Thursday, July 20, 2017

Whinging about Wind

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I have been trying to take a longish, longer than my 2km market run, ride with a hill every 2 to 3 days lately.  One thing I forgot about long rides is that sometimes its windy, some times that means a headwind and sometimes that headwind is in your face for miles.  Headwinds suck.

same view after descending the hill
I had planned on doing a new hill today, 48th ave, a hill that starts gradual and ends steeper.


It was windy enough that it was white capping on the sound and I was pretty tired of the head wind so I cut the ride short and took a different hill, Jacobsen.  Back in my fitter days I had big ringed this hill when feeling frisky, but today I was happy to just granny my way up.  You could say I have now slew 4 hills in my neighborhood, although it would be more accurate to say slogged or survived,  Four down, many more to go.   All this riding from home is making the rack on my car lonely.


I mentioned previously that I had been given the seat post size for the Miyata Trail Runner by a bike forums member and had gone to my co-op to get a 26.8 post...however when I went to put it on it did want to go in, too big!


My first thought was that someone had over tighten to compensate for the too small shimmed post ala the Junk bike but as you can see the spacing in the seat tube cut out is fine and not squashed.  26.8 is just not the right size,  no big deal the post had only cost $5 and I am sure it will get used but no post means no saddle means no ride.


As a consolation I put on the newly arrived MKS Sneaker pedals to replace the ugly stock plastic pedals the Trail runner came with.  I had the idea that I would hop on the Miyata and do a short ride as I have not actually ridden this bike yet, but even if the seat post had worked the rear wheel has some issues.   It appears out of true, the drop out adjusters might be mis-aligned and the axle assembly (spacers, washers, nuts) seems loosey goosey....sigh.  The Miyata will need some time in the work-stand before it gets ridden.  I have some errands to run today and I'm hoping to find the Goldy Locks seat post for it....just right.

Ride into the wind, grimace, hope its calmer on the repeat.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ritchey Project Part VII -Done


Just a reminder of where this project started; rigged for triathlons, no seat-post or saddle, no brake hoods, sad mismatched worn tires, and at least a decades worth of storage dust and must. I started today needing to address the front derailleur, after allot of fiddling its not perfect but with some finessing the rear gears I can get the FD to drop into the inner ring.  Then I needed to tweak the front brake and it is also not perfect but its functional.


With those items out of the way it was time to wash up and work on the white bar wrap.  Somehow I got the left side done without too many issues.


Not so with the right side, I felt like I needed 6 hands to address all the issues that kept cropping up; the strip behind the brake lever didn't want to stay attached, the brake hood didn't want to stay rolled back from the bars and those issues kept me from focusing on keeping the wrap taught and evenly wrapped.  I could feel the frustration mounting so I literally threw up my hands and stepped away before I did something dumb.  It was time for lunch anyway and as I stepped away it occurred to me I had a solution for at least one problem.


I stopped by my local ACE hardware after lunch and bought a clamp.


With the clamp acting as my "3rd hand" the brake hood stayed out of the way so I could focus on my wrap job -so much easier!  That was $3.50 well spent.

Taping the bars done! and that puts a wrap on the get the bike ready for sale portion of this project.


Bike forums has an appraisal thread so I have a request in to get some ideas on where to start with listing this bike.  Plan A is to list the complete bike locally, Plan B if it doesn't sell is to expand the listing to Portland and Plan C if there is still no joy will be to dismantle the bike and part it out on ebay.




I am heading down to Portland this weekend so that will give some time to get feedback on the worth of this bike before I actually list it on CL.  With the Ritchey out of the work-stand there is room for me to work on something else....whose it gonna be?

Ride. Smile. Repeat.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Ritchey Project part 6.5 Rear brake redux


Before working on the Ritchey I took the bike ride I've been wanting to do for the last 3 days.  I did another West Seattle loop from home.  I got some forest action in Lincoln park.


And some sound and mountain views on beach drive.  I made a mid point stop..


..to fuel up on iced coffee and yogurt with handmade granola.  That helped ready me to tackle Avalon hill again....


but this time the granniest granny gear stayed clean, I used the next cog in which is getting me closer to being able to use any bike in the fleet to do this ride.  The Miyata has gears nearly as low as the Passage so if it was ready I could ride it on this route now.  If I can ride Avalon in the next gear down, 3 cogs  in,  then I can use the Handsome devil on this route and if I'm able to get 4 cogs in I can use the Motobecane which has a 40t "small" ring, might need to see if I can find something smaller that will work with the crank on the MotoGT.  Yes, I was geeking out with Sheldon Brown's gear calculator.


A bike forums member who also had an '86 Miyata trail runner was kind enough to pull his seat post and send me the size which is 26.8 and today after recovering from my 21 km ride I headed to the Co-op and found the Laprade above in the correct size - you can see it under the max height lettering if you enlarge the photo.


Where I left off about a week ago with the Ritchey was a self-inflicted torn brake hood.  I gave a try to pulling the hood up the lever and over the front of the housing but that wasn't  working, so I took out the cable, took the lever off the handle bars and got to work.


Going from the back of the housing forward I had the replacement hood mounted in no time and then reversed my process to get the lever back on the handle bars.


Since I had decided to route the cables in areo mode I needed to tape up the housing.


After figuring out the slack needed to make sure the brake cable didn't interfere with turning I used some blue painters tape to hold the housing in place.


I needed to trim some excess cable housing to fit the housing into the brake caliper.


Whenever I am trimming the housing I like to back the cable way off so that I don't end up cutting it by accident.


Everything appears to be working with the rear brake so I capped the cable and called it a night.  I now have 3 things left to do on this bike before I can list it;


  • route the front brake cable and housing
  • figure out why the front derailleur cable keeps coming loose
  • wrap the bars
Really hoping to get the Ritchey sorted in the next few days before I head down to Portland.  And then I can start finishing a few other half baked projects.

