proud of myself.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on July 03, 2008, 07:19:14 pm
Put new brake blocks on - hopefully I'll be able to stop on the hills on Sunday
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 03, 2008, 08:14:28 pm
I bought a new bike computer and fitted it. My old one survived going through the washing machine unscathed, but today the wires to the sensor got stretched and snapped to not-working-point. So I fitted a new one; ugh it's a fiddly job.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: chris on July 03, 2008, 08:20:57 pm
Put a new back tyre on the Audax bike ready for the weekend. Need to get some new brake blocks too as I noticed that they are getting a bit thin.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on July 03, 2008, 11:43:44 pm
After multiple stops on the way home, I think I've fettled the rear brakes into not squealing, eventually by setting them up with zero toe in.  Any toe in seemed to make them squeak rather alarmingly, although it did require me to get going as fast as I could and them jam the brakes on to see what effect I was getting!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chipster on July 07, 2008, 02:11:39 pm
Started fetlling my old (1990's) Timetrial bike...

Hubs have been striped and regreased and are now much smoother..  ;D

Now all I need to do is the Headset and find where I stored the freewheel and QR Squewer.   :-\
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on July 07, 2008, 10:24:44 pm
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e81/GruuB/100_9158.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tonycollinet on July 07, 2008, 11:18:52 pm
I've put new brake pads in front and back.

Watched a howto video online first, after seriously struggling with it last time - it is SO much easier after removing the calipers from the frame.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 07, 2008, 11:36:14 pm
Replaced clutch slave cylinder on Landy. I had to take the exhaust off to do it  ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Paul on July 08, 2008, 11:45:37 am
Yesterday, on Monty: installed hydraulic rim brakes, re-routed and replaced drum brake cable, serviced drum brake, renewed bar tape, investigated eccentric BB, installed saddles.

Phew!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on July 08, 2008, 05:19:39 pm
New bright blue bar tape.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on July 08, 2008, 09:13:43 pm
I have fettled the roof rack on the car so that it now has an additional 3 channels(satin anodised ali) secured with U bolts.This will allow Marj's Trice to be carred on the roof of the car.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on July 08, 2008, 09:33:19 pm
Re-greased the headset on my tourer, as it seemed to be pulling to the left and it was a bugger to adjust. 

Given that it's only a few months/hundred miles old, I was surprised at how dry it was.

Better now though :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: toekneep on July 09, 2008, 10:43:59 am
Replaced Mrs. TKP's Quill stem with an adjustable front opening one to raise her bars slightly. If only it was as simple as it sounds. Removed handle bar furniture on one side, remove brake, remove bar tape, remove old stem, fit new stem. Replace brake, find that new position of handlebars requires slightly longer outer brake cable sheath which I don't have to hand. Also, I can't get the bolts that enable angle adjustment on the new stem to move so it looks like it's back to the LBS this morning. Never mind, any excuse to visit LBS rather than work.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on July 09, 2008, 10:46:42 am
A mercy dash: drove up to Wells in the middle of the night to help a flustered triathlete pack her bike bag before flying out to Austria today.  Loaned pedal spanner.  Back home 01:30.  I am Bicycle Repair Zombie.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: toekneep on July 09, 2008, 06:57:29 pm
A friend bought a Puch steel 'racer' in an auction for £28 and brought it round for a bit of TLC. The frame is in remarkably good condition so with a few new bits and pieces and some alloy wheels it will make him a decent bike. (He was rather alarmed at the braking performance of the steel wheels in the rain today  ;D )
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: pdm on July 10, 2008, 11:03:49 pm
My winter commuter eggbeaters started to click and grate yesterday so it was bearing replacement time this evening....

A simple job using a "rebuild kit":
Unscrew pedal end cap, remove retaining nut, remove sealed outer bearing (or whats left of it!) remove pedal outer, dig remove inner rubber seal and inner nylon bush.
Replace all the inner bits with new items in the reverse order. Attach greasing disk, grease thoroughly and replace end cap. About 10 minutes worth each pedal.

They seem to have lasted about 15,000km this time.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on July 11, 2008, 11:23:18 am
First thing I did this morning was refit the Bagman to my fixie. 

What's that?  Was I fettling it in bed last night?  Mind your own business, you impudent pup!

Yes :-[
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: αdαmsκι on July 15, 2008, 03:00:40 pm
I fitted new peddles to a friend's bike.  The old ones were being held together with tape.  While doing that I noticed that his bottom bracket had a huge amount of movement in it, so I now need to encourage him to sort that out.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on July 15, 2008, 05:25:05 pm
First thing I did this morning was refit the Bagman to my fixie. 

What's that?  Was I fettling it in bed last night?  Mind your own business, you impudent pup!

Yes :-[

This morning, again, I was fiting a Bagman to a bike :-[

Another rod had fallen off on my ride home last night :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on July 17, 2008, 09:46:44 pm
I have fettled Marj's Trice.
The " brackets" used to carry her walking stick have been removed :thumbsup:
These consisted of two ahead stems,one of which was adjustable,secured one to the top horizontal rail of the seat chassis & the other to the bottom horizontal rail of the chassis.
The adjustable stem has gone into the spares box.The other has been repositioned onto the offside of the top horizontal rail to carry a seat post in the vertical plane to which I have fixed two rear lights in a relatively high position above the level of the top of a rack pack strapped to the top of the rear pannier.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on July 17, 2008, 11:17:57 pm
removed a punctured tub. Cleaned the rim. Taped it and put on a new tub.

Have to repair the old puncture now.

..d
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on July 18, 2008, 06:11:34 pm
I tried to replace the rear mini-Vs on my Pomp with an XTR parallel linkage brake.  Everything I needed was acquired prepared and halfway fitted, before I realised that the Travel Agent fouled on the rack supports.  Bugger.

Since it's the rear brake, having it perfect isn't essential, so I've bodged it enough to work with the standard noodle until I work out what to do. :-\
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rower40 on July 18, 2008, 08:01:59 pm
I've anti-fettled my front light bracket.  Vibration, it appears, has a detrimental effect on cheese, and the thing has sheared straight through.

Front light is now held on with zip-ties, and as I'm off to Lunnun tomorrow on the Brompton, it'll have to wait till I get back.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Aidan on July 18, 2008, 08:14:22 pm
New bar tape on the Zepp and an ickle bar bag and new pedals  on Mrs A's Sirrus.  I love fettling :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on July 18, 2008, 09:45:57 pm
Built a new rear wheel for my tourer.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rower40 on July 24, 2008, 07:48:57 pm
Not one, not two, but three fettles (ok, 2 and a half) this evening.  And I've still got time to do the ironing.

1) Replaced a broken strut on the Windcheetah rear rack.
2) Designed, sourced the parts for, built, installed, tested and commissioned a new twin front light bracket.  It's just a strip of meccano-like aluminium with holes in (I think it came with a rear light for fitting those old heavy things to rear racks), with a bolt through the centre hole and then through the hole in the fork crown.  Then the lights' own brackets bolt to holes further out wide.
3) Investigated the kinda wobbly feeling that the Galaxy was giving me on my commute this morning.  Couldn't find any broken spokes, cracks in the frame, or similar.  So I just put a bit more air in the rear tyre.  And tweaked a spoke or two to remove any miniscule rim wobble.

Now I've got the iron on, so please don't phone or I'll burn my ear...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on July 25, 2008, 12:05:52 pm
New bar tape (thereby losing my 'bar tape virginity' :)). Pleased enough for a first effort
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 03, 2008, 06:05:02 pm
Not really a fettle but gave the bike a very thorough clean today. Spent ages picking the crud out of the derailleur. The pulley is red - who knew?  :-[
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alecstilleyedye on August 03, 2008, 10:24:38 pm
if it counts, i've taken to storing the bike in the cellar as it's dryer than the shed. the only way i can do it is by sitting it upside down atop a pile of old clothes. i found out today that i can get the bike down the stairs and upside down without removing the front wheel, as i had done previously.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 04, 2008, 01:27:27 am
I like a good fettling (MrsCharly)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 04, 2008, 01:31:28 am
Yesterday I attempted to fill the tanks in a dinghy with expanding foam (from a can). The nozzle broke off the can, exploding all over a 15ft radius, including me. MrsCharly  has taken great delight in ripping the bits of foam off my arms, taking hair and some skin with it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on August 04, 2008, 12:46:50 pm
You need the waxing and shaving thread.....
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alecstilleyedye on August 05, 2008, 12:57:18 pm
sorted out the indexing in the rear mech, altered the front mech adjustment, removed the bolt that holds the handlebars in the stem, greased it, altered handle bar position and retighten. oh, and took up the slack in the brake cables.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Charlotte on August 05, 2008, 01:06:02 pm
Yesterday, aided and abetted by the delicious Liz, I fitted a new set of chain tubes to my 'bent.

Tomorrow night, I shall be removing them and refitting them, owing to my inability to cut the length of the lower one correctly...

::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on August 05, 2008, 01:30:57 pm
Can't you cut it in situ?

Knife round it (or pipecutter if you want a fancy finish) then knife lengthways from end to cut.  Peel off.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Charlotte on August 05, 2008, 01:33:41 pm
No.  It's too stiff to cut in situ and make a neat job.  Besides - I need to flare the ends and that needs heat and water to do a good job.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on August 05, 2008, 01:44:48 pm
Measure twice.

Cut once.




HTH.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Charlotte on August 05, 2008, 01:52:55 pm
Git  :D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on August 05, 2008, 01:56:18 pm
Although I find that in my case it's

Measure twice, cut once, put a plaster on it, mop up the blood.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on August 06, 2008, 11:02:19 pm
Tonight, I put a new rack on Butterfly's Galaxy.  Lovely :)

Tightened up various loose bits on my Orbit (and readjusted the bars after a very abrupt emergency stop)

Disfettled the old tandem front wheel to keep the hub.

Readjusted Our Kid's Raleigh so the brakes actually work after his close encounter with a BMW a few days ago.

Our Kid actually pumped his tyres up to the required 120psi, instead of the actual 60psi ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 06, 2008, 11:06:17 pm
Yesterday, while returning from Annie's my bike slipped out of the purpose-built bike racks (doors) on the Lpoo St - Saarfend train, breaking the reflector mounting. This morning I fitted a reflector from some other bike, but it is angled down slightly. I don't suppose that matters very much.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: bumper on August 06, 2008, 11:20:43 pm
fitted my new Altura day bag bracket ready for my NW Highlands trip and tried to stop an annoying click that's appeared from my BB  >:(

Stripped, cleaned, greased and torqued it back together and just been out for a 10  mile test. I got soaked and the click hasn't gone 100%, it's just a matter of time now  :'(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on August 07, 2008, 09:27:23 am
Packed the road bike into its bike bag.  Either the bag gets bigger, or this just gets easier with repetition.  There's all my spoo and gunge and shoes and a track pump anna magic hat in there too, this time!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Charlotte on August 07, 2008, 10:20:55 am
Yesterday, aided and abetted by the delicious Liz, I fitted a new set of chain tubes to my 'bent.

Tomorrow night, I shall be removing them and refitting them, owing to my inability to cut the length of the lower one correctly...

::-)

The 'bent, she lives!  Mwahahahahaha!

After sorting the chain tubes, I fitted a new set of brake cables and did some other little jobs on her.  We rode into work this morning and my word, where did my recumbent legs go?

I shall mostly be groveling my way up hills in the granny gear this weekend...  :-\
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on August 07, 2008, 12:59:56 pm
You luck lucky bastard.  I'm grovelling up an Alp! :o
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jacomus on August 07, 2008, 04:39:42 pm
I have just fettled my computer monitor so that my phone headset will hang off the side of it.

Selotape and a tube of propelling pencil leads were combined synergistically to provide an optimised storage solution.

(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t299/jacomus-rides-Gen/Desktopoptimise-1.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Salvatore on August 07, 2008, 05:06:39 pm
I replaced this tyre on my best bike.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3230/2738930207_6c9c64fda9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner/2738930207/)

It was like this all the way round, with a few bulges here and there.

I fitted it before PBP a year ago, so it's done a few thousand kilometres, but despite the lack of rubber, it hasn't inconvenienced me with any unscheduled deflations.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Baggy on August 09, 2008, 12:15:40 am
Today I have replaced two cassettes and two chains. 
Whilst fettling these I've noticed my rear hub bearings on one bike are completely mullered  ::-)
The other bike has mullered headset bearings...
I hate bearings, so the LBS can fettle both for me next week.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Valiant on August 09, 2008, 02:39:09 am
I have retuned the TV and Freeview. Have also upgraded my powerbook.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tim Hall on August 09, 2008, 07:53:38 pm
I've been at Scout camp over the past few days. Thursday night was the soap box derby finals. Our finely constructed machine, using hand picked old pram wheels, was suffering. The rear right hand wheel kept falling off, as the press on bearing cap thing detached itself from the hub.

I rootled around in a rubbish bin and found a coke can. A bit of Swiss Army Knife work and a set of shims were made, to wedge the can on more firmly.


Didn't work though. 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: αdαmsκι on August 14, 2008, 02:23:54 pm
I managed to snap the wire of my cycle computer, which I've just soldered back together.  I'll find out tonight whether it works or not, tho I'm not optimistic.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Analog Kid on August 14, 2008, 02:26:39 pm
I told a (cough) "help line" where they were going wrong.
 :demon:

Does that count?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TheLurker on August 14, 2008, 02:37:47 pm
Well it was Sunday rather than today,  but I stripped down and re-greased the pedals on my bike.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on August 15, 2008, 08:27:39 pm
Replaced the chainrings on the tandem.  Fingers crossed for a smooth drive system now :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andrewc on August 15, 2008, 08:41:45 pm
I have fitted one of the doors on my new wardrobe.  It's not on properly though.  It has to hook under a rail on the bottom and over a rail on the top, and I can't do that single handed.

Dad (76) is being dragooned into giving me a hand tomorrow.

When he goes for his heart scan next week he'll be able to tell them that he keeps active...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on August 15, 2008, 09:08:43 pm
Disassembled and reassembled my seat clamp, hopefully it will stop "clicking" now.  Sixty miles to Shoreham should be a reasonable test!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: bumper on August 18, 2008, 05:34:41 pm
Fixed my bottom bracket and also added this ( but removed and cleaned chain and forgot to get another 10sp powerlink so can't ride it  ::-) )

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k131/djb1971/ABCD0001.jpg)


also put my raceblades back on because the weather is so sh*te and added a reflective logo front & rear

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k131/djb1971/ABCD0002.jpg)
chavtastic
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jacomus on August 18, 2008, 08:52:19 pm
Put my new ultra pimpy TiN Gold chain on Gen.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on August 18, 2008, 09:36:53 pm
Re-seated cassette with a bed of lithium grease on the Hope3 hub.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on August 18, 2008, 09:50:10 pm
The Sturmey hub wouldn't get "normal" gear on its test ride, so I had another go at the RH cone adjustment.  It seems fine now, with nice wide sweet spots for each gear, at least in the truing stand.

If the RH cone is a bit too far along the axle, it can interfere with the action of the dog clutch.  It has to be screwed in then backed off by half a turn and locked there (the bearings are then adjusted at the LH cone).

These new hubs are really very simple inside - planet cage assembly, gear ring, axle with sun gear, clutch key (which is what the indicator spindle/chain screws into), clutch and driver.  An old AW had a more complicated clutch assembly, and the pawl springs were apparently a PITA to fit - the new ones are simple.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mike on August 19, 2008, 06:52:26 am
had a great evening fettling last night, I managed two new jobs to me - new bottom bracket and a new headset and fixed the gears on carbon bike which had drifted out of indexing.

The bottom bracket swap went well, the old one came out much easier than the last one I tried (and failed) to get out, the headset needed more brute force than I expected to get in but it feels tight enough and smooth enough, so will try it out later!

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on August 23, 2008, 07:43:35 pm
I have been suffering with a very annoying squeak on the MonstaThorn of late.  Today I took out the new bottom bracket and reseated it along with copious lube.  I took apart the Tiagra chainset and put it back together with copious lube.  I then went for a ride and it still squeaked.
I then put the old Scirocco wheel on the back with this cassette and it didn't squeak.
The wheel it must be.
I then took the hub apart and put it back together with copious lube.
Not ridden yet as it was tea time.
I think it is the spokes - they need tightening.
It can't be anything else as I've eliminated the rest.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on August 24, 2008, 06:53:48 pm
Serviced some pedals and put them on my old MTB. The old pedals came off easily after 20 years with no TLC. Maybe it was the W40 that my father put on earlier...

Then noticed that the font wheel was wobbling so stripped it down and re-greased the bearings. Then sorted the brakes.

I'll find out how effective it all was tomorrow :-/
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on August 24, 2008, 07:02:32 pm
Cold-setting a frame with long rulers, fine cotton thread, vernier calipers and a lot of brute force  :o

It's good now.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: keepontriking on August 24, 2008, 07:26:33 pm
Fixed a young lads grazed knee, who had decided he wanted to investigate how sharp a corner he could turn.

...and a tight link on my own bike needed a bit of wrigglery.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on August 24, 2008, 07:43:49 pm
Swapped the axles on my Goldtec hub, re-trued my front wheel.

Then I tried to decide if the bearings on my Mavic Aksium were a bit slack... Sod it, I just tightened the QR.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andrewc on August 24, 2008, 09:27:27 pm
Changed the oil in the Nomad's Rohloff, moved the eccentric a bit to tighten up the slack chain, cleaned the chain in white spirit and put it back on.  :thumbsup:

The blue Orbit is more problematic.  I bought new tyres for it and when I came to fit them had to "quick release" the brakes.

I've got Magura hydraulics on this bike. One side of each brake locks to an "hourglass" cantiliver bolt by way of a cam lever. This means that when you want to remove a wheel without deflating the tyre you flip the lever and slide the brake assembly off.  Usually works well.

This time it wouldn't come off. After undoing the bolt it looks like the head had deformed, stopping the cam action from working.  No spares so I'll need to order some.  :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chris S on August 25, 2008, 09:42:30 am
Gah! Today I will mostly be fettling our plumbing and doing lots of mopping  >:(

For a few weeks now, our hot water has been running out quite soon after the boiler has heated it up. I thought perhaps someone had a shower fetish, but no - it turns out the hot water hose behind the washing machine has split, and has quietly been dripping into the sub-floor of the utility room.

We only felt compelled to investigate when the utility room started to smell like a swamp  :sick:.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alecstilleyedye on August 25, 2008, 05:22:35 pm
cleaned sheep poo off my bottom bracket.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jacomus on August 25, 2008, 06:25:43 pm
Cleaned Gen, Emily cleaned Tweeny

Put my bosses hand-me-down Bonty Race Lites on Emily's bike (Tweeny)

Fettled Gen's brakes, plus dug out an Alu shard from the front righ pad.

Re-routed Tweeny's rear brake cable so that Emily can now turn the bike to the right without putting the rear brake on.

Fitted my old Look Keo Sprints to Tweeny and got Emily pedalling up and down the road in her b'day present shoes  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on August 25, 2008, 06:40:30 pm
Yesterday I removed the 17t sprocket from the Langster & fitted an 18t sprocket to give a 63" gear.Ideal for the flat roads around Mildenhall Rally site.
Thanks to Chris N for showing a neat way to use the chain to remove the sprocket.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 27, 2008, 07:16:02 pm
I have cleaned all the muck off the Thorn's chain, chain ring and sprocket.

I've done almost 6000 miles on this chain. There's no derailleur to cause lateral wear. I'm wondering how long should I leave it before putting a new chain on.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on August 27, 2008, 07:29:27 pm
I've just put a new bottom bracket in the Yukon. This was after a full dismantle and the most thorough clean the bike has had since new, including things like a full derailleur strip down. (Well OK I took the jockey wheels off).

It's a very light frame with nothing on it  :)

By the standards I'm used to anyway.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jacomus on August 27, 2008, 08:46:39 pm
New cleats on the road shoes  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gus on August 27, 2008, 09:05:33 pm
Finally I've started on the bike I should have finished in may  :-[
Headset and bottom bracket installed
Crankset and rear derailleur mounted.

I have  to put a (old) HATTA  headset on Pinky too.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on August 27, 2008, 11:26:22 pm
Refitted the crank on my MTB that fell off on yesterday's ride (did the last 2 miles one legged) plus a new bottom bracket - the biggest job I've done so far :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Charlotte on August 28, 2008, 10:35:56 am
Spend some time in the garage last night fettling the Yuba Mundo.  Put the original chainset and chain guard back on with new pedals and played around with the gears.  The wheel rims are really heavy duty, but the front wheel wasn't 100% true, so I gave it a tweak.

Also, the bit where the rim joins together on the front rim had a pronounced ridge which was making braking a bit juddery, so I gently ground the rim smooth with a flappy sandpaper doofer in my drill.  It's smoother than a cashmere codpiece now.

Now all I have to do is figure out what I'm going to do by way of luggage boxes on it.  Oh - and fit a rear light bracket.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: asterix on August 28, 2008, 10:38:50 am
Am re-battenting and tiling the roof of our barn.  Unfortunately I will also be doing the same tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow..

So I might just take the afternoon off and go for a bike ride. 8)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 28, 2008, 10:39:17 am
It's smoother than a cashmere codpiece now.

I must get one of those...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tonyh on August 28, 2008, 10:58:02 am
I've done almost 6000 miles on this chain. There's no derailleur to cause lateral wear. I'm wondering how long should I leave it before putting a new chain on.

On gears, I'm getting sometimes only 2000 miles per chain, before the Park Tools CC-3 says "0.75". Beyond which the rings and cassette get too worn. But without gears, your cogs don't need so many ££ for replacement, I suppose, so you can wear them for longer anyway? Sorry, not really relevant!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tiermat on August 28, 2008, 11:12:25 am
Swapped the axles on my Goldtec hub, re-trued my front wheel.

But but, it was your back wheel that was out of true (and missing a spoke!) :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on August 28, 2008, 11:51:16 am
Swapped the axles on my Goldtec hub, re-trued my front wheel.

But but, it was your back wheel that was out of true (and missing a spoke!) :)

Git!

Different wheelset, isn't it?

I've still got that 31-spoke wheel with the twisty spokes.  Making it true just doesn't seem right.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on August 30, 2008, 05:38:29 pm
I fitted some new cleats to new Shimano sandals plus tinkered with the front mech on the Trek to stop the chain rubbing on the inside face of the outer cage plate.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adam on August 30, 2008, 08:22:57 pm
Got rid of some very annoying clicking sounds from my 105 chainset. 

Note to all Hollowtech owners - do not grease the axle.  If you do, it creates clicking sounds when you pedal hard.  :-X
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on August 30, 2008, 09:01:21 pm
Margaret Hilda:

Her gears are now silky smooth  ;)   New wires and tinkered with the routing on the front mech.

She has two Brooks saddles, four pedals, and is all set up for Cap'n and stoker to ride tomorrow.   :)

A request has been made to rename her Roberta.  I have said that if some matching a's are commissioned to overlay the 's' in Roberts then I agree.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on September 01, 2008, 05:44:50 pm
Margaret Hilda Roberta Daisy!  We've agreed on a name  ;)

Managed to snap a chunk out of the granny ring yesterday and lose some chainring small bits.

She now sports a Shimano Tiagra triple with Suntour 52 and 30 tooth rings and an unknown but TA look-a-like 39 tooth middle ring.   Shifting seems even better  8)

 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on September 02, 2008, 10:44:58 am
Put the saddlebag back on my commuter, and swapped the single sided pedals for double sided SPDs (just in time, as it happens - slippy pedal backs aren't much fun)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jacomus on September 02, 2008, 03:24:13 pm
Just re-lubed my chain ready for the homeward journey, and re-Pledged my glasses for the same.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gus on September 04, 2008, 01:25:10 pm
I've replaced the headset on the trackbike and fitted the original steel fork again.

Mounted Headset, fork and wheels on the Kish bike. Now I just need to put on a new groupset.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on September 04, 2008, 01:52:08 pm
I've tweaked the Kool Stop Salmon brake pads for the upteenth time, and they are still squealing, although I've managed to reduce them from sounding like a bus doing an emergency stop down to a slight squeal at slow speeds.  I think I'm about ready to give up on them, and go and get some other pads. >:(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on September 04, 2008, 03:27:44 pm
I have de-fettled a fitted wardrobe in the spare bedroom & loaded it into the car so that it can goto the tip tomorrow.
Valuable cycling time will no doubt be expended on re-decorating in readiness for the arrival of a new bed.A new ,different type of wardrobe is,I am informed,required to accommodate the revised room plan ::-)

I need a sticker for my forehead which says
"I'd rather be cycling" ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on September 04, 2008, 03:30:01 pm
I have my mates bicycle on the stand in my kitchen awaiting a Wiggle parcel.  I ordered on Sunday evening and they dispatched on Monday.  What's going on then  ???

I'd better get some extras  :-\
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rower40 on September 05, 2008, 12:34:04 am
Undone the work of not one but two visits from the faerie.

One was a small metal staple poking in through a 16-month-old tyre/tube combo, which have done at least 2500 miles without needing anything but a bit of air now and again.

The other was a 4-month-old self-adhesive patch that had given up its airtightness.  So on getting back from holiday, I looked in the shed, and found the Windy sitting down at a funny angle.  Note to self - patches are for get-you-home, not leaving in tyres for months on end.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on September 05, 2008, 05:36:31 pm
Had to do an emergency fettle this morning, when I realised that a second rivet had come away on my panniers.  Since there are only four rivets, and I replaced one by a couple of cable ties a few weeks back, this was probably a bad thing.

I had to fit the new dhb panniers that won't fit, so I needed to remove the Yak Bob Nutz, and fiddle with the pannier mounting hardware.  For speed I didn't remove the old mounting hardware on the right hand side, and fitted the pannier to the left.

The pannier police (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=7765.msg136297#msg136297) will be along shortly to interrogate me over my shortcomings. ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on September 05, 2008, 11:13:08 pm
I caved in and changed the chain on my Thorn solo machine.

The old chain was the one I bought with the bike 2 years and 6000 miles ago. The new one is a SRAM PC850. I was going to go out and give it a try but it's pissing down again.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on September 05, 2008, 11:17:24 pm
The pannier police (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=7765.msg136297#msg136297) will be along shortly

I'm inclined to let you off with a warning this time as you obviously understand the sheer Wrongness of it  :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: citoyen on September 05, 2008, 11:22:03 pm
My new mudguards and brake blocks (Koolstop salmons) arrived today from Wiggle, so I've been fitting them to the commuting/audax bike this evening.

Frankly, I could have done with receiving them yesterday so as to take advantage of them on this evening's rather moist ride home. Unfortunately, Citylink failed to deliver yesterday - the usual "tried to deliver but no one was in" line, except that there were at least two people in the house all day. "Our delivery man left a card." Did he feck.  >:( >:( >:(

On the plus side, I got a freebie bottle opener in the parcel, which I have also put to good use this evening.  :)

d.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on September 06, 2008, 07:19:06 pm
Stripped my bike down to its frame, and now I'm spraying it with primer, since it's stopped raining.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on September 06, 2008, 09:30:02 pm
I built a front wheel for the fixed commuter - with a new Surly hub and a used Mavic ceramic rim. I'd been running for months with a front wheel that DIDN'T MATCH the rear.  :o :o :o

But now I can go and ride without a paper bag over my head.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on September 28, 2008, 04:25:04 pm
Over the last few days, I've replaced the bearings in my rear hub, stripped and re-greased the chainset and bottom bracket on another bike (hopefully that'll sort out the annoying creak) and built a wardrobe.  That last one isn't bike-related, by the way.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tiermat on October 02, 2008, 03:34:00 pm
Taped the bars on Claud, the first bar-taping I have ever done!!!

Looks good-ish, for a first attempt anyway :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: geoff on October 02, 2008, 08:01:58 pm
I mended my b0rked Shimano Nexus hub dynamo the night before last. Stayed up until gone midnight with a soldering iron for company, trying to get the little wire into the axle-groove without buggering the insulation up.
This was my second try.

(Disassembled in an absent, awful moment. "Sh*t look what I've done. Oh dear, that'll take some fixing". And it did.

Never. Ever. take complicated hubs apart. Ever. Unless you know what you're doing of course)

works now though :thumbsup:

Now to swap the IQ fly over to the Kaff from my other bike. I'll be looking in the bits box for something to mount the light on (non-drilled fork crown)

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on October 08, 2008, 11:15:02 pm
I changed the front brake blocks on the Thorn today. The old ones had seen a fair bit of wear.

I put on Clark's V-brake cartridges, which come with a replacement pad and split pit which holds the whole gubbins in place.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on October 10, 2008, 11:15:19 am
I have fitted another bike rack to the roof bars of the Mondeo in readiness for tomorrow's Pedle Britches :)  ride.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on October 25, 2008, 05:40:58 pm
A flat pack wardrobe.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: numbnuts on October 25, 2008, 05:43:31 pm
I looked at my chain......and it was very dirty, but I went out for a ride instead
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on October 25, 2008, 10:38:47 pm
Nothing but tomorrow I'm sorting the chain out on the MonstaThorn as it needs some lube before I ride in the morning, and perhaps a clean when I come home.
Plus in the afternoon I have to fit new tyres and tubes to Son1's MTB.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on October 26, 2008, 07:14:35 am
I have a long list for today; luckily it is pouring with rain.

Finish servicing Miss G's old bike - just need to refit the baskest and adjust the Sturmey gears now.
Sort out the "rubbing noise" at the front of Mrs G's Carpe Diem commuter.
Change the bar tape on the audax bike to white. (I know   ::-))
Fit a front dynamo light to the audax bike.
Fit a secondary rear light to the fixed commuter.

Get the dipped headlights working on the son's Peugeot 306. It's not the bulbs, the switch or the fuse... I hate car electrics.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jaded on October 26, 2008, 07:18:43 am
I have been fettling in Final Cut Pro.

I'm rather bored with what I'm doing at the moment.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jane on October 26, 2008, 08:35:58 am
Fitting a new front wheel to the Holdsworth- old one finally has to go- steel rims, hub knackered and not worh the fettling. Will entail a  bit of further fettling as old wheel is 26x11/4  and new one 26x 1 3/8 so brakes will need jiggling.  However, I have fallen at the first hurdle- can't get the bloody tyre on.  I have never experienced such a tough last few centimetres of bead.  (And I have Marathon Pluses on the other bike).  Will use the old tried and tested technique known to us all (sit down and have a cup of tea) then give it another go.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PeteB99 on October 26, 2008, 10:56:48 pm
Adjusted the headset on the commuter

Checked all the lights have batteries for tomorrow night
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on October 27, 2008, 05:44:31 am
Did the gears and chain on the MonstaThorn.
Fitted two new tubes and tyres to Son1's MTB.
Didn't go for a ride though  :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on October 27, 2008, 03:51:37 pm
I've fitted front brake blocks to the tandem, trued the front wheel and sorted out the light mounting under the front bag so that we've got battery backup for the Solidlights. Some laundry is still drying and Mrs. Wow is collecting clothing together. I'll help her for a bit then collect all the tools together. Batteries are charging, and after tea I'll plumb all the maps into the Garmin. Then, tomorrow at 8.28, we get on a train bound for St. Bees! ;D

It's going to snow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tiermat on October 27, 2008, 03:52:49 pm
No bikes (to speak of) ATM = No fettling opportunities, although I did go into the garage to ogle the Ultegra groupset for a bit :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gus on October 27, 2008, 05:35:44 pm

Rohloff gear fitted and adjusted on my Thorn and I found an old ROLF Satellite frontwheel for it too.

Now I only need to buy the correct brake cables  ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jaded on October 27, 2008, 05:52:33 pm
Given this thread is in the pub, you don't have to have bikes to speak of to have fettled.  ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: numbnuts on October 27, 2008, 05:56:17 pm
I keep looking at my dirty chain and thinking I must clean it...but going out on a ride is more important :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on October 30, 2008, 08:10:59 pm
Cleaned wheels of accumulated aluminium dust.

Cleaned and re-lubed Mavic freehub - it was getting draggy again. There's a rubber flange in there that is the culprit.

Checked the LHS crank bolts torque after recently fitting new chainset.

Cleaned cassette and jockey wheels. Noted that the latter are not as free-running as I'd like.

Put on a new chain.

Realised SPD cleats were very worn and replaced them.

Found source of little rattle: brand new front mudguard fork bracket not rivetted on tight  ::-)

Bugger all I can do about that.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jurek on October 30, 2008, 08:18:41 pm
Wanna  borrow rivet gun?

Replaced worn heel pads on Sidi's.
Replaced Look / Gruyere cleat on left shoe.
Second one in less than 3000 miles.... meh!

Some chain cleaning / lubrication is likely to take place later - does the future count?

Oh - and put new tyres on the Bianchi yesterday.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nightrider on October 30, 2008, 08:25:34 pm
Managed to true the back wheel of my Trek. :thumbsup:It was rubbing on the brake block
.Its not perfect,but I am quite pleased with myself.I think I might put some Mavic Aksiums on it soon.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on October 31, 2008, 05:51:24 pm
Cleaned and re-lubed Mavic freehub

Forgot to mention that during this stage there was an interlude while a sink U-bend was removed, in order to search for the spacer washer that sits inside the free-hub body. 10 seconds after failing to find it and re-fitting said U-bend, I found the washer where I had set it 10 minutes earlier  ::-) ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on October 31, 2008, 06:19:23 pm
My Lumicycle light cable so that it doesn't keep unplugging mid-ride :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Ian H on October 31, 2008, 08:43:58 pm
I've ordered new tyres and tubes for the Airnimal. They say they'll be delivered Tuesday. And I have a new rear mech to fit to the Omega before next month's madness.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jacomus on October 31, 2008, 09:18:02 pm
Fitted Hope Vision 1 LED light - I am so impressed with its power. Runtime is, as yet, unknown.

Fitted Schwalbe SuperMoto EVO 26x2.35 - after spending about 25mins putting enough air in to get them to the required pressures (40psi front 50psi rear), these are seriously large volume :o Their ride is fast, smooth and confident. And on top of that, Sarah Specialized no longer looks silly with tiny tyres  :thumbsup: then only downside is that they are way to big for my bodged raceblade rear mudguard. :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on October 31, 2008, 09:22:17 pm
Fitted mudguard to the rear of my Dave Yates, having gotten a bit sick of getting soaked the last couple of days.  Not to mention all the water getting into my saddlebag.

I realised that the 28mm tyre was too big to fit, so fitted a spare 25mm tyre instead. 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on November 01, 2008, 01:16:58 am
OK, I think it's just about ready to be crashed again.


(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q273/nuttycyclist/misc/KIF_5631.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on November 01, 2008, 01:18:10 pm
My Lumicycle light cable so that it doesn't keep unplugging mid-ride :(

Paul,
Talk to the guys at Lumicycle.  They gave me a much sturdier jack point that sort of grips the cable inside the head unit.  I also keep a velcro tie on the cable near the head unit as a back up as I don't enjoy it when it suddenly goes dark where I am, as there is no other light aside from me  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on November 01, 2008, 01:20:27 pm
I noticed a slight bubbling of the coating on my Hope Hoops so sent them pictures on Monday of this week, then rang them to talk about it.  Long and the short of it being they haven't seen it before but totally agree it is not right so they asked me to send them back in to look at.  I am very impressed with the positive response and Hope in my opinion have really been great to date.
So I am not refitting the old Campag Scriroccos to the MonstaThorn.
These rims are so tight that I can't wait to get my Hopes back.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on November 02, 2008, 06:19:21 pm
Riding home in the dark and the wet last week I had the thought that I might be better off switching to the Globe for winter commuting; its hub gears are better for winter. It's heavier, but I suppose that will keep my fitness up...

I've already put a bigger sprocket and a new chain on (not that this mattered for commuting but it does once you hit anything resembling a hill, which I may well do if I decide to do heavy touring with it).

Today I cut an inch off each end of the bars and moved the controls inward (they are incredibly wide and I might take more off in due course).

The position is also much too upright which is a problem in the wind I get along the Albert Embankment, so I've flipped the stem to make the position slightly less 'sit up and beg'.

She will also get new tyres; still has the originals and they are starting to look a bit cut up after 2000 miles; I'm getting 35s instead of the 42s.

The saddle now feels rubbish on my behind after a summer on the Anatomica that I bought for the Eclipse, so if it continues to feel rubbish I will swap that over too. Would like to avoid that if possible though, as I'll still use the Eclipse for longer rides over the winter and find swapping saddles a faff. If I was rich, I would buy another Anatomica...but I'm not, so I won't. Thankfully things like light brackets are cheaper to have on both bikes...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: campagman on November 02, 2008, 06:35:40 pm
Fitted a new rear wheel to my work bike. The wheel had been on their a long time and was not new when I fitted it so it did not owe me anything. I have a new front wheel too but will fit that when the clocks move forward and I don't use the dynohub when commuting.
I bought the new wheels from Spa and they have super smooth cartridge bearing hubs so am looking forward to my commute tomorrow (I don't mean going to work, you understand)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tim Hall on November 02, 2008, 07:44:36 pm
As mentioned by Martin in the old cars thread, some fettling of his mudguard stay went on.  Adrian's (I think) Leatherman pliers were used to form a new eye in the broken stay, but they weren't quite up to the job of making this eye small enough.

I spied a bit of broken paving slab, an inna Neanderthal stylee, hammered the eye to the right size, using the kerb as an anvil.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on November 02, 2008, 07:45:43 pm
I chucked yet another failed <£20 bike computer into the box that's aleady filled with crap <£20 bike computers and their bits and fitted a Cateye Strada wireless to the trike.

It works: it's reliable, accurate and the other two on the other good bikes also work perfectly. I'm fed up with bike "bargain" accessories.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on November 02, 2008, 09:03:38 pm
I have fettled some carrots & a parsnip as my contribution to domesticity
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: toekneep on November 02, 2008, 09:06:10 pm
So, cabbage and cauliflower for dinner then?  :demon:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: robgul on November 02, 2008, 09:32:45 pm
1  Taped the bars on the new track machine - partly to form a pad to stop them bashing the paint on the top tube when the bars swing round.  Excellent job  :thumbsup:

2  Adjusted angle of the bars on the new track machine - and the bare metal above the tape now hits the top tube and will bash the paint.  Bugger  :-[

... and tomorrow, I will be removing the bar tape from the new track bike and replacing it, taking it slightly further up to avoid bashing the paint on the top tube.

The only slight upside is that I managed to squeeze both sides out of one (of the two in the packet) rolls of "carbon effect" Velox tape.

Rob
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on November 02, 2008, 11:26:48 pm
So, cabbage and cauliflower for dinner then?  :demon:
Marj's contribution was the technical bit :potatoes & the chicken ;D

We had strawberrys for afters. I poured the cream 8)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on November 03, 2008, 01:08:48 pm
Built a new back wheel for FrankenFixie.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on November 03, 2008, 04:50:55 pm
I have fettled the brakes & cleaned the Langster
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on November 04, 2008, 12:21:44 pm
We had to leave the bikes outside for a couple of days, and my chain was so badly rusted by yesterday that I had to give urgent attention :-[
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alecstilleyedye on November 06, 2008, 09:04:23 pm
made a bodgy rear mudflap (sunday training ride captain insists on them) out of gaffa tape and part of a water cooler cup from work.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on November 06, 2008, 09:06:40 pm
Polished an AM hub shell, not quite sure what to do with it next.  Maybe it could have the S-RF3 innards in it for someone who wants the vintage look, but wants a hub that can't slip.  Or maybe I'll build another Brompton rear wheel, although I'm not sure 40-hole rims exist.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: oncemore on November 07, 2008, 07:58:52 pm
Tried single speed on the Tricross yesterday - today I swopped it back to fixed.
And (as a tiny window of dryish weather) I managed to get the Virago started and took it out to charge the battery and circulate the oil....
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on November 07, 2008, 08:03:50 pm
Cleaned my bike after the rather filthy state the roads have been in this week. 

Bodged some clear lenses for my glasses out of an old pair of safety glasses.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on November 07, 2008, 10:48:44 pm
OK, I think it's just about ready to be crashed again.


(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q273/nuttycyclist/misc/KIF_5631.jpg)

I don't know what powers that, Nutty, but mind you don't cut your own head off. ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on November 07, 2008, 10:53:30 pm
I've just been fettling the tandem.



Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Charlotte on November 08, 2008, 12:38:08 am
My commuter fixie lives again!

Back from a case of near-terminal chainsettyfalleyoffedness and thanks to a very excellent forummer sending me a lightly used spare part, Phil's back on the road and badder than ever with my new rear light. (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=10574.msg186747#msg186747)

Rah!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gus on November 08, 2008, 06:08:54 pm
brakes mounted,   mudguards mounted and chain shortened to the correct length as the last thing
before completion.


Then I discovered I don't have a link or a spare pin for a 8-speed chain  :'(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Regulator on November 08, 2008, 06:15:56 pm
I've fettled Kali - but I can't change the sodding pedals...  >:(

I don't know what he put them on with, but I've broken two spanners trying to shift them (and yes, I was trying to turn them the right way).
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on November 08, 2008, 06:16:40 pm
New AM/AW hybrid hub wheel fitted and test ridden.   Unfortunately it slips in bottom gear on a really steep hill - it may just be cone adjustment.  The clutch is new, the gear rings dogs looked OK and the pawls are new, so hopefully it's just an over-tight RH cone.  The ratios of the AM (52", 60" and 70") are so useful that it needs to work.  Worst case scenario is that I need to find a better gear ring.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on November 08, 2008, 06:17:55 pm
I've fettled Kali - but I can't change the sodding pedals...  >:(

I don't know what he put them on with, but I've broken two spanners trying to shift them (and yes, I was trying to turn them the right way).

Do you have a proper long pedal spanner?  Try a little bit of heat (boiling water).  Also try removing the crank first, then the floor can act as a fulcrum.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: eck on November 08, 2008, 06:21:07 pm
I've fettled Kali - but I can't change the sodding pedals...  >:(

I don't know what he put them on with, but I've broken two spanners trying to shift them (and yes, I was trying to turn them the right way).

I fitted a new headset to my Marin, using the Proper Tool For The Job.  :thumbsup:

Then I decided to swap pedals over on a couple of bikes. I should have quit while I was ahead. Who forgot to put the chain on the big ring? Who gouged a chunk out of his hand when the spanner slipped?   :-[ :'(
I'd have settled for broken spanners.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Pingu on November 09, 2008, 11:51:51 am
Fixed my Smart halogen front lights  :thumbsup: The fuse holder had disintegrated so the battery wouldn't charge. A bit of electrical tape sorted that, so I can go back to lighting up the street signs on my way home from work  O:-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on November 09, 2008, 12:23:06 pm
I haven't fettled anything, but it has taken me half an hour just to get last week's commuting mud cleaned off. Yuk.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on November 09, 2008, 12:26:45 pm
The turbo (i-Magic) and the turbo hack (currently a Jensen Outback frame but due for a swap to an old Marin frame).

The dedicated pc came up with a cmos error on startup but all seems fine now.  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: RogerT on November 09, 2008, 12:28:18 pm
New brake levers and brake blocks.  Seems to have done the trick, bike now stops without me having to resort to shoe rubber interafacing with the road.

Cleaned of a weeks worth of assorted grunge including very sticky cow shit  :sick:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chris S on November 09, 2008, 01:00:31 pm
Fixed eight (yes, that's 8 ) inner tubes  O:-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on November 09, 2008, 01:45:44 pm
I've bought some new thorn resistant inner tubes from Giant.  They are for Son1's MTB so I will install them today.

My MonstaThorn is absolutely covered in mud from all the heavy traffic on my back roads, kicking the mud into the road. 

But I've just looked at the weather forecast for tomorrow, HEAVY RAIN - so what is the point?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on November 09, 2008, 03:48:04 pm
I almost got the cat flap in, but rain stopped play, since I can't plonk on the "rainproof in an hour" stuff if it's actually raining. :-\

I've also discovered that what worked perfectly in front of me, now manages to foul the flap when installed in the wall and it's damned near impossible to get the final two screws in when the "porch" is fitted (and you have to fit the porch before you screw the outside fascia to the wall). >:(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on November 09, 2008, 03:52:35 pm
Not today but yesterday morning I redished a wheel and respaced it to 120 for a fixie conversion of a donated bike at the work shop

This will be the forth (including my own) so far and we sold the last two straight away :D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on November 14, 2008, 07:48:20 pm
Stripped another Sturmey-Archer AM hub, which was sold to me as "reconditioned".  Hmmm.  It has a new clutch, clutch key and new clutch spring, but it's full of hardened old oil deposits and is currently marinading in solvent.  The rest of the bits look OK, but I won't really know until they're cleaned.

This one's going in the spare Brompton rear wheel when it's finished - if it fits.  If not, it'll go in a nice AM shell I have and be sold for megabucks.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Analog Kid on November 14, 2008, 09:06:01 pm
New brakes and bar tape for Gina, my lovely Pinarello.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chris S on November 14, 2008, 09:12:47 pm
More inner tubes. F*cking faeries  >:(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on November 17, 2008, 01:05:49 pm
Not today, but I've added a socket spanner to my Crank Brothers multitool, and removed the torx driver and one of the screwdriver heads that I never use. 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on November 17, 2008, 01:36:55 pm
Replaced the cable stop hanger, stem and handlebars on Fred. Replaced the rear brakes for Avid Shorty 4's. Discovered I do not have a new rear brake cable so the bike is still off the road. Couldn't shift the headset bearings (spacer pushed down onto the rubber seal has set quite firm) so will dribble oil in later.

Will get new cables (front and rear) on my way home.

..d
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: groucho on November 17, 2008, 03:46:00 pm
Yesterday I tightened up my front QR.

Only after I noticed the lever swinging nonchalantly as I rode downhill at 30mph. Much gentle braking and buttock clenching as I approached a narrow bridge and oncoming motor vehicle.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on November 17, 2008, 04:15:51 pm
Optimum time for fettling that is at point T, where T precedes being out on the road with a floppy lever.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alecstilleyedye on November 18, 2008, 09:18:22 pm
new rubinos for winter bike, which went surprisingly well. also swapping all the lights back from the summer bike, which has had to endure commuting duty while the new tyres were on order.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 21, 2008, 09:38:59 am
The screw holding the leg bit on my cycling specs has fallen out and been lost down a crack in the floorboards, so I stuck them back together with sellotape. I have an air of Jack Duckworth about me now.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on November 21, 2008, 10:06:53 am
Trivia point:  I worked with Jack & Vera Duckworth at Sheffield Show in the 80s, where they did a bit of 'in character' comedy in between singing WMC standards.  Quite nice people, they were. :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on November 24, 2008, 03:33:39 pm
I have just removed the flat bars from Marj's mtb & replaced them with butterfly bars.
The mechs/chain tension now needs adjusting because the rapid fire shifters won't select big ring at the front nor the 23 to 30 at the back.
I may take the soft option & take the bike to the lbs in the morning :-\
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 24, 2008, 05:09:43 pm
Trivia point:  I worked with Jack & Vera Duckworth at Sheffield Show in the 80s, where they did a bit of 'in character' comedy in between singing WMC standards.  Quite nice people, they were. :)
Further trivia point: my mum used to be the head waitress at Ingwood Restaurant in the late 70s and Liz Dawn (Vera) was booked to do the Saturday night cabaret one week. She turned up way too pissed to go on and when the owner told her so, she punched him.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on November 24, 2008, 08:05:19 pm
Just about to fettle the cranks to look at those chain rings.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: 'breff on November 24, 2008, 10:20:22 pm
Managed to fettle two bikes! New handlebars and cables on the Brompton "S" as the standard ones are too narrow for me. New handlebars on the Airnimal to give a little bit of ride to them.  Had to reroute the cables on the Brommie as wella sthey were all round the wrong side of the stem! Got an old Brooks saddle on it to replace the Worst Saddle in the Whole World, EVER! that is a standard Brompton model
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CAMRAMan on November 26, 2008, 05:36:02 pm
De-rusted and painted the front rack of the Pashley, ex-Royal Mail bike I bought earlier in the week.

As the muguards didn't match, I painted them with the same black Hammerite paint and very good they look too. I'll drill the holes for the leather tan mudguards I bought a while ago and fit them tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on November 26, 2008, 05:38:16 pm
I put batteries in a rear light.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gus on November 26, 2008, 05:42:27 pm
Replaced a headset and mounted a new rear light

I have completed the building of my Thorn touring bike  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:




edit; bugger I forgot the computer  ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gandalf on November 30, 2008, 10:05:38 am
Made a right tit of meself yesterday.

After putting the chain back on I realised I hadn't routed it correctly through the jockeys and being too lazy to unjoin the chain again I decided to undo the screws which retain the cage plates and jockey wheels......zing.  I am now minus a screw as it has shot off in the depths of the garage somewhere.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Charlotte on November 30, 2008, 10:18:48 am
Done that.  Most of us probably have.

Now get some quick links  ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tonyh on November 30, 2008, 10:56:18 am
Done that.  Most of us probably have.

Oh yes. And forgotten to shorten the chain to the right length as well.

Now get some quick links  ::-)

Do they have disadvantages? eg give a weak point in the chain??
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on November 30, 2008, 12:04:41 pm
I did worse than that when I first took the chain off of my old Trice recumbent.  When I put the chain back on, I put it the wrong way around, so you had to pedal backwards to move forwards!  It's fairly easily done with a long chain run, but embarrassing nevertheless. ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chris S on November 30, 2008, 12:08:49 pm
Do they have disadvantages? eg give a weak point in the chain??

If they do, I've never noticed them - on either 1/32" on the geared bike or 1/8" on the fixed, in over 30,000km.

Not had one fail yet - though I guess it might happen eventually. One in every >30,000km is good enough for me given the convenience factor. For ease of access for chain cleaning alone, they are brilliant.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gandalf on November 30, 2008, 01:41:58 pm
Done that.  Most of us probably have.

Now get some quick links  ::-)

I don't know if I can admit this....... the chain in question already has quicklinks!  :-[

It sounds daft now but I thought I could just slacken off the screws slighty and wrangle the chain inside the cage plate.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 30, 2008, 10:27:47 pm
I did worse than that when I first took the chain off of my old Trice recumbent.  When I put the chain back on, I put it the wrong way around, so you had to pedal backwards to move forwards! 

Sort of moonwalking by bike?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on November 30, 2008, 10:29:30 pm
Sort of moonwalking by bike?

A bit, but easier to do, and the Trice is a tricycle, so actually not the same. ;D

It does feel very odd.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tonyh on December 01, 2008, 08:02:42 am
Well, yesterday.
Replaced chain after 2400 miles. Avoided the mistakes this time.
Looked over tyres and found a flint which had got half way through the tube.
First experience of the "tie the tyre down into the well (when it's hard to get it over the rim)" technique, only just learned from here (appeared in CTC mag on same day). It's good.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 02, 2008, 11:56:10 pm
After a lovely front wheel loss, and catch!, on black ice I thought it was time to break the Windcheetah out again.

Tyres pumped.
Chain lubed.
Lights adjusted.
Brakes checked.
Got on for test ride and went nowhere.  Pawls not engaging in freehub.

To get the cassette tool on you need to remove the gear hanger (two bolts, accessed through the wheel).

Cassette off.  Freehub off.  It's working fine  :-\

Spun for ages in my hands, then plenty of oil drizzled in to flush out the pawls.

Reassembled.
Gears aligned.

Went out for a test ride and started getting really sideways on the iced roads :thumbsup:.  Junction treatment is lean back in the seat, brake hard, front wheels lock and then as they start drifting down the camber take the weight off the back of the seat, boot the pedals and get the back wheel spinning up.  Drifting can be controlled via balance of brakes, steering and rear wheel spinning.

Mind you, starting a wheelspin when you're already doing 20mph is interesting ;D


I'm going to have to get up early so I can commute to work the long way on the iced roads and hope the gritters don't start on more than just the main routes.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on December 04, 2008, 10:27:23 am
New chain on Dave.  Shifting is now nice and positive, but it's still skipping under torque, especially on the common sprockets.  Looks like I have to do the cassette as well.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mike on December 05, 2008, 07:03:28 pm
I've built my first wheel!!! 

an alfine hub gear for my 29er mountainbike so I can ride for more than 200 yards without it getting clagged up with mud.  It was flddly but pretty straightforward, thanks to uncle Sheldon and FWNs photos.  Havent actually tried it yet, and it may end in tears tomorrow, but it *looks* like a wheel!

then I fitted it to the mtb with the new shifters and cables.  Just need a brake disc, chain and some rim tape and I'm away!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 06, 2008, 12:52:01 pm
My fettling skills are on a par with my map reading skills - pants.

Therefore, I am rather proud of myself. I have just fitted new rather natty red Koolstop brake blocks to Claud.  There was no swearing, I didn't loose any bits and everything works just fine!  :thumbsup:

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/DSC00763.jpg)

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Torslanda on December 06, 2008, 02:51:09 pm
Am I allowed to claim a 'fettling moment' a week late? If so I can claim to have fettled Martin 109's VW Golf.We treated it to a new (Weber) carburettor with manual choke, water pump fan belt, and antifreeze.

Initial response was a lighter and more responsive throttle, better idle and performance. Replacing the water pump and fan belt made the engine run a lot quieter due to very knackered bearing. A couple of days later Martin reported it seemed to be more economical as well.

Extremely pleased with the result. Made a bad day good again.

luv'n'stuff

J
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on December 06, 2008, 03:27:19 pm
Nero /mode=velodrome :thumbsup:

In particular: a good scrub, brakes and moustache bars and road-junk off, pista bars on, tyres swapped to even up wear, 15t cog slapped on.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on December 06, 2008, 07:12:23 pm
I *would* have been attempting to remove my freewheel, but since the ebay seller saw fit to send me a Shimano cassette lockring tool instead of the Shimano freewheel remover in the listing, I'm not.

I take it I am right in assuming they are not interchangeable?  ??? Have twice emailed seller but they are ignoring me.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on December 06, 2008, 07:36:09 pm
Took the cranks off and turned the middle and little ring around.  I have been unhappy with the way the chain is feeling all week so tomorrow I'll test it again and see if that has solved the problem.  Not skipping, just not gliding.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andrewc on December 06, 2008, 07:37:20 pm
I've not been near a bike today, but I've finally put some shelves in the hall cupboard to give me more storage space.

The bike toolbox, box of spares & the panniers have been relocated from the bedroom  :D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on December 06, 2008, 07:58:24 pm
I *would* have been attempting to remove my freewheel, but since the ebay seller saw fit to send me a Shimano cassette lockring tool instead of the Shimano freewheel remover in the listing, I'm not.

I take it I am right in assuming they are not interchangeable?  ??? Have twice emailed seller but they are ignoring me.

Do you want them killed?


New chain for the Wilier today. My trusty Park Tool chainbreaker came apart, but I sorted it. Went for a ride, no slipping so the cassette lives another day.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on December 06, 2008, 08:38:27 pm
Arse, the bloomin' sprocket won't come off.  Fettling postponed until tomorrow to blag the LBS's chain wrench...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tonyh on December 06, 2008, 08:40:22 pm
I *would* have been attempting to remove my freewheel, but since the ebay seller saw fit to send me a Shimano cassette lockring tool instead of the Shimano freewheel remover in the listing, I'm not.

I take it I am right in assuming they are not interchangeable?  ??? Have twice emailed seller but they are ignoring me.

This might be useful perhaps:

Shimano Cassettes & Freehubs, by Sheldon Brown (http://www.sheldonbrown.com/k7.html#remove)

Worth a look, anyway. But you probably know all that already.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on December 07, 2008, 04:38:51 pm
Thanks tonyh. I remain fairly sure that they are not the same tool (unless anyone can tell me otherwise?)

To add to the fun, the seller has sent what looks like an automated email asking me to leave feedback even though I have already emailed them to give them a chance to fix things. I could leave feedback, cut my losses and just buy one from elsewhere, I was trying to be fair, but this seems a bit much...!  ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: campagman on December 07, 2008, 05:41:44 pm
I started off changing my frt cantilever pads but sheared a bolt when tightening. The brake is scrap now but luckily I already had a long-reach caliper brake that will fit to the same forks. I was a bit rushed because it was getting dark and the temp was dropping so I fitted the brake to check for any possible alignment problems and hopefully I will change the cable tomorrow eve. It is my fixed wheel work bike and only has a frt brake. I wanted to keep the canti brake because it has more power but the caliper brake that I have fitted is dual pivot so shouldn't be too much worse.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gandalf on December 07, 2008, 07:37:36 pm
Just fitted some FSA ceramic jockey wheels and did some gear fettling....I know, I know but they're cool and red and everything and are guaranteed to make you more attractive to members of the opposite sex, plus I had a £5 Wiggle voucher.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 07, 2008, 08:13:41 pm
This week Pingu built me a new wheel with a nice shiny unsticky hub and an extra gear  :-*. Today he replaced my brake cables. So my bike is all ready to ride like a dream.
Whenever I'm fit to get back on it, that is  ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: robgul on December 07, 2008, 08:21:00 pm
Arse, the bloomin' sprocket won't come off.  Fettling postponed until tomorrow to blag the LBS's chain wrench...

..... hope you got this sorted or you'll be on a hire bike on Monday!

Rob
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 08, 2008, 12:40:36 pm
Commenced changing the Ken Rogers from flats / Rabidfires to drops / down-tube shifters.

Only remembered halfway through that making use of the huge blue lump of ironmongery with "Park" writ large thereupon would mean that my spine would not feel as though it needed a 10,000 mile service.

Bah!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: bikenerd on December 08, 2008, 04:40:25 pm
My neighbour helped me lengthen the hose and bleed my recently acquired Magura HS33 brakes.
Just have to wait for a couple of parts to arrive then I can mount them and finally have a back brake that works on the Moulton!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Paul on December 09, 2008, 08:46:13 am
I *would* have been attempting to remove my freewheel, but since the ebay seller saw fit to send me a Shimano cassette lockring tool instead of the Shimano freewheel remover in the listing, I'm not.

I take it I am right in assuming they are not interchangeable?  ??? Have twice emailed seller but they are ignoring me.

YHPM
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on December 09, 2008, 09:48:10 am
New brake blocks on the Tifosi. Wear indicators on wheel rims are a nice idea, but this time of year they get crap in them which slices up your brake blocks. I gave the rims a good clean as well and de-crapped the mudguards while the wheels were off.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on December 09, 2008, 11:12:27 am
I *would* have been attempting to remove my freewheel, but since the ebay seller saw fit to send me a Shimano cassette lockring tool instead of the Shimano freewheel remover in the listing, I'm not.

I take it I am right in assuming they are not interchangeable?  ??? Have twice emailed seller but they are ignoring me.

YHPM

Thanks Paul. Seller has finally woken up it would seem and has arranged a swap.

I fear this project may be jinxed anyway, the new chain and freewheel block were apparently posted out last Tuesday (by a different seller) and no sign of those buggers either.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on December 09, 2008, 12:27:25 pm
Rifles through spares, only got a screw-on one I am afraid. Any good?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on December 09, 2008, 06:35:01 pm
The bathroom w.c.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on December 09, 2008, 09:54:03 pm
Rifles through spares, only got a screw-on one I am afraid. Any good?

Ta very much Jasper. A screw-on freewheel is actually what I was after...but the package arrived on my desk today, along with the chain, so I have nearly everything now.

I posted the cassette lockring tool back and now eagerly await the arrival of the tool I asked for...

Once the new cogs and chain are on I'm also fitting a new derailleur which I have already. It looks rather complicated and I fully expect to make a pig's ear of it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on December 10, 2008, 12:15:10 pm
Any good recipes for a pig's ear out there........
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 13, 2008, 04:11:35 pm
I have cable-tied a headtorch to my helmet.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on December 13, 2008, 10:40:36 pm
I've finished the super-Brompton wheel.  Sturmey-Archer AM mechanism in a 28-hole AW shell, 150mm s/s spokes (the standard ones are slightly too short for the older hubs), 2 brass washers under the head of each one to shorten the elbow, standard Brompton rim.

You don't get many Bromptons with close-ratio gears, or where the cable adjustment is done by reference to the *left* end of the axle (this particular AM has a straight-through indicator spindle).  It should be a lot more useful to ride.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mossy200 on December 14, 2008, 10:44:44 am
Christmas lights.
But coild not fix totally.
Put up at the top of our gable (which is very high). Its a ladder and then a six foot pole to loop the wires over the hooks.
I climbed many years  but this is looking higher each year now.
The house should look good lit up tonight.
I would have liked to have mended the last few lights which would not come on ,I guess a broken internal wire.
Still new lights in the sales .
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on December 14, 2008, 11:40:42 am
The freezer!  Under the frost I found a joint of Mystery Meat and a tub of raspberries!  Unknown Roast and summer-fruit smoothies, here I come. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 15, 2008, 10:21:50 am
I have cable-tied a headtorch to my helmet.

It has stopped working since Saturday. I have no access to any of the software I need to do my work today, apart from the internet and email, so I might as well try to fix it while I'm here.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on December 15, 2008, 02:53:56 pm
I unwrapped n+1, from this:

(http://jakal.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/kaffenback_boxed.jpg)

to this:

(http://jakal.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/kaffenback_unpacked.jpg)

...but it's likely to remain in bits until after the New Year, since I've only got a few days to get stacks of stuff done before I disappear off for the Christmas holiday.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on December 15, 2008, 03:02:25 pm
Splendid! :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zipperhead on December 15, 2008, 03:05:26 pm
Yesterday, after the most thorough cleaning session that it's had in a *long* time my Pompino got a new chain (the old one was so caked it took me a while to find the joining link) a new back tyre (the old one was through the rubber around most of it's circumference, and through the kevlar belt in one place) and some new bar tape.

Oh it did look nice and shiny again.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Charlotte on December 15, 2008, 06:59:11 pm
I've heard tell that you like a clean and well-lubricated pompino  :D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on December 15, 2008, 09:39:57 pm
Rear gear cable, loose front mudguard stay.  Can't stand a rattle on the commute.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zipperhead on December 15, 2008, 10:50:53 pm
I've heard tell that you like a clean and well-lubricated pompino  :D

There's nothing to beat a nice freshly lubed pompino. And if I can't get one of those, then there's nothing to beat beating my...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 16, 2008, 10:09:39 am
Right.  Time to get the Ken Rogers' brakes really sorted.

Fiddle, faff.

Bugger.

