Monday, September 25, 2023

Making an attempt To Stay My Thumb Off The Scales – Bike Snob NYC


Additional to Friday’s post, I’ve now were given my fashionable slotted cleat state of affairs in combination:

The very important issue (along side a pair of trainers with laces) is this cleat from Yellow Jersey:

Additionally, a reader informs me that you are able to additionally get slotted cleats with waft:

It’s a artful thought, even if I do object to it at the foundation that all the level of using clips and straps an slotted cleats is to inconvenience your self up to imaginable and this turns out like a contravention of that ethos.

In case you occur to’ve by no means used slotted cleats earlier than, getting out and in of them takes slightly being used to, and naturally you’ve were given to bear in mind you’re strapped in earlier than you attempt to put a foot down in a different way you’re going over like a felled tree:

Oh, and to the reader who left this remark, I’ve fastened the strap.

Anyway, I’ll repeat as soon as all over again that I’m now not in any respect advocating for a go back to this setup, and I’m simply using it throughout the spirit of taking part in the motorbike in its correct historic context–and it’s additional amusing to journey the motorbike with “correct” sneakers than it’s with shoes and even antique bowling sneakers, simply so long as you take into accout to not fall over:

By means of one of the simplest ways by which, I’m assuming the motorbike as soon as belonged to any individual named Alfredo Binda, as a result of he put his determine at the straps:

Anyway, now that I’ve were given now not just one however two pairs of trainers for this subject, I can actually get all the manner proper right down to the industry of taking part in it–and I’m very so much taking part in it, although the shifters are shut sufficient in combination that I shifted the flawed one the opposite day:

It’s near to like they’re flipping me off:

Talking of moving particularly and obsolescence maximum regularly, I’m now deep into the Vintage Cycle twenty first Century Friction Shifter Shootout…which must additional correctly be referred to as a derailleur shootout, however we’re specifically comparing how they each artwork with friction shifters on a contemporary motorbike, so I’m sticking with it:

After being pleasantly surprised with the efficiency of the Altus LT, the oldest derailleur of the bunch, I moved onto the following derailleur throughout the check out:

The Shimano 600 is in spite of everything the predecessor to Ultegra, and it’s impressively swish and trendy, particularly compared to the very mechanical-looking Altus LT. Practice the cable anchor bolt:

The top of which is hidden throughout the parallelogram:

I consider Shimano offered this derailleur in 1982, and it wasn’t even their among the best type. (That difference in spite of everything went to Dura Ace.) Inside the meantime, correct proper right here’s what Campagnolo was once doing in ’82:

You’ll be able to see that they’ve been in bother.

It’s impressively delicate, too, at simply an eyelash over 200 grams:

In reality it doesn’t have a barrel adjuster, however on a friction drivetrain you don’t actually want that anyway.

I used to be very excited to check this derailleur, and was once rooting for it at the foundation that it’s similtaneously antique and ultra-light, which makes for a big “cool” fear. Alas, after I attempted to position in it, I came upon that the little retainer thingy that holds the derailleur in position at the dropout tab and maintains spring drive is out of place:

So far as I can inform, the spring itself works simply environment friendly, so I’m now not sure what’s occurring correct proper right here. Possibly any individual overhauled it one day and put it yet again in combination flawed, I dunno. Regardless of the reason why, the upshot is that I couldn’t prepare it correctly, and so I used to be pressured to sideline it till I get to the bottom of it out. So in the event you’ve were given any trust be at liberty to let me know.

Throughout the period in-between, I moved correct onto the following deralleur, the so-called “Deerhead” Shimano M700, which was once the main iteration of XT:

As Disraeli Gears notes, it’s very similar to the 600 in design, and it additionally has that Centeron arm that can or is probably not important:

Even with the longer cage, the barrel adjuster, and the Centeron thingy, it’s alternatively lighter than you’d suppose.

