Gone Fishin'


I'm not actively blogging here anymore. But if you got here because you were searching for something about bikes, you might want to check out my latest project, Vermont Goldsprints. In summer of 2014, I bought a used goldsprints racing setup and have made it a mission to get more bikes in more people's faces by putting on fun races in unexpected places. Come join me!



Well, the bike is finished and off to its new owner, a very appreciative co-worker of Kate's. We had to make a house call last night to replace the rear tube. The fact that I should have gone ahead and done that when it was all apart is one of serveral lessons learned on this build. Here are a few others:

1. Standard Shimano 3-speed shift levers rely on a ball bearing trapped between two pieces of metal inside the unit. When you take the unit apart, this bearing has approximately the motility of the Golden Snitch. It will escape and you will lose it.
2. You will not find the bearing until you have reassembled the entire bike and resigned yourself to "hold the lever back for the easiest gear" mode.
3. Upon finding and attempting to reinstall this bearing, you will lose it at least three more tmes, and at least one of these times will be due to your bullheaded insistence that the repairs take place where the bike is parked in tall grass.
4. The paint is never really dry. Looking at it the wrong way during reassembly will cause it to chip.
5. Tightening the cable stop for the shifter onto the down tube will put a ding in the paint. This is fine, because the ding in the paint is covered by the cable stop. Except that you will never get the stop in the correct place to apply the correct tension to the hub the first time.
6. You will probably swear off another project for at least twice the amount of time it took to do the last one. So, the garage remains clean for at least three weeks hence.