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Repairs: After 234’000km, a few things needed attention – Part 4

TW560’s marathon problem fixing session finally over, Andi could get back to checking the rest of the chassis and changing the tyres.

Andi - always a smile on his face

Andi – always a smile on his face


 
Smiling even after a full days’ worth of work on my TWIKE.

I usually get about 7000-8000km out of a set of tyres. If I would change them when they are technically illegal in Switzerland it would be less than 5000km!

When my tyres get changed vs. when they should (second set in background)

When my tyres get changed vs. when they should (second set in background)


 
Overall, I really like driving my TWIKE with slicks as they offer a lot of grip in dry conditions and are super-fun when roads are wet…

Tie rod fine-tuning

Tie rod fine-tuning


 
As a hyper-miler, every option of reducing drag, friction and other unnecessary energy consumption must be checked and double-checked.

Andi, my trusted TWIKE mechanic knows me well and pointed out that the tyres were out of alignment by about 2mm and he would fix this.

Even if the result is minor, improved handling and potentially 0.03% better consumption (I made this number up to show that the effect is likely to be very, very small) is always a good feeling!

New & ready for TDST2017

New & ready for TDST2017


 
We’re ready. 2 days to go.