Well, I somehow forgot to post about my bike for a while. I got it all together, got my albatross bars and my basket and set it all up, and it sat, waiting for a sunny day.
I picked it up and rode it into work.
Problem 1 – Seat was too high, and I didn’t know where my allen wrenches were.
Problem 2 – Rear basket rubs on my right heel (but not my left). Gotta figure that one out.
Problem 3 – Riding position needs wooooork. It’s not very upright, but it is very short in the cockpit, so it’s like riding with my hands on my knees. Got to get the bars up, probably six to eight inches to really make it townieish.
Problem 4 – Steering is squirrelly. Probably just an artifact of having 70% of my weight on my hands.
Got to work, noticed some funny feelings from the left pedal. Which led me to the big one.
Problem 5 – My fancy used Deore LX Octalink V2 Hollowtech cranks are fucked out. The non-drive side pedal threads just fell right out and the pedal came off. Awesome. I was hoping that I could find an insert or something, but it’s not looking good. I guess I could try a helicoil, but that seems like a huge pain in my dick.
Lame, but I got on the Rob Roy and pedalled in the next day, and it was a revelation of simplicity and comfort. Managed 3 days the first week, 4 days the next. I’m on-call this week, so riding in is out, but next week, I’m shooting for the entire week.