Author Topic: What have you fettled today?  (Read 1156358 times)

Cudzoziemiec

  • Solar powered, tea fuelled cycle-wol
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13925 on: July 04, 2019, 10:39:37 pm »
Riding home in the dusk, noticed my headlight was shining way above horizontal. Leveled it, tightened its retaining bolt and – the proper fettling – increased the tension on the multitool I keep on that bike, so the allen keys stay in place rather than flopping around.
sideways bounding monkey lounging under fruit tree

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13926 on: July 04, 2019, 10:40:42 pm »
Swapped the pedals on the Baron so I don't have to Look every time I clip in.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Cudzoziemiec

  • Solar powered, tea fuelled cycle-wol
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13927 on: July 04, 2019, 11:00:18 pm »
Swapped the pedals on the Baron so I don't have to Look every time I clip in.
Did it take a long Time?
sideways bounding monkey lounging under fruit tree

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13928 on: July 04, 2019, 11:09:45 pm »
Swapped the pedals on the Baron so I don't have to Look every time I clip in.
Did it take a long Time?

Not once I realised I was being a complete spud about which way to turn.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Gattopardo

  • Lord of the sith
  • Overseaing the building of the death star
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13929 on: July 06, 2019, 12:28:54 pm »
Final bits of cleaning rear cogs, front mech and more rusty bits will be electrolysed to see if they derust.

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13930 on: July 06, 2019, 01:34:57 pm »
Steeled myself & took the motor unit off the drum of my workshop vacuum to observe that yes, the filter bag that has lasted through thick and thin for the last 25 years is indeed buggered.  Now need to cut up Hooooover bags and make a new one.  Or buy a new vacuum.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13931 on: July 06, 2019, 02:51:26 pm »
Managed to get one pedal off HK's MTB commuter to pack it into the CTC bag for this morning's flight. I think the other pedal must wait until I can alternately apply a little penetrating oil and heat.

Her bike survived the flight mostly unscathed, once retrieved. The Al chainguard on my Brompton became a 3D sine wave. It'll be mostly straightened once I get home.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13932 on: July 07, 2019, 10:01:04 am »
Sharpened and reset the pivots of two pairs of scissors.

Took shop vacuum apart, blasted motor out with compressed air, removed dogs' hair that had got past the filters (tawny hair at that, which means it had been in there since the early 90s when we had Leonbergs), reassembled with new filter bag & tried it.  It still makes the same horrible intermittent screech, which rather suggests a duff bearing.  No harm to it, it was an el cheapo - as was my bandsaw that croaked a couple of years back after serving for a similar length of time.

El cheapos aren't what they used to be.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Cudzoziemiec

  • Solar powered, tea fuelled cycle-wol
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13933 on: July 07, 2019, 08:58:24 pm »
My most arduous and fiddly fettling for a long while: sewed my RRTY badge on to my Carradice! Finished over two hours ago and my hand is still a bit red.
sideways bounding monkey lounging under fruit tree

Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13934 on: July 07, 2019, 09:16:44 pm »
I've broken needles on their cotton duck before; though with a chunky needle and a solid thimble I quite enjoy sewing patches on in front of the telly of an evening.

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13935 on: July 07, 2019, 09:18:27 pm »
My weapon of choice is my dad's sailmaking kit; leatherwork needles and a sailmaker's palm, which is terrific for driving needles through the most stubborn of material.

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T42

  • Tea tank
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13936 on: July 08, 2019, 07:58:59 am »
I made myself [a poor imitation of] one of those around 50 years ago.  The hardest part was sewing it together.

Triangular leatherworking needles made a big difference in leather, but I reckon they'd cut duck.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13937 on: July 08, 2019, 06:37:42 pm »
My weapon of choice is my dad's sailmaking kit; leatherwork needles and a sailmaker's palm, which is terrific for driving needles through the most stubborn of material.



