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 most 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.