hibis  "three sites"

hibis, nothing
but reality

hibis       Personal Ideas.

  • theme summary
    • Home kitchen/else; devices, tips/tricks, arrange, tidy, appliances, hygiene/life, decoration, trip
    • Home environment car, bike, dogs/cats, construction, garden..
    • DIY Painting, gluing, fix things oneself (of which electricity), usual works, to bond, dismantle, restaure..
    • Technical PC-Windows and environment, pixels - Photo - practical Electricity (understanding), electromagnetism, special electric motors..
  • global summary

email         update/all pages site   

this page  Car and bicycle -  knowledge, maintenance, traffic
Car (tires pressure, no starting most frequent causes), scratch on paint - bicycle (chain out the gear, puncture, pump, hold upright)


Inflating the tires without dirtying the fingers. I use a stopper of  cyano adhesive “yellow, long and widened”. Description can enable you to find a suitable model. If you do not find it, use a staight tube rigid or flexible, of a diameter which allows the black cap screwed on the valve of the tire to wedge itself a little inside. Keep it in your car. To unscrew the black cap, force the black cap inside the adhésive stopper or your tube and unscrew the cap; leave the cap inside. Once finished, screw up and pull out your stopper or tubes to go to the other wheel. The cap is better wedged in a conical tube which will accept any type of caps, and thus any models of wheels. The catch of your fingers on your stopper/tube will be better while inserting around, side fingers, a flexible plastic tube (transparent vinyl for example), in order to improve adherence to your fingers. For the tube, think for example to the caps of big plastic pens that, generally, you drop in the dustbin.

Starting ignition. Car batteries frequently "break down" at the beginning of the winter or at the contrary during the heatwaves. You were driving all the day long, starting several times without any problem and the next morning : 1/ the starter turns and drives slowly the engine which does not start, this until the final rotation of the engine, a minute later : wait 10 mn at least and start again while pressing strongly on the accelerator. If the starter turns again, but without success, the battery is probably still good and you can start with a cord and another car. And reload with a charger. 2/ there is only a "cloc" when you turn the ignition key and nothing rotate : not even a small "râ râ" ! the battery is probably out and it should be replaced (an element is getting itself in short cut when you are starting, although the headlights and the horn still function. You can nevertheless start with a cord and another car, which must accelerate, by connecting the two batteries (*). Above all, do not stop the engine whatever occurs, even after having driving a long time !! Go back home or reach the nearest garage (that arrived to me and I also repaired several people thus).
(*) Attention, danger : except particular note, connect initially the two clamps of the same cord to each terminal fixed at the mass, i.e. those which have a large short wire fixed near on the sheet iron or another metal part ; then connect the red clamp of the second cord (+) one, by fixing it on a red (+) battery terminal, then on the other; I personally give before a "light touch" to check, by holding me aside, head turned.

Frequent causes of no starting ; engine drowned after several attempts at starting: it is necessary then to wait a few minutes and to accelerate completely until starting (to push back the choke if it is manual); I thus repaired my neighbours and well of others. Difficult starting: if the battery is good, check the spacing of the candles (it is the principal cause at the entry of the winter, a beautiful morning, if one can say!) The candles are in general easy access and it is enough to a spark plug wrench. Not need for mechanic who will replace them automatically and to perhaps count other expenses to you. Without feeler gauge (gauges) use a bank card which will have to slip freely but a little tight all the same between the electrodes. Starting the hot engine: it is preferable to accelerate a little (especially not to put a choke if it is manual). Starting in cold weather (including winter sports...): if you have a manual choke, draw it the day before to close the carburettor. It is also advised "to revive" a little the battery by lighting the headlights a few minutes before turning the key (as for a too cold or "tired" pile that one places under the armpit (*)); disconnect before turning the key because that releases the engine of limps speeds. Lastly, if the weather is very cold, do not remove snow the day before departure, at least on the engine cowling and around, because it insulated from the cold of the night. (*) In Canada, Russia... it is common to see people mounting the battery on their premises for the night; in Norway, there are electrical connectors to heat the engine! (see funny).

Painting ; car stripes, scraches. On can find some small bottles with a colour paint that matches the right one. These small bottles are generally sold by the contructor itseIt. The marks won't never totally desappear but it is going to be better than a white line or bump, that risks to be damaged by the rust. About fine stripes, it is impossible to put the paint inside the scracth, but with my finding, one can avoid making a too large line and it is very precise. What's more, the paint don't dry and keep fresh because there no more brush but a fine stylet. I just made it on my own car. All you need is not shivering too much !

know more


Chain jumping out the gear. It is not easy to put the chain up the gear and it is very unpleasant. At least, we get some bad black grease on hands. I very find an < > effectively way to avoiding that. The instrument is to be placed in the bag, with the minimum repairs (keys, glue and patches), not to mention a small cloth !   Useful at home to any fixing on the rear wheel. The instrument is very useful in case of rear puncture, if we have to remove the wheel.

Puncture. There are bombs that both inflate and seal, but it don't works sometimes good enough, so it is useful to also have a repair kit (wrenches, glue and patches). Finally, it could be better and safer to put a new inner tube (tucked to the frame or under the seat).  The dismantling the rear wheel is much easier and cleaner with my tool for set or take off the chain.

Pump cycling. Best choice if you are not a big beefy with huge biceps: better is  long with a small diameter  than short with a large diameter (the effort is multiplied). Among those with a small diameter, the best is undoubtedly this with a double effect.
Here is a small bicycle pump model that you wouldn't probably  bought !  In fact, it is extraordinary because it is double acting and that changes everything ! rapid, non-tiring because of small diameter and acting as drawing, which rests the biceps, it fits in the bag or basket of the bike. I have however added a fitting tube because the quick coupling direct to the valve is not always practical and there was no opportunity to inflate the normal valves (valves only type "car" for ATVs ), fot I need to inflate both. Here is the brand name "microquicker", made in Sweden. Length 20 cm, diameter 16 cm. A jewel.

Fit the handlebar. A bike stand is not enough to keep up with security, because the handlebars can be rotated, which he does often, causing the bike to the inexorable fall, a certain fall if a load is placed in a basket on the handlebars. In any case, we should be able to block the handlebars, often slightly to improve balance. Here is a solution not very elegant but effective, which can be made more discreet. Here it is clearly visible.

To hear backwards while cycling. Practically, one use two plastic plates that are attached in front of the ears (and not behind) for example on the branch of glasses, or other means. We are thenable to hear what happens behind (cars) or the pal that follows you !

hibis Ideas                   back to top