- Your daftest bicycle tinkering/servicing fow-pax? ;-)
Working late after work doing my own road bike before a Sunday ride.
Put the brake cable through the brake lever then ran it through the gear casting and connnected the brake lever to the mech and not the calliper.
Have up went home and used beer bike for Sunday’s group ridePosted 2 years agoajantomSubscriber
built a wheel not so long ago with the valve in the wrong place, so no “open” space above it. Can still get a pump head on it so it’s staying as is
No way, uh-huh, I’ve done that once and had to strip it down and rebuild. I’d be thinking about it every time I rode it otherwise!Posted 2 years agodabaldieMember
Rebuilt my tricross after a few years of it being set up for the wife as a flat bar hybrid.Posted 2 years ago
Decided to treat it to a new cassette ,mech and chain.
Spent ages trying to get the gears indexed and eventually took it to a local mechanic to change the brake as I couldn’t get the V brakes working perfectly. I asked him to look at the indexing incase I had bent the hanger etc.
Phone call later that day asking why I’d fitted a 9speed cassette and chain to a bike with 10speed shifters.tynemouthmattMember
As a resourceful, skint, dirt jumping child I wanted to slow the rebound down on my marzocchi mx comps. Was told thicker fork oil would help with this.
Having found no fork oil in my parents garage I decided bisto was a suitable replacement – because you know it’s thick and stuff.
Worked a treat for the ride from the house down to the dean, then totally seized.
Mates still don’t let me forgot it nearly 16 years on.Posted 2 years agomintimperialSubscriber
Trying to get a brand new DHF Minion to seat tubeless on an awkward Bontrager rim, I pumped it up to 60psi. Then 70. Then 80. Then 90. Just as I leaned down to let some air out, BOOOOM, right next to my head. Couldn’t hear for 5 minutes afterwards, tyre bead was ruined.
I think tynemouthmatt’s fork gravy story is my new favourite, though, that’s something very special. 😀Posted 2 years agoDark SideMember
Building up a brand new Cannondale CAAD10 Disc frame, installed fork with headset and stem in place and marked where I needed to cut the steerer with a sharp knife. Cut steerer at mark, only to reinstall and find the headset had made an identical score line a good 5cm below the line I should’ve cut at. It was a Black Inc frame too, so Cannondale couldn’t immediately supply a replacement fork. I ended up buying a second frameset for the fork, and selling the rest on eBay. That was my most costly bike servicing mistake.Posted 2 years agobutcherMember
Building up a brand new Cannondale CAAD10 Disc frame, installed fork with headset and stem in place and marked where I needed to cut the steerer with a sharp knife. Cut steerer at mark, only to reinstall and find the headset had made an identical score line a good 5cm below the line I should’ve cut at.
Have put the cranks on at same angles before, but never made it out onto the drive like that… and the forks upside down, but generally you realise your mistake before it’s too late.
Used to fix my bikes up as a kid often without really knowing how, and I do remember once fitting a front brake cable to a canti brake, but I only had the inner cable – no outer. It went straight from lever to brake (literally a straight, taut line!) That never worked very well. But I remember at the time being as bit confused as to how it was meant to be, so I just rolled with it like that for a while…Posted 2 years agothejesmonddingoMember
I changed a stem and, without realising it,rotated the fork through 180 degrees before fitting the new stem.I then took the bike for a ride round the block.I never realised a simple change of stem could have such a dramatic effect on bike handling,and it took 30 minutes before I realised what I had done 😯Posted 2 years agojerrysMember
I changed a stem and, without realising it,rotated the fork through 180 degrees before fitting the new stem.I then took the bike for a ride round the block.I never realised a simple change of stem could have such a dramatic effect on bike handling,and it took 30 minutes before I realised what I had done
Like this? I wondered why I’d suddenly got toe overlap!
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Measuring where to cut the steerer tube on a set of forks without the stem fitted then cutting it to that length.
Pre bonded steerer tubes thankfully.
Post bonded steerer tubes. D’oh.
Couldn’t be bother to dig out the torque settings for the bolts on a set of cranks. Read the label off a set of shimano on another bike figuring they’d be the same. 5mm bolt on Shimano. 4mm bolt on the Pinion cranks. Quite different torque.Posted 2 years agosteviedSubscriber
My mate was having trouble with the cranks on his hack bike coming loose.Posted 2 years ago
He asked if I could get them welded in place (really basic bike with some sort of scaffold poles for cranks)…yes, I said so got the welder at our place to do it after I’d screwed it all together…both pointing the same way 😳
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