Sunday, May 24, 2015
Over the winter, the cage on one of the Peugeot's stock pedals cracked. On top of that, I lost the dust cap at some point, and the grease was beginning to leak out. So I figured it was time to replace them. The original pedals were French-threaded, though, so I had the good folks at Queen City Cycles re-tap the cranks for me. Then I added some All-City Track pedals in a pretty sweet gold color that closely matches the gold lettering on the PH-10's frame. A bit flashier than I normally prefer, but I must say they look pretty slick.
Next, I ran new cables and housing and re-wrapped the bars. In the process I decided to go ahead and move the brake levers up slightly on the handlebars to give me a somewhat more upright, less stretched-out riding position when resting my hands on ￼the hoods. I also tried a new bar tape that the guys at QCC recommended - a thick-ass 2.5mm tape from Zevlin with an RBICI design. While the bar tape looks and feels great and the pedals are totally rad, I decided to try running the brake cables over the bars rather than under them, and I'm not happy with the way it turned out. So I'll be re-routing the cables as soon as I get a chance.
I still need to replace the bottom bracket cartridge and I recently noticed a pretty decent bend in the outer chainring that needs to be addressed, so I've got more work to do. But in the meantime, the old girl's riding pretty well.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
I ran across information on the Tour de Crawdad on Facebook and was on the fence about riding it. In the end, a professional colleague personally invited me and I made a game-time call - the night before the event - to try it out. The itinerary was simple. There were three ride distances: 20, 44, and 62 miles. The rides distances were staggered, with the 62-miler kicking off at 7AM and the 20-miler kicking off at 9AM, with the 44-miler on the hour in between. The ride ended where it began, at a fence company west of Springfield, at which point there was a crawfish boil and beer on tap from Springfield Brew Co.
Since it was a last minute decision, I didn't have much time to prepare and I didn't really have time to invite a riding companion or two. I pared down the gear on the Peugeot so that all I was carrying was my leather tool roll, which I stowed under the saddle, a mini-pump, and my bluetooth speaker. I arrived at Carnahan White's parking lot just in time to unload, pick up my swag and wristband, and hop on my bike for the start of the ride. The route was really great; unusually flat for the Ozarks, although we fought a treacherous headwind for much of the ride. Without companions to keep me occupied, I ended up putting my head down and cranking out the ride at a decent clip. A little over an hour later, I was one of the first riders to arrive at the finish.
Filling up on beautifully cooked mudbugs and washing it down with beer on tap was most definitely the best part of the event. Kudos to the chef, because the crawfish were fantastic. We emptied all the kegs before noon, which was a bit of a bummer, but I had to duck out early anyways to take over child care duty so that Ginger could work Rock n' Ribs. I heard rumor that the organizers were on top of the situation and that more beer was on the way. In the end, I had a great time despite the fact that I was flying solo. Next year I'll be bringing some friends along so that we can turn Tour de Crawdad into a real party.
at 10:03 PM
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
I didn't have time to tackle cables and housing, which wouldn't have mattered anyways since the guy in the shop accidentally sold me a mountain brake cable along with the other road brake and shift cables I bought. I was also considering replacing the bottom bracket cartridge, so I'll probably end up grabbing one of those when I pick up the one brake cable I'm lacking.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Spring is here and, for me, that means two things: 1) tune-ups and 2) Cruisin' for a Brewsin. With regard to C4B, the March installment - the first of the year - was rainy and cold, but predictably awesome. The ride included Mother's tasting room and J.O.B., which were both a blast. And of course the usual kick-off and finale at Dugout. My buddy KC came along on his trike and passed out Park tire levers to all the other riders. Just talked to a couple people who've already used theirs.
As fun as last month's C4B was, this month's is looking to be even better. The April ride is scheduled for this coming Thursday and is slated to include stops at Lindberg's, University Plaza hotel, and as always, the Dugout. Lindberg's is one of my favorite regular stops on C4B nights. I'm also looking forward to seeing what happens when a bunch of bike geeks with skid lids crash the U.P. Anyways, be at the Dugout at 6:30 on Thursday for a good time.