today was going so well,
weather was perfect at a BARMY 6 degrees centigrade, pretty much tropical,
the parcel force man came at 10 am! dropped off a hacksaw and drill bits,
I was ready, i was prepared, so i thought, for a day of lockdown tinkering to whittle away the hours before monday dredd set in and took up the evening slot
first job of the day was sizing up if i wanted to drill this pomp fork or put on this all day fork, pretty radically different forks you can imagine, not only aesthetically but the allday is 2omm shorter and 4 degrees steeper.
I was however, waiting for the drill to charge so a slid the all day on and DAMN, it looked perfect. and by perfect i do not mean normatively perfect, i mean perfect in the sense it looks supremely fucked up, like WOW.
the tt was now flatter, the front end was lower and i was going to have to run A LOT of spacers, and that....that all sounds great
alas, i sacked off the drill and got to work on this terrible project, first port of call chopping the steerer. luckily i had a new hacksaw and a pile of blades, i went at it, absolutely the worst sawing you've ever seen, half strokes, no pressure, i was pretty much massaging it. i got the hang of it after a while and decided to break for lunch
it was left over vegetable chili and rice from the night before, delicious. always better the next day, better flavour , time to mature yada yada.
Refreshed I'm back at it and with a little protein in me i decimated that steerer and placed it in the frame. I couldn't help but let out a sort of hans gruber style laugh when i saw the amount of spacers i was putting on, 20mm after 20mm, it was like a ring toss and i was nailing it.
even the starnut went straight in first time, alas when tightening the headset the top was a little uneven, nothing some haphazard filing couldn't solve, being careful not to file my Thomson stem. result, we were SECURE.
next up light. The bolt i had was too short so i dug around in my parts bin and found this old suspension linkage pin for another project i sacked off and it was perfect, in all but the stuped light bracket needed spacers.
i thought this is it, day over, i simply do not have it,
time to go upstairs and look at an sjs basket for one particular part but order £400 worth of crap with it
it was only when thinking about paul brakes and their springs (of which i need a set to fix a broken one I have in a box) i though v brake pad spacers! rummaging around in a freshly organised tool box i soon found them and they worked perfectly, i just hope i don't need that brake soon.
2 major obstacles over come already, i'm unstoppable
putting it all together again, a breeze, even re wrapping the dyno cable, nothing, ez claps in the chat please
i'm suited and booted ready for a ride now i've put all the bits on, time to hit the suburban culdesac to check it doesn't fall to bits.
couple of pedal strokes, silent
little bump test, not a peep
brakes. ...... brakes??? .....brakes!!!!!
pulling on them felt like a putting your hand into mary berry's Victoria sponge, luckily the traffic flow was low enough that i didn't die, unfortunately, because if i did i wouldn't have to fix these now
the first one took some faff but eventually went together, nice and sharp, little tweak of the spring tension, a little swear word, nice, crisp, lovely.
the rear? the....rear
last night i added an extra link to my chain to better sit the wheel in the dimple, loads mor clearance now. the issue is however the humble trp8.4 is stretched to its absolute limit , with the pad so close to the pivot it's pretty much long pull now.
which in lies the issue, my brakes are short pull, no amount of tweaking was getting it to work, i pulled the cable in every which way, damn, i got a new cable and recut housing, nada, at best it now felt like a contestants attempt at a mary berry sponge.
the realisation that if i wanted this to work i'd have to buy yet more parts was setting in and it just felt so grim
the constant variables in setting up bikes, the differences, it's never ending and tbqh i think it's more tedious as this is my only bike, so i am now bikeless. makes me feel like an idiot for doing all this.
but we didn't woe too long, i thought "ah it's fine, i'll just make it fixed and deal with this in a month or so, it's fine"
go to my old wheel set, whip the lockring off, the cog, back to my new one
i just wanted to promptly put it all in the green bin then climb in myself
it's in the shed now, half the bartape off, brake mushly set up , im eating tortilla chips and writing this
i think realistically i will buy some diacomp v brakes and long pull levers, maybe some wider bars at some point, but for now it's just in the shed
whomest is riding in january anyway?
it's all muddy and cold
honestly i just want the 3060ti's to restock then i can never touch a bike again as i will just be playing warcrime simulators.
anyway, here's a picture before i broke it