Monday, May 4, 2009

Mi Bicicleta Nuevo

So the UPS man delivered my Shimano Ultegra caliper brakes on Friday as promised. I installed them and set the cables pretty quickly and then went on to adjusting the derailleurs.


As I worked on the Dual Control shifter for the rear cassette I realized that when I released the lever the cable did not move from cog to cog. I came to the realization after messing with it for nearly an hour that it must have been damaged before my friend gave it to me.

What I haven't mentioned up to this point is the reason why my friend gave me the Shimano 105 group. His bike was actually totalled when a careless motorists side-swiped him and destroyed his Bianchi frame. He gave the frame to me and said I could take whatever parts off it I wanted. So it seams that perhaps the control shifters were damaged in that accident. Anyway, I had had enough disappointment for the day so I closed up shop.


So on Sunday after a day away from the build and looking online for good deals on 9 speed control shifters I decided to make the bike an 8 speed instead of 9 speed and use parts I already had. So in the end I used Shimano Sora control shifters and 8 speed cassette from my dead KHS in lieu of the 105 components I got from my friend. While not a huge deal it was a disappointment because the 105 group is two steps up from Sora in Shimano's food chain.


I christened her first ride by heading up the coast thru Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, around Marina Del Rey, thru Venice and finally Santa Monica riding under the famous Ferris wheel. Turning around in Santa Monica it is a pretty quick ride home with the wind at my back.
















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