My Kingdom for a Screw


This is a 4mm x 12mm machine screw.   It is similar to the one that is found in my Shimano M505 pedals.   These screws are used to adjust the clip tension.   I had lost one of them as a result of falling off of the mountain bike way too many times.

But I do like clipless pedals, and now with a few miles on the new Trek I can say that the stock platforms are a bit small for my fat feet, so I thought it might be prudent to put the old SPDs on the new bike.  I’ll just run down to the local bike shop and get a replacement screw.  Easy!

Except apparently, if you walk into a bike shop with these


and ask for a replacement screw, it is akin to asking to see the the snipe holding Sasquatch’s holy grail. “Special order,” “Those are old pedals!” and about 100 different variations of the same theme.

So I went to the local hardware store, pedal in hand, and found one that matched. Total cost: $0.74. I could have gone with the chrome version, but that was going to cost $4.50. For one screw!  Seriously!

The good news is that the pedal is now complete. The bad news is that the guys that assembled the bike really wedged the stock pedals in tight, and I can’t get them off. Or at least without risking breaking something, most likely my fingers. So the new bike goes into the shop on Friday for it’s post-purchase adjustment, and I’ll have them mount them at that point.

Pedals. Bane of my existence.

First Rocketship Ride

Today was the first commute day on the new bike.  It wasn’t  nearly as painful as I thought, but it is mostly downhill and I still have to ride it home.


First impressions.

It gets sideways in loose gravel quicker than fat kids eat cake. I’m coming off MTBs with 2.25s on ’em, so I suppose that’s normal and skinny tires are something to which I’ll just have to adapt. The rear derailleur needs adjustment. It’s missing when moving to the smaller cogs. The shop said they wanted to see the bike after about 10 hours of ride time to adjust brakes and shifty bits, so I’ll let them know that then.

It was a dream on pavement, though. It felt like pushing nothing at all. The saddle and bars were comfortable, although I found my right hand falling asleep. Having a whole lot of options on the bars was nice. I rode most of it down in the drops and some of it up on the horns. I’ll figure out what works, and then do that. I also need to invest in some good gloves.

Nothing on Earth is better than hydraulic disk brakes. A little bit too much play in the brake levers, but I can have the shop adjust that, too.

The integrated shifters are gonna be a learning thing for me. I’ve always had triggers for lots of single track quick shifts, so the paddles are going to take a little getting used to. Mostly I need to lighten up on my touch. A couple of times I engaged the brake when shifting, which is a drag (heh!) because when you’re as slow as I am, momentum is everything.

The stock platforms are small and I have really fat feet so I’m going to put my old M505 SPDs on it, as soon as I find a replacement adjustment screw for one of ’em. Which is akin to the Holy Grail, apparently.

Overall, I’m stoked.