is your bike tip top…or just functional?
^ Im with taz.
Jumped on one of the bikes last night and managed about 500 yrds before a creak was driving me nuts. SO spun around and grabbed a different bike and went out.
This evening have just swapped the NDS SQT BB cup out for a new plastic one as the alloy one I had was so old and worn it wasnt tightening onto the BB shell properly.
Shall be going out on it in half an hour much happier.Posted 5 years agoPik n MixSubscriber
My bikes cost me a fortune, a few hours spent tinkering to keep them tip top is not only satisfying when on the next ride but strangely enjoyable at the same time.Posted 5 years ago
Plus it gives you a good excuse to buy all those one time only use tools you could never justify buying.boltonjonSubscriber
I’m certainly not into bling, but everything is checked thoroughly on a Sunday night after a hard weeks riding and if something is worn out/broken/suspect, then its gets changed
I hate riding and hearing creaks or groans from bearings, or gears not working perfectly
Moreover – i’m so not OCD as my car is a shit heap and i’m not tidy in any way possible at home or work
There is nothing worse than mechanical’s when out riding. Yes, it does happen, but i get so embarrassed when its me and i’m holding the group up
Or worst still, when its non-repairable and there is a long walk home
I done a big check on Saturday night in preparation for the Gorrick 100 and found a huge crack in my frame. Several hours of manic bike building of spare play bike allowed me to enter
I would have been gutted if had the frame failed catastrophically during the race
Biking is my passion so it must be right!!Posted 5 years agosambobMember
All works, nothing more. Although I think I may have finally trashed a Shimano BB after almost 18 months in the Peak District. Shock bushes are fairly sloppy too, but I’m not going to bother replacing them until I can afford to get my shock serviced too, no point in having it unridable twice when I could delay it a bit and just have it out of commission for a week or so. Would probably be different if I had another bike.Posted 5 years agomatthewlhomeMember
everything mechanically tip top, but not fancy. It is of course much easier to keep this way when hardly using the bike 🙁
Cant be riding with worn wobbly bearings – drives me crazy but potential for much more expensive problems. I also find that even if i am not going to ride it, i cannot stand having a bike ‘non-functional’!
perhaps a little OCD…Posted 5 years agoSuggseySubscriber
I am of the ride it so long as the play in the wheel bearings aint going to cause the whole race to collapse or wear out a new set of front pads. Check the frame over every good clean and mainly pick worst of crud from round jockey wheels and derailleurs and clean and lube the chain and also clean any mud from stanchions of forks and little bit of fork lube/grease every now and again. BB get attention when its stiff as does the headset.Posted 5 years ago
Obviously if its going to be a big day in wilderness I check every nut, bolt and bearing the day before as I would hate to ruin a long drive and full days riding by reducing it to a long walk.
Oddly, Ive never had wobbly bearings. dunno why.
I dont have wobbly sus bearings/bushes as I dont have a FS, but also no wheel has ever gone flakey on me.
I did have the chain off for a petrol clean and re-lube this afternoon. Isnt it always the way, you have the chain all clean, half way through applying the wallet-puckeringly expensive “Brazilian Virgins’ Quim Juice” lube to the chain and you find a twisted link. And no spare 1/8″ links to mend it with. New chain out of the box time… 🙁Posted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
They cost enough to start with so no point riding a £2000 bike around and having the ride spoilt by a 50p bearing. The flip side of that is I don’t ride my ‘nice’ bikes if it’s muddy, that’s what the rigid SS 29er’s for and that’s just kept functional, mainly because all it takes is new brake pads every few weeks, CK BB and hope hubs seem to roll on indefinitely.Posted 5 years agoCHBSubscriber
Mechanically tip top when it comes to bearings, gears brakes and cables. Not too fussy with chain and frame.Posted 5 years ago
I cant stand having worn bits, and for the few quid it costs to keep them in fine fettlle I can be more confident that they wont let me down in use.
Well maintained is not the same as bling. Well maintained is knowing how to use allen keys, spanners and grease.PiefaceMember
Bit of both – ride it in to the ground then spend money sorting it out and replace with relatively good quality replacements.
Anybody else noticed that the people with mechanicals are those that are constant fettlers? My theory is that every time you adjust something you’re introducing a change and therefore something is more likely to fail.Posted 5 years agoSuggseySubscriber
Interestingly enough its my front Pro2 hub bearing on the brake side that has died twice in a year and the last one was an SKF- but i will admit to some over zealous jet washing over the winter. Resorted to £1.87 replacements from local bearing suppliers now as they last the same length of time as SKF when abused. 😉Posted 5 years ago
Anybody else noticed that the people with mechanicals are those that are constant fettlers
funnily enough all the guys I ride with that have catastrophic bike fails when in the middle of nowhere are those that eke out every last bit of wear from their kit and then act all surprised when it lets go. (they are also the ones who never bring a decent tool kit either) 😆Posted 5 years agoScienceofficerMember
I’m a tip topper. My ride time is limited and the last thing I want is to lose it due to a preventable mechanical. Staying on top of the little things mean you get better performance and life from most stuff too. With forks heading towards 1K for decent ones, I’m quite happy to mitigate replacement costs as much as I can.
That said, I’m running my SS with greater than 1% chain wear – but its an SS so I don’t have to worry about shifting or chainsuck.
Also, Tazzy +1. Mostly I don’t ride with people like that anymore.Posted 5 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
I will fix it, as soon as I can usually, unless it is not *needed*.Posted 5 years ago
e.g. I have a rear brake with some air in at present and it *sometimes* needs a few pumps of the lever after being on the car or a long climb to work tip top.
I do fix, repair and use stuff as long as possible though – £’s per mile count…cynic-alMember
Do you keep your bike 100%? I.e. replace cartridge bearings as soon as they develop play? Replace the whole hub’s worth whether needed or not?
If so, why?
I tend to run stuff into the ground, even damaged cup and cone bearings, I see no benefit in mechanical perfection…maximum miles and smiles per £Posted 5 years agotransappMember
Everything works, and works perfectly. Gears simply can’t rub (and why would they with barrel adjusters on the bars) no wear in the bearings and brakes obviously must work. I tend to keep it fairly clean as well as Ive found that clean bikes tend to work better and you can spot what’s going wrong before it explodes mid ride.Posted 5 years agoboltonjonSubscriber
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I tend to keep it fairly clean as well as Ive found that clean bikes tend to work better and you can spot what’s going wrong before it explodes mid ride
I do notice that people who tinker for the sake of tinkering (e.g. hiding from the wife) generally have more minor mechanicals when out riding
The people who do not take care of their bikes have the dreaded ‘ride killers’ more often!Posted 5 years agocynic-alMember
Mc – maintenance couldn’t have prevented those mechanicals?
Stoner – twisted links can be straightened.
My bikes all work pretty well, but I don’t mind a bit of overshifting to get a bit more life out of a mech, and I’m happy to re fit say a re packed but imperfect headset or BB bearing.
Seems environmentally sound to do so, a big part of cycling for me.Posted 5 years ago
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