excuse the alliteration, and I shall come right to the point.... well in a moment....
Things have moved on a lot for us since we posted about our steel wheeled "Santana", which has moved on to help out here (thankfully local so we could ride her to her retirement pastures!).
We acquired a Cannondale second user, which I believe to be an MT1000 near as I can tell so far (believe identification is not needed to help though). We got this for a song, just as well since it needed a new transmission, but all in very happy and upgraded with thudbuster post and similar since then.
I had wanted to go for a hub on the rear (there is a flange) but when I took it into the bike shop I was slightly dismayed to hear it has a 135 rear axle and this makes things "tricky".
Now the good news, they recently managed to source me a Hope hub which will take a brake (again I got this at a reasonable mark-down I think, £100). But there is a complication now, in that existing Rhino rims are 36 spoke and the hub is a 40 .
Could anyone vouch opinions/advice as to cost of building what is going to now be a completely extra spare wheel? (I guess we can transfer the rear cassette, but that's not the main cost I am sure). I am not confident with wheel building and have no garage etc so this would have a fair labour charge on it I guess, although everyone seems to be incredibly friendly when it comes to work on tandems! I am happy to hold onto the hub if the rest of the investment works out well, but we cannot afford it now and I would not feel right asking for a refund way in the future (nor have a right to I suspect). Anyway, need the cash for cycling hols in France if it is not a viable proposition.
The other question, which I thought I would bundle in, is that I was quite shocked recently on taking down the bike from rack on my car, to hear a definite "swoosh" of water within the frame Was going into the shop for adjustments to mudguards anyway and he drained it so far as he could (no more swoosh anyway ) and told me there is a thing called "frame filling" with a foamy stuff that would displace I guess... also he could find no entry point of any significance. Had that been possible he would have suggested small squares of insulating tape to cover....
At another shop I got quite different advice, to simply invert and drill a couple of drain holes.... I was also advised on draining to squirt in some thing aerosol (but have forgotten what! ) I am tending to think the latter is the way to go, but would welcome any and all advice.
Especially welcome is advice on how to find the entry point source of water, since I am reasonably sure it was dry when purchased from garage, has only once been ridden in "drenching" conditions, and no swoosh noticed after that even though it went on rack once I think. So the crime leading to the swoosh was outside storage with no covers (we own pyjamas but have had to slit the ends due to the tight storage location). There is a shim or two in the the front seatpost I remember, but this seems unlikely, surely? Any other ideas?
So drill or fill? and after that action how critical is it to have the bike covered if it is raining I guess are my questions?
Sorry to ask for help on two things in one thread and to ramble on so.... I should be less of a stranger to the forums really!
Shall make a post of our first charity run over at the relevant forum when stoker OK's it and the upload is working for me