The odd feel of the 4

Most of the ringers have commented at some time or other about the odd feel of the 4, especially when pulling off.

Two of the bolts holding the 4's wheel to its headstock. These are the two that were loose. Note the four dimples on the headstock identifying it as the 4's.

Some of this was due to its cracked stay, which has now been replaced.  However, it still felt a bit odd.

A careful inspection of the 4’s rope and wheel revealed that two of the carriage bolts fastening the wheel to the headstock had loosened.  They were retightened;  the 4 seems to feel normal now.