These two old timers (no offence) are used purely in the spring and summer, so they’d both come out of hibernation not having been seen in a bike shop since 2018! The Giant Bicycles Galaxy Tour was in need of new drivetrain parts (cassette and chain from Shimano-MTB), alongside some Raleigh Bicycles brake pads, cables courtesy of Elvedes Bike Components and bar tape from SRAM road. The Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative City followed suit; SunRace freewheel, Shimano-MTB chain, Raleigh Bicycles pads and Elvedes Bike Components cables. Both now ready to enjoy the (impending) good weather.
This b’Twin Rockrider was in decent enough shape, but after an Annual Service, it was in great shape. Just in time for the good weather too.
A real pig of a bottom bracket this week. Either the non-drive side cup was incorrectly threaded, or a drive-side cup was used by mistake. The end result was the same, a worn bottom bracket with a non-drive side cup that refused to be removed. As you can see, a little bit of Heath-Robinson goes a long way, and the offending item finally came free. This left a very sorry, and extremely chewed bottom bracket shell. The Park Tool tapping and facing tool made light work of it though, allowing a new Shimano-MTB square tapered bottom bracket to be fitted. The right tool for the job.
This Giant Bicycles Defy, complete with full Ultegra groupset, was in for a bit of an overhaul. Its annual service was due (after about 3000 hard miles), but it also required a new cassette (from Shimano-Road), replacement chain (thanks KMC Chain Europe B.V.) and a replacement spoke (with the inevitable wheel truing) rounded things off (kerboom-tish!)
Time for a wee catch-up with what’s been going on recently. First up is a Specialized Bicycles Sequoia which needed a new Shimano-Road cassette, KMC Chain Europe B.V. chain, a rear hub service, a front hub adjustment and a new rear gear cable courtesy of Fibrax Limited. All of this was topped off with a service as this bike’s about to get a lot of miles put through its wheels. Following on from that there’s a CUBE Bikes Agree Race which was also treated to a new Shimano-Road cassette, KMC Chain Europe B.V. chain, a full service on its Fulcrum Racing 5 rear wheel (including new sealed bearings) and a new Schwalbe tires front tyre. Finally, the Scott bikes CR1 was in need of a service, new Fibrax Limited ASH460 sticky road pads front and rear, a new bombproof Continental Tyres UK Gatorskin tyre and a rear hub adjustment. All three bikes now setup for the upcoming season.