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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Bike maintenance

Just a bit, today. I replaced the cable tie that broke while I was out yesterday, checked that the brake pads were still good, checked that the rear gearchanger was still good. Then the tires. I don't know why, but on my rear wheel, the inner tube creeps around; I can tell because the angle the valve makes with the rim, which should be 90 degrees, gets sharper and sharper, and I also know that if it gets bad enough, the valve will suddenly sheer off, or at least fail, leaving me with a flat tire. Because that happened to me once.

So I deflated the tire, worked the inner tube back to where it should be, then reinflated. I also topped up the front tire which was down to 20 psi (I want it at 40).

Froggy went well yesterday. I've added tome duct tape in places where putting my bike in and out might scratch the paintwork, and I've put an odd sock (Zionists stole the other one) over the right pedal to stop it from scratching the paintwork as I put it inside.

As soon as the petrol can is empty, I'll leave it open for a while to evaporate any residual, then I'll paint the word "DIESEL" on it and use it as my spare gallon.

5 comments:

  1. How are you going to empty the petrol can if Froggy is diesel.. can we expect a bonfire of stolen footwear?

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  2. I'm going for the lawn mower or the Volvo!

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    1. Lawn mower! You can't make a decent bonfire with just one shoe, and he's on to me now,so I can't go back there.

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  3. Actually Doc, I wonder if one of your 7.4 million readers could help with the tyre valve creeping thing. i have this on all my childrens' BMXs too. I'm not as good at physics as you, but I wonder if its something to do with the fit between the tyre and wheel with the tube?

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    1. I think so. I have a wide tyre, and a narrower inner tube, and the rotation is all one way, so I think it just gets to creep round.

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