It appears that the so-called "deep-drop" brakes haz insufficient deepitude, in that in their current position they will mostly be using the tyres as a braking surface which, as any fule kno, violates the fundamental principles of IngSoc not crashing.  Much is to do with this modern fad for enormous brake blocks, which mean that the dual-pivot has to go just there to avoid a conflict of interests with the cantis.

Stomp off to drink wine and watch Sunday's episode of "Wallander", during which inspiration strikes.

Root through tin of old tqt in Sheds, find eighteen year old drop bolt from original Kingcycle.  'tis a small block of metal, cunningly wrought by the Natives of Buckinghamshire to contain a brace of M6 threaded holes, and in these holes may be found countersunk M6 bolts.

Attempt to remove shorter of two bolts results in Allen key flying across Sheds and skinned knuckles.  Turn umop-ap!sdn, screw pair of nuts onto protruding end of bolt, apply loosening torque.

Thread strips.

Apply mole-grips and, praise be to $DEITY, the bolt actually moves and, after some ten minutes of of heaving, is extracted.

Head back inside in much better mood and cook enormous dinner.

Next question is can I be arsed to replace the other bolt, which is similarly jammed in place, and I think the answer is probably "no".

Tonight, Matthew, I'm going to ("You're fired" - Ed.)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on December 16, 2008, 12:17:43 pm
Since my front rim was about to explode after 5500 miles of London commuting, and rather large amounts of braking, I popped in a spare wheel from my currently dismantled Galaxy.  I had to put a tyre and tube on it anyway, so I replaced the front tyre that was also about to expire, and just transferred the inner tube over.  So far, so good.

The brakes were a bit knackered, and things would need to be adjusted for the new wheel, so I swapped the pads over... but the only new pads I had in my spare bits box were some Kool Stop Salmons, which I've not had much success with, too squeally.

After about half a mile of cycling to work this morning, and numerous stops to fiddle with them, I gave in.  I've yet to manage to get the Kool Stops to work even marginally without massive amounts of squeal.  One car stopped, because he thought someone was using their horn. :-\

One set of el-cheapo Aztecs from Evans later, and less than five minutes of fettling by the road side, and the brakes work, and don't squeal like a pig in an abattoir.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: ABlipInContinuity on December 18, 2008, 10:56:50 pm
Rear wheel trued on Maffie's Trek

Cranks stripped from tandem and bottom bracket shells and axles measured ready to order new ones.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on December 18, 2008, 11:46:32 pm
Yesterday.

I need to put the front rack on Fred. This is a custom lowrider so I have to remove the mudguard bolts and add two new bolts for each side.

Put the first bolt in. It is a 3mm button head allen bolt. A bit stiff - the bolt head rounds off.

Hmm.. be better off chasing out the threads with the tap first..
Can't get the bolt out.

Can't get the mudguard bolts out either.

Hacksaw a slot in the bolts and use a ratchet wrench. Hacksaw slips, gouge in thumb. Bad words were said.

Find big grippy pliers to try to remove the bolt stubs. Find big pump pliers, fail to remove stubs.

I am beginning to become a teensy bit annoyed and my demeanour is falling rapidly below that of my normal placid self.

Plan B. Find the other low rider racks, the ones with the cross bar loopy bit that were on the MTB. Bolts are somewhat rusty and the strapping I used before to go round the forks is no longer there.

Nothing suitable at Tesco, as B & Q has just closed.

Brainwave. Old reflector mounts, the sort that go round seat posts with a rubber shim. These are a perfect size.

Raid the box of bolts, a bit of hackery and a very neat solution.

It hasn't fallen apart crossing Londinium tonight either..

..d
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on December 21, 2008, 01:01:41 pm
Put tape onto Marj's new butterfly bars.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Marco Stefano on December 21, 2008, 03:33:24 pm
Washed wife's Pioneer Elite to reveal full glory of 1980's purple / metallic green spatter finish (better than it sounds, honest), pumped tyres and cleaned & lubed chain. I've never seen another of these (and with that paintjob I'm not entirely surprised).

Followed up with the same on the Kona Caldera which had become increasingly covered in various sorts of goo. Included washing mud off tyres, even the knobbly bits. I worry about myself sometimes...  ::-)

Now feeling guilty that I didn't do the Pompino too. I have to leave something to do for Christmas, though. That will also include removal of false neutrals from the R20; I've read all the interweb blurb on SA hub adjustments but can't keep it in my head while I walk to the garage... I'll just have to bring the bike inside. ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on December 24, 2008, 01:37:03 pm
So far today I have fettled some potatoes & some carrots.
I did ever so well:I didn't even need a map to find the kitchen.

I have just been promoted to C-in-C The Hoover.

I could soon apply to have my status as Domestic Phillistine  reviewed ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on December 24, 2008, 02:11:03 pm
 & now I have fettled some pigs-in-blankets :o
This domestic engineering is exhausting:I need a lie down with 4 units a bottle of Grolsch
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chris S on December 29, 2008, 06:02:47 pm
I have removed sizable sections of Norfolk, Leicestershire and Warwickshire from my geared Audax bike today, collected during recent Audaxes. You see - this is why I would normally ride fixed this time of year:

(http://www.ivy-house.org.uk/images/skogg_before.JPG)

Needless to say, the chain was history - having been partially dissolved by road salt. Here we are, avec new chain, two hours later:

(http://www.ivy-house.org.uk/images/skogg_after.JPG)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on December 29, 2008, 06:18:41 pm
THat's a different rear wheel, isn't ti, Chris?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on January 02, 2009, 11:34:00 pm
*rocks back and forth in a deranged manner*

Bloody gears...bloody gears....why won't you index properly...damn you...argh

Got around to replacing freewheel block, chain and derailleur on Eclipse (making it into a 7-speed)

All said components are now on the bike. But all is not well. Several things, actually. *twitches*

Methinks I will take it to Brixton Cycles tomorrow and let them sort it before I drive myself loopy (or start thinking about fixing it  :o ) I gave it a damn good try, the dog will testify.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on January 02, 2009, 11:53:51 pm
Isn't yours a Shimano Nexus hub, NSTN?

I have one in the garage on a Ridgeback. ISTR that it's easy to get the cable lying in the wrong place at the hub end.

For my part, I have relaid some bar-tape and (hooray) put the left SPD pedal back on the Mercian. I replaced it with a rat-trap pedal some months ago because my arthritis was making it painful to clip in and out. Now my ankle's a lot better.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on January 03, 2009, 12:01:34 am
The Nexus is on the Globe, which does very well for flattish city riding and has given me no trouble yet.

The Eclipse (the mixte) has derailleur gears, which I had thoroughly worn out.

 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on January 03, 2009, 12:11:53 am
(whispers) Down tube shifters...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on January 03, 2009, 07:30:55 am
*rocks back and forth in a deranged manner*

Bloody gears...bloody gears....why won't you index properly...damn you...argh

 I gave it a damn good try, the dog will testify.



That dog is a) biased and b) unknowledgable about any gear system post benelux.....  :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on January 03, 2009, 10:42:06 am
What are you whispering about my DT shifters, Wow? I am rather fond of them these days; replacing cables is a doddle for one thing.

Have just got back from BC with perfectly fettled bike. Turns out I should also have replaced the little bit of housing because it was not letting the cable run smoothly so all my 'fine-tuning' was in vain; they also added a spacer to stop the chain fouling the frame with the extra cog squeezed in. Perhaps I would have realised this if I had not been in a state of 'post-flu', but probably not.

Here's a funny thing though; this twit has done herself out of her lowest gear. I could have sworn my biggest cog on the original block was 28 and bought the new freewheel block accordingly; when I compared the two I realised the biggest one on the old block is 32 and it is written on it and everything, what is wrong with me?! So apologies in advance to whoever happens to be near me on the next hill; I expect the Tourettes will return as I bemoan the loss of those four teeth.

(Jasper, the dog would like you to know that she knows as much about gears as Mr Legg's cat knows about the weather. In actual fact she went and cowered in the hallway, because the noise and sight of the wheel spinning as I tested the gears was freaking her out greatly, and only came back once I had put the bike and tools to one side. Wimp.)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on January 03, 2009, 10:44:29 am
Oh and on the plus side, I got the freewheel off on my own when I didn't think I would. I think it's cos I hadn't gone up any really big hills since it was last off so it hadn't got too tight.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 03, 2009, 03:32:52 pm
Fitted a new front light. And defrosted the freezer. Then filled it with icecream, Arctic Roll and frozen berries!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Pingu on January 03, 2009, 03:55:21 pm
Put raceblades on the Giant.

Put lights on the tourer for commuting until new chain for the Pompino arrives.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mossy200 on January 03, 2009, 04:37:10 pm
Finished fine tuning my mudguards attached to an old racer.
Feeling smug about his as using the knowledge from here have managed this when I would have normally used race blades.Plus up raated the brakes.Also fitted my tesco cree light to the bike  ;D but have yet to solve the rattle ???. More strapping needed,I think.
Tomorrow out at last but its a bit on the chilly side here.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: diapsaon0 on January 03, 2009, 04:42:11 pm
One of the fittings of my front rack came loose on this morning's ride - it had stripped the thread.  Quickly replaced with a new bolt (after an age rootling through the nut and bolt tin in a freezing cold garage to find something which fitted  :-[).

N
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MSeries on January 03, 2009, 04:50:36 pm
Fitted tyres and cassette to my new wheels. Trued another wheel. Test ride and retruing tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on January 03, 2009, 08:06:31 pm
Changed the tyres around.  Cleaned and now polishing the MonstaThorn.  I read it in C+ that this is a good trick to keep the muck from sticking to the bike.
I'll give it a go.  This is only for the winter bike mind, not the carbon beauty.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Marco Stefano on January 03, 2009, 08:25:49 pm
Gears on the Twenty. Had to keep tension on the grip to stop it going in to neutral, had a twiddle with the adjuster & now all is perfect (by luck, rather than judgement). Still ludicrously overgeared, though.

If I could stop it doing it's slightly unnerving corkscrewing motion in a straight line, that'd be good.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on January 03, 2009, 09:51:04 pm
Here's a funny thing though; this twit has done herself out of her lowest gear. I could have sworn my biggest cog on the original block was 28 and bought the new freewheel block accordingly; when I compared the two I realised the biggest one on the old block is 32 and it is written on it and everything, what is wrong with me?! So apologies in advance to whoever happens to be near me on the next hill; I expect the Tourettes will return as I bemoan the loss of those four teeth.

Ah, but don't forget how very much stronger a rider you are now than you were - you will probably sail up the hills all the faster ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: chris on January 08, 2009, 07:11:00 pm
Did some more work on the old Galaxy frame that Gandalf gave to yellow-cietidh. Borrowed front wheel from Mrs Chris' Roberts and back wheel from my Dave Yates and used bits from Katies old GT and the spares box. Had it in a rideable state when Katie got home from school, so she had a quick ride up and down the Close a few times. Katie liked it, but said it was a lot twitchier than her GT, especally when out of the saddle. It needs a few minor tweaks that will be better done in daylight.

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p23/chris415700/acfpics/IMG_0917.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p23/chris415700/acfpics/IMG_0921.jpg)
Before adjusting the seat angle (I built it up on the turbo trainer and used a spirit level on the saddle, forgetting that the back wheel was off the ground  ???).

Still need to -

1.  Buy some wheels. Either CR18s on Deore hubs from SJS or Endevours on Deore hubs from SPA.

2.  Fit rack.

3.  Fit bar tape.

4.  Buy and fit mudguards.

5.  Fit computer.

6.  Fit lights.



Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: woollypigs on January 08, 2009, 07:16:40 pm
Fettled 7 school kids bikes, surprisingly all in very good form. Ok a few of them where x-mas new so not much work to do. But there was a first for me, at a school, a headset that was on to tight !?!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on January 11, 2009, 06:40:41 pm
Front mudguard broke today....so will be sorting that out...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rower40 on January 11, 2009, 06:59:06 pm
Took the back roller brake (now b0rked by the wrong type of snow lube) off the commuting bike.  (Ordered a new one from teh webs - and a portion of the right kind of grease.)
Fettled front and rear canti brakes on the Super Galaxy, which will now have to stand in as conveyance of choice to work.

Tried, and failed, to take a photo of self for my Fay's Book profile.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Charlotte on January 11, 2009, 07:44:28 pm
A successful weekend in the SEEKRIT BUNKER.  Lovely new carbon forks for the Thorn Cyclosportif (at last), a temporary new front wheel for the fixer and a new gear cable for Liz's bike.

I do so like a good fettle  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on January 11, 2009, 08:27:48 pm
Serviced the summer bike.. Basically, this was cleaning the drivetrain and checking the gearing.

I also sorted out the toolkit and bits for my commuter bike.  didn't bother cleaning that, though.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Aidan on January 11, 2009, 08:31:28 pm
I went out riding ;)


Although in order to do that I had to fit a new spoke to my bike, cos I found one broken when I was giving it the once over yesterday. Amazingly I actually had one spare spoke of the correct length :thumbsup:
Plan B was to use the pompino
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on January 11, 2009, 08:39:21 pm
Tonsillitis is a great spur to stay indoors and feel sorry for oneself *coughs pathetically*
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Aidan on January 11, 2009, 09:05:06 pm
Tonsillitis is a great spur to stay indoors and feel sorry for oneself *coughs pathetically*

Awww poor love. Have some chicken soup and keep well wrapped up ;D.


I suffer from tonsilitis regularly, horrible isn't it
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on January 12, 2009, 12:05:44 pm
Tonsillitis is a great spur to stay indoors and feel sorry for oneself *coughs pathetically*

Awww poor love. Have some chicken soup and keep well wrapped up ;D.


I suffer from tonsilitis regularly, horrible isn't it


It's the first time I've had it.  Hopefully the last too...

Currently I'm medicating it with bacon and coffee.  That'll do the trick ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on January 12, 2009, 09:20:40 pm
I've put a new chain and rear changer on the Mercian, and also added a rear rack (Tortec Ultralite).

I'll finish my coffee and go out for a short pootle in a minute.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on January 12, 2009, 09:38:08 pm
I put some new brake blocks on the commuter - about a month too late by the look of the old ones.  :-[
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on January 12, 2009, 10:50:07 pm
New tyres onto the MonstaThorn following two more punctures today.
I've put the old Campag wheels on as my new black replacement rims have arrived at Hope so they are collecting these wheels to sort them out. 

Guess what that means people ??  More photos soon  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on January 14, 2009, 09:33:46 am
I have taken the knobblies off Marj's mtb  & fitted some Schwalbe Marathon Plus'.
Together with mudgaurds,rear rack &  butterfly bars it now looks like a hybrid which is what she has preferred to having a new bike with drops.
An improvement in temperature is needed to allow a test ride to take place.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on January 14, 2009, 09:54:29 am
Serviced the summer bike.. Basically, this was cleaning the drivetrain and checking the gearing.

Summer is way off yet!!



Built up Maffie's new bike and gave myself a nutty style fettling injury. D'oh.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: delthebike on January 14, 2009, 10:00:37 am
I have fettled some lights onto the Brompton as the weather report says sunny with clouds and it is fog!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 14, 2009, 03:11:59 pm
Built up Maffie's new bike and gave myself a nutty style fettling injury. D'oh.

We need details and photos  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: groucho on January 14, 2009, 03:59:55 pm
Not quite but I have rebuilt a spin machine in the garage courtesy of national chain of gymnasia!

Does this count towards n+1 ?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on January 14, 2009, 11:09:44 pm
put the new wheel on Fred. Velox rim tape, Pro3 Grip tyre. SRAM 11-28 block.

The chain would catch on teh mudguard bolt that went through the mounting eye. The bolt has rusted in place. Plenty of clearance was obtained with the help of my friend Mr Angle Grinder and everything appears to run smoothly. It will be tested tomorrow on the ride to work, and hopefully a more severe test in the evening.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on January 16, 2009, 03:18:06 pm
put the new wheel on Fred. Velox rim tape, Pro3 Grip tyre. SRAM 11-28 block.

The chain would catch on teh mudguard bolt that went through the mounting eye. The bolt has rusted in place. Plenty of clearance was obtained with the help of my friend Mr Angle Grinder and everything appears to run smoothly. It will be tested tomorrow on the ride to work, and hopefully a more severe test in the evening.




good for another 30k now then!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on January 16, 2009, 04:34:30 pm
I've been fettling my elbow & shoulder trying to bring it up to standard for tomorrow's ride. :-\
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chris S on January 17, 2009, 12:16:40 am
A broken chain, on Paddington Station concourse amidst the Friday evening throng, with Zipperhead's chain tool.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Palinurus on January 17, 2009, 05:57:28 pm
After four dry, cold weeks followed by rain my commuter hack went somewhat rusty. The chain was really stretched anyway. A six-hour fettling session cleaning up the brakes and transmission, replacing brake levers (one of them damaged in a minor crash), brake and gear cables, chain, cassette, front mech (the one on there was steel for gods sake), bar tape.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on January 17, 2009, 09:29:48 pm
Gore Ride On sealed cables installed onto the MonstaThorn.
I have started a thread in Reviews - Gore Ride On sealed cables (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=13899.0) with pics.
Ace ace ace ace.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on January 18, 2009, 07:24:53 pm
Gave the Eclipse a wash including a good scrub of the rims, as braking was making a strange noise after a few miles in the salty Essex lanes on the WARTY.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on January 18, 2009, 08:26:42 pm
I've actually plugged the TV in for the first time in 9 months, and set up the wireless sender, so I can watch TV in the living room, or bedroom. ;D

Of course, the aerial in the roof is buggered, so all I can watch on the TV at the mo is DVDs, but that's fine, I've got enough to watch for several months, continuously. ;D

Next, get the aerial working, and plumb in the surround sound. :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: oncemore on January 18, 2009, 10:05:54 pm
Laced a new pair of wheels to convert the Dawes Synthesis XT back to gears. Must order tyres and cassette tomorrow and then I can put it all together!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on January 18, 2009, 11:10:05 pm
I was moving the car to attach the trailer to make a massive journey to the recycling centre, when I saw two roadies walking up the road.  So I drove and caught them up and enquired what was up?  Faeries.  So I invited them back to mine, got the track pump out and my tyre levers and my spare tube ( one of many repaired ones ) as Rob was out on his new bike with no puncture repair kit and no tube.  He was also running the stock standard Specialized Mondo tyres that are not great at keeping Wiltshire flints out.
So I changed the tyre of a stranger and helped a fellow cyclist out and refused any payment.
I reckon I have done my bestest deed for a while so hopefully the cycling Gods are watching and will protect me on my merry way.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on January 18, 2009, 11:23:02 pm
Yebbut, the Faeries will be annoyed that you've undone their work, so will have it in for you now.  I hope you've got your best kevlar lined tubes ready for the week ahead!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on January 19, 2009, 05:44:32 am
Oh bugger, I was looking at the positive side of it.  I had not considered that other aspect.  I must appease the faeries or my life is miserable.  :o
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rower40 on January 20, 2009, 12:24:22 pm
New tyre and tube for back end of Brompton.  LBS convinced me that Schwalbe tyres are better than Brompton own-brand, but they only go up to 85psi, rather than 100.

New rear-brake-cable, and chain, for Nemesis.  Like an idiot, I thought I could just split the old chain, and fit a new one.  But the new chain was too tight, (obviously, with hindsight - that's why I needed a new one) so I had to slacken it a bit by inching the rear wheel forward a smidge.  Prolly still a bit too tight.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on January 20, 2009, 02:06:34 pm
New tyre and tube for back end of Brompton.  LBS convinced me that Schwalbe tyres are better than Brompton own-brand, but they only go up to 85psi, rather than 100.

I found the Brompton Kevlars to be pants in comparison to the Schwalbe Marathon for immunity to the faeries.  The Brompton tyres are lighter, but far thinner, and far more prone to punctures than the Marathons.  Where I use them, largely in London, puncture resistance is far more important than weight and rolling resistance.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rower40 on January 20, 2009, 02:22:54 pm
I found the Brompton Kevlars to be pants in comparison to the Schwalbe Marathon for immunity to the faeries.  The Brompton tyres are lighter, but far thinner, and far more prone to punctures than the Marathons.  Where I use them, largely in London, puncture resistance is far more important than weight and rolling resistance.

Thanks for that.  Or should I say...

"Faery Nuff."

IGMC.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on January 20, 2009, 07:30:19 pm
I am getting the Longstaff ready for JoGLe.Taken the Barley saddlebag off & fitted the Camper Longflap.
I have removed two Topeak bar extenders & a maptrap from the handlebars .A computer & Ortlieb bar bag are to be fitted to the bars.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on January 24, 2009, 05:11:48 am
.A computer & Ortlieb bar bag are to be fitted to the bars.

Done this last night
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on January 25, 2009, 11:21:23 am
The brakes on the Longstaff.
That's an improvement but they are not as good as I want them to be so I will put some new Koolstops on.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on January 25, 2009, 05:59:25 pm
Both bikes were washed.  Then I did This (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=17.msg256537#msg256537) to the MonstaThorn.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mike on January 25, 2009, 06:31:54 pm
front and rear mech, brakes, bars, levers and 2 out of 4 cables installed on the timetrial bike.

it's slightly botched, as it turns out the cheap steel frame I bought has some screw-adjustors snapped off in the braze-on cable stops, so I couldnt quite install it all properly but it seems to be working OK so far...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chris S on January 25, 2009, 06:35:56 pm
Put the back wheel back on the geared Audax bike - with a shiny new rim c/o Mick Madgett after the old one developed a nasty split.

Made sure the Pomp is ready for next weekend's Willy Warmer.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on January 25, 2009, 07:43:41 pm
Not on the bike, but I fettled a better beamer for the flash gun.. Gives me an extra 2 stops at 30+m.

..d
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on January 31, 2009, 04:44:20 pm
Put a new cassette on my road bike, cleaned the chain and the rest of the drive train.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: pdm on January 31, 2009, 05:02:48 pm
Replaced the drivetrain on my daughters bicycle. New cassette, new chainrings and cranks, new pedals and new chain. Much better  :)
Should improve her commute no end...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on January 31, 2009, 05:35:34 pm
Moved the brake levers to a higher, more comfortable position on the trike, and put some new (white  8)) bar tape on.

However, I forgot that I was going to fit a cross-top lever too. Phooey, I don't want to undo all the tape and stuff, so will probably leave it to the next time.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: valkyrie on January 31, 2009, 05:38:33 pm
I've been getting my new PC to work. It's now 5 days old and already on its second graphics card, first one was DOA. Now I've got it going I'm feeling quite chuffed with myself. The speed compared to my old one is unbelievable. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on January 31, 2009, 09:41:47 pm
I replaced the axle in my commuting bike with a solid axle.  The QR simply didn't stay tight, and - since it is fixed - the chain was very, very slack.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on January 31, 2009, 11:36:07 pm
Bottom bracket, again.  I forget to fit one of the spacers.
Re-aligned the rear brakes too.
Removed and refitted the front dérailleur and indexed it again.  Even touched the tricky limit screws  ;D spawn of Satan.  :demon:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: JJ on February 01, 2009, 12:30:59 am
4 socks, 1 pr childs tights (holes darned), 1 washing machine (unblocked), 1 set of shelves (put up) and a web site (my first ever, functional rather than elegant ).  What an exciting life I do lead.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Marco Stefano on February 01, 2009, 04:41:45 pm
Straightened rim edges of a disused BMX wheel (what do they do to them?) and cleaned & greased bearings. The Twenty will be going singlespeed when I can figure out what to do to get a 14mm axle in the dropouts. Have another back wheel to go in the front end...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on February 01, 2009, 04:42:40 pm
Washed MonstaThorn and replaced rear brake casing.  Installed new Lumicycle frame battery and rear light to replace Dinotte that is going back to On-One, again !!!  >:(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Palinurus on February 01, 2009, 07:17:37 pm
My old Marin MTB hack was returned to me from the guy who borrowed it off me "to get to work for a few weeks". Must be a couple of years now.

I had to clean it of course. Looks like he's had a little knock somewhere, the rack and rear mudguard are all bent. Took those off, removed what was left of the front 'guard. Cleaned it all up. I've got a cassette and chain ready to go on it but I'm going to put those on next week, in case I decide to use it as a "snow bike" tomorrow. I probably won't, I expect I'll use the 'cross bike and do it off-road.

The headset's proper shagged, but that's one thing I can't do myself.

Cleaned the 'cross bike again. I'll be glad when the season's finished (next weekend for me) so I can have a break from that.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: simonp on February 01, 2009, 08:45:33 pm
Just cleaned my Yukon.

Outside.  In the snow.  Brr!

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chris S on February 01, 2009, 08:56:50 pm
Just cleaned my Yukon.

Outside.  In the snow.  Brr!



Were you on the Willy Warmer yesterday? If so, how come I didn't see you?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: simonp on February 02, 2009, 03:43:47 pm
Just cleaned my Yukon.

Outside.  In the snow.  Brr!



Were you on the Willy Warmer yesterday? If so, how come I didn't see you?

I was in disguisen't.  The last Audax I did was the Norfolk B Roads.  Then I borked my knee (playing football is probably the main culprit but I also have biomechanical issues with walking and cycling it seems).  I haven't used that bike since the B Roads and haven't been arsed to remove the layers of filth accumulated on that plus a November DIY 200k.  The main reason I've not used that bike is I nicked the front wheel for my Galaxy as its SON is in need of repair.  Now that wheel is on the fixie.

I wanted to use the turbo last night, so went to get the bike and put another front wheel on.  When I brought it inside and looked at the state of it, I decided I would have to clean it, so back out into the snow.  There were nice days I could've done it, my own fault I ended up half freezing to death whilst getting the muck off.

I managed 50 minutes turbo time - about 10 mins warm-up, then two 15 minute stretches at about 150-160W (fairly moderate pace) with 10 minutes gentle spinning in between.  Trying to break my knee back in gently.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on February 03, 2009, 02:43:02 pm
Cleaned Mrs. Surreal's Peugot. again >:(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Ian H on February 03, 2009, 05:37:59 pm
Treated the ancient fixed machine to a new bottom bracket and chain. Moved the chainring round to equalise wear. Then decided that the suspicious bulge in the rear sidewall was a hint that I should replace the tyre.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on February 12, 2009, 08:22:23 pm
Just cut a carbon steerer to length - I am well aware of the measure twice / cut once rule, but it is still a relief. 

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on February 13, 2009, 02:45:30 pm
Tidied garage. Found a few bikes that I had not seen for a while...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Greenbank on February 14, 2009, 01:14:23 pm
Fitted SPD pedals to the hack bike (Shimano M424) and moved it back to the bike shed now that the cold weather has gone away.

Glued the handle back onto my track-pump as a friend had managed to snap it off.

Took updated photos of bikes for insurance gubbins.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: numbnuts on February 14, 2009, 01:23:21 pm
I've put on a prop stand :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on February 14, 2009, 02:44:47 pm
Proof rided (rode?) my new B17 (Chain Reaction's 'instant free delivery :thumbsup:) and fitted it to my Ribble to start teh breaking in process
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Aidan on February 14, 2009, 03:45:09 pm
replaced two broken spokes and fitted an SQR uplift, removed a rack, and fitted a couple of Cateye light brackets to the seat stays. Then fitted a 9 speed cassette to a spare wheel.
Then fitted some Schaller strap locks to my guitar and contemplated fitting some butteffly bars to my MTB, removing the suspension forks and fitting cro mo forks, fitting a new saddle and rack and turning it into a tourer.

Decided that I need another cone spanner as one has gone walkies and I canrt find it anywhere, no doubt it'll turn up as soon as I buy another ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: diapsaon0 on February 14, 2009, 06:34:56 pm
Started work on building up my Hewitt.  Still waiting for the new chainset to arrive and need to order a few small parts that the LBS couldn't supply. But, she now looks like a bike, so hopefully, will be on the road by this time next week.

N
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tonycollinet on February 14, 2009, 06:44:05 pm
Fixed a damn puncture - 6 miles from home, the first time I've had to fix away from home in nearly 3 years.

Result of crap stock tyres on the new steed.

Will be buying marathon supremes later.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on February 14, 2009, 06:45:46 pm
Put the new chain tube on the trike, and a series of greasy fingerprints on the kitchen floor :-[
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jaded on February 14, 2009, 06:49:04 pm
In honour of the thread starter I will return the thread to non-cycling, as it started.

I also have a plumbing problem. A tap that I tried, but failed, to replace the washer on. Now it is dripping more...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jules on February 14, 2009, 08:34:38 pm
Just fixed my washing machine. It was the door latch interlock thingy. Cost all of £8.70 for a new one off the 'bay.


My first major domestic appliance repair ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on February 15, 2009, 12:46:10 pm
The rack-mounted rear light on the Longstaff.Changed the batteries & still no joy.Removed it from the rack:it's bolted on & is so fiddly it needs a small ratchet socket-spanner with a universal joint extension bar to do the necessary: with the intention of taking it back to LBS for exchange.As I was putting the original batteries back in the damned thing started flashing  :o
I left the light on while I refitted it to the rack & did several on/off cycles.It now works.
It wouldn't work last night when needed to ride in the dark: now I don't need it,
it works.

Don't you wish that all things in life were as reliable as Murphy's Law ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on February 15, 2009, 02:06:00 pm
I replaced the jockey wheels on the MonstaThorn and also tightened the front deraileur cable.
The bolt had worn drastically and was no longer remaining tight so I went and found an old knackered deraileur and took the parts I needed from that.  Sweet use of old junk saves the day.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on February 15, 2009, 05:07:14 pm
Fettled a tandem almost successfully.  Twould have been a good idea to have checked the front mech before venturing out on an uphill bridleway, worrying about my inability to spin what I thought was the granny ring :-[

A bit of working it got it free. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mike on February 15, 2009, 06:17:39 pm
Fitted a bottom bracket and chainset to touring bike and re-cabled and bar-taped the carbon bike for sale.  My best ever bar-taping, I think it's my least favourite (and worst) job. Looks quite good, though I say so myself.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Charlotte on February 15, 2009, 06:22:47 pm
I gave my commuting fixie a perfunctory wipe over with a dirty rag and put some air in his tyres.

Then Liz and I thoroughly cleaned Josephine the tandem, paying particular attention to her oily bits. 

She's a right classy burd is our Josephine  :D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on February 15, 2009, 06:25:07 pm
I wiped the oil off the rear wheel of my commuting bike.  Spoke nipples never seize on Sturmey-Archer wheels.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on February 15, 2009, 06:28:50 pm
No fettling today but yesterday I chopped the dodgy seat collar off a Dawes SS dutch bike from centerparks, filed it flat and fitted a removable one, then popped a front guard on it - oh I put a new set of V's on the front as well.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on February 15, 2009, 11:58:27 pm
I cleaned Fred after yesterdays run. It is amazing just how much grass and oily much one can pick up. Tescos value wipes (100) are really good for that after first attacking with the garden sprayer but are probably not very green.

Then I decided to swap the nokians off the MTB and put non-studded tyres back on. No probs except I then cleaned the rear mech. It had been having issues. XT is great stuff, the ceramic bearing in the jockey wheel was still runnign just fine despite the years of abuse, and the sealed bearing one was getting a wee bit loose. Decided my shifting problems were a knackered chain and cassette.

Then noticed some slop in the hub. The rim should not be moving sideways like that. SO that got stripped down and cleaned. Some brinelling on the non-drive side race but otherwise the LX hub is looking good for it's years of serviceabuse.

There is something satisfying about maintaining quality kit..

So I must buy a new cassette and chain soon, and swap the rim on the front wheel after I have drilled out the valve hole suitably.

..d
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on February 17, 2009, 07:16:30 pm
I have removed the butterfly bars from Marj's mtb & refitted the original straight bars.
She rapidly decided ( it took about 15 mins.) that the butterfly bars were not to her liking.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Oaky on February 18, 2009, 11:21:40 am
I replaced the jockey wheels on the MonstaThorn and also tightened the front deraileur cable.
The bolt had worn drastically and was no longer remaining tight so I went and found an old knackered deraileur and took the parts I needed from that.  Sweet use of old junk saves the day.

hmm ... if that bolt and jockey wheel replacement was connected with this "running" repair (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=14902.0) you may need to see a doctor ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CAMRAMan on February 18, 2009, 08:37:53 pm
I bought some space on the front drive by digging up the roots of the massive bush I "pruned" on Tuesday. Luckily, the chainsaw I bought helped greatly, otherwise I'd still be out there digging away.

I have significantly reduced the wildlife-friendliness of the place since moving in, so I have to redress that in the back garden somehow.

And I painted the downstairs bog

And I stained the garden gate and posts

(looking forward to the beers in the fridge now)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: redshift on February 18, 2009, 09:05:53 pm
Today I have been carving the handle on my new knife.  It's starting to look rather nice -  Fiddleback sycamore, Bloodwood and antler.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rower40 on February 18, 2009, 10:29:59 pm
Waddya call those velcro cuffs on a long-sleeved raincoat/jacket that you can tighten around your gloves?  One of those was starting to come adrift from the sleeve of my coat, because it gets quite a lot of force put on it when I do it up. 

30 mins work with needle and thread, and it's all better now.  I think it's a bit late in life to buy/learn-how-to-use a sewing machine.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Noodley on February 18, 2009, 10:45:14 pm
Waddya call those velcro cuffs on a long-sleeved raincoat/jacket that you can tighten around your gloves? 

Err, velcro cuffs?  ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on February 19, 2009, 09:25:17 am
I levelled my saddle and tightened my Bagman.  (Very little) time well spent.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on February 19, 2009, 01:49:25 pm
On the way in to work I had to stop (i) after 1/6 mile to adjust the front brakes since one block was rubbing slightly (ii) after 1/3 mile to adjust the right hand brake/gear lever which it turned out wasn't tightened quite enough, and (iii) after about 6 miles to tighten up the saddle, which shifted a bit, indicating it also wasn't as tight as it could be.

Not too bad, considering that I only finished things last night sometime after midnight (not the best time to be checking that everything is fully tightened!)

On the way home, I may need to adjust the saddle position slightly, the GPS angle needs to be moved by about 15°, and the lights are likely to need some tweaking (and I may move one of the rears, since I think there is a risk that the pannier is going to knock it off).

When I get home I need to put the end caps onto the bars (not that important, they just cover up the hole and keep the weather out a bit), and cut the cables short and tidy up the ends (I'll probably just solder them up).  The chances are that I'll spot some other items which need doing by then as well!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Bledlow on February 21, 2009, 08:29:28 pm
Both mine & Mrs. Bs road bikes prepared for a ride tomorrow. Mine hasn't been ridden for over a month, because of illness, & hers for much longer. Tyres like butter, covered in dust (dust!), chain dried out . . . .  dreadful. And mine wasn't much better. :(

Also, went through the spare tubes checking for faults. Had to throw out one I was planning to take tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on February 21, 2009, 08:37:22 pm
The audax bikes.  Her Brevet needed a real good clean and lube.  Took her over an hour and I had to finish the job!

My Carpe Diem needed a bit of air in the tyres and a bit of lube on the chain as it hasn't been out for months.   I swapped over the Swift for a black B17 Champion with big copper rivets whilst I was at it.  I also turned the bars up very very slightly and brought the saddle forward a tad to ease my occasional back pain.

Oh, and I fettled my Joe Blow too   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 21, 2009, 08:43:09 pm
Myself. I went and got my eyebrows threaded, and I went to the gym.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulR on February 21, 2009, 09:06:06 pm
I went and picked up some pieces of american ash I'd ordered a week ago and built them into a replacement set of tripod legs.
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f130/PaulRide/DSCN4678-1.jpg)

I've not worked with ash before - it's really rather nice stuff, clean hard edges and a fine grain, quie heavy and (apparently) very good at absorbing vibrations.  I have yet to give this thing proper feet.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Ian H on February 21, 2009, 09:10:46 pm
Having earlier replaced the gear hanger on the Airnimal I decided yesterday the cable also needed doing. Tim at the LBS said the Clarkes kit with 2m of cable would be fine. However the bike requires a full length, 1.9m, outer, and the Clarkes outer was only 1.5m. So back to Tim, who cut a length from his workshop supply. Now it's all fitted and the gears work properly again.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: diapsaon0 on February 21, 2009, 09:20:37 pm
I've had time to do a bit more work on my new-build Hewitt (bought the frame from club member recently).  I'm just waiting for a few odd little parts to arrive from SJSC - rear brake cable hanger, cable guide and crank bolts from Highpath, and I can finish her.  It may be the weekend, though, with other committments  ???

N

(And the cut finger from the slipped hacksaw whilst trimming a shim is almost healed now  :-[ )
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Bledlow on February 21, 2009, 09:39:22 pm
I've not worked with ash before - it's really rather nice stuff, clean hard edges and a fine grain, quie heavy and (apparently) very good at absorbing vibrations.  I have yet to give this thing proper feet.
Ash has been used for such things as hockey sticks. I remember selling some many years ago (we had to order it in, as we didn't stock "sports quality" ash) to a bloke who was going to use it for that, or a similar, use. A nice feel to it. Lovely wood.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on February 21, 2009, 10:02:23 pm
Nothing complicated today, the fixie chain got a proper dose of GT85 and a wipe down and chain stretch was taken up. That was all, the GT85 only experiment is going well, 7 months and the chain still looks new.
 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mike on February 21, 2009, 10:04:21 pm
I was ashamed by the state of my bike when I saw the shinyness of others on the ride today, so have cleaned, de-gunked and re-lubed uglybike.  It'll never be the same again and I've probably ruined the value by stripping away the patina, but needs must..
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on February 21, 2009, 10:09:25 pm
I've not worked with ash before - it's ...very good at absorbing vibrations. 
Not sure about that.  It's considered a "tonewood" and is most famously used for the body of the blonde Fender Telecaster guitar because of its resonant qualities.  A lot of mumbo-jumbo is talked about tonewoods giving different sounds, but some woods don't give decent sustain because the vibrations from the bridge are attenuated too quickly.  If you made a guitar body from MDF it probably wouldn't be satisfactory, although people have made "fircasters" from bog standard pine and, apart from problems with its softness (screws pulling out, string ferrules gradually sinking into the wood) they seem to work.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: woollypigs on February 21, 2009, 10:11:54 pm
I was ashamed by the state of my bike when I saw the shinyness of others on the ride today.
You should have looked at mine and that would have saved you an evening cleaning :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on February 21, 2009, 10:35:40 pm
Put the lume for the IQ Fly back together and rigged it up to the Schmidt to test it was still working.
I may need it to get to the Cheltenham Flyer and the Wilts White Horses.  It will save using the heavier Lumicycle battery and means my bars will be clearer and therefore more room for the GPS.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on February 22, 2009, 11:48:57 am
Gave the Longstaff a clean for the first time in over a year :-[.
It must weigh a couple of kg less now judging by the amount of crud on the patio.
Also cut-back the front mudgaurd to dispense with the V-shaped broken bit at the leading edge which was there when I bought it a couple of years ago.
As you can tell, bike maintenance is not something that I do in a hurry
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on February 22, 2009, 10:26:40 pm
After a nice ride in Somerset, took a look at Chuffy's singlespeed with a skipping gear.  Just one.  He'd changed the cog, chainring and chain so not surprisingly it was the tension arm.  After a fiddle, I decided that it was borked in some voodoo way (bent, most likely) so we gave it some google and he's now riding on a Magic Gear that more or less works.  Chain's a bit slack. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tonycollinet on February 25, 2009, 09:24:19 pm
Tonight I have fitted a new curtain pole, and new curtains.

Then I have fixed speaker brackets to the wall for my rear surround speakers, and tidied up all the wiring.

I feel justified now in having a beer - hang on.........


Aaahhhhh!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Ian H on February 25, 2009, 10:42:19 pm
Having attached a Madison rack  (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?PartnerID=79&ModelID=22653)to the Airnimal, I finally got around to sawing off the superfluous pannier bars, filing smooth, and painting black to match.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on February 25, 2009, 10:46:18 pm
Today I pulled an old school rigid claude butler MTB out of the pile, the frame was sound and BB but the rustless spokes and the rear mech had perished. Newish mech, dug out some better wheels, put on some NOS cantis on it and cut some new cable for them. The cassette was dirty so I stripped it and cleaned it and refitted it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tim Hall on February 25, 2009, 11:07:50 pm
Not strictly fettling but....

Got Jackie-next-door's car out of the hole in our front garden that is goung to be a parking spot. She'd managed to reverse off the edge of the drive. Oops. The construction of ramp/stairway out of several chunks of timber, a few bricks and a broken paving slab soon had the car out.

However, in dong so, I wound down the (electric) front window. "Ooh" she said "You managed to get the window working." Except I didn't know it was busted. And it then failed to wind back up.  Oops #2. A bit of delving on Teh Interwebs pointed to a likely fault - a broken wire in the door loom.  Poking around in the car confirmed this, so I held the ends together to get the window back up. Proper repair can follow in due course. She thought I was wonderful.

And then I replaced the rear brake cable and handlebar tape on my Mercian.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on February 26, 2009, 06:10:41 am
Installed my new Polar computer onto the MonstaThorn.  Took me a while to figure out all the different displays.  Looking forward to a raft of information this morning from my Tour de Commute  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on February 26, 2009, 09:20:11 am
Put new brake blocks on the Orbit.  Nice smooth quiet braking again. :thumbsup:

I see from my riding position on hte way to work that I have been a bit overenthusiastic with the toeing in on one side :-[
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Greenbank on February 26, 2009, 01:14:03 pm
Booked the bike into the LBS to get the new handlebars/brakes fitted. I'll do the first bit myself but I'd prefer it if they do the brake cables and handlebar tape. Both of these are easier for them to do than me as they have stocks of inners and outers to cut to length, and every time I do bar tape it looks good for about a week before it disintegrates.

Geared commute for me on Monday then (with post-Audax legs).
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on February 26, 2009, 02:48:57 pm
I just dismantled my work PC, cleaned dust out of the CPU fan and heatsink, and found out that the power supply fan isn't turning.  After some fiddling, and lubricating, the bearing is more or less siezed, so I'm trying to put an order into RS for a new fan.  Our internal financial system isn't helping me with this though. >:(

This post coming to you courtesy of one of the lab machines...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: woollypigs on February 26, 2009, 02:56:07 pm
20 bikes in 4 hours mainly adjusted brakes, indexed gears, tighten headset, pumped tyres. Also fitted 2 new brake cable, 2 sets of brake blocks, fixed 2 p*nct*res and then the odd bits.

not bad for one bloke :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on February 26, 2009, 03:30:04 pm
Not bad at all, but I suppose these were machines that kids turned up on expecting to ride?  Terrible shame that they don't know the basics about/don't care about looking after their bikes... :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: numbnuts on February 26, 2009, 04:13:22 pm
I've just made a bracket to fit a light to my speargun, go on fish make my day night :demon:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on February 26, 2009, 04:17:26 pm
I've just made a bracket to fit a light to my speargun, go on fish make my day night :demon:
Do this fish shoot back or something?

 ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: keepontriking on February 26, 2009, 06:24:23 pm
I came across an old Campag Pump Adaptor from the 70s and thought I'd give it a clean up service to add a bit of retro.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Bledlow on February 26, 2009, 06:29:51 pm
Got the MTB out for the first time in months. Gears sticking, tyres soft. Pumped up & oiled - did 17 miles, but the gears need more work. Proper cleaning, for a start.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on February 26, 2009, 09:58:17 pm
Installed Polar Cadence onto MonstaThorn and completed OwnIndex fitness test.  49 - Very Good !!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: toekneep on February 28, 2009, 12:42:28 pm
As Mrs. TKP is away this weekend I took the opportunity to service the headset on her Longstaff (purveyors of innuendo form an orderly queue) and replaced the bar tape with Fizik stuff, complete with gel underlay. The most satisfying part of the job was being able to clean all those little nooks and crannies that can't normally be accessed.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on February 28, 2009, 06:10:56 pm
A friend rode over (12 miles or so) for me to tune his bike up for the current season. It is a Boardman Team. We pumped his tyres up, tweaked the brakes to balance properly, checked the wheels for true.

Then sorted the gears. They were adjusted one click out so wouldn't quite go into the big sprocket but everything else worked fine. This is an easy mistake to make with STIs. Quick twiddle of the adjuster and they work wonderfully.

We also put the bars down, which he found much better.

I had a shot as he  is the same size as me. The bike rides really nicely. I could instantly ride it hands off up hill with no worries - very definite, comfortable ride. Perfect Sportif bike. If the team carbon is the same geometry then it is definitely on the list of possibles.

This evening I will be fettling cake for the reliability ride tomorrow.

..d

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on February 28, 2009, 07:39:10 pm
As Mrs. TKP is away this weekend I took the opportunity to service the headset on her Longstaff (purveyors of innuendo form an orderly queue) and replaced the bar tape with Fizik stuff, complete with gel underlay. The most satisfying part of the job was being able to clean all those little nooks and crannies that can't normally be accessed.

Your cup will overfloweth with brownie-points :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on March 01, 2009, 12:39:13 pm
Very chuffed with my new aircraft caricature prints, which I've actually got around to framing (well, two of them, two more to do).

(http://jakal.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/Aircraft_Caricature_Thumb160.jpg) (http://jakal.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/Aircraft_Caricature.html)
Click image for bigness
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: diapsaon0 on March 01, 2009, 01:18:26 pm
Finished my Hewitt and had a quick run out last night through the lanes.  A few tweaks needed, but everything seems good  :)

N
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on March 01, 2009, 02:35:46 pm
Two back lawns & the front lawn had their first cut of the year so that'l be called turf-fettling then eh?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: toekneep on March 01, 2009, 06:57:19 pm
I have been meaning to do something about the lack of clearance on the front mudguard with winter tyres on the bike. It is so tight that mud and grit get caught and build up under the fork crown. I was all prepared to cut the front of the mudguard off and improvise a DIY mount for the rear half but when I took a closer look there was about one eighth of an inch of space between the mudguard and the brake callipers. So off with the offending article and a quick hacksaw job on the mounting bracket and hey presto, clearance. A short ride this afternoon saw me positively looking for mud and grit but nothing got stuck. It's really nice not to be adding to the effort by having a pound of mud wedged under the mudguard acting like a permanent brake.  :thumbsup:

Now why the hell did I not do that two months ago.  ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on March 01, 2009, 10:29:53 pm
Didnt fettle a single damnf thing, a solid week of fettling has left bike oil ingrained under my finger nails and tattoed into the skin on my fingers. It takes forever to get it out again with a nail brush. So no fettling today for me.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on March 02, 2009, 12:28:16 am
Replaced the front mudgurd on the winter bike. Tried a 9 speed shimano wheel in  9 speed campag setup.. interesting and probably workable. I have a wheel to rebuild with a shimano hub.

Swapped the rim on the MTB front wheel. This took a good bit of faffing whilst watching the escape from teh city about a chap starting a croft in Applecross.
 
..d
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 02, 2009, 01:51:07 pm
Fitted mudguards to my MTB / road hack.  The creative use of cable ties was required as the bike has suspension forks.  Time will tell whether it all holds together.  Hopefully there will now be less cack on me and the bike.  The lanes round this bit of Essex are filthy.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on March 02, 2009, 06:57:27 pm
Fitted mudguards to my MTB / road hack.  The creative use of cable ties was required as the bike has suspension forks.  Time will tell whether it all holds together.  Hopefully there will now be less cack on me and the bike.  The lanes round this bit of Essex are filthy.

rear reflector brackets (the plastic ones that go round the seatpost) make excellent supports for mudguards etc.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on March 02, 2009, 08:05:09 pm
When I found out the rattle was not just the lock at the bottom of my saddlebag banging on the rack, I tightened up the bolts on my rear rack :-[
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on March 02, 2009, 10:03:56 pm
Fettled 3 bikes, sold 3 bikes. Good day bike wise.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on March 03, 2009, 03:41:51 pm
Reset chain tension on fixed gear.

Finally got around to putting some cleats on the moth balled northwave shoes. I found that
a) they are too narrow
b) they are much stiffer than my shimano shoes - probably because they are now falling apart
c) they are impossible to walk in


I hadn't realised quite how bad the shimano shoes had gotten - nor how worn the cleats were either.


I'll have to sell my body in order to fund some new cycling shoes. (My feet are too small for those offered by Lidl/Aldi etc.)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: dasmoth on March 05, 2009, 10:09:39 pm
Had to "fix" a lightbulb today.  My last spare halogen bulb (for a B&M headlight).  Plug it in: nothing.  After much head-scratching, realize that it's just a tiny fraction shorter than the old one, and the rear contact isn't... er... making contact.

Solved with a blob of solder.  Fettling a lightbulb doesn't seem quite right, though.

And now I need to decided whether to order some more spares, or give up on incandescent bike-lighting altogether.  The latter has its attractions.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 06, 2009, 11:06:19 am
Fitted mudguards to my MTB / road hack.  The creative use of cable ties was required as the bike has suspension forks.  Time will tell whether it all holds together.  Hopefully there will now be less cack on me and the bike.  The lanes round this bit of Essex are filthy.

rear reflector brackets (the plastic ones that go round the seatpost) make excellent supports for mudguards etc.



You sir, are a genius!  I have found just the thing in my box of bits!!!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on March 06, 2009, 12:31:37 pm
Tightened bolt on Zoom Magic Stem (just like the Look Ergo Stem except that it is crap).  Now my handlebar doesn't rock or creak as I ride.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chris S on March 06, 2009, 12:34:20 pm
I pumped me tyres up  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on March 06, 2009, 04:45:29 pm
I have fettled the front drive.It is now four feet wider.I have also fettled the front wall which is now four feet shorter.
Also fettled a conifer at the bottom of the lower lawn in the back garden.Reduced from a 6 metre tree to a short stump.The roots will be out of the ground tomorrow.
All this valuable cycling time going to waste :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on March 06, 2009, 05:21:18 pm
Fitted mudguards to my MTB / road hack.  The creative use of cable ties was required as the bike has suspension forks.  Time will tell whether it all holds together.  Hopefully there will now be less cack on me and the bike.  The lanes round this bit of Essex are filthy.

rear reflector brackets (the plastic ones that go round the seatpost) make excellent supports for mudguards etc.

You sir, are a genius!  I have found just the thing in my box of bits!!!

Glad to be of service.. The brackets are strong enough to hold front pannier racks as well.

..d
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on March 06, 2009, 08:13:43 pm
New pivot nut on front brake to take B&M IQ Fly bracket.  Installed IQ Fly.  Installed new tyre onto dynamo hub rim.  Took play out of fork / headset.  Aligned and checked brakes.  Spray of oil onto chain.  Took play out of bottom bracket and moved spacers about.

Now ready to keep J am MP company tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: IanDG on March 06, 2009, 08:19:50 pm
I've been working on a stud wall as part of a shower room project
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CAMRAMan on March 07, 2009, 09:08:32 am
Percussively dismantled a crappy summer house that was formerly a garden "feature" (more estate agent BS!).

About to head round to me brother's place to mix cement all morning.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on March 07, 2009, 11:30:53 am
Strip down and clean the DMR mtb. Night riding in the woods is great but tis a bit gloopy up there at the moment...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: matthew on March 07, 2009, 12:04:47 pm
Well yesterday really:

fixed two visitations. One on a spare tube and another from the same wheel.

New Chain set and bottom bracket on the fixie. Hopefully this one is not eccentric like the old one.

Had to put an extra link in the chain as the ring I had always believed was a 48 turns out to have been a 46 and the new one is definitely a 48, the rear wheel came too far forward. Promptly changed the 18 tooth sprocket for the 19 as well. Only concern is the cranks are now 175mm rather than 170 so may not spin as well and the new commute has a couple of good descents.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: perpetual dan on March 07, 2009, 07:25:54 pm
I have fettled the front drive.
...
All this valuable cycling time going to waste :(

I've also been fettling the front drive - putting in a new manhole cover after the old one (and its seating rim) broke. The neighbour has a new, rather heavy, car! I also did a pass through the garage before I have to empty it.
Between that and fettling three meals to freeze I also failed to get any cycling in :(

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on March 07, 2009, 07:52:35 pm
Rhubarb. It was sprouting in the crate in the garage. It should be happier in the hole in the ground in which it now finds itself.

The chickens are annoyed. I tidied up the back garden. Less interesting things to peck.

And then got the right mounting kit for the roofbars for the car - except I don't have that model of roofbars so had to get the roofbars too.. Doh!

And nw to dig out the trowel and hawk to skim the wall upstairs with patchy plaster before swmbo repapers.

..d
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hugo15 on March 07, 2009, 08:17:15 pm
Stripped and re-greased the front hub on my summer bike.

Stripped and re-greased the rear hub on my summer bike. Found that the cones are very slightly pitted resulting in a small amount of binding  :(. They will need to be replaced if I can find a supplier.

Pumped up the tyres and lubed the chain on the winter bike read for tomorrow. Think I should have also installed a sail from the sound of the wind outside.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Marco Stefano on March 07, 2009, 10:22:30 pm
BMX aheadset stripped, cleaned, greased and adjusted. Which got me going...

Kona aheadset stripped, cleaned, greased and adjusted. Hayes disc pads (not worn out after 4 years  :o ??? but not stoppie-worthy anymore) changed for Goodridge ones.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuovo_record on March 07, 2009, 10:39:20 pm
started rubbing down the frame on my super mistral....and deciding on what to do next...rattlecan or powdercoat - prpbably the latter
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on March 08, 2009, 12:13:40 am
Damn. In the hunt for the trowel discovered two more rhubarb crowns to plant.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: peterc on March 09, 2009, 12:24:32 pm
Made a new blade for a kitchen knife that got broke, fun with a router...

Finished a mount for my Twin Tescos 3W touch bike lights, I didn't like the side by side one so made an under and over one.

If anyone is interested in the side by side one, I've painted it now too... (25mm 1inch bar)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on March 21, 2009, 05:32:21 pm
A day later than planned...

Bit of a wash, lube and new brake pads for my tourer.   Back wheel needed a tad of spokey goodness.   Air in tyres.

Similar for Mrs PB's tourer but her brake pads are fine and her back wheel didn't need tweaking.

Soaking a 12-27 9 speed in degreaser before sending off to somebody on the forum. 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on March 21, 2009, 05:52:09 pm
I removed the cranks from the TCR and cleaned them.  Also the chain rings.  I also found that the front deraileur bolts were slightly loose so perhaps that is what has been clicking of late?  I regreased the chainring bolts too so maybe that will make a difference.  I certainly got a lot of gunk off the chainrings. 

I also put the new DT Swiss rim wheel onto the Uberbike and fitted a new Michelin Krylion Carbon tyre.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adam on March 21, 2009, 07:35:13 pm
After going out all morning on the bike, I decided this afternoon to give it a bit of TLC.  The freewheel has been sticking, meaning at times it decides to be a fixie!  :o

After stripping the rear wheel, I realised that the freehub body from a spare wheel I had wouldn't take the 10 speed cassette, so I had to make a quick trip to the LBS. 

£29.99 lighter, I then spent a happy hour or so fitting it, cleaning the chain, wheels and dérailleur.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on March 21, 2009, 10:17:33 pm
Cleaned the sticky crap of a blue early 80s 531 road bike, prugnat lugs and 600 shimano kit, replaced the brakes with plain ally Tektro dual pivots coupled with new old stock exage levers, the BB  has a serial no and "W" and "F" which tends to mean Worksop - the Raleigh pimpy bikes factory of the day, its a belter.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mike on March 21, 2009, 10:24:11 pm
finally found a shop selling cone spanners, and tried to tighten the hub on my rear wheel.  Sadly, the 13-14-15-16mm cone spanner didnt work on my 17mm hubs but luckily, the flat spanner that Miele supplied with their washing machine about 5 years ago fitted perfectly!

Hub tightened, cassette, chain and rear mech cleaned up and silence has been restored!!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on March 23, 2009, 11:02:42 am
I spent much of the weekend with a Dawes Super Galaxy.  It had to be stripped down (bars turned, pedals & wheels off - not so easy when you also have a drum brake) to go in the car because we had to fit three of us in, then reassembled in a car park in Hailsham before being ridden*, dismantled at the end of the ride, then put back together yesterday morning for a ride** before being taken apart to put back in the car for the journey home.  Tonight, I shall probably be assembling a Dawes Super Galaxy. ;D


*  Note to self: Don't just assume that someone else has connected a brake cable correctly***

** Note to self: Don't forget indexed gears need more precise wheel replacement, or else tweaking before heading off on a moderately hilly 20 miles.

*** Smug feeling for having a shakedown round the car park before heading off & having to brake in earnest ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wombat on March 23, 2009, 12:42:43 pm
I took part in a group fettling weekend of Monarch, an articulated steam locomotive on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway.  Its a long slow process with no budget, but she now looks a lot tidier, so one day she will go on display properly.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on March 24, 2009, 10:49:11 pm
I've rebuilt my wheel with new rim and spokes, re-fitted the tyre (Marathons are easy!  ;D ), pumped it up, put a bit of Purple Extreme on the chain and it's all ready for a test run tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on March 24, 2009, 10:51:50 pm
I put the tandem back together after the weekend's adventures, adjusted the drum brake & gear indexing, and fitted Race Blades.

Yes.  To a tandem.  Any questions?

Then I replaced the old Race Blades on my commuter with a new, less twisted set.

Lastly, I fitted cleats to my new Lidl shoes.

The plan to iron shirts was deferred...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Ian H on March 24, 2009, 11:00:39 pm
Yesterday I put tyres on the second-best TT wheels. Tomorrow I put pedals on the bike and road-test it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on March 25, 2009, 09:26:09 am
Last night I forgot that I had to fettle the lad's Cyclone.  There's always tonight (in between the ironing ;D )
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on March 25, 2009, 09:31:15 am
Don't mix those up. That is how you get `flat' bars....
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tim Hall on March 26, 2009, 01:23:47 pm
Yesterday really, not today.

Took my tandem rear wheel round took a friend to try and learn the patient art of trueing a wheel. He did most of the work it has to be said, but I wielded a spoke key too. Spoke tension is now up where it should be and  it's damn near true as a true thing.
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Post by: Aidan on March 26, 2009, 02:07:05 pm
fixed a p*ncture before going out. No idea where that came from as bike was ok when I put it away the other day
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Post by: alan on March 26, 2009, 02:31:44 pm
That's the magic of of the P8nct88e Fairey dust ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on March 28, 2009, 02:02:34 pm
I have just installed the Specialized Toupe seat onto the TCR.  Took her up the road for a quick spin.  Nice. 

Aside from a more comfortable ride, I've just shaved 200g from my TCR (whoopee )  ;D ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Blade on March 28, 2009, 03:48:51 pm
The adjuster on the 'fixed pad' on my mountain bike disk brake has been seized solid for the last year.

For the last week I've had the calliper (minus pads) soaking in a bowl of Coca Cola to try and dissolve any corrosion between the steel adjuster and the aluminium calliper.

Last night, whilst Mrs Blade was out, I put the oven on at 220 degrees and left the calliper in there for an hour to get the aluminium calliper to expand away from the adjusting screw.

Took the calliper out of the oven. Put it in a vice and applied an allen key to the adjuster. Came apart quite easily  :thumbsup:

Cleaned the threads out and applied Copperslip. Then reassembled the calliper.

Brake works fine now  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on March 28, 2009, 05:07:07 pm
I rebuilt the hybrid with odds and ends, so that I can leave it for our house-sitter to use. I was going fine until the back tube exploded KAAABOOOOOMMMMM out from under the rim of the tyre. So I gave up in the huff.

I'll sort it after tea. Maybe.  >:(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Ian H on March 28, 2009, 06:15:54 pm
New saddle on the TT bike. Took it for a 20 mile try out. Now my back hurts.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on March 28, 2009, 06:22:02 pm
Put my Dawes together (well finger tight until my tools arrive). Actually don't think that it's a real Dawes ??? But at $319 for a whole steel bike I'm not complaining!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on March 28, 2009, 07:49:13 pm
I've built my wheel again. Properly this time, I hope.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on March 28, 2009, 10:52:29 pm
And Mrs. Wow and I have just been down to the garage to put two new pairs of double-sided SPD pedals on the tandem.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on March 29, 2009, 11:08:45 am
Just fettled the configuration of my NAS server, since it was showing the wrong time on the Squeeze Boxen after last nights change over to BST.  It needed an extra switch on the hwclock command in the crontab, but BusyBox crontab was difficult about letting me edit it.

Now I need to actually move about the house and physically update the couple of clocks which don't get their time via SNTP, DAB, DVB or Teletext.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chris S on March 29, 2009, 01:58:20 pm
Stripped and cleaned both Audax bikes (stripped the bikes that is. I didn't fettle nekid). The geared bike especially needed lots of TLC.

New tyres all round, ready for the Summer so when it snows this week - sorry, it's my fault.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on March 29, 2009, 06:23:09 pm
I am about to go and fettle the race bike. I need to adjust the brake levers to a better position on the bars, retape them and put the tri bars on. Ten days till the season opening evening TT. I am hoping to get a PB for the distance (5 miles).

I also need to fettle Fred. I have just ordered some frogslegs in a tasteful blue which will replace the Avid Shorties and Altus semi lo-pro cantis.

The rear brakes are making a nasty 'sounds like metal on metal' squeal. And it needs a good clean.

I may have to drill out and retap the cable hanger as well  :( and add some replacement rivets into the rear mudguards.
 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on March 29, 2009, 06:36:28 pm
I've just stripped another AM hub gear.  The shell isn't worth saving (pitted, and 40 hole) but the axle and planetary gears are good.  It has the best 12-splined driver I've seen which will sell for the purchase price of the hub (twelve quid) once it's cleaned up and put on eBay.

Now I need a lightly-used 28-hole AW hub at minimum price to act as a donor for the shell, 3-splined driver, threaded clutch key and clutch etc.  Then I can have another close-ratio Brompton wheel.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on March 29, 2009, 08:22:58 pm
Bars adjusted and re-taped. Just have to find the small cable ties for the 'puter mount. I'll stick it on the rollers later.

Fred has had the wheels removed and yes, the rear blocks were shot to the metal. So they have been binned and I will get some new ones tomorrow. Riveted the mudguards back onto the stays. Cured a rattle or two.

I will have to replace the hanger cable adjuster as it is borked. The rack is no longer removable easily and I don't want to start messing with that right now.

Just have to replace the front skewer and probably service the front wheel while I am at it. Feels a touch loose.

And then put the new chains on the tandem..

