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.
Next up a spiffy Trek Bicycle Domane 4 Series running a full Shimano-Road 105 groupset. Replacement Shimano-Road cassette, KMC Chain chain, some brake pads courtesy of Raleigh Bicycles, gear cables thanks to Fibrax Limited all topped off with an Annual Service. Flying machine.
Imagine the scene. You buy your dream bike, but you find yourself stuck between two sizes. What can you do? Two obvious changes you can make are to the stem and saddle/seatpost. In the case of this lovely Trek-Segafredo Domane S5, the long 100mm stem that came as standard meant the shifters were uncomfortably far away. Having adjusted the saddle forward as far as it would go as a temporary measure, the decision was taken to swap out the stem for something shorter. The replacement retained the 7 degree rise, but at 60mm was significantly shorter. Not only did this sharpen the steering, but meant the saddle could be moved backwards to a more neutral position.
Catch-up time after what seems like a long period of radio silence. First up a Trek Bicycle 4900 that was in desperate need of a rear brake bleed of its Hayes Disc Brakes. Alongside that was a replacement rear rotor which had suffered an impact, a service and both its hubs adjusting. The other bike in the family, a Specialized Bicycles Myka needed a brand new front brake assembly courtesy of Tektro, along with a general service and a trued front wheel. The Apollo Transition was in need of new cables, courtesy of our good friends at Fibrax Limited, plus a replacement front shifter from SRAM MTB.
Finally, a Trek Bicycle Lexa. Its poor owner believes she is completely incompatible with this bike, but I think she’s just been unlucky. The bike spends its time between here and UAE, so is at the mercy of baggage handlers when being transported. No matter how well packaged bikes are, accidents can happen. And so it came to pass that the front wheel would not allow itself to be extricated from its dropouts. A bit of brute force and ignorance (mine) got it free, and it quickly became apparent that the non-drive side dropout had been damaged…essentially it had been squashed, thus trapping the hub locknut. With careful application of (controlled) force, the dropout was repaired. The fact that it was a malleable aluminium fork definitely helped, and because it was the dropout’s ‘mouth’, no repairs were required to the dropout proper. A tricky one, but a safe one.
This Trek Domane is the owner’s winter bike, and as such, had seen a fair amount of rain and muck over the last 4 or 5 months. An Annual Service, Raleigh Bicycles pads front and a rear (and a new rear mudguard) and new Fibrax Limited gear cables means this is one bike that can be put away for 6 months before tackling the worst the Lothian’s weather can throw at it all over again.