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  • unixnerdunixnerd Posts: 2,864
    You're lucky to have so much space! My local shops are all crammed into much smaller areas. Great to see you posting on here again btw :-)
    http://www.strathspey.co.uk - Quality Binoculars at a Sensible Price.
    Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert 2012, Cannondale CAAD5,
    Marin Mount Vision (1997), Edinburgh Country tourer, 3 cats!
  • jay12jay12 Posts: 6,306
    unixnerd wrote:
    You're lucky to have so much space! My local shops are all crammed into much smaller areas. Great to see you posting on here again btw :-)
    totally agree with everything. i can't wait to see some more
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    bit of a late start today, well I am on Holiday.

    made a whole pile of display stand hooks and loaded up the displays. serviced a few bikes.

    and now I am on with a full strip down and service of a BB.

    img1214mn.jpg
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    well today was a day of finishing up things.

    when the leg support is fitted you cant see the bracket.

    img1216k.jpg

    img1215b.jpg

    kept the old rim brakes and fitted it on the other side backwards as it has a nice parking brake ability.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    I also discovered this

    img1217y.jpg

    anyone that has used it will know what I am on about.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • deswellerdesweller Posts: 5,175
    How does it compare to WD40?
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    On Strava.{/url}
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    a different world.

    and WD40 get nowhere near any bikes anyway.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    Conductive lubritcant/water dispersant? I used to use some similar industrial stuff, but I can't remember the brand.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    here we have two tales about water.

    tale one what happens if you leave your forks with water below the seal for too long.

    img1226v.jpg

    the Bushes were also in a poor state.

    the second tale is about water and storing you bike outside.

    Both these stays were the same shape and diameter before winter.

    img1224eu.jpg
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    ooooh, the stays filled with water then froze? Nasty, and rather peculiar!
    I guess it's one way of doing hydroforming on the cheap though.
  • unixnerdunixnerd Posts: 2,864
    Wow! I've never even thought about water freezing inside bike tubes before now.
    http://www.strathspey.co.uk - Quality Binoculars at a Sensible Price.
    Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert 2012, Cannondale CAAD5,
    Marin Mount Vision (1997), Edinburgh Country tourer, 3 cats!
  • thepopelathepopela Posts: 2
    great thread!
  • simowillsimowill Posts: 56
    nicklouse,

    Where abouts in Sweden are you. I lived out there in Eskistuna for a while back in the early 90's. A really nice country and fantastic people when I was out there.

    Simon
    Canyon Nerve AM 6.0 2011
    Kona Firemountain HT
  • quattrojamesquattrojames Posts: 157
    Very good thread, I've just subscribed to catch any updates :wink:
    2011 Cannondale Trail SL 29er HERE
  • none of the pics work for me :(
    um .. . . . .
  • Redhog14Redhog14 Posts: 1,377
    Nick, are the Germans so fastidious with their bikes that there is nothing to report??? Missing the insights on here. :(
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    Redhog14
    Might have to do a walk around of some shops out here.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    well things are changing. I will be relocating to Germany so this tale really comes to an end.

    I suppose i need to find a new workshop for some tales.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • Bike-RichBike-Rich Posts: 275
    Ahh shame things have came to an end. This was a great post,
    Was fixing bikes your full-time job, why the move to Germany? Bet you miss it :D

    edit: Just read your earlier post about you doing Cadd full-time.

    What kind of bike do you have Nick?
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    Bike-Rich wrote:
    Ahh shame things have came to an end. This was a great post,
    Was fixing bikes your full-time job, why the move to Germany? Bet you miss it :D

    edit: Just read your earlier post about you doing Cadd full-time.

    What kind of bike do you have Nick?

    have a look in the Your rides section. there are a few....
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • billyballsbillyballs Posts: 41
    nicklouse wrote:
    nothing much today, lots of services, drivetrain replacements and a this.

    img0410f.jpg

    Yes it has brakes and gears!

    but how many?
    Hey that,s my wifes bike yu cheeky censored , bought it for her birthday so she could ride the black tracks. nice.
  • bobs bikesbobs bikes Posts: 589
    another quality customer rang yesterday.

    a woman on the phone to me......
    w- how much is a lever?
    m- which lever is it you require?
    w- my son needs a lever-
    m-ok, which one?
    w- my youngest one, kevin.


    :lol:
  • lastylasty Posts: 218
    nicklouse wrote:
    here we have two tales about water.

    tale one what happens if you leave your forks with water below the seal for too long.

    img1226v.jpg

    the Bushes were also in a poor state.

    the second tale is about water and storing you bike outside.

    Both these stays were the same shape and diameter before winter.

    img1224eu.jpg


    Like the frame pic - it`s oft forgotten than water freezes INSIDE a `container`.
    Raced motorcycles for many years and the Irish lads were forever looking for cheaper ways to get the bikes across to compete on this side.
    The cheapest way proved very costly for one innocent whose mate was passing close by and offered to bring it across in the back of his wagon , which he forgot to mention was a `fridge unit .....
    Cracked barrels on an RS250 ain`t cheap to replace .... :roll:
  • nicklouse wrote:
    here we have two tales about water.

    tale one what happens if you leave your forks with water below the seal for too long.

    img1226v.jpg

    the Bushes were also in a poor state.

    the second tale is about water and storing you bike outside.

    Both these stays were the same shape and diameter before winter.

    img1224eu.jpg
    Owww
    road: carrera tdf ltd 2012
    xc: gt avalance 1.0 2008

    love cycling :)
  • dodgydodgy Posts: 2,890
    I used to really enjoy this thread, come on Nick!
  • Greer_Greer_ Posts: 1,716
    dodgy wrote:
    I used to really enjoy this thread, come on Nick!

    And if you read it you'd realise he's moved!! :wink:
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    yep mew county new challenge.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • cyclecliniccycleclinic Posts: 6,865
    Well one tale today. Normally lower intergrated headset bearing fall out may be tap out from above. today this did not happen tapping out from above gently caused the inner bearing race and the caged balls to fall out leaving the outer race stuck in the frame. I tried to lever it out using screwdrivers but to no avail. I was getting worried and called Specialised (it's a spez frame) to see if they have ever encountered this problem on a warranty or something, they hadn't/ Then a brain wave. My wife had evitcted my bear making kit so I am storing it at the shop and part of this is a 25 litre water heater so I boiled up the barrel and dipped the headtube in. It warmed a bit and then the outer race did come out when levered by a screwdriver -result.

    I never thought a beer mashing and hopping barrel would become a workshop tool.
    http://www.thecycleclinic.co.uk -wheel building and other stuff.
  • My favourite one recently was a customer who had failed to true a wheel that was bent. Turns out the tyre was bulging and he'd tried to true it straight...
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