Bike maintenance needs/ issues

Alston251 Posts: 60
edited June 2012 in Workshop
Hello, i am currently doing an A level DT project on a bike cleaning/ maintenance station.
The product must address a current issue or problem, therefore I would like to find out the issues or needs you encountered during bike maintenance/ cleaning.

For example a chair that can be sat on during small mundane tasks.
Or a magnetic tray to collect small metal parts. etc...

Any help will be very much appreciated


  • estampida
    estampida Posts: 1,008
    a chain cleaner that is really worth buying
  • How about a chain made of a material that doesn't need greasing?? Like a ceramic coated carbon stitched Teflon dipped polycarbonate?
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 18,195
    standardisation...escaping propriety systems
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • Twostage
    Twostage Posts: 987
    A dispenser for wet wipes with somewhere to chuck them. I'm often doing stuff with the chain - hands get oily - then I have to change gears and I don't want to get oil on the bar tape some have to clean my hands. Then I have to faff with oily bits again and then shift gears. And so it repeats.
  • estampida
    estampida Posts: 1,008
    the chain has a rival in the gates belt drive

    but if there is no split in your drop outs you have to use a chain and are stuck with it

    as a really good chain can cost £35 the price of a composite chain would be more than the bike probably

    for fine adjustment and keeping your hands clean ... &gloveid=3
  • desweller
    desweller Posts: 5,175
    Powered chain cleaner that effectively flushes the chain with hot diesel and then swaps to hot oil to lubricate it, all while you're having a cup of tea.
    - - - - - - - - - -
    On Strava.{/url}
  • P_Tucker
    P_Tucker Posts: 1,878
    Somewhere to pour my dirty petrol (or degreaser for the hippies) after I've used a chain cleaner. The drain is so far away...
  • GrahamN
    GrahamN Posts: 66
    P_Tucker wrote:
    Somewhere to pour my dirty petrol (or degreaser for the hippies) after I've used a chain cleaner. The drain is so far away...

    unless you live in a flat , pour it on the weeds on the drive/pathways , best weedkiller known to man short of sodium chlorate
  • estampida
    estampida Posts: 1,008
    sell the petrol to the local street urchins.........

    or start burning messages into the neighbours / girlfriends lawn.........