In honor of cycling idol, Bike Snob NYC...
.. who disapproves of people who pay for basic upkeep, I decided to try Bicycle Maintenance Step A, clean the free wheel and chain wheel. The words free wheel and chain wheel were not in my vocabulary before last weekend (thank you Bicycling for Beginners), but the parts in question were in my consciousness because they get gunky in winter. If you let them go long enough you can't lock up without getting black stuff on your pants.
Fortunately the Man of the House knows how to do this and has the appropriate equipment:
oh. A snag. Chain ring wouldn't fit over clips on pedals.
Couldn't find the right wrench to get the clips off. Cried. I was
about 2 hours into it by then. Maybe high on Citrus Degreaser. Solution: realized that the bike shop could take the clips off the pedals
in three minutes, probably for free. Gave up on chain ring. |
|Beautiful, huh? OK, maybe not, but there is a lot less noise down in the nether regions. No more ominous grinding. Would I do it again? Mayyybe. Okay, yeah. Next time, for time. Under 90 minutes or bust.|
For better pictures and step-by-step directions, check out the Triathalon Newbies site. Acknowledgments and thanks to the Man of the House who let me get into his stuff, provided instructions and then wisely retreated to the man cave.