By The Hair Of My Chinny Chin Chin – Bike Snob NYC

Because the snow fell this morning I took the chance to do some upkeep on my Fender Bike:

My intent was merely to put in the brand new and much-needed brake pads I’d simply obtained:

So I headed to the basement and set to work:

I lately determined to start out sporting latex gloves when engaged on my bikes, partly as a result of my arms are at all times dirty for days afterwards, and partly as a result of I instantly began worrying that each one these lubes and solvents is likely to be leaching into my bloodstream and mind.

Brake pads are in fact a reasonably easy affair, however invariably one issues results in one other. For instance, I seen the cable adjuster was motionless, in all probability as a result of no person had used it commonly:

So I took the chance to free it up once more:

As soon as I acquired all of the pads on I leaned over the cockpit to examine the operation and pad alignment of the entrance brake, which is when this occurred:

I promise that picture will hang-out your goals eternally.

At this level I ought to have cashed in my chips, however as an alternative I figured I’d attempt to eliminate the little little bit of play I’d been noticing within the rear hub. So I eliminated the axle:

Which revealed the hub was in want of cleansing and greasing:

So I repurposed the packages the brake pads had are available in to carry the ball bearings:

Then, remembering the care package deal I’d obtained from Dumonde Tech, I drizzled some of these things into the freehub space in hopes that it could work its manner in there:

Subsequent, I degreased the bearings and races:

After that, I smeared all of them with these items:

Which seems dangerously like caramel:

As soon as I used to be completed I put every little thing again collectively, and I’m happy to report that the play will not be solely nonetheless there, nevertheless it’s presumably worse. I in all probability ought to have eliminated the cassette and seen if there was the rest occurring, however I’d already completed greater than I meant to and I used to be working out of time.

A minimum of it’s now filled with caramel-y goodness.

As for the gloves, sadly there was some breakage on the fingertips:

Now my bike’s going to get pregnant.

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