Mark (poisonkitty) wrote,

Test and tune at White Rock Lake

I rode around White Rock Lake to see how the dinglespeed bike would function in high gear with slick tires. It was immediately obvious that I need a new chain ring and small rear cog. It kept trying to "shift" to a gear that does not exist, and I believe it was partly because the chain line wasn't 100% lined up. However, the biggest problems were the chipped and bent teeth on the chain ring. That'll be about $15-20 to fix. I also noticed that my brake pads were petrified, so new front pads were needed ($10).

This purchase will put my parts tally under $80. Including my tools tally puts me just over $100 for the cost of a DIY bike makeover. I need a pedal wrench to change out my pedals since nothing else I have is strong enough or small enough to fit. I couldn't bring myself to pay $20 for 15mm wrench that's a piece of flat stamped steel with a rubber handle. I might buy one online or just look for a thin 15mm wrench.

As for the choice of gear ratio, my finger was searching for the nonexistent shift lever right about 16-18mph. That's not fast enough for me, so I'm upgrading from a 34 tooth chain ring to something a little bigger..maybe something like 36-38. Going with 39 would make it more of a standard size. Apparently, my Alivio 5-arm crank was not a popular setup and hasn't been sold since the mid 90's. It was suggested that I upgrade the crank for $25, then buy the appropriate chain ring for it for an additional $15, but I'm going to cheap out on this and run with what I have. Though including tools, I went over $100, I want to keep the parts budget under that.

Also of note, I have a coworker who is considering buying a new bike this weekend. He doesn't really know what he wants, so I'm curious to see what the Mad Duck people sell him.
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