How was your mechanical fiddling today?

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Re: How was your mechanical fiddling today?

Postby Claude Cat » Wed 13 Nov 2019, 1:42 pm

rgcrgc wrote:That's the irritating thing about this one though - less than 8500km on the bike. The cassette has around 2000km left in it. I'll definitely change cables when I do change the cassette but I think I might need to do a 6-7000km check next time.


I've never got more than about 8700km with a 105 rear shifter cable in the past. In fact they go quite consistently at or around 8000km, except the last one which started fraying at just under 6000km.
Of course that's entirely up to the individual, how much they shift etc.

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Re: How was your mechanical fiddling today?

Postby rgcrgc » Wed 13 Nov 2019, 9:48 pm

Claude Cat wrote:
I've never got more than about 8700km with a 105 rear shifter cable in the past. In fact they go quite consistently at or around 8000km, except the last one which started fraying at just under 6000km.
Of course that's entirely up to the individual, how much they shift etc.


I never really thought about it before but I mark you right. Harking back I realise it's more through luck than judgement that I haven't frayed/broken more cables.

I think I'll adopt Parawolf's paradigm and do a twice-yearly routine cable change.
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Re: How was your mechanical fiddling today?

Postby fixie » Thu 14 Nov 2019, 10:59 am

ludlow wrote:Hi Fixie,

So is your HOMEMADE molten wax the same formula as the Oz cycle one that is shown on you tube?

Cheers George.


My most recent one is, but now I will be interested to try his new formulation. I have experimented with adding MoS2, Beeswax instead of tallow or in combination,some PTFE loaded oil from engine improvers, and probably a few others I have forgotten all about.

Oz says that he will put something up in December.
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Re: How was your mechanical fiddling today?

Postby fixie » Thu 14 Nov 2019, 11:00 am

ludlow wrote:Hi Fixie,

So is your HOMEMADE molten wax the same formula as the Oz cycle one that is shown on you tube?

Cheers George.


My most recent one is, but now I will be interested to try his new formulation. I have experimented with adding MoS2, Beeswax instead of tallow or in combination,some PTFE loaded oil from engine improvers, and probably a few others I have forgotten all about.

Oz says that he will put something up in December.
Stay fixed. Keeping a cool head.

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Re: How was your mechanical fiddling today?

Postby 2cvmad » Thu 14 Nov 2019, 8:25 pm

Not my fiddling, but I had my bottom bracket bearing replaced. What a difference it makes, so smooth and quiet. That bearing had only lasted 15,000 km. Not a lot.
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Re: How was your mechanical fiddling today?

Postby Claude Cat » Mon 25 Nov 2019, 9:40 am

Wheels rebuilt (Panceti Forza rims again) around the old DT-Swiss hubs, and fitted. New cassette and chain as well.
Bike feels better than new.

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Re: How was your mechanical fiddling today?

Postby ludlow » Sat 18 Jan 2020, 4:56 pm

I am going to replace my 9 speed chain and cassette on my touring bike. Presently it has a Shimano CN-HG 53 chain and a Shimano 11/34 Cassette.

Is the CN-HG 93 chain better than the CN-HG 53 chain. Also would I be able to change the Cassette to a 12/36 using the Shimano CS-HG 400 9 speed cassette which come in different ratios on the Bike Bug web site. and would the same length of chain be suitable.

Any advise welcome. Thanks.

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Re: How was your mechanical fiddling today?

Postby mb27 » Wed 22 Jan 2020, 9:19 pm

Claude Cat wrote:Wheels rebuilt (Panceti Forza rims again) around the old DT-Swiss hubs, and fitted. New cassette and chain as well.
Bike feels better than new.

Did you do that yourself, or what was the cost to get this done

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Re: How was your mechanical fiddling today?

Postby Claude Cat » Thu 23 Jan 2020, 9:29 am

mb27 wrote:
Claude Cat wrote:Wheels rebuilt (Panceti Forza rims again) around the old DT-Swiss hubs, and fitted. New cassette and chain as well.
Bike feels better than new.

Did you do that yourself, or what was the cost to get this done

I haven't got the time to build wheels sadly. I can happily true a wheel if it's not too bad, but beyond that I'll get an expert to do it.
Rims were $85 USD each from Pacenti https://pacenticycledesign.com/collections/rims
Reused the DT Swiss hubs N/C
Build cost, including new DT Swiss comp spokes ~$300

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Re: How was your mechanical fiddling today?

Postby fixie » Sun 03 May 2020, 5:58 pm

It's been cold and quite wet or should I say wet and quite cold. Anyway, time to break out a new set of KoolStop Salmons. My last stock I think. Are they still a thing? I am sure that I shall need replacements towards the end of the winter.

Stopping power is still magic.

My chain has had a charmed life but I now think that it has reached its end. It is showing quite a stretch and the changes are being affected. Also I think it may be time to at least overhaul the shifter cables if not replace them. Next weekend's job. I shall try and lubricate the new chain with Oz's new formula if I can get the Ptfe in time. If I don't get the PTFE then I will have to use another bike. I shall not be doing the job of changing the chain twice.
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Re: How was your mechanical fiddling today?

Postby fixie » Sun 03 May 2020, 6:00 pm

It's been cold and quite wet or should I say wet and quite cold. Anyway, time to break out a new set of KoolStop Salmons. My last stock I think. Are they still a thing? I am sure that I shall need replacements towards the end of the winter.

Stopping power is still magic.

My chain has had a charmed life but I now think that it has reached its end. It is showing quite a stretch and the changes are being affected. Also I think it may be time to at least overhaul the shifter cables if not replace them. Next weekend's job. I shall try and lubricate the new chain with Oz's new formula if I can get the Ptfe in time. If I don't get the PTFE then I will have to use another bike. I shall not be doing the job of changing the chain twice.
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Re: How was your mechanical fiddling today?

Postby fixie » Sun 03 May 2020, 6:02 pm

Sorry for the double post. Don't know how that happened. I'll blame PHP
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Re: How was your mechanical fiddling today?

Postby Claude Cat » Fri 12 Jun 2020, 12:16 pm

fixie wrote:It's been cold and quite wet or should I say wet and quite cold. Anyway, time to break out a new set of KoolStop Salmons. My last stock I think. Are they still a thing? I am sure that I shall need replacements towards the end of the winter.

I've been using SwissStop BXPs for a while. They are excellent in the wet and dry and prolong the life of the rim about 20% over the standard Shimano pads from my experience.

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Re: How was your mechanical fiddling today?

Postby Mike.Ayling » Mon 15 Jun 2020, 9:03 am

Pleased to read that i am not the only one still using rim brakes and KoolStop pads!

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