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Old Timers

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.

Gary Fisher Hoo Koo e Koo

A very nice Gary Fisher Hoo koo e koo in for some brake work. Rear hose shortened and new Shimano-MTB Deore brake fitted to the front (after shortening the hose too). The front received a new rotor as well due to contamination of the old component. Seriously good stopping power for the cash.

A very nice Gary Fisher Hoo koo e koo in for some brake work. Rear hose shortened and new Shimano-MTB Deore brake fitted…

Posted by Andy's Bike Clinic on Thursday, 5 March 2020

When bottom brackets go bad

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.


Giant Defy

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!)

Giant Defy

Giant Defy

Road Bikes

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.