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tic...tic...tic...tic...tic...D'OH!!!(5 posts)

Oct 30, 2001 12:43 PM
This morning was my first commute on my new VeloSwap prize (Morgul-Bismark, story for another thread). I even shelled out an extra $90 for a Park headset press so I could build it up Saturday night and take it to the Sunday morning ride. I love the bike, and it rode like a dream on Sunday, aside from some annoying chittering that an overly-dry drivetrain makes (fixed that).

Saturday night consisted of a last-minute, cobbled-together build using whatever leftovers I found in the small parts bin. Last night I took the time to properly recable and switch to a shorter stem. The only shifter housing I had in the house on Saturday came off a bike with headtube stops, so I did an ugly, but servicable housing splice.

On the way to work this morning, I suddenly heard that highly annoying and characteristic "tic...tic...tic..." that a cheap Shimano bottom bracket makes. The BB is a brand new Record carbon. Not to say I don't trust my own build jobs, but well... I really don't trust my own build jobs. With visions of a loose BB, stripping bearings, the driveside crank pulling out, etc., I stopped several times to check absolutely everything, to no avail.

Frustrated, I continued on my way and ran a mental list of all the benign things it could be: light kit strap or cord banging against the crank (no) - wheel loose in dropout (no), spokes rubbing (no) cleats, pedals, seatbag (no, no, no), on and on and on - all the way to work. Not to mention that the frame is an OS Easton 700 aluminum boomtube design that acts like a big amplifier, so the noise was driving me absolutely FRANTIC.

I get to work, and as I'm locking up the bike, I noticed that the front mech cable (which is about 2cm longer now owing to the re-cable and shorter stem) had somehow pulled loose from being tucked behind the seat tube and had been **banging against my crankarm** the whole darn trip!!!

D'OH!! It's great to be blonde.
happens to all of usDog
Oct 30, 2001 1:46 PM
Noting my thread above about the rattling shifter/brake lever... Saturday the lever was rattling. I looked at the lever, and the shifter lever, behind the brake lever, was appearing to dangle about 1/2 inch behind the brake lever, and sort of flopping back, like it was barely attached. I started to freak, thinking I would lose the part, and be stuck in the small ring the rest of the 104 mile ride. (I hate it when a mechanical problem disturbs a ride.)

After messing with it for 30 minutes or so, I come to the realization that the shifter lever is *supposed* to move backwards, so that when you brake it can get out of the way. DUH?

But then it was still hanging too far back, unlike the other one, which is right up against the brake lever. Well, after another hour or so of scrutinizing it, I realize that the brake lever pin thingy that releases the caliper to change wheels was in the released position, allow the brake lever to go more forward than usual. Pushed the pin in, and voila, the darn thing looked normal. Double DUH?

So, I was freaked out for about 2 hours over nothing. So often, it seems, we first look for complicated solutions before the obvious, don't we?

Still have the rattle, though.

I call it "Athlete's Brain"MikeC
Oct 30, 2001 5:12 PM
I think it;'s from diverting blood that normally goes to the brain to the muscles instead. At least that's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it!
I had the exact same experience with my Record shift lever about two weeks ago. I was two hours into a ride before I noticed it, and I began to curse a friend who I'd let ride my bike the previous day.
It wasn't for another half hour that I realized the brake caliper release was still open (of course I'd opened it to remove the front wheel to mount the bike on the roof rack), and that I was a complete idiot.
It was several rides on my new bikebill
Oct 31, 2001 7:15 AM
before I realized that when I had built up my bike I had adjusted the brake cables with the lever pins in the wrong position. Didn't seem to matter (except that I couldn't get the wheels off until the cables were readjusted, which is what tipped me off to my little mistake), but it was days (weeks?) before I figured out exactly what looked/felt different about the levers from my other bike.
I've done that onenee Spoke Wrench
Oct 31, 2001 10:15 AM
Another of my favorite goofs was a noise that sounded to me like a gear slightly out of adjustment. I must have adjusted my derailleur cable five times before I figured out that the noise was coming from the car keys in my pocket. D'OH!