This time of year when it's chilly and my bike requires minimal repair, to heft my bike through two doorways, then down a narrow staircase to the basement, well, it's not worth it. Wrenching in the kitchen is a suitable alternative. Bright lighting and 1970's linoleum that cleans up well, plus the advantage of a nearby sink means easy wash up—actually I can't think of a better place than the kitchen for all bike maintenance, though my family might object if it's a regular practice.
There'd been some play in the front end, so-to speak. Squeezing the left brake at a dead stop revealed a rocking motion, which could ruin the bearing race if left too long. First thing: tighten the headset. This job called for the big gun—the Park headset wrench. It was an easy adjustment: turn the top lock ring clockwise until tight, but still allow the front wheel to easily swing when lifting the front end off the ground. In five minutes I was done, so why not do a couple other things I've been meaning to get to?
|The Jellibell is shaped like a rear derailleur pulley. Funny how I never noticed that until now!|
Shawn from Urban Adventure League recommended applying oil to a steel frame. I just used some bike oil on a rag. It was amazing, really, how it brought back luster to dull, black paint. I also expect it will protect the bike from salt, which is commonly spread on slippery roads here in New England.
What is it about the extra allen key cap? It seems to allow one larger size, yet I've never, ever used it. Any idea what that is for?
Last item: oil and wipe down the chain. I always marvel at the importance and effect of this simple procedure. If nothing else, this task is worth spending a few minutes at, as it immensely improves shifting.
After only thirty minutes, the Ross is in better working order. I wash my hands then put the tools away. Oh yeah, don't forget to sweep the grease balls that've collected under the bike. Wouldn't want to track that all through the house.