art or gastroenterology?
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
toe overlap is a bugger
but it's also easily avoided
e.g. stop pedalling when you need to turn the front wheel sharply.
it's a good thing to avoid.
toe clips help.
these VO clips needed bending
but now everything's ticketyboo.
for some reason the left crank comes closer than the right
Sunday, November 27, 2011
but because he just got out after 81 days of detention
by the Chinese Government
and he's still willing to stick it up them.
will he become the Chinese Mandela?
we can only hope.
Ai Wei Wei.
Friday, November 25, 2011
shimano silver canti brake levers from hard rubbish.
suntour accushift levers from fleabay.
gear changes are now faster and quieter.
velo orange 'kraton' grips
there was a little ratchet problem with the bike's original set-up
it just wouldn't stay on the third rear cog.
problem solved with friction.
the beauty of these is if you have any problems with gear changes when riding
you can usually solve them without having to stop
let alone get off the bike or heaven forbid
enter a bike shop.
from now on I know to steer clear of integrated shifter/brake combos
Monday, November 21, 2011
steph's metro now has the deer-head derailleur
which was the precursor to the
deore, which became shimano's top-of-the-line
mtb gear system
it has partially resolved a sticky gear problem with the old
SIS/Altus rear derailleur
but part of the problem is in the indexing ratchet of the shifter.
so that will have to go.
been finding in my research that
early mtb indexed shifters
even of the deore group
were notoriously prone to not working properly.
and the integrated shifter/brake assemblies are also unreliable,
expensive and rare (because so few survived in working order?)
a bit of soft focus for you to enjoy
inspired by the clement weather
velo orange deep half clips are nice
but a bit too open to be effective
so I recommend bending them back somewhat
this gives a better "wrap" around the toe
for security and lift
and also can reduce toe-everlap
with the front wheel.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Excellent equipment of Pack and
Carrying Gear for All Cyclists At Heart
OstrichThe Big Bicycling
this is what it says on the leather patch
classic japanese product blurb
big enough for everything
yes some heel strike
but only if you pedal with a totally flat foot
if and when they ever need it.
will find out soon how waterproof
although that's not a major concern.