|Simba is inspecting the build.|
Three things to change:
- Move to single ring.
- Replace the brakes.
- Add "cross levers."
Single RingI have gone to single rings on nearly everything new and everything rebuilt for a while now, after first going 1x on the commuting rig in Indy. In three cases I hacked it - I:
- pulled the front derailler and clipped (literally or figurately) the cable from the left lever,
- replaced the crankset or chainring, and
- ran the 1x10 (Neuvation) or 1x11 (Salsa, Litespeed) with little fanfare.
In one other case I bought a 1x bicycle, the new 3T gravel bike at 1x12.
For the 75% use, 1x is clearly superior. For half of that 75% a hacked 1x10 or x11 is perfectly fine. I love that with the tall teeth on a single chainring the dropped chain on a stoplight sprint is a thing of the past. I have rarely found a need for taller gearing than mid-40s front and 11 back (unlike Sam, I spin at closer to 90 for long rides and 100 for races - when I used to race).
So I thought it might work for P. It does save weight, saves the hassle of a front shift, reduces wear on the chain. This is a 40-tooth Wolf Tooth ring on an old SRAM Rival crank.
|Wolf Tooth does a good job matching the design of a number of cranks.|
Avid V-BrakesBack in 2014, P and I had our Ritcheys built with cantilever brakes - though it turned out the pull on the Shimano levers did not match the pull on the cantilever brakes. They worked, but braking wasn't sharp. I replaced mine with V brakes when I rebuilt the Ritchey prior to ultimately selling it.
I liked the cantilever brakes and wanted to keep them for P, so I found this offering from Avid that was supposedly optimized for Shimano shifters. Suffice to say I could not figure out the mounting process - I think because the Ritchey frameset did not match well to the design of the brakes. Though it could be because I am a terrible mechanic.
|Shorty Ultimate, photo from SRAM.com.|
Instead I went with V brakes for P. These are also from Avid. After fiddling with them on my Ritchey for a while before the sale, I feel pretty good about my ability to mount and tune them. And, in fact, this went well.
|Pretty much a plug-and-play install job.|
"Cross Levers"Somebody started calling these middle-mount levers "cross levers", although I've never actually met a real cross cyclist who has them installed. P likes them because they make the semi-upright sit easier to accomplish. We had them on her old Trek 800, long since gathering dust in the basement. Now they are here.
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So, here is the bike as refreshed:
|38mm Panaracer Gravelking SK tires go well with steel tubing!|
|That's a 12-27 cassette. Probably need to take that to 34 teeth with this 40-tooth ring.|