Thanks to Mark from flexcycles for the bike maintenance session this afternoon. Came away feeling a lot more confident about having a go at trail repairs, and would recommend to anyone with limited knowledge of bike maintenance
Hey Flex, I concur with all the good feedback given so far. Today was awesome and has helped in changing my attitude towards my bike. I stopped off at Halfords on the way home and bought some muck off lube, and when the guy did the usual "would you like to buy some GT85" I gave him a rehash on the whole "GT85 and that malarky are bad for your bike in the long run" lecture as if I knew exactly what I was talking about HAHAHAHAHAHA it was so cool...he did ask me why I didnt want it so in my book, he left himself open
To anyone who for whatever reason didnt manage to make it, firstly, it was quite broad ranging, there was both basic things covered of bits that seem quite detailed to start with, and detailed aspects explained relating to things that seem quite basic.
There were some things also explained, that were contrary to many opinions and advice I have seen before....and actually seemed to hold more ground in the way it was explained, so if something like this were to happen again, I think it would be interesting for experienced people to bimble along to as well as in experienced.
Many thanks for all of your help Flex, I am going to try and look after my bike better and shall definitely look you up if I am in a fix.
If any company I am with has any problems with their bike while we are out, I shall be happy to assist...infact...I shall insist ! mwahahaha
She is quoting a couple of sentences from a half hour discussion of the pros and cons of various oils. The point was for the attendees to make an informed choice for themselves. I do not recommend any oil, I did tell them which I use. And I did not offer to or sell them any oil. Different oils are suitable for different applications, and like I said if your happy with GT85 then fine. The internet is full of lively 'discussions' on the topic which I do not enter into ;D
So is it ok to use it on your fork stanchions and rear shock? I'm a bit worried now you see that I'm damaging my bike?
AH! We were discussing the drive train lubing only. Not any other components. For shocks the oil has to be compatable for the seals, so follow the manufactuers advice. I.E. Fox say to store the bike upside down to reoil the top of the forks.
The shock oil in the forks/shock wouldn't damage the seals.
(Q.What grease should I use for my air sleeve?
A. Normal low melting point grease, available from Motorworld, Halfords etc. You can also use FOX float fluid. This Q. + A. is an extract from Mojo.)
Gt85 for rear and front mech including cleaning the frame forks ect and muc off wet lube for the chain thats what ive used for 3 years and nothing yet broken/damaged from using those. I often use gt85 to clean and lube the inner gear cables makes changing much smoother and less stiff.