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Off The Chain – Bike Snob NYC

On Wednesday I undertook a formidable mechanical problem by overhauling a shifter on the Cervino:

There’s extra to being the Basic Cycle Previous Crap Check Pilot than using the bikes, and it is usually my responsibility to determine issues and repair them when crucial. On this case the thumb screw on one of many shifters was working its means free and required retightening perhaps two or thrice per trip. Individuals on the Internets will let you know to only use Loctite and be carried out with it, however that’s only a cop-out, and after some experimentation I deduced {that a} worn washer was in all probability the wrongdoer. So I requested spare washers from Basic Cycle:

Overhauling an previous Campagnolo friction shifter is just not for the faint of coronary heart. First, utilizing no instruments in anyway, you’ve obtained to take away the thumb screw. Then, you will need to swap the washers. Lastly, you screw all of it again collectively once more. And, uh…that’s it.

You don’t even need to disconnect the cables. (Or obtain an app.)

In line with the most recent advertising and marketing, digital shifting is all about simplicity and liberating your self from “distractions.” Nevertheless, I’m undecided there’s something extra easy and fewer distracting than an old-timey friction lever. Positive, in the event you don’t have the proper connections it might be laborious to seek out the correct washer do you have to want one, however the authentic lasted over 40 years and I’m hoping to get at the very least one other 40 out of this one too–and sure, the “new” washer does appear to have carried out the trick, as a result of each thumb screws now appear to be staying put:

The remainder of the drivetrain is sort of as easy:

And since my journey to Switzerland I now have a look at six-speed freewheels in another way:

Whereas others see limitations, I see solely prospects.

Eradicating the body pump from the Cervino reveals some decal grooviness:

In addition to extra clues as to its Italian origins:

Once you have a look at its crotch you may completely see its Viner:

Talking of packages, I’m additionally doubling up on spare tires for added peace of thoughts:

I’m not new to tubulars, nevertheless it’s been fairly a very long time since I’ve modified one, and hopefully I don’t need to relive the expertise anytime quickly–although having simply typed that I’m certain I’ve jinxed myself:

In the present day there’s nearly no such factor as a street wheel that isn’t at the very least reasonably aero, although once you account for crosswinds I wouldn’t be shocked if a superb old style low-profile setup is extra environment friendly total:

It additionally feels good to look down at your bike and see shiny silver stuff:

Which, like low-profile wheels, has additionally virtually utterly vanished from the trendy street bicycle:

As have shiny lugs and fork crowns:

Is there something extra tragic than what’s occurred to the entrance finish of the street bike lately?

The checklist of atrocities that has been dedicated within the title of “aerodynamics” is way too lengthy.

Oh, certain, it began innocently sufficient–let’s simplify issues with a threadless headset. However threadless begat built-in, and built-in begat inner cockpit cable routing, and now a easy stem change requires a go to to your licensed supplier.

In fact not all change is for the more serious. Contemplate pedals:

I’ve returned the unique pedals to the bike as a result of generally its enjoyable to take pleasure in period-correctness. Nevertheless, simply after taking these photographs I remounted the bike, began heading uphill, and realized I’d forgotten to shift into the small ring. I had no momentum, my ft have been caught to my primitive pedals, I couldn’t get on prime of the gear, and I had slowed to the purpose the place I used to be at risk of falling over. Desperately, I tried to vary gears, however in 1982 the idea of “shifting beneath load” had not been invented but, and as a substitute the derailleur simply mentioned “Fuck it” and threw the chain like David Millar throwing his bike:

By this time the bike had rolled to a cease, and there I used to be spinning my legs in useless. In moments reminiscent of these, time stands nonetheless, and keeling over like a tipped cow appeared like an inevitability. Fortuitously I hadn’t cinched up the straps but, so on the final second I managed to extricate a foot and save myself.

So yeah, pedals have improved fairly a bit. Okay, and perhaps drivetrains too. And I suppose gluing your tires to your wheels is somewhat ridiculous…

However apart from that, what has the bike business ever carried out for us?

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