Just getting used to this great bike, it's been a very long time since I've biked. My first shock was how light and quick this bike is, guess I rode pretty much junk before. What I'm convinced I have to do though for safety and comfort starts with replacing the drop bars with either straight or slightly elevated, and putting brake levers where I can reach them quickly.
I was on the Jenson.com site recently and found these:
Obviously they're not top grade choices though I doubt my riding style will be that demanding for awhile. But do these choices appear to work well for what I'm after? A slightly more upright riding position and quick access to the brakes. I'm doing the work myself, so any mistakes will have only one eejit to blame.
Also, the rear hub has some side-to-side play when in the frame, not a lot, but some. The mounting nuts are tight holding the wheel, and I've been searching for an exploded type drawing of how that hub is put together...bearings...whatever that might need replacement. Or maybe not, perhaps a little 'play' in there is normal?
This is certainly a long first post, sorry, but I saw this statement while Googling Langsters; is this guys' statement valid and something I should look at? Being a stone rookie, I've no idea what a spider is for example.
Nevertheless weight is not an issue - what is far, FAR more important than that is the chainline. It is WRONG as you get it, and the first thing you should do is to put the chainring _inside_ the spider, not outside (might need to get a smaller one than the stock 48t, I use a 46t and it's okay). Your reward will be a much smoother experience....
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