Let the great squeezie frog of peace always ride with you…I thought at first that I had adjusted Wifey’s hub gears correctly, but was wondering about it because on the short little rides I had done, first and second didn’t feel any different. The other night, I was reading through my raggedy, careworn copy of Richard’s Bicycle Book and came upon instructions for adjusting three-speed hub gears. It only took a few minutes to determine the cable was way slack, and the Little Lady had been pedaling around with only 2nt and 3rd gears operable.There is a reason the right side hub nut has holes in it: with the shift lever in 2nt, the indicator rod, which the shift chain attaches to, should be exactly even with the end of the axle.
I have had a routine for awhile now, first with the motorcycle(s) and now with the bicycles, that every saturday morning, I check tyre pressures, look everything over, wipe them down, and lube all moving parts. This is a very good habit to develop, especially if you and your loved-ones depend on your bicycles. Even though Miss Cyclingchicken doesn’t ever mess with bicycle maintenance, I at least have shown her how everything works, and I grill her on what the tyre pressures are supposed-to be on her bike. I am beginning to have Little Man help me with the saturday morning routine more and more, so that he develops good maintenance habits for his machines.
This morning, I put flat sealant in Beauty’s tubes and waxed her a bit. Tal wiped his Stingray down, and I spent a good bit of time cleaning road grime off the Beast. Then, Little Man and I went to Mal Wart for some soda. While we were there, I let him ride a certain bicycle he really wants for awhile. It’s red and yellow, and looks like a motorcycle. I spotted a continuous-ringing all-metal bell there, too. Tal wanted a bell like mine, and I bought a single ringer for him. It wasn’t but a week and the plastic gear teeth on the mechanism had stripped-out. I will have to go back later for those two items ;). On the way home, we found a blue bandana on the side of the road. As cyclists, we use bandanas for all kinds of things. I decided to take a pic with Tal and our load of soda still on the bike: