I went to ride the Apollo yesterday...

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I went to ride the Apollo yesterday...

Postby McPete » Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:44 am

...And discovered that I'd stripped a rather critical bolt; the one that runs from the top of the quill to the steering block(Dunno if that's what it's actually called) at the bottom of the headset.

(Photos shortly)

My question; are these bolts standard bits that I should be able to pick up with a quick trip to Illawarra Fastners or should I be looking for another Apollo III to canibalise for parts?
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Postby europa » Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:56 am

It should be a standard part. With some mtbs still using quills, there's a fair bet that your lbs will have one. I'd ring first though.

I'd put it in the 'it should be easy to get but we may not have one in stock' basket. A bit like wanting a new tyre and they've got everything BUT the one you really wanted.

I would be asking yourself why you stripped that bolt - it could be there's some other issue such as rust (which makes you apply more effort to the bolt than needed). The fitting the bolt screws into is cast muck metal - the best answer may be to get that as well. Take the bits with you and discuss it with the shop. Also see if there's any rust inside the steering tube - something made you apply that much force to the bolt, and it's not always a dose of ham fistedness.

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Postby McPete » Thu Nov 22, 2007 11:37 am

I had the headset apart a few days ago and I bolt was skipping about, not fully engaging in the steering block. This was rectified by bashing the top of the stem with a large allen key, afterward the bolt seemed to bite. However, I pushed the bike home, as I had another as well, my STP.

Apon disassembly today, I have discovered the steering block is also stripped. However, I am confident that such a part will easily be obtained from a tip bike. The bolt as well, perhaps?
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Postby europa » Thu Nov 22, 2007 11:43 am

Yeah, you should get both easily enough. I'd price new though - I doubt it's an expensive item and sometimes, a couple of bucks spent is better than a couple saved. If nothing else, you'll know how much you saved when you raid the tip bike :D

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Postby McPete » Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:28 pm

Ok, here are some pictures.
The bolt that started it:
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The sheared end:
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The "steering block":
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Postby europa » Thu Nov 22, 2007 2:15 pm

Yup, that's the fitting I was thinking of. Doesn't change my comments any. Looks like you did a good job of stuffing it up though. Ever thought of working at a lbs?

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Postby McPete » Thu Nov 22, 2007 3:46 pm

Nah mate, I've got a job as an instrument fitter. Littler mistakes, bigger bills afterward.
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Postby mikeg » Thu Nov 22, 2007 7:40 pm

This may help you out

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Moruya Bicycles stem parts

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Postby GaryF » Thu Nov 22, 2007 7:49 pm

Europa - we must have the same lbs.

Mc Pete - europa is right, again. Your lbs should have those parts and they should be quite cheap.
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Postby McPete » Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:56 pm

Ah, awesome, only about $3. That's a relief.
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Postby europa » Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:08 pm

McPete wrote:Ah, awesome, only about $3. That's a relief.


:shock:

I hope you wore your mask when you robbed him.

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Postby McPete » Fri Nov 23, 2007 11:02 am

...I was quoting the price from the provided link, I'm no criminal(In this regard at least!)!
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Postby McPete » Sat Nov 24, 2007 7:12 pm

Well. Went into Spearman's, got one to try, got it home and my dad had another look at the original parts.

A tappet set, a grinder and I'm back in business!

Fortunatly the staff at Spearman's were happy to swap it, and happier still when then, in a fit of consumerisim, I bought a Topeak WhiteLite tripple LED headlight and an Echo F2 computer.

Yay, road bikeness!
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