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Bluebell’s got racy #cycling

After several years of “going to”, I’ve finally fitted my old drop bars onto bluebell:

It pretty much fulfills what I wanted, but whether they stay long term is uncertain.

Here’s what I do know:

  • Cables needed replacing because they weren’t long enough, but fitting new cables wasn’t a bad thing, it’s been a while
  • Rohloff shifter on minotaur bar extended works ok
  • It’s about 1 minute faster, bringing the quickest commute down to 45 minutes, that’s a record!
  • It feels nicer when climbing
  • Flat bar brake levers are better
  • Flat bars with Ergon GP1s are more comfortable on the hands, arms and shoulders
  • Gear changing is more difficult compared with flat bars
  • I still can’t fit bar tape very well
  • Finally my “It’ll come in useful one day” actually paid off.
  • A shorter stem would put me in a better position, but I can live with it for a while (read forever)

Happy sweaty summer weather.

Back to the Nexus for a while #cycling

My rear wheel has been feeling a bit wobbily recently as the spokes needed retuning, the rim was very worn so I was already in the process of getting quotes for a rebuild when I noticed this:
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Without the flash if this is any better?
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So that split has forced my hand, I’ve cut 32 spokes and boxed up the Rohloff for postage to SJS cycles to rebuild it. Evans wheel builder hasn’t heard of Rohloff, what??? Local bike shop builder was going to source parts from SJS anyway and would cost more! Anyway that aside, man is it difficult to cut 32 plain gauge spokes, my hands were really sore by the end of it.
With no other option, I kitted out the Nexus bike
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Nearly forgot the mirror….
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No time to transfer the Ergon grips, they will have to wait till tonight.