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  • Spin
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    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarg!

    F-ing mudguards!

    To add insult to injury I’ve got a set of juicy 5’s needing bled.

    rob jackson
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    needing to be bled

    rossi46
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    Pumping bloody tyres up- especially when youre the shop mechanic and youre on your 45th poxy tyre!!

    coogan
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    Mudguards? People use them?

    Washing the thing.

    Spin
    Member

    needing to be bled

    I too am a pedant at heart but through will power I have triumphed over it. Would you like some tips?

    teasel
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    Fork service. Generally clamped in the stand and the oil, no matter how hard I try to persuade it otherwise, goes absolutely everywhere…

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    “needing bleeding” – it’s more poetic.

    Spin
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    Wet arses? People like them?

    FTFY

    relliott6879
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    Bleeding brakes (especially after the debacle my friend and I endured the other day) and indexing rear mechs. No matter how many how-to guides I attempt to follow to the letter, I never seem to be able to get it spot on.

    trail_rat
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    Washing the mrs bike – and fault finding 3 weeks after the fault appeared but not wanting to bother me – till its become thats **** buy anew one !

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    Changing tyres (messy with tubeless), bleeding brakes, finding a creak.

    Most rewarding – cleaning and (now I have learned) building wheels!
    πŸ˜€

    thomthumb
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    canti brakes! bloody awful.

    monkeyboyjc
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    bleeding brakes

    andypaul99
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    anything to do with brakes apart from changing pads

    Buying the bits!

    I love working on my bike almost as much as I like riding.

    MrsMugsy
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    well, to all of you loving to bleed brakes, a question :

    How come after bleeding my hope mono minis the other night, they still feel like there isn’t enough fluid in them ? i.e the lever has to be pressed almost as far as the handlebar.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Bleeding juicy’s.

    MarkyG82
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    @ Mrs mugsy:

    Look up the rolling diaphragm video on the hope site. Touch messy but did the trick for me.

    kudos100
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    Washing the bike.

    Wrenching I don’t mind, unless it goes wrong. And then I hate it and want to smash the bike into little bits. This normally happens the morning of a ride.

    GregMay
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    Putting heli-tape on my frame. More so, pealing heli-tape off the backing. It had me wanting to punch people in the face earlier today.

    dan1980
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    Fettling gears, always a pain in the rectum, and I end up leaving them in a “that’ll do” state and swearing half way round the ride as the gears are jumping around like a kangaroo on acid.

    Bleeding juicies/formula brakes is a doddle, and I really don’t get why so many people seem to have problems doing it.

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    Most of them tbh. I used to put it down to living in a flat and having no space. I now live in a house and have loads of space and some stuff still does my swede in.
    A brake bleed is a hassle but at least it’s usually cut and dried. I’d say getting a drivetrain sorted where 1 or more parts are getting a bit worn (the usual situation). Rarely sort these out properly – get it more or less acceptable and leave it at that.

    yunki
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    +1 fettling gears πŸ™

    Crag
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    Changing a middle chainring is always a right PITA.

    Trimix
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    I love the maintenance jobs on my bike – all of them. Easy and simple and well made.

    On older bikes Ive had I hated cup and cone hubs – shite things that never could be adjusted. Also early cable brakes and pads that never line up and wear unevenly.

    We are quite lucky now with manintenence jobs being much eaiser and youtube to help.

    Any thing to do with sorting out rubbing discs/pads πŸ™„

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Front mech setup, gaaaaah. Everything else, I actually like.

    PJM1974
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    Hmmm…definitely stripping suspension. That really sucks on an “oh my God, I’m going to slip and score/round something expensive” sort of a level. Then it’s the habitual chain cleaning duties and sorting out the bikes for the rest of the tribe. Between us all we have seven bikes…

    rwc03
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    Front mech, had to get a low clamp for the new Titus frame and it took me about an hour to get it about right

    trevh
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    re indexing the gears fettled 2 hours yesterday and still bloody jumping. now doing a service on the car or building and setting up a computer no problem but i can never get the gears right Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

    bencooper
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    Replacing an inner tube when the owner hasn’t bothered to clean the dog muck off the tyre. I’m so glad I don’t do repairs much any more πŸ™‚

    Apart from that, all fettling is good.

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    Paying the bloke when I collect it.

    robhughes
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    Hate setting up rear gears but love bleeding brakes..Just bled some juicy 5,s…No problem πŸ˜†

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    Rob, we need to talk. Love setting up gears, hate bleeding brakes.

    In fact I am a wizard with v-brakes / cantis. Just hydraulics I cannot get on with.

    Commuter bikes with hydro disk brakes.. Guaranteed messed up, corroded, stuck pistons etc etc..

    But the worst job absolutely of all is trying to explain this to the clueless customer..

    “Yes sir, on top of your **** chain, cassette, chainrings and front mech, we’re going to need to rebuild your hayes/avid brakes at great cost to you..”

    “But when you sold me the bike you told me it was a good one.”

    “Yes sir, but you decided to ignore the scrapey-wapey noises for the last 8 months, not change the front gear since you bought it, and never, it seems, oil the chain..”

    “Well, can you half fix it for less?”

    “**** off, sir.”

    rossi46
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    But the worst job absolutely of all is trying to explain this to the clueless customer..

    Ah yes- the customer is always right πŸ™„
    How i’d love to slap some of them with a wet kipper πŸ˜†

    mrlebowski
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    Commuter bikes with hydro disk brakes.. Guaranteed messed up, corroded, stuck pistons etc etc..

    But the worst job absolutely of all is trying to explain this to the clueless customer..

    “Yes sir, on top of your **** chain, cassette, chainrings and front mech, we’re going to need to rebuild your hayes/avid brakes at great cost to you..”

    “But when you sold me the bike you told me it was a good one.”

    “Yes sir, but you decided to ignore the scrapey-wapey noises for the last 8 months, not change the front gear since you bought it, and never, it seems, oil the chain..”

    “Well, can you half fix it for less?”

    “**** off, sir.”

    Sheer poetry..

    Premier Icon cookeaa
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    F-ing mudguards!

    I think “F-ing” a mudguard might not actually count as a maintenance task, more the sort of thing that gets a chap an unwanted reputation…

    JImmAwelon
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    front mech

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