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She's alive! SHE'S ALIVE!!

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Betty Grable lives!

Got to grips with "our Betty" this afternoon:

Chain replaced.
Front (3) drive-cog-teeth-thing replaced, along with pedal-shanks.
Back (7) Shimano-multi-teeth-thing replaced.
Multo-complicado-little-in-&-out gear-change-thing (de-railer?) restored (dismantled, cleaned, little plastic wheels replaced with new'uns, greased, re-assembled).

Putting that (new) chain back together is a barrel of laughs too! the "de-railer" is spring-loaded and wants to chop your fingers off as you pin it down with one hand while pulling the two ends of the chain together with the other hand and left knee and then trying to clip that ridiculous split-link back in place with your nose!

Hey, took it out round the block just now and guess what? it only all bloody works!!

Chuffed, I is!

1st Aug 2009, 17:56  


540air says:

That's awesome dude!! :D

2nd Aug 2009, 00:07

nice one joker!

2nd Aug 2009, 00:45

Viv says:

well done that man

2nd Aug 2009, 09:16

now to keep that chain lube-brick-hated. Keep the WD40 well away, go to your bike shop, get some proper stuff. (they have nice biodegradable stuff these days too) Little and often!

2nd Aug 2009, 10:58

JokerXL says:

WD40 was more to scrub-out the de-railer (el multo complicado) and generally clean things up, I stuffed a finger full of grease into any bearing that presented itself along the way.
I used to have a tin of spray-chain-lube for the motorbike, really sticky stuff, is that any good?

Betty Grable is now sat in the back of the car (which now also works again, let's hope it stays that way) and will be accompanying me in the truck from now on.
Hopefully I'll be finished early in Dublin on Tuesday afternoon, have a ride into town.

2nd Aug 2009, 13:16

you don't want a sticky lube. because your chain is fully exposed and much narrower than a motorbike chain it needs to stay clean to be efficient, and lube acts like a crap-magnet, hence the less-is-more approach. Spray on stuff is OK but it's wax based so it hardens and needs to be cleaned off regularly with a good degreaser. White Lightning is a good lube, as are any of the Pedro or Finish Line products. Glad you got the toolkit through - I've never had a problem with orders from EBC, in fact I ordered some handlebars from them recently and they were with me the following morning, which is pretty quick by any standards. A big trucker with a bike is even more impressive than my white-van-man with a bike! well done that man!

2nd Aug 2009, 18:44

JokerXL says:

Ok, gotcha on that.
The problem with EBC was their Email system didn't like me. There was an initial query about the billing address being different to the delivery address but once that was clarified it came through fine. Betty Grable's in the trailer behind me right now and I hope to be able to get my leg over in Dublin tomorrow afternoon!

3rd Aug 2009, 08:54