Next up a Cannondale CAADX with an annoying squeak, and a Trek Bicycle Domane which needed its first service. The Cannondale had developed a squeak when pedalling, so off came the pedals, followed by the chainset. Having checked the PressFit’s bottom bracket bearings were sound, it was a case of greasing everything up, re-building it and applying the correct torque to the components. Hey presto! Silent cycling. The Trek is primarily used for club runs, so gear changes have to be crisp. The rear mech had received an impact, bending the hanger. Off came the mech, on went the Park Tool Derailleur Hanger Alignment Gauge, and after a bit of a tweaking, it was all straightened out. The mech was re-fitted, and a some standard adjustments made. Race ready.
A quick catch-up on what’s been through the doors in between the snow last week. First up, a Cannondale Quick that had been a little starved of attention. New Shimano-Road cassette, KMC-Bicycle Chain & Accessories chain, a replacement Schwalbe tires Land Cruiser (a 5 on Schwalbe’s puncture resistance scale), replacement MAGURA brake pads front and rear, Shimano-MTB bottom bracket cups, middle and large Shimano-MTB chain rings and all wrapped up with an Annual Service. Phew! I’m not expecting to see this one again anytime soon!
Busy, busy, busy at Andy’s Bike Clinic over the summer, but now the kids are back at school, it’s time to take a breath and a quick look back at what’s been through the doors. These two are (hopefully) now being used by their owner to maintain a level of fitness that was proving difficult. A bad back is no laughing matter, but a bike is fairly low impact on the body, and if correctly setup, a great aid in recovery. Both the Cannondale and Claud Butler were worse for wear when they entered the workshop. Spangly new Schwalbe tires and tubes, cabling courtesy of the Welsh Wizards Fibrax Limited, brake pads from Raleigh Bicycles, skinny mudguard from Oxford and a bit of TLC saw the Claud Butler back on the road. The Cannondale, with its very cool Fatty HeadShok, needed pretty much the same treatment, along with a new Shimano-MTB bottom bracket. The difference in both bikes was night and day.
Finally, three bikes that needed some much needed bits and bobs. The Cannondale CAAD10 is soon to venture to hillier terrain, so needed a wider ratio cassette fitting. A little hamstrung by the short cage Shimano Road 105 rear derailleur, a Shimano Road Ultegra cassette was snugged on (30T low gear!) The Boardman Team on the other hand had no problem going, but stopping was an issue. Off went the old rear pads and on went some SRAM MTB pads to take care of stopping duties. Whilst it was in, it was treated to a new KMC Chain Europe B.V. chain and a headset adjustment to get rid of that sickening play. Finally, we love Frog Bikes – the lightweight kids’ bike, but this one had an issue with the front brake caliper. So, off with the old and on with the new Tektro brake and all was well again.
Finally we have a Cannondale Bicycles Quick which was in need of a service. Lightly used, but stored in a damp garage over the winter meant the gears and brakes were out. The chain had also rusted quite badly. So, the chain was broken, degreased, cleaned, re-fitted and lubed. The rest of the bike was treated to an Intermediate Service meaning its ready for the impending Spring sunshine we all deserve!