Workshop today’s electric bike job

Workshop electric bike repairs

In the workshop today is a chinese electric bike that must be getting close to 10 years old. I can not find out much about these bikes online.

We have fitted 3 new 12 volt batteries to it. The front rim which is the motorised one has a slight knock, that can be felt through the rim brakes.

Upon investigation the front rim is out of true – up and down and left to right it looks like a kerb bump, so that is the first task today.

Wheel truing
Electric hub wheel truing
Sakura Electric bike in the workshop
Sakura Electric bike

Now that the wheel is true it is time to adjust all of the brakes and clean and lubricate the whole bike.

I use a dry lube for all of my bike chains and chainsets, as a lot of my riding is either on Sustrans Route 5 or the prom and some off road cycleways. The dry lube stops the chain picking up so much sand and grit.

Workshop dry lube
Dry Lube

Here is the manufacturer’s video showing how best to clean and lube a bike

Hope Hubs British Cycle Engineering at it’s best

Watch Hope’s new Pro 4 hubs being made a video on the MTR Website

Hope has added a new hub to its range of hubs, the Pro 4, and here’s a video of it being transformed from a simple billet of aluminium through to the shining, clicking freehub that’s likely to be seen (and heard) on bikes up and down the country.

As an engineer that served my apprenticeship in a production environment It’s truly fascinating to see how much work goes into each individual part and its great to see the dedication that each staff member has at each level of the production line. It’s no wonder Hope has machined itself a solid reputation for producing reliable components.

“So what’s new about the Pro 4?

Well to be honest it’s more a case of incremental improvements than a complete overhaul but Hope believes this new version is more reliable and compatible than ever before – after all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The Pro 4 replaces the Pro 2 Evo and comes with a 10 per cent faster engagement due to its 44 teeth and four pawl ratchet system (giving engagement every 8.2 degrees). It is available in 135mm, 142m or 150mm diameters, to bring it up to date with the latest standards, and has a wider spoke flange to accommodate stiffer wheel builds.

The hub is available in six different colours including orange for the first time this year. Hope is providing a whole host of other options you can pick from to find the perfect hub for your ride and you can find more information here. Weights for a rear hub start at around 300 grams and increase from there depending on what you pick.

Thankfully Hope has promised that despite all the changes the click will sound exactly the same. A front hub will cost £67 and a rear hub £160.”

The Hope Website is hereHope Hubs Logo

Kinmel Railway Track Cycleway.


Disused Railway track cycling.

An interesting article on the Cycling North Wales website bringing together my favourite subjects local history, heritage railways and cycling (please click link to view full article on external website).

I currently ride along the Prestatyn to Dyserth track past Meliden in Denbighshire on a regular basis and would love to see more routes like this. Railway tracks by their nature have only slight inclines which makes for really good cycling.

Kinmel Railway track crossing A547
Kinmel Railway

“In 1995 a voluntary group called Clwyd Community Roots, based on the now famous Sustrans principles, set about creating a cycle way along the redundant track of the former Kinmel Railway. This ran for three miles from the main line at Kinmel Bay serving the Army training Camp at Kinmel Park during the first world war. With the cessation of hostilities it went on to carry limestone from the nearby St George quarries to the main line at Rhyl until their closure in 1964.

Local cycling activists.

Inspired by local activist and family doctor Stuart Anderson, Community Roots set about acquiring consents and funding around the year 2000. At the time it seen as the first example of a scheme such as this being established entirely by volunteers.

Invaluable support and guidance was provided by Mike Chown, one of the earlier pioneers of converting redundant rail tracks for cycling and walking. Despite cycling being key to the concept, and most of the members involved being cyclists themselves, objections to cycling were raised adjacent landed interests, and consent has never been obtained for its formal designation as a cycleway.

A Gain and a Sad Loss.

It did however win a Welsh Conservation 1st prize. Sadly not during the life of Simon McQuillan, one the founder members CCR, who died suddenly at home whilst construction work was taking place”

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