Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: New York and San Juan
Bikes: Kestrel Talon SL, Surly Steamroller, Equipe SS/FG Beater
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Left One Out
After returning from my ride today I noticed that my rear wheel on my SS had a lot of play. So I took the rear wheel off and discovered that the bearings were loose. It was a good opportunity to clean things up and repack the bearings, which I did. I reassembled everything, tightened up the bearings and reinstalled the rear wheel, adjusted the chain.
I grabbed a beer and sat down feeling like I accomplished something and was ready for my ride tomorrow. No such luck. I looked down on the floor and picked up a nice shiny ball bearing. Instead of being angry, I laughed. This is not the first time this has happened. Now I'm not the worlds greatest mechanic but I have managed to build up all three of my bikes. I like fiddling as much as riding. There's something about walking into the local LBS and laying down a wad of cash and leaving with something ready to ride that bothers me.
So I started the process all over again. Shame on me for making the same mistake more than once. But, at least, it kept me off the couch.