Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Scram SRAM...I'm going back to Shimano

Earlier in the year I picked up a 2010 Shimano SLX shadow rear derailleur for $45, from One Ghost Industries ( I've been wanting to switch back to Shimano because I just haven't been happy with the SRAM stuff. Till now the cost has been the major factor along with the fact that I just did not want to switch out a part unless its broken or just not working properly. Since I had to replace the chain and rear cog with new parts, I figured it was the time to install the derailleur as well. It took a bit of digging but I found a Shimano rear derailleur shifter in my garage along with a new cable and housing. The new housing is silver so it a nice change from the black and I also found some aluminum cable end caps which look pretty trick and match the rear link. It took a bit of fiddling with but I was able to dial everything in pretty well. This thing shifts awesome now, it's so precise. I also prefer the look of the new rear mech over the old one.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Back from my hiatus

Lately I have had little time to blog and even less time to ride. A lot has been going on but I've just been real busy with the family and especially with work, 50 to 60 hour work weeks are just killing me. I really need the exercise too as it directly impacts my mood. I am so happy I got out for a road ride today, it was just an hour but has made a big difference in the way I feel. Besides the end of Summer is fast approaching and I want to get in as much riding as I can before the snow flies...really not looking forward to that.