Here are some pictures of my Cougar road/race bike from around 1997 'ish. I bought it 2nd hand in 2000 to use for triathlons but in May that year I had serious surgery on both legs and never rode it, indeed never did any more triathlons. As a New Year’s resolution I decided to get back into cycling to get fit so I spent this morning cleaning it from top to bottom and fitting new tyres and tubes. Vittoria Open Corsa Evo SC 700/23 - I like the gum coloured side walls which match the original tyres. Unfortunately I pinched one of the new tubes I bought with a tyre lever so had to re-fit one of the 10 year old tubes. I fitted the first tyre with my just fingers and thumbs but boy are they hard to get on, by the second one my thumbs were sore so I resorted to a plastic tyre lever – wish I hadn’t! Any tips for fitting clincher tyres e.g. a bit of soap?
Anyway can I ask a few questions?
i) How do you guys get 10bar (140psi.) in your tyres? I used my 12v car tyre pump but it gave up at around 3 bar (50psi.)
ii) I can't get the front changer to shift down to the inside ring. It's obviously an adjuster but if someone knows which one can advise me to save searching? Because I bought the bike 2nd hand so no handbook for the Shimano 600 stuff. So any help appreciated!
iii) Finally, does anyone know "what" Cougar it actually is?
Thanks - Rich…
Wheels off on my workmate
The old original tyres
Handlebars & stem looks like 3TTT
Washed, cleaned and ready for a polish!
The finished job!