Friday, 26 November 2010

Bike Porn Friday: TroisV Repair Shop Special!

Following La Tristesse Endura Ride that you've all been reading about haphazardly over the past few weeks, my poor Kona Zing was more than ready for a trip to my local bicycle shop for some attention.

Little did I know just how much attention.

It turns out poor Zing needed a new cassette (unsurprising) and chain (unsurprising); it also turns out, on further inspection, that it needed a new front shifter. Unfortunately, shifters come in pairs, so this wasn't exactly cheap. Also unfortunately, it took my local bicycle shop's supplier forfuckingever to get the requisite part to them. I found this a trifle irritating, though I hasten to add that I don't really blame the shop.

Anyway, now for the fortunate part: I have a shiny new cassette (not so shiny any more), and a shiny new chain (ditto), and new Shimano 105 shifters, which are actually a lot nicer in a couple of ways than my old Shimano 105 shifters. The cables are internally routed, which makes my bike look cleaner/classier on the front; as a result of the internal routing the "handle" part that attaches to the handlebars is a bit fatter, which makes it more comfortable/ergonomic than the older, narrower (and higher sitting) 105s. Yippee. Oh! and the mechanic replaced my old, grubby, cut-up white bartape with red! Yippee again.

Here's your lousy photograph:



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TroisV!

Today's song isn't thematically related, but I think we can all agree that it is awesome.

1 comment:

  1. We need a link to the Tour of Wessex wrt shifters

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