9/9/18 Open lab log


Weather cool (60s) cloudy

We were sitting at the lab just watching the river flow by when a someone passed by on a fully loaded Surly. The rider was wearing a beach hat and crocs – as he passed by, Alan called out something like “Where are you headed?” The rider was already slowing down to come back and check us out. His name is Russell and he is A M A Z I N G – he’s been riding his bike around the world for the last five years! Starting off in Manchester, England in August of 2013, Russell rode across the continent, across China, south through southeast Asia. Flex to Australia and rode across that continent. Flew to the southernmost tip of Argentina and rode north, crossing into the US on the Texas border. Notably, he said this was his greatest culture shock of the entire trip. From there, he spent some time in the south, then rode up to Chicago and across to Massachusetts. That morning, he left Clinton, MA and was headed to his next Warm Showers host. His route was to continue on to New York City, and from there back home after more than five years on the road. We treated Russell to a museum entry, and he spent quite a long time inside taking in the museum’s many exhibits and artifacts.  We found a post about his time with us on Instagram, and have since learned that he made it to New York City – next stop – his home in Manchester, England after five years on the road.  Super interesting guy!






The day continued with lots of other activity. Read on!

Dan: Investigated chain skip: stretched chain (way beyond both gauge limits). Advised to replace chain and cluster.

Crystal: Loose fender, brakes stiff (corroded), air.

Cliff: Air, lube chain, evaluate chain: stretched (some skipping).

Anita: Review shifting. Informed about avoiding low-high/high-low extremes. Anita noted that extremes is where she had heard noises (chain rubbing on front derailleur, etc.).

Kica: This was kind of a fun challenge. Kica’s wheel clearly had something clanging around in it. A spoke was still inserted into the wheel, but the nipple was trapped in the double wall rim. Roman came up with a way to retrieve the escaped part and then re-connected and tensioned spoke.  We also did a general bike inspection for upcoming charity ride.




Meredith: Wanted to adjust handlebar (threaded type) but hex bolt frozen.

Matt: Brake pad upside down. Rotated and adjusted.

Gary: Review of bike to be refurbished. Adjusted front derailleur lower limit. Both crank bolts were loose, causing damage to the square tapered pressure surfaces. Re-seated cranks and tightened (some compression re-molding of damaged surfaces) back into place so no play.  One brake arm frozen per brake. Used lube and movement to free up so usable. Gary will take over tweaking into full service .. just getting info on newer components, 2nd opinions on problems, and tools (for crank).

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