Sunday, January 31, 2010

Lemond Part 2

In May, I disassembled my Lemond.

Couldn't find a reasonably priced shifter on eBay. I lost many a bid over the next 6 months.

In November, a good set of Ultegra shifters showed up on Craigslist. I immediately contacted the owner and purchased the next day. Seems this young man caught the Fixie bug, and wanted no part of shifting and braking. He must've really hated the idea of varying gears and safely stopping the bike, he gave me the shifters for about half the lowest price I saw on eBay.

Although I really wanted to build this bike up as a winter/commuter ride, I drug my feet...probably because I've never mastered the art of installing cables. A few weeks ago, I finally purchased new cables and housing. With the crappy weather this weekend and a bad case of cabin fever, I finally installed them. Armed with Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, I went to work. It wasn't as bad as I thought. Good thing out of this project, I was able to learn a lot more about bike maintenance and assembly.

This should keep me off the metro on the days I don't want my good bikes to get wet. All I need now is for the ice to melt.

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