Added a chris king front hub to the SS
I thought of my ride today that it’s been a while since a broke my derailleur. Then a couple of miles later, shit happened.Threw on a new $50 derailleur as Wildcat has taken it’s toll. Fun fact, SLX is 40g heavier than XT but feels like more, oddly. I cannot figure how the chain gets so dirty. I gotta start shopping for a new one as it’s almost worn out. A very quick search didn’t find much in stock and it used to be a $20 “whenever I want one” item. Stoopid covid.
I discovered I had no tokens in the fork so I bought a set and added one. See how it feels.
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Never. That stuff is supposed to be unicorn tears mixed with fairy dust.
…and I bought the bike used. With a chain and everything!
Speed sensor broke--thread insert pulled apart from the housing, probably because of the Buttermilk Valley downhill overlooking the river (so I know where to go to test my work)--so I took the opportunity to change the mounting bracket for a different style; problem: it was designed for spokes laced in the opposite direction of how the ones on this wheel are laced. Solution: crafty me cuts off piece of rubber mount where spoke needs to sit, and glues it on other side. New problem: other half of the clamshell is hard plastic, and not as easy to simply modify without pins/reinforcement. Solution: I had an offcut of walnut that was about the right thickness to copy the piece, so I got to work.
Final product took ~60 minutes of working time from modification-to-install, and I got to use my safe-edge file to do the major profiling, since I didn't want to cut into the 'core' of the piece, and the walnut was hard enough to work well with the file. After finishing/checking the fit, I paste waxed the hell out of it to give it a chance at surviving, then installed it.
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I even managed to have the presence of mind to cut it so the grain wasn't unsupported over the spokes. Go me.
I'm getting a lot of mileage out of this piece of walnut, though it never got used for the original purpose (to be a bridge support on a zither).