Ride. Smile. Repeat

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tinker Bell


After 5 days of bike blitzing I said I wasn't going to work on bikes on Sunday.  I may have fibbed a bit.


When I've ridding the Motobecane Grand Touring lately its been on the bike path and I have thought more than a few times, I really need a bell on this thing!  I had a package arrive from Velo Orange that included brake hoods to replace the one I tore on the Ritchey and I also had a brass bell in the order.  Its ridiculously simple to mount so I went ahead and did it and now the Grand Touring has a bell.  Teacher says every time a bell rings....er sorry wrong forum


I had a routine doctor visit today and in the waiting area with the rest of the art was this picture.  This is what happens when you position your brake shoe the wrong way and the rubber brake pad shoots out the open end and you have metal brake shoe on metal rim while braking.  Sparky.  Screechy. Crashy.

Until next time. Ride. Smile. Repeat.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Bike Blitz Day 5 - finale


I had to have the garage cleaned up by about 6 pm today so wanted to get started by 9 am.  I decided to get new rubber on the Miyata rear wheel.


 And a comparison of the old tire (right) and new and yes just a bit wider..lol.


While I was on the Miyata I decided to swap out the brake pads, old dirty worn out dia-compes for new fresh dia-compes.


They are going to need some tweaking to set up but they should do a good job of arresting my forward motion.


You may remember the saga of my trying to get a front rack mounted to the Passage  since that didn't work I had a front rack laying around and now its on the Miyata.


I was able to use the stock hardware to mount the rack to the canti-posts but had to run to the hardware store for hardware to take care of mounting the rack tang to the fork - I really love ratcheting wrenches for working in tight spaces. I may need to do a bit of tweaking for brake clearance but I think it will work.



I am liking how the bike looks with the new rubber and I am looking forward to getting it ride-able.



I checked my mail and a the new saddle came for the Miyata, a Brooks Flyer.  I didn't get quite the deal I got on the Velo Orange sprung leather saddle but I did get a decent deal and I wanted something sprung for this bike.  Now all I need is the correct sized seat post, I have a few leads on that and am hoping to have an answer soon.


Do not try this at home! unless you're desperate according the BikeMan4u where I got the idea.  This is the way out of true rear wheel that was on the Passage.  I tried conventional truing with no luck, so I was looking something else and gave this a try.  Long story short I will be salvaging the free-wheel and rubber and buying a new rear wheel.  This fix is beyond my abilities and I figure the shop rate at the LBS is going to be equal or greater than just getting a new wheel.  No more mounting my bike cowboy style.  Fortunately I have the stock rear for the Passage that has been pressed into service and allowed me to ride hills with the Passage.


I should be working on the Mirage hubs today but my cleaning supplies including the sonic cleaner went back home yesterday -so since my cleaner and the hub parts are in two different places I cleaned up the rear wheel instead.


I applied some 3-n-1 to the spoke nipples so when I true the wheels I can (hopefully) avoid a frozen spoke situation.


I also addressed the dirty free wheel with a


A WD-40 bath and some rag work, might need a bit more but its an improvement on where I started.


Like the front wheel I am going backwards and I put new rubber on the rear wheel before addressing the hub.  I only put the wheels on the Mirage to make it easier to move, it still has a ways from being done.  I am kind of laughing at myself that I spent 5 days on bikes and did alot but I do not have even one complete bike to show for it.  My hands are beat up, my body aches and I don't think I will be doing any bike work tomorrow, but I might take a ride.

Lots of project to finish, until next time. Ride. Smile. Repeat.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Bike Blitz day 4


I was able to make more headway on the Mirage today, first up was getting the BB reinstalled with new bearings and grease.


I even had some help when my assistant wrench came for a visit.


The seat post had some surface rust so that got cleaned up.


I also got the fork and headset reinstalled, also with fresh bearings and grease.


There was a light bracket still attached to the stem that I removed.


I have a nicer set of Simplex shifters I was thinking of using as the stock ones have plastic levers but the metal set was for the downtube and appeared different enough that I couldn't just swap them over and I didn't feel like tackling a new mini project right now.  I cleaned up the stock shifters and greased them so they should work smoothly when I run the cables.


Next up was new shoes for the brakes.  I had purchased these for the junk bike project because one of the brake sets on that bike had this type of pad, since the junk bike was an epic fail I still had these available.


Ready for some improved braking and....



back on the bike and ready to be cabled up.  Both front and...


rear so the brakes are sorted.


The shifters mounted and the stem polished and greased the cockpit got installed as well.  The bar tape is cheap but in good shape so I am just going to leave it.


Once I got the crank arm cleaned up I could see the makers engraved label.


The drive side crank arm and chain-rings are back together.  Not the shiniest crank but much cleaner than when I started.


I put the Miyata in the work-stand, I got the plastic pedals off as I have some MKS sneaker pedals on the way and I am not a fan of plastic pedals even if they are original to the bike.



The cable housing on the Miyata is in good shape but a few of the cables themselves are frayed so at least the rear straddle cable and front brake cable are going to get swapped out.


I already have the new brake pads for the Miyata and as you can see from the front pads they really need replacing and based on the wear on the right pad they need some adjusting.


The last remnant of  a long gone bike computer got removed from the front wheel, you never know when you'll need a spare magnet. 


I got the rim cleaned up and I am way ahead of myself as the hub needs to be cleaned and rebuilt but I really wanted to see what the new tire would look like mounted and it looks  nice and meaty just as expected.


Turns out the ex and daughter are coming home early so the bike blitz will conclude tomorrow. Hoping to make some more progress on the Mirage.  Until next time Ride.Smile.Repeat.