Sunday, October 5, 2014

It's been a while

It's been a while sine I've posted anything. Zipp, Service Course, Cyclocross bar tape is good stuff. Get it for your road bike. Your hands will thank you. A little more padded, with a rubbery texture for sweaty hands. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Porky's BBQ Ride Rport


Sunday, September 15, 2013

What's New? New Frame?

It's been a few days since my last post. 
It looks like I'll be helping out at Blue Vue Bicycles along with Midwest Cyclery. You can't be to busy right? So what's new. It looks like I'll be building a cyclo-cross frame for Alyssa Severn.

Besides being pretty rad and all around class act, she usually finishes high on the podium.

What's this you're building a frame? What happened to the Z-Frame? Well Zeke, the good news is, you are now back in the queue, It's just you've been moved down the queue. Hey at least there is a queue now.

I guess I need to get to work right? Well as soon as this guy attaches the vise. Holy Smokes! How long has he been open? Well to be completely fair, he has to reinforce the bottom of the table before he can just bolt it on; and the way the table I built it's a little bit of a challenge...but just a bit. He promises tomorrow.

There you have it. Some assembly required. True Temper OX Platinum, Henry James stainless dropouts, and other accoutrements, such as braze-ons and not to mention Paragon Machine Works PF30 Bottom Bracket, and 44mm Head Tube.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Threaded Headset and Commitment To Non-commitment

Just when you thought the threaded fork and quill stem was a thing of the past.
Some of the new crosstown bikes are using threaded 1-1/8" forks and quill stems. I like this for the city/hybrid bikes. It gives easy adjustability of the stem without committing to cutting a fork steerer down and messing with stem spacers. 
Speaking of commitments, I see Mr. Goodcents has dropped the Mr. to become known as gender ambiguous Goodcents. Not that I care. What's interesting to me is their commitment to being neutral (...don't want to offend....), and making their distinction as just being...."Deli Fresh". I suspect if I ask them, "How is your deli different from others", they would just say, "we taste "Deli Fresh"". I'm not sure this would get by Don Draper.
I wonder if they still offer 6", 12", or 18". I mean if you are using the English standard system means you are against the metric system....right? It's not possible both measuring systems would work, one must be right, and the other must be wrong. Maybe they offer subs in "Health Maintenance Length" for 12", and "Active Lifestyle Length" for 18". Then this leaves the 6"....who can eat a 6" sub and come away still not hungry anyway? How about "Abbreviated Health Maintenance Length?

Saturday, June 1, 2013

PD-M959 Pedal Rebuild and Frozen Knee Saver Removal

I have a set of Shimano PD-M959 (Before XTR) pedals that I put a set of KneeSavers on that got frozen on the spindle. I put the kneesavers on to give myself ankle clearance for when I wore my winter shoes or shoe covers. I discovered this winter I really don't need to be spaced out that much, so I decided to remove them. What I discovered was they were frozen to the pedal spindle.
The problem is this model of pedal does not have the usual 15mm flats on the spindle to tighten the pedal to the crank arm. Instead the pedal can only be tightened using a 10mm allen wrench on the back side of the spindle. However the backside of the KneeSaver / extensions is solid and covers the allen wrench access. So the question is, how do I get it tight? A strap Wrench and as you can see the KneeSavers have 22mm flats.

The first thing I did was drill a small 3/32" hole through the backside of the extension to allow a penetrant like PB Blaster, WD-40, or Liquid Wrench access to the blind side of the threads. After a week of soaking it didn't budge. Time for the frozen bolt torch technique.

I had to remove the spindle from the pedal body and disassemble it. First you need a 17mm wrench and since this is the right/drive pedal the threads are left hand thread. Why left hand thread? If they were right hand thread and through a process of "mechanical precession" they would loosen up over time. So it's Righty Loosey.

Unassembled and ready for the torch. Those are 3/32" bearings, even with a magnetic bowl one managed to escape me. No big deal since 12 fill the whole bearing race.

The idea with the torch is, you want to heat the extension so it expands breaking the bond between the two. You want to heat the extension, not the spindle as best you can, so keep the heat on the extension. Yu want to heat the extension so you get a little discoloration. Too hot or you will be deforming the threads and possibly welding the threads don't want that. Once you start getting some discoloration you might hear a popping sound of the two becoming unbounded.

Let it cool, but while it's still a little hot, see if you can work it loose. I was able to get about 1/16 of a turn, and that was just enough to get some momentum. Be careful here, the vice grips are clamped on the flat part, not the bearing races.

1/16th of a turn became 1/8th, became 1/4 turn and so on. After about 15minutes of work the kneesavers/extensions are off.

You have to put those 12 bearings on the bearing race in that barrel looking thing, then slide the barrel thing over the spindle. Use a fair amount of grease, this will allow the bearings to stick and not fall out. Remember to put the plastic bearing retainer back in with the beveled side up. Then just put in the last set of 12 bearings.

Remember it's Left hand thread. So it's Lefty Tighty! There you have it. I used PhilWood grease so it's buttery smooth.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Old School Cycling Fundamentals

Old cycling fundamental books are a good thing. This is from a series of books from Bicycling Magazine in 1985 called "Riding & Racing Techniques".

I've never seen this in any other "Fundamental" book. This is good to know this time of year.... There are more flats in the rain because water works as a lubricant to help any piece of glass you might have picked up to pass through your tire. I remember being taught this thumb wrap around technique back in the day and being told, this is the no.1 reason to wear gloves. Knowing this kind of brings a catch 22 to using fenders, because fender make it impossible to brush the rear tire.
The book also has no less than 8 pages dedicated to the fundamentals of pacelines. Another fundamental that people should know. When it's your turn at the front, it's not time to emulate Eddy Merckx and speed up the pace 3-5mph. It's called a "pace" line, not an interval line. I was talking about gloves right? Sorry a pet peeve of mine.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

So What's New?

You never know what I'm going to post. What's new?
Who didn't like Jaws in MoonRaker? 

Ahhhh 1979, back when an "Millionaire Madman" could still afford a space station, and the idea of being a Billionaire was out of scope for a make believe story.