First up: the Surly. I finished my decal removal, threw a fresh coat of shellac on the bar tape, a fresh coat of Proofide on my saddle, cleaned up the drivetrain, and re-lubed everything.
Next up: my singlespeed 'cross bike. Although it normally serves as my main commuter, it still hadn't recovered from the SSCXWC madness in Portland. I decided it was time to tear it down completely, and give it the overhaul it deserved. Here's a a crappy picture of it in mid-teardown, complete with my disembodied foot:
I've ridden this bike frequently, and hard, through all sorts of crappy Seattle weather and muck for over 18 months, and it showed. The hub bearings were crunchier than a bowl of Grape Nuts, and even though I'd given it a cleaning after that last race, there was still mud crammed into every conceivable nook and cranny:
- under the saddle
- in the steer tube
- in the BB shell
- inside the tires
- INSIDE the brake levers!!
I'm not sure what restaurants use these things for, but they're the perfect size for scrubbing out frame tubes (unless you have some grotesquely over-sized frame tubes).
I also re-built the guts of my Crank Brothers Candy pedals. I have these on all of my bikes, and besides being tough, dependable, and cheap, they're also incredibly simple and only contain a few parts. Crank Brothers, in an amazing nod to self-serviceability, even has a video on their website showing how to rebuild them.
After I cleaned everything up, installed new hub bearings, re-assembled and re-lubed everything, I added another, trimmed-down version of my previous coroplast mudflap. I've been contemplating adding some wider tires to this bike, maybe a pair of 32s that I have laying around, and installing the beat-up old Blackburn rear rack that I found out in the street. I'm quickly coming around to the Grant-Petersen-Jan-Heine-et-al-wider-tires-really-are-better-for-most-applications camp, and I think this bike could really benefit from them. I'm also going to put a little smaller chainring on this time around, since the ratio I'm running now is a bit much when I'm huffing it up some of the hills around here, and carrying a decent amount of junk with me at the same time.
I also give G's bikes a little tune-up, and swapped cassettes on the Mercian.
Now that I've whipped these bikes into shape, and tuned them up, the only thing left to do is ride them. I've got a couple of longer rides coming up that I'm eager to get to, and that hopefully end up being blog-worthy.