Time to put the brakes on this project and some other stuff.

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.

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Top Features of the Shimano XT Front/Rear V-Brake (BR-T780)
A lightweight and powerful V-Brake which is has high quality forged and anodised alloy brake arms giving excellent rigidity and durability.
Lightweight and powerful V-brake.
Multi-condition compound M70CT4 pads.
Cartridge system inserts makes it easy to replace brake pads without disturbing the brake shoe setting.
Spring tension adjuster makes it easy to keep the brakes centred.
They come usually set up for use on the front, but swap the pads over and it’s set for the rear.

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.

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The new headset and bearings.
The fork crown race new and old.
The fork crown race new and old.
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New fork crown race on.
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Old races, pitted and rusty.
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Lower pressed race and old and new pressed upper races.
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Side view of lower pressed races.

 

I used two blocks of wood and one of my woodworking F clamps to press in the races. (Lower one first).

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New bearing and upper race.
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Home made press.
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Headset part completed.
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Job done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Camera mount handlebarthe 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.

Camera Mount guff
High Quality
Steady and firm. Multi-angle rotation, easy adjustment for optimal viewing.
Bicycle handlebar mount.
Adjustable lock to ensure your phone remains in place.
Fits handlebar with 2-3.5 cm diameter.
Compatible with: Cameras with a standard 1/4″ tripod mount, fishing lamps, binoculars, many types of cameras, video cameras.
All kinds of digital equipment with Thread interface!!
Material: Plastic & Metal (mostly plastic)

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.

FC-M171back of fc-m171

 

 

 

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.

Another wheely good post or two

Built my 1st and 2nd wheel this week, primed myself by watching a few youtube videos, which when you don’t have the bits in front of you, you never notice errors or omissions in the videos until you are trying to do it step by step with the video.

Anyhow my wheels now consist of:

Mavic A119 700c 36H rims front and rear from Chain Reaction as well as a couple of Tioga tubes.
Shimano DH-3N72A dynamo (36h) hub for the front wheel came from Wiggle as did the
Schwalbe Marathon Green guard tyres 700 x 35 which for the tour I think I will probably buy some folding Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tyres in 40 mm, which weigh 300g less.

Spokes are DT Swiss Alpine III which I got at Rose Bikes.
Shimano 105 5700 rear hub 36H mated with a CS-HG50-8 speed cassette, these are also Wiggle purchases.

Yes I bought all my items from overseas otherwise I would still be saving up to purchase them locally.

I will buy some more nipples as I seem to have damaged a few of them with my cheapo spoke tool, but the wheels seem to have trued up ok today, although there is a little hop in height but no lateral runout.

Yup, I forgot to order any rim tape.

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Planned upgrades

Changing the crankset from double ring to triple ring and the associated bottom bracket. Completed. It’s an old Shimano Biopace triple ring 28-44-50, seems to be in good nick. Also had to pop out to the LBS, to buy a longer BB to fit the triple ring.

New wheel set:

Mavic A119 700c 36H rims front and rear; Spokes TBA Rims have arrived from Chain Reaction.
Shimano DH-3N72A dynamo hub for the front 36H
Schwalbe Marathon Green-guard tyres 700 x 35 Tyres are here from Wiggle.
Shimano 105 5700 rear hub 36H mated with a CS-HG51-8 speed cassette. I have gone with a CS-HG50-8 cassette instead.

During my homework I found that 36H hubs and rims are much stronger than 32H equivalents. (H = holes)

Larger mirror, going to change my small Zefal spin mirror to a larger Urbie. The Zefal is fine when on cycling paths but a bit limited when in the cycling lane on the Monaro Highway in Canberra.  The Zefal will be fitted to the left handlebar. Completed.

New mudguards, some SKS Chromoplastic 45mm. They have arrived from Chain Reaction

A new front rack, a Tubus Ergo lowrider which I will get two brazed on eyelets added by Wayne Kotzur. The rack is also from Wiggle and is sitting on my desk. Added 21 Jul 13, I trialled fitted the track today and marked out where to two eyelets need to be.

For lights to go with my new dynamo, a B&M IQ2 complimented by a B&M toplight rear light. Although my homework continues about the lighting system.

Almost forgot, a new saddle a Brooks B17 standard, in honey flavour. Added 21 Jul 13, I purchased a Brooks B17 Special yesterday using my wife’s platinum discount at Wiggles.  It was within $6 of the standard under my account so why not.