not broken …

 The last 3 days I had trouble with my shifter. I had a feeling that the chain wasn’t derailing as it should. Yesterday (on my way to work) it was almost impossible to pedal because of constant derailing in the back of my Quest. The problem with velomobiles is that you simply can’t see what is happening when something is wrong. So I stopped along the road, noticed that the wheel could  move to and fro, opened the space where the backshifter is placed and found this ….

quest 001-1


quest 001-2

The stud came out of the axis. At first I thought it broke, but it seemed that the stud is glued with Locktite inside the axis. I phoned with and got some important advice.

I assembled the stud again (and used some kind of loctite-glue) and tried to cycle home again. It worked ! To be sure to always have a spare axis, sended me a new one by mail. 

quest 003

Happy again ! 😉 


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