Quick update, the new tyres landed last week and they're on the bike and have had their first outing! Unfortunately they didn't make any obvious difference to my commute time, but hey I needed some new tyres anyway and they seem like they'll do the job.
I made a bit of an effort and gave the frame and drivetrain a decent clean, the frame looks pretty sparkly now and the drive is really quiet too. Especially following its 'tune-up'.
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Also has anyone got knowledge on tuning the Shimano Deore LX derailleur? I'm ashamed to say that despite owning the bike for over 20 years I'd never messed with the tuning until last week when I got it home after having the rear wheel replaced. I tried to tune it by shifting into the smallest cog, lining up the derailleur using the H adjuster screw and then clicking once on the shifter before starting to fiddle with the cable tension on the back of the derailleur... to my surprise (after have done exactly the same thing to tune up my 2009 Specialized HardRock Sport) reducing the cable tension was not moving the derailleur towards the larger cog but away from it back on to the smallest. After some fiddling I got something resembling a cog per shift but it was fairly useless. The next day I spoke to a mate who suggested starting in the largest cog instead and this worked a treat, I now have nice smooth changes but was wondering if anyone could clarify if this is correct and if there is a reason for the difference between the Saracen and Specialized? Is it down to the tension adjuster being at the shifter end on the SRAM setup on my Specialized rather than the derailleur of the Shimano setup on my Saracen? Or have things just moved on in the 20 years between the bikes?
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