There has been snow on the ground for the past 4 days. Makes for damn tricky riding, especially since, for all the bikey stuff I have, I have no way to deal with it. It’s not the snow thats hard to deal with, it’s the ice. We have half an inch of ice covering everything. I’ve got this great new bike, and I can barely ride it.
Speaking of. I did say barely ride it. Heh.
I ordered a pair of studded tires for the Bicycle Eater. Some apocalypse bike. Ass kicked by ice. Psht. Live and learn I guess. I guess I’ll have em now – should be here by Monday.
Other things about riding bikes in the snow and ice – it’s very difficult to pedal and move fast enough to warm up because you’ll spin out and fall. So you move slowly and deliberately but you end up cold. Frustrating.
About the Pacer. Still not super happy about the cockpit, but riding the bike is incredibly fun. Boy.
I did make a couple small mistakes building it. One of the things I messed up on was with the gearing. I have 10 speed components on the Pacer but only had a 9 speed cassette. No sweat I said, I’ll just use one less natch on the shifter. Turns out that doesn’t work. I thought the distance between natches was identical, but it’s not. So a mismatch between transmission components causes issue. So I threw a 10sp Shimano 105 12-25 cassette on it – and holy crap. Transmission is smooth and strong, and with that many gears there’s a lot of granularity. Makes it easy to maintain cadence.
In fact, everything about this bike is strong. It’s a strong bike. The steel frame is strong, the wheels are strong, the hubs are strong, the rack is strong. The whole thing is relatively light and very responsive. Even in the cold and the ice, it’s really responsive. An absolute pleasure to ride.
I do like the downtube shifters, but I don’t like them on the downtube. The action on them is just incredible. I wonder if they’ll work as bar ends, and thus on my Pauls Thumbies. I guess we’ll see. I really hope so.
Anyhow, back to it I guess. Ride safe out there.