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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:22 am 
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First ride on the RRS.....

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It went well.

Last night I spent a while tightening a few spokes on the rear wheel and truing it up. A couple were really really loose.....I think someone had been dabbling with a spoke key! It's close enough but could probably get better with a few more turns of the spoke key.

Other than an occasional (annoying) ting/click type noise it's riding like a new bike. And fits me so well too.

One niggle I noticed - some play in the rear wheel hub. Need to turn my attention to that with the cone spanners later to see if it can be improved.

At some point I'll treat the bike to a complete strip down and deep clean/polish/lube/service etc.

To do list:

Gold cable outers/cable end crimps.
Black stem
Black clip-in pedals
New stainless spokes - to replace the "rustless" ones
Deep clean/service/re-lube


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:06 pm 
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Gold (more like yellow) Jagwire cable turned up yesterday......

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Nothing screams the 80's more than fake gold bling, space shuttles and what feels like a cynical sticker-based marketing exercise to flog British goods from a once great company that's seen better times.......and I love this bike because of it. It's certainly "of the era"

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:12 pm 
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So - starting to dig into some detail on the ol' RRS......I noticed that there was a load of play in the rear wheel.....like the bearing cones weren't tight. So after riding home last night I whipped the wheel off and guess what! The bearing cones weren't tight.

Cue full on strip down. It's a Maillard helicomatic rear hub which has the slightly quirky helical grooves that the freewheel locates on. Luckily I have the lockring tool (from owning a Peugeot!)......which has a bottle opener and spoke tensioner built into it. More lovely quirkiness there from the French.

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Stripped the cones/spindles/bearings/seals etc and gave everything a good clean

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Bearing surfaces look great in the actual hub......but just noticed a bent spoke!!

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Reassembled with fresh grease......

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Adjusted the cones to take out play.......but unfortunately there is a slight grumble. Looking at the surfaces of the cones again there is a little bit of damage to one of the cone surfaces. I've reassembled and I'm riding it as it's close enough - at least all the play has gone now.

I've got a few spare Maillard hubs so hopefully there'll be a decent cone in there somewhere that I can swap out in the future.....


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