Saturday, September 3, 2016
The Great Bicycle Build Completes
My younger son and I finished building my 3-speed road bike this afternoon.
We rewrapped the handlebar that I had botched earlier. Then we added a half link to the chain, which had been too tight before. With the addition of the half link, the chain is now slightly loose but workable. If I find that the chain pops off when I hit a bump, I may need to add a chain tensioner.
Then we ran the shift cable back to the shift mechanism for the Nexus gear hub. As the final build step, we put on the pedals.
I took a test ride around the neighborhood and the 3-speed rode marvelously. The proportions of the bike put me in a comfortable riding posture. The shifting was precise and immediate.
I am very grateful for the entire build process, which has progressed in fits and starts since October last year. Working with my son is always a pleasure and the end result is a bicycle I should enjoy riding for years.
Here are the glamour shots.