Thursday, September 18, 2008

Commuter Bike Update

Cycle Snack: What am I gonna ride now?

In the previous post I said I was going to set up my fixation back to a commuter.  I put the 42t crank on and took off the 32t.  Decided to to set up the 16t cog in the rear on the free wheel hub.  Tried to do a Ghost Chain but couldn't find the right chain length, which was largely due to having the 42t crank up front.

Drive train was good to go but then disaster struck.  As I was replacing the stem and going to my profile design 135 degree riser stem, I was tightening the headset cap when I heard a click.  I knew that couldn't be good.  Took off the cap and saw that the star nut had totally shifted to one side.  So I am not riding to work tomorrow.  Fortunatley, I have another star nut, so I dropping the fork off at the Bicycle Goodie Shop in Bethel tomorrow and hope that I get it back in time so that I can put the bike back together.

I did try the riser stem with the drop bars and it was totally goofy.  It felt like riding my father-in-law's comfort bike.  I think I am going to try a 5 degree rise stem and go with the flat bars.  Hopefully my TomiCog will come in and I can get it all together in time for Tuesday's commute.

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