..d

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on March 29, 2009, 08:56:24 pm
My son in law now owns his own mtb: a full sus. Marin with disc brakes .Very uptodate :thumbsup:
So this morning I repossesed my Cannonandale M800 Beast of the East & fitted some spd's,a narrow saddle,altered saddle & handlebar height & administered some lube where necessary.Then gave it a wipe down with a rag.
It looks presentable & rides well.It took less than 30 mins.
Not bad for a bike that I bought in 1993. I don't imagine that I'll get back to mountain biking per se but it will make a fine steed for roughstuffing & trail riding.
With mud gaurds , a rear rack & slicks it will be usefull as a utility bike.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on March 29, 2009, 09:19:17 pm
Washed Dave before a trip to The Shop to get a new chainset and BB (external bearing newfangles, needs facing, and they're fitting for free). 

I now have "bike at the shop" angst!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: onb on March 29, 2009, 10:30:40 pm
I removed a chainring with a view to putting a shorter crank on iy ,closer inspection revealed the shorter cfank was for a double anf now I am strugglimg to reassemble the original triple :-[ ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tonycollinet on March 29, 2009, 11:06:49 pm
Refurbing the MTB

Cleaned,

New BB, and chainset. Front and rear mech bolted on.

Tomorrow, fit chain, new gear cable and adjust mechs. Then tighten headset, and change  brake pads.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on March 29, 2009, 11:36:32 pm
Mrs. Wow's cleat.
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Post by: rogerzilla on March 30, 2009, 06:05:19 am
Mrs. Wow's cleat.
Shouldn't this be in NSFW?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tim Hall on March 30, 2009, 08:17:33 pm
Road Morph pump. It was only getting up to 30psi, wheras it used to go to 100psi. Investigation eventually showed that the funny rubber bonnet shaped bit inside shouldn't be there. It was the rubber washer forming part of the non return valve trying to escape through the outlet hole.  Replaced it in its proper place,put silicone grease on the O rings.Saved 30 quid. Hah!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: simonp on March 31, 2009, 01:31:05 am
Edelux no. 2 fitted to Galaxy, tried out, and marveled at.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on March 31, 2009, 12:14:08 pm
A plasterboard trolley.
We have some p.boards being delivered tomorrow. 3600x1200x12.5mm..There's no way I am going to even try to carry them about.Tis a relef that the work area is on the ground floor.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on March 31, 2009, 12:41:35 pm
A plasterboard trolley.

Surely there are more practical materials to make a trolley out of?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on April 03, 2009, 12:38:10 am
Set up my son's bike after it had been shipped to the US (refitted pedals, stabilisers and straightened handlebars)

Built my single speed: fitted bars, refitted bars after deciding that it looked better with the forks facing forwards  ::-) ::-), put Proofride on the Brooks, fitted pedals, pumped tyres, fitted bottle cage & pump and swapped the brakes so that the front was on the right. Then gave my LBS their first bit of custom because in swapping the brakes I frayed the cable.

May even get to ride it at the weekend  8)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Regulator on April 03, 2009, 08:52:56 am
I fitted a chain tug to Priscilla.

I got a good deal on some MKS NJS tugs...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 03, 2009, 08:56:15 am
I fitted a chain tug to Priscilla.

I got a good deal on some MKS NJS tugs...

Is this something to do with bikes or some weird fetish thing?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on April 03, 2009, 09:10:17 am
This very morning after breakfast I fettled an accessory mount to Butterfly's Galaxy so she can fit brighter lights for our route home from the SEEKRIT BUNKER tonight.  Fiddly, and a very very silly clamp (they all are), but it seems OK. :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on April 03, 2009, 09:45:40 am
I have some Frogglegs in blue to fit to fred at some point.

..d
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Post by: TimO on April 03, 2009, 01:49:08 pm
Spookily, like Clarion, the morning I had to fit a Topeak Bar-X-tender to the bike, since the position which is OK for a Exposure Race Maxx is hopeless for a Dinotte 200L light.  I needed to raise it up a bit so it "looks over" the brake and gear cabling.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Si on April 03, 2009, 04:38:17 pm
My galaxy now has V brakes all round, mated to Tektro drop bar levers.  Very impressed.
Did make a funny noise when I first applied the rear - soon worked out what it was by looking down and seeing the black line that the locked up rear wheel was leaving down the road.
Also fitted XTR rear mech and DA DT shifters - so i'm indexed too.
Soon be properly caught up with the C20th.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on April 03, 2009, 04:49:53 pm
Modern life is overrated ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on April 03, 2009, 06:07:24 pm

Soon be properly caught up with the C20th.

I am going in the opposite direction.
When Longstaff's have completed the TLC on my bike my DT rear mech  shifter will be friction(it was previously indexed) to match the friction type front mech DT shifter.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on April 03, 2009, 11:47:02 pm
Finally swapped the saddle on my "uber-commuter". I'm not sure whether the one I've just swapped in will be any more comfy, but it's about time I tried something else.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on April 04, 2009, 12:38:52 am
Fitted my saddle ready for the first ride on my new bike and my first ride in New York. Yikes!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: toekneep on April 04, 2009, 05:21:30 pm
Major clean up of the Dave Yates yesterday, ready for the hot dry summer I am anticipating. Today I stripped the rear wheel and tweaked the cones as it didn't feel as free as the rear wheel on Mrs. TKP's bike. This explains why I have been having trouble keeping up with her lately.  ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: numbnuts on April 04, 2009, 06:08:23 pm
I looked at my chain and thought it needs cleaning  :o 
but went out for a ride instead  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on April 04, 2009, 06:14:25 pm
This explains why I have been having trouble keeping up with her lately.  ;)

no it doesn't.
It's because you are geting older & Gill is getting fitter ;D

I have fettled the fence.Tomorrow morning I will fettle the greenhouse & take stuff to the tip.All this to earn brownie-points so that in the afternoon I can take the Longstaff out for a major try-out following the expert attentions of the folk at Longstaffs.I coolected it this afternoon & after tea I hope to put things back on it such as coputer.Topeak bar extenders & lights,Ortlieb barbag bracket.Alter the saddle & handlebar heights.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on April 04, 2009, 06:56:05 pm
Well I lubbed the chain on the mountain bike before I went out.  I also fitted a rear mudguard to the mountain bike.

Then I chemical metalled the motorbike tank in the vain hope that this will fix the fuel leak.  But I also balanced the carbs on the motorbike too.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on April 04, 2009, 08:14:49 pm
Cleaned the fixie and replaced the chainring bolts with singles so I could replace the spacers that I cut out of chain ring tabs back when I didnt have any single chain ring bolts handy, one had worked loose and nicked the paint on the chain stay.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alecstilleyedye on April 04, 2009, 08:41:18 pm
found a way of using my rucksack as a pseudo pannier on a cannondale massload rack i got via freecycle.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 04, 2009, 08:52:58 pm
Took apart another (!) secondhand 3-speed hub; I've established that I can build a lightweight close-ratio one using an AM axle and planetary gears, AW ball ring and clutch assembly and S-RF3 alloy shell.  The S-RF3 shell tends to leak oil (it's designed for grease lubrication) but I think I've solved that one now - it just needs some gasket sealant round the pressed-in LH ball ring.  I drilled the shell and fitted an oiler before I built the wheel.

If the Brompton World Championship comes to the UK again, I'll kick the arses of the 6-speeders  ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andrewc on April 04, 2009, 08:58:04 pm
Giving my Thorn Nomad a once over before my US trip at the end of the month, I found the bottom S&S coupling loose  :o

Bad Andrew, Lazy Andrew, Stupid Andrew!

When I unscrewed it a trickle of muddy water ran out, and lo the threads they were graunchy...

After checking Mr Thorns instructions I removed 2 sprung retaining rings and cleaned, reassembled & relubed the coupling.  I'm now wondering whether to do the other one, even though it feels OK.

The Nomad is now in the living room, packed into a case like this http://briandesousa.com/bicycling/tech/convpack.htm (http://briandesousa.com/bicycling/tech/convpack.htm)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Bledlow on April 04, 2009, 11:34:43 pm
All this reminds me of how much I have neglected the cycle collection lately.

Today, I cleaned 4 bikes - 2 of mine & both Mrs. Bs, all of which were desperately (though in varying degrees of desperation) in need of it. I found a flat tyre on my MTB (gone down since last ridden, last week), but couldn't be arsed to fix it because I'm riding another bike tomorrow.

Yesterday. I gave the Brompton a good wash & brush-up. Also badly needed it.

Three chains, two tyres, some sprockets, & a spoke need replacing, between that lot. And some paint chips should be touched up. :( Soon, I promise.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on April 05, 2009, 06:34:21 pm
I have cleaned the chainwheel & chromed chain stay on the Longstaff.It really does look best-dressed now.The bill for doing the up-grade was less than I expected so when I get back from JoGLe I might have it resprayed
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jules on April 05, 2009, 08:38:16 pm
Sorted out my going to the shops, small child to nursery, commute to work bike today.

An extended poke into the rear cluster got rid of a winter's worth of impacted grime, a nice wipe of the chain, and a similar poke into the crevices of the triple chainwheel  got the drivetrain done. A nice tightening up of everything, which demonstrated the the Brooks B66 was coming unbolted at the springs fixed the rattles. This was followed by a quick wash and lube job.

The then pristine machine is now resplendant with its new, secondhand, panniers and "Sheldon Brown is my co-pilot sticker installed.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adam on April 05, 2009, 09:54:00 pm
Prompted by the rumblings from Annie's headset on Saturday's WARTY ride, my bike had started to make some funny noises on the ride home, so today I decided to strip it all down.

There was lots of grungy yuck in the bottom set of bearings, so I cleaned everything out and re-greased, and then tightened it all back up again, and everything seems quiet again.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: pdm on April 05, 2009, 10:47:13 pm
Replaced another set of bearings on my commuter eggbeater pedals....
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: groucho on April 06, 2009, 08:48:45 am
Centaur front mech of the Sabbath.
Adjusted worked fine on test in drive, refused to work on test on road!
Adjusted worked fine on test in drive, refused to work on test on road!>:(
Adjusted worked fine on test in drive, refused to work on test on road! >:(>:(
Adjusted worked fine on test in drive, refused to work on test on road! >:(>:(>:(
Adjusted worked fine on test in drive, refused to work on test on road! >:(>:(>:(>:(
Adjusted worked fine on test in drive, refused to work on test on road! >:(>:(>:(>:(>:(

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on April 06, 2009, 10:14:19 am
Haven't fettled a lot, but last night, I fitted new grips and bar ends to the Cyclone, and dismantled it to go in the car.  Also dismantled the tandem for the same purpose. 

On Friday, in some corner of a foreign (Welsh) field, there will be bolts and hex keys concealed... :-\
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on April 07, 2009, 10:55:28 am
On weekend I decided Dawes Discovery 101 was looking  dull, grey and unattractive.  So I cleaned it for the first time since I bought it (November).  Discovered Dawes Discovery 101 is painted dull, grey and unattractive.

Swapped front brake pads before old ones scratch now shiny rim.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on April 07, 2009, 03:12:32 pm
Filthy Dahon Folder got cleaned up and re-lubed. Still need to adjust both it's hinges... the main hinge came unfastened on a brief sortee to the local shop last night  :o

Cleaned the drive on the tandem, stripped, cleaned and regreased the rear hub. Headset still to receive same treatment.

1.5 bikes fettled.
3 still to fettle.
1 to finish building up.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 09, 2009, 04:50:52 pm
Stripping the Hewitt and building...an identical Hewitt.  At least I'd never ridden it in the rain!

I though it was a bit remiss of them not to face the BB shell, although everything else was prepped (including headset cups and star nut, since I can't do those).  The LBS did it for £12 - it was a bit rough and these external BB bearings are fussy.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on April 12, 2009, 12:21:14 pm
Cleaning Dawes 101 part 2.

Not really, e-mailed Argos to point out 4 months was excessive for a new fork.  And by magic my job has jumped to the front of the queue so I am going to be able to run my proper commuting bike within a few weeks.  Now Dawes 101 had borrowed Commuting bike's dynamo hub wheel for a couple of weeks last November because it's own had not been built yet.

So the nice disc hub dynamo wheel was filthy.  The rim brakes of Dawes 101 had left black marks all over the redundant braking surface.  So out comes my trusted rubber block with 120 grit and the black marks and scratches were removed.  I find when I do this I am always dissatisfied, I can always find a imperfection that needed another rub.  Fortunately I put the wheel down in the sunlight before I went to get my 240 grit block otherwise I would still be there making a mirror finish.  It was already shiny enough.

Annoyed now because my other good rims are ceramic and do shine when you polish them.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 12, 2009, 05:44:42 pm
Cleaning Dawes 101 part 2.

Not really, e-mailed Argos to point out 4 months was excessive for a new fork.  And by magic my job has jumped to the front of the queue so I am going to be able to run my proper commuting bike within a few weeks. 

 >:( They're supposed to be building me a fork too - I was expecting it to be done by the end of this week.  Apparently the paint shop is the bottleneck.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Martin109 on April 12, 2009, 05:55:42 pm
My new Nitto bars and their new  Brooks leather bar tape (http://www.roadcyclinguk.com/news/article/mps/uan/2228).  Look nice to match the honey saddle, and very comfortable.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 12, 2009, 07:49:31 pm
Just myself.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Aidan on April 12, 2009, 08:50:44 pm
Stripped out my rear hub bearing on the Soma, cones have eaten themselves, but could be sorted with new cones and bearings, the wheel has another snapped spoke. Thats 5 or 6 in a couple of years.  Might go for a new wheel.   Fitted a spare Alex wheel I had kicking about, which will do for now, but the rims the wrong colour ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on April 12, 2009, 10:47:14 pm
Just myself.

 :o
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on April 12, 2009, 10:57:43 pm
The brakes on my single speed. Just taking the stretch out of the cables.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 12, 2009, 10:59:14 pm
Just myself.
(http://yacf.co.uk/images/wherepics.gif)

Er...do they need to go in the NSFW board?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 13, 2009, 11:15:05 am
I was referring to the hour and 45 minutes I spent at the gym, you filth-meisters!  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 13, 2009, 01:59:53 pm
I imagined something involving a  31.8mm 25.4mm seatpost and a pot of Finish Line grease  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Diver300 on April 14, 2009, 12:01:38 am
I made a switch operating lever for diving torch.

The original one was plastic and had broken.

The new one is aluminium (it is inside the torch so it shouldn't corrode) and it used to be a mounting bracket that used to be the lid of a spin dryer.

Real fettling with saws and files and mole wrenches.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MattH on April 14, 2009, 08:51:23 am
I spent the weekend digging a big hole in the front garden to fix our leaky water main.

I explained to the girl next door that I was jealous of the fish pond they built in the back garden last year, so was making my own in the front.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: bikenerd on April 14, 2009, 09:34:31 am
Yesterday I shortened the cables on the MTB after fitting a super short and responsive 60mm stem.  Then bled the rear brake and fitted some new grips.

We also had a look at the front suspension for Mrs Nerd's Moulton.  After sitting in bits since last August, it should finally be getting built up in the next few weeks.  Light nights are great!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on April 14, 2009, 10:48:29 am
I put the tandem and a solo together on the camp site at the weekend.  We got a short trundle on the tandem, which was fun.  But I don't think it likes being taken apart quite so often. :(  Threw the chain three times in a short distance.  I think i need to give it a bit of care.  Fortunately, tomorrow, my tandem rack arrives :)

Dismantled the bikes again to get them back in the car, and haven't got them out again yet.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: simonp on April 14, 2009, 11:47:56 pm
Fitting powertap wiring loom to TT/Sportive bike.  Which means I get round to cleaning powertap and cassette thoroughly after the filthy Norfolk B Roads audax.  Audax bike still hasn't been properly cleaned (but then I've not done an Audax since then).

Just got to swap the tyre (there's a turbo tyre on there right now) and drop the wheel in, and I should be good to go.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Bledlow on April 15, 2009, 12:11:13 am
My new garden tool store, which had been sitting around in pieces for over a month, but is now complete, treated with green Ronseal stuff, & even has some garden tools in it.

Oh, you meant bikes!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on April 15, 2009, 06:41:01 am
Oh well, if we are going off topic, I replaced some missing knobs off drawers.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on April 15, 2009, 09:16:05 am
Last night, I fitted a U-brake to Our Kid's BMX (though I still need a cable & splitter, and noted how very poor the design was.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on April 15, 2009, 11:23:03 am
Last night I adjusted both the hubs on the as yet unridden tricross single and fitted a fixed cog + lock ring.

The night before I swapped the knobbly cyclocross tyres for some Schwalbe Marathons (..I must be getting old).

That leaves the fitting of mudguards and connecting up/fettling of the brakes, after which I might use it when I meet Zanda on Thursday night.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on April 15, 2009, 11:35:18 am
Last night I ... fitted a fixed cog + lock ring.
...

Was it inevitable that I misread that bit?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on April 15, 2009, 02:35:22 pm
Clarion you naughty boy!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on April 19, 2009, 04:08:57 pm
I have cleaned the TCR ready for next week.  I noticed the Giant badge was quite discoloured so it came off (with a bit of help) from the head tube.  Pure clean carbon was beneath  ;D

I also dropped the forks out and cleaned the integrated headset races and re-lubed them.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: numbnuts on April 19, 2009, 04:48:28 pm
Blow my tyres up, raised my saddle 2 mm, and sprayed some WD40  on my chain
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: onb on April 20, 2009, 12:54:44 pm
Yesterday ,put new chain on summer bike ,realised the cassette was dirty so took it off again ,cleaned cassette  and the put chain on again.
Having put reassembled chainset incorrectly on hack bike reassembled it with safety bolt thing in a place to   stop  the chain slipping between crank and chainset.
Put pedals on mtb and geneally cleaned it up in advance of possible off road excursion later this week.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: onb on April 20, 2009, 12:56:52 pm
I imagined something involving a  31.8mm 25.4mm seatpost and a pot of Finish Line grease  ;D



 ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on April 20, 2009, 01:21:22 pm
Today on the way to work Dawes Discovery101's bar ends were wonky. So moved them back into position.  Since I did a ride on my proper bike on the weekend I also noticed the saddle was too low again and raised it half an inch.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on April 20, 2009, 06:26:10 pm
I replaced the bottom bracket on my audax bike today.  It was a Shimano 105 octalink 9 speed job, and must have done 10,000 Km.  The bearings were still  smooth but the splined axle ends had corroded and this led to incessant squeaking, so it had to go.  

I put the chainset throught the parts washer at the same time and noticed that the middle chainring, cassette and chain are also coming to the end of their days, so I've just ordered replacements from SJS.

I've been sticking with 9 speed for as long as I can on my audax machine - I don't particularly trust 10 speed for long distance wild-country riding.  This will be the last chain and cogs it gets though, as this is the fourth lot it's had and my Ultegra STIs will start playing up at some point.  It will, no doubt, get replaced with 10 speed Ultegra and I'll probably carry a few spare chain links on rides.

I'm getting the frame resprayed soon, so the new bits will go on then, along with new cables all round.  I think I'll get through the Brevet Cymru and do it prior to the BC.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 21, 2009, 09:55:00 pm
Changed the headset cups on the vintage bike using SpaceBadger's very expensive tools.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: peterc on April 22, 2009, 01:51:29 pm
Shortened the seatpin on the Unicycle and now it needs more (hub flanges slipping on the axle)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on April 22, 2009, 02:13:48 pm
Fitted new (blue :o) tyres to my single-speed. As an upgrade for the $10 Chinese specials that it came with
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on April 23, 2009, 01:25:47 am
Fitted mudguards and rack to the Tricross singlefixed cum tourer  :thumbsup:

 :thumbsup:

Thanks to PolarBear for the rack :)

All that remains is to connect up and adjust the brakes, check the saddle position and then to finally ride it. (I've only had it four months!)

Then I can investigate the strange noises coming from the uber-commuters transmission.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: SpaceBadger on April 24, 2009, 10:57:39 pm
Finally cleaned my 'cross bike (only about 3 months after the end of the season).
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: bazzerp on April 24, 2009, 11:23:24 pm
A Powermac G4 - cloned the hard drive to a faster 7200 rpm drive, upgraded the memory by 1gig, added an Airport PCI Wifi card & got a dirt cheap Mac that surfs & rocks   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 25, 2009, 06:11:04 pm
Fitted the new fork to Bikenerd's old bike (the fork cost 60% more than the bike did).  It looks stunning.  The A-head stem, with 65mm of spacers, maybe less so, but it will work better.

I saw SpaceBadger's Raleigh at Argos.  It's a foul colour.

but they haven't resprayed it yet
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: SpaceBadger on April 25, 2009, 06:17:41 pm
Thanks for the mild heart attack!

Note to self: always read the small print!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on April 25, 2009, 10:10:15 pm
Built a bed (and took another apart).

Took my Woodrup to a cleverer person (Pearsons) to fettle... :-[
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on April 25, 2009, 10:14:12 pm
Errrr...let me think

A few tyres that lacked air but not holes in the innertube, a replacement pivot bolt for front lever, remounted and adjusted a disc brake on a new bike so that it would actually work. Stripped al the dead bits of a Tange Chromo GT and cleaned it ready for a transplant of bits to make it live in retro 80s glory once more.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: peterc on April 28, 2009, 02:46:05 pm
Serviced a very indexed/notched headset, and now my bike feels more than a bit wierd, the first replacement I got had too high a stack height, back to the LBS for me.

New rear brake cable, added some gel pads under the bar tape.

My lidl unicycle got hub needed the attention of a welder (and then angle grinder as I've never used an arc welder before) repainted and then rebuilt the wheel.

Next on the list is a bottom bracket, tyres and working out why my new SPD pedals are clicking.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hulver on April 28, 2009, 02:52:15 pm
Wiggle order arrived (no sweets, boo!)

Order contained 13mm cone spanner, so removed all bits, cleaned and re-greased the front hub. Runs a lot nicer now.

Still to do, tighten the rear hub back up, as it appears to have come loose again (note to self, do it up tighter this time) and fit new chain.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on April 28, 2009, 03:21:08 pm
Well, last night I fettled my stealth computer.

See - it's not quite right to have a cycle computer on the bars of a classic Carlton (and, besides, what with the botle cage an everifink, there's no room).

So I wanted to mount it on the rear.  The routing was fine, and the head unit sits neatly under the saddle and hidden by the saddlebag.  But the sensor was too far away from the spokes. 

I struggled with various brackets, till I found a solution that stood it off just enough without any danger of the sensor falling into the wheel (with all the ugly consequences that might ensue :-\ ).  Now working lovely, ready for a fixed commute.

'Cept I needed to go over Streatham Hill this morning to avoid roadworks on my usual route (and I'm a wimp).  Oh - and I need to get moving to keep my average speed up this month.  Too many slow potters. :-\

Ought to point out that, for all my brilliance, it was Butterfly who managed to reprogramme the computer for a 32 tyre.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zipperhead on April 28, 2009, 03:22:17 pm
Cleaned & lubed the brakes on my Pompino.

Found a washer left over.

Bugger.


Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Regulator on April 28, 2009, 03:29:17 pm
Cleaned & lubed the brakes on my Pompino.

Found a washer left over.

Bugger.





Laughs and points!



Then realises he's done the same thing himself...  :-[
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on April 28, 2009, 03:51:22 pm
Cleaned & lubed the brakes on my Pompino.

Found a washer left over.

Bugger.




Keep it safe, after a few more fettling sessions you may have enough parts for a whole new bike.

HTH

:)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on April 28, 2009, 04:43:34 pm
New inner tube on rear of tandem before this morning's commute.

Adjusted rear derailleur cable to try and get shifting right but the deraileur still doesn't want to draw the chain down onto the smallest cog. It's not the adjustment screws as I can still move it just the last little bit by hand and the cable inner moves freely through the outer so I'm suspecting something wrong with the deraileur itself or a bent hanger.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on April 28, 2009, 11:32:29 pm
I raised the saddle because the LBS had lowered it for a test ride after repair.  I adjusted the angle of the brake levers because they were angled too far down.

Next fettle on Saturday if the bits arrive.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hulver on April 29, 2009, 10:55:59 pm
rear hub now back in one piece.

New chain and cassette fitted, rear derailer adjusted (grr, what a pain)

Loose spokes on rear wheel tightened.

Wheel checked for trueness using spoke spanner held on brake blocks.

New tyre fitted on the back.

Bike is a lot quieter now.  :thumbsup:

On the downsite, it appears that my bottom bracket might need a fettle, and I appear to have broken my track pump  >:(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on April 29, 2009, 11:45:35 pm
Just quickly fettled a fairy visitation into submission.  Unfortunately this hasn't worked insofar as making the server finish it's backingupness.

<fx: twiddles thumbs>
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on April 30, 2009, 12:14:55 am
lol.  Been there done that.   Worst was mistyping a database to exclude...   7 extra tapes... which in those days was about 6 hours.................................


..........



........




....
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on April 30, 2009, 12:19:51 am
All done now, so I'll be in bed before 1-30am. ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: SandyV on April 30, 2009, 12:27:45 am
I fixed a broken door latch - pulled it apart, beat it into submission, put all the bits back together ... and it works
 :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on April 30, 2009, 05:55:26 am
Replaced a broken gear cable and tweaked the indexing of the rear deraileur.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on April 30, 2009, 09:21:25 am
A friend's laptop was playing possum with a dead jack input.
She'd shopped around and the cheapest quote she'd got for a repair was £69.95.   :o
I told her "You Muppet, I'll be able to fit you a new part." So I got the replacement part
off eBay for £3.99 inc P&P. Then I breathed new life into her laptop.

She's kindly given me a £20.00 'nom nom nom' voucher to use at my local supermarket.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: SpaceBadger on May 01, 2009, 09:29:02 pm
Just attempted to fit a second layer of bar tape. Totally f**ked it up and ran out of tape before getting to the end. Split most of it during removal, so there's going to be no second attempt.  :-[

Any offers for one roll of brand new Cinelli cork tape in black?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: pcolbeck on May 02, 2009, 08:41:26 pm
Had my first go with a spoke spanner today. My dad wants to borrow a bike to see if he still likes cycling (was in the CTS as a teenager and used to ride 100+ miles a day) Now after his heart bypass he need start getting some exercise. He wants to give it a go before he shells out for a new bike. In my shed there is an old Raleigh with straight bars and 10 speed gears that's been gently rusting since a friend borrowed it and crashed it several times on the way back from teh pub.
The wheels weren't as out of true as I remembered and after reading several web sites on how to true a wheel I gave it a go. Now I have two splendidly round wheels that are no longer jamming on the brake blocks.
Have also dismantled the rear mech and cleaned and greased it along wit the rear brakes. Front wheel, brakes and chain lubing tomorrow.
Wheel truing isn't as terrifying as it appears if you take it nice and slow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on May 02, 2009, 10:13:32 pm
I fitted the Sturmey AM-in-an-alloy-shell wheel to the Brompton, and also removed all the lighting equipment including the dynohub front wheel.  Replaced the frayed gear cable (my fault) and tweaked the rear wheel's spokes, which weren't quite right.  And then fiddled with the brake pads a bit to ensure they're hitting the rim squarely.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: simonp on May 02, 2009, 11:18:49 pm
Fitted two of these to Il Pompino:

Tektro 917.12 V Brake Lead Pipe (http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/product-Tektro-Tektro-917.12-V-Brake-Lead-Pipe-with-Adjuster-90-Deg-18060.htm)

Perfect solution to mixing V brakes with road levers.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on May 03, 2009, 10:14:36 am
Wheel truing isn't as terrifying as it appears if you take it nice and slow.

Shhhh, don't tell everyone.  When I whip out a Spokey and remove some horrible kink from a wheel, it really impresses people that I know the black art of wheel truing! ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on May 05, 2009, 09:12:27 pm
Well I attacked the hybrid that Hellymedic gave me.

The bike had been outside for a long time but has lots of good bits and far too good to just dump all the old bits.  I decided to strip the bike, have separated the siezed bottom bracket, stripped the tyres off and I think with a bit of waterproof grease in , the wheels, bottom bracket and headstock will make it a really good bike.  Ok it'll need new tyres, and would be good to give it new gear and brake cables and another seat.

Then it'll be as good as new.



 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Ian H on May 05, 2009, 11:12:50 pm
Funny, innit. I ride a damp 300 with Hummers and my bottom bracket goes all floppy. I didn't notice, despite cleaning the machine, until the start of the 400 on Saturday. Nevertheless it made it round. So today I popped into Tim's, the LBS, and ask for a long triple, guessing at 122mm. This turns out to be the perfect length. The old axle and two cartridge bearings TA set that I removed is in a woeful state. However, it can be restored with a clean and new bearings. Anyway, a good half hour's work, and my bracket is once more smooth and pert.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on May 06, 2009, 12:30:54 am
maptrap taken off bike and GPS fitted to the stem.

Bar tape unwound and refitted better (it started falling off mid the last ride  :-[)

old spacebar made of cheese and held together with zipties found in the toolbox and fitted to the handlebars, in the gap made by refitting the bar tape properly.

maptrap fitted to spacebar.  I don't trust GPS.

Gears tuned up.  Last time they were tuned the derailleur was cross threaded in the frame and lop sided.

Limit screw re-adjusted to remove derailleur from spokes.

Noticed that under power the chain lifts off the chainring.  The drivetrain really is knackered.  Somewhere between 12 and 15k miles without maintenance (other than lube) might be too much for a chain?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Regulator on May 06, 2009, 12:34:11 am
<Tannoy>

Calling Mr Nutty...

The doctor will see you now.


</Tannoy>
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on May 06, 2009, 12:50:31 am
Well it was a close call between watching Bizarre ER and fettling.

Judging from the disgusted screams from behind the sofa, fettling was the better options (although the commentary of the guy who cut his belly open with an angle grinder did make me wonder whether to get the power tools out)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on May 06, 2009, 12:54:13 am
Well it was a close call between watching Bizarre ER and fettling.

Judging from the disgusted screams from behind the sofa, fettling was the better options


Are you sure they were watching the television and not the fettling? :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on May 06, 2009, 03:55:31 pm
I just put the finishing touch to this abomination

Live!

Live!

Mwuhahahah!

(http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c234/Zoiders/RATBike.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: DuncanM on May 06, 2009, 04:12:47 pm
On Saturday, I went to he LBS, got some brake cable, went to put it on the road bike so I could raise the stem, and discovered it was the same length as the old bit. :(
Then I found some spare lying around in my toolbox. :)  So I installed new brake cable, and put the handlebar tape on.  Then I raised the bar.  And discovered I couldn't turn right because the gear cables are also too short. :(  So it's raised about half an inch, until I get new gear cables too.

Yesterday evening I got tyres, tubes and brake blocks for the roadster I got from Hellymedic (many thanks again).  I'll fit them on the weekend...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on May 06, 2009, 04:15:31 pm
I got the last bit for the brake cables on Our Kid's BMX.  Bit complex cause it's got a Gyro and I don't know anything about them.

So I got the splitter cable, and slotted it into place

Only to find that the knurled adjuster was missing from one brake lever.

Another trip to the lbs... :-[ ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on May 06, 2009, 04:19:32 pm
I would bypass the Gyro brake unless they are really going to get used, just run a normal cable down past it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on May 06, 2009, 04:30:45 pm
 :hand: He probably wouldn't ride it if it didn't have it ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: numbnuts on May 06, 2009, 04:41:29 pm
I went on an evening ride yesterday and found my rear rack light wouldn't work, luckily I had a spare seatpost one, today found the contacts were rusty :o so cleaned them off and put a little Vaseline on them works now :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on May 06, 2009, 08:36:15 pm
Stronglight CT2 chainring onto the TCR along with a new KMC SL Gold chain and an Ultegra 6600 cassette.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on May 06, 2009, 08:56:55 pm
Well  today I washed the bike i got from hellymedic and then stripped and regreased the wheels, bottom bracket and headstock.  I also installed a new front brake cable, tyres, tubes, fitted another seat and new chain.  I have to replace the front gear cable and work out why the gears don't change.  It either sticky cables or sticky changers, well some gt85 should hopefully sort it.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mike on May 06, 2009, 09:02:15 pm
I tried to do some DIY today, mounting an anemometer to the side of the garage (christmas present, 4 months of nagging, dont ask..)

It was going quite well till the coal bunker I was standing on collapsed and I fell three feet down onto the coal, holding the thing up like the statue of liberty.


On the plus side, she's been asking me to get rid of the coal bunker for ages too, so two jobs half done kinda = 1 job done
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on May 07, 2009, 10:13:13 pm
Well  today I washed the bike i got from hellymedic and then stripped and regreased the wheels, bottom bracket and headstock.  I also installed a new front brake cable, tyres, tubes, fitted another seat and new chain.  I have to replace the front gear cable and work out why the gears don't change.  It either sticky cables or sticky changers, well some gt85 should hopefully sort it.



Well a replacement gear cable and stripping the rapid fire changers and cleaning them with a mixture of spray brake cleaner and then contact cleaner.  Then a quick spray with gt85, that freed them up and then adjusted the new cable.

Now to replace the old brake blocks as a quick spin revealed that they are more plastic than rubber.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on May 10, 2009, 12:04:37 pm
Yesterday, I nipped into the tip to see if I could get a suitable pair of forks for my old bike, but the place has been privatised and the bikes now go straight to scrap :(

Anyway, I went to Egglescliffe and fixed my friend's bike (loose headset), and on the way back I noticed a bike in a ditch which looked a suitable size... well, I had to didn't I?  I hitched it over one shoulder and carried it the 11 miles home. 

Lo and behold, the forks fit!  I now have a working bike cobbled together out of spare bits.

The only problem is that, when I rode it down to the LBS to pick up some bearings for the headset, some thieving little gits nicked my saddle and seat post (I had been meaning to replace the QR skewer anyway).  I had to laugh when I came out the bike shop and saw it - the saddle and seatpost were parts I'd picked up at the tip, which cost me nothing.  The QR is, realistically, worth more than the parts they nicked.  They probably ended up in a bin round the corner.  Riding fixed without a saddle for the mile home wasn't too bad, really.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on May 10, 2009, 12:41:45 pm
I've removed the STi levers and fitted bar end gear changers - a fiddly job.

Unfortunately, I didn't fit the brakes before I fitted the levers, so now I need to dismantle it all again.

I'm pathetic, and grumpy.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Regulator on May 10, 2009, 12:48:20 pm
I've removed the STi levers and fitted bar end gear changers - a fiddly job.

Unfortunately, I didn't fit the brakes before I fitted the levers, so now I need to dismantle it all again.

I'm pathetic, and grumpy.


Just cast your mind back to a more carefree time...

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/gordon1314/PICT0206.jpg)


...and you'll soon feel better.  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on May 10, 2009, 06:03:51 pm
I've counter-sunk the drillium on the jockey wheels and polished them.
Cleaned and polished the rear cluster.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Diver300 on May 12, 2009, 07:07:48 pm
A grub screw with a threadless section and a screwdriver slot, fettled from a machine screw of the correct thread form, M2
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on May 12, 2009, 09:55:12 pm
Changed the entire drivetrain on the Brompton.  54T chainring, 15T sprocket, Tacx sealed bearing jockey wheels, 102 (!) link SRAM PC-1 chain.

The jockey wheels actually do make a difference, as does fine-tuning them into line with the sprocket by juggling the spacing washers around.

More importantly, fitting a 13T sprocket and taking one complete link out of the chain gives a 67" middle gear and 77" top gear for the BWC.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on May 12, 2009, 10:54:01 pm
I've installed tri bars onto the OCR4 for the BCM.  No worries.
I had to move several bar attachments in order to do so.  No worries.
When replacing the bar attachments I found I needed two holes drilled into the Topeak Bar-Xtender metal strap so I went next door and my father in law obliged.  He has the tools.  No worries.
When leaving his back door was caught in the wind and slammed shut on my little finger.  Fcuk I said.  Followed by many more.  I felt rather weak at the knees.  I run it under water to stop the bleeding or at least to stem it.  It is not good.  I had to wait an hour before my family came home.
Mrs G felt sick looking at it.  The nail has been pushed into the finger.  There is a flap of finger running along the length of the last digit.  It has white stuff inside it.
We decided not to go and waste away in A&E as we don't think they can do much more than we have.
I will have to wait and see what happens.
Gauze to protect it and then a waterproof condom type sheath over the top to protect and catch the blood.
Fcuk.

You can tell how bad it is as Mrs G suggested I leave the unfinished fettled bike in the kitchen overnight !!!  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hellymedic on May 13, 2009, 01:49:31 am
GruB, I am a bit concerned about your finger.
You might have an open (compound) fracture of the fingertip and your nailbed may need repair.
Some centre prescribe antibiotics for this kind of injury.
Fingertip injuries need to be managed properly, to prevent complications, especially in people with diabetes.
I know it's a time-consuming PITA but
GET YOURSELF TO A&E ASAP!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on May 13, 2009, 06:11:56 am
GruB, I am a bit concerned about your finger.
You might have an open (compound) fracture of the fingertip and your nailbed may need repair.
Some centre prescribe antibiotics for this kind of injury.
Fingertip injuries need to be managed properly, to prevent complications, especially in people with diabetes.
I know it's a time-consuming PITA but
GET YOURSELF TO A&E ASAP!

It does not feel good.  I will go into work with Mrs G this morning.  The main nurse from our local practise will be there so I will let her assess me.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on May 13, 2009, 08:06:16 am
You know what she'll say don't you..

Anyway, replaced the hanger on my mountain bike yesterday and fitted a new XT mech, as my bike/log interface incident last week not only snapped the hanger off, it ripped the little tab off the top of the mech that prevents it rotating when mounted on the hanger.

I also whipped out the bottom backet, which now has a little side-to-side play developing, ready to fit the brand new 118mm ES51 that I had bought.  Unfortunately the one I removed was a 121mm, needed so the small ring clears the suspension linkage.  Doh!  Back in with the old one pending the order I just placed with the Woolly Hat Shop for a 121.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on May 13, 2009, 02:56:38 pm
I've just built the front of Mrs Barker's birthday wheels to go with her swanky new Santa Cruz Juliana frame.  32h DT Swiss XR4.2D rims on XT hubs with DT double butted spokes.  It's a beaut.  Can't be arsed to build the rear though - I'll do it tomorrow.  YACF and a tinnie is easier, and her birthday isn't until the 29th!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on May 13, 2009, 03:32:53 pm


The jockey wheels actually do make a difference, as does fine-tuning them into line with the sprocket by juggling the spacing washers around.


Thanks, now you've mentioned it, I'll take a look at my tensioner as I'm sure it could do with a bit of tweaking to
get a cleaner chain line.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: richie on May 13, 2009, 03:41:06 pm
Just fitted a new Open Pro CD rim to the rear wheel.  Took my time over it and it's laterally true and the dishing is spot on.  A couple of mm out radially but not enough to bother with.  It's just survived it's first  100k run over some poor roads and is fine.  Big  :thumbsup: for Roger Masson's wheelbuilding book!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on May 13, 2009, 03:51:31 pm
  Big  :thumbsup: for Roger Masson's wheelbuilding book!

Ho yus.  (It's Musson btw)

It is superb, by far the best pratical guide to wheelbuilding.

Wheel building : Hope Hoops, Notubes ZTR, books, guide, courses (http://www.wheelpro.co.uk) for anyone who doesn't know.

Come to think of it, I'll drop Roger an email and try to get him on here.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on May 13, 2009, 08:11:40 pm
Put the push along lawn mower back together with the axle supporting one of the trailing wheels spot welded back into place.

Puncture repaired one of the local youfs Halfrauds BMX-alike bike. I didn't have a spare tube in the right size so it was 4 patches before the tube was air tight again.

Had to dig out the socket set and an extension bar to remove the stunt pegs ... it was a bit like mending a car!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on May 13, 2009, 10:52:47 pm
I finished playing cricket only to find that my rear tyre appeared to have no air in it, so I fixed that on a train between Chessington and Clapham
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on May 14, 2009, 10:39:53 am
Fitted new tube in the Brommie. Unfortunately, Marathon Pluses are not Nail/stapling gun nail proof.  :(
Though I'm sure it did all in it's power to resist it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on May 14, 2009, 10:42:47 am
Fettling hint: Don't try to fit your tyres with a nail gun ;)

You're unfortunate.  My M+ coped with a long industrial staple.  The only reason I knew it was there was the noise as it repeatedly bashed the seatstay. 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on May 14, 2009, 10:47:08 am
It had hardly bent (non peyronie) so it was still around an inch long, and so it had managed to puncture the tube
twice at 180° just to make doubly sure.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on May 14, 2009, 10:02:17 pm
Well my mate dropped round his girlfriends BSO.

Well fitted new gear cables as the gears weren't that good at changing and the cables were rusty, so thought that it would be the easiest way to get it to change well.  Was right and now changes really smoothly.  I also replaced the chain as it was in a really bad state with some of the side plates looked as if they were loose on the pins. :o
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: JJ on May 14, 2009, 11:20:48 pm
Fitted the Blackburn rack for the child seat to the triplet, so I can collect sprogs plus their mate from a party tomorrow, while Helen takes the car to the Tri club open water session.  With the little ones in the trailer that'll be 6 people on one pedal-powered thing.

As you'd expect, most of the time went to finding a new place to put a back light.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on May 15, 2009, 12:43:05 am
New drivetrain

I might be a little time... (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=18882.msg338229#msg338229)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: pcolbeck on May 17, 2009, 08:43:38 pm
Gave up with the mudguards I had been trying to get to fit on my Trek1200 without rubbing. Although it has mudguard eyes there just isn't enough clearance under the forks or at the rear. I tried the cable tie thing and everything. Stuck the race blades back on and that will have to do. Now to give it a shakedown ride and get the brakes and shifters adjusted properly. Then I will have something else to ride other than the OnOne. Gears will be a novelty.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on May 17, 2009, 09:31:45 pm
I've finished some changes to the audax Longstaff to turn it, temporarily, into a light tourer.

Rear rack on instead of a saddlebag support.
STis replaced with bar end shifters - because I don't want to risk them being damaged on a plane.
Stem flipped to raise the bars.
Team Pro saddle fitted instead of the Titanium Swift.
A wheel swap round to fit a black rim/Hope hub combination instead of the Schmidt.
Marathon + tyres (25mm) fitted, replacing the Pasella TG.
Bar bag clamp fitted.

It's all ready! I'll ride it to work this week to make sure everything is fine.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on May 17, 2009, 10:07:52 pm
Oiled the nose of my Saddle. No more creak :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on May 17, 2009, 10:58:04 pm
I've changed the bandage on my finger.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on May 17, 2009, 11:05:28 pm
I removed the pedal from my left hand crank.  A little swarf came out so I went over the LBS and asked then to run the tap through it. The tap just pushed straight through  :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on May 17, 2009, 11:12:58 pm
swapped the wheels on the race bike, readjusted the gears to suit. Removed bottle cage and pump ready for Tuesday.

..d
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rower40 on May 17, 2009, 11:38:58 pm
I completely re-rigged a boat.

It was
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It's now
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Stern-loader coxed-four.  Used to be stroke-on-bowside (starboard), now it's stroke-on-strokeside (port).  So every rigger needed to be re-spanned, re-pitched, and all the backstays' lengths adjusted.  And most of the backstay adjusters (left-n-right-threaded extenders) had seized solid.  Also checked height of each gate.  And some stripped threads (NEVER trust an oarsman with a spanner - to them it's a challenge!) replaced.

Most of the above done in the pouring rain.  About a gallon of water poured out when we turned the boat upside-down to put it away in the boathouse.

Aluminium/Steel interfaces in wet environments - never a great idea at the best of times.

All with a 10mm ratchet spanner, a 13mm box spanner, an adjustable spanner and a tape measure.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: spesh on May 18, 2009, 06:26:34 pm
I have attempted to fettle my utility bike.

I now remember why the set of Vredestein S-Licks I had as emergency slicks for my old MTB went into storage...

They are virtually impossible to fit, and eat non-metallic tyre levers.

Guess who's off to the bike shop for a new set of tyre levers and some 26" slicks?

Grrrrrrrrrrrrr....
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: delthebike on May 18, 2009, 06:35:06 pm
I put on a Brompton rear frame clip so I can choose when I want it to fold.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on May 18, 2009, 11:03:50 pm
Non-bicycle, but in the last couple of days, we've built a couple of wardrobes and a bed, and moved other bits of furniture about.

Oh - and dismantled a bed, too.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: DuncanM on May 18, 2009, 11:09:18 pm
Well if we're including non bike items, I turned a pile of shed bits into a cold frame (and a slightly smaller pile of shed bits) this weekend. :)  Slugs - do your damnedest. :P
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: simonp on May 18, 2009, 11:21:53 pm
Bit of pompino adjustment: pulled the back wheel back a bit (chain was getting slack), adjusted rear brakes; checked headset and found that top stem bolt (fork tube end of stem) wasn't very tight.  Further investigation revealed that the fork tube was cut a little short so removed a spacer so that the stem had more to clamp onto.  Hopefully this will cure the annoying creak when I am climbing steep hills.  I shall pump the tyres up a bit and I'll be good to go.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on May 18, 2009, 11:24:36 pm
I've taken all 36 spokes out of a wheel.

That should save some weight.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: simonp on May 18, 2009, 11:25:04 pm
Why not just drill them?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on May 18, 2009, 11:28:33 pm
I drilled the first spoke, but the bit was wider than the spoke so I couldn't get both halves of the spoke to stay together.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on May 18, 2009, 11:53:38 pm
Well I have replaced the pedals on the road bike to egg beater SL and fitted the cleats to my shoes.

Rock and roll and no injuries
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on May 19, 2009, 12:39:43 am
Well if we're including non bike items...

We always have, if you look back at the first page, I think it's item 9 before anyone mentions bikes.  Oddly enough, I can't remember what my post on that page relates to!

(Old age clearly kicking in...)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mike on May 19, 2009, 09:13:56 am
I just fitted a new tyre to my back wheel **without using levers** for the first time

;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: eck on May 19, 2009, 09:19:18 am
I just fitted a new tyre to my back wheel **without using levers** for the first time

;D
Nice one, Mike.

Richard's Bicycle Book (remember that?):
"Never wonder whether the tyre will go on.
Decide that it will."

Works for me.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on May 19, 2009, 12:03:24 pm
Richard's Bicycle Book (remember that?):
"Never wonder whether the tyre will go on.
Decide that it will."

Very Zen. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on May 19, 2009, 01:40:22 pm
Built Mrs B's new rear wheel this morning. 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: simonp on May 19, 2009, 01:41:17 pm
Hoping for more fettling this evening; just bought new brakes, cables and mudguards for pompino.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on May 19, 2009, 07:58:46 pm
Well I lubricated the bike stand to stop it being annoyingly creaky.

Then took some wellgo half cleat, half normal pedals off some cranks that really took some taking off as they were quite seized on.  Now have managed to almost destroy a 15mm spanner as I spread the fork of the spanner, so the cost of a new spanner.  I had to use heat and a club hammer.  Nutty would have been proud.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: eck on May 19, 2009, 08:12:54 pm
I've got a new chain and cassette to put on, so I thought I'd give the rear mech a good clean first.
I noticed that it seemed a bit "slack", and thought the pivots must be a bit worn. Then I noticed that the bolt fixing the mech to the frame had undone itself by several turns.  :o

A narrow escape, what?  :-X
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: SpaceBadger on May 19, 2009, 10:21:39 pm
New chain for my Winter bike tonight. Took slightly longer than planned after 3 interruptions for rain.

Wiltshire seems to be having worse weather than Wimbledon at the moment.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: simonp on May 20, 2009, 12:46:22 am
New Deore LX V brakes fitted to Pompino.  Hopefully trying it out tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on May 20, 2009, 01:23:49 am
  Now have managed to almost destroy a 15mm spanner as I spread the fork of the spanner, so the cost of a new spanner.  I had to use heat and a club hammer.  Nutty would have been proud.

Before I give you a gold star and promote you to the top of the class, please provide me details of the use of your first aid kit.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: simonp on May 21, 2009, 11:41:35 pm
Fitted new mudguards to the Pompino.  Looks much better with shiny new ones on there.

However fitting them has been a total P.I.T.A.

1.  Had to drill out chain stay bridge bolt as it was welded in and/or the allen head had rusted.

2.  Had to drill out seat stay bridge bolt as it was similarly distressed.

3.  Pompino has strange design - seat stay bridge hole is in the bottom of the stay rather than the back so no way to screw bolt in to hold bridge clamp - resorted to cable ties.

4. Had a bit of trouble getting the chain stay clamp on with the remnants of the old bolt still in the hole, but made it.

5. SKS stay fittings are an arse.

6. Front mudguard: removing one of the stay bolts from the fork resulted in it snapping at the head.  Had to file down the protruding other end to make some flats so I could get a spanner on it and unscrew it.

7. Stays are far too long and the new fittings (see above) are an arse.  Particularly so in this case because they prevent me from moving the mudguard inwards.  This is the point I gave up last night.

8. Took it apart this evening and took the stays out to the garage and hacked 3cm off the ends, now it won't have dangerous toe overlap.

9. Assembled it all, wheels seem to go round.  Bit late to try it out tonight.  Maybe try it out tomorrow.

I would not last long as a bike mechanic, I would kill someone.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on May 22, 2009, 01:32:20 am
3.  Pompino has strange design - seat stay bridge hole is in the bottom of the stay rather than the back so no way to screw bolt in to hold bridge clamp - resorted to cable ties.

I didn't bother with the bridge clamp, I just put a hole in the mudguard at the appropriate point, and put a bolt through that hole directly.  I used a bolt with a small button allen key head, to keep it from hitting the tyre.  It's actually a bit neater than buggering around with those horrible bridge clamps.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: cyclone on May 22, 2009, 10:08:03 am
Finished a complete rebuild of a Harley Davidson 1340 motor. Now all I need to do is put it back in, connect all the bolts, wires and lines and collect enough spons to order the Flying Gate.... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: simonp on May 22, 2009, 07:35:30 pm
3.  Pompino has strange design - seat stay bridge hole is in the bottom of the stay rather than the back so no way to screw bolt in to hold bridge clamp - resorted to cable ties.

I didn't bother with the bridge clamp, I just put a hole in the mudguard at the appropriate point, and put a bolt through that hole directly.  I used a bolt with a small button allen key head, to keep it from hitting the tyre.  It's actually a bit neater than buggering around with those horrible bridge clamps.

Well, I couldn't do that due to not having drilled out the entire bolt, just the head.  Stainless is a pita to drill out since it work hardens.  I'm happy with the cable ties anyway.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: robbo6 on May 22, 2009, 09:40:56 pm
Made a titanium quick release mudguard clip[/IMG] (http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a38/StevenROBSON/IMGP0184.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on May 23, 2009, 01:30:33 pm
I've readjusted my headset, since the LBS left it a bit tight for my liking when they first fitted it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on May 23, 2009, 08:58:16 pm
Cleaned the fixed from one end to other, chain off and every link flossed out with a bit of mechanics fabric disposable towel stuff.

Silent running once again.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Bledlow on May 24, 2009, 04:28:46 pm
Adjusted the Bromptons gears, since the new cable (replaced a broken one) on the 3-speed had stretched, & the 2-speed derailleur had mysteriously stopped working. But I can't fix the derailleur. All it  needs is the cable pulling through a little, but the clamping screw (a teensy-weensy delicate little Allen bolt) has lost its internal corners. :(

Bugger.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on May 26, 2009, 02:21:32 pm
Yesterday.

Remove wheel
Stick lock tool in Rohloff.
Stick other end of lock tool in vice.
Wrap chain tool around sprocket.
Pull hard. Bench moves across floor.
Decide to use copper ease when refitting.
Replace bench.  Foot against bench top even stronger pull.
Fall over backwards, apparently used copper ease last time.
Reverse sprocket

Change tyre to one without orange stripe.
Pump up.
Refit wheel.

Test ride. Chain not slipping. Result.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Diver300 on May 30, 2009, 11:07:46 pm
Needed to change a resistor with no electronics tools.

Removed the old one with a screwdriver warmed on a camping stove.

Made a new one with pencil lead by colouring in the gap until I got to the right resistance.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on May 30, 2009, 11:38:25 pm
Fitted new brake blocks to my single speed.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Bledlow on May 30, 2009, 11:38:25 pm
New pinch bolt for the Brompton 2-speed derailleur changer arrived, so fixed it. Needed to pop out & buy a new cable first, as the useless gits who fitted the previous one cut the end sloppily, so it was too frayed to go through the hole, & there wasn't enough spare on the end to cut off the frayed bit & still have a usable cable. Grrr!

But the 3-speed is now buggered. The nipple came off the end of the cable (I don't remember that happening to me before - & oddly, the nipple looks as if someone's snipped a bit off of it. That useless LBS again?). It stayed inside, blocking the hole I needed to feed the new cable through, & I had to open up the changer to get it out. Carefully saved the little spring that makes it all work, when I dismantled it - then dropped it when putting everything back together. And now I can't find it. AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!

Does anyone know where I can get a new spring for a Brompton 3-speed changer? I suppose I could ask Brompton, but they just sent me 3 (nice to have spares) pinch bolts, when I complained about their authorised dealer wrecking one, so I don't really want to impose on them if I can avoid it, especially as this one is my fault.

At least the derailleur now works.

Almost forgot to say: there was a low tyre pressure problem in the old (scheduled for disposal, but temporarily still in use) audax etc bike. While patching the causative orifice, I realised that riding 60 miles, including some fast downhills, on that tyre was probably unwise. Luckily, I had an old Michelin Axial sitting around, used a bit but still sound. I'd have hated having to put a new tyre on that bike.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on May 31, 2009, 01:15:12 pm
When I had my fork replaced my bike computer no longer worked.  Spent time moving the magnet to different positions. Tried 'puter in other bike. Tried other 'puter in cable. I could hear the reed switch clicking so I looked at the cable itself.  I noticed that the cable had been nicked when the old cable ties around the old fork had been cut.  Chucked cable in bin.  Searched for spare cable in bits box. To my surprise found one. Fitted 'puter works again.

Oiled chain on two bikes.

Pumped up flat tyre. Concluded valve fault because it did not go down again.

Tightened bar end on Dawes Discovery 101 which will hopefully stop slipping.
 

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on May 31, 2009, 01:46:01 pm
Two lack of air in rear tyre incidents.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on May 31, 2009, 01:53:55 pm
Fitted Anne's new birthday wheels to her Santa Cruz yesterday.  While the workshop was open, neighbours turned up with a bike needing a headset change and saddle transplant, another bike with a warped rear disc, and their friend, one of our mountain bikiing buddies, had snapped a chain.  All were lovingly and sociably fettled in the sunshine, and we cracked a cold one or two afterwards.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on June 02, 2009, 07:18:01 pm
In order to replenish the brownie-points account I started with domestic type fettling:mow the lawns,do the Tesco-tango,put up the gazebo,move plants & garden furniture around,fixing wall mounted external clock & thermometer.
Then de-fettled the Longstaff by removing the Ortlieb bar-bag & bracket & refitting the bag to Marj's Trice from where it was borrowed for JoGLE:refitted the map trap to the Longstaff's handlebars.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: SpaceBadger on June 02, 2009, 08:21:58 pm
Tonight saw the annual remove-carbon-fork-and-check-for-damage fettle on the R3. I'm pleased to report nothing to report!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PeteB99 on June 02, 2009, 10:45:14 pm
Day off yesterday so dismantled the Langster for new chain and cleaning.

A close inspection of the tyres and they are both write offs

Front - Spec Mondo already has 3 duck tape tyre boots in it and there is a fresh split though the case caused by a glass sliver - ho hum it was pretty well worn anyway

Back - Spec Roubaix Elite had 2 similar splits through the tread showing the white base layer. Probably salvageable but I'm fed up with fairy visits.

2 Vittoria Rubino slicks on their way - no recent experience but a friend swears by them and he commutes more miles than me so I'll try them

With the usual commuter off the road I dug out the Graham Weigh 531 - seems very heavy compared to the Langster but my time in this morning was in the normal bracket. A few adjustments to make it more comfortable this evening - Handle bars up a little (good old quill stem) and saddle back a few cm and swapped the pedals over
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Welsh Man on June 02, 2009, 11:00:55 pm
Does weeding my veg. plot count ???????
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tim on June 02, 2009, 11:14:06 pm
Rear tyre on MTB was looking a bit soft, spun wheel... "That looks like the end of a ..." <hiss as it I pull> "thorn". Realise that one of the other patches is also failing that covers a tear in the tube and decide to bin the tube as a lost cause.

Move onto to next flat tyre, on the tandem, which as deflated whilst the bike was residing in the garage. Overinflate tube to try an spot hole... ah that'll be coming apart at the seam where a puncture was just enough to trigger it all coming apart. Second tube for the day deemed a lost cause.

Ho hum, going to the LBS tomorrow anyway as they have the grand opening of their extension.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on June 02, 2009, 11:14:53 pm
Does weeding my veg. plot count ???????

I'll let you have that if I can have fettlng the hedge to a couple of foot shorter.

Still got a lot left to do.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on June 08, 2009, 08:45:47 am
Yesterday I fettled a new grip onto my cricket bat. I then had a look at my Roadrat to sort out its slack chain (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=18655.msg354549#msg354549) but it was really fine and the whole thing was an illusion, honest.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on June 08, 2009, 09:08:55 am
Just fettled a new set of brake blocks onto the Kaffenback, which I should have done before the FNRttC, but didn't have time.  Luckily things didn't seem to be too bad, and I survived the ride.  The morning commute should be a lot safer now though, the blocks I took off were alarmingly well worn for 2000 miles of use.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on June 08, 2009, 09:27:39 am
At the weekend, we disentangled the lesser used bikes from the weeds, and:

Got the Dawes 2Across back on the (off)road, and remembered how much fun it can be for short spins (even if it's not so good for distance or touring).

Assessed the other bikes:

Peugeot hardtail
Apollo BSO
Muddy Fox Explorer
British Eagle BSO
Our Kid's BMX

and did a full examination to find what was needed to get them back working again.  One BSO was condemned, but the other can be mended.  There's a lot of work to be done, but replacing cables/chains etc will go a long way...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on June 08, 2009, 12:26:44 pm
New front gear cable put on the Audax bike yesterday to replace the frayed old one.



Those frayed wire ends are vicious aren't they.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on June 08, 2009, 12:28:40 pm
New front gear cable put on the Audax bike yesterday to replace the frayed old one.



Those frayed wire ends are vicious aren't they.

They are if you change one while wearing socks and no shoes and then fuckwittedly step on one. Bah!!!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on June 08, 2009, 01:08:18 pm
Having fitted frogglegs to Fred over the weekend I can now officially say that I have not set them up right. Cos they suck. I've had better braking from a block of mouldy cheddar. I know they should be setuppable to be the best thing since whatever so will have another go tonight..

..d
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: robbo6 on June 08, 2009, 02:52:59 pm
*New* chain on the Mercian, by *new* I mean a Renold/Brampton made in 1959, cost 11/5d.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Bledlow on June 08, 2009, 07:16:33 pm
Got new bits from Brompton, for the 3 speed hub changer. Hooray for Brompton!

Fitted, & the gears now work properly, after being messed around with by the LBS three times without getting them right. Two new cables, one new pinch bolt (the old one was b0rked, probably by the LBS) for the 2-speed changer & a new spring in the 3-speed changer to replace the one I lost when getting out the broken-off - and oddly cut - nipple from the cable fitted by the LBS, which had become stuck inside.

AOK. I'll do it all myself in future, as I used to.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on June 08, 2009, 09:39:46 pm
Resprayed a left-hand Sturmey-Archer ball cup in silver Hammerite, and fitted the ball race and inner labyrinth seal to the (rare, but lets you use any track sprocket*) threaded driver.  Also worked out the spacing washers - 6mm on the left and 4mm on the right gives 118mm OLD, which will go into the 120mm frame.  After fitting the cast anti-rotation washers, there will be 8mm left on each side for the axle nuts, which is just enough - that's how wide a plain LH one is.  Oh, and I screwed the little oiler cap into the polished alloy shell.

Tomorrow I'll finish building up the hub, then it's the wheelbuild.  A bit of a weird one - Velocity Deep V silver rim with 40 spokes, 4-cross.


*but it's not a fixed (unless it's an ASC or TF) - the freewheel mechanism is in the hub.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on June 09, 2009, 11:39:04 am
The front mech on the tandem to get it to select the big ring.Better than it was but still doesn't do it every time :(

Had more success with increasing tyre pressures ;D

Now all it needs is a stoker :)

It did feel very strange to ride with it's fat tyres & slow steering:much different to the Longstaff which has only recently been surgically removed folowing 3 weeks of living on it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: DuncanM on June 09, 2009, 12:49:44 pm
On DSaturday I swapped the fixie back wheel from a tub rim to a Open Sport.  I ran out of motivation before starting to true it properly though, so that's tonight's game... :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: simonp on June 11, 2009, 01:00:06 am
Been preparing Yukon for its first outing of the year (yeah, yeah).

Yesterday I cleaned off the grime from the last Audax I did on it (November 29 2008 Norfolk B Roads mudfest) and removed the chain, which has passed the "replace me" point.  Removed bar tape which had slipped, removed gear cables.  Swapped new dynamo wheel in, putting new 700x25C tyre and tube on.  Removed mount for bar bag which hasn't been used since PBP.

Tonight, removed and replaced brake cables, adjusted positioning of brake levers.  Fitted new chain.  Removed Minoura space grip and mounted Solidlight 1303 directly on the bars.

Tomorrow will be for fitting the new shift cables, fitting new Bar Phat tape, putting Powertap wheel back on, fitting gps mount again, fit Edelux to fork crown and wire up, give it a quick spin, and I'll be good to go for the Irish Mail.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on June 11, 2009, 03:38:23 pm
Repaired a post-production hazard-induced orifice in the inner tube of  Gill's bike the Langster.
Flipped the rear wheel to fixed on Gill's bike the Langster.Running at 63".
Refitted aero bars:the Profile type with the spring loaded armrests: on Gill's bike the Langster.

