I was on vacation for the last several days, so I didn’t get a lot of riding in. I did get to spend some time dicking around with bike parts, though.
One of the strange noises coming from the Cross-Check turned out to be a very loose spoke. I tried to true the wheel up, but wasn’t having much luck.
Turns out the rim was shot.
So, I took the wheel off the Karate Monkey and put it on the Cross-Check. This is a no bullshit, 48-spoke, Phil Wood, Zombie Apocalypse wheel. The Cross-Check gets more miles than any of my other bikes, and it deserves to wear the bling.
That took care of the Cross-Check, but now I had a mountain bike with no rear wheel. I could either build my old road hub into a new wheel, or buy a new mountain wheel.
I decided to go with a new wheel, but it felt stupid to not upgrade to disc brakes while doing it, so – discs on the rear end of the Monkey.
In the interests of symmetry, I put discs on the front, too.
- Cross-Check now has a zombie apocalypse proof wheel.
- Karate Monkey now has disc brakes.
- Bike budget is blown for the foreseeable future
- I have an Ultegra hub in the garage who wants a bike built around it. Having extra bicycle parts lying around your garage is a dangerous business.
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You wanna I should go dig around at the co-op for a gigantic frame? They always have a few. Usually 80s Fuji frames with 64cm seat tubes.
I’d recommend we form a support group, but I think we’d probably end up holding our meetings at a bike shop…and no good would come from that.
@scott If you notice one next time you’re over there, I would be interested. I’m feeling like I want a no fenders, no rack, no bollocks go-fast bike in the stable.