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Now get out of that

Paduang-style headset assembly

Woo, yay and houpla – we’ve found a bodged repair that not only doesn’t involve zip ties, there aren’t even any sticks in it. And we were beginning to think that it’d never happen. So we’re extra-specially grateful to Colin Campbell for sending us this shot of the results of his brother Adrian’s labours.

Allow us to elaborate. Colin’s headset had partially disintegrated during a weekend in the Brecon Beacons, but by a happy coincidence he had some spare bits of headset in his toolbox. Perhaps unsurprisingly, though, he didn’t have a headset press with him. And it was a Bank Holiday and all the bike shops were shut.

Fortunately Adrian is clearly strong in the ways of bodge, and with the use of a Headlock, the combined spacer resources of two bikes and a bit of grunting, a new headset cup was pushed into place.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what that ding on the head tube is, it’s the results of an earlier hammer-based attempt…

Over to you

We want to know about your MacGyver-esque trailside repairs – the ones that show a bit of lateral thinking, a dash of inspiration and the all-powerful spirit of bodge. We’re particularly interested on ones that don’t involve sticks… We’ll share the best ones with the world, in the hope that they might come in handy for someone else one day.

Send a description and a picture (that’s important – we want stuff that you’ve actually done and has worked) to us at the usual address


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