More Maintenance headaches. 

Been quite a maintenance heavy week. I decided to change the cassette and chain, and after changing out the chain there was a terrible metallic scraping noise from the front derailleur. 

I could not see where it was scraping on the derailleur, so I changed the cabling, reset the derailleur. Still the scraping. Looking at the inner chainring, there was a slight deformity to some of the teeth. Nothing major, but it was enough to keep hold of the chain on each rotation. 

So, decided to replace the inner ring, as it had done nearly 3k, but finding one was harder than I thought. These things where rarer than hens teeth, Everyone was out of stock. However chain reaction sent an email the next day, they had four in Stock that day. I grabbed one while they had them, they where all sold by the end of the day… 

Dismantled the drive chain, full clean and fitted the ring. All good. Bolts snugged down and ready to go. 

Bike rides silently again. Back to the pleasures of silent running

But getting used to a 12-25 cassette again.. 


The dizzying array of greases on offer is bound to confuse people. Any cycling website will all have page after page of people explaining what’s the best grease, arguing over the perceived advantages over everything else. 

The truth is that a bicycle isn’t a demanding machine when it comes to grease. Any grease will do. Some, is better than none. 

I do however have my favourite greases on hand for maintenance:

  • Park Tool Polylube 
  • Weldtite TF2
  • Exus EG-01
  • Crystal Grease 

I use the park tool grease for almost everything and anything. 

The weldtite grease I use exclusively for greasing my speedplay as it’s bright red colour makes it easy to see when the old grease has been flushed out. 

The exus is a very clingy grease that sticks to everything. I don’t use it much. And it stinks. I mean it really stinks. 

Generally, don’t worry about grease, just use whatever you want to. 

Rusty Rust

So, I’ve ridden my bike through all weathers, rain, hail, snow and sun. But I never expected to see the amount of corrosion on a freewheel body.

I had originally just planned on cleaning the cassette, but the last block would not come off the freehub. It took some serious effort to remove. When it was off, the scene was like a martian landscape, red lumpy rust all over the freehub. A quick scrape got some of it off, and cleaning out the filth inside the body got it looking a little more respectable.

After the ritual cleaning of the hub, I regreased the lot using the excellent Crystal Grease which is the thickest most waterproof grease I had, and reassembled it.  I’d never had to grease the splines on a freehub body before, but this time I put a thin layer on the splines just to try to keep the rust away.

Hopefully that should be enough to keep the dreaded corrosion away until I swap my wheels back onto my more expensive pair.

Next up on the after winter season is changing the cables, and bar tape. Changing the cables is going to be a nightmare, as I also need to remove the tension nuts, which I’m pretty sure have seized in the threads. But thats another worry for another day 🙂

Have fun out there.

Maintenence Days

My bike has had a fair bit of work done recently.

Replaced the bottom bracket, dismantled front hub replaced bearings, replaced bearings in rear hub and freehub bearings.

The bottom bracket replacement was easier than I expected. Removing the cranks, and the bottom bracket with the aid of a hammer, a good clean and liberal use of anti seize grease saw that go in with little issue.

Front wheel bearings where just as easy. Problem was, I don’t own a bearing press. So after driving out the old bearings, the new bearings where placed into the recess, old bearing on top, and gentle taps with the hammer to seat it correctly.

Then the back bearings in both the freehub and wheels needed doing. In order for that I had to borrow a bearing press from my mechanic.

Yesterday, I planned a ride out to Pateley Bridge, but never actually made it that far. I got out to Menwith Hill Road, and at the end, saw the traffic racing past on High Moor, and chickened out. That traffic was moving way to fast for my liking. Going back the way I had come, however, was a lot of fun.

Screenshot_2015-10-16-14-55-02Some 15% inclines that I had to climb, where hellish fun on the way back, but my god they where hell on the way out. Church Hill, I am not embarrassed to say, I walked most of it. But I do have a heavy cold as well, so that has not helped 🙂

I recently switched to a pair of 23mm tyres, whereas I was running 25mm. The difference was quite noticeable to start with. I felt like there was more rolling resistance. However, I believe the Felt Z85 was actually designed with 23mm in mind, as the 25mm it comes with do not give you a massive amount of clearance on the wheel gap. So I have got rid of that annoying scraping when crud gets gathered in the wheel space. Which is nice.