Flowers for Mergio Sarchionne gravesite: $248.83
Just to let you know, I am reading the minutes.
Getting ready to drive out to the Chicagoland area. Rin rides shotgun seat belted in with a harness. She's a bit too big for the seat so I built a plywood platform over the seat base to the dash covering the footwell (Version 1). In the past, she has been stressed riding in the car and has refused to lie down. Here she is sleeping sitting up.
The thought of hard plywood covered only by a moving blanket bugged me so I made Version 2. It only covers the footwell and leaves the seat uncovered. Things are a bit lower this way. Easier for her to get up and If the window is down, she's a bit less likely to simply fall out.
The footwell space is then taken up with folded moving blankets. The stress makes her pant for the entire drive as well, drooling all over everything so I'm going to duct tape towels over the dash and the door.
I have the interior insulated, a Maxxair fan installed, and a twin bed cross-wise in the back. I'm still in the process of figuring out exactly where I want to go with this camper build. Initially, the thought was complete stealth for sleeping in parking lots while driving to visit the parents. My goals may be changing. More true camper, less stealth. So like maybe an actual window in the back. Maybe. But everything modular so I could still take out the furniture if I need to use it as a cargo van.
During my move. I was exactly at the Transit's 13,500 GCWR.
Or I maybe I should've mowed the lawn sooner. In my defense, it's valve cover was leaking and it took a good month to get parts. I got this mower because of the "Kohler" engine. "Kohler, ooh, must be high quality". Evidently not.
Shots from knee level. Land shark cruising by in the background. Rin is a big dog and she gets lost in there in spots.
Definitely taller than the mower here.
The grass in this part of the yard is so short, I'll wait for it to get longer before I mow it.
I sure hope some Oppo is a lawn freak and is triggered
A few months ago, an Oppo posted about his tool labeling project. Another Oppo informed me that ultra fine point oil based Sharpies exist. Sorry, I can't remember your name but feel free to take credit. I had to order them but they arrived and I've started labeling. My eyes have difficulty seeing the stock labels and I have OCD tendencies so this project ticked the right boxes.
I like it. It's quite easy. Wipe with alcohol. Spend some time tracing the recessed numbers. It doesn't really matter if you don't have a steady hand which I don't.
I've done a few different methods in the past. Those label maker labels eventually tore. I tried paint but never got the timing of wiping off the excess right. Too soon and the wiping removed the paint in the recesses. Too late and I had to use steel wool and that scuffed the chrome.
This works well on the larger numbers. It's not as visible as I'd like on the black oxide impact sockets especially the deep socket impacts which weirdly have the smallest numbers. It remains to see how long this lasts.
I do all my own bike maintenance but took 20 years off from biking. I didn't understand the new tech advances and they looked very scary. I bought a fork service kit three years along with my used mtn bike but was too afraid to use it. I finally gathered enough courage to do the service but made a mistake described here.
TLDR; I didn't take the project seriously, wasn't organized and a few days after putting it back together ended up with a solidly locked out fork.
RockShox's service manual has excellent step by step instructions with photos of each step. If you follow it, this is not difficult. I followed the instructions the second time around Disassembled it in the dirty shop, cleaned off the kitchen table and reassembled it there.
Bought wooden dowels instead of using the steel drift. Bought a pack of lint-free microfiber cloths. Bought ethanol as isopropyl alcohol was completely sold out. Why?? And why is ethanol sold as a spray cleaner? I haven't tasted it yet. Still forgot to order SRAM's o-ring grease. Used white lithium grease instead. oh well.
Much to my relief, the part that keeps the oil contained in the damper unit had an o-ring that seemed small. The o-ring margin barely meets the margin of the white disc.
What I believed to be the correct o-ring is the same diameter but fatter. Correct o-ring on the right. The one I installed on the left.
Presumed correct o-ring installed and it's margin is now proud of the white disc's margins.
Much cleaner and more organized workspace.
I put it back together Sunday. Seemed to be working Monday. Big ride today. Still working. I'm pretty hopeful I got it back together correctly this time.
Take home messages:
I ordered these a month ago and they just arrived a few minutes ago. I completely forgot I need new tires and other parts. I plan to use my old Plus wheels for snow so I ordered tires, rotors, and a cassette on Saturday and they'll arrive later this week. I'm a little annoyed I don't get new axles for how much the wheels cost.
Now I'm getting anxious that I screwed up something in the order and these are not going to fit. Centerlock rotors, HG driver, Boost spacing should be correct. The one thing I don't know for definite sure is a 29" wheelset fitting my 27.5" Plus bike. The 29" tires are "supposed to be" only 1/4 - 1/2" larger in radius than the 27.5 Plus tires so it "should" fit.
