Here’s what we covered in tonight’s Park Tool School class:
- Derailleur systems: cable attachment; height and rotation adjustment; limit screws; chainline; hanger alignment and repair; troubleshooting; cable systems; and shifters
- Internal gear systems: SRAM and Shimano
- Handlebars, stems, seatposts and saddles
- Headsets: replacement and installation; stack height; threaded and unthreaded steering columns; and headset types and service.
After cutting, removing and replacing the rear shifter cable on my bike tonight, I feel much more comfortable with how the cables and derailleurs work. I’ve always been a bit hesitant to mess with my derailleurs for fear I’d screw up something important. Replacing the cables seemed very simple and the adjustments to the front and rear derailleurs seem much less intimidating now.
I found a couple YouTube videos that explained the two “ah-ha!” moments I had tonight:
Carrick has an old 10-speed bike she had back in high school that she’s been wanting to convert to a single-speed. We’re thinking that might be a good “first” project for us to try. It would be a good way for us to have a chance to put all this new information to good use. Tinkering with an old (currently unused) bike will help us get used to doing various maintenance and repairs, which will hopefully make us more comfortable doing them on our good road bikes when the need arises. If we screw up something on the “project” bike, then we’ll take it to someone who really knows what they’re doing.
Today’s food journal
— Strawberry, banana, peach smoothie = 6 points
– Spinach salad with apple and veggie chicken patty = 6 points
— Multigrain Sun Chips = 4 points
– Soft pretzel = 10 points
– Iced tea = 0 points
– Skinny Cow ice cream = 2 points
Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!
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