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Handle adjustment on bugaboo chameleon

Adjustable white wing screw to extend handle keeps turning and not locking.

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THERE IS A COMPANY CALL BUGGY PITSTOP AND THEY DO REAIRS AND SERVICING ON BUGABOOS THEIR WEB SITE IS www.buggypitstop.co.uk

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I just love all that advice about www,buggypitstop.co.UK makes me want to emigrate back to good old Blighty I'm from Twickenham (NOT) Problem is I'm in New Zealand and p21tds in almost certainly in the good old USA. Where 99% of eBay sellers ship USA only 8-( So lets get practical. Sound like you stripped the thread. You are going to have to find a local small engineering firm or machine shop. They can fix it in half an hour for around $50 with an amazing thing called a "helicoil". That's cheaper then USPS or Royal Mail charges.Handle adjustment on bugaboo chameleon - macnutz_12.jpg

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    PS Only take the frame those places can be a bit to dirty for a Sand Coloured Bugaboo!

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If you are not a handy-person type, take these instructions to you local Bicycle Mechanic or Small engineering shop.


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1/. Remove the capped star lock washer. This is the hardest part of the job. Most people try to leaver this off in the hope of re using. First problem with this is you will mark or damage the surrounding plastic second is star locks are not intended for reuse and will never hold as well as when first used, so best find a new replacement. A hardware store should be able to source some for you. Quickest way to remove a capped washer is to carefully cut a slot in the dome with an angle grinder and then use a large screwdriver to carefully prize one side up so you can fit a screwdriver. Note the walls of the aluminum hub axel are thin and easily distorted, make sure you only lever the capped star lock and not hub axel. Use one screwdriver as a support and another to lift off the capped star lock.

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2/. The lock mechanism is very simple; a wire rod rotates a plastic disk. Check the hubs for ware. If too badly worn or damaged you will have too much movement in the locked position. The Frog and Chameleon use the same plastic hub find another frame to salvage hubs from. They are held in by a single aluminum rivet.

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3/. Reassemble handle locking hub and check operation. If wire rods seem to be in the incorrect position, loosen the top plastic fittings where the handle extends from by removing the small self-tapping screws and wiggle things into alignment. (I use a small amount of the grease used for taps to give a smooth action) If all is working well fit the new capped star lock on the hub shaft and tap home. To protect the dome finish I use a large socket from my socket set and an old rubber washer from a toilet cistern. Repeat operation on the other side

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I have parts available laser cut metal disks with stainless steel pins, replacement locking rods in stainless steel and capped star lock washers you can contact me at macnutz@xnet.co.nz


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If you are not a handyperson type, take these instructions to you local Bicycle Mechanic or Small engineering shop.


The bugaboo handle fault is caused by two small plastic pins shearing of a plastic disk that actuates two metal locking rods. Why bugaboo uses a plastic disk for this critical component is beyond me!


1/. Remove the domed star lock washer. This is the hardest part of the job. Most people try to leaver this off in the hope of re using. First problem with this is you will mark or damage the surrounding plastic second is star locks are not intended for reuse and will never hold as well as when first used, so best find a new replacement. A hardware store should be able to source some for you. Quickest way to remove a dome washer is to carefully cut a slot in the dome with an angle grinder and then use a large screwdriver to carefully prize one side up so you can fit a screwdriver. Note the walls of the aluminum hub axel are thin and easily distorted, make sure you only lever the Domed Star Lock and not hub axel. Use one screwdriver as a support and another to lift off the Domed Star lock.

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2/. The lock mechanism is very simple; a wire rod rotates a plastic disk. Check the hubs for ware. If too badly worn or damaged you will have too much movement in the locked position. The Frog and Chameleon use the same plastic hub find another frame to salvage hubs from. They are held in by a single aluminum rivet.

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3/. Reassemble handle locking hub and check operation. If wire rods seem to be in the incorrect position, loosen the top plastic fittings where the handle extends from by removing the small self-tapping screws and wiggle things into alignment. (I use a small amount of the grease used for taps to give a smooth action) If all is working well fit the new star dome on the hub shaft and tap home. To protect the dome finish I use a large socket from my socket set and an old rubber washer from a toilet cistern. Repeat operation on the other side


I have available kits with two (left & right) laser cut metal disks with stainless steel pins fitted and two new star dome washers. Cost is $150 New Zealand plus shipping. If you like a set, you can contact me macnutz@xnet.co.nz


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