Upgrading the bicycle.
My latest parcel from Wiggle arrived on Wednesday, chock full of cycling goodness, except for the wrong front derailleur (my bad) anyhow it’s on eBay now, hopefully it will sell and I won’t lose much $$ on it. Back to my parcel of goodness, it contained a new rear derailleur and new front and rear V-Brake set-ups and I can start upgrading the bicycle.
My new brakes.
My current V-brake were old Tektro, while they may have been good in the past they weren’t doing so well lately. I upgraded them to Shimano BR-T780 and what a difference they make to stopping. Fitting the new brakes took about an 40 minutes of my time, although I didn’t fit any new cabling and I am using the old brake pads until they wear out. Not really much to say about the fitting and adjusting the brakes but I do have some pictures.
Head set and bearings.
Well on Wednesday afternoon the postman cometh and delivered the headset and bearings I bought off eBay about 3 three earlier, so today it’s back to the garage and undo the brakes which I had finished adjusting and off with the handlebars and cables so that I can replace the headset.
I used two blocks of wood and one of my woodworking F clamps to press in the races. (Lower one first).
Handlebar mount for camera
Another bank breaking eBay buy, ($4.30) this time a camera mount for the handlebars. Seems OK although it does wobble a bit at the joint between the handlebar mount and the camera mount swivel, which is held there by a pitiful self tapping screw. I may just glue these parts together and not worry about the screw coming loose and making my camera can BANG on the road.
My latest set of cranks.
I also bought what I thought was a cheap Shimano Chainset (FC-M171-A) to replace the one I bought a few months back. Once I unwrapped it, I discovered why it was cheaper, as its only has pressed steel chainrings and are riveted together so not really upgradeable. But not all is lost I can use these new ratios to better hone in on some good gear ratios for the future.
This set of cranks has the ratio of 28/38/48 and as it’s pressed steel, I find that some of the teeth need filing to remove the burrs on them. What else, oh apparently it’s SIS Index compatible and has 170 mm arms, my previous one was 165 biopace cranks. The ad mentions Shimano alloy / steel triple chainset, no mention of the cheap arse plastic cover. There spleen vented, I feel better.
I haven’t fitted the rear derailleur yet as I’m going to wait until the new front one arrives once I have actually ordered it. Always more to be done in upgrading the bicycle.