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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 a little bit tweaking, and I didn’t have the particular Campagnolo wrench. Nonetheless, I lastly bought round to digging out a daily one:

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

The entrance was one other story:

Nonetheless, after attacking it from varied 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 cosy up the little D-ring bolt on the rear shifter no less than a couple of instances on each journey, and I used to be decided to unravel the issue. These shifters are terribly easy. Right here’s all that’s inside:

After which there’s these items:

When transferring the shifter, what occurs is the massive 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 no less than threadsnugging) concoction that Grant Petersen despatched me awhile again, although that didn’t do the trick. So this time round I assumed perhaps throwing an additional washer in there between the keyed nylon insert and the washer that claims “Campagnolo” on it’d repair it, however after placing it again collectively and transferring the shifter forwards and backwards I might see that wasn’t doing it both.

Oh properly, I figured that no less than I’d managed to regulate the saddle, so settling for one out of two I headed out for a journey. 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 approach approach approach higher, and for the primary time since receiving it I discovered myself instantly pondering it was no less than pretty much as good if not higher than the Vengeance Bike:

Positive, there’s the loosening shifter, however the Vengeance Bike had that too. In actual fact 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 cosy 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 by means of Switzerland that approach, however I did finally clear up the issue by eradicating a washer. So hopefully I’ll determine it out on this shifter too. Or I might all the time exchange it with a retrofriction shifter of comparable classic, since they solely price $950:

Yeah, I’ll simply hold snugging up the bolt, thanks. And no less than 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 appears to be like quick whereas standing nonetheless, and in addition type of makes me need to flip round and run away from it as shortly 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 elegant:

Mismatched shifters however:

Additionally, regardless of the climate the paths had been fairly rideable for those who knew the place to look:

Good factor I do know the place to look.



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