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Pink With Envy – Bike Snob NYC


Additional to yesterday’s put up, I notice one or two of you may need gotten the impression I wasn’t happy to obtain a Shock Marinoni:

Nothing might be farther from the reality. Nothing is extra thrilling than a brand new bike–even when it’s an outdated bike that wants a number of work–and this morning I instantly set about getting ready it for its maiden voyage (with me anyway):

Since this was only a “attending to know you” journey, and my time was restricted, and it was raining out, I did absolutely the naked minimal of prep to get it rideable, although I did in fact change the saddle. As you possibly can think about, the arrival of one other lugged metal highway bike with an Italian title (even when it was in-built America’s cardboard Burger King crown) made you-know-who extraordinarily uncomfortable, and I most likely shouldn’t retailer them collectively as a result of I wouldn’t be stunned if the Marinoni met with an “accident” within the very close to future:

By the way in which, after I wheeled out the Faggin for that photograph, I found the rear tire was flat; heroically it carried me 70 miles simply the opposite day, and had the decency to attend till I acquired dwelling to deflate itself.

In the meantime, after giving the Marinoni its cursory tune-up, I used to be possibly two or three miles into my wet journey when this occurred:

As I stood there listening to the dying rattle I knew precisely who responsible:

I’m not going to call names, however she’s pink, she’s Italian, and she or he must fucking recover from it already:

Right here’s the homicide weapon:

So I set about repairing the flat:

Which afforded me the chance to snap a fast crotch shot:

One thing, ovalized chainstays, one thing energy switch, one thing one thing.

After fixing the flat I thought-about simply heading again dwelling, however I figured I’d gotten my unhealthy luck out of the way in which and I ought to proceed fairly than being a “woosie.” So what do you find out about using a motorcycle within the rain for an hour and a half?

Nicely it actually feels prefer it might be a fantastic bike, although I used to be distracted by the drivetrain:

Whereas I’d taken a bit time to regulate it, shifting was nonetheless hit and miss, and given the age and situation of the elements this might be resulting from any variety of causes: worn chain, worn cables, worn cassette, or any mixture thereof. I additionally assume the derailleur could also be a bit tweaked:

So clearly that entire scenario goes to require consideration.

Experiencing the bike within the mild of day (comparatively talking given the climate) additionally gave me an opportunity to take a greater have a look at the situation of the end:

There are numerous scrapes, and likewise a ding within the high tube:

However general it’s in higher situation aesthetically than you-know-who, which implies the vendetta is barely going to accentuate:

I’m not even going to aim to parse its journey high quality, dealing with, blah blah blah, as a result of come on:

However it’s completely a motorcycle I wish to proceed using, and I’m keen to handle the drivetrain points so I can achieve this free from distraction:

As for what that may entail, I’ll must test my components stock and make part compatibility spreadsheets and maintain a bunch of conferences with the board of administrators, however within the meantime after an hour and a half within the rain (to not point out getting stabbed within the rear tire) the ‘Noner has formally been baptized:

Spring is certainly the season of rebirth.

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