BMC Fourstroke FS04 (final update)

Picking up where we left off, after changing the bottom bracket and pedal cranks from Octalink to Shimano XT external bearings, I also changed the pedals to Shimano PD-M424 MTB SPD Pedals. The SPD part is supposed to fold into the pedal when ridden without clipless shoes, but I find it pretty uncomfrtable as it … Continue reading BMC Fourstroke FS04 (final update)

BMC Fourstroke FS04 (update 3): Shimano bottom bracket and crank upgrade

You may have been wondering what happened to the BMC mountain bike restoration project I started a while back. Like many projects it got to the "nearly finished" stage and sat there for a good six months, causing a nuisance to the family.  Good news then that it's now moved from the the "nearly finished" … Continue reading BMC Fourstroke FS04 (update 3): Shimano bottom bracket and crank upgrade

BMC Fourstroke FS04 (update 2)

I recently bought a damaged and unrideable mountain bike as a repair project. While looking for info on the bike on the web, I found it's sleeker, lighter road bike brother. So mine's definitely a 2006 model, given near identical paint scheme. Not quite so clean and tidy as this one though! Click here for … Continue reading BMC Fourstroke FS04 (update 2)

BMC Fourstroke FS04 (update 1)

I recently bought a tired BMC Fourstroke FS04 mountain bike, which had seen plenty of action and not enough maintenance. As much as anyone could from a couple of mobile phone photos, I saw potential for a restoration and brought it home to breathe new life into it. Sometimes you get lucky and there's not much wrong … Continue reading BMC Fourstroke FS04 (update 1)

BMC Fourstroke FS04

Summer is a time for holidays, taking a break, recharging the batteries and, for some, filling idle moments scanning second hand bicycle adverts for a new project... The latest addition to the stable is a well loved (i.e. ridden hard and put away wet...) BMC Fourstroke FS04 fully suspended XC mountain bike.  Sadly I didn't … Continue reading BMC Fourstroke FS04