Monday, November 3, 2008

[Frustration] and the Art of Bicycle Maintenence.


Beauty, right? Well...it wasn't always that way. Let me tell you a short story.

Once upon a time not so very long ago, I decided that it would be beneficial (and fun!) to take apart my new Rig. Clean it, lube it, spit in it, on it, and maybe switch out a few parts here and there...the "works," if you will. Soon afterwards, I found myself in Adam's basement late last Thursday night, taking it apart with a little bit of McDonald's and some imagination in our hands.

Why not Put a different crank on?

Heh. The rest went as follows:

Crank Removal-Success
Bottom Bracket Removal-Success
Eccentric Removal-Success
Grip Removal-Sucess
Exchange of parts-Success
New Grips-Success
New Crank-Uhhhh...What?




As it turned out, there was a slight side to side play in the crank when we installed it (not good, amigo.) that we didn't expect. So what did we do? We Postponed 'till Saturday. What happened Saturday? We used spacers. Still play. More spacers. Still play. Even. More. Spacers. Still the SAME amount. So, after two trips to Alger and some coffee, we rode.

Ticked off, I might add.

...The best part? The only thing we had to do was use no spacers, as Adam discovered later that night in a near insomnia-stricken daze. And now it works.


On the lighter side of things, I was surfing the web as my usual Monday pre-work routine would have me, and I came across quite an amusing Video.

Check it out.

Thoughts?

1 comment:

The Jackal said...

Many a thing will you learn about bike maintenace by trial and error.....as well as when you can't sleep. :)