Monday, June 29, 2015

New Chain

We're at 17,139 miles. That last chain did not last to long. Only 1654 miles. Perhaps I should look at brand names and see if that makes a difference. This new one is a Shimano.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

New Rear Wheel Build 2015

So I built up the new wheel. I was somehow talked into buying a VO hub that was 4 times the price of the Shimano but Shimano apparently doesn't make silver mountain/touring bike hubs anymore. My bike has 135mm spacing in the rear and I wanted silver damn it. But the main reason I went with the VO hub is it uses very common replaceable cartridge bearings. In fact the nearly the entire hub is field serviceable without any tools. The middle picture is the new hub next to the old hub/wheel. 100 miles in and everything is running smooth.
For record keeping we'll start this wheel at odometer reading 16,674 miles.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Rodriguez & Wheels

Rode up to R & E Cycles in the U-district on Tuesday and put money down on a frame. Build time is estimated to be 6 to 8 weeks. The plan is to build a lighter weight travel bike. This idea arose after riding El Tour de Tucson and had been in the works for a while. The problem is I can't just build a bike. Or buy a bike. I have to build a frick'n kick ass bike. I want much of the parts to be made in the USA. So there ya go. The frame is being hand made right here in Seattle. The rims from Velocity in Florida. DiVinci Cranks. White Industries hubs and bottom bracket. Paul Components Brakes and possibly seat post. I'm getting S&S couplers put on so the frame can be broken down and put in a travel case. Also having them put on a "pump post" for a frame pump. The color will be a dark blue with a blue Brooks Saddle. Gold accents. Gold spoke nipples, cables, chain and possibly some of the bolts on the derailleurs & the jockey pulleys. Of course this is all shooting the price up through the roof so it will probably take me another year to finish it after the frame is done.

In the process they do a free bike fit and pointed out some things on my bike that could be adjusted. 1. the brake hoods are two far down the bars for an optimum riding position. I rotated the entire bar up a little and it is more comfortable. 2. the bars are two far forward. This I'm just going to have to suffer through for a while. I don't have the time or money to replace that stem right now. 3. The seat could be raised about 1 centimeter. I raised it maybe 1/2 a cm to give it a feel.

Also I've been having problems with the rear wheel. Just doesn't feel true, especially when I brake but I can't seem to fix it. I asked their mechanic if he could put it on the truing stand but it never even made it off the bike. He took a look at it and said, "I hate to be the bearer of bad news but your rim is about to explode" and then let some pressure out of my tire. Seems I've worn out another rim. He said I could reuse the old hub but when I took the wheel off my bike and spun it in my hand the hub felt all rumbly inside. I don't think I've ever repacked the bearings and that might just be all it needs but it's got 8500 miles on it so I'm going with a new hub.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

This last week I've noticed an old familiar rocking sensation coming from the bottom bracket like in 2013 STP. Put the bike up on the rack, pulled the crank, sure enough, the bottom bracket was just slightly loose. But can I just tighten it, no. You know me. As long as the crank is off let's completely remove the BB, clean it out, spray some frame saver up in the frame. Re-grease threads, reinstall. Set correct torque, clean the crank, inspect crank for cracks, inspect frame. Hey let's clean that part of the frame since we have the crank off. So love being my own bike mechanic.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

New records to work and home. Three main factors for this.
1. I took the 8-10 pound panniers off the bike today. Weather was so nice I didn't need to carry any rain gear or extra layers.
2. I had a tail wind.
3. I've been pushing myself more and I believe I'm in better shape because of it.

Time into work 28 minutes, 33 seconds. Almost a minute and a half off. Average speed was 17.76 mph.

Time home was 36 minutes and 21 seconds. That's nearly a full 5 minutes faster. I'm sure the weight has a factor there with the hill climbing.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

New Chain

New chain. Caught this one in time. The old chain has 3,711 miles. Odometer start for the new chain is 15,485.

Thursday, February 26, 2015