Repair

  • I do most of my own repairs such as fixing flat tires, replacing brake pads, replacing chain, wrapping handlebars, installing brakes, replacing brake cables and lubing power train
  • In the non-winter months I carry tools and extra spokes and tubes for long rides
  • Keep old parts so you can
    • Monitor the wear on current parts
    • Take them to your local bicycle shop for a replacement
    • Replace worn or lost parts e.g. brakes
  • Repainting Winter Bike (back end only) because of rust on Oct 8-10, 2009
    • Products (all from Canadian Tire: (All three products in paint area of basement)
      • Primer: Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Primer Ruddy Brown
      • Paint: Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Gloss Lustre Banner Red
      • Final metal cleaning: Gunk Engine Brite Heavy Duty Engine Degreaser
    • Remove everything from the back end
    • Clean grimy parts with turpentine
    • Sanding
      • Norton MetalSand emery cloth coarse 80 grit (works ok but don't use)
      • Norton 3X Premium Aluminum Oxide Coarse 60 Grit in the palm sander
      • Dremel with little sanding cylinders for hard to reach areas
    • Wipe down frame with water twice
    • Wipe down frame with Green Max degreaser
    • Wipe down frame with water again
    • Apply Gunk Engine Brite Heavy Duty Engine Degreaser for final metal cleaning
    • Mask off with painters tape
    • Apply two complete coats of primer
    • Turn bike over and add primer twice to areas that had the most rust
    • Do underside first so the drips don't show
    • Apply paint
    • As of Feb 2011 the paint has held up well and I don't see any rust