Saturday, January 10, 2009
Ready for the first ride
Hmm, deserve a beer for that.
Friday, January 09, 2009
Seat, attempt 2
Looks the business.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Little felt washers to protect the medal / resin interface on the cranks.
A big Allan key to screw it home. Pairs of pedals come in Right-hand-side and Left-hand-side pairs, with opposite thread directions.
And there it is. On.
Nearly ready for a ride now, but I'll check it over, over a can of beer, to make sure I've not missed anything.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Adjusting the rear derailleur
So easy it is probably not worthy of a beer, but I'll have one anyway.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Adjusting the front derailleur
Just spun the cog and checked the gears changed OK.
As it is otherwise another step completed it is a good enough excuse to have a beer though.
Monday, January 05, 2009
De-bagged! There is a little lip on the inside so it will only go on the seat tube one way up.
A little anti-stick paste wiped on the inside and on the seat-tube it goes.
But now realise I have no seat. Hmm. Have to think about what to do here. Shall have a beer.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Install the chain
Just lay it across the front, remembering to feed it through the front dérailleur.
Lay it across the back and feed it through the rear dérailleur.
The magic link. I like magic links as I like to take my chain off quite often and clean it in a wax bath.
The chain is not seated right as the dérailleur needs a little fine adjustment.
And there we have it.
Another beer is called for now.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Put the tires on
And a couple of spiked tires will be perfect for riding on the ice.
Oh dear, now I know why the first tube hasn't been used, and hence languishing at the back of the shelf for so long. The valve is some wierdness for a very deep rim and doesn't have a thread for a nut to hold it in place. Oops, that's not good.
Oh dear, now I know why the second tube hasn't been used, and hence languishing at the back of the shelf for so long. It's a schrader valve, and hence way too big for the hole in the rims of any wheels I have.
Right, now I know why they were prizes, they were boobie prizes! I do hope the thought of my reaction on opening the boxes made them happy. So those two tubes have gone to the charity shop, no doubt to entertain someone else in the near future. I've no use for them. Now well, I'll just have to go and get a pair of tubes from the stock I keep for my racing bikes. These Bontrager are sweet tubes. I forget who actually manufactures them.
A little air in them to make sure they fit, and don't already have a puncture. The valve stem looks a little short, but it's just because the tube is sat above the rim. I hope.
Fit the tires.
Pump them up a little harder than what I use for racing.
See the valve comes through now.
And onto the bike go the wheels.
Looks even more like a bicyce now.
Time for a beer.
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