My Atlantis stripped bare by her bachelors, even
Part I: DIY
Things have been pretty solid with my Atlantis for years now really, but as I’ve mentioned in the past I’m trying to replace all the original components. This year that included the rear derailleur which since I replaced the front one last summer completes the replacement of derailleurs. I also replaced the shifter pods with the ones that Rivendell makes which as I mentioned in this post, should eliminate what I think was the cause of the failure of my first set of Silver Shifters. The plastic washers had already cracked, which apparently they were prone to do as Rivendell has made better, tougher replacements available, so I replaced those as well. Since cable was being pulled I replaced the front shifter cable as it was all frayed, but kept the rear as it seemed fine. So basically I did a lot of work on the shifting system.
I adjusted the front and rear derailleurs pretty well just riding around the apartments garage but went out for a real ride the next day. The shifting was so sure and smooth and my drive-train just hummed along. Sometimes you don’t realize when you are fighting something until you replace it. The jockey gears were pretty tapped out on the deralleur and it was definitely a lot more work to push the chain through. I’d replaced my cassette, middle chain-ring and chain mid-winter as the winter riding had pretty well chewed them up. I have to say the cassette and chain already look pretty beat with just a few months of winter riding on them. I did clean up the chain a bit during this repair and then oiled up so I’m sure that helped too.
New pods for my Silver Shifters
So that’s about it for the work I’ve done on the Atlantis this year. I’ve got about everything I can do replaced (bottom bracket and headset are about all that’s left) and the remaining bits seem to be running fine. This year though I am going to take it to my LBS before I tour to give everything a safety check and professional adjustment.
FreeRange Cycles in Fremont
Part II: The LBS
On the Wednesday following the above work I took off all my bags and rode the ~2 miles to Free Range Cycles. I was running a bit later than planned but really flew with the totally unloaded bicycle on the Burke-Gilman trail. It’s pretty rare that I ride without any bags at all and while it handles about the same it definitely feels lighter and more spritely. Good times. I also passed another Atlantis on the ride – another super rarity. Shortly I was in Fremont at my favorite Seattle area LBS, Free Range Cycles. Free Range is about as dead on with my retro-grouch style as an LBS pretty much can be. They sell Rivendells, Surly’s, Rawlands and other bicycles in the steel/utility/practical/classic/touring vein. They have the expected parts and such but also locally made bags, tons of Brooks stuff, Velo Orange parts and so on. A great shop and they definitely know Rivendells. This is the first time I’ve had my bicycle actually worked on by them since they have only been local to me for the last 8 months or so.
Rebuilt Grip King
After a preliminary check it was determined my pedals needed rebuilding, which I think is cool – nice to not have to just replace them like a disposable part. The chain is on the edge but I’m opting for replacement. Everything else just seems to need some adjustment – brakes, shifting etc. That seemed all good and I was looking forward to riding the tuned up bicycle, and to have the pedal creak gone. Then while I was out shopping in Fremont they called me up and informed me that both wheels needed replacing. My front wheel with it’s dynohub has never been replaced and frankly not to shocked that it’s due. The rear though I’d gotten just a couple of years ago from Rivendell’s great wheel builder and it seemed to be going strong. The build I think is still solid but a crack has developed in the rim. I wonder if riding on all the horrible Seattle streets shortened it’s lifespan? Anyway an unexpected development, but this is why I took it in. Better to do this upfront then mid-tour.