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Torslanda

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Random Workshop Stuff
« on: July 19, 2018, 10:13:39 pm »
AFAIK we don't have a thread for random stuff from the day to day challenges of life in the workshop.

Random, off the wall, downright bizarre...? Stick it here!
VELOMANCER

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Re: Random Workshop Stuff
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2018, 10:16:22 pm »
AFAIK we don't have a thread for random stuff from the day to day challenges of life in the workshop.

Random, off the wall, downright bizarre...? Stick it here!
This could be a long one......

Torslanda

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Re: Random Workshop Stuff
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2018, 10:40:38 pm »
Today was a cracker. Chap brings in a Carrera cross bike with headset problems.

The bottom bearing had rusted and collapsed so he'd bought a new headset and set about it himself. Unfortunately something must have got lost in translation because he'd been supplied with a stock external 11/8" instead of a semi-integrated unit. Undeterred he'd fitted it anyway! I didn't know that a steel a-head set would fit, whole, inside a semi-integrated headtube. I do now. Took some bloody persuading to get out, too!

I'm used to having to press headset cups in but once I'd got the wrong ones out the correct parts fitted like a dick in a bucket. Thank goodness for a product called Quiksteel - speeling czars look away now - a bit like Sugru, epoxy putty. Squidge it to activate the 2 pack and it sets in minutes. Put a bead around each cup and clamp them into the headtube. Clean off the excess and wait 10 minutes, the cups are firmly in place. The downside is you'll never get them out again but it's better than throwing the frame away.

Drama over and the bike lives again.
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

robgul

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Re: Random Workshop Stuff
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2018, 08:40:56 pm »
Last Friday a chap rang the shop and said he thought there was something wrong with his bike as it "wouldn't go"  -  OK bring it in and I'll see what we can do.

Half an hour later he appears with an electric MTB with the rear mech so bent and mangled that it was poking through the spokes of the rear wheel  - yep, that's what's stopping it going.    Part was bottom of the range Shimano which I don't stock - quick check and Halfords had one - sent him there to buy one and bring it back on Saturday, in the meantime I performed a bit of surgery on the gear hanger to get it back approaching straight.

Managed to refit the new mech and get it changing - sort of - as the freewheel (not cassette) was wobbling on the axle - nothing "wrong" with it just a crap component. Amazingly the wheel itself was undamaged.

Anyway all's well that ends well and the chap was delighted to be "back on the really tough trails" (his words)

The bike was an almost new Halfords Coyote electric MTB that cost a whole £700.

Rob

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Re: Random Workshop Stuff
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2018, 08:59:18 pm »
Anyway all's well that ends well and the chap was delighted to be "back on the really tough trails" (his words)

It's important to keep a straight face with that sort of thing.  I mean, the trail in question probably had an NCN warning sign and everything, and it was clearly too much for the rear mech...
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robgul

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Re: Random Workshop Stuff
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2018, 06:08:07 pm »
Anyway all's well that ends well and the chap was delighted to be "back on the really tough trails" (his words)

It's important to keep a straight face with that sort of thing.  I mean, the trail in question probably had an NCN warning sign and everything, and it was clearly too much for the rear mech...

Exactly - I think it might have been part of NCN Route 5 where it ventures off-road near Traitors Ford, S of Stratford.

Rob

robgul

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Re: Random Workshop Stuff
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2018, 06:09:48 pm »
.. and today:

Bloke rings up, very thick Irish accent – “Can I change the tyres on my MTB for something suitable for the road?”

Me : “Yes, no problem – do you know what size the wheels are?”

Bloke : “They’re quite big”

…. really did happen –  he’s now coming in “with the wheels on the bike” to see what I have.
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He didn't show up, yet, but I was half-expecting a fat-bike!

Rob


Torslanda

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Re: Random Workshop Stuff
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2018, 09:12:23 pm »
Anyone else keep getting asked about these 'new type valves'? You know, the presta?

Only been around for the last century or so . . .
VELOMANCER

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Torslanda

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Re: Random Workshop Stuff
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2018, 10:53:51 pm »
Just to prove it doesn't always go to plan I had a failure today.

A chap brouht me a Cube Attain, 28mm Marathons, disc brakes. Could I fit mudguards? Sure. No problem. What could possibly go wrong . . . ?

First off there are no mudguard eyes. There are M5 threaded holes in the frame but they face backwards from the dropouts, front & rear. I sourced some Trek Domane(?) fittings and, apart from a total lack of a bridge - nowhere to fix one to - the back was a doddle.

Come to the front and there's no hole in the crown but there's an M5 boss in the bottom of the steerer. Fit the bosses at the dropout and see how the guard lines up at the crown. I needed to drill the rivets out of the crown fastening. First one went ok but the second, well, the drillbit picked up and despite the bracket being trapped in the vice, suddenly the guard is in two pieces. Cue bad swears.

Customer says it's OK, he only wanted a rear one anyway.  :-[ No prizes for 2nd best...
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

robgul

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Re: Random Workshop Stuff
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2018, 07:23:27 am »
Anyone else keep getting asked about these 'new type valves'? You know, the presta?

Only been around for the last century or so . . .

Yep - and more so the guy that came back with the track pump he'd bought to say it didn't work ..... I took the pump, removed the valve cap from a bike in the shop, undid the screw ...... and got an instant "Ah, I see . . .  ."

Rob

Re: Random Workshop Stuff
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2018, 08:18:46 am »
I've got a Cube Attain GTC.  Cube made specific mudguards for it, but then stopped (not sure if they were recalled) and they became unobtanium  ::-). I ended up with the Crud raceblade things, but they aren't brilliant.

Torslanda

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Re: Random Workshop Stuff
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2018, 10:25:05 pm »
Yep. That's what he had removed after putting up with chuff/scrape/chuff/scrape/chuff for 6 months. Possibly the most aptly named product . . .
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

Re: Random Workshop Stuff
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2018, 04:23:28 pm »
Anyone else keep getting asked about these 'new type valves'? You know, the presta?

Only been around for the last century or so . . .

Yep - and more so the guy that came back with the track pump he'd bought to say it didn't work ..... I took the pump, removed the valve cap from a bike in the shop, undid the screw ...... and got an instant "Ah, I see . . .  ."

Rob
Yup, yup & yup. One of the disadvantages of working for store with a very generous return policy is customers would frequently return gear that they hadn't clued how to use. Fortunately the customer service team would normally send them back to the sales department for education. The topeak pumps with the reversible bits to swap between presta & schrader valves were always fun too.
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