ok this is prob more of a fat boy passion post... but whatever
ok so it's not that cold or miserable here (bit damp) but in the 60's... would be a perfect day to ride but wifey doesn't want me taking off today... so i spent some time in the garage working on the bike... figured as long as I can't be out riding I can make my next ride better
well actually it started last night... i'd swapped a tire and didn't like it so i swapped back... then i'd been noticing a little drivetrain drag... found the bottom jockey wheel on the rear D wasn't smooth at all... so off came the RD, removed the wheels and bushings, cleaned it all up thoroughly, lubed and put back together... much better wheels actually spin when i flick em... while the RD was off i installed my ghetto chain stay protector (old tube)
while I was at it the chain needed a good cleaning as did the cassette and chain rings... note that sram powerlinks make this job MUCH easier (especially if you don't have the proper chain cleaning tools)... simply remove, spray on bio cleaner, agitate with a brush, rinse, lube, reinstall... same deal with the pedals.
come to today... i was on a roll and still had some stuff I needed to tweak anyway (never adjusted my RD after re-installing yesterday) so i started there... then being that I never adjusted my front derailleur position when i went to a 2x9 (obviously adjusted the set screws though)... so did that... was able to lower it near an inch... which magically gave a lot more tire clearance (dealing with a karate monkey which has real tight tire to derailleur clearance problems)... my preferred rear tire was a tad to large to fit as before... but suddenly there was a tad more clearance... and what do you know the larger tire fits perfectly now... YAY more cush and faster rolling... so got my drivetrain completely cleaned up and and properly adjusted, played with my tires and a few other tidbits... it's ready to to go ridding... unfortunately that has to wait a few days...
so if it's a nasty day out why not pull your tools out and make the next day out a lot more fun ... don't know where to start?... take a look here on MTBR and also check out park tools
also in the down time i got to searching about unicycle stuff... i realy would love to get one and try to learn to ride one... but i came upon this... freakin awesome...
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