#25: To pay or to tinker, that is the question.


I created this meme for one reason and that is because after many times of trying I finally was able to adjust my gears for a better result.  For an IT person, mechanics is not my thing so any achievement is big for me which I will explain.

As a new cyclist that bought a device that is mechanically based, I soon learned that it’s going to need maintenance and maybe adjustment to keep it tuned, and if you’re a person like me who hates even the littlest noise and rides 4-5 times a week, it’s not a maybe, it’s a definite.

As mentioned in an early post How I Buy a Bike, buying from a quality dealer has major advantages and in the early days a key one was they are happy that I would take my new bike back to the shop for some adjustments, in addition to the regular services.

But you can’t always keep taking it to the shop and for whatever reason, you are going to have to get your hands dirty either because you get inquisitive, or maintenance is required when the shop is closed, or you want to reduce costs.

The obvious place to start is the tyres.  Adjusting pressure is easy and changing a tube is fairly easy and will get easier with practice. I got a lot of practice with this before I bought some kevlar tyres.

The next maintenance challenge for me was the chain because it was noisy. I found out I had to clean the chain after every 60kms or so with a rag (or after a rainy ride), and re-oil it with a “dry” lubricant (the “wet” lubricant seemed to get to much sticking to it for me) to keep it happy.

Adjusting brakes starts to get a bit harder and can be worked out. Turn the adjusting screws to adjust them inwards because of rubber wear (sped up by riding in the rain) or to offset cable slack. After that, the next step was to learn how to tighten the brake cables.

But gears, these guys are my nemesis. Continue reading


#24: Video of Strava Segments Sydney North

Strava Segments 1 Sydney

If you are someone who likes to check Strava segments before the next ride, or someone who likes to explore new rides online before venturing out, you’ll be interested to see some reconnaissance videos I have put together and continue to grow in number.  It’s way better than clicking a thousand times through a Google map street view.

You can see and search all the segments I have recorded on Pinterest here

Or, check the map above, see the segments and follow the links below.

1. Sydney Harbour Bridge
2. Battle Boulevard
3. Parriwi Rd
4. Taronga Zoo KOM
5. Monavale to Church Point
6. McCarrs Creek Rd
7. Bobbin Head West
8. Bobbin Head South
9. Wakehurst Parkway North
A. Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation
B. Wakehurst Parkway South
C. Pymble Hill
D. M2 Westbound
E. Lane Cove Cycleway

Hope you enjoy the videos.  Let me know if there are any segments you want added. I know I have to do Akuna Bay, West Head, Brooklyn and Berowra, and I am also have a set of bike paths and some Lower north Shore hills.