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Off The Chain – Bike Snob NYC

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 Traditional Cycle Previous Crap Check Pilot than using the bikes, and it’s also my responsibility to determine issues and repair them when essential. On this case the thumb screw on one of many shifters was working its means unfastened and required retightening perhaps two or thrice per trip. Individuals on the Internets will inform you to simply 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 Traditional Cycle:

Overhauling an previous Campagnolo friction shifter will not be for the faint of coronary heart. First, utilizing no instruments in any respect, you’ve received to take away the thumb screw. Then, you should change 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 accordance with the newest advertising and marketing, digital shifting is all about simplicity and releasing your self from “distractions.” Nonetheless, I’m undecided there’s something extra easy and fewer distracting than an old-timey friction lever. Certain, in case you don’t have the best connections it could be arduous to search out the correct washer must you 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 take a look at six-speed freewheels in a different 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:

If you take a look at its crotch you possibly can completely see its Viner:

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

I’m not new to tubulars, however 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 positive I’ve jinxed myself:

Right this moment there’s nearly no such factor as a street wheel that isn’t at the very least reasonably aero, although whenever you account for crosswinds I wouldn’t be shocked if old school low-profile setup is extra environment friendly general:

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

Which, like low-profile wheels, has additionally nearly utterly vanished from the fashionable 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 much too lengthy.

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

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

I’ve returned the unique pedals to the bike as a result of typically its enjoyable to bask in period-correctness. Nonetheless, simply after taking these pictures I remounted the bike, began heading uphill, and realized I’d forgotten to shift into the small ring. I had no momentum, my toes had been caught to my primitive pedals, I couldn’t get on high of the gear, and I had slowed to the purpose the place I used to be in peril of falling over. Desperately, I tried to alter gears, however in 1982 the idea of “shifting beneath load” had not been invented but, and as an alternative 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 akin to these, time stands nonetheless, and keeling over like a tipped cow appeared like an inevitability. Happily 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 assume gluing your tires to your wheels is slightly ridiculous…

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



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