This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Time for the winter time projects

The snow is finally starting to fall again after unseasonally warm temps the past few days.
It's time to get some things caught up.  
I brought the Hunq in so I could give him a bit of a cleaning and tune up.
Among the changes I saw necessary after my first year with it is the need for some interrupter levers.
They, and thumb shifters will make the bike a lot more manageable in the the dirt,
I will be able to use the straight part of the drop bars just as an MTB bar without the hassle of reaching down for brakes and bar end shifters.
Adding the "cross levers" was easier than anticipated.  I needed to restitch the leather bar covers so I took them off,removed the cable housing from the brake cables,
attached the new levers,
measured the housing to find a good place to cut
"hacked" the housing with a Dremel tool and replaced all the housings.  I really prefer a Dremel when cutting cables and housings because it  makes such a clean cut without crimping either the cable or housings.
I was able to reuse the cables because I had "capped" them with epoxy to prevent fraying and cut them with the Dremel.   Both cables slid smoothly back through the housings with no problem.
I got really lucky, eyeballed, the brakes and got a near perfect adjustment the first time.  Not only are they near perfect now, by adding the levers I now have two barrel adjusters on the front and three on the back.
Talk about overkill, I can make up about 2 inches of cable stretch!
This time I'll be wrapping the bars with cotton tape before I add the leather covers, but I have a few more things to do first.

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