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Shift Change – Bike Snob NYC

We had been battered by wind and rain in a single day and I shrewdly headed out for a journey early this morning to catch the tail finish of the crappy climate:

I might have most popular to attend for the solar in fact, however I had an excessive amount of to do and I used to be wanting to check out the newest spherical of enhancements I made to the Eye of the Tiger Bike yesterday night:

Particularly, I had acquired quite a lot of shifty bits from Rivendell. Ever since going to a wider cassette, I’d discovered that the unique Suntour shifter had simply barely sufficient throw to cowl it, and would often come out of drugs at most cable pressure. So I gave the bike a Silver2 shifter and downside solved:

It’s a testomony to my frugality that I managed to not solely protect the bar tape but additionally the cable housing and the cable itself. Moreover, it’s a testomony to my laziness that after putting in the rear shifter I spotted there was no level in changing the entrance, which was working simply high-quality, and so I left it:

Not solely does the Silver shifter now cowl the whole cassette with ease, but it surely additionally has a high-quality ratcheting motion that makes it really feel like extra a precision instrument than a dimmer change. (The unique rear shifter didn’t ratchet when in friction mode, however the entrance does, which is another excuse I didn’t trouble to exchange it.) So together with the XTR RapidRise derailleur I’ve now received essentially the most refined retrogrouchical shifting system at the moment out there:

And that’s not all! Merry Gross sales seen my new pedals didn’t fairly match the bike:

And they also took pity on me and despatched a pair which can be rather a lot nearer to the mark:

Right here’s the bike with the outdated new pedal on the left and the brand new new pedal on the correct:

I’d say the outdated pedal was a 65% match, whereas the brand new one is about an 80%.

Colours apart, when you’re a fan of cheap plastic pedals and are questioning which of them to decide on, after one (1) journey on every pair my impression is that they’re fairly comparable however the IRD is just a bit bit nicer. Most notably, I may type of really feel the spindle part on the outdated new pedals, however I don’t discover it on the brand new new ones. To be clear, this wasn’t a downside on the outdated new ones, and so they gripped fairly nicely. (Not like the Crankbrothers Stamp 1 pedals, which require pin alternative for acceptable grip.) The truth is, if the present pedals hadn’t fallen into my lap (figuratively talking; by no means let a pedal fall into your lap, particularly if it has sharp pins, and particularly when you’re not sporting pants) I’d by no means have sought replacements. However having dealt with each I’d say the IRD has the sting, particularly since they’re so shut in worth. (And clearly when you’re attempting to get matchy-matchy with a classic RockCombo they’re a no brainer.)

So whereas there could also be loads of obstacles on the market:

The tools on this bike is actually not certainly one of them, and whereas a motorbike is rarely “completed,” this one is now not wanting for something at this specific juncture.

Now on to the subsequent one…


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