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Old 03-22-07, 11:37 PM   #1
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Love it when a plan comes together...

So I've been slammed with work and life stuff this week, sort of a sun up to sun down busy that leaves you wondering "What the heck did I do all day?" as you fall asleep reading about how Schwinn screwed the pooch ("No Hands", very interesting book).

Fretting all week about new parts that were ordered weeks ago but have yet to arrive; today was the deadline to get the bikes together for the weekend. Climbing race Saturday, TTT Sunday with a fair amount of "up" too.

Yesterday the new(ish) Snap On torque wrench arrived, complete with calibration stickie, so I'm ready to bang on some carbon bits.

I do the climbing bike prep, swap out bars and stem, tidy up some details and then at 1:00PM I get the call:

"Cranks are in."

Long to short story pull out two cranks and bottom brackets and swap/install with new/other crank set. The usual messing around to get things right; including taking a die grinder to a brand new Rotor Q-ring to fit it on the Stronglights. Test spin and there's a creaking. Rear wheel hub is loose, and the headset needs a re-torque. Badda bing, I got no cone wrench for the hub. It's 45 minutes RT to the LBS, so I look through the tools and find a cheapo open end that's the right size and take the grinder to it. We have cone wrench. Hub fixed, test ride, all is well. Next!

Misc this and that on the new TT bike (Wendy O Williams only rides a Plasmatic) and it goes out for the test spin. Front derailluers rubbing on the big ring, it needs to go higher but it's at the max adjustment. We can drill the pop rivets and reset the clamp on, but that's another hour to do right and I don't know if I have the right size rivet which could mean an hour round trip and there's got to be a better way, or at least a quicker one.

Coke.

Can.

Shims (under the bottom of the derallieur where it clamps).

We have clearance.

Test ride...nice ka-chunk on the 11. Krap. 20 minutes of swapping/diagnosing and it turns out to be the chain. Wife's down the hill, quick call to her and the LBS and a new chain is on it's way up. Finish putting on the elbow pads, everything else is working and I'm screaming past one of the local pickups on the 53/12...this thing is fast! For grins I scale it...15.8# starting line ready with the carbon 58's. Nice. Don't even have the ZG's on yet, but they'll be offset by the Ergomo when it arrives but it's still dang light for a full on aero rig.

Wife comes home, hands me the chain, and a package the has just arrived.

From England.

No way!

Way!

It's a brand new shiny Bell Meteor, the last piece of the puzzle.

I clean up the garage a bit, bring some order to the chaos, and head inside at 6:30. I pause to look at the two rigs waiting for the weekend.

I love it when a plan comes together.

I just wish it didn't require such a birthing process.
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Old 03-22-07, 11:50 PM   #2
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sounds like the birthing process was half the fun...

this thread needs pics.
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Old 03-22-07, 11:54 PM   #3
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sounds like the birthing process was half the fun...

this thread needs pics.
Monday. OCP quality, I promise.
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Old 03-23-07, 12:50 AM   #4
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I predict souls will be crushed.

I am quite envious of your mechanical ingenuity and aptitude. Sadly, I have the mechanical savvy of an ocelot. An especially smart one, mind.

How does the Meteor 'tuck in' to the back? Definitely the sexiest looking TT helmet. Puts the beating on my LG Rocket in the aesthetics department.
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Old 03-23-07, 05:37 AM   #5
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I can't wait to see the pics, good luck this weekend brotha! Makem' Hurt!
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Old 03-23-07, 09:35 AM   #6
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Dang. Putting your skillz to work. Nice job.
Look forward to the soul crushing report.
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Old 03-23-07, 09:44 AM   #7
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Good luck at Pinole TTT.
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Old 03-23-07, 09:47 AM   #8
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Will the Bell be getting the molded "extension" under the rear tail ala CSC?
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Old 03-23-07, 09:48 AM   #9
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Sweet. Have fun!
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Old 03-23-07, 10:10 AM   #10
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Will the Bell be getting the molded "extension" under the rear tail ala CSC?
If he does it, I will have him make an extra!!
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you must have had a lot of fun with erector sets when you were a kid.
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Long to short story ...
Not!

Just kidding, I like your write ups Vino. Good luck in your races this weekend.
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Old 03-23-07, 02:23 PM   #13
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you must have had a lot of fun with erector sets when you were a kid.
Why do hate erections?
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Old 03-23-07, 02:30 PM   #14
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dang! that's some skidaddle. here's to your race.
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Old 03-23-07, 02:37 PM   #15
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Man, you got all the coll stuff. Can't wait to see the bikes!

I'm taking the weekend off since I'll be racing the next 6 weekends.

I moved from the Elite to the Masters races at Brisbeen, so I'll see you there next weekend.

Then it's Clobberopolis & Sea Slaughter!
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Old 03-23-07, 02:46 PM   #16
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Your wife actualy picks up LBS stuff for you? That story was great until you ruined it with that credibility buster of a line

What is it with Vino's writing style that is so captivating. Surely not the subject matter. Thanks Vino for making a prep story a storey worth reading. I have to say I know what it's like to get original and creative to make things work. Did you install your grany chain deflector thingy ? Let us know how your TTT goes.
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Why do hate erections?
that's the best laugh I've had on these forums since DrPete did his R600DuraAce photoshop!
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that's the best laugh I've had on these forums since DrPete did his R600DuraAce photoshop!
...takes bow.....happy he's appreciated here.
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