Huh - file under 'things you never knew existed but now you want'...

I've also heard good things about the Speedy Stitcher, which is a sort of hand-held awl-cum-sewing machine used by sailmakers.

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13938 on: July 12, 2019, 04:09:01 pm »
Last week I recovered an 18-year-old Miele from the cellar, removed the rotted dust bag (model no longer available) and jimmied the bag detector: the thing still sucks like a bastard so I whisked it off to the workshop and cleaned it up.  Today I adapted a fitting for the hose to fit the drum of my old Friom workshop vac (whose motor with the duff bearing I discarded) and hooked it up, so that now the Miele sucks air out of the drum, which acts as  dust collector.  The loss of suction is negligible but since the Miele is sucking through two filters and the Friom's dust bag I can probably improve it a bit by losing the Friom filter, then I'm going to put the two on a castored base and they can live out their lives (emotional sniff) usefully.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13939 on: July 12, 2019, 04:36:08 pm »


Repaired some tyres. Sewed one up with a gash in it, applied vulcanising cement to the inside, stuck a patch on, clamped it fort an hour or two, a tad more VC on the outside part. Theoretically this is fine to use tubeless... Not been that brave yet but will happily ride it tubed.
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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13940 on: July 13, 2019, 11:51:11 am »
Thursday, I used a Japanese water stone to restore a keen edge to my Damascus steel kitchen knife, while my sister was here.
She was wide-eyed with surprise when, having finished and rinsed the grit from the blade, I picked up a piece of A4 paper and, with a deft flick of the wrist, cleft the paper in twain using the knife.

Today, I fettled some fox shit from my lawn.
Using the contents of a can of pipe freezing spray, to make the shit more *ahem* manageable.

ElyDave

  • Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society member 263583
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13941 on: July 13, 2019, 01:03:38 pm »
I found something similar a few days ago, plastic disposable gloves make it a more palatable job.

are japanese water stones all they're cracked up to be? I've got a very satisfactory edge on my hatchet with a file, and now maintained with a lawnmower blade sharpening stone
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13942 on: July 13, 2019, 01:06:46 pm »
Having deployed the freezer spray, you are dealing with a solid, as opposed to a semi-solid material, the former of which leaves a garden trowel unmarked.

Water stones are definitely better than oil stones - which is what I deployed previously.

ElyDave

  • Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society member 263583
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13943 on: Yesterday at 04:14:08 pm »
Lawnmower, height adjuster broke last week. My lawn has looked a bit avante-garde as I was trying to keep the height fairly even.  A £6 plastic part and all sorted. For a 15 year old lawnmower it's doing reasonably well.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13944 on: Yesterday at 07:28:46 pm »
I had a SPD pedal which was being unbearably stiff so I disassembled it, extracted the spindle and bearings, gave it a thorough GT85ing with rags and cotton buds, then greased the internals and reassembled it. It now spins like an excitable small dog. Hopefully it stays that way!
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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13945 on: Yesterday at 08:31:24 pm »
Let's hope it doesn't yap or try to hump your leg  :demon:

robgul

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13946 on: Yesterday at 08:52:43 pm »
I improved the design of the mounting plate I had fabricated to get the Ortlieb saddle-bag mount to fit a Brooks saddle - when I say improved, all I really did was to radius the rear corners of rectangular plates I had already made with a jig-saw to improve the appearance and make it easier to tuck the Brooks cover between the rails and leather top to be ready to fit when parked.

Did one, excellent job - then did two more and re-fitted them to the Brooks on other bikes - and then made a spare unit to attach to the venerable Galaxy in due course.

All part of the plan to have just one bag that simply clips to the bike I'm riding, rather than multiple bags and sets of tubes, tools etc.   The Ortlieb bag is great BUT with the clip in a position that fits direct to the rails on a Brooks B17 the weight causes the bag to sag - my plate mod allows the clip to be further back and balance the bag.

Rob