9:20 PM

A new purpose

In continuation of the problem I pointed out before HERE,  I’ve made some spacers for the inside of the drive side crank arm.  The spindle is fitted in there with a spine and I suppose it was glued in place by the manufacturer.  Over time the glue has dissipated and the spindle now moves freely in and out.  The spacers were made to put tension on the spindle so that it always pulls tight against the crank arm, eliminating the side to side movement.  I had to make several different thickness spacers because measuring the amount of play was nearly impossible.
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It fits nice and easy over the spindle.
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It took me two tries and two different spacer widths to get rid of the play in the drive side arm. 
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This is how it sat right before it was compressed and the whole system torqued down. 
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On the same bike, I deiced to pick up a different cassette, this time a Sram Red with 11-28T. 
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big mama.
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I’m actually quite excited about this switch in the build.  One, I’m going to get a climbing specific bike that I can  beat on and not worry so much about.  My last ride up Mt. Baldy was ridiculously difficult for me and I only later realized that I only had a 25T big cog in the back with a compact 34T in the front.  I should do a bit better with the extra available gear reserves next time around.  Secondly, It’ll be nice to see how my homegrown components do under the stresses of climbing all the time.  I think of it as a R&D bike.