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Post by honeybee on Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:58 pm

Alan was given a bicycle from Michelle, she bought it on special some 2 years ago... now Alan needs to ride and practice, butttttt it came in a box.

at the moment it lookes like a tricycle and has to be assembled 
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Post by honeybee on Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:04 pm

It is a Diamond back 26" mission unisex 21 speed( red coke white) model no mission 26 WR

Says it take 25 minutes to assemble... he reckons it will take him 25 hours  Girl Smile  Thud
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Post by Tan on Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:02 pm

Giggle  Sure our Alan will work it all out one way or the tuther our Honeybee.. Very Happy   Just erm, well, maybe close your earoils Laughing  and leave him in peace while he is building it all.  Giggle

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Post by nordog on Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:07 pm

Get the video camera ready Honeybee, this should be fun, make sure the wheel with the cogs go on the back behind the saddle tell Alan and to turn the front two legs that bend away from the saddle. but I'm sure he knows that.

PS. no grease on the moving parts or Three in 1 oil or WD40 but use proper cycle oils, there is some that don't collect dust on the chain or other moving parts.
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Post by Condor on Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:59 pm

Very Happy Looks nice HB. Remove packaging carefully. All new  bikes come like that. Biggest problem is the pedals. One is left-hand thread (the left foot pedal). This will have an 'L' stamped on the end of the axle. This screws in the left hand crank 'backwards' - most self-assembly problems are caused by this pedal!
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Post by honeybee on Fri Nov 04, 2016 7:55 am

ah thanks everyone Girl Smile  now his lost the seating road,,, put that in before attaching the saddle so slid down and stuck...   Thud   Oh please let the pedals go well
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Post by Alan on Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:56 am

All finished. Took much longer than the anticipated 25 hours Girl Smile

Took it for its first ride this morning, still need to master the gears, not sure what you do with 21 of them, but I guess that I will find out eventually. Michelle is looking for a helmet for me, in the meantime it will be a cap and remain inside the estate.

The bike actually rides quite nicely. Got to get riding shoes one day, the toe of my shoes keep catching the front wheel when I am turning.

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Post by June on Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:22 am

Well done Alan! :clap10:   Those gear flummox me as well. I tried a modern bike a few years' ago and the gears were a mystery Giggle
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Post by Alan on Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:47 am

I am glad that I am not the only one June chuckles

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Post by Condor on Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:31 pm

Erm - " ... the toe of my shoe is catching front wheel ... "

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Post by Condor on Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:35 pm

binoculars 417371 Ah, I see the problem ...
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... the bike was assembled by asda, near us.  Giggle
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Post by honeybee on Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:36 pm

Condor wrote:Erm - " ... the toe of my shoe is catching front wheel ... "

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Post by honeybee on Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:39 pm

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Post by Condor on Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:45 pm

surprise I'm not really laffing - when I got mine a couple of years back I couldn't get on it at first!  Girl Smile

Bwana's handlebars/forks need work. Nordog and I (mmm - posh) will consult later ...  Natter 417371 This is a comedy not to be missed 451838725
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Post by Condor on Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:54 pm

Meanwhile - check-out forks and position of front brakes, on our old galopies >
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Our toes miss front wheel ...
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Post by Condor on Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:55 pm

:clap10: Good photo's there H.B. !

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Post by Alan on Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:45 pm

Ah, thank you so much Condor. I now see what you are talking about, my front forks are definitely the wrong way round surprise

Will have a go at turning them around, I hope that this is a simply enough exercise Girl Smile

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Post by Tan on Sat Nov 05, 2016 5:09 pm

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Post by Condor on Sat Nov 05, 2016 5:16 pm

Mmm ... International Bike Mending Tanooma. yeehar Not seen Nordog since Bwana mentioned elephants ...

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It will probably be ok - we have some big squirrells on the bike-routes. Point
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Post by Tan on Sat Nov 05, 2016 5:19 pm

Sure Little Tan could do well with any mending needed. She has a great bang Bang BANG Tanammer.  chuckles bow

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Post by Condor on Sat Nov 05, 2016 5:24 pm

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Post by Alan on Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:31 pm

Thank you so much Condor, what a difference in the ride in general, so much better, and now the toe of my shoe does not touch the wheel as I turn.

It was actually quite simple to sort out. Loosen the handle bars, turn the front wheel around and tighten the handle bars again, done and dusted yeehar

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Post by nordog on Sat Nov 05, 2016 7:15 pm

Glad you all sorted Alan, as for the gears just us the rear set first of all, have the chain in middle cog to start with, you do this by holding the rear wheel off the ground move the lever as you turn the peddle with your foot. Now ride the bike as the speed builds up move the lever into a high gear but you ease the power of you leg that is pushing down on the peddle at that time but keep turning the peddles it help the derailleur to shift the gears just take it ease doing that up a gear down a gear, then keeping the chain in middle rear cog try the front gears if you have three rings again the middle ring to start off with and ride around in the same manor as with the rear shifting. When your smooth at changer practice going up on the rear & down on the front this will split your gears like truck drivers do, it gives you double the gears.
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Post by nordog on Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:51 am

Alan the fork was turned the wrong way your brake cable is messed up, loosen the head bolt and turn the forks the other way so the cable tube goes upwards not from the wheel horizontally, making the cable go up the right-hand side of your headset (the tube that the fork tube goes through) when you have dune that, take another photo to show us how it looks before you ride it.
Glad Condor spotted the problem too and told you about the L & F peddles.
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Post by Alan on Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:54 am

Hi Nordog and Condor, peddles are fine and working well. Fork is now correct, and I have changed the front brake cable:
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