I managed to carve out some time this afternoon to work on bikes, which is something that I find to be very relaxing, to the point of being therapeutic.
Here is the tiller, massively bent and broken. Unfortunately, this is from a Rans Wave, which hasn’t been produced for a good number of years, and Rans also stopped making parts that were compatible with a 1″ steerer fork.
Fortunately, I could get compatible parts from Terracycle, which were expensive but beautifully made. Here is the new tiller and stem assembly, all installed and ready to go.
The addition of the flip it makes it much easier to get on and off the bike.
Next up: installing a Japanese kickstand on my winter bike. This involved quite a bit of modification of the kickstand mounting plates to fit the dropouts on this bike. After about 7 cut off wheels on the Dremel, this is the result. It was a bit tricky since the kickstand was designed to fit on a bike with horizontal dropouts, whereas the Sub Zero has angled dropouts. This is why you see the weird little cutout that accommodates the keyed washer that keeps the internally geared hub happy.
Sharp eyed readers will note the massive amount of rust on the chain in the background. I regret that I put this bike away wet at the end of last winter, and the chain was almost rusted solid. I’ve put some Chain-L on it, and we’ll see how it does, but I might have to replace it with one of those galvanized chains that I put on my other winter beater.
Next up, installing some election signs on the Xtracycle. On one side, Albert Koehl, environmental lawyer and bike activist, who is running for City Councillor in Ward20.
I actually installed this sign a week ago, but I was saving the other side for….
Sarah Doucette, running for reelection in Ward 13 where we live. She has been supportive of our efforts to get better bicycle infrastructure in the Ward. She has also been working hard against some of the ridiculous proposals for condo developments in Bloor West Village, proposals that are massively out of scale with respect to the current building heights in the area.
Finally, I’ve wanted to put some new handlebars on the Tamarack. The builder was adamant that I would like Cinelli deep drops, but I was finding the sloped ramps to be annoying and when I rotated the bars so that the ramp was close to horizontal, the bar end shifters were in a ridiculous position.
I’ve been enjoying putting some miles on the Tamarack. It has become my “go fast in the city” choice, faster than the pink bike. I just can’t carry as much with it, but it is a sweet ride, and it tracks dead straight with no hands. I’ll try to get some more miles on it before winter comes.