I am told that I merely have custody of the Langster Gill's bike :D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Aidan on June 11, 2009, 09:22:42 pm
Changed cheapo front sus fork on the mountain bike to a solid fork and put road tyres and a rack on it, It rides rather nicely now ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: groucho on June 12, 2009, 11:18:31 am
Finally got round to stripping the bits off a Raleigh Sprint to get down to the frame for a re-spray.
It is part of a fixie plan that is slowly coming together.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: robbo6 on June 12, 2009, 01:37:35 pm
New left toe-clip, right clip and both straps scheduled for tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on June 13, 2009, 11:47:59 am
Red bike is put upon the stand.  The handle bar holder is attached.  Everything is ready.  I apply allen key to old lamp. As I turn the bolt the lamp falls to pieces.  Just in time maintenance is wonderful.  I attach the Edelux. Job done.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on June 13, 2009, 12:37:47 pm
The family GruB stable as we are all off to the Strawberry Fayre.  Mainly air in tyres and some brake and gear adjustments.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on June 13, 2009, 10:49:20 pm
Slowly and feverishly removed the remaining packaging material from the new addition to the fleet and fitted the handle bars.

if I can find the energy, I might fit the  pedals before bed.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on June 13, 2009, 11:03:21 pm
Removed the slackness from my chain and lubed he chain. Then the rain rinsed it off :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on June 14, 2009, 06:37:26 pm
I did the M&E fettling on the caravan & Marj did the domestic type fettling.

Took the pannier rack off the Longstaff & fitted it to the Langster.
Took the Camper Longflap off the Longstaff & refitted the Barley saddlebag.
Fitted a Topeak bar extender to the frame to protude below the saddle between the chainstays to provide a bracket to mount a rear light below the saddlebag.
Fettled the brakes on the Langster,Longstaff & Trek to give efficient brake modulation with minimum lever travel.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on June 14, 2009, 07:00:10 pm
New tyre and tube onto the front TCR wheel.  Krylion of course.
Took the BB out and cleaned and lubed and replaced it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on June 14, 2009, 07:06:32 pm
Trued up the new rear wheel (a weirdo - Sturmey-Archer AM medium ratio hub gear in an original alloy shell with a Velocity Deep V rim* and 40 spokes laced 4-cross), put a tyre and tube on it, rode up the local 1:6 hill in both low and normal gears to tighten the ball rings into the shell (quite disconcerting, as if the sprocket is slipping) then readjusted the cones.

Despite being designed for 110-113mm spacing, it goes quite happily into a 120mm rear spacing, but I cheated slightly by spacing it to 118mm, ensured the threads were very clean and greased and used a torque wrench on the axle nuts.  They have about 9mm to bite on each side, which is fine by me, since a standard axle nut is only 8mm wide.

*I don't recommend these.  They're not very nice to build with since they are laterally not very stiff, and the lack of any eyelets means that the spoke nipples are very hard to turn, even though I went round the rim and oiled every hole with a cotton bud before I started building.  But they're the right width and they come in 40 hole.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on June 14, 2009, 10:08:57 pm
I got round to fettling my Orbit.  I stripped off the old tyres, and realised the whole thing needed cleaning.  So I did that, then decided to take the opportunity to strip the cranks off, grease & refit to hopefully deal with the noise.  But my crank puller was crap :(

I went to Putney Cycles & got a new one, and they came off easily, but, by that time, it was a lot later.

I reassembled & changed the brake blocks, but didn't get a chance to redo the bar tape or replace the broken outer cable and... well, let's just say there's more to do :(  Might need to buy a shorter stem.  :-\

Then I fitted the rear wheel with the replaced axle to Our Kid's BMX.  Well, I would have done, but a well-known bike shop in Sutton that replaced the axle managed to sell me a nut with the wrong thread to go on to it, and the thread isn't looking good again >:(

Then I swapped rear racks on the tandems, and raised the seatpost on Superstoker's solo so I could ride it....
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on June 15, 2009, 12:00:53 am
Tweaked the headset on the latest n+1 as it had got slightly loose.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: fred the great on June 15, 2009, 03:36:45 am
The Mother in Laws el cheapo, Tesco, Thai made shopper. It had stood neglected for three years, covered in dust, tyres flat and looking all forlorn.

Tyres were resurrected successfully and retained the wind, 3 in 1 sorted out the moving parts and a rub down with some disused old Y fronts removed the dust :P
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on June 17, 2009, 10:20:04 pm
I have recommissioned my oldest bike in readiness for  Sunday's trip to the seaside (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=1356.msg364152#msg364152)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on June 17, 2009, 10:50:46 pm
Well after the south london hill ride I found that the bike shop tweaked brake setup still wasn't right and then fettled the front derailleur as the cable had come loose.

I then fettled a computer that took far longer, I I now have an AMD athlon 2600+ heady speeds or what?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: simonp on June 18, 2009, 11:03:35 pm
New 16T sprocket on the pompino giving a 69 inch gear to commute on tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on June 19, 2009, 09:41:27 pm
Cleaned the hub geared bike ready for the Dun Run.  Dry use only now.

I think the death rattle from the rear hub in low and normal gear is the silly two-piece indicator rod vibrating inside the axle, so I've smeared grease all over it.  The one on the Brompton does the same thing, although in that case it's barely audible over the rattle of the castors and the chain tensioner.

It looks quite funky with a silver Surly track sprocket (it's not a fixie - it just has the rare threaded driver) and a new nickel-plated chain.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on June 19, 2009, 09:51:56 pm
Dumb Run pre-fettle: replaced a tube that had come away at the valve stem (sigh) and did the chain tension thing.  Lots of lights, and more tomorrow ready for the off.  Fraudax needs very little fettling.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on June 20, 2009, 08:32:27 pm
Pink White and Blue bike had been drinking oil for 5000km.   So this morning I removed the drain grub screw and let the remaining oil leek into a bottle.  This afternoon I injected the cleaning oil into the hole resealed it and rode up and down the street in all the gears so the cleaning oil got to all the cogs.  I then drained it again.  This time quite a lot of dirty oil came out. Finally this evening I injected nice clean oil and told the bike it was not getting anymore until it has carried me 5000km.

 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on June 23, 2009, 10:51:04 am
I've put five tiny "zip" fasteners on each of the saddlebag holders on the Brooks saddle so that the holders won't cut through the leather straps on the Carradice. Now it's a much kinder surface for the straps to rest on.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on June 26, 2009, 02:01:12 pm
I swapped the slicks on Superstoker's hybrid for knobblies.  We went out for a trundle a short while ago, but he wasn't happy with the increased drag... :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on June 27, 2009, 09:59:42 pm
I just swapped over the Continental Sports Contact tyre on the back of the Kaffenback for a Marathon Supreme, since I've had enough of punctures.  I'll put the Sports Contact aside as a emergency spare.  The Marathon Supreme I got was a folding one, so was quite "fun" to get on the rim, since it's quite floppy.  I think I'll try and stick to wired on non-folding tyres where I can, they're much easier to get on.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on June 28, 2009, 01:54:31 am
Sorted out the bar tape that was undoing.

Very fiddly job as I was only doing the bar end end, so having to work back to front and slide the tape under the already taped bar.

Took the end of the thumb off with a sharp knife  ::-), but because I keep my kit razor sharp I actually shaved the skin off and no blood was seen.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on June 28, 2009, 04:22:44 pm
It all started as a simple job to fix the chainline, which involved turning the Surly sprocket round.  However, to remove a sprocket on a SA threaded driver, the driver has to come out of the hub after removing the RH cone.  2 minutes later and the driver is straddling a metal bar in the Workmate, with me heaving on a chainwhip.  It comes off, so that's good.

However, the axle is free to move a lot when the RH cone is out...and the planet pinions managed to lose their timing, meaning the hub wouldn't turn freely.  Arse.  So I stripped the whole thing down, taking the opportunity to change the axle key for a threaded one so I can use a £2 one-piece indicator (available new) rather than a £15 two-piece indicator (not made since the 1960s).

Anyway, it's all back in and running beautifully - the chainline is bang on now - but the 40 mile "bedding in" ride before the Dun Run is going to have to be repeated this week.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clifftaylor on June 28, 2009, 05:58:57 pm
I have replaced the rather nasty external bearings on the 105 hollowtech chainset on me Ribble with a set from Hope. Not cheap, but the smoothness is lovely, just lovely. And then some. :D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on June 28, 2009, 07:07:24 pm
During my test ride this morning I stopped 3 times to fine tune the front dérailleur.  I might pop out and fix a loose valve in a tube in a mo too.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andrewc on July 02, 2009, 07:57:51 pm
Just popped the lights back on Blue Meanie for the Dun Run.  2 Cateyes & a Hope up front. 2 Smarts & a Blackburn Mars 4 at the rear.  Pannier adjusted to fit the old rack as well.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on July 02, 2009, 08:14:14 pm
...2 Cateyes & a Hope up front. 2 Smarts & a Blackburn Mars 4 at the rear. ...

You are me, and I claim my five pounds... erm maybe no erm...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mike on July 02, 2009, 08:53:47 pm
I've changed the dodgy tube on mrs mikes bike, and (after she offered to cook tea) removed the mudguards. 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on July 02, 2009, 09:11:11 pm
I have just installed my new Ultegra SL compact chainset on Theia, along with the Ultegra front dérailleur.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on July 02, 2009, 09:22:38 pm
Just fitted the Bonty tyres to the Gipiemme wheels for Superstoker.  By heck, that rear one were tight!  But they're on, and they look very smart.

Just need some sprockets now... :-\
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on July 03, 2009, 09:40:13 am

Lined and highlighted all the intricate scrolled lugs on my newly aquired "Ian Steel" Viking.

I wasn't at all nervex about doin' it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on July 03, 2009, 08:44:19 pm
I have just put The Brooks (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=19517.0) on my Sportive Ti, where it looks all wrong. The copper rivets don't go with the Ti frame
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on July 03, 2009, 08:46:58 pm
I sorted out a young lass's bike so she could get home after the mech went un-mech shaped.  She might be buying one of our BSOs to replace the bike, which is pretty much kaput now the gearhanger has been bent out of line (and back - ish - by me).
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on July 03, 2009, 08:48:28 pm
I sorted out a young lass's bike so she could get home after the mech went un-mech shaped.  She might be buying one of our BSOs to replace the bike, which is pretty much kaput now the gearhanger has been bent out of line (and back - ish - by me).

What will happen to the redundant bike?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on July 03, 2009, 08:50:36 pm
Nothing today, but I expect my new bling stem to arrive in the morning, so can't wait for the morrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on July 03, 2009, 09:18:43 pm
Just popping out to the garage now  :smug:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on July 03, 2009, 10:03:05 pm
I sorted out a young lass's bike so she could get home after the mech went un-mech shaped.  She might be buying one of our BSOs to replace the bike, which is pretty much kaput now the gearhanger has been bent out of line (and back - ish - by me).

What will happen to the redundant bike?

It's not really a bike so much as an assemblage of crappy cheese-flavoured aluminium with a chain that has never seen oil, and a bunch of old springs masquerading as a suspension system.  But the lasses do ride a fair bit, they say, and went to Brighton a short while back...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on July 03, 2009, 10:03:24 pm
Just popping out to the garage now  :smug:

CODE RED!!!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on July 03, 2009, 10:04:10 pm
I've rewrapped one side of the bar tape for the Woodrup, so that'll probably be my steed of choice this week.

Now for the fixed...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on July 03, 2009, 10:04:37 pm
I sorted out a young lass's bike so she could get home after the mech went un-mech shaped.  She might be buying one of our BSOs to replace the bike, which is pretty much kaput now the gearhanger has been bent out of line (and back - ish - by me).

What will happen to the redundant bike?

It's not really a bike so much as an assemblage of crappy cheese-flavoured aluminium with a chain that has never seen oil, and a bunch of old springs masquerading as a suspension system.  But the lasses do ride a fair bit, they say, and went to Brighton a short while back...

Aluminium, no good.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on July 03, 2009, 10:16:25 pm
I lied.  Couldn't help myself.  When I went to put Theia away I took the seat off and put some grit lube in the seat clamp mechanism in the hope that it will keep it more secure than without.  Also took of the big Carradice and put on a smaller Topeak bag for a 'lighter' run to the LBS and WH Smiths in the morning.  Fun, not commuting.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on July 03, 2009, 10:48:20 pm
Damn!  Old bloody brake levers!  I can't get the bolt to engage with the band >:(

I will forgive them, cause they're all lovely & such, and say 'Carlton' on the side, but that one is annoying me...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: keepontriking on July 04, 2009, 07:55:30 pm
This morning I fettled a completed beginner (39yrs) into someone who could cycle several hundreds of metres with a Wide Wide Grin ;D
(direction will have to come later though.)

This afternoon I fell asleep and found myself fettling a broken chain and hunting for lost pins. Then they wouldn't fit back into the chains side plates.

Thankfully the phone woke me.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on July 04, 2009, 08:19:42 pm
Oh yes, installed the new bling stem.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on July 05, 2009, 09:28:40 am
Oh yes, installed the new bling stem.

Must be time for a photo
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on July 05, 2009, 12:50:25 pm

Just swapped the 20T for a 17T sprocket.
Way too much flexor action going on.  ;D
A nanosecond before I broke its tenacious bite, my watch went flying off.  :o
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on July 05, 2009, 09:01:14 pm
Not fettled SS's Trek.  One brake kinda done; the other not returning properly.  Chain fitted but slightly stiff link (although gears aligned OK).  Lots of frustration.

Off to replace Butterfly's brake blocks.  Wish me luck! ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on July 05, 2009, 09:44:11 pm
I had to fettle my chain about 6 foot from the front door, as I left for Sainsburys earlier.  If it was about to give way, I am so glad it did it at that point, rather than half way up Ditchling, or even fifteen miles from home at London Fields, which could so easily have happened yesterday. :o

The chain was probably a link too long anyway, which has now been forcefully remedied!

I could have dealt with it using my normal toolkit (and in fact did), but it's much easier to clean black gunge off of your hands with a sink, and hot water.  Even with disposable gloves, it's virtually impossible not to get some blackness on you with a freshly oiled chain!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tim Hall on July 05, 2009, 09:46:48 pm
Fitted stabilisers to the young lad next door's bike. I'd tried to persuade his parents (and him) he should adopt the scoot along method to no avail.

Bike had a 3 speed block and the mech was fouling the stabiliser, so it had to go.

Lad's mum brought round a bottle of wine as a thank you, which was nice.  I think the rear tyre has a puncture, so I'll fettle that tomorrow.

Oh, and another one. Four weeks ago a friend rang. She was out cycling with a friend of hers, allegedly training for a triathlon. Friend's pedal had fallen off, just south of Tuners Hill, of FNRttC fame. From the description the crank bolt had come out. I was unable to go and fix it, but tried to help over the phone, to no avail.

Anyway...fast forward to today. My friend phoned up. She was going to a barbecue at her friend's. Could I pop round and have a look at the bike. We did so, after helping with the dog (see Where the Wild Things Are).

The crank was indeed separated from the bike. The bolt was found. I produced an allen key from my bag and thirty seconds later the job was done.

How can people not know enough to fix such a simple thing?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on July 08, 2009, 08:54:02 pm
Cor - busy day of fettling.

I stripped down & rebuilt a dp brake (never touched them before) to get it to work, trimmed the gears, applied bar tape, set up a computer, then stood back and smiled. :)

Then I looked out of the window, and, as I did, a seaful of water fell out of the sky, so we deferred the shakedown ride.

I hope the bairn is happy with it.  We're off for a trundle tomorrow. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on July 08, 2009, 08:58:04 pm
I got a quill to ahead adaptor for my new bike.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 09, 2009, 12:33:51 pm
I have fixed my dysfunctional bath tap.  Hurrah!

I have not fixed my dysfunctional oven.  Bah!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: numbnuts on July 09, 2009, 04:07:21 pm
I've been good today gave my bike a good clean from top to bottom it's all nice and shiny now it's a shame to take it out just to get it covered in moo cow poo again :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Torslanda on July 10, 2009, 12:08:16 am
See 'Une petit bolleaux' in Freewheeling.  :o

J
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MattH on July 10, 2009, 12:40:51 am
Finally got around to fitting a complete new set of ergo cables (inners & outers, brakes and gears) that I've had sitting here for a few weeks, plus new bar tape, to get the Audax bike ready for LEL. The old ones had been on for 15 months and as the bike has done one or two miles since then, I thought it best to change rather than risk a cable failing.

That meant I also sorted out the cable lengths, which really needed a couple of inches taking off between the shifters and the frame cable stops following a jiggle with my stem and spacers some months ago.

Just been out to try it; shifting is suddenly much lighter and crisper than before - like having a new transmission  - and my cables no longer rub on the fork crown mounted front light.

A very satisfying evening's work :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on July 10, 2009, 05:57:37 pm
I have installed a new Ultegra rear dérailleur onto the Etape and a new chain.
My new bottle cages have arrived at the LBS too so I shall go and get them in the morning.

That will mean the bike is complete.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on July 10, 2009, 08:34:13 pm

That will mean the bike is complete.

And then will it be time for a photo or two?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on July 10, 2009, 08:39:43 pm
I can't see GruB wanting to display photos of his bike on an internet forum ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on July 10, 2009, 08:57:42 pm

That will mean the bike is complete.

And then will it be time for a photo or two?

You are right.  I have been good.  I have waited to show the new Hope bling blue stem, Ultegra compact cranks, Ultegra mechs and bottle cages.  I could have done this as staged disclosure but I thought too many would comment  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 13, 2009, 02:10:32 pm
I have taken two motor-car loads of assorted bobbins to the tip and as a result can now see my kitchen floor for the first time since Christmas.  Also the Speedmachine's chain is currently soaking in a pan of de-slaper as it contains approximately 250 stiff links.

As do I.  My arms ache, my legs ache, my lower back aches, my shoulders ache and my right achilles tendon is asking politely not to be used for walking.  It's probably pig plague.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on July 18, 2009, 01:43:24 pm
Finally removed the 170mm cranks from my fixed commuting bike.  The drive side crank has been stuck on there for about 3 years, since I mangled the threads on the crank.

It came off with judicious use of a hammer and chisel.  Why didn't I think of that before?

Just having a cuppa cha now before I go and fit some 165mm cranks for that extra spinniness.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: toekneep on July 18, 2009, 01:57:45 pm
Slightly off topic. While GillP was specifying her Hewitt Cheviot in the shop I was watching Paul Hewitt fitting the gear cables to a similar model in the workshop area. There is something very satisfying in watching somebody doing something that they have done hundreds of times before. He was like a well oiled machine as he selected and cut the outer cables and threaded the inners. Reaching for tools and components by habit rather than actually needing to look. He doesn't exactly bubble with enthusiasm but he looked totally at ease and at one with the job. Very Zen.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on July 18, 2009, 02:31:55 pm
In the last 24 hours I bolted the lights onto the Hewitt Cheviot and admired its pristine condition.  Then I went and rode it 105 miles on muddy flooded roads  ::-)

On Thursday I finished building Miss Z's hub gear wheel.  It's a Sturmey-Archer AW assembled from the best bits in my spares draw, 36h, 20" BMX rim, stainless DT Champion spokes (you can't get double-butted in 184mm).  Totally indestructible.  Gearing will be 36 x 20, giving nominal 27", 36" and 48" gears.  If she turns out to be the next Victoria Pendleton I can fit down to a 13T sprocket to give 42", 55" and 74"  :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rower40 on July 20, 2009, 07:50:31 pm
After a 30s spray from something teflon-based in a can, my commuting bike now has StealthTM transmission.  It is now so quiet that I can't tell whether I'm pedalling or freewheeling.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on July 21, 2009, 05:52:45 pm
Fettled n+1 secondhand Brommie.  New extended seatpost and ebay bargain B17 saddle.  New cables all round.  Cleaned, inspected and  lubed front hub bearing and headset.  Cleaned, inspected  and lubed drivetrain.  Discovered I don't have a 22mm cone spanner any more, so put off fettling rear hub bearings and internals for a bit, but it's working perfectly so no hurry.  Works like a dream - what a bit of kit! :-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on July 21, 2009, 09:38:38 pm
Checked the tandem brakes  et. el.  'cause it will be having preciouscargo stoker soon.Grand-daughter tells me that we will be tandeming during school hols.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on July 21, 2009, 09:48:12 pm
New brake blocks on Theia's front end.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on July 21, 2009, 10:26:24 pm
still playing with the cars bottom ball joint.

Hour and a half my arse.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andrewc on July 21, 2009, 10:49:31 pm
I have sadly neglected my fixie recently, and the tyres were looking knackered so I bought some nice new Paselas for him. Whilst I had the back wheel off I rotated the cranks, lumpy and graunchy.  :-[   Looks like I'm going to spend some time stripping down a cup and cone bottom bracket for the first time.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: DuncanM on July 22, 2009, 12:33:06 am
I finished building my wheel (back for my fixie). :)
I forgot to stress the spokes. :(  I'm tempted to put it on the bike, ride 10 or so miles and then re-true it (and swap the old sprocket for a new one).  Would this be a truly bad idea?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: juliet on July 22, 2009, 08:36:38 am
Yesterday I took Cepheus (the tourer) out of the box in which he was shipped back across the Atlantic, and put him back together again.  Needs a ride to check everything's OK, and a bit of oil on the chain.  (Possibly a new chain, but finances do not really permit atm.)  Not sure if this counts as fettling, but it made me happy.

New saddle on the fixie on Monday - one of those nice Selle An-Atomica ones.  Cost more than the rest of the bike put together, mind...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on July 22, 2009, 10:03:41 am
I finished building my wheel (back for my fixie). :)
I forgot to stress the spokes. :(  I'm tempted to put it on the bike, ride 10 or so miles and then re-true it (and swap the old sprocket for a new one).  Would this be a truly bad idea?

Ideally back off all the nipples one turn, stress-relieve and then tighten everthing back up 1 turn, repeat the stress relief and retrue perfectly.  Otherwise just stress-relieve the spokes now and then see if it needs retrueing afterwards.  The point is to even out the tension within elements of the metal's structure at the elobiw, where the spoke wire ahs been bent.  Simply riding it may not do that evenly.  All IMHO of course, you'll get as nay different answers as responders to this one :-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: DuncanM on July 22, 2009, 02:05:07 pm
The issue is that I trued it (in a proper stand, which makes life easier) at the Tuesday night Cycle Workshop members night, and I want to ride it this weekend.  I don't have a trueing stand (and I'm not gonna have the time/space to make one).

I'll probably ride it Saturday, then stress it and re-true it next Tuesday.  Assuming the weather on the weekend doesn't suck too much.

All I did was swap a rim, so the spokes should be approx how they have always been, don't know if this makes any difference...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: oncemore on July 22, 2009, 04:07:17 pm
Swopped the summer wheels/tyres into the best bike - not that I think "summer" is imminent, but a case of now or never!

And fitted a Nitto Mini Rear to the best every-day bike. The spare shorter stays I put on the matching mini front Nitto that I fitted last week. All very pleasing!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 23, 2009, 11:23:29 am
I have put in place a temporary solution to my ongoing Laundry Crisis by mending two pairs of trousis.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tim Hall on July 23, 2009, 07:13:05 pm
oops (http://www.haverhillecho.co.uk/news/Police-cordon-off-39gas-leak39.5489487.jp)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on July 23, 2009, 08:14:08 pm
I sorted my gear cables on my Woodrup so they aren't right at the end of their throw - thanks Pearsons! ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adam on July 23, 2009, 09:33:39 pm
As I'd moaned to Planet X that they'd shipped my bike with Ultegra long drop brakes which weren't correct, they've sent out some very fancy FSA SLK brakes as a replacement which I've just fitted. 

Very nice design and almost 25% lighter!  I just need to find a 2mm allen key to adjust the toe-in.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on July 23, 2009, 09:58:28 pm
The issue is that I trued it (in a proper stand, which makes life easier) at the Tuesday night Cycle Workshop members night, and I want to ride it this weekend.  I don't have a trueing stand (and I'm not gonna have the time/space to make one).

I'll probably ride it Saturday, then stress it and re-true it next Tuesday.  Assuming the weather on the weekend doesn't suck too much.

All I did was swap a rim, so the spokes should be approx how they have always been, don't know if this makes any difference...

If you can be arsed to ride/drive here (Wye Valley) then you're welcome to use my TS2 stand and tensiometer to get it perfect.  No doubt a nice ride to be had as well, as long as you don't mind HILLIES
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Ian H on July 23, 2009, 11:09:54 pm

If you can be arsed to ride/drive here...

Reminds me...hills were a bit easier after you got the gears working on my borrowed bike. Thank-you.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: DuncanM on July 24, 2009, 12:39:39 pm
The issue is that I trued it (in a proper stand, which makes life easier) at the Tuesday night Cycle Workshop members night, and I want to ride it this weekend.  I don't have a trueing stand (and I'm not gonna have the time/space to make one).

I'll probably ride it Saturday, then stress it and re-true it next Tuesday.  Assuming the weather on the weekend doesn't suck too much.

All I did was swap a rim, so the spokes should be approx how they have always been, don't know if this makes any difference...

If you can be arsed to ride/drive here (Wye Valley) then you're welcome to use my TS2 stand and tensiometer to get it perfect.  No doubt a nice ride to be had as well, as long as you don't mind HILLIES

That's a very generous offer, but unfortunately the boss has a list of other things I'm supposed to be doing on the weekend.  Hopefully I'll get an hour or so to ride my bike (I'll just leave the back brake loose), and then I'll sort the wheel out properly on Tuesday.  Thank you though. :)
I like hillies (grew up just outside Newport), but it's a little while since I did any riding in that part of the world, so it  would definitely be a shock to the system.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: peterc on July 24, 2009, 02:00:09 pm
Pug 306 rad and cooling system, (needed cable ties and swearing) and the wheels of my Burrows SL for which a spoke key was enough.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gandalf on July 25, 2009, 07:50:33 pm
I raised the saddle on my grandson's Postman Pat bike ......I'm guessing I'm slightly off thepace for this thread.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on July 25, 2009, 08:25:49 pm
Meatloaf for next week's race - revealing that I need new headset bearings (oozing brown scunge and broken ball race) and a new BB (rattly rattly) as well as the brake blocks and lube job.  To the shop!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on July 25, 2009, 09:47:32 pm
Washed and photographed  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: perpetual dan on July 25, 2009, 11:13:01 pm
Got two lights and a reflector attached to the rack of the new bike. Fittings for this seem harder to come by than you'd think, but its only a little bit bodgy. Home alone with Miss Dan the Younger, so can't go out to test though.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on July 25, 2009, 11:17:16 pm
Checked the tandem brakes  et. el.  'cause it will be having preciouscargo stoker soon.Grand-daughter tells me that we will be tandeming during school hols.  :thumbsup:

Yay!!!

Have fun!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Bledlow on July 26, 2009, 04:38:36 pm
Emergency pub garden fix: adjusted  the front derailleur (the one with the cable that broke on Sliding Hill) so that the chain would stay on the middle ring instead of the small one, thus enabling me to move at speeds higher than Dead Slow for the ride home. GRRRRR!

At least it didn't handicap me much getting to the pub. It was perfectly OK for the hill, the next stretch of road undulated enough to permit frantic twiddling alternating with freewheeling, then a lovely no-pedalling downhill cruise to the pub.

Do not, under pain of extreme torment, mention fixies.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: DuncanM on July 26, 2009, 05:42:39 pm
I removed some shelves from the wall of the spare room.  No wonder they were not very sturdy - half the rawl plugs stayed in the wall, and half had to be pulled out because they just turned hopelessly with the screw (and they pulled out quite easily  :-\).  Unfortunately, I've now got some holes in the wall. :(  Under 1cm in diameter though, so hopefully I can polyfilla them without it looking too bad...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on July 27, 2009, 04:54:36 pm
Stripped the Henry Burton right down of all its dérailleurness.
Put all the parts in a bag. Held bag and thought... Blimey, there's some weight there.
It's now a singlespeed 52 X 18 Alec Willitgoness Lightweight Special.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on August 02, 2009, 12:14:25 pm
As reported in another topic,  Pink, White and Blue bike required a new handlebar. This was an Eastion EA70 Oversize bar.  LBS tried to obtain a decent quality old standard bar.  All the distributors listed them but did not have any in stock.  So I told LBS replace the Stem that is as old as the bar that just snapped.  

Now 31.8mm flat bars get thicker as you move inwards.  The bar funriture I want to fit is brake, Rholoff shifter, grips and bar end. The thicker bar reduces the space.  It will not fit.  The LBS found a 10cm grip which is 3cm shorter than typical.  When I got the bike home the end plug of the bar fell out. Bar end only half on the bar. This is not good enough.

So begin work.  I swapped the bar ends and grips with Dawes Discover 101 which just happened to have Ergon GR2 gripshift grips.  Cane Creek + XLite Bar Ends were 13cm.  Ergon GR2 were just 11cm. Everything fits hooray.

(http://www.atpn20.dsl.pipex.com/acf/pictures/dscf0026.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rae on August 02, 2009, 11:38:59 pm
Rewired most of the new place.   All of the plaster has been hacked off downstairs (to fix the damp), and dropping the ceiling was an easy decision.   250 metres of cable has gone in so far, and that's just the electrical bit.  1 more ring main to go.   Assorted spurs, insulation tape joints and rat chewed wires are now in the skip.  6Km of Cat5 is sitting in the garage and will be pulled tomorrow.    I was thinking of bunging HDMI cable all over the place, but it is far too expensive, and anyway, with 4 Gbit per room, I can shove whatever video I need over the network. 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on August 10, 2009, 02:01:09 pm
22   Off Topic / The Pub / Re: What are you doing right now?  on: August 08, 2009, 08:21:50 pm 
Wondering why my neck,wrists,palms & ar$e ache.It was only 110 km FCOL 

What a difference half an inch makes.

Fettled the saddle height down .Much more as it should be :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on August 16, 2009, 07:21:14 pm
The car.

Drained coolant, then flushed and bled the brakes and clutch (horrible job with one of those one-way tubes...I'd love a pressure bleeding kit but no-one makes a cap to fit the MX-5 reservoir).  Refilled coolant and went through the strange procedure to get the air out.  Then removed all the air trunking and flushed out the idle air valve with xylene.  Changed the air filter and the PCV valve, which I reckoned would be past its best after 12 years.  Flushed out various crankcase ventilation hoses.  Got the car level and checked the oil in the diff (I'll need to get the garage to check the gearbox oil level, but since there are no leaks it will be fine).  Checked a few rubber boots, alternator belt and stuff.  Exhaust still looks pretty good, wishbones getting pretty rusty, although I've never heard of one actually needing to be replaced except as a result of an accident.  Took it for a thrash and then checked the natural idle speed with a multimeter, which turned out to be within 10rpm of spec.

The oil gets done in March and September.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: toekneep on August 16, 2009, 07:27:31 pm
Took the stem off the new fixie to fit the shorter one kindly donated by Deano. Fitted the new stem on the steerer and then went to fit the handle bars only to realise that the handlebars are 38mm and the stem is for 25mm. Reversed the whole procedure.

Anybody looking for a short stem?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Climberruss on August 17, 2009, 06:44:07 pm
PAC Tour Bike.
Having done 4000 miles (PAC Tour + 600km just before) since I fettled it ready to go it needed a full strip down and re-grease / rebuild now that I'm back.
Whilst away it needed a rear wheel re-built (dodgy spokes), a new seat (broken rail) and a total of 3 new tyres (mileage / American roads).
Now back - full strip down, re-grease and clean all hubs / BB etc, rebuild rear wheel again (new rim required - spokes pulling through for the second time), re-tape handlebars - blue this time to match hubs, change lever hoods for Blue to match everything else, new chain, possible new block, swapped out Hope ceramic BB, put old Dura Ace one back in until it wears out.
Good points - all cables still in perfect working order, brake blocks OK.
Will be back on the road as soon as wheel comes back from LBS.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Bledlow on August 20, 2009, 11:40:30 am
Wanted to take the MTB out yesterday. It's not moved for a while, & that was when someone borrowed it. So . . . .

- new inner tube to replace the one with a slow leak that I can't find (I've put it aside to have another look).
- put the saddle back where it belongs, & therefore also move the mudguard (one of those seatpost-mounted thingies).
- fit rear light to replace the one I took off to lower the saddle when lending it out. The original has somehow found its way onto the Enigma.
- fit mount for GPS.
- lubricate, & feel appalled at the sight of the muck on the chain & gears that I hadn't left myself time to properly clean before going out.
- work out where I could put the diNotte & its battery pack, because the old Smart light battery needed recharging & takes forever.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Pingu on August 21, 2009, 11:19:37 am
Mrs Pingu did some bar tape  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on August 21, 2009, 12:52:41 pm
I fitted a new saddle.  Selle Italia Signo Gel Flow.  Bottom has been Turbomatic shaped for the last ten years so objects.  The new saddle is slightly lower than the Turbomatic so I raised the seatpost.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Bledlow on August 22, 2009, 12:32:53 am
The Enigmas gear indexing had gone off (new cables stretching, I presume), so I fiddled with the gears a bit. And I put my trusty old Brooks B17 Narrow on it, for a bit of comfort when riding. Its 3rd bike in 18 years.

BTW, anyone want an Enigma branded saddle? Titanium alloy rails, skimpy plastic seat with thin padding. They retail for over fifty nicker.  Should say that in the Classified section I suppose.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: numbnuts on August 22, 2009, 05:20:37 pm
I lubed my chain with **** I'm not saying as you will only say it's not a lubricant ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on August 22, 2009, 07:17:12 pm
I fitted a new uPVC window to replace a rotting wooden one... only 12 years after the glass was cracked by my son and his football.  :-[

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on August 22, 2009, 07:23:03 pm
I fitted a new uPVC window to replace a rotting wooden one... only 12 years after the glass was cracked by my son and his football.  :-[



I think you should spend less time on trivial tasks.Stop rushing into this DIY nonsense & spend more time cycling ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on August 22, 2009, 07:29:25 pm
Making a Brompton roadworthy, one that's been thrashed as a commuting vehicle for the last seven years.  Everything is now clean - tonight I need to rebuild the SRAM 3-speed hub and I might get round to fitting all the new cables.  Tomorrow I'll do the headset - not my favourite job on a built-up bike, since I don't have a workstand.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on August 23, 2009, 08:32:08 am
Arse...the headset lower cup is loose in the frame (snug, but can be pulled out by fingers).  I'll have to use the strongest bearing fit compound Halfrauds can supply.

You'd think after all these years the bike manufacturers would have worked out why you should have either head lugs or reinforcing rings on a head tube - otherwise the head tube eventually stretches under hard use.  One day I'm going to make a big list of technical improvements and send it to Brompton - so far it's:

1) Use some proper paint.  Please.

2) Braze some reinforcing rings to the top and bottom of the head tube

3) Use rollers that don't catch the heels/calves of anyone taller than 5'8"

4) Sort out that rear pivot with a grease nipple, or at least make it easier to change without a £200 tool.

5) Beef up the handlebar clamp.  One Jesus bolt makes me nervous.

6) Put a couple of bottle cage bosses on the back of the stem.

7) Change the horrible foam grips.

8 ) Build the wheels a lot tighter, then people won't keep breaking spokes and you won't be replacing wheels under warranty.  I rebuilt mine within the first week, because it was obvious they wouldn't last 100 miles with my weight and the roads round here.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on August 24, 2009, 05:14:14 pm
Well the past four days:

Fettled the carrbs on the Ducati monster, post carb clean/rebuild/overhaul (i got the float chamber hieght wrong, and installed the correct springs) took three rebuilds accessing the carb as I kept reassebling it wrong.

Then the next day (saturday) I replaced the rear shoes on the car and and regreased the beaings were dry and one beaing is shot (wouldn't mind but have a reciept that they both were changed in january before I got the car) Also got to change the oil and filter.  Need to look in a leak from a fuel injector which I can't seem to trace.

Well sunday, I finally put the monster together and took it for a test ride in the evening.

today I fettled the hercules bike as after my off the other day I wanted to check that everything was alright.  Headstock was loose but don't know if it that was from the off or just settling after a rebuild and regrease.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on August 24, 2009, 06:45:54 pm
Making a Brompton roadworthy, one that's been thrashed as a commuting vehicle for the last seven years.  Everything is now clean - tonight I need to rebuild the SRAM 3-speed hub and I might get round to fitting all the new cables.  Tomorrow I'll do the headset - not my favourite job on a built-up bike, since I don't have a workstand.

You can always come and use the SICRUT BWNCWR here if you want - less than an hour and a fantastic pub 2 mins away  :thumbsup:

My ulterior motive is to get you to supervise me stripping down, inspecting and lubing my Sachs hub.  It appears to be an easy job but I can't help thinking it might involve some unexpected pingfuckit moments the first time I do it!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on August 24, 2009, 07:03:10 pm
it might involve some unexpected pingfuckit moments

excellent wordsmithing  :thumbsup:  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adam on August 24, 2009, 07:27:59 pm
A really technical job today - raised the saddle about 5 mm.  8)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on August 24, 2009, 09:20:31 pm
Bodged a light bracket onto my bike so I could fit a handlebar bag:

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2537/3853689650_56840221e8.jpg)

Now I just wait for it to get dark so I can go and test it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on August 24, 2009, 09:45:39 pm
As far as I can work out, Sunset was about an hour before you posted that, so you don't need to wait any longer!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on August 24, 2009, 09:50:56 pm
Took the pedals off the old Brompton, fitted one of the new metal RH pedals and a new front mudguard.  The old RH pedal didn't come off without a colossal fight, but the crank threads are OK.  Also gave the folding pedal, which may be original, a good clean.  The sealed bearing is past its best but, at £20 for a new bearing, it just got a shot of oil.  I suspect a standard cartridge of the right size can be pressed in using a suitably sized socket as a drift - it seems to be a 62032RS (actually marked 180203, which seems to be a Russian code) - which would cost about £4.  Worth a try.  It also needs one amber reflector to make it complete, but I've ordered one (they're sold as spares).

Then I checked the crankbolts, gave it a quick spin and then wiped it over to get any oil and grease off before my wife sees it.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: asterix on August 25, 2009, 03:20:33 pm
Glued and assembled an oak stair case.  Next stage is clean off the blood, tears and sweat prior to varnishing.

The instructions were bloody useful, I don't think. 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on August 25, 2009, 04:24:11 pm
Halfway through off-road-erizing the fixie, waiting for the WD-40 to penetrate the lockring threads...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 25, 2009, 08:09:58 pm
I've given the Thorn a pretty thorough clean. I've never seen so much gunk come off a chain. I also noticed that there's not a lot left of the wear indicator on the front rim. Must order a 32-hole Sunrims CR18. I reckon to get 10000 miles out of the old one (<800 to do). Still on the original Panaracer Pasela!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: campagman on August 25, 2009, 09:53:23 pm
I built up a new bike for work yesterday. I have bought a frame on the b2w scheme so just transfered all the bits over from my old work bike. I was very pleased this morning the bike felt so comfy and quiet. When I came out of work the front tyre was flat which is unusual as it's a Marathon +. Anyway I pumped it up and got home ok. I must have pinched the tube when fitting the tyre. I needed to use a lever! When cycling home I thought that the saddle needed raising a touch but when I checked it was a good 1" below where I am sure it was originally positioned. On checking I found that the bolt that tightens the seatpost in position bottoms-out before fully clamping the post. Therefore the post had slipped down. Fortunately I still had the bolt from the old frame and the shoulder on the 'bolt' half was slightly shorter than the bolt supplied.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: toekneep on August 25, 2009, 09:58:01 pm
I put the Dave Yates back into touring mode yesterday. Rack, heavier wheels and tyres, mudguards, lights. It weighs a ton now.  ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Paul on August 25, 2009, 10:01:05 pm
When cycling home I thought that the saddle needed raising a touch but when I checked it was a good 1" below where I am sure it was originally positioned. On checking I found that the bolt that tightens the seatpost in position bottoms-out before fully clamping the post. Therefore the post had slipped down. Fortunately I still had the bolt from the old frame and the shoulder on the 'bolt' half was slightly shorter than the bolt supplied.

I had a similar problem on the gay disco (it's a long story - I had just qualified, I'm colour-blind, it looked like a bargain until I got it home and everyone said "It's pink and red and yellow and blue and silver!"). Actually, the wrong size bolt coupled with the wrong size seat pin. It took me ages to figure it out. Anyway, you can cut a little off each end of the seatpost bolt to make it fit. Not that you need to, having the one off the old frame. But for anyone else who might have this problem...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on August 25, 2009, 10:08:34 pm
Finally worked out what was going clunk on the shiny carbon loveliness. Except it is now making worse noises than clunk. Drive side BB bearing. Not impressed as that is not many miles at all.

So I removed the chainset and BB and replaced it with the one from the old bike - Campag Xenon compact on a UN72 BB. Re-tweaked the gears (how did I manage to set them up 1 gear out the first time round?) and took 6 links out of the chain as it was very slack. That was too much so I had to add some links back in. That was both my quicklinks used  :(

Anyhow, it now seems to behave so I will test it for creaks tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on August 26, 2009, 12:33:06 am
Fitted Garmin handlebar mount.

Decided I should have listened to everyone in the GPS thread who said they're shit.


Ordered RAM mount for Garmin.

 ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: oncemore on August 26, 2009, 01:21:39 pm
Fitted a mileometer to the Brompton. No space for the magnet and sender on front wheel, so rear! Can't read it while moving but it's only there to tell me how far I've been!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: drossall on August 26, 2009, 10:52:23 pm
Bodged a light bracket onto my bike so I could fit a handlebar bag

That's illegal :demon:

Lights are supposed to be on the centre-line or off-side. (Sorry, I'll go away...)

Fitted Garmin handlebar mount.

Decided I should have listened to everyone in the GPS thread who said they're shit.

Ordered RAM mount for Garmin.

I'm very happy with them. If you want to get rid of the one you have...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: woollypigs on August 26, 2009, 10:54:40 pm
Peli's new LHT with the help of our top man Cory from our LBS.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: drossall on August 26, 2009, 10:55:54 pm
Not today, but in a couple of sessions lately have finally got around to upgrading the gears on my Audax bike. Off with the Shimano 600 friction gears, bought c1977, and the ever-slipping down-tube levers. On with a new 13-24 freewheel and the 8-speed Athena Ergos and gears that I bought via the forum and haven't got around to using.

Along the way, I stripped and regreased my Gran Sport hubs. Campag hubs of that vintage are things of beauty. Had forgotten how satisfying that job is.

Just need to tune the gears and put on new bar tape - this weekend, hopefully :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Paul on August 27, 2009, 12:13:27 am
Bodged a light bracket onto my bike so I could fit a handlebar bag

That's illegal :demon:

Lights are supposed to be on the centre-line or off-side. (Sorry, I'll go away...)

Out of interest, is this true? Can you tell me where the rule comes from? I can see the sense of it, but I've never heard anyone say it was the law before.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on August 27, 2009, 12:41:10 am
It is a legal requirement, probably buried in the RVLR or BS6102/3 somewhere.  Chris Juden talks about it a bit on the CTC Site (http://www.ctc.org.uk/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabID=4071).
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Paul on August 27, 2009, 01:49:09 pm
Thanks TimO
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on August 27, 2009, 02:02:35 pm
In fact I think the relevant bit is The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989, Schedule 2, Part 1 (http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si1989/Uksi_19891796_en_7.htm).

Quote
2. Position-
(b) Lateral-
(ii)  Where one front position lamp is required to be fitted-
(B)  Any other vehicle: On the centre-line or off-side of the vehicle
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on August 27, 2009, 09:56:15 pm
Well fettled the Hercules to see if the cable was set wrong and it wasn't.  So put a squirt of oil in to the hub,

Then attacked the car, one of the injectors had fuel around it, so suspected a leak.  Had to take the inlet manifold off and then noted that there was no actual leak so tightened the union and will see what happens.

Then I decided to replace the brake fluid on the car as it looked like cold tea.  So I used the preasure easy bleed and I replaced the fluid quite easily.  I also noted that one of the cv joint boots had poped off and so I refilled the joint with grease then reattached the boot.

Then I swaped the plugs on the bike as they are less than a week old but I think that one could be faulty.  Have swapped them between cylinders and will see what happens.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on August 27, 2009, 11:59:23 pm
As far as I can work out, Sunset was about an hour before you posted that, so you don't need to wait any longer!

I wondered if anyone would notice :)  I was waiting for darkness, rather than sundown - it's amazing how much light lingers.  By 9.30-9.45 the lanes were very properly dark.  

That's illegal :demon:

Lights are supposed to be on the centre-line or off-side. (Sorry, I'll go away...)


Quiet, you  >:( ;D  I'm not swapping it now. Besides, the brake would get in the way.


Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on August 28, 2009, 10:23:13 pm
Fitted some new axle nuts to the Brompton.  This took three hours.

The dropout design has changed over the years, and the new SRAM anti-rotation washers expect the little slot above the actual dropout to be closer to the open end of the dropout.  I had to very carefully make the little slot deeper so the washers would engage, using a small file.  When I just managed the snuggest of snug fits (which is how it is on my S-type) I stopped.

Then I found that, although the axle nuts are correct, the guide nut is a Sturmey one  ::-)  I'll have to e-mail the shop, since they all came in the same bag.  SRAM use a weird German  FG10.5 thread (10.5mm diameter and 26TPI) but Sturmey use a 13/32" x 26 TPI thread.  The difference in diameter is less than 0.2mm and the pitch is the same, but they'[re not interchangeable.  Anyway, I can tell it's a Sturmey nut because it has a porthole in it - SRAM ones don't, because you don't need to see the end of the axle to adjust 'em.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 02, 2009, 09:14:10 am
My head.

I have had a haircut which, should the weather on my forthcoming holibobs prove clement, will keep my ears cool.  It also makes me about one and a half inches taller.  Hurrah!

The downside of the "being taller" thing is that, because it won't lie flat, it makes me look like that titanic ponce Morrissey.  Bah!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on September 02, 2009, 06:07:53 pm
Spent most of the afternoon turning a rusty bread tin into a new battery contact for my Ixon IQ with the aid of copious swearing, minor blood loss and a dremel.

It works, ish.  Need springier steel, ideally.  But given the impending FNRttC I'll take a crap light and a decent light that intermittently cuts out over a crap light alone.

Given the high quality of the Ixon's optics and their dynamo lights in general, I really have to wonder what B&M were smoking when they designed this thing...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chris S on September 02, 2009, 08:23:15 pm
Spent most of the afternoon turning a rusty bread tin into a new battery contact for my Ixon IQ with the aid of copious swearing, minor blood loss and a dremel.

Goodness me, Kim - when we met on Regulator's ride I thought, "Hmm, she seems like a resourceful sort of person" but that sure is an unexpected sequence of items... Top work  :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: longers on September 05, 2009, 11:12:28 am
Just fettled the bike I bought for my dad. It's a heavy old steel MTB - that'll get him fit.

It means he can throw away the blue and yellow full sus BSO my mum got from the tip which migrated to him when I got her a new bike a couple of weeks ago.

Happy now  :).

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Paul on September 05, 2009, 01:48:35 pm
What haven't I fettled today this week?

Replaced discs and pads on the front wheels of the car;
Ditto wiper blades;
Repaired not one but two washing machines;
Erected scaffolding and repaired a leak in the guttering that's been bothering me for 3 years;
Washed windows while up there.

Phew!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on September 06, 2009, 03:14:54 pm
The Cyo is now on the Brompton.  How to do it:

(a) use an IQ Fly bracket - it's lower

(b) use a small round file to enlarge the mounting hole of the Cyo at the rear, so it pokes a couple of millimetres further forward.  You don't need to do this if you (like most people) have the beam angled down a bit, but I wanted the top "cut off" of the beam to be perfectly horizontal.

If you do this it doesn't interfere with the fold.  Brompton *really* need to start offering LED dynamo headlights - they'd sell oodles more SONs, for a start.

EDIT: just tested it, and it's quite a lot better than the IQ Fly.  It throws the beam much further, which is what I like.

(http://www.peeble.com/cyo.jpg)

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on September 06, 2009, 09:05:02 pm
Rear dérailleur and a new tube in the rear due to a slow release puncture.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on September 06, 2009, 09:07:08 pm
Tried to fettle the tent.  Cleaning and re-proofing.  Damn rain has kiboshed the second part of that.  Ah well, the rain will only make it cleaner.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: onb on September 06, 2009, 09:13:14 pm
New salmon brake pads on the September.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rdaviesb on September 06, 2009, 09:15:17 pm
I have built a small workbench in my shed, put the SON, Solidlights and various rear blinkies on the Langster, and fitted a pair of Crudguards.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on September 07, 2009, 09:26:26 pm
Built a new front wheel for Miss Z's bike.  20" rim, 36 DT stainless spokes and a NOS Suntour XC Pro hub...with GreaseGuard ports and everything  :)

The front brake needs looking at because the cheapskates used a 90 degree noodle instead of the right-hand-drive 135 degree noodle, so the cable outer pushes the brake to one side.  Maybe I should just buy a set of Deore ones...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on September 07, 2009, 09:50:40 pm
I laced up two wheels and have decided that all the 64 new spokes I bought today are 2mm too short.

Back to square one, I think.

 >:( >:( >:(

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Paul on September 08, 2009, 01:47:11 pm
I laced up two wheels and have decided that all the 64 new spokes I bought today are 2mm too short.

Back to square one, I think.

 >:( >:( >:(



I wouldn't. The process might be frustrating, but I think a round one is still best.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: woollypigs on September 08, 2009, 03:49:11 pm
Does this count as fettling  ?

Washing your bike and then pack it down in a box so that it is ready for your traveling ?

As that is what I'm about to do cause we are going to Croatia tomorrow :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mike on September 08, 2009, 04:28:32 pm
finally fixed the garage door.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on September 08, 2009, 08:08:55 pm
Fiddled with the brakes on Miss Z's bike for an hour, then threw the whole lot in the bin and ordered some Deore V-brakes from eBay.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tim Hall on September 08, 2009, 08:19:37 pm
Not today, but Sunday evening.

Finally got Hellymedic's Pedersen back together, after having the frame modified a few weeks ago by that nice Chas Roberts.

And last night, tightened the chain on my fixie. It was very, very slack.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Aidan on September 08, 2009, 08:23:59 pm
Checked all of my lights, changed and charged batteries, checked and moved brackets as needed. Winter draws on. Ho Hum
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tim Hall on September 08, 2009, 09:40:07 pm
Just remembered another one:

Riding home from work I spied a friend and her young daughter. Said daughter was on a teeny bike with stabilisers. Friend mentioned that daughter had trouble getting the bike going. A quick glance showed that the stabilisers were set too low, so traction was minimal.  As luck would have it I was on my fixer, so had a 15mm spanner. A few minutes fettling and things were greatly improved.  Then I blew the tyres up, while the young rider held the dust caps.

An excellent few minutes work.
 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CrinklyLion on September 08, 2009, 11:45:20 pm

An excellent few minutes work.
 

And so a lifelong interest in fettling starts :)




(ps your post just made me smile.  Lots!)

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on September 09, 2009, 07:23:53 pm
I had a modest-sized erection in my garden.

It might have had something to do with this thread (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=15260.0).
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Bigsybaby on September 10, 2009, 02:06:15 am
I put a new chain on my mtb.

It was a SRAM power chain which had power links

Remarkably it took no more than 5 minutes to take the old one off and put the new one on.

Theres got to be a catch!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: drossall on September 10, 2009, 08:26:43 am
No, they don't have catches, you use a special link.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Bigsybaby on September 10, 2009, 10:36:03 am
No, they don't have catches, you use a special link.

"I caught you!"
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on September 10, 2009, 08:37:40 pm
Fitted Deore V-brakes to Miss Z's bike, and took the opportunity to adjust the reach of the levers.

The bike now has a Sturmey-Archer AW rear hub, an achingly nice Suntour XC Pro front hub, rebuilt wheels with stainless spokes, Deore V-brakes and lights.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: onb on September 11, 2009, 11:39:12 am
Well yesterday actually BB fitted to new frame .I did it with some ease its usually a job I find a bit tricky getting threads to line up ok.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gatlow on September 11, 2009, 03:00:47 pm
Gave the Thorn RT a bit of attention today

De-burred the teeth on the rear sprocket and tensioned the chain, it is now back to its quiet self.

And tensioned the B17.

And put some air in the tyres.

Thats it for six months now - sweet. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on September 11, 2009, 07:10:52 pm
I've removed The Brooks from my Planet X sportive. On close examination it is showing signs that it might be ready to yield some time in the not too distant future.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on September 11, 2009, 07:16:36 pm
New middle chainring, chain, cassette and rear tyre on the audax bike today, following the jaunt to Pembrokeshire.  I also gave it a good clean and check over, and it's now very happy.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on September 11, 2009, 07:21:02 pm
On the Ridgeback: removed the butterfly bars (touring mode) and put the straight bars back on (commute mode.)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on September 11, 2009, 08:54:58 pm
I just proofided the Flyer on the TRST. I also purple-extremed the chain.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: longers on September 11, 2009, 09:48:42 pm
Took my new to me Cheviot SE to bits, waxed the frame twice, put it back together and went round the block to check the saddle height.
I came back after 30k of hilly lane bashing round Saddleworth in the sun with a cheeky pub stop.

I also had a look at the creak on my Singlecross and found I've crushed the handlebars slightly by overtightening the clamp. New ones are ready to go on tomorrow. It's been creaking for over a month.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Aidan on September 11, 2009, 09:53:06 pm
Just replaced the chain on my mountain bike and on the Soma put a new bracket on my Solidlight because the old one snapped.  

Then some general checking over and wiping and adjusting ready for a 100 miler tomorrow
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on September 11, 2009, 09:54:59 pm
Then some general checking over and wiping and adjusting ready for a 100 miler tomorrow

What, offroad?  Chapeau in that case!  Best of luck, and enjoy!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on September 12, 2009, 05:13:35 pm
Drilled and sawed a seized FAG bottom bracket out of Mrs Z's Brompton.  I never want to do *that* job again.  Minimal damage to threads, but it's gone off to the LBS for new bushings and a tap running through the BB (no charge for the latter).

Bought some Marathon 20" tyres and put them on Miss Z's new bike.  Now she actually rides it, and has commented on how much faster and better at cornering they are than the horrible knobblies it came with.  She hasn't actually changed gear yet, but she likes the Sturmey-Archer tick-tick-tick in 2nd.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on September 12, 2009, 05:20:34 pm
Respaced and redished a cheapy screw on MTB wheel and converted it to S/S.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: starkj73 on September 12, 2009, 08:14:25 pm

Installed a new bottle cage, and it didn't even come with instructions.

I guess I have a mechanical apptitude, you could call it a gift.

 :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on September 12, 2009, 08:17:33 pm
The scouts' BBQ. All ready to go tomorrow, except I cannot see its grill anywhere.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rdaviesb on September 12, 2009, 09:31:23 pm
Took out the creaking bottom bracket from the Enigma. Cleaned to hospital standards, regreased and re-fitted. One of the bearings is on the way out (not really surprised, it has already done two winters, and cheapo Campag bottom brackets rarely get past that), so ordered new bottom bracket so that I am ready when this one fails.

Fitting SON and Solidlights (upgraded to XB2 over the summer - a major improvement) to the Langster. Added several rear lights and Raceblades, tidied up the Velo Orange handlebar covers and then stuck about 30 reflective patches on the rims to marginally reduce my chance of being run down whilst pedalling down the A584 this winter.

Then put some knobbly tyres and new mudguards on wifees hub geared hybrid, so that we can play in a field sometime.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on September 13, 2009, 12:13:08 pm
Just put a new battery in my heart rate monitor.Can do some "scientific" riding now :-\
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on September 13, 2009, 03:03:33 pm
Well, so far changed the cranks on Butterfly's Galaxy from the horrid Exage originals for some shortened Deore; Replaced 13-30 cassette with 11-30 (needed to go buy a new chain whip in order to do this; swapped saddlebag mounts so she now has a Bagman.  Now I need to adjust her front mech for the smaller front chainring - wish me luck.

Right.  Front mech now adjusted (had to remove clunky bottlecage to do it :-\ ).  Works well.  Gear ratios are similar to before, so I hope she's happy.

Just washing it now & I've redone the bar tape, but I haven't told her that, so it's a surprise, OK? ;)

Oh - and now I have to clean the kitchen ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on September 13, 2009, 07:15:49 pm
Sorted the gears on Mrs G's commuter - new levers, grips and cables fitted.
Fitted new tyres (25mm Marathon +) after a spate of tow-path punctures

Stripped the trike of its touring clutter, blew up the tyres and put the Bagman back on.

Finished the minor work on the Ridgeback for tomorrow's commute.

Repacked the repair kits on each working bike.

A good day in the garage!



Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on September 13, 2009, 09:29:13 pm
Stripped and cleaned the moulton midi.  Ready to reassemble with fresh grease sometime soon, once I can find some 14inch tubes that fit the wheels.

Then another toy to amuse myself with.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on September 14, 2009, 09:50:35 pm
I met Butterfly on the way home.  Her new chain was jumping a bit, so I watched it, cause I thought there might be a bit of a stiff link  where I'd joined it in the absence of the Powerlinks I thought I'd had.

I spotted something seemed to be attached to the chain, so we stopped.  It was actually an outer plate out of line :o

Ooh dear.  Took a link out & rejoined the chain.  I hadn't got my chain tool with me, but fortunately Butterfly had one (don't go out underprepared, kids!), so we got on our way.

It was still a bit stiff, so a second bout of sat on my arse on a pavement cursing a chain saw me working the rivet till it runs smooth.  I must say, though, the rivet was very very soft. :-\

Hope all is OK so we can get a verdict on the new set up in the next couple of days.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andrewc on September 14, 2009, 11:04:38 pm
Had the Nomad up on the rack to get it ready for the camping trip next week.  I put a Bontrager Satellite on the front wheel a few weeks back to match the rear one I had to buy in the US. Mudguard clearance was a bit tight so I fixed that.  Headset adjusted (also too tight!), brakes twiddled and  my Blackburn Mars 4.0 bodged onto the Tubus carrier.

One of the rails that holds the anti-sway strip on one of my Carradice panniers has come away from the backing board, I hope the boss remembers to bring his pop rivet tool in tomorrow so I can fix it!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on September 15, 2009, 09:11:38 pm
Well I have polished the frame on the moulton midi and commenced rebuilding.  Attacked the wheels insides with a wire brush and then some jenolite'd on the inside the rusty spot.  Well I've attacked the chrome too with wire wool to bring it up all shiney.

Did the same to some of the chrome on the Hercules.  Bit more to do to complete the Hercules.

Then tomorrow finish putting the wheels back on the moulton and then use it tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on September 15, 2009, 09:13:57 pm
Fitted dynohub, low-riders and lights to the tourer ready for the camping weekend.  I still have to fit the handlebar bag.

The test ride to and from the supermarket was great fun - Chucking all the shopping into the front panniers made the handling quite interesting.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mike on September 15, 2009, 09:29:11 pm
fitted lights for tonight and exceptionally large cassette for next weeks trip to the lake district.  My cheapo smart lights are borked, need to get some new back lights :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on September 18, 2009, 09:33:54 pm
Changed the tyres, chain, sprocket and chainring on the Frankendale.  Then noticed the chainline was 2.5mm out, which explains why the old chainring is chamfered on the outside and the old sprocket is chamfered on the inside  :-\  Ordered a 2mm shorter BB.  Rode round the block to try out the Hope Vision 1, which lasted 100 yards due to inadequate batteries.  Despite the weight, Marathon Pluses (26 x 1.35) quite suit the bike and weren't a fight to get on this time.

Fitted stabilisers to Miss Z the elder's old bike for Miss Z the younger, who can't use it for scooting because her feet don't reach the ground.  At all.

Messed about with some panniers.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rower40 on September 19, 2009, 09:52:55 pm
Fitted new front carrier block to the Brompton.  (Used my torque wrench - slightly outside its spec - for an accurate 3.6 Nm when doing up the bolts.)

Started tinkering with the bracket that holds the (dynamo-powered) Cyo N+ on the front.  Stopped tinkering when I noted that the Cyo was absorbing electricity, but not, contrary to its purpose, producing any light.  Swore.

(Oddly enough, the Cyo works when I connect it to 4 AA cells.  Either way round.  But it's not happy with the wobbly electricity coming out of my dynamo.  Even when I put a bridge rectifier in.)

Replaced the 3 broken spokes on the Brompton rear wheel.  Snapped my VAR tyre lever in removing the Schwalbe Marathon.  Swore some more.

Old-fashioned spoke key wouldn't fit around the fat spokes.  Had to do a separate trip back to the LBS for spare spokes and new spoke key.  New spoke key took the corners off some of the spoke nipples.  Swore until the air had had enough.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PeteB99 on September 20, 2009, 07:00:57 pm
Regreased and adjusted the headset on a steel frame recently purchased on the 'bay
Stripped all the parts off the donor OCR2 and fitted them to the new frame - all well except the rear brake cable is about an inch too short -

I should have expected that as the new frame is a fair bit bigger than the donor. Duh!

LBS tomorrow to get some new cables
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on September 20, 2009, 08:02:18 pm
Fitted new front carrier block to the Brompton.  (Used my torque wrench - slightly outside its spec - for an accurate 3.6 Nm when doing up the bolts.)

Started tinkering with the bracket that holds the (dynamo-powered) Cyo N+ on the front.  Stopped tinkering when I noted that the Cyo was absorbing electricity, but not, contrary to its purpose, producing any light.  Swore.

(Oddly enough, the Cyo works when I connect it to 4 AA cells.  Either way round.  But it's not happy with the wobbly electricity coming out of my dynamo.  Even when I put a bridge rectifier in.)

Replaced the 3 broken spokes on the Brompton rear wheel.  Snapped my VAR tyre lever in removing the Schwalbe Marathon.  Swore some more.

Old-fashioned spoke key wouldn't fit around the fat spokes.  Had to do a separate trip back to the LBS for spare spokes and new spoke key.  New spoke key took the corners off some of the spoke nipples.  Swore until the air had had enough.

The rear spokes use 13g spokes, which I think are 2.3mm.  Most spokes are 14g at the end, or 2.0mm.  Brompton's wheelbuild is highly variable (I used to just say "crap", but the local dealer says some of them come in OK, some need fixing).  I build them with 14g spokes.  Get them very tight - the rims aren't especially prone to pringling - correct the spoke line at the rim and stress relieve them and they should never break.  There is nothing special about a Brompton wheel that requires 13g spokes - it's just their way of trying to solve the underlying problem of a poor build.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on September 20, 2009, 08:10:30 pm
Both bikes washed and tuned.  Ensured chains were not worn, flints removed, tyres inflated, brake blocks sound etc.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Diver300 on September 20, 2009, 09:27:38 pm
Converted a mixed bag of old lead pipe, found fishing weights, church roof and offcuts from flashing to about 60 lbs of shiny new diving weights in 2, 4 and 6 lbs sizes.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 21, 2009, 09:26:08 am
I am in the middle of some major fettling on both Claud (roadified Claud Butler Rock MTB) and my Ribble road bike.

