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.

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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.

Almost Like Christmas (a.k.a. Thanks, Honey!)

As I mentioned earlier, I was eyeballing some of the nifty new bikes Trek has in their lineup.  Now I have one.

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The thing is about 10 lbs lighter than the Gary Fisher, and feels like pedaling nothing at all. I’m riding it into work tomorrow, which will be the longest ride I’ve done (15 miles) in about 10 years.

I’m kind of excited.

The Inspection

I finally go the 7000 frame up on the rack so I could take a closer look at it.  I didn’t have high hopes that I could salvage anything from it, and after a closer look, I’m pretty sure that’s going to be the case. That’s alright, though. The immediate goal here is to get the bike torn down and prepped for a shiny new coat of paint.

Here she is, in all her purple glory.

IMG_20170814_162103.jpgShe sat in various states of decay in a number of dank basements, garages, and driveways for a number of years, so it didn’t surprise me to find any number of rough spots.  The aluminum risers were specked with rot, there are a couple of places on the frame where the paint is completely gone and the frame is roughing up.

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Paint off the frame

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Rot on the riser

The drive train seemed to be in OK shape for a 25 year old ride, but I’m still tossing it all out and replacing it with something newer. Which is going to be true for almost everything on this rig.

I struggle with “Hey, I can use that someday” disease, so it’s important that I remember exactly what it is I’m doing here.  My dad was an absolute hoarder and when he died I collected a bunch of his tools.  You can see some of it in the top photograph underneath the bench.  There’s a scroll saw and a chop saw – I am the world’s worst carpenter – and an automotive analyzer for cars that have carburetors and distributors and rotors – I am a pretty good mechanic, but damn – a giant pile of miscellaneous box wrenches, ratchets, sockets, and other doo-dads and tchotchke that has great sentiment, but no other value at all.

Part of doing this is to unload a lot of it.  I’m committed to one set of wrenches, one set of sockets, and the absolute bare minimum of carpentry tools.

But I digress… Back to the components.  The chain ring is warn out.  You can see that the big ring needs some new teeth.  The rear derailleur is pretty rotted out (as is the front).  Most of the components look like they’re on a 25 year old bike that spent much of it’s life in a basement.

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So the final verdict is I’m stripping it down to the frame and fork, and tossing the rest.

So stand by for that.