As soon as put in, shifter place throughout the lowest equipment is kind of 90 levels relating to the downtube:

Right kind proper right here it’s throughout the greatest cog and throughout the small chainring:

And correct proper right here it’s throughout the greatest cog and the massive chainring:

The fit was once very good, the cable pull was once very good, and it had retro-cred near to dripping from its antlers. Sadly, as I shifted via all of the gears, I came upon an issue: even with the prime limit screw all of the method out, I couldn’t shift into my easiest possible equipment.

All other folks have our hang-ups, and given the sorry state of my motorcycles its would perhaps marvel you to be told there are specific issues I merely can’t tolerate. I don’t concepts grimy bar tape, or scratches, or dings, or mismatched parts. (My Rock Combo has two other shifters and it doesn’t trouble me in the slightest degree.) On the other hand, I can’t deal with unusable gears. It’s dangerous sufficient I’ve to journey round with out and finish cap at the derailleur cable whilst I’m doing this check out–one thing else that drives me loopy, although it’s meaningless. But when I’m using a motorbike it had higher be in a position shift into all of the gears, even if I don’t in truth use all of them. I wouldn’t even be capable of journey a motorbike with 10-speed shifters moving very best 8 cogs, as a result of although it’s a superbly inexpensive subject to do if that’s what you’ve were given, the guidelines of the ones unused clicks would prey upon my tiny ideas. So clearly in follow now not with the ability to use your easiest possible equipment on a 10-speed drivetrain is near to a non-issue, however alternatively, I don’t like it, and evidently if a derailleur goes to win a Friction Shifter Shootout it had higher reveal most compatibility and full usability at the test-cycle.

So I disqualified it:

Even if it’s a DOHS (derailler of historic importance) and so I do plan to check out it on each different motorbike throughout the not-too-distant longer term.

I did to search out it unexpected that the Altus LT labored on every cog however the M700 didn’t. So I took a better have a look at the Altus LT and positioned that it was once at its absolute most prime limit. The difference between making that ultimate shift and now not making it’s most evidently an issue of less than a millimeter, so it’s principally excellent fortune that one vintage derailleer would perhaps do it and the opposite one couldn’t.

Subsequent up chronologically would had been the Suntour XC Comp, with which I’ve enjoy as it’s the equivalent derailleur that was once on my Rock Combo after I were given it:

By means of this level however I used to be made up our minds to journey the motorbike and I couldn’t deal with the chance of alternatively each different ’80s derailleur now not operating, and so I made up our minds to reserve it for later:

As an alternative, I went to the Campagnolo Veloce:

I had prime hopes for this one. In particular, it’s the nearest fit to the 10-speed Campagnolo cassette at the test-cycle, and I questioned if that will perhaps alternatively topic with out listed moving. In reality, an precise 10-speed Campagnolo derailleur has a crucial mechanical distinction, which is that it says “10 pace” on it:

[Thanks, eBay.]

As opposed to that I consider they’re in the case of an an equivalent, and I didn’t moreover want to regulate the limit screws after putting in it.

At 255 grams, it was once the second-heaviest derailleur I’d examined up to now, which clearly manner not the remaining, however continues to be worth noting:

And lever throw was once regarding the equivalent because the 5700:

The medium cage was once easiest possible for the test-cycle. Right kind proper right here it’s throughout the small ring:

And correct proper right here it’s throughout the huge ring:

Then I went for a journey:

My first affect of the Altus LT was once that it shifted at least along side the 5700. From this I concluded that perhaps stuff like a slant parallelogram doesn’t topic all that such a lot when you upload fashionable enamel profiles and all of the remainder of it. Alternatively my first affect of the Veloce was once that it shifted higher than either one of them and that this was once the most efficient the motorbike had ever felt:

Possibly it’s the slant parallelogram, perhaps it’s that the cable pull ratio is a greater fit for the Campy cassette (even if with friction shifters I alternatively can’t see why that will perhaps topic), or perhaps it’s simply the mental affect of striking a lovely glossy silver Campy derailleur on a shiny pink bicycle. Regardless of the case, it felt easiest possible and I rather now not famous a shift:

Turns out like issues can very best switch downhill from correct proper right here.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related Stories