Category: Maintenance

  • Claustrophobic


    In just 48 hours I’ll be boarding a plane to fly to the start of the next adventure. Following my last jaunt up the Edogawa, I had a short list of maintenance items I wanted to address, and then it would be time to pack up Kuroko for the trip. The Edogawa ride was largely…

  • Temporary Addition

    Temporary Addition

    This is just until I get the dynamo set-up sorted out. But I’ve got a big ride before that. I’ve had the light sitting in a drawer for at least two years. It still has a charge.

  • First wash in a long time

    First wash in a long time

    I woke up resolved to undertake a long-planned upgrade. I wasn’t able to get to the Workshop in the Sky until about 10:30, though, and in that time I’d had second thoughts. I’m about six weeks away from departing on a week-long ride, and it’s possible this upgrade will take more than one weekend to…

  • Cloudy Cherry Kawagoe

    Cloudy Cherry Kawagoe

    Before I could set out, I had to replace the saddle that broke during last week’s ride. I have another Brooks, a C15 that I’d used until my Lejog attempt ended in tears. It took only a few minutes to replace the saddle, cleaning and greasing the bolts before torquing them to the correct specification.…

  • Well that sucks

    Well that sucks

    The forecast today was for warm weather with light wind, following several days of rain and gale-force winds. Ever since I discovered the entrance to Tamagawa Sky Bridge, I’ve wanted to try starting from there to go to Yokohama, and I thought today might be the day to do that. Nana had not prepared any…

  • Your Top 5 Selected Tubeless Tire Fail Questions!

    Parking this here in case I try to go tubeless again.

  • Stemware


    James Thomas is a very shouty bicycle fitter often featured on Francis Cade’s YouTube channel. In a recent video he suggested a couple of things that might help improve my ride comfort. (I’m sure he would be the first to say — quite loudly — that he’s not advising me of anything without a proper…

  • Genius little addition to the toolkit

    Genius little addition to the toolkit

    I saw someone recommend these on YouTube and nothing would do but I have them immediately. The silver bit in the middle is a magnet. It holds the links in place and holds the pliers closed. I have had the experience of breaking a chain link and walking several kilometers as a result. This will…

  • Tools against the day

    Tools against the day

    A somewhat chilly day in the Workshop in the Sky. I decided it was time to do something about the brakes that have been rubbing since I replaced the pads. I’d checked that the discs weren’t bent, and then verified via YouTube guides that there were three things I wanted to try: straighten the discs…