Yesterday I drilled two holes in Claud and didn't bugger it the job up!  The front and rear mudguards are now held on with bolts as opposed to cable ties.  The mudguard stays are also the right length now.  His new chainset is also fitted.  I just have to wait for Wiggle to deliver his new derailleur and he'll be back on the road.

Then I will have a crack at the Ribble.  New chainset, chain, block and derailleur.  Bar end shifters, new brake levers and handle bar tape.  I have never taped bars before so that will take a good bit of thinking about.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on September 24, 2009, 12:21:37 am
Removed the cheese from my Minoura SpaceBar

Removing the Cheese from a spacegrip (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=24103.0)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on September 24, 2009, 10:02:39 am
Last night I fitted a new Rigida Andra rim to the old Schmidt hub on the Thorn. I had to do it "blind" first time because my computer was out of action (Dez is still working on it) and buggered it up, having every spoke one hole further round than it should have been. Got it right second time and have just been out for a short test ride. Very satisfying!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: DrMekon on September 24, 2009, 01:17:19 pm
Fitted a Brooks mudflap to my SKS. It's made the SKS flap a bit, which is annoying... I ought not have been so lazy, and made the carpet rubber DIY jobbies.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on September 24, 2009, 01:43:05 pm
The lawn.
I am about to attack a pile of wood.
I am then going to have a go at a rear tyre replacement.  Krylion off Krylion on, of course.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gatlow on September 24, 2009, 03:49:21 pm
Rohloff hub.

The internal gear cable frayed and anchored itself in the concertina cable covers.  So i DID have to remove the wheel for the first time before 10000 miles.

Its all fine and dandy now though :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CrinklyLion on September 24, 2009, 07:17:31 pm
Not sure this really counts as fettling... but it probably does by my standards  :)  Oh, and technically it was actually yesterday.

I was about to set off on my bike to the pool last night, so I stuck my lights back on the bike and then I realised that the mounting bracket for one of my (cheapo rubbish) front lights was distinctly wobbly.  Further investigation revealed that, in the time it was parked up in the bike shed for the day some little darling had fiddled about and borked the cam-lever-y type thing so it wouldn't shut properly.  So I fettled it by judicious application of.... a hair bobble, cunningly positioned to hold said lever in place.  So you see, Sustrans silly campaign people, there are some advantages to being a gurl wiv gurly hair onna bike.

(It wasn't a pink bobble though.  And I don't pack a hairbrush for cycling)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on September 26, 2009, 09:12:10 pm
Well after getting the hercules squished I checked it out and it is officially borked frame, wheels, crank and handlebars all bent.

So I decided, as the on one hubs had arrived, to commence the building of the fixed 501 tubed fixed mountain bike.  So fully stripped the bike removed all the stickers and now commencing the rebuild once the rims and spokes arrived.

Then started on the ridgeback 531 tubed frame, this is also going fixed so stripped off all the gearing and cable lugs with a dremmel and the smoothed the frame in preperation to go to the powder coaters to be rebuild as another fixie/single speed.

Hope fully completing those two will see if I can build and sell fixed bikes for a profit.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Hot Flatus on September 26, 2009, 09:34:40 pm
Washed the 3 main bikes.  Put gel pads and Toshi leather bar tape onto the steel Rourke in a bid to make it more comfy
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on September 27, 2009, 07:36:45 pm
Put some raceblades on my single speed - so easy why did I put it off for so long?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on September 27, 2009, 07:45:30 pm
Been wasting a couple of hours trying to make Suntour cantiliever brakes work as good as the claims for them suggest. 

They'll have to go.  V's are so easy to set up and at least they work!!!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rafletcher on September 27, 2009, 07:52:32 pm
Well after a visit from the faeries this morning, and on discovering my spare tube (well one of the two I was carrying) although unused had split - I came home, changed both tyres and tubes on that bike, degreased chaing, rings and cassette, and washed it. Also set up the turbo with my other bike and fitted a "trainer" tyre to that. Then I ordered some fresh tubes, a pair of kyrlion carbon tyres, 3 new power links (I lost half of the one I was using when cleaning the chain) and a road morph pump  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on September 27, 2009, 07:56:45 pm
Been wasting a couple of hours trying to make Suntour cantiliever brakes work as good as the claims for them suggest. 

They'll have to go.  V's are so easy to set up and at least they work!!!

Do it Sheldon's way & they work ;)

Tho I've never had SunTours...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on September 27, 2009, 08:24:45 pm
Son's MTB front wheel picked up two thorns.  Goodness only knows where he rides to get all these thorns.  >:(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on September 27, 2009, 08:38:01 pm
Been wasting a couple of hours trying to make Suntour cantiliever brakes work as good as the claims for them suggest. 

They'll have to go.  V's are so easy to set up and at least they work!!!

Do it Sheldon's way & they work ;)


They may work, but they aint effective!   :D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Hot Flatus on September 27, 2009, 08:53:47 pm
I take it you are using the self-energising ones?

I had some on a Kaff a few years back, they were excellent, although a little too powerful.  IIRC it is only the rear that is SE
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on September 27, 2009, 08:55:21 pm
Well today I took the handle bars off the moulton and cut them down to make bull bars.  These were non moulton curly road bars. Then attacked a pair of motorbike handle bars to make a funky pair of roadster/moustache  bars.

Tried to get the quill out of the moulton frame but it is corroded in so but some plus gas on it and will leave it a while also looks like.

Fettled the moulton midi as the back brake was sticking, lubed then replaced the cable and it still sticks.  So I gave up, for the day.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on September 27, 2009, 11:01:57 pm
Exchanged the Michelin XCRoad tyres on the uber-commuter for Scwalbe Marathons. I'm not sure I will be leaving the roadies for dust any more, but at least I won't find myself precariously heading for a motorway entry slip road.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: John Henry on September 28, 2009, 09:22:17 pm
The wife has been out for the evening so I took the opportunity. I don't get around to it very often, but that only increases the sense of anticipation. I wiped it clean first. Then I rubbed and rubbed, slapping on plenty of wax and stopping now and then to warm it up with the hairdryer. My palms are sticky and I'm glowing slightly, but I feel a zen-like calm and sense of satisfaction. I know that men have been doing this for generations, and I feel a spiritual connection with ages past.

Yes, my Carradice cotton duck rackpack is now fully reproofed and ready for winter.

JH
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on September 28, 2009, 09:23:56 pm
Got my trailer out after two years' layoff.  Pumped the tyres up, and it seems fine.  Even the light works :o Though I wouldn't want to speculate too long about what the batteries look like :-\
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on September 29, 2009, 11:35:22 am
I take it you are using the self-energising ones?

I had some on a Kaff a few years back, they were excellent, although a little too powerful.  IIRC it is only the rear that is SE

Yup, the SE's on the rear of the tandem.    Ironically it's the rear which is the real squidgy and useless one.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gatlow on September 29, 2009, 03:06:11 pm
The old banger - oil and filter change and replaced the 1/2 litre of gearbox oil that pissed out during wheel bearing replacement a couple of months ago.

Replaced the koolstop front cartridges on the Raven with shimano ones as the squealing was driving me BONKERS!  I don't care if it reduces rim life a bit, i hate the squealing!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wobbly John on September 29, 2009, 10:03:24 pm
Fitted Dynohub & lights to the fixie. The rectifier had blown so fitted a new larger one.

Mended the p*nt*re in the time trial bike - picked up a sharp flint while warming up for the last time trial of the season and DNS-ed. Couldn't be arsed fixin' it before.

Pumped up the tubs on old sprint rims to see if they still hold wood up.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on September 29, 2009, 10:04:19 pm
New rear tyre on Theia.
Tightened the cranks on the TCR.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on October 04, 2009, 03:07:18 am
Well attacking a Raliegh Cameo 3 speed for a friend.

Well I stripped the bike the other day and today attacked the chrome bits with wire wool (mainly the front wheel rim, front brake, the cranks and some of the handlebars and, stem.) polished the frame with polish andd now its all shiney.  I then regreased the wheel bearings and bb and headset and re assembled.  I even assembled the tyres and tubes with slime tyre liners.

All that left to do is attack the rear wheel rim with wire wool and finish the handle bars and stem and rear brake.  Then give the bike to my friend to use to pootle around london.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on October 04, 2009, 07:22:53 am
Well, yesterday.  Stripped, cleaned and serviced the Ashtabula BB on Miss Z's bike.  I rather like the specialist tool-free design (one 32mm spanner does it), although they're impossible to seal properly.

I hate cleaning out bearing cages though, and I'll get some loose 5/16" balls for next time.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on October 04, 2009, 07:48:56 am
Yesterday: fitted a bottle dynamo (thanks, tatanab :thumbsup:) to my daughter's uni hybrid. It took me an age, but I could do another one in five minutes, now.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: groucho on October 04, 2009, 06:50:18 pm
Yesterday fitted bar tape to my Raleigh fixie and a new stem on the Sabbath only to find a different dia on the handlebars. Watch out in the Sale columns!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: αdαmsκι on October 04, 2009, 06:54:09 pm
Nearly three weeks ago I attempted to fit some Koolstop brake pads to the front of my Ribble, but I gave up after a lot of faff. Returning to the task today meant more filing, this time of the washers. The pads are now on the bike, but I couldn't be bothered to faff with the rear brake and just fitted some new Campagnolo blocks to the back brake.

I also cleaned the cassette and chain. I then tried to stop the chain rubbing on the front mech when using the 50 x 12 and 50 x 13 gear. However, I've discovered the problem's caused by the chain sitting higher than it should on the chainring, which is caused by huge amounts of chain wear. As much as it pains me, I'm going to have to spend more money on the bike.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rdaviesb on October 04, 2009, 09:50:44 pm
Repaired the nose clip of my crash damaged Brooks Swift, which decided that is was going to try and eject itself off of the saddle rails. It failed, but left the saddle twisted. Judicious use of Glasgow screwdriver, file and vice, and the adjustment bolt now sits where it should do, and the front the the saddle looks something like it should. Whilst I was at it, also polished some of the scratches out of my ebay buy seatpost.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gatlow on October 06, 2009, 07:48:32 am
Yesterday, I gave the Raven a hub oil change.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 06, 2009, 01:09:23 pm
Replaced the bog seat.  For the first time in over twelve years, I can now have a wazz at home without having to hold the seat up.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on October 06, 2009, 08:35:26 pm
I anticipation of rain tomorrow evening, I have pumped the tyres, checked the lights, ad oiled the chain of my winter fixie
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: woollypigs on October 06, 2009, 10:39:02 pm
Fettled some old battery light, rear and front, to the dyno hub. Though they blink rather a lot cause I forgot it was AC and DC not the same, doh. But it works :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: drossall on October 06, 2009, 11:23:00 pm
Well, I knew that the rims on my Audax bike were reaching the end of their life, and then I broke a spoke on the Golden Tints. It's the Anfractuous on Saturday, so I'm building new wheels onto the hubs. I got the rear laced today, and tomorrow I hope to lace the front and tension them. Or I could be up late on Friday :-\

I may carry a proper spoke key round the event, just in case...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on October 07, 2009, 08:30:09 pm
Fixed a puncture before setting off for home
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tim on October 07, 2009, 09:52:07 pm
Fettling postponed: took a wheel into the bike shop. "Hmmmm that's interesting. We'll phone Germany tomorrow."

And I seem to have acquired a new jersey in related incident. Damn their "sale rail" technique of product placement.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on October 07, 2009, 11:09:20 pm
Having now got the right sized forks I took them to the man with the right sized hammer to fit the crown race. And now I have the winter bike on the road. All the old bits from the ribble have been transferred - 9 speed campag Xenon, wheels of the summer bike, but swapped the cassette back to 9-Speed. Moved the Ayups from the MTB that will soon be retired. Moved the compact chainset and BB from the summer bike. The only thing left to do is fit guards. Took it for a spin to check it all works - first time up Dundee Law for a long time, and they have filled in half the potholes.  ;D

Summer bike now hung up for the winter. It is getting frosty out there.

..d

 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nmcgann on October 07, 2009, 11:12:07 pm
Had yet another go at tweaking the front shifting on my winter bike.

The combination of campag 30/40/50 triple chainset and shimano 9-speed 105 STIs has proved a right pig to set up. I've got a decent range of gears on each ring now without the chain rubbbing on the front mech cage, but the sti downshift from outer to middle ring is like a beartrap going off and occasionally throws the chain onto the inner ring when on too big a cog at the back.

It was a lot easier when this bike was a mix of campag ergos and shimano rear mech and cassette ::-) Shame I'm a philistine and prefer Shimano sti shifting  :-\
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: drossall on October 07, 2009, 11:29:11 pm
Front now laced and tensioned. Still needs truing. Rear to be tensioned. Should get it done in time.

Watched a recording of the World Championships at the same time :) We were away and I haven't had chance till tonight.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on October 10, 2009, 04:08:08 pm
Changed the oil in the car and then cleaned the engine (yes, really).

Took the ENO wheel off the Frankendale and cleaned it ready for sale.

Fitted the "winter wheels" to the 50s bike; steel-shelled rear hub and dynamo front hub.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on October 10, 2009, 04:17:14 pm
K Edge onto the TCR.
Ride On Professional cables onto Theia.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Pingu on October 11, 2009, 06:27:34 pm
Rebuilt Mrs P's commuter (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=17.msg444402#msg444402).

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2480/4001319894_6234e08d8d.jpg)

More like 'What have you fettled this week?'
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on October 11, 2009, 06:35:53 pm
Was in no state to do any riding thanks to the side-effects of the flu jab, so got round to fitting the other front rack.  Those on the camping weekend will recall my discovery that a D-lock in fork mounted bracket almost, but not quite entirely, fails to balance a usefully-loaded front pannier.

This involved replacing the QR skewer with a security allen key type (the reason I hadn't fitted both racks previously) and drilling a bit of stainless to make the mounting holes line up properly.

Mental note: buy new drill bits.  Half of them are blunt.  Suspiciously, it's the half that I find myself needing most often...   ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on October 11, 2009, 07:11:51 pm
I have re-proofed both my Goretex jacket and my overshoes.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adam on October 11, 2009, 09:19:00 pm
I've had a busy day today.  Fitted my new wheel onto the commuter, and then fitted new handlebars onto the Planet X Ti (as I'd realised the original ones were too narrow).  My first time for doing handlebar tape - took me a little while but it doesn't look too bad.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on October 11, 2009, 09:56:39 pm
Son-in-law's Galaxy.

He had a rear-wheel puncture but the tyre was terribly thin and it looked as though the brake blocks had been biting the walls- but when I replaced the wheel that didn't seem to be the case. There were also quite a few very loose spokes on the non-drive side.

He needs a new tyre.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 12, 2009, 11:30:09 am
I have now finished Son of Oscar's re-build.  Wednesday night will see him out for the first time so hopefully nothing will fall off.

New rear derailleur (Deore XT) and 11 to 34 block linked to a new Stronglight Impact triple chainset with 50/40/30 rings.  The next time I have to cycle up the side of a house I'll be just fine ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/NewSoO2.jpg)

The cockpit has also had a make over with bar end shifters, Cane Creek brake levers and super comfy fizik tape and gel pads ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/NewSoO1.jpg)

I well pleased with the overall result and learnt lots during the re-build process ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/NewSoO.jpg)


Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tonycollinet on October 15, 2009, 11:55:10 pm
Just fitted new disk brakes to the MTB. Next I'm going to have to shorten at least one, possibly both hoses. I've been reading up on bleeding shimano brakes.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rower40 on October 18, 2009, 02:23:09 pm
Started tinkering with the bracket that holds the (dynamo-powered) Cyo N+ on the front.  Stopped tinkering when I noted that the Cyo was absorbing electricity, but not, contrary to its purpose, producing any light.  Swore.

(Oddly enough, the Cyo works when I connect it to 4 AA cells.  Either way round.  But it's not happy with the wobbly electricity coming out of my dynamo.  Even when I put a bridge rectifier in.)
After only (!) a month, I've sorted this light.  A complete re-wire fixed it.  I couldn't see anything wrong with the wires removed.  So I've now got a spare Cyo, ready for my next illumination project.  (Hmm, those recumbents need something more permanent than a Cateye Double-shot swapped onto whatever I happen to be riding....)

Information corner: when putting wires onto a Brommie, zip-tie them TIGHT to the brake or gear cables, so that they don't move where they shouldn't during a fold.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Greenbank on October 18, 2009, 03:32:51 pm
Finally got round to replacing the spoke borrowed from another rear wheel (been on my TODO list since LEL).

Now about to fix the front wheel puncture that I got 2 months ago (easier to swap to the SON wheel than to fix it).
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on October 18, 2009, 03:34:51 pm
Put a new wheel with dyno-hub on the Longstaff & fitted the Basta "pilot" front light & bracket.
Put some air into both tyres on my GillP's our Langster..
Now waiting for darkness so that I can adjust the front light angleofdangle to get the light set to where I want it.

Oh!...& I put a recently acquired AUDAXUK sticker on my rear mudgaurd,just above the CTC sticker.
I will have to refit my Barley,re-grow my E2E beard & get some woolie-bullies to go with my sandals & then I will have the complete sterotype look ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on October 18, 2009, 03:51:51 pm
Swapped pedals onto the tandem, oil and air.   

A good cycling day here too  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: numbnuts on October 18, 2009, 04:17:57 pm
I kicked both wheels this morning does that count, the bike is very dirty and need a clean but it was such a nice day I went out for a ride  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on October 18, 2009, 04:26:56 pm
Installed a new seat on the MTB.  Just about to remove the IQ Fly and hub dynamo and put my normal commuter front wheel back on, along with Halide lights.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: perpetual dan on October 18, 2009, 08:53:03 pm
I fettled some insulation in the eaves where various builders have removed bits.

Much more exciting, is that Mrs Dan has breathed new life into 20 year old panniers I found I still had in the loft.  :thumbsup: :-*
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CrinklyLion on October 18, 2009, 11:58:26 pm
Cleaned and then oiled the chain on the boy's bike, put a bit of air in the tyres and given the bike a very cursory lick and a promise.  But I better not tell him I've done it for him cos that's make him cross as he likes to do it himself.  Then had to clean the laminate flooring in the living room as it got quite messy.  I thought about doing mine and dearly_beloved's too, but decided to have a beer instead :)

(A bike shed would be nice... or a working street light on our road would help!)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CrinklyLion on October 19, 2009, 12:01:46 am
And I've swapped the batteries in both of their lights and put the spares on charge. 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on October 19, 2009, 06:42:50 am
Fitted a new chain to Theia too.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tonycollinet on October 19, 2009, 07:14:44 am
And I put a new chain on the commuter. Plus a thorough clean, including crank removal. It only gets that on chain changing - so about twice a year.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MattH on October 19, 2009, 07:56:11 am
Fixed the Dyson yesterday - the carbon motor brushes were sticking in their carriers and not sliding further out to compensate for the bits that had worn off. There is something quite satisfying about working on domestic appliances.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on October 25, 2009, 07:03:50 am
My Surly singulator chain tensioner came loose and went into the spokes on my Ridgeback at about 15 mph...

Result? Bent hanger, pringled wheel, wrecked tensioner, three broken spokes and several bent spokes.

What a mess.  :-[

Miraculously, I already have a new hanger that fits and I'll refit the original tensioner - which I'd only changed for aesthteic reasons. (Plonker)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on October 25, 2009, 09:39:18 am
Nothing, yet, but I will soon.  Theia needs a good clean and inspection after several days commuting in cruddy weather.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Greenbank on October 25, 2009, 12:08:29 pm
New brake blocks for the Tempo. Worn down almost completely. I didn't have a rear brake for the first part of yesterday's 200, including going down Titsey Hill.

Realised I don't keep track of when I change them so I've got no idea how long they've lasted.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on October 25, 2009, 12:11:04 pm
You should make a note on the components section of Bikejournal.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Greenbank on October 25, 2009, 12:16:23 pm
You should make a note on the components section of Bikejournal.

I do for chain servicing, tyre changing, punctures, etc.

It doesn't help that the bike service report feature reports odd/crap mileages, nor can you add individual notes to the service report (without having to service a chain or a tyre). This has been "in progress" for years...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 25, 2009, 01:26:56 pm
Last weekend I scrubbed the bike thoroughly, especially the chain and cassette because I was taking it in for a pre-winter service on Thursday. First thing he said to me was "you'll need a new chain and cassette."  ::-) ;D Picked it up just now. Shiny.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: chris n on October 25, 2009, 03:05:46 pm
Trued the rear wheel on the Roadrat.  Put a bit too much tension on some old spokes and snapped a nipple. >:(  So had to back off the whole wheel, add a new nipple and re-true.  Then re-fitted the Midge bars in readiness for a bit of monster cross action over the winter.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on October 25, 2009, 04:34:10 pm
While cleaning Theia found the crud in the cassette was like concrete so decided to take the rings off.  Good job I did as I then peeked inside the Hope hub and found loads of crud in amongst the palls.  Then found one pall spring has broken.  Gave it all a huge clean and lube and I feel much better now.   ;D

Managed to 'Nutty' my little finger on a spoke though and have blood to show for it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gandalf on October 25, 2009, 06:57:07 pm
I've been making a right pig's ear of trying to adjust my gears.  I don't think I'll ever crack this.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on October 25, 2009, 07:34:06 pm
I've been making a right pig's ear of trying to adjust my gears.  I don't think I'll ever crack this.

I too am gifted with the same talent ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on October 25, 2009, 07:36:18 pm
I used to be.  Just keep at it.  Stop have a cuppa, then go back to the drawing board.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MSeries on October 25, 2009, 07:40:07 pm
cleaned my Dolan, added an extension to it's front mudguard, fitted new tyres, stripped La Chignole, washed my Hewitt.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: toekneep on October 25, 2009, 07:48:52 pm
Fitted the Brooks Swift to the fixie. One of these days I might actually ride it. (Haven't been out for over a fortnight now due to the most persistent cold I have ever had  :(  )
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on October 25, 2009, 07:50:27 pm
Gah.  Tried to fettle Butterfly's SwingGrip, but the band of cheese gave up.  >:(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gandalf on October 26, 2009, 07:15:51 pm
Just put some M520s on my commuting bike, couldn't cope with the single sided Lidl faffage any longer. 

Still, at £19.95 inc postage and cleats it can't be bad.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on October 26, 2009, 11:16:04 pm
Today has been a good day  :smug:  (subject to testing)

I have fettled...

Wowbagger's Mercian.

Mrs Nutty's Wardrobe.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on October 26, 2009, 11:20:46 pm
I have put a long strip onto the front mudguard as a super dooper mudflap.  It is brown and just a trial to see if it makes enough of a difference.  Father in Law is searching for a better option using black thin but softly flexible plastic.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on November 01, 2009, 04:42:16 pm
Took an MKS pedal partially apart to tighten and grease, and set the iMagic up.   I needed the pedal for the turbo hack.   Oh, I had to put a new cmos battery into the turbo pc too. 

All set up for winter...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on November 01, 2009, 04:49:16 pm
I managed to swap the tyres on both Superstoker's bikes, and adjust the gears and brakes on his hybrid :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on November 01, 2009, 04:50:18 pm
I have installed mud flaps MkIII onto Theia.  Damp coursing is ace.  Big test ride tomorrow on my commute.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: eck on November 01, 2009, 04:59:24 pm
Replaced the bearings in my Campag hub and put new springs and pauls palls pawls in the freehub.  :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MSeries on November 01, 2009, 05:02:33 pm
Made some mudflaps, three, and a rear lamp bracket.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on November 01, 2009, 05:05:45 pm
Replaced the bearings in my Campag hub and put new springs and pauls palls pawls in the freehub.  :)

Sorry?  Can't hear you for that loud ticking noise ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: eck on November 01, 2009, 05:43:43 pm
Replaced the bearings in my Campag hub and put new springs and pauls palls pawls in the freehub.  :)

Sorry?  Can't hear you for that loud ticking noise ;D

That's an apawling appalling reply.  :P
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Greenbank on November 02, 2009, 10:15:38 pm
Stopped at the LBS to pick up a new brake cable and they changed it for me there and then.

All ready for the Upper Thames...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on November 02, 2009, 10:16:30 pm
That's good.  Putney Cycles?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Greenbank on November 02, 2009, 10:17:34 pm
Yup, 6.30pm and they were becoming quite busy with drop-offs and collections too.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on November 02, 2009, 10:19:46 pm
:thumbsup:  That's the sort of customer service that gets people coming back and spending their dosh, so I thought it was worth mentioning the name ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on November 06, 2009, 08:42:11 pm
Just taken the rear pannier rack off the Langster & fitted a Tortec Razorgaurd over the rear wheel
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on November 07, 2009, 08:19:37 pm
Built the new rear wheel for the as yet frameless commuting fixie.  Some wheels come together easily, and this is one of them.  The spokes are tensioned as far as I dare and stress-relieved, and although it's not been in the truing stand yet it's remarkably straight.

Goldtec black 135mm track hub, 36 black DT Competition spokes, Mavic XC717 rim.  None more black.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on November 07, 2009, 09:44:07 pm
Cleaned the Etape and de-flinted the Krylions.  I then re-arranged the rear lighting and installed my new Lumicycle LED4 head unit.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alan on November 08, 2009, 11:51:43 am
In an effort to combat persistent sore sit bones I have taken the Swallow saddle off the Trek & fitted it to the Langster & the B17 from the Langster is now on the Trek.
I am hoping that the narrower Swallow will be more comfortable.
It occurred to me as I was doing all this that the Trek has not been used for more than a 6 mile ride for approx 16 months :o
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: seventytwo on November 08, 2009, 12:03:02 pm
Bit of a cheat as it was yesterday...

Fettled an old Bromich with Sturmey-Archer 3-speed gear (as part of my volunteer duties at the local bike recycling place). 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jane on November 08, 2009, 12:17:27 pm
Fitted new brake levers and cables to my daughters Lincoln Imp (her Ebay purchase she wants singespeeded) I think they look a bit weird (goldfinger things) but it's what she wanted and it is a birthday present.  Fitted the gold handlebar tape and gold saddle. Fitted a 21t freewheel and an 20t cog on the flip flop hub on the wheels she bought for it ) another ebay bargain of hers. She wanted to keep the old Weinmann sidepulls.  They work better than I thought they would.  Unfortunately, I now seem to have stripped the thread on the bolt that fixes the rear cable to the mechanism and now it won't grip the cable tight when the lever is pulled .  And amongst the hundreds of bolts and nuts I have in little tins I do not seem to have one that will do the job. Ho hum. 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: drossall on November 08, 2009, 03:25:01 pm
A Weinmann anchor bolt? I've probably got one or two. There were a couple of different sizes though IIRC. Any chance of a picture.

Whereabouts in the country are you, roughly?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jane on November 08, 2009, 03:33:43 pm
I knew someone would know about this.  I'll try and take a picture in a minute or so.  The caliper is stamped weinmann type 73c and the bolt has a hole through the middle to put the cable through.
I'm in London SE23
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: drossall on November 08, 2009, 05:08:52 pm
The 73C may be enough. All Weinmann anchor bolts have a hole for the cable, but I've seen two sizes on Weinmanns or look-alikes. It may be easier to try one. I'll have a look around - chase me if I don't answer in a day or two.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on November 08, 2009, 05:51:44 pm
I think I have two upstairs.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on November 08, 2009, 06:49:21 pm
Sodding tube repair >:(

I managed to center punch dead on a piece of MOT the size of my fist that was stuck fast in the tarmac.

Pinch puncture.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on November 10, 2009, 05:16:38 pm
I turned the corner into my road today to experience that sinking tyre-roll feeling of a puncture.

On inspection I found that the tyre has had its day, with just too much wear, and a split of which I had been unaware. Fortunately I had a brand-new Marathon in 26*1.5 hanging in the garage but it was a real fight getting it on the rim. It will have to come off again in the not too distant future because the rim probably has less than 1000 miles left in it. However, I'm not intending to build a Rohloff-equipped wheel so that will be a job for Thorn's wheelbuilder.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on November 12, 2009, 08:39:52 pm
Mudguard onto the front of the Dave Yates, mudflap on the rear.

I'll fit a front mudflap when I've finished off the milk.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on November 15, 2009, 04:17:39 pm
Finished the S3X wheel (it took hours - I'll never buy Open Pros again, not stiff enough, and not especially round where they're welded).  Put it on the Fuji.  Didn't go for a ride because I haven't yet fitted the shifter and the cable gizmos, so it would have been a 48 x 15 slog.

There seems to be a neutral position between 2 and 3.  That might be fun  ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on November 15, 2009, 06:26:30 pm
Bottom bracket removed, cleaned and re-lubed.  Good bike clean done.  First chain rotation.  New brake blocks on the rear brakes.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on November 15, 2009, 06:28:47 pm
I stripped (almost) all the Campagnolo off the Woodrup, and fitted some very fetching Shimano 600 components.  Still need to do the cables & adjustment (& replace those wheels), but it's looking lovely. :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alecstilleyedye on November 15, 2009, 08:11:46 pm
tightened a loose screw in the door hinge of my car, and in vain tried to use bike grease to stop the doors at the back creaking when they open…
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on November 15, 2009, 11:30:51 pm
Finished the S3X wheel (it took hours - I'll never buy Open Pros again, not stiff enough, and not especially round where they're welded).  Put it on the Fuji.  Didn't go for a ride because I haven't yet fitted the shifter and the cable gizmos, so it would have been a 48 x 15 slog.

There seems to be a neutral position between 2 and 3.  That might be fun  ;)

What spoke length did you go with, and was it spot on?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on November 15, 2009, 11:32:23 pm
I took all the keys off my keyboard and brushed all the detritus (beard hairs, biscuit crumbs, general other human remains) out of it and put all the keys back in. It's working better now.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: oncemore on November 16, 2009, 01:09:31 pm
Fitted a Dog Fang on the carbon one. At the other end of the £ and age scale...changed the gearing on the s/s '89 Fire Mountain and discarded the tensioner as 42x19 seems to be magic (if a trifle tight!).
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on November 16, 2009, 03:00:28 pm
Took the new chain off and installed the worn chain I had taken off.  No skipping so I can go to work tomorrow and I've ordered a new cassette.  I think that chain, the first one due rotation is not going to be worth it.  Stretched to 0.75 already after only 1000 miles.  I reckon this time of year what with the wet and the grit is harder on chains.  Soon when it gets cold and crisp things will be better.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on November 17, 2009, 05:55:06 pm
Tonight the S3X will be cabled up and ridden.

It's been 50 years in the making.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: eck on November 17, 2009, 05:57:32 pm
I took all the keys off my keyboard and brushed all the detritus (beard hairs, biscuit crumbs, general other human remains) out of it and put all the keys back in. It's working better now.
I peoh ouy utp mhet abck ni het ghtri rrode.  :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on November 17, 2009, 07:18:21 pm
I have fettled a caravan into a state of cleanliness,nay sparkling even,& covered it with a weatherproof/breathable winter coat.
Then I cleaned my fixed wheel bike.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on November 17, 2009, 08:05:18 pm
Tonight the S3X will be cabled up and ridden.

It's been 50 years in the making.

*rubs thighs in disturbing Vic Reeves manner* :P
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on November 17, 2009, 08:07:01 pm
I was so embarrassed by the squeaking coming from my chain that I cleaned & lubed it before coming in the house this evening, to avoid being arrested by the RSPCA Inspectors for torturing mice.

Then I used SCIENCE to straighten my rear mech, which has been a wee bit out for a few days.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on November 17, 2009, 09:08:26 pm
I fettled a new five-string rectractable washing line above the radiator in the cloakroom at work. Thus the two of us who cycle regularly can drape and dry our clothes during the day.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on November 18, 2009, 09:20:17 am
I fettled a new five-string rectractable washing line above the radiator in the cloakroom at work. Thus the two of us who cycle regularly can drape and dry our clothes during the day.  :thumbsup:

can you play Layla onit yet? :demon:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on November 21, 2009, 04:26:06 pm
replaced the rear brake blocks on fixed wheel bike
fitted rear mudgaurd to same bike
fitted Topeak bar extender & front lights to same bike
fitted a tri-bag to top tube/stem of same bike

fitted a map trap to handle bars of geared bike in readiness for forthcoming audax rides.

made sure both bikes are carrying two spare inner tubes & fairy-visit repair kit & tyre levers

both bikes now have a computer

sterilised two 750ml bidons using Milton fluid.The aroma made me think back to when my offspring were babies.

gave my new Brooks Swallow saddle a 2nd dose of proofide so that it can be sent to Santa & be ready for use immediatley on Christmas day 28th December
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on November 21, 2009, 04:31:54 pm
Carefully removed the seals on the cartridge bearings on a used FSA Orbit Extreme Pro headset I got from ebay.   A bargain price but not quite so 'hardly used' as the description indicated.

A soak in degreaser, a week to dry then a load of fresh grease should put a few years life back in the thing.

   
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on November 21, 2009, 06:42:04 pm
"There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can "overhaul" it, or you can ride it."

Thanks to swine flu and Stupid Lungs I'm not going to be doing the latter for a while, so:
Nearly finished replacing all the cables and front brake pads on my Dawes.  Rear mech got a much-needed bath in the ultrasonic cleaner, too.  Need a new noodle boot thingy for the front brake, so that'll have to wait for final adjustment, but the gears and rear brake are all lovely and smooth  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: JonBuoy on November 21, 2009, 07:22:25 pm
Finally got round to performing a rim transplant on the back wheel of the Trance.  In the summer I loaned it to a friend then stupidly rammed it at speed on the hardtail - ripping two spokes out of the rim.  I have no previous wheel building experience but, with Sheldon as my guide, the transplant seemed to go relatively well.  I guess that now I need to throw it down some lumpy bits to test it properly.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on November 21, 2009, 07:40:36 pm
Well I stripped the pashley princess to a frame then went to cycle surgery to buy the replacement forks.  So then came home and replaced the forks and re assembled the bike, cleaning and lubricating as I went along.

Now to finish measuring measuring the erd on the richley rock pro rim so I can finally build the wheels to put on the fixie.

Really should sell the Moulton Midi, but having no joy on gumtree.  Which is annoying as I want it gone and prefer to have to spend the money on getting the other mouton standard back on the road.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andrewc on November 21, 2009, 10:10:06 pm
Set up the brakes and fitted the chain to the MTB I'm slowly building up. Would have done the gears but had no cable ferrules, will try to get some at Halfords tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on November 21, 2009, 11:00:57 pm
I fettled four kids' bikes, and then we went out on a ride.

Lots of hard work I wasn't quite anticipating (though I knew I was going to be doing the toughest), so, while I had a truing stand, I didn't have enough tools :-\

But it worked, and the ride was great fun.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on November 22, 2009, 05:00:08 pm
The long job of fitting full mudguards to the Inbred, which has no chainstay or seatstay bridges and has a front fork with "suspension geometry", which means there is 5" of air between the crown and the tyre.

This has involved a lot of custom work cutting brackets, spacers and drop bolts from round and square section aluminium tubing, as well as a couple of band-on bottle bosses.  Nearly there though, and it looks as good as a bike with mudguards can, or will when I've painted all the bare tubing black to hide it and blend it into the guards.  

Will it be the only fixed Inbred with full mudguards in existence?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: eck on November 22, 2009, 05:11:15 pm
I done mudguards today too. 
I replaced the ancient (ca 1997) Salmon Profils on my winter bike with a pair, with a tasteful reflective yellow stripe, I got from Tom of this parish.  :thumbsup:
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2631/4125335730_dd56cfe630.jpg)

I also regreased the internals of the Campag freehub body after an unsuccessful experiment to use oil instead.  :facepalm:
It now sounds like a Swiss watch.  :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on November 22, 2009, 05:21:45 pm

Will it be the only fixed Inbred with full mudguards in existence?


Probably, as I don't expect that my stolen one is still thus configured.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on November 22, 2009, 05:27:47 pm
Not really fettled, just lubed the new chain and pumped up the tyres.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: chris n on November 22, 2009, 05:32:06 pm
I done mudguards today too

And me - re-fitted (so an easy job really) the guards to the Roadrat, along with 37mm slicks instead of knobblies, flat bars instead of midges, fitted lights and flipped the wheel to 42x20 - ready for commuting for the rest of the winter. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on November 22, 2009, 06:01:50 pm
42x20 - ready for commuting for the rest of the winter. :thumbsup:

is it hilly on your commute?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: dasmoth on November 22, 2009, 06:22:02 pm
Slightly belatedly, replaced the pads on the tandem's disc brake.  Turned out to be far easier than expected, so no need for procrastination next time.

...and just about to order a campag-style BB tool in order to further investigate the ongoing saga of the Strange Clicky Noises from the Tempo.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: chris n on November 22, 2009, 06:34:13 pm
42x20 - ready for commuting for the rest of the winter. :thumbsup:

is it hilly on your commute?

Oops!  I meant 42x18.  I've got 20T on the other side, which I had been using for tooling about off road.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Welsh Man on November 22, 2009, 10:20:52 pm
Just about finished painting my Daughters bedroom , just a bit of gloss to go !


 ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on November 22, 2009, 10:22:35 pm
step 1. Go to bike shop to get repaired Z-Control pedals and walk home. Success
step 2. Open shed door grab pedal spanner remove ancient temporary pedals. Success
step 3. Put blob of antisieze on repaired pedal. Success
step 4. Attach Z Control pedals to cranks Success Fail - No pedal washers
step 5. Remove Z Control pedals. Success
step 6. Transfer pedal washers from ye olde pedal to Z-Control. Success.
step 7. Attach Z Control pedals to cranks. Success.

 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 23, 2009, 01:35:48 pm
A quick 2 mile spin into town has confirmed that Project Magic Bag Lite TM has been successfully completed.

A black and white Carradice Barley has been attached to the seat post of my Ribble courtesy of a SQR mount.  Not only does it work well it also looks in keeping with my black Brooks B17 Imperial.  Son of Oscar is now a proper gentleman's bicycle.

The new rig will be tested in earnest on Wednesday evening when we both venture out with the YACF Pompey crew.  Can't wait!

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on November 23, 2009, 08:28:13 pm
Shortened the brake hose on the Inbred, then flushed and bled the system.  Then stopped the disc rubbing by...er...bending the disc back into true by hand.  Surprisingly, this works.

Remaining job for tonight is to slap some matt black paint on all those homemade mudguard brackets so they're not as obvious.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on November 23, 2009, 09:04:24 pm
In the hope/expectation that both bikes will be used thru' the winter I have this evening applied more proofhide to the Swallow on the fixed & the B17 on the geared bike.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on November 23, 2009, 09:12:49 pm
I've been fettling bus timetables, now I know I'm off the bike for a few weeks. ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on November 24, 2009, 10:46:18 am
I have been trying to fettle our blocked drain. I am convinced that the blockage is outside the boundary wall so I have asked Anglian Water to sort it out.

Although playing with sewage is a very nasty job, on the few occasions I've been obliged to do so it's been a great success. It's a job with a great deal of satisfaction when it works although I don't think I'd like to do it for a living.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 24, 2009, 10:49:47 am
I have been trying to fettle our blocked drain. I am convinced that the blockage is outside the boundary wall so I have asked Anglian Water to sort it out.

Although playing with sewage is a very nasty job, on the few occasions I've been obliged to do so it's been a great success. It's a job with a great deal of satisfaction when it works although I don't think I'd like to do it for a living.

I'm sat here like a coiled spring waiting for the witty remarks made at your expense ...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Naggers on November 24, 2009, 02:12:43 pm
Fitted new tyres and tubes to the bike of one of the Aldgate Station staff who is going to start riding in more often.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Charlotte on November 24, 2009, 02:23:26 pm
I have been trying to fettle our blocked drain. I am convinced that the blockage is outside the boundary wall so I have asked Anglian Water to sort it out.

Although playing with sewage is a very nasty job, on the few occasions I've been obliged to do so it's been a great success. It's a job with a great deal of satisfaction when it works although I don't think I'd like to do it for a living.

It's a marvellous feeling when you succeed in shifting the sort of nasty little blockage that's been hanging around for a week or so, isn't it?   

I'm sat here like a coiled spring waiting for the witty remarks made at your expense ...

*takes little bow*
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on November 24, 2009, 02:29:12 pm
Fitted new tyres and tubes to the bike of one of the Aldgate Station staff who is going to start riding in more often.



Cool.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 24, 2009, 02:42:17 pm
I have been trying to fettle our blocked drain. I am convinced that the blockage is outside the boundary wall so I have asked Anglian Water to sort it out.

Although playing with sewage is a very nasty job, on the few occasions I've been obliged to do so it's been a great success. It's a job with a great deal of satisfaction when it works although I don't think I'd like to do it for a living.

It's a marvellous feeling when you succeed in shifting the sort of nasty little blockage that's been hanging around for a week or so, isn't it?   

I'm sat here like a coiled spring waiting for the witty remarks made at your expense ...

*takes little bow*

My high fibre diet has much to recommend it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on November 24, 2009, 07:27:11 pm
Not actually fettled today, I've left it a couple of months before posting to see if it will stand the test of a little time.  I was replacing a bottle dynamo with a Shimano hub dynamo (another fine purchase from Spa Cycles).  The existing light lacks a switch, and it was going to cost £30 to buy a new one. Answer - a £1.15 switch from Maplin, fixed with cable ties to the mudguard stays.  I wasn't convinced it was going to cope with rain but after 2 months of daily commuting its still ok.

I suppose it will break now that I've told the world about it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on November 24, 2009, 08:46:56 pm
Just fettling the front wheel puncture now.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Butterfly on November 24, 2009, 10:28:05 pm
Repaired a puncture in the push chair tyre. The other tyre than I repaired last week ::-). It may be time for new tyres.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: perpetual dan on November 24, 2009, 10:51:23 pm
(yesterday) Mrs Dan's bike has demonstrated an unpleasant ability to break the rubber straps on the car bike rack. So we're experimenting with sharing a bike for the commute (her in, me home, car to do Misses the other way). Hence I swapped the tyres, guards and lights from Mrs Dan's bike to my mountain bike, and changed the pedals back to ones that don't need cleats. I think it worked for both of us.

Apart from that we're redecorating the kitchen, so I've been painting for the last couple of days.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on November 24, 2009, 10:54:32 pm
Rack, mudguards, and tyres.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on November 26, 2009, 08:56:41 pm
The Inbred lives!  Oh yes.

The chainring arrived today so it's running 38 x 14 for about 69".  I filled the frame breather holes with mastic last night and also hung it up by its rear wheel and injected the gussets with WD-40, so it's pretty rust-proof now.  I put a rubber sleeve around the (expensive) seatpost to protect it from the Sheffield stand at work, gave it a coat of wax polish and then went out for a ride.

I thought the handling would be twitchy with 445mm Project Two forks (it's designed for 470mm suspension forks) but it's spot on.  The drive is silent - I spent a LOT of time getting the chainline right - and the Goldtec hub doesn't slip although I took it up Kite Hill (about 1:6 at the top).  The disc no longer rubs at all - it just needed a run to remove the high spots, I think.  Not terribly powerful braking yet when pulled hard (the pads aren't bedded in), but a 205mm disc is a marvellous drag brake going down a long hill.  At least until I boil the brake fluid, but I have changed it (the caliper is NOS so the fluid could have been 4-5 years old) and it is DOT 5.1.

Pictures at the weekend, by which time it will probably be filthy.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on November 26, 2009, 10:10:21 pm
I unsuccessfully fettled the gears on the Kaffenback.  In the last couple of days, I've managed to jam the chain at both ends of the cassette, which takes some doing!  I think the changer has got progressively over gunged with dirty, which is stopping it cleanly moving.

At the moment I've adjusted the lower endstop so that it doesn't go into the smaller sprocket at all.

I've checked the cassette is mounted OK (it is), and I've looked at the cable to make sure it's not frayed and catching in the outer or levers (it's not).  I really need to take the changer off and clean it, but I don't have time before the last FNRttC tomorrow night, so I'm going to liberally spray it with some light oil when I get home this evening, and hope that clears things up a bit.  Worst case scenario, I just get it to stay in one gear, and use it as a singlespeed.  Last year I cycled every FNRttC on a singlespeed, and it wasn't too difficult, other than Ditchling.

I don't know, you put a bike together, do a measly 6000 miles on it, and things start failing.  Wowbagger's right, derailleurs are a bad idea. :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: dasmoth on November 26, 2009, 10:39:01 pm
Also a fettling failure.  Removed and refitted the BB from the Tempo, but the <unprintable> thing still clicks as much as ever when riding (although, irritatingly, not while on the workstand).

Attention now returns to the pedals...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on November 27, 2009, 01:19:07 pm
Fitted mud flap to front & rear mudgaurd on the tourer/audax bike
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hawkeye on November 28, 2009, 12:17:55 pm
I got a superbly detailed description of the washing machine accepting a coin into the pump, an irregular clicking (as the coin bounced off the vanes), a noise like a distant electric saw (as the coin parked itself and started eating the said vanes) a low humming (as the coin jammed the vanes and the pump motor). By the time I got home yesterday the audience of Mrs H, 20 yo Mr H and 12yo Master H had disbanded an hour previously as the entertinment value had worn off.

But why hadn't anyone the wit to turn the damn machine off? Aaaargh! More entertainment as I had a rant at the family.

Fettled with a new pump and sump hose this morning.  Reminded how very bloody heavy a full washing machine can be as I put it on a sack barrow and let it drain in the yard first.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on November 28, 2009, 12:29:05 pm
Replaced bottom bracket on neighbour's mountain bike!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Diver300 on November 28, 2009, 01:01:12 pm
Not, I fear, an economic use of my time, but more satisfying that throwing item out...

Changed the main capacitor in a low energy lightbulb for one from a defunct phone charger.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on November 28, 2009, 02:37:45 pm
I've just cut the racing pack plug off the car battery charger (I used to use it for a SLA battery for bike lights) so I could wrap bared wire ends round a terminal and some other bolt on the car to charge the battery. Water has got in the sun roof and caused the inside light to come on and run it flat.

Next I am going to fettle the sun roofs with gaffer tape.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gus on November 29, 2009, 04:16:58 pm

brakes and  handlebar  changed, rack dismounted and SQR system mounted on the winterbike
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on November 29, 2009, 04:47:32 pm
"Proper" rear mudguard fitted to the commuter. Always a bit of a performance.

Intended to change all bar furniture over to a set of riser bars for a change, but didn't as the mudguard seemed to take forever.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: cyclone on November 29, 2009, 05:09:08 pm
New light bracket on audax bike - bit of ally fabrication so I can have it fit securely below the saddlepack as £20 week in lights due to speedbumps has just started to rack me off! :demon:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on November 29, 2009, 05:47:42 pm
Not so much what I've fettled as what I've unfettled.  Well, Superstoker & I, actually.

A happy and a sad sight both together, really.  We stripped the SuperGalaxy down to send for a respray.  It's a beautiful frame, and I look forward to when we get the Gal back on her wheels and out on the road. :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on November 29, 2009, 05:56:39 pm
Sat drinking coffee as I wrapped a couple of batteries in duct tape to make them completely non rattle when installed in the bar mounted torch.

Doing this in costa coffee may look odd.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on November 29, 2009, 08:26:38 pm


Doing this in costa coffee may look odd.


You are right. It would fit right in at a Cafe Nero though.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Blade on November 29, 2009, 09:03:01 pm
Went out and collected the childs mountain bike that I bought on ebay this week. Stripped it down for its donor parts for my winter/spring recumbent project.
Finished the winter overhaul of my Cannondale road bike.Discovered that I'd got several oily black marks on the handlebar tape. Used Vanish Powershot spray carpet cleaner on it, came up good as new  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on November 30, 2009, 12:07:45 pm
I picked my chain off the cranks and put it back on the chain ring three times this morning. So there will be some wallet torture this afternoon.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andrewc on November 30, 2009, 04:04:39 pm
Tried to finish my MTB build by setting up the front mech yhat came with the used frame.  The head of one of the limit screws crumbled to fragments. I was able to remove it by gripping with pliers. I found a (longer) bolt that seemed to be the same thread but that's now jammed solid and I can't get it out  >:(         

That reminds me why I bought a Rohloff, I hate derailluers !
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on December 01, 2009, 11:42:29 am
Used the early morning daylight to revive Dawes Discovery 101   :sick:.  Fitted ancient pedals recently removed from proper commuting bike and added to pedal-less 101. Added air to tyres and oil to chain ready for use tomorrow.  Then took proper pink white and blue commuting bike to LBS and caught train to work.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on December 01, 2009, 11:37:21 pm
Finally solved the problem (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=1241.msg482565#msg482565) that has been causing me trouble for the last few days.  Tonight when the gears started making rubbing sounds, and I stopped and experimented with things a bit, I eventually worked out that the bearings in the freehub seemed to have died.  Since none of the other bearings are having any problems, that's a particuarly unimpressive lifetime.

Oh well, at least I know how to deal with things, and an order for a new freehub will go off very shortly.

Once I realised what it was, I was a bit nervous about the bearing really dying, and locking the freehub up, with inevitable consequences if I was caught unawares, so I treated it a bit like an S27X hub, and didn't stop pedalling all the way home, which was a bit knackering.  I don't see the attraction of not being able to freewheel.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on December 04, 2009, 11:37:12 pm
Fettled Sid the Singlespeed back into usability.  Primarily I had to replace the freewheel, chain, and chainring.

Handy hint, when an old freewheel really doesn't want to be drifted off, do not rest the axle on the tiled kitchen floor when hitting it really hard.  You end up with nice holes in your tiles if you do that.  Ah well, I'm not that keen on those tiles anyway. :-\

Pumped up the tyres (they haven't been pumped up for 8 months), adjusted a pannier to fit the rack, and fitted the light mounts.

If I got the ratios right on the chainring, it should work fine in the morning.  If not, it could be hard work on any hills. ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on December 04, 2009, 11:46:31 pm
when an old freewheel really doesn't want to be drifted off, do not rest the axle on the tiled kitchen floor when hitting it really hard. 

nO - u uZe n ang!l gryNDer
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on December 05, 2009, 12:36:57 am
Using an angle grinder to remove a freewheel sounds like it would end up with some Nuttyesque injuries, and possibly a destroyed hub. :-\
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on December 05, 2009, 08:44:15 am
Just fettled a GPS mount onto Sid the Singlespeed for Peli and Woolly's Pootle (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=25233.0;topicseen) ride later today.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on December 05, 2009, 03:33:52 pm
I have fettled a new ceiling-mounted light fitting in the dinning room & one in the living room.

Yesrerday I fettled new brake blocks,front & rear, to the tourer
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gandalf on December 05, 2009, 06:38:36 pm
I have just fettled my guttering, which has been creating a rather chic waterfall effect.

That's not strictly true.. but how the bleedin 'ell did a tennis ball get up there?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 05, 2009, 06:48:03 pm
Twinkle Toes' iPod. The silly sod locked it and couldn't remember the PIN. A bit of web research revealed how to resolve the problem. Steps have been taken so she can't do it again - hopefully.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on December 06, 2009, 05:17:52 pm
Stoker's tourer.   With her audax machine currently temporarily out of use she wanted out again today.   Unfortunately that also had a puncture of which I had not been made aware, luckily not fatal.   Glass extracted, tube patched with a Park patch, tyres pumped up and she was off.

Bit of a bugger that puncture - it was through the nice continuous centre of an otherwise almost pristine Marathon HS308.   I'll dab some superglue in the hole when I remember to get some.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: perpetual dan on December 06, 2009, 06:33:08 pm
New rear brake blocks and cable, Mrs Dan friendly pedals, tweaked gear indexing and sensor/magnet alignment on the mountain / commute bike.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: vorsprung on December 06, 2009, 08:04:54 pm
Finished the rebuild of the shimano dynohub wheel last night.  Put tyre on and fitted on the single speed today.  This was more complicated than you'd think as I managed to kill two tubes with pinch flats fitting the tyre.  All nice now though
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: goatpebble on December 06, 2009, 09:20:49 pm
Went out for a short and very wet ride, and something evil and sharp attacked my ancient Conti GPs.

I am ashamed at just how long it took me to change a tyre. Luck as been with me for so long that I have forgotten when I last had to do this in extremis.

It's a lot easier when you do it in the warmth and comfort of your sitting room...

 :-[

PS. came home, had a nice hot coffee, and played with trued the wheels on the bike I should have gone out on.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on December 06, 2009, 09:25:07 pm
Went out for a short and very wet ride, and something evil and sharp attacked my ancient Conti Gps.

I am ashamed at just how long it took me to change a tyre. Luck as been with me for so long that I have forgotten when I last had to do this in extremis.

It's a lot easier when you do it in the warmth and comfort of your sitting room...

 :-[
I was struck by this last week as well, two in the space of a sodding mile in the pitch black when it was sleeting.

By the second one I was so cold that I wouldnt have been able to feel my fingers to patch the tube and I had used the good spare tube on the first puncture so I kept pushing it home as quick as I could just to keep warm.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: goatpebble on December 06, 2009, 09:31:13 pm
Went out for a short and very wet ride, and something evil and sharp attacked my ancient Conti Gps.

I am ashamed at just how long it took me to change a tyre. Luck as been with me for so long that I have forgotten when I last had to do this in extremis.

It's a lot easier when you do it in the warmth and comfort of your sitting room...

 :-[
I was struck by this last week as well, two in the space of a sodding mile in the pitch black when it was sleeting.

By the second one I was so cold that I wouldnt have been able to feel my fingers to patch the tube and I had used the good spare tube on the first puncture so I kept pushing it home as quick as I could just to keep warm.

There was a short hail storm just after I arrived home. I missed it, but still felt like a complete and utter numpty.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on December 06, 2009, 10:30:12 pm
I went to swap my brake blocks and found that my rear brakes had reached the end of their life :(

So I swapped on some older ones ;D

From the tandem.

Guess we're committed to having Vs on the refurbed SuperGal tandem now.  PB will be pleased ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on December 06, 2009, 11:03:58 pm
Changed a tube after a visitation and cleaned the rims in an effort to restore braking.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on December 07, 2009, 09:36:25 am
I went to swap my brake blocks and found that my rear brakes had reached the end of their life :(

So I swapped on some older ones ;D

From the tandem.

Guess we're committed to having Vs on the refurbed SuperGal tandem now.  PB will be pleased ;D

OK, they worked well.

Squealed like a pig in the butcher's yard, but that's Koolstop for you.  Certainly stop better than the Clarks blocks which were all I could pick up on a previous visit to a supposedly-good bike shop in Sutton. ::-)

The rear canti bosses seem to be a shade too long, giving a tiny bit of play when the bolts are tightened.  So I've added a second, slightly larger washer, which seems to keep everything nice & solid.

btw ftr, just in case PB is reading, I ought to point out that the bit of my old brakes that failed was the cable grip, which, in this case, was designed & constructed exactly as for V brakes. ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on December 07, 2009, 11:09:49 am
More mental than physical fettling, but I worked out what the slight rattle on the back of Sid (the Singlespeed) is.  Ever since I started using him again on Saturday (so for about 50 miles now), there has been a very slight rattle.  It seems worse when I pedal hard, but is definitely still there when I freewheel.

After thinking it was the cable to the rear light (nope), I eventually twigged that it was the mudguard stays.  When I put the Kaffenback together, I dropped one of the small bolts that locks the stays to the mudguard proper.  I couldn't find it (obviously suffering from something akin to Fridge Suck), and "borrowed" one off of Sid until I found it.  The nut doesn't seem to be one I've got in my spare bits pot, and I've yet to find the one I dropped.

I suspect putting a cable tie around the stay tonight will be enough to temporarily stop the rattle until I make a determined effort (again!) to find the missing nut.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on December 07, 2009, 01:04:28 pm
New PC-1 chain on the fixed. Which also meant I could also unravel the bramble stem that had very tightly wound itself up between the sprocket and hub.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on December 07, 2009, 01:34:30 pm
LOL, when I replaced the freewheel on Sid, I found the remains of an old dried leaf tightly wound between the freewheel and hub.  It wasn't really jammed, just in a place that wasn't easily cleaned.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on December 07, 2009, 02:00:49 pm
The ffront light on the tourer.
'twas a broken wire on the dynamo on/auto/off switch which couldn't be see in the gloom of late yesterday afternoon when it was needed.
It's good-to-go now.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on December 07, 2009, 08:54:20 pm
Removed the Hope disc brake and fitted the old Deore V-brakes.  They're actually more powerful and more positive, because the braking force doesn't have to be transmitted the entire length of the fork.  Rim wear is minimal on a  front wheel anyway.

I'll miss the instant bite in the rain, but not the constant rubbing.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: RogerT on December 07, 2009, 09:07:48 pm
Started the build of "project bike"  .  Titanium frame obtained from Flea bay, Carbon fork and Campagnolo heaset from "high on Bikes".  A large G Clamp made a satisfactory fitting tool for the headset and the extension tube from a "Henry hoover" an excellent slide hammer to fit the lower bearing race to the fork  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

The aim is to bring the whole project in for under £1,000. using mostly new components and all Campanolo based..( I just like loud clicky freewheels  ;D )

Project now on hold awaiting arrival of more components  ( or, to be more accurate, spare cash )
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on December 08, 2009, 06:54:23 pm
A very complex job.

I put a Thomson sticker on the seatstay where my heel sometimes catches it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on December 08, 2009, 06:57:44 pm
New PC-1 chain on the fixed. Which also meant I could also unravel the bramble stem that had very tightly wound itself up between the sprocket and hub.
How many miles have you had out of this?

My PC-1 has been on for 18 hilly months of use and I am starting to eye it with suspiscion...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on December 08, 2009, 07:01:35 pm
I am currently fettling some marmalade. Two preserving pans' worth.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 09, 2009, 12:06:23 am
Apparently, my mother-in-common-law's mysterious issue with not being able to shoot people in World of Warcraft.  She rang up to find  out 'what number her graphics card was'.  When I eventually got her to describe the actual problem that was occuring, rather than how to implement what she had decided was the solution (thanks so much windoze troubleshooter....) it was somewhat immediately apparent that it was a wireless connectivity issue, promptly cured by very careful explanation of what to switch off and on and in what order, and at what point to make a cup of tea.  Ah, the joys of first line telephone support.  Especially when the luser is a mad danish bird.  And related to you so you know that having fixed one thing, they'll be back....
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Speshact on December 09, 2009, 12:12:33 am
Double glazed the little window over the front door with bubble wrap and double sided sticky tape.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on December 09, 2009, 02:49:17 pm
New PC-1 chain on the fixed. Which also meant I could also unravel the bramble stem that had very tightly wound itself up between the sprocket and hub.
How many miles have you had out of this?

My PC-1 has been on for 18 hilly months of use and I am starting to eye it with suspiscion...

Absolutely no idea, but I do know that it had been fitted almost two years. (It's served me well)
It was the cheaper PC-1 and although I constantly cleaned and lubed it, it suffered from constant oxidation.
 So I've paid the extra £3 on top for the 'nickel treated' one (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=22772). Time will tell.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on December 24, 2009, 05:25:13 pm
I have fettled Gordy's trike.
Fitted an adjustable stem so that I can alter it to find the optimum bar height/reach.I then had to fettle both front brakes
Fitted a saddle. I found a Brooks Professional Select in the spares box in the garage.This saddle was on the Longstaff when I bought it & swapped it out for a B17.
Took the pedals off & fitted some Christophe toeclips & straps so that I can pedal in any type of footwear.
There's more to do......
bartape
luggage
lights

It's currently set up as a single speed,approx 72".
I shall leave it at that & see how I cope with it on the local hills.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on December 24, 2009, 05:29:28 pm
No time for fettlin

There's a wrappin to do.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 24, 2009, 06:44:45 pm
I went to the LBS to buy a bell for the littlest cub's new (old) balance bike, and got them to put some air in the tyres whilst I was there.  Then I came home and had a quick look at the latest small_friend's bike to arrive, washed the shed dust off it, put the chain back on and warned his mum that I hadn't tested the dynamo lights at all and that at least one of the front brakes needed adjusting - they'd taken the eldest out with them to the cinema and got back before we'd had a chance to even look at any more than that.  Oh, and I got the 2 year old to take the dust caps off and help me to christen by birthday present track pump to put some air in  the tyres and then he put the dust caps back on.

Then we did the teeny pink orbea - tyres inflating to correct pressure (with the by now expert assistance of the 2 year old and ably assisted by his big bro) and dearly_beloved went and googled how to adjust brakes and learnt at the fountain of all knowledge that is youtube.  They all seem to work now, anyway.

Just got the Giant to have a look at - chain etc is pretty mucky, so I'll possibly clean that up a bit and oil it, need put a bit more air in and whilst I was out doing my Christmas shopping dearly_beloved looked at the brakes and they now all function.

Then I'm pushing 2 small bikes a mile and a half in the snow!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on December 24, 2009, 07:41:47 pm
Changed the chain and cassette on Torslanda's old Rock Lobster (utterly shagged by a couple of thousand miles off-road, under my father-in-law, in Bedfordshire).  Then was asked to look at the rear wheel and ended up detensioning the whole thing and starting again.  I think the rim is a bit bent but as it's standing up to the wear very well (I suspect he's a front brake-only rider) it seemed worth keeping it going.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rdaviesb on December 26, 2009, 07:09:37 pm
After 5 and a half months, my Centaur levers are back from the repair shop! Got the old ones off, and got as far as hooking up the RH cables before the shed got too cold. I might, finally, finish the build of the Enigma (with some leather bar tape) this weekend. It also needs a damned good clean.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Aidan on December 26, 2009, 07:13:52 pm
Put mudguards on the Saracen, ready as a 26" tourer now ( well apart from the dynamo wheel and lights which I havent bought yet)

Now I have a vacancy for a mountain bike again :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on December 26, 2009, 07:17:16 pm
Just the usual pre-ride of oil on the chain and making sure the light mounts are all squared away and secure, new light now resides on a moulded and dremmeled lump of two part epoxy putty, secured with shock cord and a cord lock.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on December 26, 2009, 07:29:20 pm
I went to swap my brake blocks and found that my rear brakes had reached the end of their life :(

So I swapped on some older ones ;D

From the tandem.

