How About a Bicycle-Related Post, For a Change?
I was waiting around the house to see if a package I am waiting on would show up (it didn't), so I passed my time doing some bicycle chores.
It was time for a new chain and, while I had it off, I replaced the finicky medium-cage XTR rear derailleur with this long-cage XT. I also replaced the rear derailleur cable, while I was at it. On the test-ride, it shifted much more smoothly than the XTR, and the long cage allows for cross-chaining in both directions with no problem.
here to see the pictures, price, etc, if you are interested.) With both the Bridgestone XO-2 and the Handsome XOXO in the fleet, I really can't justify keeping this one. Even though it is probably my second-rarest bike, behind the Iver Johnson truss bike, I think it is time to pass it along.
In the middle of that, I got all ADD and installed the rack from the RC onto the Mukluk (that took some head-scratching and adaptation of parts), and started working on fenders. I made some progress, but I am not satisfied with it, so no pictures until later.
I am also going to put my big Basil canvas panniers up for sale on Craigslist:
I finished the day up by installing new Foss tubes in the tires of the Handsome XOXO. If they work the way they are supposed to, I figure they will be worth the price on a commuter bike.
I cleaned the drivetrain, and noticed how chipped up the chainstay was getting. So, I wrapped the stay with some white handlebar tape (to tie in with the white panel on the downtube). Then, I reinstalled the bag and bag support. (I forgot to take pictures, so I just now snapped one out in the dark of the front yard.)
I need to get back to commuting by bike. I took a treadmill stress-test, the other day, during some health-related weirdness. The doctor told me that I was in good shape, and had beat the time of everyone else who had done the test for the past week. But, I have spent 8 weeks of the past 12 being under the weather, and I can only think that might be related to the fact that I haven't been riding the bike on a regular basis.
The bikes are ready to go. Now, I need to get going, myself...