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In between times today, I fine tuned the new bike. The body moulds to a bike, and if a seat frame slips a couple of milimetres, the rider will feel it immediately. Gavin at AvantiPlus, Salisbury, shifted over my seat, and bar ends, and various other bits from the old Blade 4. He did this by eye, and with a few key measurements by tape. Back home, I could barely tell the difference! I took the seat up by about three mils and set the bar ends a few degrees shallower.

Saddle fore and aft-- I've kept the Selle-- and saddle horizontal, were perfect. This bike does not have a telescopic seat post; my old seat tube is a different diameter. So we will try the big ride next week without the shock absorption; I might take tyre pressures down a bit!

I have my old tyres across on the new bike; they now have over 7,000km without a puncture. Schwalbe Marathon Plus may be a bit heavier, but for communting and touring, they have no peers. Later, I will bring over the old rims across too, as they are heavier duty. There is no foot fouling on the front tyre, although, inevitably, you can snag the mudguard.

I like the disk brakes, which I tested with a few crash stops in the street, and can feel the newness of the frame. Everything is tight. The gear shifters have better mechanical advantage than my old ones. It's all sweet.
Tomorrow will be the first ride; I have about 70km to get to work and back, and may just feel the need to come home up the Linear Park.

 The bike is a Scott "Sub 30," which is  USA speak for a pushy...  Suburban Utility Bike. The downtube has an oblong profile which means I need to rethink how to attach my extra long-distance bidons,but over all, I'm very pleased. 

 

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Well, the Blade 4 that's taken me half way round the country has given up the ghost.

There's been this click, slowly getting worse.... and we've reseated the bottom bracket and I've taken off a lot of stuff and cleaned it up and retightened it all. To no avail.

Last night, Gav at the LBS retensioned the spokes, took off the cranks and pedals--and took out the bottom bracket again. So we did all the easy stuff.

And for about 3km it ran silent. Then the creaking started again, and the click was back the time I arrived home.

I stood the bike upside down at home and ran a light over the frame.

59252km and I think we've come to the end of the road. I'm not going to weld a chainstay.

The night before the Bupa Ride we had the heaviest rain I've ever seen! There was an inch of rain in 20 minutes. I spent the evening— my early night— clearing drains and helping flood the backyard to keep water out of the house. So, despite best intentions, I was still awake at midnight, with the alarm set for 3.45... Read on >>>>

Faced with the blessing of an unexpected day off, what is one to do but go for a ride. It's the middle of December, but yesterday dawned under cloud but with the BOM suggesting the threat of rain was minimal. So I chugged up Yorketown Road to One Tree Hill, and warmed up properly on Mount Gawler so that I was ready for Checker Hill. From there it's a short ride to our favourite cherry farm.... Read on >>>>

There’s just too much on this week, so I decided I needed a treat on the way to work.

12 minutes from my house is this... Read on >>>>

 

 

The last 6 days home. Read on >>>>

West Wyalong... Read on >>>>

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