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Old 06-11-23, 10:06 AM   #2761
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Did this routine yesterday and I can confirm it works a treat.

I noticed the silencer was a bit loose whilst cleaning. The clamp needed a good tighten. I have complained to Honda and the factory worker concerned has committed Hari-Kari.
Glad it worked for you!

And it's surprising how many cars and bikes are assembled in a slapdash way. When I was on the company car hamster wheel, every new car I got needed a careful going over to tighten things properly, or re-route hoses so they weren't fretting on another component, etc.
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Old 06-11-23, 06:57 PM   #2762
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Back to adjusting the gears on my mtb this afternoon. I think it's time for a parts replacement and refurb. The chain and complete gear set are as old as the bike - 23 years old, and have seen better days. I think a front fork and rear shock replacement are due as well.

About 6 years ago I did a rebuild of my half suspended bike (both of them are vintage Halfords Apollo bikes). The half suspended one got new forks, sprockets front and back, front and rear mech, bottom bracket, pedals and crank arms, and brakes. It had always ridden quite nicely, especially for a budget Halfords, but after the refurb it was absolutely lovely to ride. The gears in particular were just faultless. The whole lot cost me just £135 in parts - money well spent!

So I want to do the same to the fully suspended one, but with the addition of a new air shock on the rear in an effort to keep the back wheel on the ground a bit better on rough going.

I know some people can be a bit snooty about these Halfords bikes, but I have to say that they've had a pretty hard life and nothing has broken, failed, or fallen off in nearly a quarter century.
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Old 06-11-23, 07:33 PM   #2763
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Agree 100%, my lad's old Apollo has been taken by my daughter as an urban bike for riding around Manchester.

They're the AK47 of the cycle world: not light, not modern, but you can abuse them mercilessly and they'll just keep on working
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Old 12-11-23, 05:08 PM   #2764
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Removing old landline phones today. Feels rather odd.

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Old 29-12-23, 04:43 PM   #2765
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Iíve fixed the Optimate to the garage ceiling so I donít trip over the trailing wire two or three times a day.

Only took 10 minutes but now feeling unreasonably pleased with myself.





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Old 29-12-23, 05:42 PM   #2766
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Do yourself a favour and secure the wire near the unit as per the picture below using a tie-wrap otherwise the wire will flex and wear and then short. It's a design flaw in this type of unit,

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Old 29-12-23, 08:55 PM   #2767
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Thatís a good shout. Itís hanging at 90į and doesnít look great.


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Old 05-01-24, 03:17 PM   #2768
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Fitted a cheap tyre pressure monitor to the TA. It has a rechargeable battery so no need to wire it into the bike. Seems to work ok.


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Old 05-01-24, 03:50 PM   #2769
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Nice. I love me ,"Farkles "

Might get one
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Old 06-01-24, 07:51 AM   #2770
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That looks useful John. Got a link?
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