I mentioned at the beginning of the last post that I had done a shakedown ride of the Passage and it had been rather short, more on that in a bit but first to continue the thread of refitting the bike. On Thursday I had resolved to do the drive -train and brake cabling and since I felt like I needed a refresher I went over a very good article on cabling by Saint Sheldon the Brown. Thus informed I cabled up the brakes as you can see above.
Before running the shift cables I wanted to set up the chain, and little did I know this would turn into a Goldilocks experience. I had purchased a Wipperman nickel chain a while back with what I assumed was a standard master link but instead I got the link pictured above. And despite reading the directions and fiddling with it I could not get it "just snap on" so after bagging the Wipperman chain up for later use I grabbed another chain in box -too weird.
After removing the second chain from its packaging I realized it was a chain pin connector type, hmm I had moved away from this kind of connector years ago and didn't know I had any left but well lets give it a try. After about 10 minutes of frustration I clearly remembered that I HATE these effing pin connectors!!!! So I tossed it in the recycling and took a deep breath or two - too aggravating!
One thing about running the rear derailleur cable is that I can use the new step down ferrule that I just bought that goes from 5mm to 4mm and I thought would be useful on older bikes
Velo Orange site but they wanted to sell them one at a time which is an expensive way to go so I found them elsewhere by the bottle. I had that bottle knocking around for weeks except now that I actually wanted to use one I could not for the life of me find it!!! really!? So I said screw it and did the cabling with out the benefit of a ferrule on the chain stay braze on.
Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale, in addition to tasting good the brewery donates a portion of its proceeds to Jazz education, which as a former High School Band Geek I can appreciate. After this libation time out, I got back to it with some accessories.
It is almost a crime not to use the frame pump peg on the Passage but the the Lezyne pump was less expensive then a frame pump and I have used one for years on the Handsome Devil and it works great.
As a stop gap I am using this old Banjo Brothers Minnehaha Canvas Barrel Saddle bag that was on the Handsome Devil for a few years but has been on the shelf for a while. I need to be able to haul tools and spare tubes etc. and for now and this bag fits the bill. I do have a front rack on order that is identical to the one on the HD so that in theory I can just swap the Baggins trunk bag and its contents from bike to bike depending on which one I am riding.
And so Friday dawned and rather than take a ride around the block first I loaded up the Passage on the bike rack anxious and optimistic to take it on a longer ride on the Alki trail.
|Shake down about to commence|
I had not gone far when the back wheel started to slip as if I was riding over an oil slick, or ice or loose sand. Hmm that shouldn't be happening, I dismount and walk the bike back to where the car is parked. I stop and on impulse grasp the rear wheel near TDC and gently move it side to side. It moves -much more than it should which explains the slipping but why!!?
|re-enactment of the rear wheel test|
As I am walking my mind is racing with reasons that rear wheel is slipping:
- could it be the free wheel, some people have complained about the IRD Defiant free wheels
- is the spacing from nut to nut on the axle different from what it was on the original 40 spoke rear wheel causing slop?
- Could it be the bearings aren't tightened right - nah I just did them -right?
- If a fix eludes me in the short term I could try the original rear wheel (not rebuilt yet) or use the spare wheel set I have for the HD with a not so fat set of tires for the ride on the 29th
- Did I leave the porch light on...? Wait what? back to bikes slacker!
Since its Farmers Market day I make a stop at the LBS to see if they have a step down ferrule and while I am at it pick up some shift cable crimps, I have about a hundred brake cable crimps but none for the shift cables. The bike shop wrench finds what I need but waves away my inquiry about payment, I say "how about a beer?" he declines saying he's more of a cider guy.
My next stop is the Beer junction so as I order my traditional Sunday sipping beer I ask the bar man for a cider recommendation. After hanging out for a bit and enjoying my selection, a wee glass of Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, I head back across the street to drop off the "payment" at the bike shop, after all no good deed should go unpunished.
|Old Rasputin Imperial Stout|