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Sunpuppy



Joined: 03 Mar 2005
Posts: 169
Location: Exeter, Devon
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 05 1:01 pm    Post subject: Bike Maintenance article  Reply with quote    

Any news on the bike article front yet?

I'm desperately in need of some advice for my knackered old Raleigh mountain bike.....

2steps



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Posts: 5349
Location: Surrey
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 05 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

OH says sorry for being so long and he'll finish it up by the weekend

Sunpuppy



Joined: 03 Mar 2005
Posts: 169
Location: Exeter, Devon
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 05 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Brill - I wait with bated breath......

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 43880
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 06 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This place offer a one day course in bike maintenance:

http://www.letsoffroaduk.com/

hairyhippy



Joined: 15 May 2006
Posts: 21

PostPosted: Fri May 19, 06 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

www.sheldonbrown.com is a great free resource for all things bicycle.

I used his instructions to make and true my own wheels amongst other things

But as a minimum make sure your brakes work, your tyres are pumped and your chain is oiled.

hairyhippy



Joined: 15 May 2006
Posts: 21

PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 10 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Did anyone ever put together a cycle maintenance article?

sean
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 10 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No. Would you like to? Please.

hairyhippy



Joined: 15 May 2006
Posts: 21

PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 10 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I could have a go, are there any guide lines on submitting an article / article content?

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 10 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://forum.downsizer.net/about2537.html
Thanks. If you've got any technical questions it may be quickest to PM Barefoot Andrew.

Barefoot Andrew
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Joined: 21 Mar 2007
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Location: In the 17th century
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 10 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

*pricks up ears and awaits any technical questions*
A.

BahamaMama



Joined: 21 Sep 2006
Posts: 2315
Location: Away with the fairies
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 10 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Where's Cab?

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 10 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

BahamaMama wrote:
Where's Cab?


Sitting pondering his ineptitude at bike maintenance after once again failing to get his gears right.

BahamaMama



Joined: 21 Sep 2006
Posts: 2315
Location: Away with the fairies
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 10 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have heard gears are tricky but what about the basics? and how to set a bike up so it does not give you bad backs and fizzy fingers?

Gervase



Joined: 17 Nov 2004
Posts: 8655

PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 10 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't know if it's still in print, but there used to be an excellent book by a chap called Richard Ballantyne called Richard's Bicycle Book which had just about everything you'd ever need to know about how to look after a bike and written in a very accessible way. My last edition was from 1980, so it might not still be available. The principles, however, remain the same.

ETA: Nearly 40 years on, it's still available, updated, here. It was an inspirational book, and I hope it is still.

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
Posts: 8399
Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 10 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

TBH an article can only touch the basics & there's already a wealth of knowledge on the net.
I like Sheldon Browns site.
This one is my favourite though.
& this one has some very easy to follow videos.
Park tools site is good to but they will try & tell you you need to buy their very expensive (all be it very good) tools.

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