Guess we're committed to having Vs on the refurbed SuperGal tandem now.  PB will be pleased ;D

OK, they worked well.

Squealed like a pig in the butcher's yard, but that's Koolstop for you.  Certainly stop better than the Clarks blocks which were all I could pick up on a previous visit to a supposedly-good bike shop in Sutton. ::-)

The rear canti bosses seem to be a shade too long, giving a tiny bit of play when the bolts are tightened.  So I've added a second, slightly larger washer, which seems to keep everything nice & solid.

btw ftr, just in case PB is reading, I ought to point out that the bit of my old brakes that failed was the cable grip, which, in this case, was designed & constructed exactly as for V brakes. ;)

Just stumbled across this.   I am indeed pleased Mr. C.  You're finally coming into the 1990's and the era of brakes that really work.   We'll have you with disk brakes by 2030 at this rate   ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 26, 2009, 07:41:50 pm
I took the ding-bell off my new bike and fitted it to the littly's new-to-him balance bike as the diameter of the mount for the bell that he got for Christmas was way too big.

And then we taught him to ride it :)   He had a go yesterday, but announced that it was 'too wobbly'.  Today it was 'exciting', apparently.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MSeries on December 27, 2009, 07:19:31 pm
Just f*cked around fitting Marathons to my OpenPros for the ride tomorrow which now I am not going on. 700x28 took ages to seat properly, gave up on one of them and fitted a Pasella which was nearly as tricky. Will get some more 25mm tyres with tread for next year. Anyone want some part used Pasellas and Marathons in 28mm. Free
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rdaviesb on December 27, 2009, 09:25:28 pm
Hooked up the rest of the cables on the Enigma, and wrapped black leather handlebar tape. Build finally finished, 7 months after I started it! Yay! ;D If it ever gets bright enough outside, I'll take some piccies.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on December 28, 2009, 01:53:27 pm
Fitted the new M540 pedals (yay! slightly higher Q-factor and more heel clearance) to the Inbred, then some new reflector thingies which actually look OK with these pedals.

Then gave the Inbred a "gentleman's wash", i.e. just cleaned the chain, chainring and sprocket.

Then fitted a rather natty (although not very loud and tricky to operate) BBB Headspace (http://www.amazon.co.uk/BBB-Bell-Space-Spacer-Integrated/dp/B001EGQ922) bell.  Might be useful for warning errant pedestrians.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on December 28, 2009, 01:54:52 pm
More fettling to Gordy's trike
Fitted a B17 saddle which allows a Carradice Camper Longflap to be strapped to the saddle loops.
Front lights
Rear lights & reflectors
Bar tape
Bottle cage (with a camlock for use on frames with no braze-ons)
Fitted a frame pump
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on December 28, 2009, 01:56:10 pm
Removed a B17 from the Longstaff & fitted a Swallow
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: oncemore on December 28, 2009, 02:02:28 pm
"Custom" fitted (as in made a bracket) a Blackburn MTN rack to the Jamis!

Getting chilly again here....
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Hummers on December 28, 2009, 02:05:22 pm
Tried again to get my drive side crank off - this time with more determination than before and once all thread had gone, with the application of a three-legged puller.

Still no joy. It is stuck faster than sticky Vicky snogging trip tricky Dicky on a day trip to Billericay.

Rings have a fair amount of life left in them so will leave it for now but I see a session with an angle grinder coming in the next 4 months or so.

H
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on December 28, 2009, 02:08:18 pm
I've had that happen to me almost 20 years ago.  I have always greased the crank tapers since, and it's never happened again.

In my case it was a BMX-style BB but with a 3-piece crank so it was possible to remove the BB and crank even though the crank was stuck to the spindle.  With a conventional or cartridge BB you are stuffed.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hubner on December 28, 2009, 03:55:56 pm
If it's just one crank stuck to the axle and it's a traditional cup and cone BB, then you can remove the stuck crank and axle from the frame if the gap between the cup and crank is big enough and you can get a tool in there to loosen the cup. Of course the cup will still be trapped on the BB axle.

If the crank is going to be scraped, I would simply cut it off with a hacksaw.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on December 28, 2009, 03:59:34 pm
Have you tried a blowlamp yet?  Aluminium expands more than steel so it might loosen it off, but watch the paint.  It didn't work for me, I should add  :-\
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: JonBuoy on December 28, 2009, 05:34:29 pm
I was having the opposite problem today.  My left hand crank fell off half way through a three hour Trailquest.  I whacked it up as tight as I could with the three inches of leverage afforded by my multitool and one further retighten got me home.  Tonight it is going back on with the Loctite that I said I was going to use after the previous occurence. :-[
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on December 28, 2009, 05:40:08 pm
I got my Surly CrossCheck going again. I pinched a few bits off it during the summer for other bikes but made an effort today to get it running properly. I had to bodge some locknuts and spacers on the rear (solid) axle - heaven knows where the original bits have gone.  ::-)

I've put studded tyres on, more in hope than expectation.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on December 28, 2009, 06:23:50 pm
Had to swap valve heads on the track pumps today.  The Joe Blow isn't working properly, so it got the valve from the Wrench Force, which had a dodgy gauge.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: robgul on December 28, 2009, 07:33:56 pm
Fitted a pair of home-made (well, factory made but heavily modified ) chaintugs to my fixed (forward facing drop-outs)   My legs are clearly too powerful as despite a lot of spanner welly on the tracknuts I've managed to pull the back wheel forward the last 3 or 4 times I've ridden the machine ... and you know what that means for the chain ......

I also fettled a dreadful flat-pack larder cupboard (new, made in China - surplus to the requirements of another yacf member) into an extension shelf unit for my bike fettling bench ... somewhere to store all those spare parts in some semblance of order ... and to be able to find them  ;D

Rob
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alexb on December 28, 2009, 08:07:45 pm
I swapped out the 21t sprocket on my Alfine hub for an 18t sprocket, took a link out of the chain, reassembled everything, cleaned and re-lubed the chain thoroughly and all is well with the world.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 28, 2009, 09:38:59 pm
I started to fit the brompton rear light onto dearly_beloved's bike, which I realised has been sat in the dining room festering in a fair-to-middling coating of mud and road salt from him having gone out in the snow just before Christmas.  It was absolutely minging, and the chain was completely dry and somewhat rusty :(  He's had it for 2 months and never even oiled the chain. 

So... I just cleaned dearly_beloved's bike.  It's quite tricky to get a bike upside-down in our kitchen - since it is the width of the bars plus about 4".  On the bright side, it means that there's not much filthy floor to clean.  And I liked somebody's top tip from here of using baby wipes to clean your bike :) Slightly less good is that he obviously didn't even wipe the chain on littly's bike either when that came in at the same time - and it's as gruesomely filthy, although minus the rust.  Guess what I'm going to be doing... tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on December 28, 2009, 10:58:04 pm
Went back to the Inbred this evening and spent an hour changing a Deore silver V-brake for an Deore black V-brake.  Vanity, eh?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 28, 2009, 11:01:05 pm
But does it look very very pretty?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Butterfly on December 29, 2009, 10:41:59 pm
We fettled the dining room so that there was enough space to set up the turbo trainer for Superstoker :thumbsup: This was a hit and he now has the stereo set up for his ipod in there as well :D.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on December 29, 2009, 10:42:41 pm
One day, we might get a table in there... ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on December 29, 2009, 10:45:48 pm
A table? nah
tv dinners rule,O.K. ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Zoidburg on December 29, 2009, 10:48:28 pm
I fixed a premier league football match.

This involved a brief case and an underground carpark at midnight.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on December 30, 2009, 09:04:40 am
I replaced the windscreen washer pump on my car. The reservoir is fitted under the wing, so this five minute job invoved an hour of dismantling all the filthy plastic protectors under the wheelarch after getting the wheel off and loosening the underbody tray.

Putting it all back together was like doing a 3D jigsaw with rusty self tappers. My hands were cold and I think I now have pneumonia. Bah.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on December 30, 2009, 09:27:52 pm
A table? nah
tv dinners rule,O.K. ;D

We ain't getting a TV! ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on January 01, 2010, 05:43:30 pm
Swapped the drops on the Peregrine for Bullhorns, leveled the saddle after it started pointing skyward (fortunately only a mile from home) on this morning's ride, failed to get the computer working on it, swapped the tyres out for some (relatively) sport 32's and stopped the brakes from rubbing.

I think I deserve a beer :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: dasmoth on January 01, 2010, 08:59:35 pm
Removed the clodhoppers rather wide Pasellas that have been afflicting the tandem for the last few months and replaced them with Hamsterskins.  Getting these over the FIR rims (which I reckon are a smidgeon oversized -- I've had trouble in the past) was... interesting.  They seem to be working nicely now, though, so I just have to hope that it's a long time before I need to take them off again!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on January 01, 2010, 09:12:57 pm
Hamsterskins on a tandem? :o

Each to their own...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on January 01, 2010, 09:36:36 pm
my nose, via continual use of tissues,korvex & lip balm :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on January 01, 2010, 10:47:15 pm
My knee, my elbow and the winter tyres back on the Thorn.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 02, 2010, 09:34:40 am
My knee, my elbow and the winter tyres back on the Thorn.

When my studded tyres turn up they will be going on and staying on. I can't afford to come off again on ice as my pulled muscles are agony this morning.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on January 02, 2010, 11:00:33 am
Yesterday I re-fettled the brakes on Theia and finally sorted them out.  I am happy with them for the time being.
Sorted out all my new bits and bobs too.  All good.

I've just 'found' 7 inner tubes that need repairing.  That is a job for today in dribs and drabs.

I have also got the MTB out and the tyres and depending upon the answer to my question, I may be changing tyres.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on January 02, 2010, 03:13:12 pm
Put the triple front mech and medium cage veloce rear onto the carbon bling bike. It now has very big and very little gears. Should do me nicely for the season now..

..d
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on January 02, 2010, 03:52:14 pm
Mudguard clearance. I hate mudguards.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Domestique on January 02, 2010, 04:12:12 pm
New chainset(compact), chain and cassette on my Steve Goff Prodigy.
I wont be riding this though untill the weather improves, its more of a summer bike ya see  8)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: SpaceBadger on January 03, 2010, 04:53:27 pm
Just fitted new Cateye lights to my CX bike for commuting duties. EL530 front and LD610 rear.

The bracket for the rear light is a little bulky, using one of those easy release/plastic wheel style clamps. So much so that when seatpost mounted it catches the back of my thigh when I'm pedalling. A traditional, more slim-line bracket has just been ordered from Wiggle for hopefully a better outcome.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on January 03, 2010, 07:10:15 pm
Cleaned the filthy touring bike, which had to do commuting duties for a couple of months.  Good honest dirt though - no salt.  Then failed to find the special QR for the turbo trainer so ordered another one from Wiggle.  Set up the turbo trainer roller anyway - 700 x 28 seems to be the very biggest tyre it will accommodate.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on January 03, 2010, 07:17:12 pm
Took the knobbies off and put the Marathon Plus tyres onto the MTB for another test ride along the canal tow path.  Better but still hopefully not as sure as the pending Marathon Snow Stud tyres that are coming from Wiggle  :thumbsup:

Fitted Joystick MaxX2 to the bars too and the Lumi to the rear.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rdaviesb on January 03, 2010, 07:18:28 pm
Built two new doors for the shed. A little finishing off to do tomorrow, but it now get too 'ecking cold to work outside.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on January 03, 2010, 08:13:09 pm
Cleaned (ish - it was cold! :-[ ) the commuting bikes, and got one tyre changed on Butterfly's.  The M+ 25s are a lot tighter on her rims than on my A719s.  :(

Off to do the next in a minute...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 03, 2010, 08:30:20 pm
Cleaned (ish - it was cold! :-[ ) the commuting bikes, and got one tyre changed on Butterfly's.  The M+ 25s are a lot tighter on her rims than on my A719s.  :(

Off to do the next in a minute...

Not watching Top Gear then?  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on January 03, 2010, 08:31:59 pm
Oh noes!  Iz I missing it? :o
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on January 03, 2010, 08:33:05 pm
The bike-rinsing water is froze.

I wash them another day.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: goatpebble on January 03, 2010, 09:25:04 pm
The bike-rinsing water is froze.

I wash them another day.

Do you have special re-cycled bike washing water, from a butt? Being a flat-dweller, I wash my bike in the shower, thermostat controlled and evryfink.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MattH on January 03, 2010, 09:29:35 pm
New chain and cassette on the Audax bike. Cleaned all the bits I normally miss (like rear derailleur areas that you can't get to easily when it's got a wheel and chain fitted).
New brake blocks all round, spent some time making sure they are set correctly (rather than my usual "ooh, they look a bit low, better slide in new pads as I'm heading out of the door now").
Got around to remaking the connections to my rear dynamo light that has been a bit intermittent for a few weeks.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on January 03, 2010, 10:03:10 pm
I managed to bully the second tyre into place, and Butterfly has reset her computer.  As for my bike, it now sports a lovely pair of XTR pedals to match hers, courtesy of the delightful Butterfly :)

I washed some of the gunk (well, half-dissolved strepsils and Gaviscon) out of my saddlebag.  I'll need to pack it in the morning.  What are the chances that I remember everything I need as I stumble about at 7am tomorrow? ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on January 03, 2010, 10:17:41 pm


I washed some of the gunk (well, half-dissolved strepsils and Gaviscon) out of my saddlebag. 

Hope it's now feeling much better, it must be all this weather?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on January 03, 2010, 10:26:19 pm
Well, tbh, it ingested the medicine some time around July :-[
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: fungus on January 04, 2010, 12:44:10 pm
Stripped my TCR on Saturday for a proper clean & re-build.  It needs new jockey wheels, cassette, chain & 52/39 chainrings.  I will fit some gore ride on gear cables while I'm at it and the rims on my ksyrium's need replacing.   
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Aidan on January 04, 2010, 06:23:32 pm
Cyo on the Saracen. Might get moved to the Soma if it proves good, although I'm a bit reluctant to replace the solidlights cos they work and are bombproof.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: David Martin on January 04, 2010, 11:15:10 pm
I have carefully dissassembled my inkjet printer, soaked the head in water, pushed water through with a syringe and put it back together without swearing once. For the first time in eons it prints properly coloured pics - there is now real yellow in there.

..d

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on January 05, 2010, 08:39:45 pm
Fitted the cheapest available 23mm tyre (a Vittoria Zaffino)  to the back of the Hewitt, attached the wheel with the special Tacx skewer and then got the turbo out.

It's surprising how much the metal roller wears out on a turbo.  Mine has big ridges and dips in it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on January 05, 2010, 09:26:16 pm
Just about to fit a rear Crud Catcher to the MTB.  Don't want another frozen bottom if I can help it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Charlotte on January 05, 2010, 11:32:28 pm
I fettled my lovely oldskool Rockhopper, ready for a bit more of this sort of action:

(http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/6600/p2010258jt7.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: spesh on January 08, 2010, 08:09:28 pm
Took the Conti Sportcontacts off my Subway and fitted my old Specialized Extreme Control/Master mud tyres. Then had to drill a new screw hole in the rear mudguard so that I could rotate it forwards, allowing the rear end to clear the tyre knobs.

Looks like the snow/ice will remain for long enough to make this mod worthwhile, and there's supposedly more SNO forecast for the weekend...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on January 08, 2010, 08:43:45 pm
Similarly, I took the Marathon Pluses off the Inbred and fitted CX Pro 'cross tyres of the same width (1.35").  These work pretty well, but I'm going to stick a load of screws and Duck Tape in them tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tim Hall on January 09, 2010, 06:18:52 pm
Popped in to visit a friend while out on the spikey tyred MTB.

The handle on her tumble drier has borked. Currently she and her son use their four hands and slender fingers to prize it open.

Scratch head.

Rummage in pannier.

Produce VAR tyre lever et voila!, the door, she opens!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on January 09, 2010, 08:32:38 pm
Put a curtain rail up and a double curtain for the front door to reduce the draft.
Also fitted my new winter studded tyres onto the MTB ready for a test ride tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: oncemore on January 09, 2010, 09:08:27 pm
"I fettled my lovely oldskool Rockhopper,....."

What a VERY nice Rocky!! In any weather!

I laced first of a pair of lightish (XT and Mavic X221) wheels as spares for my 853 Saracen for when the spring comes.....altho' the Race Lites look better!


(http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p56/wasnti/Trx2.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on January 10, 2010, 06:31:19 pm
Got the cassette changed and a new chain on the Orbit.

But I had problems with changing still, which I'd put down to badly worn components.  And the chain was rubbing the seatstay, which is not acceptable.

Stripped it back down to find that I had two spacers behind the cassette, fitted by Pearsons when they made the dog's breakfast of sorting the bike after my summer off >:(

Presumably it was a bodge to avoid something that I'm not yet suffering from, but it's a bit shoddy.  I had wondered how my chain had dropped behind the big sprocket so easily... :-\

Now, though, I've tried each spacer in turn, and one fits just about perfectly, so I've refitted and now it shifts really well.

I've bought a Wipperman chain for the first time ever.  It migh have been helpful if the retailer had mentioned that they came with powerlink-style joints, so I didn't order an excess :-\

Hey ho.  I have a bike that should be easier to pedal & change gear on.  Hope the weather improves soon, so this chain doesn't die too soon... :)

btw, you know you're a cyclist when mopping the kitchen floor involves WD40 :-[
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: kevinp on January 10, 2010, 08:17:22 pm
I washed the bike today..... in the shower, to cold outside :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: peterc on January 11, 2010, 08:47:03 pm
My iglo...

Cut a door, but still and 3rd or so to go, I have a plan for a skylight...

and wifi of course.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on January 12, 2010, 09:53:16 am
Re-fettled the new cassette last night.  For some reason, one spacer isn't enough to reset the hub for the 7-speed. :(  So I've given in & put the second back in, adjusting my limit screws so I can't use the smallest sprocket ::-)

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: birchtheyouth on January 12, 2010, 12:55:56 pm
Thanks Clarion for reminding us that bike shops do sometimes know what they are doing  ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on January 12, 2010, 02:25:03 pm
If they'd known what they were doing, they would have doen what I asked.  When they discovered that it wouldn't fit, they could have called me, as I requested, and advised going to an 8-speed cassette, which I had asked about.  They might also have told me if they'd used an additional spacer, warned me about the bodge that damaged my seatstay, and adjusted the limit screws so that the mech didn't throw the chain off the big sprocket at the low end.  How I laughed when that happened as I was climbing a hill! ::-)

No.  For that, and many other examples I put in a letter to Guy Pearson he hasn't bothered to answer, I know that they haven't a clue.  Bodgers at best.  

But I recognise you're new, so you might not have been able to read the previous events in this saga.

EDIT:  The bike is now safely ridable, pending further components arriving, but, if I called myself a professional mechanic, or even had the chutzpah to charge for it, I would be ashamed to my core to let a bike in the unamended state roll out the door.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: chris n on January 13, 2010, 07:54:03 pm
Building a new front wheel for the 'rat.

From this:

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4062/4271688147_75be496a72.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/26008756@N08/4271688147/)

to this:

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4059/4272431982_0688444941.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/26008756@N08/4272431982/)

My fifth full build - took about 1 1/2 hours all in, and went very smoothly indeed. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: oncemore on January 13, 2010, 09:20:57 pm
Must be the weather for wheel building! Laced the second of my new mtb wheels today. Haven't trued it yet (I haven't got a wheel stand and too cold to use the frame outside - I'll get it in the kitchen tomorrow!). But once spokes in right place rest ain't too laborious.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on January 14, 2010, 10:04:05 pm
Got an 8-spd cassette & fitted it now.  Clearances are tight, and I've worked out what the Pearsons baboons did - they used a 135mm hub instead of 130mm, and the slightly different angle of the stay to the chain made what was a close pass into interference.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CrinklyLion on January 14, 2010, 11:43:16 pm
I've assisted in the dismantling of several bikes, and then actually fixed summat - I took one of the (many) bikes that I bought as a Christmas present for various small children of my acquaintance with me to the rescue volunteer night.  Replaced a brake cable and a bust noodle, and another bit wot I don't know the name of and now the front brake works  :)  And nobody laughed at my attempt at second hand bike purchasing, and they reckoned it was in generally not bad nick.

Left the bike there, and next week I'll be replacing brake blocks and adjusting brakes then sorting out a minor wibble in a wheel.  This is very advanced stuff, for me.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Butterfly on January 14, 2010, 11:46:48 pm
I've assisted in the dismantling of several bikes, and then actually fixed summat - I took one of the (many) bikes that I bought as a Christmas present for various small children of my acquaintance with me to the rescue volunteer night.  Replaced a brake cable and a bust noodle, and another bit wot I don't know the name of and now the front brake works  :)  And nobody laughed at my attempt at second hand bike purchasing, and they reckoned it was in generally not bad nick.

Left the bike there, and next week I'll be replacing brake blocks and adjusting brakes then sorting out a minor wibble in a wheel.  This is very advanced stuff, for me.


All power to your elbow :thumbsup:. Good for you. :D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on January 15, 2010, 12:36:37 pm
Replaced the worn gear cable on the ol' fugly MTB.
It has a 7 speed SIS system, but it's running a 5 speed gear.
Setting the 'limit adjusting screws' precisely is a must.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on January 15, 2010, 10:12:08 pm
I just swapped the rear wheel over on the Kaffenback, which meant of course removing and replacing the cassette, inner tube, and tyre.

Refitting it, I decided that it was probably a good idea to replace the blocks, since the rim was a slightly different size, so the wear pattern would be different.  After getting all that adjusted, I found that the cable was a little rusted, and was sticking, so that had to be replaced as well.

I also had to move the front light mount onto a Topeak Xtender, so it could look over the bar bag.  Of course I had to find the two old Xtenders I had, one which had a slightly broken plastic bit, and the other which had a part missing.  The two together made one whole working one.

Two hours later I'd finished all the quick bit of fettling!  At least the bikes now ready for tomorrows "Freeze Your Bits Off" camp.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on January 17, 2010, 04:18:17 pm
Took off the studded tyres and refitted the Marathon Pluses.

This could get boring if I have to do it every week - please stay warm now...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: spesh on January 17, 2010, 04:23:06 pm
Took off the studded tyres and refitted the Marathon Pluses.

Likewise, I've been refitting the Sportcontacts and the original mudguard on to my commuter, and finally refitting the mudguards on my road bike.

Quote
This could get boring if I have to do it every week - please stay warm now...

As I mentioned in the SNO thread, now that I'm fully equipped for a SNOpocalyspe, it just isn't going to happen again.  ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on January 17, 2010, 04:26:09 pm
Wheeled the tourer out of the workshop, inflated the tyres and oiled the chain.   Put some air in the tyres of Stoker's tourer also.

Went for a ride.

The tourer was last used for cycle-camping in September.   :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on January 17, 2010, 06:34:12 pm
Stopped in Southwark to put new blocks on the rear brakes of the Kaffenback, after 60 odd miles of cycling on the roads of Essex and Suffolk during the Freeze Your Bits Off Camping trip wore away a quite vast amount of what I thought was a brake block in acceptable condition.  The front brake block, which was brand new on Friday, had also worn to the extent that I had to tweak the cable adjuster, since the lever was now hitting the handlebars.

Muddy crud on your rims and brake pads seems to be able to kill the pads in a very short period of time. :o
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Bledlow on January 17, 2010, 08:05:06 pm
OT, but - gutter at the back of the house. With neighbour on one side.

The shards of the old one now need to be disposed of.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on January 17, 2010, 09:58:28 pm
Cleaned Suffolk off the bikes to the best of my ability (it's quite tenacious), and oiled the chains. 

Brake block changing tomorrow. ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: drossall on January 17, 2010, 10:45:33 pm
Is there such a thing as circular fettling?

Inspired by the winter tyres thread (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=27706.0), I got some Marathon Winters just before Christmas. I knew it was a risk in clearance terms on my commuter, and when I fettled them on they didn't clear the mudguards. Just after Christmas I fettled the guards off, and then got some clip-on ones like these (http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/ebwPNLqrymode.a4p?f_ProductID=5450&f_SupersetQRY=C240&f_SortOrderID=1&f_bct=c003154c003153c003258) from Halfords.

We have no garage, so fettling snow tyres in the snow wasn't all that attractive, and all this took time. (Yes, I did sneak it into the kitchen when no-one was looking, but...)

In the end, clearance even below the brake wasn't enough, so I've just fettled the bike back to the way it was in the first place.

Plan B behind all this is to rebuild onto my spare commuting frame, but I'll wait for warm weather, light evenings and time to do all that. Then I'll be set up for next time ;D

Except that I have just tried the second-hand pair of forks that Corley's sold me for it a bit back, and the (threaded) column has been cut off too short for even a Shimano headset. Anyone know where I might find a pair with plenty of clearance for a 501 road frame, probably chromed as I won't find much else to match the bronze-brown that I chose from Argos for its respray?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 17, 2010, 11:55:57 pm
n+1  :demon:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: drossall on January 18, 2010, 07:56:41 am
Would require n+1 sheds, n+1 gardens and n+1 houses :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on January 18, 2010, 09:55:16 am
Tonight I are be fettling brake blocks for our bikes after the destruction caused by Suffolk, and I'll be bodging my RaceBlades before getting online & ordering a new set.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: citoyen on January 18, 2010, 10:49:46 am
Would require n+1 sheds, n+1 gardens and n+1 houses :(

And n-1 wives? ;)

d.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: citoyen on January 18, 2010, 11:25:25 pm
Tonight I have taken the first step on the path to wheelbuilding enlightenment by making a nipple driver à la Roger Musson. It's not perfect but it's OK for a first attempt. I'm not going to make my own truing jig though - might do it one day but it's more faff than I can be arsed with at the moment.

Got a couple of bits and bobs to come in the post, then I can get on with actually building the darn wheel. Might get to actually ride it before summer at this rate.

d.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on January 18, 2010, 11:33:34 pm
Tonight I have taken the first step on the path to wheelbuilding enlightenment by making a nipple driver à la Roger Musson. It's not perfect but it's OK for a first attempt. I'm not going to make my own truing jig though - might do it one day but it's more faff than I can be arsed with at the moment.

Got a couple of bits and bobs to come in the post, then I can get on with actually building the darn wheel. Might get to actually ride it before summer at this rate.

d.


Well done that fettler!  If you take your time and follow the Musson guide, you'll make good wheels.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hulver on January 19, 2010, 07:30:00 am
Well, last night really.

Sorted out my back wheel by putting a new tube on.

Repaired the two tubes that had blown up before, one had a massive hole in. I think it's going a bit off, because when I blew it up to check for further holes (there was another one) it had an alarming bulge.

Took the front wheel off to refit the mudguard. Fixed the wire to my dynamo which came off the spade connector when I took the wheel off.

Put the tork quickrelease on the back wheel and took it for a spin on the trainer.

It just needs a good wash now.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on January 19, 2010, 08:43:47 am
On the way home last night I had to stop first to fettle the rear brake cable, to compensate for all the wear on the Freeze Your Bits Off camping ride.  A had to stop a second time to fettle the Topeak Bar Xtender, which was helping my front light make a bid for freedom.

The Xtender can support an Exposure Race Maxx, but not indefinitely.  The weight and leverage seems to be too much for it, and eventually it always seems to find a way to work loose.  I wish I could find a long term solution to fitting both the lamp and the bar bag.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on January 19, 2010, 09:25:17 pm
Bought a 3 pack of 3/16 files and sharpened my chainsaw chain today, in the glorious toastiness that is the SICRUT BWNCWR with it's new space heater
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on January 19, 2010, 09:33:04 pm
Swapped the headset and forks on my Orange: it's now sporting a shiny Tange headset and the original forks, which suit it better than the Kona P2s, and don't have the lawyer lips which I never got around to filing off.  I also fitted it with my dynohub and lights, as I mean to ride a few audaxes on it.

I took it for a quick test ride around the block, and it's a very smoooth ride.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: citoyen on January 19, 2010, 11:59:04 pm
Well done that fettler!  If you take your time and follow the Musson guide, you'll make good wheels.

Thanks for the encouraging noises!  :thumbsup:

The good news is that the rest of the bits arrived in the post today so this evening I have been lacing the wheel. And following the Musson guide, that stage of the operation was remarkably easy. I've even got the hub label aligned with the valve hole!  ;D

Oh yes, and the home-made nipple driver worked a treat.

I shall save the truing part of the job for the weekend when I'm less tired, have more time and better light.

d.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on January 20, 2010, 10:15:25 am
I turned my empty small Oil of Rohloff bottle into a full small Oil of Rohloff bottle. A simple operation for the normal person but this involved me.  So I knocked the small polythene spout off the table and spent fifteen minutes looking for it in morning twilight.

Lunchtime I will oil my chain.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on January 20, 2010, 06:16:02 pm
Well done that fettler!  If you take your time and follow the Musson guide, you'll make good wheels.

Thanks for the encouraging noises!  :thumbsup:

The good news is that the rest of the bits arrived in the post today so this evening I have been lacing the wheel. And following the Musson guide, that stage of the operation was remarkably easy. I've even got the hub label aligned with the valve hole!  ;D

Oh yes, and the home-made nipple driver worked a treat.

I shall save the truing part of the job for the weekend when I'm less tired, have more time and better light.

d.


Good work.  You're well on the way to earning a blue apron of honour!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on January 21, 2010, 04:58:41 pm
The trike.viz...
replaced toe clips & straps with spd's
adjusted the saddle
adjusted both front brakes

much more power through the transmission going uphill via the upstroke & found it beneficial to then adjust the saddle slightly.The brakes were juddering & screeching & not re-centreing properly but now they are spot-on :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: dasmoth on January 21, 2010, 10:04:39 pm
Fettled the gears on the tandem.   Amazingly, they seem to be working almost as well as when I started, which I tend to consider a huge success when it comes to indexed derailleurs.

Also tightened up the timing chain a bit, so hopefully the Style Police won't be too horrible to us on the Little Willy on Saturday.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on January 21, 2010, 10:55:47 pm
(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/6952-1/DSC04538.JPG)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CrinklyLion on January 21, 2010, 11:29:46 pm
I have (are you ready for this...) fitted a brake block to a small person's bike.  No, I didn't forget that these things come in pairs... someone else did the first one, to show me how, then I did the second one (with only one 'grahh!  Butterfingers!  Where'd that ****** washer go?' moment).  Then I asked them to check if I'd done it right, and they said 'bloody hell, did I do that one? [yes, they had] Well, I did a crap job!'

So they told me to redo the one that they'd done and explained what it should end up like and I did and they came back and said it was spot on.  Said small person now has an extremely effective from brake.  I is proud :)

(And yes, I realise that this is "Fettling 101 for utter numpties' but it's my first EVER brake fettled!)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on January 22, 2010, 09:32:14 am
Unscheduled fettling last night.  Fixed Puncture on Rohloff wheel (extra annoying). Decided could make up time by riding back to Bridgend Railway station, but the timetable didn't fit my needs so I got home at 7.40 over an hour late.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: oncemore on January 22, 2010, 08:10:33 pm
After this a.m.s soaking swopped the natty retro 3/4 'grds on the Jamis to full length, wide, modern SKS items.

Looks as if I'll need 'em tomorrow....
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on January 23, 2010, 05:40:14 pm
I have installed Shimano BR-R650 front and rear brakes onto my Enigma Etape.
Ace fit and movement is smooth.
The drop and width of the arms means my mudguards no longer get touched at maximum closure.
This small rubbing was really annoying so to get rid of it is a real boon.  Tis the small things that annoy me most.

The fettling today was really enjoyable as it was done quite quickly without any problems or errors  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: numbnuts on January 23, 2010, 05:45:36 pm
I rubbed some mud off my rear wheel, and thought bloody hell my bike is dirty  :o but thought sod it and went out for a ride well there's always tomorrow  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on January 23, 2010, 05:46:42 pm
The forecast is for a couple of dry days in the coming week so I reckon tomorrow could be a clean the bike day  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Mike J on January 23, 2010, 05:48:55 pm
I've put the back wheel back on after having a nice new tyre put on by the LBS.

Took them 5 minutes, normally takes me about an hour + swearing  :-[
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: citoyen on January 23, 2010, 06:30:11 pm
Following Wowbagger's example...

(http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k170/smutchin/DSC00298.jpg)
(On One double fixed hub, Rigida Chrina rim, Sapim Race spokes, cheapo 14t fixed sprocket)

Not quite finished yet, but I'm doing it now with the intention of going out for a ride on it tomorrow. Will then probably have to do a bit more work on it tomorrow afternoon when all the spokes start unravelling themselves...

d.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on January 23, 2010, 06:31:50 pm
Cleaned 2 bikes, put some bar gel on the Peregrine and then flushed with success tried to remove a spacer to lower the bars. Bike is now in the LBS for someone to do it properly  ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on January 24, 2010, 10:23:15 am
Changed the ball valve in the loft - one of the easiest plumbing jobs.  The new one is a Portsmouth type, so we'll be able to hear it working  :-\  The newer Garston types are supposed to be better because the moving parts are protected from the water stream, but they don't last any longer in practice and I'm always concerned that the little plastic delivery spout will come unclipped, sending a high-pressure jet of water up to the roof.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on January 24, 2010, 10:48:00 am
Sorted (again) a LH bottom bracket cup that keeps working loose. Some Loctite stuff and an enormous spanner might have fixed it for good.  I wish I didn't keep having to do jobs twice... today the trike has a flat tyre that I "repaired" last weekend.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on January 24, 2010, 02:13:27 pm
Just about to put my new Speedplay cleats onto my road shoes.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: robgul on January 24, 2010, 04:08:30 pm
New brake blocks on the winter bike (one of them!) and re-positioned the computer magnet that was for some extraordinary reason recording at double speed on the club run this morning!

Rob
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: spesh on January 24, 2010, 04:57:21 pm
Took a file to my garden spade to remove the burrs caused by clearing the snow and ice the other week.

Ther'es now quite a sharp edge on the spade...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on January 24, 2010, 07:56:50 pm
I just fettled a couple of hangers onto the wall, to store bikes on, but underestimated how tall a bike is (and consequently how far it sticks out when hanging vertically).  If you look at this image (http://jakal.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/BikeHook2.jpg) you can see why I've put the trailer nearer the door, rather than a second bike.

(http://jakal.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/BikeHook1.jpg)

I may take both down, and put one at right angles to the current arrangement.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on January 24, 2010, 08:32:17 pm
To be fair though TimO, you have quite a length of seat tube showing.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on January 24, 2010, 08:35:01 pm
A quick release seat post might help there!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: oncemore on January 24, 2010, 08:35:24 pm
....absolutely nowt. Pedalling!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on January 24, 2010, 08:36:36 pm
To be fair though TimO, you have quite a length of seat tube showing.

You have identified the basic problem, being too tall.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: citoyen on January 24, 2010, 08:38:04 pm
Maybe this is a good excuse to get a recumbent.

d.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on January 24, 2010, 08:41:55 pm
To be fair though TimO, you have quite a length of seat tube showing.

Yes, that frame is quite small, this unfortunately isn't the case with the other bikes, so a quick release won't really help there.  As Adrian said, the solution is clearly cosmetic surgery, to remove a few inches from my legs. ;D

A recumbent doesn't work, since n+1 applies, I obviously won't get rid of the existing bicycles, so I still need to store the upwrongs!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jurek on January 24, 2010, 08:47:15 pm
I just fettled a couple of hangers onto the wall........

Wherefrom did your wallhanger gizmos come, Tim?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on January 24, 2010, 08:58:18 pm
They're Saris Bike Trac Racks.  You can get them from Wiggle (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Saris_Bike_Trac_Rack/5360018955/), ChainReaction (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=39572), and probably many other places.

I only paid around £20 for each, by ordering them at the right time, with the various deals which have been available.

They also do a version with a loop for locks, which I imagine is meant to be used outside, or in less secure locations.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on January 24, 2010, 09:38:39 pm
I unfettled a couple of wheels with the help of Charlotte.

One was off the tandem this morning, and had a couple of broken spokes.  Though she had some spokes that were close, they were an ace too long, and would have protruded too far. :(

No matter - she showed me what to do and what size of spokes to get. :)

The other wheel was the one from my fixed.  We pronounced it dead.  She measured the wall thickness on the rim, and decided it was OK to rebuild. :thumbsup:

The spokes were gone, so Superstoker wielded the boltcropper with glee.

Unfortunately, the hub would not give up its sprockets, despite some punishmwent from Mistress C.  So it was pronounced dead, and a Plan was formed for what was needed to get me rolling again :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on January 24, 2010, 09:43:53 pm
The after-the-freeze clean and fettle for the road bike here.  Ew.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rower40 on January 25, 2010, 09:29:16 pm
New tyres (Schwalbe Marathon Racer on the front, Schwalbe Marathon Plus on the back), replacing the gripless wonder "Bontrager" brand-new-but-destined-for-the-bin sack-of-cack tyres that the bike was delivered with.

Old front mudguard.  By which I mean I fitted my previous bike's 5-point-fitting chromo-plastic mudguard (complete with full mudflap reaching to within 4" of the ground) in place of the rattly enameled tin thing (attached in only 3 places) that used to assist mud in its quest to splatter the frame and bottom bracket.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hawkeye on January 27, 2010, 12:04:32 pm
Soldered Mrs H's nurse's fob watch catch back on. Realised I had soldered the catch open as well.  :-[
Redid it but the area around the work now looks like a ploughed field. How I hate silver solder. >:(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on January 27, 2010, 12:11:22 pm
Last night, I fitted my new RaceBlades to replace the old ones.  Took a couple of minutes :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Snowgoose on January 27, 2010, 11:04:37 pm
Today I soldered a broken connection on a dinotte 140 rear light, now works a treat. And removed a map holder and computer from my Specialized S-Works before placing it on fleabay :'(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hawkeye on January 28, 2010, 10:21:24 am
Last night I replaced the weedy Schwalbe Road Cruiser tyres on my new Cannondale with meatier M+. Dismantling the chain case, taking the back wheel out and disconnecting the hub brakes and Nexus gears was much easier than I feared it might be. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on January 28, 2010, 01:35:19 pm
Just fixed the Acor accessory bar to my barbag, which now means that I have some carbon fibre! :o


Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on January 28, 2010, 11:17:29 pm
I just fettled a new saddle onto the Kaffenback.  It's a cheapo Selle Italia FK (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=45853) one, which cost me £10 and was in the pile to go on n+1.  I've ordered another cheapo Selle Italia X0 (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=41596) one, also for £10 to go on n+1 instead.

Since I've only tested the new saddle by sitting on it in the hallway, I forecast that I'll stop at least twice on the commute in tomorrow morning to adjust it!

The old On-One saddle that came with the Kaffenback had broken along the plastic on one side that supported the saddle.  If the other side broke, the saddle would probably end up in two bits.  Sods Law would have kicked in about halfway to Bognor tomorrow night, at the worst possible time, so I thought I'd try and beat it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on January 28, 2010, 11:38:17 pm
I watched Auntie Helen mend a puncture. I even helped her squeeze some air into her tube.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on January 28, 2010, 11:43:14 pm
Got the cunning super-efficient dynamo-powered thing-charger circuit I've been failing to get round to building to work on breadboard.  I can now successfully charge my phone by giving myself tyre burns repeatedly flicking the wheel, or power my eTrex by spinning the wheel at a much slower and less deadly rate.  :D

At least an hour was wasted looking for stupid mistakes or frazzled MOSFETs before I worked out that the oscilloscope earth was shorting half the rectifier out.   :facepalm:

These hub dynamos aren't short of volts, are they?  Might switch from a 16V to a 30V (or whatever the regulator/op-amp can cope with) reservoir capacitor / zener clamp, to make the most of those fast descents...

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/rectifier/IMG_2093.sized.jpg)
(click for more pics) (http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=rectifier)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jurek on January 28, 2010, 11:50:45 pm
 :o :o :o

She has an oscilliscope and an account with RS.

Run away!!!  ;)

I've removed most of a month's worth of road skog from the Van Nic - some of which has made itself disagreeably persistent....
... As well as stopping some stuff from working as it is supposed to.

Meh!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on January 29, 2010, 12:07:49 am
She has an oscilliscope and an account with RS.

Run away!!!  ;)

I've got to make up for lack of bicycles somehow  ;)

(I've just calculated road speed of the wheel to be about 2.9mph based on that trace.  I think I've been off the bike too long...)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on January 29, 2010, 07:44:16 am
Is Reply # 1234 in a foreign language?Too clever for me all that lectrickery stuff :& it bites  :o
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on January 29, 2010, 08:31:33 am
I thought it had been dummed down a bit, for a more mainstream popular audience! ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CrinklyLion on January 29, 2010, 05:26:16 pm
One wireless notwork and one humoungously FUBAR'd anti-virus notwork installation.  I think.  I hope.  I don't much care any more, and am off home. 


(On my lovely lovely lovely lovely lovely lovely bike.  So lovely that I may even go home and bake a cake for the LBS to say thank you for her supreme loveliness.  Hurrah!)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on January 29, 2010, 05:31:14 pm
Is Reply # 1234 in a foreign language?Too clever for me all that lectrickery stuff :& it bites  :o

Oops, sorry about that.  The cunningness here is that instead of the standard method of using diodes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diode_bridge) to convert the alternating current from the dynamo to DC, this is using transistors (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOSFET) to effectively 'connect' the dynamo only when it is producing a higher voltage than the capacitor (which is acting as a small rechargeable battery) has stored.  As the dynamo output drops, it is 'disconnected' to prevent the stored charge being wasted by flowing backwards through the dynamo. The transistors work in pairs to 'connect' the dynamo 'the other way round' on every half-cycle, so the AC is converted to DC in the process.  The capacitor stores charge, smoothing out this pulsating voltage and providing a reserve to keep things going for a bit while the wheel is stopped (as in a standlight).

This has the advantage that the transistors, unlike diodes, do not 'drop' significant voltage.  This means that the full output voltage of the dynamo goes into the capacitor, which means the regulator can continue to provide a valid 5V USB charging voltage at lower speeds (and I'm all about the low speeds).  It also means that hardly any power is wasted as heat in the AC-DC conversion process.

For additional cunning, I'm not using your standard regulator (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linear_regulator).  Instead of wasting the difference between its input and output voltage as heat, this one switches on and off (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switched-mode_power_supply) rapidly, in a manner not entirely unlike the first half of the circuit.  This is much more efficient (the device claims (http://www.recom-international.com/pdf/Innoline/R-78Bxx-1.5_L.pdf) 92-94% efficiency), and makes nearly all of the dynamo's output available for powering something useful (in this case, a USB phone charger).

Make sense?

Since capacitors and electronics, like the rest of us, don't like being exposed to overly high voltages, there are a pair of zener diodes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zener_diode) limiting the dynamo's output to 16V, in the same way they'd be used to prevent a halogen lamp from blowing at high speed.  The higher this 'clamp' voltage, the more power can be extracted from the dynamo.  Unfortunately, the limiting factor here is the regulator, which accepts a maximum of 18V on its input, so I can't actually increase it by that much.

I'll handwave over the bit where I made a rookie mistake in using an oscilloscope.  ;D

Next step is to work out the best way of politely charging potentially odd numbers of NiMHs (I have a head torch that takes 3 cells, but lights and GPS take 2) from an unreliable power source, possibly a bit of control logic for load shedding (keep the GPS supply going to the bitter end, but stop charging batteries if I'm puffing up a hill and there isn't much power available) and of course all that awkward physical construction stuff.  Also investigate solar panels, as it would be trivial to add one as an additional power source, and that might be useful for camping trips where less time is spent in the saddle.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chris S on January 29, 2010, 06:02:18 pm
I've got a link somewhere deep in my favourites, to a thread on a different forum where someone came up with a dynohub charger. They used some rechargeable batteries as the regulator to soak up the surges from the dynamo.

However, I also don't know what I'm talking about; it's all gobbledygook to me. I only use electronics after someone smart has performed magick with a soldering iron.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on January 29, 2010, 06:14:08 pm
I've got a link somewhere deep in my favourites, to a thread on a different forum where someone came up with a dynohub charger. They used some rechargeable batteries as the regulator to soak up the surges from the dynamo.

Yeah, I considered that.  It works, but isn't all that good for the batteries, and I'm not sure about efficiency, given that most of the time it'll be powering a GPS/phone, rather than charging AAs.

This is as much an exercise in masturbatory over-engineering as practical design :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on January 29, 2010, 06:50:08 pm
Had the fixie wheels on the truing stand and got them to Rizla paper standard.  :thumbsup:

Also went round the tyres with tweezers and removed about a dozen minute pieces of embedded glass.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on January 30, 2010, 05:48:23 pm
I had planned to wash the Etape last weekend but events overtook me.
Riding to work on Thursday I noticed and heard a clunk from the chain.
I have been checking the wear regularly and did not think it was too far yet so it was a bit surprising.
Anyway, my fettling has found this:

(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e81/GruuB/P1040644.jpg)

I also found the reason for my front end sounding like something was loose. It was.  The new brakes I installed were not as tight as they should be. 

I do enjoy fettling.  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on January 30, 2010, 05:51:35 pm
That's a lucky escape.  What happens next is that the chain bends because only one plate is taking the strain, then that plate pops off a rivet at one end and your nads become intimately acquainted with the top tube  :facepalm:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rdaviesb on January 30, 2010, 08:18:33 pm
Thanks to the generosity of MSeries I was able to spend some of the day turning this......

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4068/4316975506_603e2ed7f0_o.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4032/4316218917_02356f2094_o.jpg)

into this.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2778/4316228117_22f81699e0_o.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2746/4316967026_41b8716297_b.jpg)

...which will be installed on my 20 something year old Mal Rees tourer when I have found a suitable set of handlebars.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MSeries on January 30, 2010, 08:27:25 pm
Would have cost you more had I polished it !!! I don't think it was every shiney like that. Always had a brushed al look.

BTW I have the matching handlebars but they are currently in service. For the price of some new ones I could be persuaded to sell them to you. I'd need to do some stem measuring first though

 :thumbsup:

BTW I once bought a bike from Mal Rees Cycles in Hayes, Middx
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on January 30, 2010, 08:53:57 pm
no piccies :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rdaviesb on January 30, 2010, 10:00:09 pm
BTW I once bought a bike from Mal Rees Cycles in Hayes, Middx

Coldharbour Lane. I remember it well, living just the other side of the Uxbridge Road. I bought my frame in about 5 instalments, paid for out from the proceeds of a sweeping job I had at the Penguin warehouse at Heathrow. First decent bike I'd ever had and I don't think I'll ever part with it. Shame it's not a Bill Hurlow!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on January 30, 2010, 10:04:50 pm
Superstoker & I fitted the new RaceBlades to his Trek.  He was keen, helpful & happy with the result.

We also dropped his bars a few mm. 

:)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MSeries on January 30, 2010, 10:11:59 pm
BTW I once bought a bike from Mal Rees Cycles in Hayes, Middx

Coldharbour Lane. I remember it well, living just the other side of the Uxbridge Road. I bought my frame in about 5 instalments, paid for out from the proceeds of a sweeping job I had at the Penguin warehouse at Heathrow. First decent bike I'd ever had and I don't think I'll ever part with it. Shame it's not a Bill Hurlow!
Yes, that's right. I was living in Crowland Avenue at the time, which is between the station and the M4. I worked at EMI Records on Uxbridge Road
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: αdαmsκι on January 31, 2010, 05:32:38 pm
I spent the afternoon cleaning the bike, which was very necessary after three weeks commutes on roads covered in salt and/or water, plus the Willy Warmer ride on sodden roads (fortunately the roads yesterday were dry). This was the first time I've removed the chain using the magic link that came with the new chain and it makes the job of cleaning the chain soooo much easier :thumbsup:. The bike is now hanging up in the garage drying and hopefully the ride tomorrow will be more pleasant on a clean, well lubricated, bike.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on January 31, 2010, 06:10:24 pm
Cleaned my bike.  Or, at least, I smeared the accummulated grut round a bit. :-\

Should be rather lighter now.  Just got to oil the chain and adjust the rear brake now :)

Oh - and see if I can have another go at that light bracket.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on January 31, 2010, 06:17:39 pm
Cleaned the chain, sprocket and chainring on the Inbred.  I only did it last on New Year's Eve but the weather has been filthy.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on January 31, 2010, 06:28:33 pm
Oh and I did an emergency fettle on Butterfly's front brake.  I put some brake blocks where there were worn stubs. :o
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on January 31, 2010, 07:21:25 pm
Lights in the kitchen. One side had not been working for months. They are low voltage with the transformer in a spherical case stuck to the ceiling and the transformer had blown. I couldn't find anything similar anywhere.

The other day I had a revelation, got a ceiling rose and put an ordinary transformer on top of the cupboard. Sorted.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on January 31, 2010, 07:33:05 pm
Our bathroom lights have eaten three transformers since 2002 but not a single one of the ten MR16 lamps  ::-)

Since I stopped buying the shite Chinese transformers and got marginally more expensive "European-made" ones in 2005 we haven't lost one.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on January 31, 2010, 09:21:49 pm
A graunchy noise at the rear brake lever rang alarm bells, so I've just replaced inner & outer cables, which was a bit of a job.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Bledlow on January 31, 2010, 09:48:47 pm
Brief fettling frenzy, begun by washing both mountain bikes when Mrs B & I got home. Wore off by the time I'd patched all the punctured inner tubes I could find. Apart from the one which appeared to have perished without ever being used, that is. :( I almost cried. It had gone along the creases where it was rolled up.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 05, 2010, 03:17:39 pm
I have turned about ninety HTML pages into a single consistently formatted Word document.

For no very good reason.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: kcass on February 07, 2010, 12:49:50 pm
Not exactly fettled but I gave no. 1 bike a thorough clean. First time for a month so there was a scary amount of gunk. I think I heard a little contented sigh from the bike afterwards.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on February 10, 2010, 02:06:50 pm
That's torn it!  My rubber split :o

I was carefully removing some old bar tape from under a Weinmann brake rubber, and it ripped from side to side :(

Never mind, I was thinking of putting aero levers on it anyway.  Just means it won't be on the road today.  But I have put the new clamp on the seatpost with the replacement saddle, set that up with a better binder bolt, adjusted the gears, and replaced the perished rubber with a pair of Marathons. 

Brake levers, cables & tape remain.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Butterfly on February 10, 2010, 02:45:30 pm
That sounds like good progress :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: numbnuts on February 11, 2010, 01:47:12 pm
new bearings and cones in my front wheel, it spins real good now
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: DuncanM on February 11, 2010, 02:44:32 pm
Last Sunday I put the back wheel I built before christmas into the clunker.  I haven't fettled the gears to my satisfaction yet though and I've been warned about SA gears when they aren't adjusted (and I haven't put the brake blocks back on either).
Hopefully I'll get to do those things and connect up the dyno and give it all a go this weekend. :)

Then I can get on with working out how to get the brakes to stop the damn thing in the rain!  ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on February 11, 2010, 03:05:46 pm
Brake levers, cables & tape remain.

Done that.  Nicked the Shimano 600 aero levers off the half-finished Woodrup.

Computer to fit.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: oncemore on February 11, 2010, 03:36:14 pm
Swopped the bars on the Carrera to short reach/shallow drop FSAs. On the basis of a 4 mile test, seems a lot better. Shorter and slightly more upright stem awaited - fair chance will make the bike (otherwise VERY nice for the money) worth keeping. Given a bit of half decent weather, should help me keep up with the other over 60s on BikeJournal!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on February 11, 2010, 05:29:14 pm
I have fettled my new blue USE Alien seat post onto the Etape.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on February 11, 2010, 05:45:27 pm

Dismantle chain, dérailleur and sprockets, then steam clean them and re-lube.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on February 12, 2010, 09:43:08 am
A lad's chain bost at the turbo session last night.  He wasn't pedalling super-hard, but his bike was a bit under-fettled.  The side plate just fell off one of the links :o

We took the link out (using my kewl Park folding chain tool) and re-joined it.  A bit short, but he desperately needed a new chain anyway.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: drossall on February 12, 2010, 10:39:46 pm
The side plate just fell off one of the links :o
Years ago, a friend was heading home after a club 10, when all his plates fell off all his links*  :o :o :o

He was scrabbling round in the road, trying to get enough pieces to put a working chain together, when luckily another club mate drove by and offered him a lift home :D

*Well, probably not quite all of them
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on February 13, 2010, 07:56:38 am
On the way home last night I noticed my main Giant Enigma bottle cage had broken.
So when I took Son2 to football practice last night I dropped into the LBS and got a matching pair of........... yep you guessed it, blue ones  ;D
I shall fettle them today once Mrs G has gone for the day.  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on February 13, 2010, 09:02:37 am
I put a new chain on the Thorn this week. It's a Shimano Nexus chain, which was what the LBS sold me, but it's a very unattractive colour. That doesn't, at the moment, seem to stop it going round and round in the desired fashion.

I also had trouble with a valve. It seems to have come unscrewed slightly. I've replaced the tube but the frugal git in me doesn't want to throw it away when the tube itself seems OK.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Bledlow on February 13, 2010, 05:33:35 pm
Mrs Bs slow puncture - for the third time! But this time I think I may (at last!) have found the thing sticking through the tyre.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: LEE on February 13, 2010, 05:43:02 pm
Fettled some new Schwalbe Marathons today. 

SJSC shipped them folded/looped twice which put kinks into the bead so I' had to spend some time re-bending them.  I didn't do such a good job on thursday as my front tyre was blown off the rim while the wheel was in the kitchen.  It sounded like a bomb going off as the inner-tube tore itself to shreds.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on February 13, 2010, 05:45:30 pm
I hate it when that happens, and Schwalbes are especially prone to bead damage.

(makes mental note not to buy tyres from SJSC).
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hulver on February 13, 2010, 06:12:33 pm
Finished putting my new fixed together.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on February 13, 2010, 06:37:50 pm
Oh good.  Will you do one for me now? ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MSeries on February 13, 2010, 06:45:38 pm
Cleaned my Dolan, washed off the accumulated salt, tighten up the chain ring bolts. Then I started to see if I could fettle a chain tensioner for a single speed from some junk, an old axle. I wanted to see if I had enough bolts and wondered if I could cut the axle down to size. Anyway one thing led to another and I tried the cones that were on this axle in my old Fixed wheel, the one with the knackered cones. Seems to be OK. I fitted a tube & tyre & sprocket and fitted the wheel in my Dolan ready for a test ride. Thus I may have a used but usable Fixed wheel for sale soon. Yeah, the one I was prepared to give away before.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rdaviesb on February 13, 2010, 07:31:09 pm
Removed the stitching from the velo orange elk hide covers that adorn the Langster. Put the layer of padding which I should have put under them first time round, in place. Re-stitched the covers back on. A remarkably therapeutic couple of hours.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: oncemore on February 14, 2010, 01:46:40 pm
The son's bass guitar.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on February 14, 2010, 03:05:23 pm
Gave the Longstaff,Trek & Langster a wipe clean(ish) & inflated tyres to correct pressure on the Trek & Langster plus Mrs. Jogler's Cannondale & Trice & the tandem.
Didn't bother with my Cannondale & the folders.( I have a low boredom threshold)
The nearside rear on the Trike had a dodgy looking valve & as I looked at it the top popped out & instantly deflated the tube.One FUBA tube.Put a new tube in,went the village for some milk:bit less than a km: & within minutes the new tube exploded  :o. I might have pinched the tube between rim & tyre bead.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on February 14, 2010, 08:55:16 pm
Trued the troublesome summer rear wheel for the clubman, which went horribly wobbly on the Dun Run despite aggressive stress relieving and putting my whole body weight sideways on the rim to unping the spokes (Velocity Deep V - I think the spoke nipples creep in the uneyeletted and fairly badly-finished rim). 

Then gave all the nipples a full extra turn on the front wheel, which works OK but was a bit lightly tensioned - I'm not used to plain gauge spokes and these were all that I could get in the right length for a large flange x2 wheel.



Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on February 14, 2010, 09:30:00 pm
Built a frankenputer out of the functional and only slightly melted remains of our recent catastrophic hardware failures.  Installed Windows XP on it.  I feel dirty.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MSeries on February 14, 2010, 09:33:29 pm
baked a fruit cake
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on February 14, 2010, 09:34:45 pm
Fitted new pedals on the Lightweight Special.

Clarion, not thee Lightweight Special. (Issigonis)  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on February 14, 2010, 09:39:59 pm
;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on February 14, 2010, 10:48:07 pm
& within minutes the new tube exploded  

& the other one has just poped ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Basil on February 14, 2010, 11:04:56 pm
I fettled the apple tree today.  Bit late, I know.
I prune it every year and give it a serious F off pruning once every three years. 
This was the third year again.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rdaviesb on February 16, 2010, 04:23:20 pm
Started re-working the front end of my

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2293/3538747250_786d14bab7_b.jpg)

tourer. Experimenting. It looks like I will be able to get Campag cables and a little bit of padding underneath stitched on leather bar covers.  :D.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2695/4362119909_bb61cb542e.jpg)

I'll even up the stitching when I do it for real, and will probably use black rather than white waxed thread. Now off to the bay for a set of cantilevers.


Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: onb on February 16, 2010, 04:41:24 pm
Fitted new BB to winter bike .
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on February 16, 2010, 06:31:38 pm
atl1e ethernet driver source, to disable the broken TCP segmentation offloading.

Our server can now send data over IPv6 at more than 20kb/s

(problem originally manifested as nonspecific sluggishness in Thunderbird, and took - to use the technical term - sodding hours to track down)

I hate computers.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chris S on February 16, 2010, 08:10:45 pm
atl1e ethernet driver source, to disable the broken TCP segmentation offloading.

Whooooaahh.... I love it when you talk dirty...  :demon:  ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on February 16, 2010, 08:43:41 pm
Unscheduled fettling (that I knew was overdue :-[ ):  I set off for work, got to my first gearchange, and the lever was free to move without pulling cable :(

Swift swap for a cheapie cable I had bought to do up one of the BSOs taking up garden space, and relief that the slightly revised cable routing meant that it reched, and I didn't have to use a tendem one as I had when I first built it up.

Silky smooth gear changes all the way to work. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Bledlow on February 16, 2010, 08:47:18 pm
Built a frankenputer out of the functional and only slightly melted remains of our recent catastrophic hardware failures.  Installed Windows XP on it.  I feel dirty.
And so you should!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on February 16, 2010, 08:56:48 pm
Put 17T cog on empty side of fixed hub, for a try-out. Decided I couldn't live with the tyre tread facing the wrong way  ::-) Removed tyre, refitted. Feel better now.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: dasmoth on February 16, 2010, 10:15:30 pm
Put a shiny (and rather hard) new Ladies B17 on the stoker seatpost of the tandem.  Will be interesting to see how it is received...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Charlotte on February 16, 2010, 10:51:48 pm
Cold frames (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=29929.0)  :D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on February 16, 2010, 11:00:30 pm
Front-wheel puncture (just the one). Will have to take the tyre off again tomorrow when the decent rim tape arrives from Chain Reaction.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on February 16, 2010, 11:42:46 pm
Installed Windows XP on it.  I feel dirty.
And so you should!

In my defence, we are otherwise Windows-box-less.  Which, while an undeniably harmonious state of affairs, can be a complete arse when faced with a gadget in need of a firmware upgrade.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CrinklyLion on February 16, 2010, 11:51:48 pm
I've fixed the flat on the eldest crinklycub's islabike.  Removed the back wheel, got the tyre off without actually pulling a muscle this time, found the hole, patched it, put it all back together, pumped it up, noticed that the bead wasn't sitting quite right in one spot so deflated it, reseated it and re-inflated it, got the wheel back in and sorted the brakes out again.  And fitted (more-or-less, judicious application of a couple of cable ties would help) his bike computer that he got for Christmas while I was about it.  This is a completely unimaginable level of usefulness for me.

We'll see if it's still got any air in it in the morning!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on February 18, 2010, 01:19:48 pm
Bar end levers now fitted to Superstoker's Galaxy. :D

Wish the rain would give over so that we can go out & practice. :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hulver on February 18, 2010, 01:47:08 pm
Little spacer fitted under my stem. I can adjust it so the forks don't rattle anymore now.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on February 18, 2010, 02:50:19 pm
Front wheel off due to being slightly untrue.  On route to the LBS.
Spare wheel in - tyre and tube moved over.
Bagman and Nelson off - seat adjusted - nose down slightly - Bagman and Nelson back on.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: JJ on February 18, 2010, 05:17:32 pm
Cleaned the Dave Yates after the weekend's abuse.  Found the rear brake blocks almost gone so changed them.  Tried to increase the clearance under the frond mudguard by removing the bracket and zip tying it directly to the fork.  Ended up with it so tight that the wheel wouldn't even turn.  Pop riveted the bracket back on.  Tried to open it up wider to fit behind the fork.   Failed, and anyway then the light bracket fouled the steering.  In the end I put it back where it had started and bent it a little to improve clearance.  Why didn't I do that in the first place????

Finally closed the garage door at half past midnight.  Bah!  !0 minute job?!!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on February 19, 2010, 10:47:01 am
Last night, at club, a lad's mech seemed to have come apart, so he couldn't use the turbos.  I decided to have a look at it, and established that the bolt was still there, just undone and the jockey wheel was wonky.  It was pretty inaccessible, and an odd size, but I tightened the bolt, and he was OK.

He thanked me.  Then we set him up on the turbo.  He thanked me again.  Half way through the evening, he thanked me.  Then, as we were leaving, he said thank you.  Youth of today, eh?  No manners at all.  Take everything for granted. ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: pcolbeck on February 20, 2010, 04:32:09 pm
I has purchased a bottom bracket tool and I is gonna use it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on February 20, 2010, 04:35:25 pm
I have removed a considerable quantity of Birmingham from my bicycle.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: DuncanM on February 20, 2010, 05:08:32 pm
I made the gears work on my clunker. :)  It's great to have gears on that bike - riding everywhere in top was seriously hard work.
Now all I need to do is wire up the dynamo to the existing lights and see if they work (not counting on it).
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hulver on February 20, 2010, 05:11:16 pm
Fettled the chainring on my fixed. Put the felt pads on my crud road guards. They are quite noisy at the front.

Cleaned things a bit. I'm wondering if the chain's a bit tight now though.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on February 20, 2010, 05:56:15 pm
Fettled is not the word.  Rebuilt more likely  ;D

For the last week or so my ride has been a bit rough.  Nothing overt, just a grinding somewhere.

