Mountain Bike in Black

Not An Easter Egg!

So, I could have just bought an Easter Egg, but instead I decided to build myself a 27.5″ Hardtail MTB…as you do. Brand X frame, bars and headset; RockShox Judy forks; Avid BB5 brakes, Sunrace MX crankset and bottom bracket with 32T chainring; Sunrace 11 speed chain; Sunrace MX 11 Speed shifter; Shimano SPD pedals; Read more about Not An Easter Egg![…]

Mongoose Hybrid Bicycle

Stop The Mongoose

This mongoose wasn’t stopping and upon inspection of the front Promax brake caliper, it was immediately obvious that the caliper return spring had snapped in half. Checking the bike over as part of a Tune-up service showed that the chain and cassette also needed replacing. I replaced the broken caliper with a Clarks CMD-17, fitted Read more about Stop The Mongoose[…]

Bicycle components packaged

Ultegra Cube Equation

Cube – = + = I spent a very pleasant sunny day taking off all the old components on this 2013 Cube Agree and replacing them with a full Shimano Ultegra 6800 groupset. A subsequent test ride showed a great improvement especially in the braking department. Another bike ready to tackle the 2016 Velothon in Read more about Ultegra Cube Equation[…]

Raleigh M-Trax 100 Orange

Cycle Abuse

As a daily ride for its owner, I was expecting a straightforward tune-up when I received this Raleigh M-Trax 100 for servicing. But after giving it a good clean and a thorough check over as part of a General Service (which includes Striping the hubs, headset and bottom bracket, then greasing & lubricating before reassembling) Read more about Cycle Abuse[…]

Raleigh Pioneer Bicycle

Blowing Away The Cobwebs

After dusting away the cobwebs from this Raleigh Pioneer it all seemed in pretty good condition apart from a sticky rear brake and a rear light positioned so it was obscured by the rear mudguard and rack. A new rack mounted reflector/light sorted the being seen at night issue. Lubrication and a new cable helped Read more about Blowing Away The Cobwebs[…]

Merida Matts 40 Bicycle

Merida Matts gets new brakes

This Merida Matts 40 had the OEM Promax Dechipher hydraulic brakes, but they were sticking, noisy and rubbing – with an owner not wanting to use the bike. They felt as if they had been overfilled and an investigation showed that there was a lot of fluid in the system. But after adjustment the pistons Read more about Merida Matts gets new brakes[…]