Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Keep Used Bicycle Parts For Guess-And-Test Repair

Converting a 10-speed wheel into a single speed calls for a supply of spacers, washers, lock nuts of different thicknesses and who knows what else.

This is an enterprising guess-and-test exercise demonstrated in the above video from  YouTube's How-To guru of bicycle repair. I have a few suggestions as I open my big mouth. 
Try to accumulate some spare parts for your tool chest. Not only wheel spacers and axle nuts of various widths, but any and all bike parts - brakes, derailleurs, shifters, and the like.
Where can you find free or low-cost bicycle parts, you ask? Try roadkill abandonment, yard sales, police bikes, the free section of classifieds. 
If a bike is totaled, break it down and save the good stuff, because, I guarantee, you are now hooked. You, too, will achieve the BikemanforU mechanical advantage. 

Della Phillips, who watches BikemanforU video tutorials, says he uses an egg carton to keep small parts in order when taking them off a bike.

Della's currently restoring a 1972 three-speed Schwinn Breeze. Kudos to him for sharing this helpful tip. 

-- Mr. Pump

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Start Your 3-Speed Bike Repair Project With Free Calipers

Customers bring in so many old, just about worn-out, three-speed bikes to our shop.

Owners are reluctant to spend many dollars, saying, 'Oh, it's so old," "I've had it for so long," "I just want to make it run," "I don't care if it has gears or not, I love my old three-speed bike."

The bicycle shown in this video was like one of those just recited. You can find all the Sturmey Archer bicycle parts shown in the video are available on our website

So, get that old three-speed bike out of the barn. Watch BikemanforU video tutorials several times, but before you order the parts, get yourself a vernier caliper, so you will know what you need.

Schwinn Speedster 3-speed Restoration Completed
You, too, can create a masterpiece, just like the blue Schwinn Speedster in the video.

To the first five guys who send us a picture of your proposed three-speed project - the BikemanforU will send you a vernier caliper with his compliments. 

Doesn't matter if the bike is a Raleigh, Huffy, a Murray, a Sears, made in the U.S. or somewhere else. Let's get started.

p.s. We'll need your address.

-- Mr. Pump