New Steering Wheel on the Surly Sled
Tonight (Tuesday, March 21, 2011) is the first Dirt Diva’s group ride of the year. As this is the first season I’m not working retail I was very giddy to get back in the saddle with a large group of fellow women that love cycling. I also knew to keep my respected name in the area I would have to get my bike to stop creaking before the group ride.
Over the weekend when I was riding Fisher Farms my handlebar kept popping and my rear disc kept whining. Now, I couldn’t have that continue as it was driving me batty! After a long grocery shopping adventure last night I was ready to check over the bike and make needed changes. Until both lights in my garage popped. Did I mention it was 8:30pm and dark now outside? Even darker in my garage… Never fail, I pulled out my contractors lights and set them up.
Next I loosened up my stem to clean out any dirt that may be causing the creaking. Oh yeah, my handlebar was cracked. Gotta love aluminum handlebars and Thomson stems…
Time to swap out the the carbon bar I’ve had laying in the corner and try out the Ergon GC3 grips with bar-ends I’ve been waiting to ride on a straight bar. Everything happens for a reason…
Then it was time to cut housing before I strangled myself or a passing by squirrel… and finally tuned up my brakes with the cleaner line of housing.
It was a quick 30 minute change of parts and rearranging on the Surly Sled. I do adore this bike, even though it is probably the most “heap” of parts bike I have ever owned but it also probably the one that has seen the most mileage, abuse and scenery.