So today I installed my new (2nd hand) Speedplays.  The right pedal bearings had gone.
I also took off the chain and de-gunged it and in so doing noticed the jockey wheels were very pointy.  So they were replaced.
I also took off the cassette and de-gunged it and then removed the cassette body and de-gunged and regreased it.
Last but not least I secured my front mudflap so it no longer rubs the wheel.

I also washed her.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: drossall on February 21, 2010, 12:01:52 am
Stripped the front hub on my work hack. This is embarrassing. The bearing surfaces (and the bearings) were rusty :-[

I've bought new bearings, but with the surfaces and cones not great, I don't think it's going to be too long before I need a new hub. May as well just build a new wheel, I suspect...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on February 21, 2010, 12:25:35 pm
I wanted to fettle but I could not find the bits in the bits box. I am certain I have spare brake block somewhere. Stopping seems a good thing to do. Ton cycles was open Sundays before it shut down now I will have to wait until Monday lunchtime before I can have vaguely secure braking.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on February 21, 2010, 12:36:28 pm
A failed fettle actually.Fitted new inner tubes to both rear wheels on the trike & both blew out:fitted two more & one blew out.That's 6 tubes fitted in two weeeks,5 of which have popped.I have done the usual checking for spoke,rim & tyre invasion & suspect the tubes are the problem.All by the same manufacturer & purchased at the same time & subsequently kept in saddle bags as spares.
It's frustrating 'cause the trike is what I wanted to use for an hour this afternoon in the 7.5cm of snow we have had overnight. :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on February 21, 2010, 01:28:24 pm
I admire your persistence  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: DuncanM on February 21, 2010, 04:52:30 pm
I replaced the headlamp bulb on my car.  That required removing the airbox first!  ::-)
I also sorted the wiring to connect my newly build dynohub to the existing (30 year old) lamps and wiring.  To my amazement, when I turn the pedals, I have light! :)  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on February 21, 2010, 05:05:59 pm
I have reduced a bolt head in size so that it will pass through the plug hole of the bath. We now have a working, popping up bath plug.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: FatBloke on February 21, 2010, 05:10:54 pm
New brake pads on the commuter.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on February 21, 2010, 05:18:46 pm
My LBS was torched a couple of weeks back and I feared it was the end of their existence.  Thankfully they have taken other premises, are restocking and have advertised locally   :thumbsup:

I stall be making a trip this week to show my support, and perhaps buy the odd slightly overpriced but 'in the hand' item for fettling purposes.    
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mike on February 21, 2010, 05:21:14 pm
started hanging up the bikes again after the garage was re-done.  Got 4 up before my hatred of DIY enticed me back inside for more tea and ginger biscuits.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on February 23, 2010, 04:43:16 pm
Built new wheels for my TOP SECRET fixie project.  36h Rigida Chrina rims (extra thick braking surface see, good for my cowardly fixed wheel riding style) on very shiny Phil Wood hubs.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: fungus on February 23, 2010, 04:48:49 pm
After getting covered with filth on the brooks tour ride I have now bodged a muguard extension out of an old waterbottle & I've bought some respro sticky sticker stuff to cover it up, hopefully it will not look too bad when i've finished.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on February 23, 2010, 10:05:59 pm
Seat angle.  Twice.

I have also reproofed overshoes, my Gore Tex and the wife's dog walking Gore Tex jacket.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Mike J on February 23, 2010, 10:20:54 pm
Minor fettle - Minoura Swing Grip handlebar extension.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulR on February 23, 2010, 11:37:19 pm
More zip ties applied to the commute bike, this time to replace the rivets at the bottom of the front mudguard that had popped out.  Clattering will now cease, or would cease were it not for the rear mudguard being a bit loose.

Edit:  Gosh, life is getting a bit exciting in SE23
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on February 24, 2010, 03:18:48 pm
I fitted an inner tube to each rear wheel of the trike this morning.Both are goodtogo atm.If they are o.k. in the morning I shall return to Longstaff's* to get more of the same & junk the rest of the one's I had so much aggro with last week.

*do I take only enough £ for the inner tubes or take wallet & platic?

EDIT: no deflations :thumbsup:
hi-ho,hi-ho
to Longstaff's we must go
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on February 24, 2010, 04:47:09 pm
My new frame arrived for the TOP SECRET fixie project.  I've cut the steerer tube, pressed the headset, fitted the forks and stem, and faced the bottom bracket so far!

<a bit later>

Sprocket and lockring fitted, wheels, cranks, pedals and handlebars are all installed too!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on February 24, 2010, 06:11:10 pm
Best weather for a ride I've seen in ages, and my digestive system wasn't playing.  Decided to remove some of last week's accumulated Birmingham from my bike instead.  As per tradition, SWMBO came home to find me skiddling with jars of solvent in the kitchen, and muddy wheels on their way to the bath.  She wasn't even slightly sarcastic :)

A box of bits from Farnell turned up this morning, so I should be set for some more breadboard-and-oscilloscope-based fettling at the weekend.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on February 24, 2010, 09:53:09 pm
Cut the spokes off my rear wheel.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: fungus on February 25, 2010, 11:25:02 am
I will be fitting new brake pads on Saturday morning as my rear pads have completely disintegrated over the winter.  I ordered the pads from crc on Monday afternoon & they arrived Tuesday morning with free delivery  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on February 25, 2010, 11:40:27 am
Yesterday I transferred a broken in Brooks onto my MTB (much cursing about the Specialized 2 bolt seatpost that probably has it's benefits but is a real PITA to fit a Brooks to) and put on some narrower, flatter bars. Put a new Brooks onto my single-speed and had the joy of that slidy feeling on my ride this morning as I began the first stage of breaking it in.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on February 25, 2010, 12:00:14 pm
Replaced the rear brake pads on the Kaffenback, about six weeks after I last replaced them.

That has to be a record, being only around 750 miles or so, but I used it on a few rides in January where the conditions were pretty horrible, and a lot of muddy gunk got sprayed onto the wheels.  Clearly it formed a wonderful grinding mixture to kill the pads, and probably the rims are a bit thinner than they used to be as well. :-\
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on February 27, 2010, 06:43:15 pm
I so love a relaxing fettle on the weekend.
Cleaned the Etape.  She was very dirty after a week of commuting in poor weather.
My bearings had arrived so I set about installing them only realising that I had not bought the one that was actually borked.  Remembered that man Eck had sent me a spare cassette body so I installed that instead to get over my bearing issue.  LBS can restore my borked one at his leasure.
Found a loose spoke on the rear wheel so dropped into LBS whilst in Marlborough.  Bought some new blue Hope skewers too.
I'd picked up my mended Mavic for the TCR so I reshoed her too.

Both bikes are now running sweet.

I am also going to rename my Enigma Etape to Hope.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on February 27, 2010, 07:09:44 pm
I so love a relaxing fettle on the weekend.
Cleaned the Etape.  She was very dirty after a week of commuting in poor weather.
A week?  I'm not going to clean the Inbred until at least mid-April, and I first built it up at the end of November  :)  The chain has been done a couple of times, but there's no point in cleaning the rest of it; there is so much construction work going on round here that the roads are watery mud (with the usual horse poo to add dietary fibre to the mess).
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on February 27, 2010, 07:25:03 pm
Yesterday I noticed that my Peregrine had a flat tyre so I (rather than dig out a new tube) patched the tube. The good thing about the 'slime' filled tubes is that it makes it easy to see where the hole is. Unfortunately the tyre was flat again today :(. Checking in a bowl of water showed that the valve was now leaking ::-)

Could the puncture fixing 'gunge' make the valve leak?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on February 27, 2010, 08:51:43 pm
I so love a relaxing fettle on the weekend.
Cleaned the Etape.  She was very dirty after a week of commuting in poor weather.
A week?  I'm not going to clean the Inbred until at least mid-April, and I first built it up at the end of November  :)  The chain has been done a couple of times, but there's no point in cleaning the rest of it; there is so much construction work going on round here that the roads are watery mud (with the usual horse poo to add dietary fibre to the mess).

Yeah but that week was 250 miles worth.  If I don't clean it I miss things like brake pad wear and it is so easy to pick up crud that will shred my rims.  Plus a clean ti bike looks much better than a muddy one I reckon.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on February 27, 2010, 09:08:31 pm
I collected the new frame for my daughter's bike. My plan is to build her a new bike - using this frame and all the spare bits I have in the garage.

Unfortunately, the old Nexave crankset which was part of the masterplan, looks tatty. So I suspect I'll end up buying lots of new bits too.  ::-)  Oh well, that's another proof positive that the economics of bike building are dire, especially when the rider is someone you love so deeply that it hurts.

The bike is a commuter - 2 miles downhill to the station and two miles uphill on the way home. She wants a step-through ladies frame with a basket on the front and a rack on the back... and a "couple more" gears than her present Sturmey three-speed.

I can do that - with nice wheels too.  8)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on February 27, 2010, 10:10:54 pm
Oh well, that's another proof positive that the economics of bike building are dire, especially when the rider is someone you love so deeply that it hurts.



so true
I have taken the "clean hands" option & promised my geedee a visit to Isla Rowntree about Easter time.This might be her first drop bars/STI gears bike.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MSeries on February 27, 2010, 10:27:45 pm
Unfortunately, the old Nexave crankset which was part of the masterplan, looks tatty. So I suspect I'll end up buying lots of new bits too.  ::-)  Oh well, that's another proof positive that the economics of bike building are dire, especially when the rider is someone you love so deeply that it hurts.

Yebbut you add that special ingredient that can't be bought
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MSeries on February 28, 2010, 05:05:38 pm
Started to make a single speed chain tensioner from an V brake that longers donated, an axle, a jockey wheel and some bolts + nuts. Looks like it'll work. Thus I removed a mech, cable and chain. Next I'll sort out the sprocket, chainring and chainline then fix it all up.

I didn't take an pictures during contruction, I was too excited, but I'll blog it once done.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MSeries on February 28, 2010, 05:41:19 pm
Cleaned and lube my Dolan.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wobbly John on February 28, 2010, 05:43:37 pm
Last night, put new secondhand Mavic bars, brake levers and cables on the Time Trial bike. Nipped out on it today and the tri-bars need a bit of re-positioning.

I'll post some pictures when I've had a chance to clean the greasy fingerprints off it - it's white  :facepalm:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: citoyen on February 28, 2010, 06:16:36 pm
Finally got around to restoring the Brompton to roadworthy status with the replacement chainset kindly donated by MV. Soon realised that the new chainset is actually a bit larger than the old one. I could have sworn the old one was 54t but it turns out it was a mere 50t. And so I had to lengthen the chain - lucky I kept the spare links when I shortened it to fit before. This means I have gained a few gear inches, but that's not such a bad thing.

Also fitted the new Brooks B17 to replace the old one, which I've moved to the Audax bike (the old one is well and truly broken in and I have a hunch I'll need the extra comfort on the Audax bike more than on the Brompton).

d.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: dasmoth on February 28, 2010, 07:26:03 pm
Put the tandem pack together after the Kennett Valley ride yesterday, and decided it needed a bit of attention.  New front brake blocks.   Back off and adjust the disk brake (did peer suspiciously at the pads but they'll do for a couple more rides).  Try to get the drivetrain somewhat clean (it's quite impressive how shiny you can get an old cassette once you break out the degreaser and a toothbrush).  New chain just about to go on.

And I think I've worked out why the rear derailleur suddenly went out of adjustment just after Hungerford, but that'll need a bit more testing...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: RichL on March 01, 2010, 12:20:00 am
Replaced front pads on the Shogun - ancient steel MTB with slicks and tidy LX group/Mavic wheels - this is my general commuting / looks scruffy / park it in town bike.

Swapped the cantis on the Tricross Singlecross fixie back to V's (Avis single-digit 5's). Teflon-coated cables and guides.  Very pleased to have decent braking on it - now much better than the originals, let alone the cantis before I realised that not all brake levers are the same :( I'll be commuting Bristol-Swindon bike/train/bike on it this week to make it a bit more of a work-out than using a geared bike.

Swapped the double-sided SPD pedals from the Dahon Mu Uno singlespeed folder to the Tricross. Can't understand why the Dahon isn't getting much use  ::-)

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on March 01, 2010, 09:35:58 am
Over the weekend, I cleaned my bike, removed, cleaned and oiled the chain, adjusted the rear brake where the spring cover had broken, and oiled the relevant parts of the brake mechanism.

I also sorted out the primitive SIS gearing on a bike we're giving to a niece.  I'd already roughly fitted the mudguards, but I adjusted them, sorted out the rear brake, and then spent ages swearing at the front brake, which seems to want to drag forever. :(

I'll have another go later.

Oh - and I put Superstoker's Trek back on the turbotrainer, so he can have a bit of a spin. :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alecstilleyedye on March 01, 2010, 09:02:25 pm
i noticed that the rear mech was very slightly rubbing on the spokes in the lowest gear, so i've bent the gear hanger out a tad to stop it (steel frame, can't do that with alu…)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: border-rider on March 01, 2010, 09:06:04 pm
Put a new rim on the old back wheel for the winter audax bike.  I'll do the final truing when my new wheel jig arrives :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on March 01, 2010, 09:39:12 pm
Just drilled two 5mm dia. holes @ 63.5mm centres in the shank of a 15mm combination  spanner then fitted to seat tube,using spare bottle cage braze-ons. The Langster now has a track-nut spanner permenantly on board.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on March 03, 2010, 01:42:06 pm
Replaced the brake pads on Dawes Discovery 101.  Now I will be able to stop as expected and avoid the accident if I didn't.  One thing I noticed was the pin that came with the brake pad (Clarks) was too large to fit in the hole on the LX brake shoe.

The old pads still had some rubber on them, but only a sliver. The new pads cost me £4 per pair but I used a LBS so the price is fair.

   
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tom_e on March 03, 2010, 03:04:16 pm
Could the puncture fixing 'gunge' make the valve leak?

Yes, IME.  I gave up on the gunge after too much spitting out all over the place.  I'd forgotten it made the valve untrustworthy too.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Biggsy on March 03, 2010, 04:23:54 pm
Faced and reamed the head tube of my Raleigh Timet and refitted the headset.  That's about as advanced fettling as I want to do.

Virtually no instructions came with the Cyclus tool, and I didn't really know what I was doing, but nevertheless the headset now works ok, whereas before I could never get it adjusted right.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on March 03, 2010, 07:01:56 pm
Seat alignment.  Can't get it right by eye so I have used a sight line.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on March 03, 2010, 08:30:59 pm
Fettled? I should be so lucky. I'm swapping a rim and have discovered that my spokes have shrunk. A SON dynohub with Open Pro rim needs 291mm spokes (3x). So how the hell did I manage to build it previously with 287mm spokes? There's no way this wheel will go back together... it's as tight as a camel's arse in a sandstorm with only half the spokes in place. I've even tried longer nipples. Aaaarrgh. I'm an idiot, somehow, and I have no idea what I've done wrong.

I'm off to find some neat whisky and the wire-cutters.  ::-) I may be some time....

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on March 06, 2010, 03:00:20 pm
Cleaned the Inbred for the first time ever.  De-rusted the chromed steel parts and smeared them with vaseline to stop it happening again.  Fitted a new chain, since the old one was definitely stretched.  BB still OK after 500 miles (not always the case with my bikes).  Fitted teensy emergency lights as the days are now long enough not to need the Smart 1/2 watt and the Hope Vision 1.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on March 06, 2010, 03:12:45 pm
I have modified the IQ Fly bracket and installed it onto the Etape, ready for the E3 Triple.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: numbnuts on March 06, 2010, 03:37:28 pm
I've just come from my garage and looked at my bike after my first off (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=30236.0) the handle bars are all bent and the mirror is missing, but I can't do anything until wiggles get their finger out and send me my order
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: John Henry on March 06, 2010, 04:01:52 pm
Fitted some new brake blocks. Found out why the brakes had been sounding like a cement mixer (and been fairly ineffectual) for a week or so. Let's just say that I got my money's worth from the old blocks...  :-[
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on March 06, 2010, 05:13:50 pm
I've also got the MTB ready for Center Parcs.  Off with the snow tyres and on with the knobbies so I can keep up with my boys.  I've put some proper rim tape on and used some Specialized tube sealant too.

I have also fitted a basket to Mrs G's Specialized so she can keep her handbag in view  ;D

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: robbo6 on March 06, 2010, 06:08:31 pm
Made another titanium mudguard clip
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a38/StevenROBSON/IMGP0184.jpg?t=1267898706)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clifftaylor on March 06, 2010, 06:12:22 pm
Replaced the 105 48/38 with a Tiagra 44/34 (TA Zephyr rings). I'll give it a try out tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nmcgann on March 06, 2010, 06:15:21 pm
Replaced the front wheel of my winter road bike with a spare. The pothole I hit in the rain last sunday cracked the rim  >:( I have an identical rim on a wheel I never use, so there'll be a rim swap and wheel rebuild next week some time.

Changed the front pads with a new set of koolstops. This involved a set of new shoes as the screws that hold the pads in had corroded in place and I couldn't shift them.

Replaced the batteries in the powertap rear wheel. Low batt was flashing and it was reading bonkers high powers on this morning's ride. Flattering, but wrong  ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: cyclone on March 06, 2010, 06:26:48 pm
Installed the Ultra torque cups and then chainset correctly this time...all because the lurvely sale vendors didn't send any instructions.
Off fo fit headset, chop the steerer tube and other assorted fiddling to set up new stealth audax bike...(lets just say the low-pro attempt was great for <25 miles not 125  :-[)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on March 06, 2010, 06:51:58 pm
Resurrection day for Dave the Cannondale - replacing the existing brakes and levers with those wacky combo jobbies.  Plus tyre change, mudguard change, etc etc... Halfway through, taking a tea break. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MSeries on March 07, 2010, 03:35:56 pm
Finished making a single speed bike. Removed a couple of chainrings, fitted a 42 which I have had since 2003. Removed the 7 speed cassette and fitted a sprocket from a 6 speed that I've had since 1990, spaced out with 6 speed spacers and a couple of other sprockets. Held on with a Uniglide threaded sprocket from the original 7 speed cassette from this bike from 1989. The chain tensioner is made from a v-brake arm donated by longers, a jockey wheel that's been in my toolbox for ages and a bolt. Held on with  a piece of axle dateing back to 1986. Shortened the chain.

Not tested it yet since I'm injured but if it works I'll remove the front mech and levers too. Still got the outer chainring on as I didn't want to have to buy new, shorter bolts and don't want to have the spider outwith the chainring, that looks stupid.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chris S on March 07, 2010, 04:24:45 pm
Removed a thick layer of East Anglia from the Pompino.

Degreased chain.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on March 07, 2010, 06:11:21 pm

Fitted an Avid Rollermajig.  Mmmmmm, Crisp.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: drossall on March 07, 2010, 07:22:47 pm
Dealt with aftermath of incident the other week, in which chain came off worn chainring on my fixed, and jammed behind the sprocket. I ended up carrying the bike a mile and a half to work, because I couldn't free the chain, and the back wheel therefore wouldn't go round >:(

Discovered flat front tyre >:(

Tried to remove sprocket to free chain. Lock ring stuck*. Tried a bit harder. Gave up. >:(

Tried levering chain free. Gave up. >:(

Replaced chainring with the new one that arrived this week. :)

Went back to levering chain free. Found that I could just about manage if I was careful to go at it one link at a time. Eventually got it free :)

Noticed broken side plate, oddly not in the jammed section >:(

Removed and threw away chain. Put bike back in shed. Will fix puncture another time. >:(

Waved credit card in direction of SJS for new chain. ::-)

Sometimes fixing bikes is relaxing. This wasn't one of those times. :-\

*I've seen the debates about whether you need a lock ring, but I've got one, so I needed to remove it
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: αdαmsκι on March 07, 2010, 07:36:25 pm
The bike hasn't been cleaned for, um, a month? :-[ Since then I've done a wet FNRttC, a damp 200 km audax and a lot of commuting. It was filthy. The chain and cassette have been degreased and the rubbish removed from the wheels and frame. I've discovered I've basically gone through a set of brake blocks since December, which isn't too surprising and I'll be waving my credit card in the direction of Chain Reaction Cycles this evening.

I also discovered my rear tyre, a Bontrage Race Lite Hardcase, was absolutely frickin' destroyed. There were at least 3 gaps of >1 cm where the rubber was missing and the canvas exposed. It wasn't like that a few weeks ago! I'm gobsmacked that I haven't had a puncture. I'm not sure if I should be happy about the performance of the tyre of not. I think I fitted it last year (if not then it's a lot older), so a guesstimate would say it's done ~5,000 km. From memory I've had one puncture in that time, so for £15 that doesn't seem too bad. I have now fitted, with brute force, a Continental Hamsterskin that I find kicking around the garage. I've no idea where it came from because I didn't buy that tyre, and my housemates don't use 700x23cc tyres so they say they didn't buy it either. Maybe it's a gift from the puncture fairy?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Aidan on March 07, 2010, 07:40:00 pm
put some easy wheels on the Brommie, got the saddle angle right  and checked it over properly. Mulling over whether to put spds on it, and trying to sort a little bag to go on the bars or saddle
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on March 07, 2010, 08:58:04 pm
This morning, I took my chainset off and cleaned it, tightened my bottom bracket to get rid of the creaking* and refitted.

This afternoon, I helped replace the tube on a track bike.  Don't they use tubs any more?


* It didn't. :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on March 07, 2010, 10:02:37 pm
I'll be waving my credit card in the direction of Chain Reaction Cycles this evening.


Just remember how much you are saving on razors.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tonycollinet on March 07, 2010, 10:13:39 pm
I've just replaced the marathon plus tyres with marathon supremes, and replaced the chain. The pluses will become backup tyres. I hope the supremes are as tough - they should at least be faster rolling.

WTF is it about road wheels and tyres that makes them so difficult to remove and fit? I need new tyre levers now.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: αdαmsκι on March 07, 2010, 10:28:58 pm
Just remember how much you are saving on razors.
:P

WTF is it about road wheels and tyres that makes them so difficult to remove and fit? I need new tyre levers now.

God knows, and as I've said in the before (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=4828), I really hate fitting Conti tyres to my Mavic rims, but that was the only thing kicking around the garage this afternoon.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wowbagger on March 08, 2010, 12:02:05 am
I retired the 26 * 1.5 Schwalbe Marathon from the front wheel of the tandem, which was the cause of our problems last weekend. I retyred the bike with a 26 * 1.75 Marathon Plus, which was delivered to Dunnockshaw by Tubbycyclist when he answered our "m'aidez" call 3 years ago next month.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 08, 2010, 09:58:49 am
Oh, ffs

Sat, freehub starts being free in all directions. I need to fix slow leak, soo.


Sun. Scrub bike. Remove rear wheel, remove cassette, get freehub off. Remove seals, get oil running through freehub. It now works. Regrease bearings, reassemble. Realise I have axle in wrong position. Readjust cones, faff for a while.
   
Fix punture (crap glue was cause, Tip Top worked instantly, that's a top tip).

Replace front tyre with Krylion carbon, ooh, monday is going to be fun, I like first ride on new tyres.

Realise brakepads are worn down to the metal holder ::facepalm.

Grub screw is corroded in place. File flats on sides of grubscrew, use mole grips, get screw out. Start fitting cheap pads I had in reserve . . . . Wife shouts that we need to leave to go to film in 10min, I have bike in 4 parts and tools strewn around yard . . .

Return from film, continue work and realise that there is no way those brake pads are going into the holders. F*k. Bike shops now closed. Why oh why didn't I start this on Sat?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulR on March 09, 2010, 09:19:37 am
I reappropriated the miffy bike (so called because its head tube sports a decal featuring the said rabbit perched on the cusp of a crescent moon) for a day's commuting service - at first it was seriously weird riding it again and it was hard to believe that it had been a comfortable steed for two Dunwich Dynamos and a number of FNRttCs as well as regular commuting.  Slow steering, long wheelbase, narrow and very low bars, short cranks.  But by the time I got home last night it seemed normal again and I was enjoying the super-awesomeness of the 531c ride.

Anyway, this was all prompted by the failure of the cartridge bearings on my Paddy Wagon - after three years of daily commuting, no maintenance and variable chain tension, I was not remotely surprised to find that the original cheapo bearings were shot and that the back wheel was wobbling from side to side.  I'd looked up how to change the bearings on formula hubs and it seemed straighforward enough. 

Of course I quickly realised that the instructions do not take account of the fact that

(a) the work bench is wobbly and not even as wide as a wheel;

(b) the vice is conveniently bolted to the end of the bench where we keep the ironing board, the mop and the spare leaves for the antique dining table;

(c) everything is thoroughly seized up and rusted, particularly one set of locknuts;

(d) the flat surfaces on the locknuts are too slender for a spanner of any stature;

(e) the diddy little cone spanners that do fit are only about 4 inches long and therefore  capable of delivering very limited torque;

(f) with it being indoors and surrounded by hanging laundry, Mrs R was not very happy at the prospect of me using a blowtorch on the locknuts (more as a punishment than as a remedy, to be honest); and

(g) my head was already hurting as a consequence of having gouged part of it out on the corner of the cast iron fireplace in my younger son's room when plugging in Manotea's old laptop so he could do his history homework (son, not Manotea).

Two hours later, the old bearings were out, the new bearings were in, the work bench was strewn with oily rages, hammers, screwdrivers, allen keys, bit of dented wood, drips of blood and sweat, and the house was still reverberating with the sound of hammer blows, tools dropping on the quarry tiled floor, howls of pain and assorted thuds.  But the whole bike was reassembled (excluding the Carrdice SQR bracket, as the nuts inside it are spinning uselessly and so I cannot tighten it up any more) and I'd managed to stop most of the bleeding.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on March 09, 2010, 10:10:15 am
Brake alignment when I got to work and the bike was conveniently hanging on the wall.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on March 09, 2010, 03:01:26 pm
My single bolts arrived which I needed to turn my double chainring into a single.
(didn't want to shim the double ones as they were past their best)


Carefully applied threadlock to the bolts and torqued down the 53 ring down onto the spider.
Offered it up onto the spindle then realised the ring needed to go behind the spider to get any chance of a chainline.   ::-)

A quick unbolt and some more threadlock and et voilà a neat chainline.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: numbnuts on March 09, 2010, 03:29:31 pm
I've just put a non return valve on the bilge pump in my kayak
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: border-rider on March 09, 2010, 08:25:35 pm
Replaced the back wheel, sprocket, chainset and chain on the TinOne.  And discovered that what I'd be assuming was a 19 sprocket was actually an 18...

I thought hills had been tough :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Biggsy on March 09, 2010, 08:38:43 pm
Went to fit a Topeak RX Carbon Beam seatpost rack*, only to realise that the minimal amount of available seatpost on this bike would place a rack bag so high that getting my leg over would require a gymnastic degree of flexibility that I do not have! :(

* Nice thing, shockingly small and extremely light - even lighter than advertised if you don't fit the optional reflector.  Designed for RX bags only, but Carradice bags sort-of fit as well via some velcro distortion.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: αdαmsκι on March 09, 2010, 09:37:18 pm
This evening I fitted a new set of rear brake blocks. The front blocks will be replaced once Wiggle deliver the new pads. As the bike was on the stand I also sorted out the rear light mount that's attached to the rack that was slightly lose by expanding the diameter of the rack with a bit of old inner tube.

I almost enjoyed doing those jobs.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on March 09, 2010, 10:40:50 pm
Seat angle again on the Etape.
New tube on the TCR.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: cyclone on March 09, 2010, 11:52:26 pm
Had a play with the headset conumdrum on the Stealth Mercian... Not fitting so checked the head tube and the bottom cups with vernier. Hmm head tube 29.6 - 29.8, bearing cups 30.2  ???
Researched a little and found out that frame nominally built for JIS headset and I have a Campag one (euro). Thus needs reaming and facing... :facepalm:

Look on line for tools  :o decide for a one-off will pay lbs (frame building dreams are - just that dreams at the mo).
 
Go to lbs  :( no tool. Advice go to Halfrauds but they don't know what theyre doing.. :facepalm: Get on phone nobody has one in the Swansea area..Told nearest shop Argos (Bristol)  :o

Try Hobbs bikes in Carmarthen - Yes I've got every tool under the sun  :thumbsup: Will it be done by the weekend "possibly"

Race across to said shop and get told it'll be done in an hour  :thumbsup:   :o Bugger! Cant wait as have to teach lectures in half an hour 35 miles away... :facepalm:

Get lectures and admin done and a similar mad dash ensues to make closing time of 5 pm. Job done for the Grand total of £14. Well chuffed!

Noted that my local audax organiser (Dave Lewis) had his bike in for fettling too..Double recommendation  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Charlotte on March 10, 2010, 08:09:38 am
Does quail fettling (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=30151.msg567036#msg567036) count?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hulver on March 10, 2010, 01:40:30 pm
Back wheel was binding on my fixed. I'd made the chain too tight yesterday after reading a funny horror story on here about a slack chain.

Still tight, but the wheel spins better now. It's not like cycling through treacle anymore.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on March 10, 2010, 03:54:34 pm
Fitted mudgaurds to grand-daughter's new bike & adjusted the saddle.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chris S on March 10, 2010, 04:43:00 pm
Still tight, but the wheel spins better now. It's not like cycling through treacle anymore.

:)

When you happen to glance down to find the chain glowing red hot - you know you've probably over done it ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Domestique on March 10, 2010, 05:55:56 pm
As I am off work, stomach problems, not feeling like riding I have have cleaned my fixie commuting bike for the first time in a year or so.
Thank you to the inventor of wet wipes  8)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Bledlow on March 11, 2010, 06:24:34 pm
New bottom bracket on Mrs B's MTB. This one has the right axle length for the new crankset, which is now sitting just the right distance out. Sweet.

Old one didn't want to come out to start with, but a good squirt of GT85 around the threads, followed by making & drinking a cup of coffee, somehow persuaded it to co-operate. Magic!

But fiddling with the front derailleur has reminded me of how cheap & nasty & knackered it is. Must resist  . . . do not buy new one . . . do not upgrade . . .
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: perpetual dan on March 12, 2010, 07:44:56 am
(late last night)
Extracted the pannier strap that had wrapped itself very firmly round one of the derailleur jockey wheels.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: αdαmsκι on March 12, 2010, 06:47:21 pm
Fitted new Koolstop pads to the front end of the bike; a job I've been putting off for the last two evenings. I now look forward to seeing how quickly the bike stops.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on March 12, 2010, 10:18:19 pm
Arms and bed mechanisms for two sofa-beds.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: drossall on March 12, 2010, 11:14:41 pm
My Dawes Imperial for tomorrow's Up the Uts.

Replaced the rim tape, which caused so many punctures last time out.

Re-centred the rear wheel, which I decided I had built slightly off-centre, so this time I got the centring gauge out and used it properly.

Replaced the ancient Mark II Dura Ace brakes with some 105 dual pivots.

Ready to go :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: citoyen on March 13, 2010, 06:44:16 pm
Started my project to reinvent my old Raleigh by stripping the frame - some of the components may well be turning up on the classified board as soon as I've got most of the grime off, if anyone's interested in some Tiagra bits. Was also planning to respace the rear triangle to make it suitable for a 120mm fixed hub but will save that for another day.

Looking at it now, I am slightly concerned that it's only the rust and dirt that are holding it together.  :-\

d.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rdaviesb on March 13, 2010, 07:26:25 pm
Fixed ebay buy hydraulic disc brakes to the MTB. 203mm disk at the rear is definitely overdoing it when unloaded, but when I've got the trailer behind with a weeks worth of shopping on board it'll do nicely.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on March 13, 2010, 07:33:59 pm
Took the disc pads out of the trike calliper and was surprised to find they had plenty of wear left. The noise under braking was awful... so I don't know what's wrong.

I also took the narrow tyres and mudguards off the Alfine hybrid and fitted some chunky tyres for a canal path ride tomorrow.

The rear mudguard and a rear spoke were broken - I'm not sure if the two happened at the same time, but I do recall a bit of roadside plastic getting stuck in the wheel for a noisy second during a commute last week.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: valkyrie on March 13, 2010, 07:50:02 pm
Swapped my Campag Neutron Ultra rear wheel back on to the bike for tomorrow's audax. When playing with the indexing I found that the wheel bearings were way too loose. Tightened them up and now the hub is grumbling a bit. Stripped it down and couldn't see anyting untowards, so just hoping it lasts through tomorrow. I'll get some new bearings next time I'm in the LBS.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hugo15 on March 13, 2010, 08:34:46 pm
Looks like it is going to be dry tomorrow so spent various parts of today getting the summer bike ready. Swapped the pedals over from my winter bike, put on the new mount for the Garmin, took off the old computer, serviced the hub on the front wheel and gave it a good clean.

Spent 60 seconds cleaning the fixed gear commuter bike.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on March 13, 2010, 08:58:25 pm
Stripped the Brommie down and gave the wheels a bath. Degreased the chainset and re-lubed it.

Changed the hard and awful solid pads on the singlespeed to decent cartridge type pads. Au revoir you ol' squealy bastards.

Got water ingress in my new watch and the display went blank. Completely stripped it down and dried all the circuitry.
All because the factory fitted seal wasn't seated properly and was kinked. Grrrr, trust me to get the dud one.
All properly dried, fixed and working now.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gandalf on March 13, 2010, 08:58:33 pm
Fitted a new rear mech, which was first for me, I'm well pleased.

As I feared going from a medium to a long cage has left the chain slightly short, but it's only apparent with a silly big ring/ bottom gear combo, so I'l let it be.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: RichForrest on March 13, 2010, 11:29:48 pm
Finally got around to taking all the bits off of the Bacchetta ready for when the new frame gets here.
It will hopefully get here next week as they a new consignment in at HQ in Florida last Friday and have spent all week packing them for shipping out  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: JJ on March 14, 2010, 12:49:52 am
Strung a new rim onto the Schmidt hub that I had off Swiss Hat years ago.  It has served me very well, but it had worn pretty thin and last weekend on the route-check ride it developed a suspicious bulge.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on March 14, 2010, 09:08:32 pm
Stripped the really badly tarnished mudguard stays then polished and clear lacquer coated them.
Fitted new nylock nuts and washers.

While the fitments were out of the way, I decided to cover the milky milky guard with some heavy duty reflective. Lovely.

(http://i578.photobucket.com/albums/ss226/SgtBikeo/DSCF0013.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: cyclone on March 14, 2010, 09:19:31 pm
Fettled mudguard stay on commuter / audax bike (Cart tracks on audaxes had sheared the rivets..
Continued with stealth Mercian build but stuck on stem length. Going on what I measured up on Sabbath's jig I should be spot on but knees can hit the bars when climbing out of the saddle  ???
- Will try going up 2 sizes on stem (from 120 - 140) but there's the wonderful cost factor now as this bike is starting to eat money :demon:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on March 14, 2010, 09:34:11 pm
Dave's rear end got some love: Stripped down the hub to identify play which turned out to be a slack freehub bolt.  Cleaned everything, reassembled tight, repacked with new balls.  Also removed the rear V-brake to clean and regrease the pivots and move the brake springs up to the "strong" hole - they're ancient and were flabby, causing random wheel rub. Now they're positively macho.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: BrianI on March 15, 2010, 05:43:23 pm
Managed to fix the sticky rear brake on my Lemond Etape racing bike.  Seems like the sks raceblades like to dump all the salt / grit right on top of the brake causing sticky pivots! Stripped the brake down, cleaned it up, reassembled, and good as new.

Then over an hour getting a tight turbo trainer tyre off my good summer wheels (skinning my knuckles and thumb in the process), and finally got the new Michelin Pro Race3s fitted.  I was hoping to go out for a spin with the new tyres,  can't be bothered now after fighting to get the turbo tyre off.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on March 15, 2010, 07:34:52 pm
Stripped down the SRAM T3 hub gear on Mrs Z's Brompton to find the cause of the problem was a snapped axle key.  New one ordered from Germany for a frightening 4 euros (of which 1.30 is postage).  You can't really get SRAM parts in the UK because historically SA and SRAM had a gentlemen's agreement not to poach each others' markets.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on March 16, 2010, 07:46:47 pm
Serviced the headset on the Carrera BSO (which wouldn't have been a BSO from new, but has been fitted with very iffy wheels).

I'm going to need an 8 speed indexed freewheel.  A rare item.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on March 17, 2010, 01:03:47 pm
Tweaked a bottle cage to fit a 0.5l Trangia fuel bottle (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=29814.msg573417#msg573417).
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on March 17, 2010, 02:31:15 pm

I need to fit a new tyre and tube in a bit.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 17, 2010, 02:32:57 pm
lol

Bead lifted off, or sidewall failure? 

fess up.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on March 17, 2010, 02:37:54 pm
lol

Bead lifted off, or sidewall failure?  

fess up.

Sidewall failure and the inner tube blew bubble gum. The wire was left exposed and had totally corroded away.

I'd received the tyres tightly folded and badly kinked. I don't think the beading had ever quite recovered from it.
(perils of the postal system)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: longers on March 17, 2010, 03:12:04 pm
I've taken out a pair of cotter pins today for the first time. I think I was lucky and they came out a lot easier than I was expecting from reading Sheldon's advice beforehand.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: drossall on March 17, 2010, 10:38:21 pm
Cotter pins normally come out easily. It's only every now and then that you end up drilling them out and trying other drastic measures.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on March 18, 2010, 09:16:05 am
I just mounted my rear Dinotte light onto the side of the rack, so I can use it on Saturday with the rack pack.  It's normal seatpost mounting is totally obscured by the pack.

(http://jakal.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/DinotteTempMount_Thumb400.jpg) (http://jakal.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/DinotteTempMount.jpg)
I know it's on the wrong side, but I'm cycling into work with a pannier on the right hand side today, so I'll just use this as a test of the concept, and to make sure it stays in place.

I've now used up my stock of some of my small nuts and bolts, so I feel an order to Stagonset is about to occur!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: numbnuts on March 18, 2010, 01:54:53 pm
I've just put on new handle bars, tape and a mirror due to my "first off" on a pot hole.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on March 18, 2010, 02:07:26 pm
Just tweaked the toe-in on my Pedestrian Warning System, and am about to go out for a ride...

Update: bloody brakes still squealing like a bastard.  I give up.  At least it makes people think twice about stepping out in front of me.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulR on March 18, 2010, 02:21:54 pm
Installed a big shiny pedestrian warning system on my handlebars.  It resounds with a very satisfying "ding dong".  Much to my dismay, no pedestrians put it to the test this morning.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on March 18, 2010, 02:59:16 pm
I just mounted my rear Dinotte light onto the side of the rack, so I can use it on Saturday with the rack pack...
...I know it's on the wrong side, but I'm cycling into work with a pannier on the right hand side today, so I'll just use this as a test of the concept, and to make sure it stays in place. ...

It mostly worked, although when it's on the left hand side, since I tend to push the bike from that side when walking, it's very easy to knock.  This shouldn't really be a problem on Saturday, since I'll move it to the right, but I bet it can still get knocked when leaning the bike against stuff.

The vertical alignment is pretty much rock solid, but the horizontal can move a bit when knocked.  It seems to stay where it's put, but I may need to see if I can slip a serrated washer in to limit any movement a bit more.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on March 18, 2010, 05:22:13 pm
Serviced my neighbour Mel's very nice Rocky Mountain full susser.  First 20 minutes was spent cleaning the cassette - solid crud concreted in between the cogs  :sick:

Once things were clean enough to work on it was't too bad.  Pringled rear wheel to be trued, loose rear Deore hub bearings fettled and muddy water replaced with fresh grease (but no pitting - those hubs are incredibly robust things) - bit of lube through the freehub - lubed cables - adjusted gears - fixed a minor warp in the rear brake disc - cleaned out dust seals on the Fox forks.  

It's now riding like new and Mrs Tewdric has her riding partner back!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 18, 2010, 09:08:47 pm
I dismantled some bikes, and then I removed and replaced the wheel on the Very Lovely Valencia for absolutely no reason.  I just wanted to do forst time around it at the Rescue, in the warm with many tools and other (competent) people around to sort it out if I fubared it, as I haven't encountered security skewers or disk brakes before.

It was reasonably easy.  Next time I'm going to attempt removing wheel, removing tyre and then putting it all back together again - I have a sneaking suspicion that these tyres are going to be an absolute pig. I think I want to be sure I have a spare tube to hand in case I pinch it!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on March 18, 2010, 10:03:03 pm
I just replaced the middle chainring on the Kaffenback, since it's done something over 6500 miles, and the tooth were rather sharp!  Since I only occasionally use the other two rings, they're in perfectly good condition.

It proved remarkably difficult, and in the end I had to take the small chainring off as well, just to get enough room to move the middle one around and over the crank arm.  It turns out that putting chainrings on with the chainset sat in your lap is a lot easier than doing it on the bike, with the frame, chain, and other crank arm all managing to get in the way.  This Truvativ chainset needs two allen keys, one on either side, and inevitable one or the other always seems to be fouling something!

After that I tweaked the front changer slightly, and replaced the mount for the speedo, since the little bit that goes 'click' on the old one had fallen off, which meant that the computer wouldn't stay attached. :-\

I should be pretty much ready for my Saturday 200k run now, aside from switching the light mount over to the right hand side on Friday evening, once I'm home and the pannier doesn't need to be on that side any more.

The only trouble is, Sainsburys will now be closed by the time I get there, so I'll have to go out first thing for some milk for my wheatybangs tomorrow morning. >:(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on March 18, 2010, 10:04:40 pm
New pressure relief valve for the shower.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: andygates on March 18, 2010, 10:27:18 pm
Mudguards and rack back on the Cannondale.  And lo!  I've found where the spiders were hiding.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on March 18, 2010, 10:28:22 pm
Cleaned the Dave Yates, and added some new Vittoria Rubinos as the Paselas are looking a little tired. 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: border-rider on March 18, 2010, 10:30:15 pm
New forks on the TinOne, at last, and fitted the new front light.  Also new front brake blocks.  New BB, but that has to be changed again :(

Also put the correct sprocket back on...

Last week it had a new chainset, chain, back lights, saddlebag, bag support, back tyre and rear rim.  I even cleaned it today  :o

It looks tidy, for once.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gatlow on March 19, 2010, 03:38:14 pm
Gave the Thorn a good wash to remove 5 months worth of filth. Very nice it looks too. :)

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tiermat on March 19, 2010, 05:40:39 pm
Fitted a front mudguard to the Scott MTB hack/tagalongmotivationforce, having removed it when I fitted the solid fork 2 weeks ago.  I couldn't fit it back then as 1) it needed a bracket bodging to allow the crown mount to drop the mudguard down far enough not to foul the brake and 2) I didn't have time :)

Gave the Ridley a quick wipe over and wiped a weeks worth of london road carp off the chain, crankset and freewheel
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on March 19, 2010, 06:57:13 pm
Changed the tyre and cleaned the freewheel of my singlespeed, then managed to drop one of the hub nuts. Spent 20 minutes in teh gathering dark and rain looking for it. Finally my son came out and spotted it in seconds ::-)

Replaced the wheel, pumped the tyre with a little help. Did you know that sharing a track pump with a five year old means it takes twice as long to inflate a tyre :-\. Then as I was putting the tools away came a hissing sound. "What's that noise Daddy?" Think the valve has separated from the tube  :facepalm: but that's a job for tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jurek on March 19, 2010, 07:22:30 pm
Replaced: chain, cranks / chainset, cassette, BB cups & bearings.
Dismantled, serviced and re-assembled: freehub, jockey wheels.

It all works, but tomorrow I'll make it work sweetly.

Joining the two halves of the speed link on the blingtastic KMC chain was the most vexing thing I had to do today.  >:(
 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hulver on March 19, 2010, 08:16:57 pm
Tightened the spokes on my back wheel, it was making a funny noise on the last trip out.

Slackened off the chain slightly again, as it was binding. I had to tighten it when I was on the road last time, as it came loose while I was riding.

Did the nuts up nice and tight this time.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on March 19, 2010, 08:38:46 pm
Rim tape added to my rebuilt front Hope hoop.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: fboab on March 19, 2010, 08:42:21 pm
Girlie fettling success- replaced the brake shoes on the Giant. Yay!
On the minus side- the rims are looking somewhat, erm, battered. I think I may have left it a little late.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on March 21, 2010, 04:29:52 pm
The caravan.
Air in tyres.Removed winter cover.Checked for leaks.Flushed water systems & sterilised same.Gas & electrics working.
Electric mains connection needs TLC but otherwise it's ready to roll.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on March 21, 2010, 04:40:05 pm
I've stripped my Ridgeback Alfine right down because it needs a good scrubbing before it'll get through NZ customs in two weeks. There's a whole winter's worth of crud stuck to it. I sneaked the tyres and my shoes into the washing machine. Hee Hee.  :thumbsup:

The BB and disc pads are all worn out, so I'll go to the LBS for spares tomorrow before starting to put it back together again.

I've also sprayed some waterproofing onto the tent and replaced a split pole.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MSeries on March 21, 2010, 04:43:59 pm
CHanged the tyres on my Hewitt, not that I'll get to ride anytime soon though.

Started to make a mount for my GPS.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on March 21, 2010, 06:35:54 pm
Lubricated and refitted various parts to the BSO.  Pumped up the Brompton's tyres and cleaned off yet more rust and flaking paint - it's going to have to go to Argos for a proper 2-pack paint job next winter, which will cost as much as a replacement frame  >:(.  Adjusted the seat and handlebars on Miss Z the younger's bike.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 21, 2010, 06:41:16 pm
New cassette and brake blocks on the audax Trek.  Washed it and the Rourke.  No more very rainy outings for the Trek..... remain firmly unconvinced of the weather-proofing on outboard BB cups.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on March 21, 2010, 06:45:39 pm
Cleaned the fabric body & inflated the tyres on the two-seat kiddy trailer.Neighbour bought it for his grandson to be chauffered around in :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: DrMekon on March 21, 2010, 07:49:26 pm
Dug out my old Kona Kileuea that did 3 years of maintenance free commuting. Wondered if the old nag had it in her to return to light mtb duties. Lots of muc off revealed she needs recabling, new brake blocks, a new chain, new grips, new tires, and that the middle ring is missing several teeth, the fork stanchions has surface rust, the front mech has lost the ability to index the big ring, and that the rear wheel needs a couple of new spokes. I am tempted to  part her out.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on March 21, 2010, 09:10:09 pm
Tyre pressure in preparation for the commute to begin again.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on March 21, 2010, 09:39:38 pm
Just went and did the cables on the BSO.  This was complicated by the fact that the Chinese imbecile who made the new SRAM front mech had omitted to tap the "dual pull" mech for the bottom pull option and, in fact, had drilled it right out to 5mm.  I tapped it to M6 and used a bigger bolt and a matching washer.  I shouldn't have to do this on a new part, but it's becoming increasingly evident to me that Chinese-made goods exceed Sturgeon's Law by a comfortable margin.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: fboab on March 22, 2010, 12:02:36 am
I've stripped my Ridgeback Alfine right down because it needs a good scrubbing before it'll get through NZ customs in two weeks.

Don't forget your shoes.

Twice I've had free bike shoe cleaning from antipodean airports. It does make the people meeting you off the flight start to worry though, they think you've been held back for nefarious acts.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Torslanda on March 22, 2010, 12:05:04 am
Two sets of Volvo wishbones refurbed with heavy duty polyurethane bushes . . .

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d55/shedbike/various187.jpg)

Fitting the bushes (purple bitz) is like trying to get a firehose in an overnight bag!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Charlotte on March 22, 2010, 11:15:15 am
Finally got round to putting a new gear cable on the Red Baron yesterday.  By 'eck it was a pain; the old one had broken right up at the nipple and was stubbornly refusing to come out.  I had to dismantle the whole shifter unit to find it.

Also fitted a new IQ Cyo and fettled up the mirror and GPS mount.  That still needs work because whilst I now have a head-up GPS, I also have a frickin' great big blind spot on my offside which is Not Ideal.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on March 22, 2010, 11:22:49 am
A tyre boot - from a Metro Card (New York's version of the Oyster Card but thinner and more flexible) when the tyre that I'd put on at the weekend as a short term replacement decided to explosively separate from the bead at Tibbet's Corner. MAde my way very gingerly home. How far should you ride on a boot anyway?

And adjusted the saddle on the Rockhopper wasn't quite flat and when the bike was built they were too generous with the grease in the seat tube and the seatpost kept slipping so gave it a good wipe.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Charlotte on March 22, 2010, 11:43:49 am
How far should you ride on a boot anyway?

Until you find a new tyre.

YMMV

:D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CAMRAMan on March 22, 2010, 01:03:23 pm
Assembled the Trailerbike and put the rack for it onto the Back of the Orbit Orion. Supposed to be a 10-minute job (aren't they all?!), but turned into at least 1.5 hours. Luckily the Orbit has lots of pre-tapped holes around the rear dropout, so I could adapt the fitting to suit. Also had a p******re fairy visit to attend to. Schwalbe "p-proof" bollocks! Though it was a viciously sharp slice of hawthorn...

Little Miss AWL seemed inpressed with the results, so it was all worth it. Much better than the Adams trailer bike that attaches with a very springy bit of rubber hose.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: vorsprung on March 22, 2010, 01:10:14 pm
New cassette and brake blocks on the audax Trek.  Washed it and the Rourke.  No more very rainy outings for the Trek..... remain firmly unconvinced of the weather-proofing on outboard BB cups.

I am similarly unconvinced about campag ultratorque external BB cups
Which reminds me, I need to take them off and check there is still more grease in there than water
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on March 22, 2010, 04:58:00 pm
I unfettled the Dinotte mounting (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=1241.msg573995#msg573995) on the side of the rack, so that I could put my pannier there, rather than using a rack pack, which doesn't have enough space for my work clothes!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on March 22, 2010, 06:24:02 pm
A tyre boot - from a Metro Card (New York's version of the Oyster Card but thinner and more flexible) when the tyre that I'd put on at the weekend as a short term replacement decided to explosively separate from the bead at Tibbet's Corner. MAde my way very gingerly home. How far should you ride on a boot anyway?

And adjusted the saddle on the Rockhopper wasn't quite flat and when the bike was built they were too generous with the grease in the seat tube and the seatpost kept slipping so gave it a good wipe.
If it's made from an Embassy fag packet, this far:

Gmaps Pedometer (http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=3567960)

Then it shreds itself and BANG!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on March 22, 2010, 06:34:26 pm
... How far should you ride on a boot anyway? ...

With a "proper" Park boot, I did over 100 miles before it decided to kill the replacement inner tube.  A second boot over the original got me home, at which point I chucked the tyre. :-\

That was with a 15mm slash in the tyre, just off of the centre line.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Paul on March 22, 2010, 09:07:20 pm
T'was cycling variation of musical chairs in the fettle factory tonight:

Brooks Pro from Claud to Brompton.
Honey Special from Longstaff to Claud.
Black Special from Brompton to Longstaff.

Somehow, I ended up with a spare Black Special, so that's going onto the mtb. Looks neat too.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on March 22, 2010, 09:12:56 pm
Fitted a new axle key to the SRAM hub on Mrs Z's Brompton, sort of trued the wheel (which is original and will fall apart soon; I had to put a new spoke in it too) and adjusted it all.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on March 24, 2010, 07:20:20 pm
Chain of a very enthusiastic German tourist's BSO, saving the poor guy a ~5mile walk back to King's Norton.  He was very taken with my Crank Bros Multi 17 (http://www.crankbrothers.com/multi17.php)'s chain tool and not-falling-to-bits features, and may be investing in one soon to facilitate his buying a very cheap bike in each country he visits touring method.

As it was raining at the time, this also counts as training for the FNRttC  ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on March 24, 2010, 09:56:29 pm
Put a curtain rail back up.  Repaired the rear brake on my commuter (I'm fed up of brake rub from my bodge), and replaced the brake blocks, taking the opportunity to clean ten ton of grime off the brakes :-[
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on March 24, 2010, 09:58:53 pm
Used my Fenwicks FS1 cleaner for the first time to wash the crud off the Etape.
She is now gleaming in the shed, and it only took 5 minutes to do  :thumbsup:

Fixed two tubes ( one of them being the result of my puncture this morning ).

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on March 24, 2010, 10:01:24 pm
Got two new wheels through the post for the BSO.  £45 the pair, disc compatible and freehub  :o

Obviously the tension was a bit slack, so I wound them all up as tight as I dared, stress-relieved them and then opened up the Quando hubs (really well designed and made, I admit), stuffed some extra grease in and adjusted the cones properly.

Now I just need to find the disc fixing bolts and get a cassette, because they sent me a chain instead  ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on March 25, 2010, 09:53:34 am
Just swapped over the tyres, back to the Marathon Supremes for the FNRttC.  I also had a quick fiddle with the gears, which haven't quite been changing cleanly, and noise free in all useful arrangements.

Adjusting the gears predictably took twice as long, and I'm not sure they're any better now than when I started.  I hate triple derailleurs, they're a necessary evil, but always utter twunts to get working reliably. :-\ >:(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 25, 2010, 10:28:22 am
relieved them and then opened up the Quando hubs (really well designed and made, I admit),

I have a Dawes with Quando hubs.

The front wheel survived me driving over it with the landrover. The disk for the crappy Clarks disc brake was truly pringled, but the wheel survived and stayed truish.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on March 25, 2010, 10:32:43 am
Ah that's good to hear about Quandos.  My Rudge's new wheels are that flavour.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: folkdevil on March 25, 2010, 09:24:21 pm
Reassembled an old Campag Veloce freehub.  The old trick with sewing thread to keep the pawls in place. That has to be the fiddliest thing I have ever done to a bike component.  One spring came out of a biro :thumbsup: Hope it lasts...  :-\

Built up said hub into new wheel for my Brian Rourke, which has been out of action for a year or more. Trued and dished. Cleaned the cassette.  Rim tape, tyre and tube. Job done :smug:

Haven't ridden on it yet though.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: eck on March 25, 2010, 09:27:26 pm
Reassembled an old Campag Veloce freehub.  The old trick with sewing thread to keep the pawls in place. That has to be the fiddliest thing I have ever done to a bike component.  One spring came out of a biro :thumbsup: Hope it lasts...  :-\
Did you know you can get a "tool" (more like a big bent springy paper clip) that holds the pawls in place? And Mercian sell proper non-biro springs.
It is bloody fiddly though.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: folkdevil on March 25, 2010, 09:48:44 pm
Thanks Eck, I did know there was a tool (looked like a plastic contraceptive device) but only saw links to US sites selling it.  Hadn't seen the paperclip one.  I managed OK after a bit of cursing.

I should have got the proper spring, you're right, but I was in bodging mood. Might get some to have in stock for future, I found them somewhere online (dotbike?) or could just ask my LBS.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Biggsy on March 26, 2010, 01:11:27 am
A wire twisty does the job fairly easily when you don't have a proper tool (http://tinyurl.com/ydnvps2).
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adam on March 26, 2010, 10:11:47 am
Played with my new toy, a CO2 inflator, ready in time for all the deflations for tonight's FNRttC.  I bought a big box of cartridges, and am now -1.  They don't half go cold and freeze your hand quick if you don't screw them in fully and discharge them by accident.  ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chris S on March 26, 2010, 11:35:42 am
Played with my new toy, a CO2 inflator, ready in time for all the deflations for tonight's FNRttC.  I bought a big box of cartridges, and am now -1.  They don't half go cold and freeze your hand quick if you don't screw them in fully and discharge them by accident.  ::-)

Ohh... can you make dry ice with them? We once set off a CO2 extinguisher at work for a larf, and couldn't shut it down because the valve froze - so we left it in the sink (this was in a lab) until it discharged, only for it to completely freeze all the plumbing  :thumbsup:. Ah - jobs when I woz young...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hugo15 on March 26, 2010, 08:52:25 pm
Noticed that the rear tyre on my summer bike was looking worn earlier in the week so I fitted a new one today.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on March 26, 2010, 10:09:47 pm
I put a new front wheel on the Kaffenback, to replace the one that exploded yesterday, which was reasonably straightforward.

I then foolishly thought I'd see if I could remove the rattle in the front lamp mount.  I managed to stop it rattling, but now the Quick Release won't, which is a mite annoying.

I've decided to stop fiddling just in case I bugger the mount up entirely, which would leave me with limited options for the FNRttC tonight.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Woofage on March 26, 2010, 10:12:56 pm
New chain on my Ridgeback. Shiny! Took the chainwheels and cassette off and gave them a good clean too. I might even be feeling well enough to ride it again soon :(.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tiermat on March 27, 2010, 05:39:35 pm
Cleaned and polished the Ridley, put some air in the tyres of TLD's new Puky and strip and cleaned the Gaggia....
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on March 27, 2010, 05:42:14 pm
Routes onto my GPS.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on March 27, 2010, 06:00:09 pm
Fitted discs to the BSO wheels and set up the brakes.  Also changed the rear brake cable (again) because re-using the original outer turned out to be a bad idea - it was a rough as a badger's arse.  Now it's as frictionless as the front one.  Test rode it - gears are great, brakes adequate (not bedded in yet).

Tonight I'm putting loose balls in the Ashtabula BB of Miss Z's bike.  Sheldon Brown said it was too difficult, which sounds like a challenge to me.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hulver on March 27, 2010, 07:07:33 pm
Swivelled the SQR support around, so I can use my smaller seat pack on tomorrows Monk'y business ride.

Gave the bike a clean after the Trans Pennine Trail trip last week. Loads of grit on the chain, and the bike sounds like it's towing a bag of spanners. Still does, cleaning didn't seem to do much.

I think I might need to get a better rear wheel.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: geoff on March 27, 2010, 09:20:51 pm
I boged this: a leaky 12" inner tube on my son's bike (62 - 208 tyre!) It had split at the foot of the valve stem so I announced " I don't think this will work" and cut a chunk out of a patch with a hole-punch and cemented that in place. Once that was bonded I cemented another strip into place around the stem, hoping that the first would hold in compression against the rim whilst the second would keep the first in place so the thing was airtight as the tube and tyre were refitted. To my surprise it inflated and having put it up to 40 psi at 2pm, the tyre's still hard now.

But tomorrow, to the LBS (or pram shop), whichever has a tube, cos I don't think it'll hold for long!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on March 27, 2010, 09:49:13 pm
Removed the Rohloff was going to offer this to anyone on yacf but my brother wanted the wheel so bad luck.

Removed the broken mudguard.

Washed the bike.

Fitted the single speed wheel.

Failed to remove Rohloff shifter.  Stripped allen bolt holding it to handle bars.

To do:
Remove Rohloff shifter.
Fit new mudguard.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MSeries on March 27, 2010, 09:50:18 pm
Finished my handmade GPS stem mount
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chris S on March 28, 2010, 06:33:36 pm
Stuck a Standard Randonneur Issue dangly mudflap on the rear mudguard of the Pompino, ready for Friday. It's a DPC variant - as I couldn't find a Fairy Liquid bottle.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on March 28, 2010, 08:25:08 pm
Put the Garmin mount onto the bars.
Fenwicked the Etape too.
Fitted a new Alien saddle clamp bolt as I had damaged the other one with too much fiddling.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: fboab on March 28, 2010, 11:52:15 pm
Stuck a Standard Randonneur Issue dangly mudflap on the rear mudguard of the Pompino, ready for Friday. It's a DPC variant - as I couldn't find a Fairy Liquid bottle.

As I will be sucking that wheel for at least 25% of our riding time, thanks!

(But as there will be no rain, it will not be required)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Moloko on March 29, 2010, 10:40:57 am
I've also been wheel sucking.

I've vacuum cleaned the bike of all the dried dust and mud.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on March 29, 2010, 11:33:36 pm
Well, I checked the rear bearings on my Dave Yates, and yep, they are knackered.  Must be my hamfisted fitting method.  Hey ho.  New ones on the way, which I'll fit in time for the Easter Arrow (for some reason, I only have one spare set of bearings IYSWIM, instead of the pair which I expected).

I also serviced the hubs which came with my Orange Oakley Clockwork - mucking about with cup n cone bearings is such a satisfying job, and I was so taken with the sealings on the hubs that I think I'll keep the wheels.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hatler on March 30, 2010, 02:56:13 pm
Two weekends of fettling heaven.

Last weekend I swapped all the bits of my road bike over fron one frame to another.

Then this weekend the target was to take the chunky Tubus rack from the road bike (replaced with a svelte new Tubus Fly) and fit it to my old Orange MTB. Both existing screws holding the current rack on sheared off. Bugger.

Centre punch and drill out old screws. Managed this with so little damage to existing threads that the new screws still tighten up. (Phew !)

Then had to bend existing Tubus rack stay so that it could bolt into the seat stay bridge. (Used a mallet, a piece of heavy cloth and a gate hinge as a former for this.) Bingo. Rack fitment now is significantly more robust than previous alloy job with two bust welds which were held together with cable ties.

Then on to service a neighbour's unused for six years Scott mountain bike. Amazingly little needed doing. New rim tape, new rear derailleur cable (inner and outer) and new rear brake cable (inner and outer). Lube the rear mech shifter to get it working, pump the tyres, oil the chain and mechs and hey presto, job done.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on March 30, 2010, 09:59:39 pm
New chain onto the Etape in prep for the next couple of days.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on March 31, 2010, 10:06:57 pm
Re-rimmed the front wheel of the Inbred.  Same spokes, new nipples, ceramic rim.

Tomorrow I need to fit a new front brake cable*, clean and re-grease the frame bosses and fit "ceramic" pad inserts.


*it froze solid at -10 deg C, so there is water in there
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on March 31, 2010, 11:04:48 pm
Fitted Schwalbe Durano Plus to the Etape for my forthcoming events.
Packed Nelson.
Washed bike.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 01, 2010, 09:02:59 am
I woke up early and I have a day off so I cleaned the Inbred (currently drying in the sun) and also washed my cotton caps.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alecstilleyedye on April 01, 2010, 02:51:15 pm
put a better bodge of a seat pin clamp onto steel bike (part proper allen key bolt and nut instead of hex head nut and bolt).
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 01, 2010, 02:54:45 pm
Er...how fast do ceramic rims wear brake pads?  I think I used a quarter of the pads on a 1 mile test ride (admittedly, part of that was coming down a 1 in 6 hill with the brakes on, to bed them in).  They're proper Kool-Stop Z-Chromium green pads for ceramic rims.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rdaviesb on April 01, 2010, 02:57:59 pm
Ceramics will eat the first set of pads. Once the rims are bedded in they are a lot kinder to your brakes.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 01, 2010, 03:05:10 pm
It's lucky I bought three sets of pads and I only have one brake, then  :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hatler on April 01, 2010, 04:14:31 pm
Blimey !   I managed over 3000 miles on my first set of ceramic pads on ceramic rims.