On my kitchen scale: 757 grams rear, 641 grams front. 1398 grams total with tape and valves but no axles, rotors, tires, or sealant. Curious to see how much lighter they are once they're all set up.
These are from Nobl Wheels in BC, Canada. Current trendy wide 27mm internal diameter carbon rims. DT Swiss 180 hubs which has all kinds of fancy tech crap I can't remember. The ratchet noise is quiet which I prefer. Although a loud ratchet is nice on bike paths. The scalloped rim contour is weird. I assume it's mostly for looks although I'm sure Noble claims some kind of strength benefit using physics.
I've been looking to dump money on a new, lightweight mountain bike for a while. I test rode a Specialized Epic EVO and a Yeti SB115. I liked their low weight but was surprised that my 2017 Scott's geometry was right in line with the new ones. So that would not be an improvement. An Oppo reminded me that my Scott's Plus wheels are hugely heavy. I know from long experience that a quality lightweight wheelset can completely change a bike but had totally forgotten that in this case.
I ended up ordering from a smaller and newer wheel brand. All of the major brands were out of stock for exactly what I wanted. Roval, DT Swiss, etc were not available. The plan is that a lightweight wheelset will keep my current bike going for another year or two and when or if I feel a need for a new bike, I can get a frameset and build it up and carry the wheels over. Or maybe I'll feel the aluminum Scott on these wheels will be good enough.
In more technical spots I end up feeling any shortcomings have much more to do with my talent, or lack of therefore, than anything to do with the bike. I've never found myself wanting wider bars.
Probably true about rider>equipment. My Scott was my first mountain bike coming from road bikes and I thought the handlebars were waaay to wide and the stem waaay too short. Glad I didn't cut down the bars since I'm now used to them. I eventually took the longer stem off that I tried.
I'm amazed that new bikes are specced with 800mm wide bars. I imagine I'll cut those down if I ever get a new bike.
There is a calculator for bar widths. When I was looking into it for my new DS bike I came upon the conclusion that wide bars usually lead to problems unless you need them for your reach/body dimensions. I calculated out to around 680-700 range for my 5'9" height. I wouldn't go any wider for a DS either.
huh, lots of good points I didn't know about regarding bar width effects. That calculation says my stock 760mm bars are right for me at 5'8" (but an inch of that is my overly large head). How did you get 680-700 for 5'9"?
What's a DS bike?
I love Samir.
It would be hilarious to overlay the audio from the Samir video onto your airplane video!
Right, right, RIGHT!
Now left, LEFT!
You have to listen to me, Sami!
You are breaking the plane!
@ita97 Rarely, I'm on a multi-use bike path and a bell would be useful. More often, I yell out before blind corners on a mtn bike trail and a bell would be useful to save my voice.
I've read of another bell that's activated by the movement of the bike so your thumb doesn't get tired. That sounds useful. You turn it off when not needed.
@ita97 Wow. Another cool bike!
How do you cut carbon fiber? It doesn't splinter at the cuts?
I imagine it cuts exactly like fiberglass. Any kind of fine bladed saw. You don't want to breath the dust of either one.
We considered tinting the WINDSHIELD of ours it lets in so much sun. I said it jokingly but apparently people do that.
I tinted my Transit's windshield. Clear "tint" with supposedly ceramic IR heat blocking. The Transit has a lot of windshield.
For me, I'm primarily doing me XC kind of stuff on an mtb, so things seem to feel better tucked in a bit more
Makes sense. My Scott has 760mm bars and every once in a while, trees and rocks will jump out a little close to the end of my bars for my liking. Have you taken it out on more technical trails? Just curious if you feel like you'd need more leverage that type of riding than 690mm gives you.
The copper cassette looks great! Too bad they didn't do it for the 52T cog.
I forget the brand of the bell you got but I recall some complaints that it's not loud enough. Do you agree?
@vincentmalamute Indeed. I was originally just going to run the Apex 1 crankset, but at some point the thinking became along the lines of "might as well finish it off." The fact that the particular Force 1 crank is on the order of 300 grams lighter than the Apex 1 made the decision pretty easy, especially since it is rotating mass.
ah! 300 grams is not marginal gains. I don't know SRAM at all and I thought you were going from something like XTR to carbon. XTR cranks aren't that much heavier than carbon.
Edit: Actually google says an aluminum XTR crank is 26 grams lighter than the carbon Force 1!
I was also looking at Roval Terra CLX wheels which are like 1300 grams for $2500 vs their Terra CL wheels at 1400 grams and $1400.