‘rather than de-rusting his tank with nuts and volts, my friend went for electrolysis’
‘the more tools you have, the more options you give yourself when you face a new problem’
‘The bike reared like a bronco and cavorted off toward the opposite kerb’
‘when I took off the alternator I was very pleased that I had given in to my suspicion’
‘This plastic head is not a casting pattern, it’s sort of mock-up of the finished object’
'Valve grinding is a straightforward operation but here are a few tips that can make it easier...'
'Trying to fit a new oil seal can be frustrating, fighting against the magnet’s pull. Here’s how a bit of lathe work can help'
'with the 400/4, my tiny selection of new metric fasteners was the biggest problem'
‘if a bodge does the job and won’t make a proper repair impossible, why is it a problem?’
‘use a soldering bolt as a conductor to press heat into the work’
‘using ingenuity to give mathematics a swerve is an ability I developed at school’
‘ONE OF THINGS THAT REALLY APPEALS TO ME ABOUT WORKING ON PRE-WAR BIKES IS THE EASE OF ACCESS’
‘I have to admit I enjoy scrutinising parts books to see what’s changed year by year’
‘AS BIKES HAVE BECOME MORE SOPHISTICATED, PROBLEMS ARE MORE PREDICTABLE’
‘Often the ability to think around a problem using your ingenuity is your only weapon’
‘the adjuster threads were all crumbing into hard, highly abrasive grit’
‘Even if I buy a pre-war bike, I automatically assume somebody does the parts’
'Ever taken an engine out of the frame in pieces, then found it won’t go back in reassembled? If it’s a Scott, don’t give up…'
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