Numpty IM Bike Thread

Bike ponces only welcome if they don't speak in tongues

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07/08/2012 at 22:23
Well, bike arrived today and has been collected, took it for a 9mile amble through woodland and down the canal with about 4miles on road. It'd brilliant off road and really responsive and as fast as I would want on road. Very happy!!

Most ridiculous question of the century..... What's the best way to clean and maintain it - what products do people use and how often? Does anyone know of any good books or websites about maintenance and basic checks (which to do and how to do them) etc?
08/08/2012 at 12:15

I used to use muc off but it's too expensive. It does smell gorgeous though. I now use Fenwicks FS-1 diluted 1:10. Used neat it is a degreaser. Doesn't smell anywhere near as nice. i think Muc Off does work better but it's a bit of a rip off.

I bought a park tools chain cleaner http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/chain-cleaning-cm-5. This makes cleaning the chain after an off road ride very quick and easy. I just fill it up with the cheapest lemon cleaner i can find in Tesco (Daisy brand) and spin the pedals round. With my MTB I try to clean the chain even if i clean nothing else. 

After that it's a small tiny drop of oil on the inside of the chain at ever roller. Spin the chain a few times in various gears. Wipe off the excess oil.

Congratulations on your new ride!

Edited: 08/08/2012 at 12:15
08/08/2012 at 15:17
Thanks!! Will get some cleaning gear bought.



I really could do with somewhere / someone to teach me some basic maintenance / mechanics, does anywhere do classes that anyone knows of?
Edited: 08/08/2012 at 15:17
08/08/2012 at 15:19

I cant vouch for the quality of these (i am a total newbie) but evans run these: 

http://www.evanscycles.com/search?query=fix+it&x=0&y=0

Also there is tonnes of stuff on the web. Google Sheldon Brown - he has a ton of great info on how to do stuff. You tube is a good source of info too.

08/08/2012 at 22:32
Thanks again...... Been looking at a garmin 305 quick release kit..... Anyone got any experience of them?
Cortina5    pirate
09/08/2012 at 10:11

Yep - I like the velcro strap for running. The bike mounts are OK - held my 305 securely on MTB and road bikes.

The only slight problem I had was when I used the velcro strap on my TT bike base bars. I went over a bump and the watch quick released into the road. I now have a 310.

09/08/2012 at 10:26
I don't have tt bars and am not looking to go down that route anyway so sounds like it'd be ok.

Is it something specific about your tt bars that made it less secure do you think?
Cortina5    pirate
09/08/2012 at 12:45
Yes, I was using the velcro wrist strap round the bars rather than a cable-tied bike mount.
iron fraggle    pirate
09/08/2012 at 13:22

I've got a bit of foam pipe lagging on my handlebars and just put the garmin on that    very technical

09/08/2012 at 16:20
Good idea that, what do you do in transition, just unfasten it?
iron fraggle    pirate
09/08/2012 at 19:36
Yes
09/08/2012 at 22:00
Genius!
21/08/2012 at 18:35

I am looking at getting a turbo trainer for the winter (Tacx Satori) and also a GPS and HR monitor, probably the Garmin XT910.
I am not sure if I should/could get a cadence device for the Garmin so do not need to put a cycle computer on the bike. My current Specialised Dolce has got a wireless cateye with front wheel sensor. My budget is not bottomless but want to cover the basics. Oh and at the moment I am using a Lidl  HRM basic but it works.

So what combination of turbo and GPS/HRM do I go for?

Trogs    pirate
21/08/2012 at 20:07

Wotcha Steady   If you're looking at getting a 910 with HRM you might as well go for the associated Garmin cadence sensor too then you've got everything you need (and swim watch too) all in one package.

I think Polar have just/are about to release a new watch which does GPS/HR but can't remember if it is compatible with cadence sensor. Fairly certain it doesn't do swimming though.

Can't help with turbo. I have one ( Minoura HyperMag 1200) but it doesn't get used as often as it should for some reason 

Cortina5    pirate
21/08/2012 at 21:58

Any ANT+ cadence/speed sensor will work with the Garmins. I hear Decathlon do a cheaper one than Garmin. That said, my Garmin cadence doodahs work just fine.

21/08/2012 at 22:51

Thanks Trogs and IronCat. Will now look at final amount of pennies in the piggy bank. I feel the need for some retail therapy and the best sort is sport related.

Cortina5    pirate
22/08/2012 at 14:05

Front of bike was creaky yesterday, found headset loose AGAIN. Stripped it down, rebuilt it. The went to tighten stem bolts (5-8Nm). 1/4 tunrs on each until got to 5Nm on one, fine. Other bolt sheared before the torque wrench popped.

Did what I could (cutting/drilling) and have trashed the stem. Feck Feck Feck. New stem on order from PX. WTF does the headset keep coming loose?

22/08/2012 at 14:08

is it a PX one??  if so - cheap crap 

maybe the star nut needs replacing??  maybe it's slipping a bit??

Edited: 22/08/2012 at 14:09
Cortina5    pirate
22/08/2012 at 14:48

The bike or HS? Both are PX!

22/08/2012 at 14:53

deosn't matter - cheap crap....  

get the LBS to take a look as I suspect the star nut is where the problem lies.  and as for shearing a bolt - cheap crappy bolts!!  replace with decent ones...

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