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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Coming At It From One other Angle – Bike Snob NYC


I used to be strolling in Brooklyn not too way back once I seen this:

Right here’s the story:

What, all these phrases and no element on the drivetrain or the body tubing?

I’m deeply offended as a taxpayer.

Talking of classic bikes, I’m happy to report that this previous Friday I had a breakthrough with the Cervino:

As I discussed just lately, I’d been feeling the saddle angle wanted just a little tweaking, and I didn’t have the particular Campagnolo wrench. Nevertheless, I lastly obtained round to digging out an everyday one:

There was sufficient clearance within the rear (straightforward now!) to get a pair turns in on the rearward bolt:

The entrance was one other story:

Nevertheless, after attacking it from numerous angles I managed to finish the adjustment.

Subsequent, I moved onto the shifters:

I’ve come to essentially just like the top-mount place because it’s really easy to shift one-handed, however I discover I have to comfortable up the little D-ring bolt on the rear shifter a minimum of a number of instances on each experience, and I used to be decided to resolve the issue. These shifters are terribly easy. Right here’s all that’s inside:

After which there’s these things:

When shifting the shifter, what occurs is the big washer that claims “Campagnolo” on it strikes ever so barely–simply sufficient to loosen the D-ring bolt only a teensy bit. I’m reluctant to make use of Loctite, and I’ve already tried a hand-crafted threadlocking (or a minimum of threadsnugging) concoction that Grant Petersen despatched me awhile again, although that didn’t do the trick. So this time round I assumed possibly throwing an additional washer in there between the keyed nylon insert and the washer that claims “Campagnolo” on it would repair it, however after placing it again collectively and shifting the shifter forwards and backwards I may see that wasn’t doing it both.

Oh nicely, I figured that a minimum of I’d managed to regulate the saddle, so settling for one out of two I headed out for a experience. Because it turned out, I’d underestimated the consequences of a minute saddle adjustment, as a result of the bike felt not just a bit bit higher however manner manner manner higher, and for the primary time since receiving it I discovered myself instantly considering it was a minimum of nearly as good if not higher than the Vengeance Bike:

Positive, there’s the loosening shifter, however the Vengeance Bike had that too. Actually it had two completely different shifters on it:

The entrance was a retrofriction or “Doppler” shifter that stayed put, however the rear had just about the identical internals because the one on the Cervino, and it loosened so readily I needed to comfortable up the bolt each time I used it:

This didn’t diminish my fondness for the bicycle, and in reality I rode all of it via Switzerland that manner, however I did ultimately resolve the issue by eradicating a washer. So hopefully I’ll determine it out on this shifter too. Or I may at all times change it with a retrofriction shifter of comparable classic, since they solely price $950:

Yeah, I’ll simply maintain snugging up the bolt, thanks. And a minimum of I don’t must cost it.

Talking of the Vengeance Bike, a reader just lately shared this with me:

That bike is pure velocity, in that it seems quick whereas standing nonetheless, and likewise sort of makes me wish to flip round and run away from it as rapidly as I can.

Anyway, after Friday it rained for a number of days, so I switched to a bicycle higher suited to the circumstances:

The shifting on this bicycle is nothing in need of chic:

Mismatched shifters however:

Additionally, regardless of the climate the paths have been fairly rideable in the event you knew the place to look:

Good factor I do know the place to look.

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