In the late fall last year, the Bow Cyclist club prez Mark sent around an email asking if anyone was interested in taking service school courses at the shop. The idea was that if we got a group together it would be fun, but we could also get a discount. Lots of people chimed in, and we scheduled a two-day bike overhaul course for this weekend.
When I did this last year, it was just the instructor and myself. This year, there are seven people all tearing their bikes apart, and two instructors and Mark as well. This means that things are going more slowly, but that’s a good thing, as I am able to stop and digest the information before rushing on to the next task. Ben and Michael are the instructors and Sarah, Peter, Ed, Kevin, Tommy and Phil are in the course with me.
Today was all about taking everything apart and cleaning it. Everyone else tore their bikes down to the frame, but we left the hydraulic brake lines intact on my bike. Everything else went, though.
Mark and my stripped Roubaix
The pile of parts
It was a fun day and it ended with a beer. I got my shifter cables re-routed, which is a finesse job when they are routed internally through the frame. The major points that we discovered today were:
- My wheels weren’t true: the rear was especially bad, and may have been the cause of my high-speed wobble last year, and
- My rear brake pads were pretty worn, so I’m replacing them.
Other than that, there will be parts costs for the shifter cables and new bar tape. My tires I will replace in the spring,
The biggest drama of the day was probably Phil’s bike. It’s a 2005 Specialized Tarmac. It’s top-flight bike, but twelve years old. When they took the fork off, the bottom bearing came apart, and it wasn’t a part that Specialized sells any more. For a bit, it looked like Phil might have to scour the used market for the part, or buy a new frame. But Mark came to the rescue, and measured the bearing and discovered there was a Campagnolo part that would fit. All’s well that ends well.
Day two and everything will be back together tomorrow. Thanks Dad, for the Christmas gift! 🎄
Now day two is over…