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     jman316 updated 11 years, 6 months ago 9 Members · 69 Posts
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  • jman316

    Member
    28 May 2009 at 6:39 am

    Hi,

    As you may know im new here and would like some help fixing up my bike. In short, the brakes are broken, the chain may be rust and the back wheel is not straight.

    The bike is a Raliegh Aluminium X1.

    I am posting pics here for you to comment on.

    I apologise for the size of the pics. Ive tried to make them as clear as possible!

  • Abzz

    Member
    28 May 2009 at 9:01 am

    From your pictures it looks like

    The brakes arent broken, the cable has just been released from the atatchment bracket (the bit on the RHS of the pic of the back brake) this makes it easy to get the wheels out.

  • jman316

    Member
    28 May 2009 at 9:09 am

    ok i will re-look into the brakes to see if they are broken or not…I will take better pictures of the brakes because i dont think you can tell properly from these pics!

    Ive never had a bike where a wheel can just easily pop out so this might be a stupid question…but doesnt the chain and gear thing fall out when your taking out the wheel? i tried taking the wheel yest but seeing how it was conected i thought it will collapse on me!

  • jman316

    Member
    28 May 2009 at 9:41 am

    By the way ive just picked up a tip from another website (may have been discussed here already i dont know).

    To remove rust from bike use some alum foil with water!Apparently works really well!

  • Abzz

    Member
    28 May 2009 at 10:02 am

    Ive never had a bike where a wheel can just easily pop out so this might be a stupid question…but doesnt the chain and gear thing fall out when your taking out the wheel? i tried taking the wheel yest but seeing how it was conected i thought it will collapse on me!

    Again from what i can see from the picture, the back wheel is the usual MTB quick release type, but yours looks like it is in the release position so will make the wheel loose!

    The lever on the axel needs to be 180 degrees the other way so that the cam tightens up the axel on the frame. You adjust the threaded nut on th oposite side to get the tention right.

  • Abzz

    Member
    28 May 2009 at 10:12 am

    With regards to assembling the brakes, take note of the video here!

    http://bicycletutor.com/adjust-v-brakes/

  • Abzz

    Member
    28 May 2009 at 10:15 am

    Here is nother that show you how the QR mechanism works

    http://bicycletutor.com/remove-install-wheels/

  • jman316

    Member
    28 May 2009 at 10:18 am

    ooo this will def help. This leads me to believe i can fix it myself.

    Another small question though…

    Do you see the gear plate thing in one of the pictures? well someone advised to soak the chain in engine oil overnight…should i do the same with the round gear thing? (what is it called?)

  • Abzz

    Member
    28 May 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I think you mean the cassette with the different gears on

    well a spray of WD 40 (not on the chain) and a wire brush, then a wipe will get the worst of the rust off. After that the action of the chain when riding the bike will remove the rust from the gear surface

  • jman316

    Member
    28 May 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I didnt know it was called a cassette…the round star thing along which the chain goes and is used for changing gears!

    So im ok to take that off the bike?

    Im looking forward to going home tonight to carry out these instructions! 🙂

  • Abzz

    Member
    28 May 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I was doing my best with your description “Do you see the gear plate thing in one of the pictures? …should i do the same with the round gear thing?

    The “round gear thing” with about 8 diferent size gears on it, comes away with the back wheel.

    The “gear plate thing in one of the pictures” may be the rear Derailleur or mechainsim that moves the chain on to different gears as you select them.

    That should stay with the frame when you take the wheel of.

    Unless you dont want to get invoved in re-adjusting it if you remove it from the cable attached to it I would try tro clean in situ.

  • jman316

    Member
    28 May 2009 at 6:07 pm

    ok I’ve oiled the wheel chain.And will continue to do so fo

    r the next few days just to make sure its well lubricated.

    But the wheel is still wobbling. …

    And the.brakes I still couldn’t. Fix them

  • jman316

    Member
    28 May 2009 at 8:01 pm

    ok a few more pics….

  • jman316

    Member
    28 May 2009 at 8:05 pm

    and one more…

    So my question is….how to connect the brakes i just cant figure it out…ive seen the video too…!!!

    Also the wheel is still wobbly…if you look at the back wheel is it connected ok? should there that much space on the left hand side …(that greyish pipe visible there)

    thanks in advance 🙂

  • BMR

    Member
    28 May 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Hi,

    I will try to remember to take a pic of my rear brake on the XC300 tomorrow and post it on here so you can take a look and copy how the cable is installed.

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