Saturday Jul 18, 2009

Cycle helmets or brakes

I've just straightened the rear wheel on the bike of a friend of my daughter and while I was at it checked over the rest of the bike. This leads to my top tip for parents of children who cycle (which IMO should be every parent of an able bodied child).

Before you start worrying about whether your child is or is not wearing a helmet1 make sure that the brakes on their bike work. Not just when the bike is new but regularly.

1See http://cyclehelmets.org for whether you should worry about that at all.

Saturday Mar 21, 2009

Summer bike back on the road

I've just completed one of the best jobs of spring. Putting my summer bike back on the road. This year it has the obligatory new chain and cassette (I ended up splashing for the Record cassette as I could not find a Chrous one), new cables and jockey wheels. Here is a top tip if your bikes gears no longer change as positively as they did when new,replace the cables and jockey wheels. I also replaced the G springs and the broken front brake spring.

The things I never thought I would wear out were the bottle cages:


I'm not sure the picure does it justice but almost half the profile of the bars have worn away which has had two effects. The cages no longer hold bottles securely and the aluminium wearing off on my water bottles means they look horrible. So I have new carbon fibre (but thanks to the credit crunch not Campagnolo) cages:


Finally the obligotory new handlebar tape and I'm done. The tyres are still good for a few more miles.

As always even just getting on it to test things are o.k. is a dream compared to my winter bikes. The trouble is it leaves me with no excuses for being slow.

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