Bicycle Maintenance


Bicycle Maintenance

A group for those who like to get down and greasy with their machines. (pic: Don't Explode (Flickr)

Location: Adelaide, Australia
Members: 76
Latest Activity: Aug 10, 2016

Links and Video of the week.

"When you undertake to investigate a bicycle for the first time, take an old one as a subject, and endeavour to put it in perfect running order." {Maria E. Ward, The Common Sense of Bicycling, 1896} (thanks Jim Woods)

Great bike maintenance links

Bicycle Tutor

Sheldon 'Mr FixIt' Brown

Park Tool

Wikibooks site.

Discussion Forum

Wheel Building

Started by Gemma K. Last reply by Gemma K Aug 10, 2016. 24 Replies

Well I sent a message to everyone on this group offering to teach people wheel building in a small group. Eg I'd help you build up any wheelset, from a clunker to your dream crabon fibray…Continue

Advanced Maintenance Course

Started by VP. Last reply by GlenM Jan 1, 2013. 1 Reply

Does anyone know of an advanced bike maintenance course in or around Adelaide? We are looking for one that is accredited if possible.ThanksContinue

Tags: course, maintenance

Conversion to single speed

Started by Tom Adams. Last reply by Richard Oct 6, 2012. 8 Replies

After about 19000km on my commuter bike I’m thinking I want to change it to a single speed.  The reasons being that I don’t want to shell out for a group-set replacement; I only ride it on the…Continue

Tyre & Rim combo

Started by Troy Collett. Last reply by Troy Collett Aug 29, 2012. 3 Replies

At the moment I run Alex Da22 rims with 23mm Vittoria tyres.The tyres are a very tight fit.Am I better off looking for another tyre/rim combo or going to a 25mm tyre?Continue


Started by Troy Collett. Last reply by Troy Collett Aug 29, 2012. 7 Replies

I bought Look Delta cleats & they seem to have changed the screws.Previously the screws went in with a phillips head & now its via allen key.I found the new screws dont seem to tightn up as…Continue

New Chain & Cluster

Started by Troy Collett. Last reply by Terry C Aug 3, 2012. 10 Replies

Im looking to replace my Cluster & chain & quite possibly the chain rings I have choice of two 9 spped cassettes, brand new Tiagra or a slightly second hand Ultegra.Which one should I go for…Continue

Have I doomed my favourite frame to fixie-dom?

Started by Paul. Last reply by Paul May 7, 2012. 15 Replies

 I am a very sad Paul.These pics are of the mount for rear derailleur on my Bridgestone Radac - Its an old aluminium frame with carbon sheet overlay - not just decals, but genuine load-bearing outer…Continue

Fitting a rear wheel

Started by Gus. Last reply by Gemma K Feb 20, 2012. 9 Replies

I broke a spoke today so I got an unused, but modern, wheel out to set it up as a replacement for the interim, and use with the trainer, but I can't get it to fit my new bike. I think it seems to…Continue

Tags: wheels

Spanners to do headset bearings

Started by Richard. Last reply by Richard Apr 25, 2011. 10 Replies

My Hillbrick has a Miche headset ... that has developed some slack since built up 700kms ago.Simple, you say, just adjust the headset and, being a threaded headset, that is indeed simple to do.…Continue

Rear derailleur jockey wheel lubrication

Started by Luke. Last reply by Luke Mar 26, 2011. 7 Replies

You know the situation. You clean and lubricate your chain. After you've finished you flick the pedals backwards to admire the easy with which the shiny chain allows your pedals to turn and to your…Continue

Tags: lubrication, jockey wheel, rear derailleur

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Comment by Mike Brisco on February 17, 2011 at 17:17
Stuart - Bikes for Refugees is still going. We are happy to help  with spares. Open Saturdays  2-5 pm; otherwise,  text  0435 02 16 81 to fix a time.  Currently,  40 bikes, lots of spare pedals, you are welcome to look through.    
Comment by Tom Adams on February 17, 2011 at 11:41
Thanks all.  David, if you're still out there, I've sent a friend request in case  you're still able to drop by tonight.  I've been busy with other stuf & haven't put the freehub back on and the wheel back in.  You're welcome to drop in for a beer and witness or help with what should be a simple procedure.  I had some trouble getting the correct (sealed) bearings and the LBS ended up tapping the old out and the new back in.  I have the tools.
Comment by Mike Brisco on February 14, 2011 at 22:20

Following Richard's comment "you'll be amazed how often you'll wind up fiddling with bearings.."  --  true.     

   At "Bikes for Refugees", around half the bikes donated, need bearings adjusting. Mostly it's loose cones on a wheel. Also,  quite a few  1-piece cranks, the cone and lock-nut need adjusting. 

Comment by Richard on February 14, 2011 at 21:13
Rebuilding bearings is as satisfying as truing wheels, it's one of those things that's done by feel and which defines  you as a mechanic. Go for it mate. Feel the force and learn the feel - besides, you'll be amazed how often you'll wind up fiddling with bearings once you have the courage to give it a go.
Comment by Gus on February 14, 2011 at 19:51
I've got the cone spanners if you want to pop over and borrow them sometime. You also need to remove your cassette using a chain whip and cassette removal too.
Comment by Tom Adams on February 14, 2011 at 19:23
David.  Thanks very much.  I've been trying to document my recent adventure on my Home Page.  At this point I've just got to put the wheel back together and put it on.  I've learnt a lot and spent a bit.  I just hope the whaling stops.
Comment by David Hughes on February 13, 2011 at 21:53
i work for beer/expresso..thursday night, friday morning? where you at? you got the tools? (cone spanners etc?)
Comment by Tom Adams on February 11, 2011 at 17:11
I was going to ask if anyone was willing and able to come over and help me / show me how to lube / change my rear wheel bearings.  But, having seen the BicycleTuror site, I might be able to do it myself!  (   etc).  Still, if anyone's really keen to show off their skills or just make sure I don't screw it up, you'd be welcome.  We have beer and an espresso machine.  You may have heard my bike whaling eerily on decent during RL Crazy or MCCT due to the problem.
Comment by Smudge Monkees on July 30, 2010 at 14:13
We can consider ourselves lucky Peter that he did not break out the jewel in the crown, we would have need welding masks for that chromed object of sheer cycling beauty!
Comment by Peter Jenkin on July 30, 2010 at 13:58
Jeez Jim, a bit of warning before posting a pic like that would be helpful. Gives a bloke a chance to drop brightness on his computer monitor so as not to be blinded by the reflection of your running gear :-)
Note to self, extra chain cleaning before Sunday...

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