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Old 07-11-10, 06:08 PM   #1
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Consolation ride

Saturday was supposed to be the Mt Greylock Century ride but due to a heavy downpour I made the wise choice and opted out. So today with beautiful weather I put in an 80 mile solo ride on rolling terrain - although only 4000' of climbing, far short of the 10K the century would have given me. Oh well - it was a wonderful ride anyway, an old favorite but this time I modified the course to eliminate a stretch on a rural highway - I got lost briefly but recovered nicely - only added 3 extra miles. I do this ride several times in the summer - I will probably do it two more times this year. I think to keep it from getting stale I will modify the course. I am on my 4th revision on this route - but next time I won't get lost...
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After spending yesterday ambling about with wifey, I rode a bit (only 55 miles) and wrenched a bit today (repacking front hub bearings).

The riding was fine!! The wrenching.....well, I guess I need thinner cone wrenches for the Shimano Deore Hubs on the T.E.

I'll take it out for a nice long ride tomorrow and see if the hub stays relatively well adjusted. It's got a worn cone so a trip to the LBS will be in order anyway...they may just get a job repacking all my bearings too.

As for you getting lost....I am quite easily amused so getting lost is often my favorite part of any journey!
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Old 07-11-10, 07:03 PM   #3
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I did some wrenching too, swapping saddles, move my Sella Anatomica to the Simoncini and put the E3 back on the Tarmac. I was waiting until after the Greylock century to make the switch but I never anticipated I would not participate. Now I will have to go through the hassle of fine tuning both back in.

I have no real desire to repack bearings, I have not ever opened mine up, I actually thought they were sealed and did not need repacking, but I guess I'd better check now.
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I developed a ticking sound a couple hundred miles ago. I really hoped it was my front wheel as I'm still a BB Virgin! Turned out to be the wheel.

When I got it apart I found that a ball bearing had been left out by who(m)ever serviced it last. That's the side with the slightly worn cone, the race looks O.K. I have lotsa spare balls (leave it alone) in the basement from bikes I've cannabalized, so I replaced the missing one and slapped it back together as best as I could with my inadequately fat cone wrench.
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I developed a ticking sound a couple hundred miles ago. I really hoped it was my front wheel as I'm still a BB Virgin! Turned out to be the wheel.

When I got it apart I found that a ball bearing had been left out by who(m)ever serviced it last. That's the side with the slightly worn cone, the race looks O.K. I have lotsa spare balls (leave it alone) in the basement from bikes I've cannabalized, so I replaced the missing one and slapped it back together as best as I could with my inadequately fat cone wrench.
Watch out for those bearings-once they get a bit worn you can fit an extra one in the race-------And yes I did this in my early days. Cost me a new hub.

But the balls are cheap enough- I always keep a packet of each size in my spares box and I NEVER put a new one- or a used one- into an existing set. I either leave alone or fit a complete new set.

And Cone wrenches- For years I used a cheap set I bought in my early days. They got used for various other nuts- funny how I can never find the right size proper spanner but the cone wrenches fitted. Rounded them off and a couple of years ago I bought a complete set of Park wrenches at as much for one spanner as I initially paid for the complete set. In fact as anyone building a hub will realise- I bought two of each size as that is what you need. Cost as much as a wheel but good tools are worth it.

Only problem is---I haven't used them since as most of my hubs have complete bearings fitted.
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