I'll admit that I'm constantly reading about working on bicycles. Just when you think the brain is full of enough bike wrench knowledge, you stumble upon an article that makes you say, damn that makes sense! Case and point, I found an article on Cyclocross Magazine's website covering a frame modification which allows you to run a continuous piece of derailleur housing from the top tube, down to the rear derailleur. I'm game, I thought. The modification was pretty straight forward, requiring you to drill out the cable bosses on your seat tube. You needed to open up the cable stop just enough to allow the boss to act like a guide for the housing. Yeah you could not drill out the boss and just zip tie the housing to the frame but that wouldn't look nice and stock, would it? Tools: - 3/16" drill bit - cordless drill - celeste touch up paint - small file - housing, black Shimano SP41 pre-lubed derailleur - ferrules, Jagwire brass 4mm - calipers I
After countless bike demos and races, I've wised up and added this baby to the tool box. The Craftsman air inflator with digital pressure gauge and auto shut off. The battery and charger are separate so I splurged for the Li-Ion battery set up over the Ni-Cad version. Ni-Cad batteries develop memory to them; meaning that if you don't drain them all the way down before recharging again, it nips away at the lifespan of the pack. Li-Ion batteries are capable of putting out more power until they're drained instead of trickling down on power like Ni-Cad packs are known for, eventually dumping on you. Operation of this tool is easy. Just increase or decrease the PSI on the rear display, pull the trigger and you'll be able to creep up that air pressure in the Grifos. Knowing if you're a PSI over or under on race day can make or break you on the first off camber section you encounter on the 'cross bike. 'cross on!
Sometimes a new build for 'cross season requires an old friend (saddle). Boycotting any white bling on the 'cross bike this year. This completes that action on the Cavaria. An old Selle Italia saddle from the Voodoo mountain bikes days. Hope it's as comfortable as I used to remember.