Don't know if this link will take you directly there mate, it's page 29 post 851.I think I missed the originals, can some kind soul point them out? Thanks.
Good point about the saddle
The bike was a freebie from a mate's Mother. Her Brother died a number of years ago and my mate's Brother had tried to restore it with zero success.Wow, some effort, out of interest, what did you pay for all this i.e. bike + getting into the condition it is, and is it now worth anything? Not that this is a valid reason for doing it, I am just intrigued.
Not a "retro bike" fan myself, but I can just imagine people paying well for this sort of stuff.
I would say that if you are capable of changing a tyre you can change a chain. If you have the tool it takes about 2 minutes.dds14 said:just found this thread - well impressive job doing that bike up
one question - i'm not particularly confident with tools etc but have always done the basics on my road bike (second hand Carrera originally from Halfords) but am getting a bit more confident and want to know whether things like changing the chain is the kind of thing I can do at home or is it best to be sure and get it done at the bike shop?
Have read loads of guides on the net and You Tube but still don't have the confidence to try - my main worry is that I do 25 miles to work and back most days and a breakdown wouldn't be a good idea!
Out of interest what's wrong with your current chain?dds14 said:cheers for that - just need to wait for the weather to get a bit better then buy a chain (got a multitool recently which has a chain tool on it) from the shop.
need to give the whole bike a bit of a service - need new brake pads as well so it's the sort of thing to not do in the cold!
Unfortunately there's a tool to check it which means buying one. On top of that if your chain is skipping it probably means you need a new cassette too as they tend to mesh with the chain, using an old cassette and a new chain will destroy both very quickly. The chain ring is normally ok for a lot longer though.dds14 said:It's done about 1000 miles and occasionally skips/fails to sit properly on the front cog.
The last one I left til it got close to going as I didn't realise it needed changing occasionally so was lucky to not kill my gears (according to the net).
Now I've got a tool I'd like to do what is apparently recommended and change the chain to clean it occasionally and switch them over.
Is that a myth then? Should I just keep mine until it gets really knackered and just get a new one?
Don't know - I'm going to display my ignorance and ask what that is!Are you sure it's not the front mech that needs adjusting rather than the chain?
The front mech is the metal bit above the big cog that changes the gear when you move the shifter. If it's poorly adjiusted it can mean your chain will skip from time to time. Does it make a noise like a ticking sort of sound as you turn the pedals?dds14 said:Don't know - I'm going to display my ignorance and ask what that is!
The last time I had the chain changed ~ 6 months ago the bloke said the cogs were OK as I'd done it just in time.
It's only an occasional skip which I'm sure is due to a tight link as it gets better when I oil the chain. Though that's probably wrong!
It sounds far more like you need to adjust the front or rear mech than buy a new chain and best of all, it'll cost you bugger all.dds14 said:Occasionally when the chain is on the biggest cog at the back you hear a clicking noise when you pedal - it has been a bit more a pain to shift between the small and big front cogs recently which I'd put down to mud and crap getting in there with the rubbish weather, and I never tend to use the smaller of the two front cogs.
Would it be a matter of undoing the cable holder, giving it a clean and then doing it up? Don't want to damage it...
Don't do anything outside, all of the above can be achieved in the living room with an old towel on the floor to save any spillages.dds14 said:Cool - thanks for your help.
Will look it up and see how difficult it seems.
Am still tempted to bottle it and get it in the bike shop to get serviced this time and then do the undoing and adjusting bits in the summer when it's more fun to be outside with dirty hands!