Random thoughts on the intersection of cycling, Buddhism and libertarian politics.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I thought I was done with the Schwinn repairs, but I was wrong. Now, I'm 95% there. I was slowed down by having to get a new trigger shifter after the shifter that came with the new hub didn't fit on my bars. This morning I went ahead and hooked it up. After getting it in place I went out for a test ride and it didn't shift quite right, but a little adjustment to the cable tension and I once again have my Schwinn fully functional. The damage - more money than I feel like listing and WAY too much time off the bike.
The results - new front hub which includes a drum brake (weather-proof) and generator, lights (front and rear) powered by the generator, new 3-speed internal rear hub, all new spokes on both wheels and one new tube. Also, the cables for the front brake and the shifter are new.
The only thing I need to do now is get a pile of zip-ties and anchor all of the cables in place and it'll be all done. As it stands I can ride, it's just a little squirrley not having the cables tied down.
I'm primarily a utility cyclist, commuting and shopping as much as possible by bike. I want to do some tours, and have done a few sprint triathlons. In this blog I tend to ramble on about whatever part of the cycling life catches my fancy. I have some seriou retro-grouch tendencies, and lean towards older steel bikes with tried-and-true parts.