I have just about all of the parts for the new gofer bike. This last weekend Nashbar had one of their discount specials, so I took care of a lot of miscellaneous parts like the chain, fenders, etc. In my haste to place the order, I selected an 11×28 cassette instead of the 11×34 that I wanted, so I’ll need to exchange that.
The company that I was having trouble with over the fork must have been confused over my bothersome e-mails, or maybe they were just trying to make good, but I now have two steel cyclocross forks. They’re nothing fancy, but there is clearance for a 42mm tire plus a bit more, and canti studs. Once I ground off the lawyer lips and gave it a quick coat of black gas-grill paint ala spray can, it looks sufficiently ugly to match the rest of the bike.
I still need “the transmission” – shifters and derailleurs. I would love to put a set of barcons on the Albatross bars, but they are just too expensive – even used. Most likely I’ll end up with some cheaper friction thumb shifters. Hopefully I can also score some used derailleurs that can handle the 42 tooth tripple and the 34 tooth cassette. Beyond that, maybe a decent upright saddle and some bits and pieces; and the wheels…
Speaking of wheels. I managed to pick up a new Shimano 3N71 dynohub laced to an Alex touring rim, along with the Shimano halogen light, all for $104. The wheel will go on the Long Haul Trucker, along with a ride and charge that I need to buy to power the Ixon IQ. I am now way over budget, but I would have been crazy to walk away from that. So I can either put my current wheel on the new bike and just look for a rear wheel; or I can continue to look for a pair and sell the old wheel. Either way the dollar signs are adding up fast.
Other shopping news: college. We took an open house tour with my daughter over the long weekend to a great school. She was invited to the Honors Program reception, but it doesn’t look like she’ll qualify. That’s a real shame, because the big advantage is some additional money, that amounts to a deal breaker for us. The rub is that she is having trouble with an AP calculus course that will adversely affect her GPA and class rank. Had she taken a cake course and coasted, she would probably be OK. It’s bitter sweet, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes.
I actually have been riding a few errands here and there, but I’m almost ashamed to report that I have logged a whopping 9.5 miles so far in October. I desparately need to get out and explore for a day. The LHT looks so lonely and forlorn out in the garage.
2008: 1324.7 miles