Breaking Chains and Not Burning Rubber

BREAKING CHAINS - Freedom: Cycle touring is the greatest way I have found to experience freedom. Whilst I celebrate mine I hope to help others gain and realise theirs, and protect ours, by fundraising for Amnesty International

NOT BURNING RUBBER - Environmental Awareness: Cycling is one of the most efficient and sustainable modes of transport. It's slow speed allows you to become more aware and connected with our surroundings, and therefore the pressures that they may be under. I intent to have a minimal negative impact on the environment whilst I travel, and will share my observations and experiences about my journey, environmental issues, and sustainable living here:

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Gearing her up

Well last week my hubs finally showed up, so I legged it down to the touring-bike shop to get the wheel building process under-away.
Then on Saturday I was the proud owner of my first pair of hand-build wheels, and then spent the rest of the day stripping the bike down and dressing her up with all the new components I had been accumulating, with the help of the boys down at the local bike shop;
- 8 speed cassette (previously 7 speed)
- Gear shifters / break levers
- V-brakes!! front and back (pre. cantilevers)
- bottom bracket
- crank-set
- chain
- Derailleur
- raiser handlebars
- Ergonomic Grips with bar ends
- Brake cables
- Gear cables
and of course
- wheels

$1000 plus all up but the test ride clearly showed the difference:
- More upright riding position is far more comfortable
- wider bars give better steering
- much faster and incredibly smooth
- crisp and clean gear changes
and the extra gears, upto 24 from 21, will definitely come in handy with all the hills I am planning on tackling :)

All in all she now feels like a bike I could (and will) cycle 1000s of k's on.

Will give a more in-depth break-down of costs soon, and there has been a few more additions to her through the week.

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