Bicycle: The Skill Is Now Complete

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I had done servicing, repairing and modifying bicycle in my younger days but my skill and knowledge were just about that, the common bike that I had so my knowledge was quite limited. I did it through intuition and by trial and error.

More than a month ago, I bought a new mountain bike and I tried to acquire some used parts for my old neglected mountain bike. I was shocked by the questions they put to me, “How many holes? 32, 36, 7 speed, 8 speed, 9 speed?” And many more. Needless to say when I reached home I started to educate myself through the internet. Thanks to all those gurus on YouTube, I am more wiser now, know some finer points and have the knowledge on how to lace and truing a bicycle wheel. This is the part of the skill that I have yet to experience and manage to do it myself.

My first wheel

My first wheel, a 27.5.  The rim, spokes and hub sourced from bike2012 via mudah.my

The intention to get my long neglected mountain bike rebuild had changed, I decided to build a cyclo-cross instead. Not exactly like it but at least in the intended usage. Only the frame, pedals and the cycle stand of the old mountain bike were used, the rest of the parts were either bought locally or through Ebay. The plan was for a disc brake version and by that I would have to make and weld a rear disc brake mount to the frame. Arc welding was out of the question, local hardware stores did not keep stock on aluminium welding rods because of the price and storage factors. Another consideration was brazing, but low temperature aluminium brazing rod was unavailable locally too. I could get it through Ebay, but the price and postage were not cheap. Apparently I was left with the last choice.

I had done brazing but not gas welding, it was new to me. After some videos on the howtos and safety factors, I was ready for it. I did some dry run on small pieces of aluminium tubes and it seemed to work well. On the other hand, working on a bigger piece was a different matter.  I was reminded about heat loss effect and my lack of experience and skill. It was a struggle. In the end I managed to weld it plus melting some part of the mount and blowing a hole on the tube that I somehow managed to patch it albeit not in a neat way.

The welded brake bracket with some cosmetic done with resin

The welded brake mount and some cosmetic done with resin

The cyclo-cross is now complete. I had learnt how to lace and truing a bicycle wheel and that complete my skill on assembling a bicycle from scratch parts. Also, I gained some knowledge and experience in gas welding aluminium pieces.

 

A 7 speed rear derailleur on a 9 speed cassette

A 7 speed rear derailleur on a 9 speed cassette

Solar powered tail light, no worries about batteries

Solar powered tail light, no worries about batteries

Head light powered by 4 AAA batteries and the holder fashioned from PVC pipes bonded with resin

LED head light powered by 4 AAA batteries and the holder fashioned from PVC pipes bonded with resin

Handlebar wrap is no cheap considering the material used, could have used a 2mm foam but since I have leathers so be it

Handlebar wrap is not cheap considering the material used, could have used a 2mm foam but since I have leathers, so be it

I removed the brand name and paint it over with undercoat not realising that the paint is translucent. Decades ago its abnormal but now its fashion

I removed the brand name and painted undercoat over the bare metal not realising that the candy green paint is translucent. Decades ago it is abnormal but nowadays it is fashion

So little room for error. My mistake for not checking the width. That's the thinnest I could get for a 27.5

So little room for error. My mistake for not checking the width. That’s the thinnest I could get for a 27.5

Did a repair, rebuild and rectify on this mountain bike. The suspension design is flawed. The tubes will flex, bottoming the suspension and lock. The pair of levers will prevent this

Also did a repair, rebuild and rectification on this mountain bike. The suspension was a flawed design. The tubes will flex, bottoming the suspension and lock. The pair of arms will prevent this…and that’s a second pair of wheels done

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2 Responses to “Bicycle: The Skill Is Now Complete”

  1. alessandro ciapanna Says:

    A neat little project, it seems – very well done.

    About those wheels. I am from italy, and i cycle. Wheels from spain, france, italy and who knows where else, all look alike, but one has 34 spokes, another 36 and… well, you get it: it’s a cycling tower of babel of sorts.

    • asahjaya Says:

      Thanks for the comment. Yes I did learnt quite a lot and those 27.5 wheels are meant for mountain bikes and practically all the tyres are knobby mountain bike tyres so I have to change the wheels to 700C which is the same as 29 inch wheels used on the mountain bike named 29er. Lots of tyres to choose from.


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