I must be a wuss on the braking front. There again there are no big hills on my commute that I need to brake for on the way down.

(And thinking about it, after 1500 miles I had to put a new rim on the back.)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 01, 2010, 05:00:38 pm
This is a DT rim and it feels like fine sandpaper.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on April 01, 2010, 10:03:16 pm
Brooks bar tape on the Bob Jackson: very smart indeed  :) I didn't bother with the cork end plugs though.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on April 01, 2010, 10:05:07 pm
Brooks bar tape on the Bob Jackson: very smart indeed  :) I didn't bother with the cork end plugs though.

Lets have a piccie then!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: alecstilleyedye on April 01, 2010, 10:10:37 pm
like this?
(http://homepage.ntlworld.com/huw.ms/fixie%20project/Images/5.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on April 01, 2010, 10:14:15 pm
I'll do one tomorrow  :) in daylight.

The only odd thing about the Brooks tape: both lengths have tapering cuts at the ends, which is good, but the directions of the cuts only suit one side of the bars... did you notice that? Not noticeable in the end result. I do like that cloth tape they give you to finish off the tops, a bit like cloth bar tape in fact.

like this?

Yeah, I think those plugs look good on a bike with tan bar tape and a honey Brooks saddle a la Tewdric but I'm not so sure that they go so well with black. Look good with the green tho'.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on April 02, 2010, 04:02:11 pm
Brooks bar tape on the Bob Jackson: very smart indeed  :) I didn't bother with the cork end plugs though.

Lets have a piccie then!

2 quick shots:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v138/Chickenhawk66/Bob%20Jackson/Bob%20Jackson%20and%20Carradice/DSCF0120.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v138/Chickenhawk66/Bob%20Jackson/Bob%20Jackson%20and%20Carradice/DSCF0119.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: perpetual dan on April 02, 2010, 06:25:08 pm
Gave the horizon a good clean and check over. Then swapped the handlebars to FSA Omega compacts and some Specialized Bar Phat tape.
Found I can't fit all three of computer, map trap and GPS at the same time without buying a different mounting for the computer and I'm not sure where the front light will go. Ah well.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rdaviesb on April 02, 2010, 08:55:55 pm
Tried. Not finished anything though.

Roof of shed number one is leaking. Bought materials to re-roof and re-felt, then proceeded to remove ten years of ivy growth from it. Spys major holes in felt, and rot below. Heavy rain stops play, so went to recycling centre with a ton of stuff instead.

One coffee later, rain stops. Decide to wash tandem (mud caked from last weeks journey across fields), and the Enigma, which has had a mucky weeks commute.

Remember that outside pipework burst during the winter. Get blowtorch and various other bits of copper out of shed number one. Repair sorted, feel smug. Get pressure washer out, and connect up. One clean tandem follows. Get Enigma out. Pressure washer now dead. Check fuse. Nope. Power to shed. Yes. Light receding and mood darkening, so put the whole lot away.

Order new pressure washer from ChavGos. Karcher this time.

Now planning second assault on shed roof. Met office advice is to start work as soon as the sun rises. Pause at 1300 for heavy rain shower. Restart at 1600.

This could be a long weekend........................

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tiermat on April 03, 2010, 08:06:31 am
Stripped down the MTB hack yesterday, ready for a rattle-can respray.

Cleaned everything, degreased mechs and frame.  Started priming frame and forks.

I will hopefully finish the priming this morning, ready to rub down then apply several coats of shiny shiny red.

TOP TIP: If you need to do a rattle can paint job, go to Wilko's, their spray enamel is £3.29 per large can....
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Aidan on April 03, 2010, 03:12:01 pm
New BB, new chainset, new rear mech, new chain, new cassette, new gear cables, new rear brake shoes. lots of dismantling , cleaning , oiling, greasing and rebuilding all on the Soma

And fixing the two punct*res I got yesterday,also on the Soma
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tiermat on April 03, 2010, 04:07:44 pm
Several coats of primer later, and a couple more coats of red it is now looking SHINY :)

Realised, after seeing the first two coats of red going dull that it was too cold out in the garage, do fired up the oil filled radiator and now things are just groovy (apart from the red drive way!!!)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on April 03, 2010, 04:14:43 pm
Cleaned my commuter and treated it to a new chain :)
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Post by: Wowbagger on April 03, 2010, 04:21:15 pm
I've put a new rear chain on the tandem. The one I took off was the original, almost 8000 miles old.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on April 03, 2010, 06:19:37 pm
Been through the fleet today making a shopping list:

One gurl's Specialzed Dolce saddle, three inner tubes of 700c presta variety, a new pair of 700c x 25 Gatorskins, two chains and some brake blocks.

Oh, and Stoker's Brevet has a broken spoke on the rear wheel.   Single butted, stainless on a Deore hub and CR18 rim on three cross.   Guess I need to find out how long the replacement needs to be.   
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: toekneep on April 03, 2010, 06:40:09 pm
Just spent a happy couple of hours stripping Mrs TKP's old Gary Fisher hybrid back to the frame (almost) to get it looking tickity boo for selling. At the rate she is acquiring new bikes something had definitely got to go and the GF is first on the list. The bike is now spotless and I am going out tonight with very grubby finger nails.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 03, 2010, 06:43:14 pm
Several coats of primer later, and a couple more coats of red it is now looking SHINY :)

Realised, after seeing the first two coats of red going dull that it was too cold out in the garage, do fired up the oil filled radiator and now things are just groovy (apart from the red drive way!!!)

A tip.

If you can possibly bear it, leave the frame for a couple of months before building it up.  Rattle can paint does harden, but it takes an age.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Domestique on April 03, 2010, 06:44:30 pm
Fitted a rear rack to brother in laws bike that we gave him. Actually feel quite proud, he was a non cyclist but he now uses the bike everyday to and from work, now he has a rack and panneir bags to make it even more usable  :smug:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on April 04, 2010, 12:54:26 am
The direct audio input lead for Natalya's hearing aid, which got accidentally eaten while I was hoovering yesterday, requiring a new isolating capacitor and some soldering iron and heat-shrink love.

In my defence, it's a Dyson, so I wasn't expecting it to suck anything up.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on April 04, 2010, 02:13:14 pm
Yesterday, I was sorting out the gears on a friend's newly-purchased Boardman.  I wouldn't expect it to be perfect coming out of that shop, but it took me a while to realise the reason the chain was skipping over the second smallest sprocket was that the sprocket had been fitted the wrong way round :facepalm:

I've sent him back to the shop - I'll have to get my cassette tool back from my brother-in-law to check, but I suspect it's probably bent beyond salvage.  Friggin' spanner monkeys.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on April 04, 2010, 03:05:15 pm
... it took me a while to realise the reason the chain was skipping over the second smallest sprocket was that the sprocket had been fitted the wrong way round :facepalm: ...

Eeh?  I don't know about things like SRAM and Campag, but with Shimano sprockets and hubs, the splines are shaped such that this would be physically impossible without either filing something off or a large hammer (and subsequent damage to either the sprocket and/or hub).

If they managed to fit it, somehow circumventing the construction, then this one is worthy of the Worst Bodges Ever thread. :o
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MSeries on April 04, 2010, 03:16:13 pm
... it took me a while to realise the reason the chain was skipping over the second smallest sprocket was that the sprocket had been fitted the wrong way round :facepalm: ...

Eeh?  I don't know about things like SRAM and Campag, but with Shimano sprockets and hubs, the splines are shaped such that this would be physically impossible without either filing something off or a large hammer (and subsequent damage to either the sprocket and/or hub).

If they managed to fit it, somehow circumventing the construction, then this one is worthy of the Worst Bodges Ever thread. :o
I was thinking exactly the same. What sort of hub is it Deano ?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 04, 2010, 04:46:39 pm
Half fitted some new lighting in the garage, currently lit only by a PIR security lamp that takes expensive halogen or being-phased-out incandescent ES bulbs.  Would have finished but for the fact that

(a) can't find a grommet anywhere for the metal switch casing

(b) couldn't get four MK batten lampholders in B&Q yesterday, so bought two MK ones and two crapola ones.  The crapola ones only take a cable from the rear and I am not going to drill a big hole in the roof truss, thank you.  So it's B&Q again tomorrow.

When I get it done I'll have a use for those free CFLs that British Gas keep sending me.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hulver on April 04, 2010, 05:08:58 pm
Put my 18 tooth sprocket on the back. After Mr. Volio let me know that I was thinking wrong things about it.

Put the 16 tooth on the other side, nice and tight.

Put the new stem on, and flipped the bars up so that it's higher up. Sorted out the front brake as well. The lining had pushed up into the lever. Put some new outer on and a thingy to stop it doing that again.

Lowered the front of the saddle a bit as well.
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Post by: MSeries on April 04, 2010, 05:12:14 pm
tuned a wheel
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 04, 2010, 07:18:50 pm
tuned a wheel

A=440Hz?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gattopardo on April 05, 2010, 02:46:09 am
Replaced the head bearings on the cannondale road bike to loose bearings.

Been attacking the rear casette on two different mountain bike with gunk to clean them up as they are full of thick grease and dirt.  Then cleaned the bottom bracket on the carrera as it was crunching.  Ready to clean and reassemble tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on April 05, 2010, 10:13:09 am
This weekend.

On Thursday Dawes Discovery 101 developed wobbly crank syndrome. Dr. CTF diagnosed a need for a new bottom bracket.
Saturday I had a another go removing bottom bracket from Dawes Discovery. Created a screw on tool (piece of metal plate with hole in it, and crank screw) to hold Shimano tool in bottom bracket.  Stamped on spanner, it moved.  I was pleased until I discovered I had stripped the teeth off my bottom bracket tool.  I think that was my oldest bicycle tool.  So Dawes Discovery has gone to not so LBS. I had a choice. Push bike to good shop in Cardiff (five miles) inconvenient. So I caught the next train up the valley.  Choice of two good bike shops with acceptable reputations, Taff Vales cycles Merthyr but the Treherbert train came first, so I selected Bicycle Doctor, Porth, Rhondda. So I have a new favourite LBS by the random selection method.  Now we will find out if they can move BB.

Sunday I finally fitted a new Mudguard for Pink, White and Blue commuting bike.   Re-connected the rear light properly. [Note if you create an earth loop B&M Cyo and Securlite will not switch off. Bad old bike shop :hand:]. Removed the Rohloff cable, but when I tried to remove the shifter the tiny allen key went round and round but the bolt did not move  :-[  So after some thought and application of WD40 and no luck I decide to drill the bolt out.  So I drill but lose my nerve when I am very close to the handle bars without the bolt collapsing and decide that it will be best to just leave it on the bike  :-\

Today I reattach a very oily chain, yeuch.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 05, 2010, 05:15:32 pm
Finished the lighting in the garage.  4 x 20W CFLs are about 1/10 as bright as I thought they'd be.  Oh well.  Just finishing off fititng a new rear mudguard on the clubman, because the old one cracked right across the middle.  As usual.  Unfortunately Stronglight mudguards appear to be virtually identical to SKS, so this one probably won't last any longer.  The 35mm ones vibrate violently on rough tarmac, and crack by either the rivets or the brake bridge clip, where there are stress risers.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hugo15 on April 06, 2010, 09:55:27 pm
Serviced the rear hub on my summer bike. Was made better by the fact Mrs Hugo15 was out so I could do it in the front room and watch the football at the same time  ;D.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 06, 2010, 10:01:07 pm
Changed the cranks on the Inbred.
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Post by: robbo6 on April 06, 2010, 10:10:46 pm
Made some new chainwheel bolts for an ancient pair of Campag. steel cranks.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on April 07, 2010, 12:17:44 am
Failed to fettle the gears into silence on the Kaffenback.  I've come to the conclusion that the cheap Shimano replacement centre chainring fits slightly closer to the large chainring than the old one did.  Consequently the chain rubs on the large chainring when using the smallest sprocket.  I think there's bugger all I can do about this other than not use that sprocket if I want quiet.

Unfortunately, during that fettling session I noticed that the rear rack has partly failed.  I suspect it'll survive for a few days, as long as I keep the pannier weight down, and don't try going for a mega shop!  Time to go and search the shops for a replacement.

It was an OMM Red Rock rack, which fitted nicely to the brake bosses, but hasn't really lasted very long (about 7000 miles of mostly commuting), so that's a bit disappointing.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MattH on April 07, 2010, 11:02:51 am
Replaced the serpentine belt (the massively long accessory drive for a/c, alternator, water pump etc.) on MrsH's 3.3L V6 Chrysler, as bits had been flying off the existing one on our run down from Manchester at the weekend. Unfortunately both local Chrysler dealers have closed down, so it's a 35 mile round trip to the next nearest - but very pleasantly surprised to find that the original part is half the cost of the Halfords pattern replacement (and also in stock, unlike Halfords).

Quite an easy job, except that there was the usual problem of needing to get leverage on something (the heavily sprung belt tensioner, to relieve the tension to pop the belt on) where the engine bay design stops you getting your hand or arm in a position where you can apply enough.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on April 07, 2010, 11:47:48 am
Removed the scuffed bartape on the forum bike, moved the brake levers upward (sorry!), and applied Spesh cork tape.  Swapped a Bagman onto it too.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on April 07, 2010, 02:47:14 pm
Gone hunting for an intermittent crank-position-related creaking noise, including the removal of chain and pedals, and checking all the chainring bolts.  BB seems fine.  Having been here before, I checked the saddle and seatpost too.  Cleaned the chain while I was at it.  Reckon it's probably the bearing on one of the pedals (M520s), which is obviously less smooth than the other.  I have installed a set of flat pedals with powergrips, and will go for a ride later to test this theory.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on April 07, 2010, 06:00:10 pm
Put a pannier rack & Carradice Prima rack pack back onto onto the Langster to give a bit of carrying capacity for audax rides.
The pannier also acts a mudgaurd sufficient to have a dry bum.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on April 07, 2010, 11:20:29 pm
... it took me a while to realise the reason the chain was skipping over the second smallest sprocket was that the sprocket had been fitted the wrong way round :facepalm: ...

Eeh?  I don't know about things like SRAM and Campag, but with Shimano sprockets and hubs, the splines are shaped such that this would be physically impossible without either filing something off or a large hammer (and subsequent damage to either the sprocket and/or hub).

If they managed to fit it, somehow circumventing the construction, then this one is worthy of the Worst Bodges Ever thread. :o
I was thinking exactly the same. What sort of hub is it Deano ?

Well, I've been around with my cassette tool, and it wasn't fitted the wrong way round (it's a SRAM* cassette on a Shimano hub - as you say, you couldn't fit it the wrong way round), but it still wouldn't shift to the second smallest sprocket correctly.  On this cassette, the two smallest sprockets are separate from the main body, so I would speculate that there is a small spacer missing between the second-smallest sprocket and the main body of the cassette.  Also, the teeth on the second-smallest sprocket look suspiciously bent inwards, but that may be just mine eyes.

Either way, we've replaced it with a Shimano cassette which indexes correctly throughout, and I've acquired a 9-speed SRAM cassette.  If only I had a nine-speed hub :-\

*How d'you pronounce that, anyway?  i've been going with ess-ram, if only 'cos trying to say ssramm ssounds ridiculouss.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 08, 2010, 12:22:50 am
I've cleaned one ludicrously filthy bike.  Not to, like, Rogerzilla standards or anything... but it's a huge improvement.  And I'm halfway through the second one (mine - she's so shiny and pretty when she's clean!).  I did also offer to clean dearly beloved's bike too, if he took the baby seat off the back, but he looked at me blankly in a 'why?  The wheels go round and the brakes work since you fixed them, what could need doing?' way and went to bed.

Shall I clean it for him anyway? 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on April 08, 2010, 11:11:21 am
Garden furniture.
The hardwood stuff brought out of winter storeage & onto the top patio.The all weather stuff moved to the lower patio under the gazeebo.
Some ornamental stuff moved around.
Room enough for the turbo or rollers on both patios.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on April 08, 2010, 02:50:40 pm
Crank-related creaking noise was indeed the pedal, so that's easily solved with a new set of M520s.  I needed some spare cleats anyway.

Much more alarmingly, halfway through the test ride, I realised[1] the steering was notchy.  With a lot of help from barakta, my human workstand, I cleaned and re-adjusted the headset bearings, which were in a fairly grim state grease-wise.  That improved things somewhat, but there's still a detectable notchiness.  I've ordered some loose bearing balls, on the basis that that's supposed to help, but failing that I suppose it's new headset time.  Marvellous :-\


[1] I suspect it's been like that for a while, as I'd previously noticed that I was finally starting to get the hang of the riding-with-no-hands thing.  Sigh.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: citoyen on April 08, 2010, 03:52:08 pm
Tried to mend a puncture in a wheelbarrow wheel. Failed.

Anyone know where I can get 3.5 x 8 inner tubes?

d.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on April 09, 2010, 01:48:17 pm
New chainring  (courtesy of Rogerzilla*) onto my single speed. Now 48x16 rather than 46x16. Went out for a quick spin and still managed to get up Dark Hill so I think I can pronounce the project a success :thumbsup:

*Actually I'm not sure it was really his - there was a smear of oil on it  :o :o  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rower40 on April 10, 2010, 12:09:14 am
My Cateye Doubleshot had been getting less and less reliable.  The cable from battery to light has an in-line connector, and this was very motion- and handling-sensitive.  Having sent an email to Cateye's UK distributor, I then looked up the unit's instruction leaflet.  This reminded me that I'd been supplied with an extension lead, (that had the same plug-n-socket, so as to extend the lead from battery pack to light) which I don't use.

So I unsoldered the faulty lead and socket from the battery pack, snipped the unused extension lead in half, and and used the appropriate end of that lead to replace the faulty one.  I now have steady light, not the random flickeryness of Lucas Prince Of Darkness.

The M*pl*n Soldering Iron that they sent me by mistake when I'd ordered Cable Ties got its first use. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nmcgann on April 10, 2010, 06:56:53 am
Changed the inner chainring on the TT bike to 44T to give me 44/53 for a gearing experiment. I never used the 39 while racing, but the 44 should be usable.

Discovered that the chain had worn by 1/16in over a winter of turbo training so replaced it. Interesting that the chain wears so quickly in such benign conditions - my road bike chains don't wear as quickly as this and they are covered in grit and crap.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 10, 2010, 12:00:20 pm
Put some Marathon Racer 30mm tyres on the Hewitt to replace the Panaracer Paselas.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on April 10, 2010, 05:13:42 pm
Sat outside Decathlon changing pedals over on n+2, and adjusting the saddle position.  I love it when things are brand new, well greased and clean.  They come apart nice and easily, and you don't get covered in black gunge.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Greenbank on April 10, 2010, 05:16:39 pm
Fitted tube, tyre and spoke magnet to PowerTap wheel.
Fitted Edge 705 mounting, GSC10, pedal magnet to Wilier.

Fitted large grin to myself now able to play with new training toy.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: αdαmsκι on April 10, 2010, 06:22:36 pm
Disassembled, regreased and reassembled my ultra toque bottom bracket. Amazingly, this didn't require any swearing on my part and the play in the cranks seems to have vanished. Next up, pump up the tyres and go for a spin.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: perpetual dan on April 10, 2010, 07:27:27 pm
Changed some very worn out rear brake pads (  I blame El-S last weekend :)  ), tweaked the gears as bottom to middle chainring has been a bit reluctant lately and cut out some foam to stop my camera bouncing so much in the rack pack.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hulver on April 10, 2010, 07:46:52 pm
Fiddled with my seat set up on the Langster. I dragged the Dawes out of the shed and compared set ups. I was a lot more comfortable on the Dawes.

Turns out that I'd had the seat far too high on the Langster. That and the new stem seems to have sort my positioning out now.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MSeries on April 10, 2010, 07:49:57 pm
Made a shelf for the window so Mary Hen can put more propagators on.
Sharpened the electric lawn mower blades
Spread some compost on the new plot.
Churned the other composter.
Repaired the arbor.
Planted some seeds.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: longers on April 10, 2010, 11:29:40 pm
Retired the front wheel on the commuter, found a nearly new tyre I'd forgotten I had for the spare wheel plus some TLC/MrSheen. And put GT85 on the moving bits of the workstand.
In the sunshine  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Karla on April 10, 2010, 11:58:22 pm
Removed the old Specialized Mindset headset on the Allez and replaced it with a perfectly normal Cane Creek IS3 integrated headset (Yes, you really can do this, you want a 36x45 model)

Transferred tyres and cassette over onto my new wheels

Fitted a Bagman Expedition QR.  The first thing I transported was a load made up of:
6x330ml Amstel Bier
10x250ml Stella Artois
2l Fanta
2l Sprite
1l orange squash
500g cheese
A D lock

These Carradice bags are great!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rdaviesb on April 11, 2010, 07:04:12 pm
I will be painting windows and eaves until further notice......................... I might emerge by May.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on April 11, 2010, 09:12:26 pm
Part-fettling day today.

I drilled the frame of Superstoker's Galaxy for dual pivots, only to find that I'll need longer reach calipers.

I got two wheels fitted to my Rudge, but the front one is a very old wheel, an d the spokes are a bit rusty.  I had to spring the forks to get that on.  But it has a flat tyre, so I'll need to swap off the new tyre from the new wheels, and ultimately get the new rim put onto the old hub.

Filed the rear dropouts on the Carlton so that a modern axle will fit in.  Just need a wheel made now.  I've got a rim and a hub.

Yesterday, I trued the wheel on my niece's Claud Butler we got her for her birthday (v.late because we've been to busy to get it fettled :-[ ), and took it to her.  It's her first drop-bar bike, and she was made up, zooming off up & down the road, with her brother following way behind on his unicycle.  Very gratifying.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: perpetual dan on April 12, 2010, 07:31:00 pm
Put fresh sealant round the bath as it turns out it was rather leaky. Its rather nice doing DIY with your feet in a warm bath  ;D
I wish I could fix the builders' bodge of the lino as easily.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on April 14, 2010, 03:39:11 pm
Finally got round to putting my insanely efficient dynamo USB charger together on veroboard.  Astoundingly I only made one easily-fixed assembly cockup, of the kind that didn't release any magic smoke.  Just need to find a sensible enclosure and it can actually get some ride-testing.

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/rectifier/IMG_2163.sized.jpg) (http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery/view_photo.php?set_albumName=rectifier&id=IMG_2163)

Update: sensible enclosure on its way, with absolutely no help from the Maplin website, and even less help from Farnell.  Also some of those connectors they use on R/C model battery packs, which seem like a good bet for connecting to the dynamo wiring without too much fuss.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on April 14, 2010, 08:59:29 pm
That's impressive.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on April 14, 2010, 09:02:03 pm
I scored a pair of 700x20c tyres for Fred for £9.00.  Yes, £9.00 for two! :o

Swapped them on.  Left the new 'guards for another day. 

Tightened the grub screw on Butterfly's Bagman, but noticed that there's a part missing :(

Fitted the dual pivot brakes to Superstoker's tourer, which involved removing the rack, and redoing the whole mudguard arrangement (I swapped stays with Fred's old ones).
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on April 14, 2010, 10:27:42 pm
That's impressive.

As in "will you be making more?"
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Post by: Deano on April 14, 2010, 10:32:21 pm
That's impressive.

As in "will you be making more?"

If you start producing those commercially, Kim, sign me up!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on April 14, 2010, 10:41:34 pm
I just replaced my failed Old Man Mountain Red Rock rack on Kevin the Kaffenback with a new Tor Tec Expedition rack.  I think the Tor Tec one was something like half the price of the OMM one, but lets see if it lasts longer than the 7000 miles that the Red Rock survived.

I've actually left part of the mounts for the OMM on the bike, since it partially mounts onto the brake bosses, so until I'm willing to dismantle and clean the rear brakes, I'll leave the last bits of the mount on them.  They are in effect just big washers, so they don't really affect anything.

I also swiped the rack fitting rear CatEye light mount off of the Pompino, so I'll have to put an order into Wiggle for some replacements for that.

I'll almost certainly need to fiddle with the pannier hook positions in the morning, but that should be a quick, and relatively clean job.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on April 14, 2010, 11:45:28 pm
That's impressive.

As in "will you be making more?"

If you start producing those commercially, Kim, sign me up!

Yeah, that. ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on April 14, 2010, 11:57:01 pm
Fitted new 'guards to Fred.  Looks good.  I think I might need to adjust the front brake.

Put the rear rack back on Superstoker's Galaxy.  It's a three-point now rather than four :(  I might be able to find a way to put the other stay on.  Still not entirely happy with the brake adjustment.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on April 15, 2010, 01:25:23 am
If you start producing those commercially, Kim, sign me up!
Yeah, that. ;)

Don't hold your breath, but if this ends up working well, I may get some PCBs made in the interests of compactness and reliability...

I've got some feeping creaturism to go through first though.  I'd like to be able to charge (annoying combinations of) NiMHs, too.  At a variable rate so there's still power for USB stuff on the bike, but able to fast-charge if there's mains or 12V power available.  That means mucking about with microcontrollers and the voodoo of switching regulators...  Seems feasible, but it's back-of-the-envelope stuff at this stage.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on April 15, 2010, 07:56:36 am
Shortened brake cables to a more acceptable length.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 15, 2010, 11:56:49 am
That's impressive.

As in "will you be making more?"

If you start producing those commercially, Kim, sign me up!

I don't care what it does, but if you can build in a frikkin' laser I'll take three :D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: perpetual dan on April 15, 2010, 01:32:39 pm
Fresh chain for the Horizon, before the current one gets too stretched.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gandalf on April 15, 2010, 03:38:27 pm
Just fitted a 75mm stem to replace the 100mm one on my Roubaix.  I'm so looking forward to weeks of agonizing over saddle position.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on April 15, 2010, 04:27:26 pm
Just fitted a 75mm stem to replace the 100mm one on my Roubaix.  I'm so looking forward to weeks of agonizing over saddle position.

is that a euphanism for something? ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gandalf on April 15, 2010, 04:30:55 pm
Just fitted a 75mm stem to replace the 100mm one on my Roubaix.  I'm so looking forward to weeks of agonizing over saddle position.

is that a euphanism for something? ;D

I should be so lucky!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wobbly John on April 15, 2010, 04:43:15 pm
The homemade handlebar mount for my 'dual Tesco torch on a dymano' has been working loose and shifting position over bumps, so I've just made a new one from a couple of cable clamps  (http://www.thecrimpcompany.co.uk/scpro/crimp/products/productsmoredetails.asp?id=5332)to fit on the handlebars, and the handlebar clamp bits from broken gripshifts to hold the torches.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on April 16, 2010, 04:43:55 pm
New headset to replace the one which was suffering from a terminal case of indexed steering.  This was educational, I don't appear to have broken anything, and there was hardly any blood loss.  More importantly, I've added to the obscure tools collection and didn't have to lug anything to a bike shop, so it's a net win :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 17, 2010, 04:28:32 pm
Really advanced stuff.

I Proofided two saddles.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: drossall on April 17, 2010, 04:40:41 pm
The gate. Concreted a Metpost socket into the drive. Once it's set and I've put the gate-post back on, should mean that, when I arrive home from work, the gate doesn't flap around wildly as I take my bike through ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on April 19, 2010, 05:01:17 pm
Built the front wheel for Mrs Tewdric's new N+1!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: pcolbeck on April 19, 2010, 05:03:23 pm
The thing that toilets have instead of a ballcock these days in the garage loo so the builders can use it. It had got stuck after not being used for several years (the garage loo was being used as an extra store room for my accumulation of random bits of wood and the like).
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 20, 2010, 10:40:24 am
Fixed slow puncture. hmm, 9 patches on one tube maybe it's time to retire it ( ;))

Noticed this morning I'd put rear tyre on the wrong way round; that must be why I was really slow. Can I be arsed to turn it round tonight?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on April 20, 2010, 11:48:57 am
A puncture on the trike(rear wheel).It's very novel doing this without removing the wheel :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: vorsprung on April 20, 2010, 11:57:31 am
Last night I took the join off the Alfine hub, cleaned out all the winter grime and regreased it.
The join is the bit that the cable connects to
The top 3 gears, which had been unavailable, magically reappeared
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on April 20, 2010, 01:17:15 pm
Noticed this morning I'd put rear tyre on the wrong way round; that must be why I was really slow. Can I be arsed to turn it round tonight?

Depends on the tyre.  I've put road tyres on backwards, and it doesn't really matter, since most of them owe any directionality more to marketing than any technological reason.

Some heavily treaded mountain bike tyres may benefit from directionality, since oriented the correct way, you get better braking grip on the front, and better driving grip on the rear (ie front and rear are typically put on in the opposite direction).

For most road tyres, I'd be amazed if it made much difference.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on April 21, 2010, 07:17:25 pm
Just finished cleaning lots of flecks of paint (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=26458.msg601936#msg601936) off my Bob Jackson  ::-) Ah well, it was due a clean anyway I suppose.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on April 21, 2010, 07:21:04 pm
Adjusted the inner screw(clockwise) on the front mech. to stop the chain from dropping off the granny ring onto the BB shell/frame.
Road tested & sofarsogood
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 21, 2010, 08:32:58 pm
First I teak oiled the bench.

Then I fixed the Mk3 Brompton's chain tensioner, which had lost a tiny washer when I stripped it down (the Brompton book came in useful!), although it's been held together with threadlock quite happily for the last six months  ::-)

Then I pulled the SRAM hub apart for a final check of the new bearings I installed last month, because Mrs Z is going to start riding it again.  Pumped up the tyres and found the front light.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: kevinp on April 21, 2010, 08:51:05 pm
Just fitted a new rear derailleur on the Dawes, it now changes gear a lot smoother :)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on April 23, 2010, 08:31:53 am
Changed the 'toe out' to 'toe in'  on my rear brake. Massive improvement!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 23, 2010, 08:37:20 pm
Put the summer p1mp1ng wheels on the clubman.   Fitted the third set of new brake pads in three weeks to the Inbred.  Fiddles with the cable adjustment on the Fuji and can see no reason why the hub slipped except (a) I nudged the lever with my hand or (b) it's just badly designed.  The testing continues.  If you're listening, Sturmey-Archer, there is a reason all your old hubs had flick triggers.  This was to avoid ever being able to select an intermediate position between gears.  FFS go back to them.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: perpetual dan on April 23, 2010, 10:51:46 pm
Moved the computer to a new bracket on the stem, which made space to fit the route holder on the bars. Now I can (just) see GPS, route sheet and computer at the same time. I don't have space for my cateye light on the bars with that lot, so moved the fenix holder from my helmet to the bars for now as the dark commutes are done for a while.

Then I swapped the ridgeback saddle for a charge one. Looking after the kids tonight, so didn't do more than some back-pedalling in a doorway to get a first go at a comfy position.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jord on April 23, 2010, 11:06:43 pm
Fitted new rear brake blocks and also Dérailleur pulley wheels. The old wheels resembled throwing stars! The rest of the chain-set was replaced last week.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on April 24, 2010, 10:45:16 pm
I had to fettle a new inner tube onto the front wheel of the Kaffenback, which went down overnight.  At least it happened today, when all it did was delay me a bit going to Sainsburys.  If it had happened tomorrow morning, I would have been annoyed.

I buggered around for a while trying to find the cause, and eventually realised that the valve was slightly coming away from the tube, which was unusual.  At least it meant that the Marathon Supreme tyre wasn't to blame, and could keep it's good record of virtually no fairy visitations.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tewdric on April 24, 2010, 10:52:47 pm
I built the rear wheel for Mrs Tewdrics new tourer, and fettled the gears on my Audax bike.  One of the jockey wheels on the Ultegra derailleur had torn and a flap of nylon was causing the chain to skip.  Took a while to work that one out!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: numbnuts on April 25, 2010, 04:44:13 pm
I cleaned and serviced my MTB
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on April 25, 2010, 04:58:40 pm
Tyre pressure on the Enigma ready for commuting next week.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on April 25, 2010, 05:02:48 pm
The mudflaps on the Longstaff are tearing so I reinforced them with some gaffer tape.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on April 25, 2010, 05:13:36 pm
The mudflaps on the Longstaff are tearing so I reinforced them with some gaffer tape.

The rear on Stoker's tourer has been thus fettled for nearly three years!  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Cunobelin on April 25, 2010, 07:15:52 pm
New Territory....

One of the wheels on the Catrike has been "graunchy", so I decided to take it into a bike shop to see if they could do anything.

Then I thought  - I have an old wheel in the garage from when I crunched the rim on a pothole. SO I disassembled this and reassembled.

Bought bearings and fitted them myself..... another skill acuired!
 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jacomus on April 25, 2010, 07:22:24 pm
Emily and I turned my old mtb into a pannier carrying, Vittoria Randonneur 26x1.5 road tyres wearing load carrying machine.

Tee-hee - she still has no idea that a week from now I'll be exchanging cold hard cash for Ed-o-brains Pearson Hanzo for her. :D
Shh!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Palinurus on April 25, 2010, 07:43:29 pm
Commute bike seemed to be creaking from everywhere on Friday, bars, saddle/seatpost, cranks.

Disassembled all three bits, cleaned, greased in some cases, and reassembled.

Seems quiet now. I'll find out for sure tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rdaviesb on April 25, 2010, 08:44:20 pm
Replaced one piece of rotten wood in the eaves of the house. Finished undercoating the rest of the interminably substantial and cob web infested eaves and barge boards. Cleaned all the gutter downpipes - not one operating as Mr Marley intended. Unbodged Mrs Rdb's connection from one downpipe to a water butt so that it now works properly.

Next weekend..........more painting, but instead of dark grey - I can use black!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Pippa on April 25, 2010, 08:52:26 pm
Repaired some p*nct*r*d inner tubes that have been hanging on the back of a chair since....erm....September last year  :-[  ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 25, 2010, 08:54:56 pm
Wiped a load of oil from the "fast" Brompton wheel that has been hanging in the garage since the last BWC.  I somewhat over-oiled the hub for the event.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hulver on April 25, 2010, 09:40:37 pm
Adjusted new honey Brooks that I fitted the other day.

Hoping to break this one in quite quickly, I hate how slippy they are at first.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: drossall on April 26, 2010, 08:05:35 am
Resealed the bath/shower. Don't think it leaks this time :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: tiermat on April 26, 2010, 08:44:15 am
Over the weekend, rebuilt my Mythtv box (the old one went BANG in a spectacular style).

Clean and lubed the Ridley.

Adjusted one of the stays on the rear crud racer guard so I could fit a pannier.

This morning:

Moved the stay back as it was now catching the wheel magnet!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Aidan on April 26, 2010, 11:53:05 am
Swapped saddles yesterday fromMrs Aidans  Raliegh Mixte thingy to the Spesh Sirrus which has liberated one of my Brooks B17s


Mrs Aidan doesnt do big miles and doesnt like Brooks saddles:hand:  (is there a shaking head smilie? ;D)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nicknack on April 27, 2010, 01:43:09 pm
Seat post clamp.

This was a mistake. 15 miles from home I decided to try and do something about an irritating intermittent click. So I tightened a few things, including the seat post clamp, which responded with an even louder click as the threads stripped. This left me with freely rotating saddle about 5 inches nearer the ground. Fortunately there was an LBS a couple of miles away who supplied a replacement. So I only had 2 miles of looking like a total plonker.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tim Hall on April 27, 2010, 02:16:41 pm
Sunday I fixed a hot tap so it (a) turns more than half a turn and (b) does so with silky smoothness not seen outside of an Epilady advert.

This lunchtime I mended the chain on my fixer (see commuting thread) with a Taya Sigma connector. I'll let you know how it gets on.

And tightened the chain, obv.

And tightened the band on my Minoura Space Grip, post bar tape replacement. 6 years old, still going strong.  There, that'll guarantee it breaks on the way home.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rdaviesb on April 27, 2010, 11:14:11 pm
I'm off to Londinium Town tomorrow, so I've hosed the remainder of Birmingham off the Dahon, fitted a new front light and polished the Dromarti shoes to a fine shine  8)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on April 27, 2010, 11:22:01 pm
I noticed some rust on the chainstay of my Orange (Phil) Oakey, so I wet n Dry-ed it down to metal, and Hammerited it back to full fitness.  Shame the Hammerite is silver, and the paintwork is orange, but never mind.


      YouTube
            - any old iron !!! hammerite advert LOVED IT!!!
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYuIeufKoeo)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Basil on April 29, 2010, 10:46:10 pm
Noo inners (Brakes and gears)
Noo outers (ditto)
Noo bar tape. (obv)
Major overhaul of canti inner bits.

Bugger me!  I now need a health and safety warning on my hoods.  :o

"Touching these levers will cause this bicycle to reduce speed to 0 MPH IMMEDIATELY!"
"The rider himself may not slow down as quickly"
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tim Hall on April 29, 2010, 10:49:27 pm
New chainset on the Mercian.

The old one was stuck fast and I'd stripped the extracting thread, so it was......

ANGLE GRINDER TIME!

No injuries to self or bike.   :thumbsup:

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: JonBuoy on April 29, 2010, 11:11:53 pm
Air can service on the rear shock on the mountain bike.  Oil got absolutely everywhere but I now understand why they are so expensive.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on April 30, 2010, 10:28:11 am
Ten days fetteling PC due to problems and mail order delays.

Added new video card. Switch mains back on and router dies.
Buy new ADSL router and impulse buy faster processor.
Added new processor wrongly and broke cpu and/or motherboard.  ???
Tried old cpu fans spin but no boot. Certainly motherboard.
New motherboard and another new cpu obtained. Fans do not spin new motherboard does not like old power supply.
Added new power supply and the completely dead system leaped into life.

I didn't really need the video card.  :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chris S on April 30, 2010, 12:15:52 pm
Temporarily put the rear Marathon+ back on the Pompino - replacing the GP4 Seasons that seems to be causing permanent punctures in the same place - but I just cannot see anything untoward in the tyre. It was getting expensive in tubes and had to come off...  >:(

I have a long overnight ride planned. Funny how a slight loss in trust of ones bike can suddenly make one a wee bit nervous.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on May 01, 2010, 12:01:36 pm
Put a 11cm riser stem on the Hewitt to replace the 11cm "flat" (whatever angle it is) stem.  It looks a bit gawky, but I want to try it on a long ride and see if it reduces neck pain.  The bars are now at the same level as the saddle and a bit closer; Paul Hewitt recommended the 11cm rather than 10cm stem for me, but I think he goes for excessively stretched positions; I generally use the "one cubit and a couple of inches" rule.

The other bikes can stay racy, because they're generally used for shorter trips and low bars are also  better for climbing.

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on May 01, 2010, 12:30:07 pm
It's the first of May, so I've taken the studded tyres off the hybrid.

 ;D

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: kevinp on May 01, 2010, 01:19:55 pm
I finished putting the rest of my bitsa road bike together a bit of a mishmash of parts but it rides pretty good, I also put my mtb back together, as the back wheel and cranks were used on my trike which I haven't used  since January ..... can't see what all the fuss is about with them ?
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Aidan on May 01, 2010, 01:23:16 pm
Right then!  I can't ride, been poorly most of the week and still all chesty n full o' snot and feeling horribly run down so I've

Fixed two punctured tubes
Superglued a slit in Mrs Aidans back tyre
put a skull n crossbone sticker on the Brommie
moved the Carradice Zipped roll from the On One to the back of the Brommie
cleaned oiled and adjusted the kids' runabout
washed the Soma
Started dismantling the donor bike for the bits to build the Holdsworth I've just bought off Tokamak
run round every bike with an oily rag wiping and checking
put two coat hooks up.

I'm gonna twang my Schecter   :o   for a bit   then fall asleep in front of watch the Tour of Romandy
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on May 01, 2010, 02:44:48 pm

moved the Carradice Zipped roll from the On One to the back of the Brommie


are you happy with this product?Have contemplated buying one myself.
I too find that the Romandy tour is good for insomnia ::-)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on May 01, 2010, 02:45:52 pm
I have taken a B17 off the Trek & fitted a Swallow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Aidan on May 01, 2010, 02:53:04 pm

moved the Carradice Zipped roll from the On One to the back of the Brommie


are you happy with this product?Have contemplated buying one myself.
I too find that the Romandy tour is good for insomnia ::-)

Yes, I've had it on the Pompino as a handlebar bag ( straps round each side of bar, and on stem)  and its been really useful.  have also used it as a (very) small saddle bag when all I've needed to carry is a tube and tools, a thin waterproof and a bit of food.  It doesn't have a great capacity, but is probably more versatile for it
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on May 01, 2010, 03:04:50 pm

moved the Carradice Zipped roll from the On One to the back of the Brommie


are you happy with this product?Have contemplated buying one myself.
I too find that the Romandy tour is good for insomnia ::-)

Yes, I've had it on the Pompino as a handlebar bag ( straps round each side of bar, and on stem)  and its been really useful.  have also used it as a (very) small saddle bag when all I've needed to carry is a tube and tools, a thin waterproof and a bit of food.  It doesn't have a great capacity, but is probably more versatile for it

that's exactly what I had in mind for hanging on the  Swallow when fitted to the Trek.Thanks for the comment.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: toekneep on May 01, 2010, 03:13:01 pm
Changed the saddle on GillP's Bianchi (she has opted for comfort over aesthetics), fitted her post pack mount, changed the stem on the Pearson fixed for a shorter steeper one and sorted out lights ready for a dawn start tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on May 01, 2010, 05:46:08 pm
Stoker's Brevet has just had a major fettle:

Broken spoke in rear wheel replaced which entailed removing the cassette, full clean of cassette, repair punctured tube, fit new Gatorskin * OUCH - why are they so fucking tight ??? *.

Mechs cleaned and adjusted, new chain, brakes adjusted.

Replacement Spesh Dolce with ti rails fitted and Ortlieb saddle pack with integral light installed.

Now, back to my personal grindstone...

   
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: TimO on May 02, 2010, 11:47:23 am
On Friday evening, prior to the FNRttC, I replaced the mount and cleat of my Exposure Race light, because it was so rattly it would no longer hold the light securely.  I experimented, and the old cleat rattled on the new mount, and the new cleat rattled on the old mount, I had to replace both of them, which was annoying (and more expensive).

The old mount seems OK with the slightly bulkier plastic cleat of the Joystick, but I don't generally want a mount just for the Joystick (which is a combination spare light and handy torch for mechanicals on the FNRttC and similar night rides).

I wonder if replacing the cleat before it's too worn will extend the life of the mount, like replacing a chain to save wear on the cassette?

That mount has done around 8000 miles, since I virtually always have the light on my bike, which isn't too bad, but could be better.  You don't expect a metal light mount to wear out. :-\
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on May 02, 2010, 01:02:13 pm
Yesterday, I replaced the bar tape and moved the brakes on the DSG, capped the end of the brake cables, and fitted a different saddle and Bagman.

This morning, I've been rooting around for spare parts for the tandem.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: gordon taylor on May 02, 2010, 02:47:29 pm
I started the weekend with only one, dirty, working bike...

The Longstaff fixed has been cleaned and has a new chain, brake blocks and bar tape.
The Ridgeback has been reassembled from its flight packed state.
The Surly has been cleaned (a bit) and has new tyres and I've converted it from fixed/drops to single-speed/flat bar.
The trike has new disc pads and is running, although it could do with a good clean too.


Mrs G's commuter is next for the treatment...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rdaviesb on May 03, 2010, 08:44:55 pm
Three day epic painting session done. Top of the house now looking nice and pristine. It's just a shame that most of what I've painted can't actually be seen unless you are up a ladder. Scaffolding can come down tomorrow. I'm having a day off and then back to the paintbrush rejuvenating stuff that's closer to the ground on Wednesday.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Barnsdale on May 03, 2010, 09:51:55 pm
Flipped the stem and fitted tri-bars to the Airnimal, then tried it out.  Very comfortable and allows the next cog up against the wind.  Then got home and trued the back wheel, well nearly. 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MSeries on May 03, 2010, 09:55:05 pm
Replaced an inner tube. Prepared a seed bed. Chopped some more branches off a tree.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on May 03, 2010, 09:56:06 pm
More tandem fettling.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on May 07, 2010, 03:55:01 pm
Pink, white and blue bike was making a terrible rattling noise. So I replaced the lost screw holding the rack to the drop out. Quiet again now, just tyre noise.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on May 07, 2010, 06:18:13 pm
a new Topeak saddlepak to the Trek.If it's raining in the morning when I get up earlyish I wii swiftly fit a clip-on mudgaurd to the rear wheel:I don't want to be having a wet arse
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CrinklyLion on May 07, 2010, 07:14:52 pm
I fitted a bottle cage.  Been meaning to do that since January!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Biggsy on May 07, 2010, 08:05:19 pm
Fitted an Onza Buzz Saw 26T stainless steel inner ring to a triple.  Unlike the previous ring, it doesn't have recesses for the bolt heads -which caused a problem, until I replaced the spacers on the other side that I fitted to improve shifting.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on May 07, 2010, 08:40:28 pm
Started on mudguards and then remembered that 40 something year old British bikes don't have metric threads. Tomorrow I shall be squiring a tap and die set so I can finish the job.

It looks better with guards though, they help to fill the massive gap between the tyres and frame a little,
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: xpc316e on May 07, 2010, 09:14:27 pm
I, along with three colleagues, spent the whole morning fettling thirty children's bikes prior to their doing Bikeability training.  We fixed countless loose bottom brackets on BMXs, useless brakes, wobbly headsets, under-inflated tyres, etc.  As we worked I remarked, "I can't believe this - I am being paid to tinker with bikes."

Came home and fitted carbon bars to my Dahon Jetstream P9.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on May 08, 2010, 03:13:04 pm
Started on mudguards and then remembered that 40 something year old British bikes don't have metric threads. Tomorrow I shall be squiring a tap and die set so I can finish the job.

It looks better with guards though, they help to fill the massive gap between the tyres and frame a little,

Done that. I cannot believe that I have managed so long without a set.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Pippa on May 08, 2010, 03:15:26 pm
VAR lever arrived in the post so it seemed like a good idea to try it out. Tyre removed and refitted multiple times. It works  :thumbsup:

My life closely resembles that of a rock star I think you'll agree.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Chris S on May 08, 2010, 03:19:02 pm
VAR lever arrived in the post so it seemed like a good idea to try it out. Tyre removed and refitted multiple times. It works  :thumbsup:

VAR - an absolute requirement if you are a Marathon Plus user.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jurek on May 08, 2010, 03:22:31 pm
VAR - an absolute requirement if you are a Marathon Plus user.

Unless you have thumbs like Guy.




The Gorilla.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: delthebike on May 08, 2010, 03:30:29 pm
Palms and thumbs for M+ tyres.  :thumbsup:
Mmm, banananananas.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: clarion on May 09, 2010, 10:47:19 pm
New gears, brakes (inc levers for both) & wheels on the Woodrup.  Sadly, gave up trying to remove the chainset after I couldn't shift the bolt.  :(

I want to put a triple on it, so the BB will probably be gone ere long.

I managed to get the road mech to cope with the 48-36 chainset and 12-28 cassette. :thumbsup:

Need new sprockets, but I'm sure I can sort that, now I've got a hub that'll handle a seven.  May go for an 11-28 for a higher top gear...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on May 10, 2010, 02:06:46 am
The adjustable boom and all things drivetrain-related on the sexy new darkside loveliness (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=33007.0), on the basis that if I'm going to muck about with the chain to work out how long it should be, that's easier when said chain is clean.  Obviously this deteriorated into a strip-down and cleaning of the chainset, cassette and rear mech, too.

Also tweaked the front brake which was rubbing a bit; transplanted the Garmin mount and Smart/Ixon-compatible light bracket from the Folding BSO; added some sensible pedals (the old SPD/platform ones Charlotte found for me to ride it home have an interesting 'feature' whereby the serrated platform mates with my shoe in a way that feels remarkably similar to being clipped in, until it really isn't); tightened a couple of mudguard bolts.  There may also have been polishing  ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on May 10, 2010, 09:25:30 am
Fitted new cassette, gear cables (outer and inner), Brake cables, jockey wheels, bar tape and pedals to son's Fort. Set up gears.  I'm not fond of Campag.  >:(

Trued my front wheel and tightened every spoke; the whole wheel was loose.

Abortive attempt to fit a triple to the Ribble.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: RichL on May 10, 2010, 10:37:06 pm
New chain, mudguards and rack on Spesh Tricross fixed. Mmm... toe overlap.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: groucho on May 12, 2010, 08:26:47 am
New 105 brake blocks all round on the blue bike.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Giraffe on May 12, 2010, 08:43:02 am
Decided to do something about slipping 4th. on the hack/shopping bike. Cleaned a handful of clag off the transmission to find that chain, ring and block were a little worn. Looked at 4th. sprocket to find that it had become the five-and-12-half-tooth model.
New block, chain, rear mech and v. good 2nd.-hand ring (I hate putting new stuff on this bike, especially as the whole lot cost around 25 quid!).
Haven't tried it on the road yet, but seems OK.
Oh, also did pedals and wheels, so the bike should have a bit less 'drag'.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: mike on May 12, 2010, 09:06:17 pm
fitted new monster chainring to speedyfixie, hoping an 85" gear will help get up and down the '10' faster than my brother (on gears) next week

damn you, alcohol-fuelled bets.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Charlotte on May 12, 2010, 09:18:01 pm
Discovered that the Red Baron is unwell (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=33155.0).
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Deano on May 12, 2010, 09:19:15 pm
Continued faffing with mudguards on the Dave Yates.  I'm not sure I can be bothered to trial them tonight, so I might ride it to work tomorrow instead.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Tim Hall on May 12, 2010, 09:25:07 pm
After weeks and weeks of waiting for replacement handlebars for the Pino, I learnt today that Hase had sent the wrong bloody ones.

Bum!

However, I have a friend who has not so much a garage but a workshop, as he has a fleet of Landrovers to support. And he haz l33t welding skillz.

So he welded the crack in the old bars.  Hah!

(faint hearted readers worry not - these aren't namby pamby aluminium Stupid Lite handlebars, but gert big steel ones).

I have now deployed the Hammerite can to good effect and will refit the bars on the morrow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on May 12, 2010, 09:49:22 pm
Modified the wiring of a Speedzone Elite computer mount, so that the cadence sensor emerges from the back of the mount, rather than a bifurcation at the end of the cable.  Contrived a means to fit it to the Streetmachine.  Bemused passing students while measuring the wheel circumference.

Discovered that at least two optical drives don't work (this is normal - I kill optical drives just by looking at them), but managed to persuade the EeePC to boot from a SD card, and installed Ubuntu 10.4.  Really must invest in some USB flash drives in late-noughties sizes, the one I usually use is about 6 years old and too small for the install image.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: groucho on May 13, 2010, 08:40:10 am
New 105 brake blocks all round on the blue bike.

And I am sure that their gentle rubbing on the wheel rims were are contributory factor in my failure to catch the club peloton after I dropped my water bottle last night.  :-\
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on May 15, 2010, 11:07:06 am
Built up a Sturmey-Archer AM medium ratio hub destined for Charlotte's Brompton.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Aidan on May 15, 2010, 11:15:33 am
put cranks on, fit gear cables, fit seat and post, fit pedals.

just going to fit brake cables, fit bar tape, adjust everything, check everything again, then go for a pootle to start getting it all just so.

Then I'm going to take pictures
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: toekneep on May 15, 2010, 11:54:08 am
I've fettled the shed. I now have a new set of large draws for cycling stuff and have labelled the little tiny draws with things like "valve bits", "cable bits" etc. etc. In theory I should now be able to establish much more quickly that I don't have the "bit" that I need to complete the job.  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: delthebike on May 15, 2010, 11:55:23 am
My right knee with ice packs and compression.  :(
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Polar Bear on May 15, 2010, 07:34:15 pm
Stoker's Brevet has just had a major fettle:

Broken spoke in rear wheel replaced which entailed removing the cassette, full clean of cassette, repair punctured tube, fit new Gatorskin * OUCH - why are they so fucking tight ??? *.

Mechs cleaned and adjusted, new chain, brakes adjusted.

Replacement Spesh Dolce with ti rails fitted and Ortlieb saddle pack with integral light installed.

Now, back to my personal grindstone...

   

Having fettled Stokers audax machine two week past, it was the turn of mine today.   It has been in hibernation and is expecting a frame transplant but I'm still awaiting a couple of bits before that can go ahead.

Anyhoo, new cassette and chain, brakes adjusted, pedals attached, and, a Vaude bag bought from Sgt. Pluck to replace the naff and nasty Carradice junior.   Tyres inflated, all is ready for a spin in the morning.   8)

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on May 15, 2010, 08:16:13 pm
Took the cranks out and gave the bottom bracket seals a good clean to de-grit them.  Added a bit of lube to make a better seal.  Degreased the cranks fully.  Installed a new chain and rear cassette.  Washed bike too.  Re-tensioned the rear dérailleur.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: hulver on May 15, 2010, 08:38:21 pm
Found a broken spoke on my Fixed when I was going out to get the shopping.

Dragged the Dawes Giro out of the shed to find that the chain was seized up. Lack of oil after putting it away wet last year  :-[

A harty dose of WD40 to free up the links, and a splodge of oil on top and it was running again.

Very weird to be riding something with a freewheel again.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: asterix on May 16, 2010, 08:34:50 am
Repainted an old stone chip on the frame that had started to rust :o  Took all back to bare metal then a couple of coats of Naval Jelly followed by 5 coats of matching Humbrol modelmakers paint.  (I still can't believe how good a match it is!) 
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: kevinp on May 16, 2010, 08:45:06 am
Bought some new brake cables from Wilkinsons at £1.00 each, they better be worth it ! fitted them to the single speed and it now stops :)

The cables are quite good as they come with a nipple on each end to fit either road or mtb and they feel pretty smooth, damn sight cheaper than £4.99 for one inner from local bike shop.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: jogler on May 16, 2010, 12:13:33 pm
Repainted an old stone chip on the frame that had started to rust :o  Took all back to bare metal then a couple of coats of Naval Jelly followed by 5 coats of matching Humbrol modelmakers paint.  (I still can't believe how good a match it is!)  

I have that joy always:being colour blind is not altogether a disadvantage ;)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PaulF on May 16, 2010, 01:24:21 pm
The brakes on my Peregrine (and I cleaned it :D)
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: nmcgann on May 16, 2010, 02:00:46 pm
Put the final finishing touches to the Planet-X Ti Pro Road I'd been building up out of the remains of my old summer road bike. Yesterday was tape the bars, bolt the bottle cages on, fit the powertap computer mount and wiring loom.

Today I stuck a 12-21 cassette (9 speed) on the powertap wheel and took it for it's maiden voyage  :thumbsup:

I'd forgotten how much slicker ultegra is than 105 (at least in 9 speed versions). The shifting is sooooo nice  :)

Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: CommuteTooFar on May 16, 2010, 05:06:04 pm
Added seat post and saddle to new frame.

Now has
Headset
Stem
Wheels
Seat post
and Prop stand.

Now back to work.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adam on May 16, 2010, 07:22:46 pm
Fiddled with my bottom bracket to try and cure a creaking under pressure.

Failed, due to the crap installation done by Planet X.  After looking at the expected components from the FSA web site, I'm missing a number of O seals and similar washers.  



Edit.

I've also found that as I've got carbon cranks, there should be pedal washers.  Guess what - they're not fitted either.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: asterix on May 16, 2010, 07:56:45 pm
Repainted an old stone chip on the frame that had started to rust :o  Took all back to bare metal then a couple of coats of Naval Jelly followed by 5 coats of matching Humbrol modelmakers paint.  (I still can't believe how good a match it is!)  

I have that joy always:being colour blind is not altogether a disadvantage ;)

In my case howeverr, being tone-deaf does not allow me watch programs such as the x-factor without suffering.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Adrian on May 16, 2010, 09:43:35 pm
Fiddled with my bottom bracket to try and cure a creaking under pressure.

Failed, due to the crap installation done by Planet X.  After looking at the expected components from the FSA web site, I'm missing a number of O seals and similar washers. 

Oh dear, that is not good. I must take mine apart to have a look.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rdaviesb on May 16, 2010, 09:44:35 pm
Took the forlorn blue DRibble winter bike out of the shed. I've being thinking of selling it, but a quick wash, and the replacement of some of the crappy parts with less crappy ones from the parts box, has changed my mind. Flipping the stem so that the position pretty much matches my other machines had made it a lot more comfy, as has transplanting my original and very well worn in 1989 Brooks Colt onto it.

I'll be using it to commute across the Fylde when I don't fancy riding the Langster, or when the wind is howling so badly across the plain that I actually need gears. It'll get a test ride tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on May 16, 2010, 09:49:40 pm
Emergency roadside fettling of my rear mudguard after one of Birmingham's finest stealth potholes caused one of my (admittedly cheap and nasty, but otherwise surprisingly dependable) panniers to partially unhook in such a way that the end of the mudguard was caught by the tyre.  The mudguard folded up, jammed the wheel and wreaked minor amounts of havoc with the wiring to the rear lights.  Luckily I managed to skid to a halt gracefully, while avoiding any traffic entanglements.  Typically, this happened about 3 minutes from home, after riding back from the AGM camping weekend.

Fortunately, I will be needing to invest in some proper panniers which are compatible with the thicker tubing of the SMGT's racks anyway, so I foresee something with an Ortlieb-style mounting in the near future...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: PrettyBoyTim on May 16, 2010, 09:54:20 pm
I put a new roof on the garden shed. Also attached the new macerator to my Mum's loo. Very unlike me. I'm not great at DIY.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: DrMekon on May 17, 2010, 07:35:05 am
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3357/4609033827_396744fc42.jpg)

Fitted the front seat / restpad / windscreen on the front, and the buggycarrier on the back. Despite the difference in size, in our circumstances, this bike can carry more than the Madsen with it's vast bucket.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Wombat on May 17, 2010, 08:11:39 am
Replaced the duct covers and insulation after repairing a mystery pinhole in the feed to the shower, titivated 2 steam engines, and gave one of them a run.  Oh, and on car maintenance, gave a a serious dose of looking at.  As in, yeah, well, its covered in bird shit, and its dirty, but hell, I'll go and fix a steam loco instead...
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Gus on May 17, 2010, 11:13:01 am

first oil change on my Rohloff hub, I had postponed it for a couple of months, since it only
have done about 1000 km, but what a difference some fresh oil makes.  :thumbsup:

switched pedals from  Time atacs to platform on my everyday hack.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rower40 on May 17, 2010, 03:17:23 pm
New electrics throughout on my Brompton: SON dynohub (front) feeding an IQ Cyo, and the spare (Standlichghtht) output of the Cyo now wired into the existing rear light.

However, that Standligchghtdght output seems to revert to zero of your Earth Volts as soon as the front wheel stops turning.  So I'll still use a Cateye rear light as well.

I now need to wait until darkness falls before taking this out for a test-ridelight.

Removed, and filed in the large black two-wheeled filing cabinet (the one the council send their minions round to collect every fortnight) the AXA bottle dynamo from the Brompton.

Spotted a broken spoke on the back wheel.  Chiz.  Not Chain side.  Woo-Hoo.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: asterix on May 18, 2010, 10:14:13 am
I've just cut and fitted the joists for the bike loft I am building. Living on a building site is very dusty and not good for bikes so this will keep them out of harm's way.  (From Mrs A's perspective they the joists for the ceiling over the temporary kitchen which is how I got to do it).  Shan't do any more today as I am off for a bike ride; it's been 2 weeks since I did more than just cycle into town.  Tomorrow I will put up more joists, this time for the bathroom ceiling and order 2m3 of sand for screed.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on May 20, 2010, 10:42:00 pm
Built a Brompton wheel for another YACF administrator, who will no doubt examine it with a practised eye and pronounce it crap  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: MSeries on May 20, 2010, 10:44:59 pm
New electrics throughout on my Brompton: SON dynohub (front) feeding an IQ Cyo, and the spare (Standlichghtht) output of the Cyo now wired into the existing rear light.

However, that Standligchghtdght output seems to revert to zero of your Earth Volts as soon as the front wheel stops turning.


You need a rear lamp mit standlicht !!!
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on May 20, 2010, 10:49:16 pm
Adjusted bar angle and moved STI levers and reinstalled bar tape, then test rode and did the whole thing again, then test rode and did it again.

I am satisfied now.  ;D
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Kim on May 21, 2010, 12:26:37 am
However, that Standligchghtdght output seems to revert to zero of your Earth Volts as soon as the front wheel stops turning.  So I'll still use a Cateye rear light as well.

Yeah, that's a feature.  The rear light output of the Cyo is switched by the Cyo's switch (or sensor gubbins if it's a senso model), but doesn't provide any standlight power - the rear light has to do that bit itself.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on May 21, 2010, 06:36:22 am
Whereas the Supernova E3 does power a rear standlight.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Biggsy on May 22, 2010, 02:11:14 pm
Fitted a Record threadless headset.  Had trouble with the plastic part, but got it pressed down enough eventually wth fingernails.  Seems to work well, though I've yet to ride it.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on May 22, 2010, 02:49:55 pm
I have redone the bars, again, and the tape.  I think I have got it right this time.
I have also fitted a new rear gear cable to the TCR and outer and fitted a new Krylion on the rear.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: Jurek on May 22, 2010, 03:08:35 pm
Ran a b@st@rd file over the business surfaces of my Koolstop Salmons.

Cleaned and lubed the chain.

Polished the bike and gave all the non-black bits a thin coat of baby oil.

Going to the seaside tomorrow  :D.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rdaviesb on May 22, 2010, 04:25:42 pm
Finally finished rebuilidng the Mal Rees tourer. Hooked up new Canti brakes, having bought a job lot of stepped ferrules for the somewhat elderly frame. Piccies to follow.
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: GruB on May 22, 2010, 05:43:36 pm
Washed TCR too  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you fettled today?
Post by: rogerzilla on May 22, 2010, 09:47:51 pm
Built another Brompton wheel, this time for Mrs Z's bike because the factory wheel (with as much tension as a rubber band) had started breaking spokes.
Title: Re: What have you