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hello, my name is al. i make music by myself and with a band called the fictive kinship. i work in an office in london on railway related stuff and cycle to work every day. i love cooking, swimming and riding my bike all over london. i try to eat well, write good songs and not drink too much. i don't always succeed.

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the illustrated guide to bicycle maintenance

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spent some time on saturday doing a bit of tweaking on the new bike. having got the hang of stopping and skidding without brakes i had my confidence sapped a bit by a sprocket and lockring that kept coming unscrewed when i was putting serious reverse pressure on it. nearly un-biked me a few times actually. thanks to the good people at i found a method (the rotafix)of sorting that.

i also got round to ditching the back brake and replacing the big, barely used and inconveniently positioned aero levers with a single cross-top lever for the front brake. then i re-did the bar tape. i think it looks pretty cool no? having done all that i tweaked the stem for a better riding position and sorted out the chain line and tension. the result was an enjoyable muck about round queens park and a smile-inducing commute to cheer up an otherwise grim monday.

next it's going to be decal removal, a brooks leather seat and matching bartape. maybe in a few payday's time though.

oh yeah and the whole endeavour was researched and checked with with my very handy christmas present from my mum, the illustrated guide to bicycle maintenance.

7th Apr 2008, 21:01   | tags:,,,

Dhamaka says:

reading this makes me feel that I should improve my bike tweaking knowledge - or at least start gaining a little...

8th Apr 2008, 00:16

dookerdoo says:

i didn't know anything when i started. i asked a lot of questions, consulted the aforemantioned book and trial and errored it!

8th Apr 2008, 07:57

i find the Haynes manual indispensable, and there's a new edition just come out this year

8th Apr 2008, 10:41

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