Gone Fishin'

HEY!

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!

4.12.2008

As Promised...

Blogging about the changes in my fixed-gear bike yesterday provided me with the motivation to make the final changes to it today. Grinding the chainring bolts down a bit allowed me to install the larger, 53-tooth chainring that came with the crankset that is on this bike. Of course, I also swapped the cog in back to a 22. For those keeping score, that means I've gone from a 39X14 to a 53X22 gear, which is a slightly easier gear. More importantly, the larger ring and cog mean that far more teeth are engaged with the chain both front and back, for more security and a more positive feel in terms of being connected to the drivetrain. My neighbor's son-in-law gave me these sweet chrome fenders, and a flip of the bars and installation of brake, lights and grips rounds out the changes. Altogether, the bike looks a lot less racy and more civilized, and so is the ride. Body position is more upright, but this thing still cooks just fine and is far lighter and nimbler than its form suggests.
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