The August numbers are in… 206.98 miles and 14:49 brings us to:
Total distance (August): 206.98 miles
Total distance (Cumulative): 1064.53 miles
Total time (Cumulative): 85 hours, 12 minutes
Roughly six months of riding (116 of those days I actually got on a bike) put me past the 1000 mile mark. Not too bad. However, two days in September will likely match all of my August mileage. This may hurt.
What else? I finally fixed the M2. I replaced the bent XT crankset with an ’06 XT crankset. Not much difference between the two, other than the not-bent status of the new one. I also replaced the exploded chain. I was going to get another SRAM or Shimano chain, but Klunk had a nice Wippermann 908 chain in stock. I was a little skeptical at first; the Wippermann was a few dollar more than the Shimano, and a chain is a chain. Right? Well, I’m happy to report that the Wippermann is worth the money. The drivetrain is smoother and the shifting is quieter. I’m sure not of this is because the crankset is no longer rubbing on the front deraileur cage. A word of caution: Be sure to note the orientation of the Wippermann Connex link during installation. I initally installed the link upside down. Some claim this can cause the chain to skip on the 11/12t cog. I caught the error prior to my first ride. I had a 50/50 chance of getting the link installed correctly, but managed to get it wrong on both bikes. That extra XT crankset, bottom bracket and tire were all for Eric. These retina-burning-orange (prison uniform orange, maybe city road worker orange?) Klunk t-shirts are going to become out team shirts for the MS 150, thanks to the logo designing efforts of Eric, the shirt donating skills of Klunk, and the screen printing talents of Amber and Dave (not me).
As I mentioned in the last post, I ordered a FSA Mega Exo Ultra Compact Super Gossamer Turbo Nano Cross Crankset. This crankset is very nice and a good value. The Gunnar also received a chain upgrade. This time it is a Wippermann 808 chain (same as the 908, just for 8 speed systems). The results on the Gunnar are similar to the M2: smooth shifting and little drivetrain noise. One surprise was that the original chain on the Gunnar was very stretched. I only put about 600-700 miles on the chain, but it was in very bad shape. I can’t even use it on the singlespeed. It is not a big loss though, it was a cheap Shimano chain w/o nickel plating. It really sounds like I’m abusing my bikes, really I’m not. They just wear out quickly?!?
MS 150 update:
I have now raised $300 plus an unknown promised pledge. I am now past my original goal when my donation matching is taken into account. However, I am still looking for donations, so click here -> Team 86753O9 MS 150 Site.
Ok, so you made it to the bottom of the post and still haven’t figured out why I am dragging a Wally-world shopping cart up a singletrack trail? Eric and I rode Cosmo on Tuesday and found this cart at the end of one of the trails in an abandoned quarry. It did not prove to be adept at negotiating the trails. Further proof that Wally-world is worthless. Have you ever picked up a shopping cart? Especially one of these carts from a big-box store? They are really heavy. I suppose they are necessary for transporting your 3000 oz. Fresca, 40 lb. box of thumbtacks and 1/2 cow to the checkout. See Eric’s blog for more details.