Sunday, October 14, 2018

Speed Bump on Bike 1

So I got a replacement for the broken brake lever this week, and today I went to install it only to find that the replacement was the Force 1 lever, not the Force 22 lever, which means it lacked the front shifter. Oops. Bit of a setback there, but nothing too serious at least, just need to wait for a second replacement now.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Speed Bump on Bike 2

So it turns out that Cannondale has a policy where they won't give you a warranty on the frame unless it's assembled into a full bike by a Cannondale dealer, because apparently they're jerks or something. So even though my frame is sitting at the shop right now, I can't take it home yet because I need to get all the parts to make it into a complete bike and then bring those parts to the dealer and have them assemble it for $250. Not real thrilled about that.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

It's Time to Pack My Bags

The property management has recently got their panties in a twist about my bamboo and has been handling the situation in a very poor way, leading to a great deal of stress for me since Friday. On top of that, today they decided that it's somehow unreasonable for me to park 3 motorcycles in my one parking spot, even though they take up less space than a single car and all fit well within the confines of the spot. Add to this the continuing aggravation of the neighbour's range hood vent blowing directly into my apartment and it all leads to one conclusion: As much as I like living in Cupertino, I'm done with apartment life.

Moving away from Cupertino is a bit of an unfortunate financial side-effect, as I'll only likely have about $400k to put down (depending on market fluctuations, taxes, exchange rates etc), and with the monthly payment range I'd like to hit that'll leave me in the $1.2 mil range, and there's just nothing in Cupertino at that price range. Thankfully I don't have to go too far to find good houses for that amount, and I think a change of scenery might do me some good, shake things up a little.

I got a recommendation for a good real estate agent from a friend so I'll be having a chat with them soon to see what makes sense for me. I might take a bit of a hit breaking my lease early, but I think not having someone constantly looking over my shoulder judging me and trying to enforce arbitrary and absurd rules will do wonders for my happiness.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

First Steps Towards Bike 2

Dropped the broken CAAD10 frame off at Sports Basement yesterday and got the process rolling on getting its replacement, which will probably end up being a CAAD12 since the 10 is out of production now. This is fairly good news since what I've seen of the 12 leads me to believe that they fixed a lot of the quality and finish issues that the 10 had, though it's still not in the same ballpark as the CAAD9 that I started out with.

I think as long as nothing goes wrong with getting this replacement frame I'll build it up into a winter bike with some nice fenders and lots of lights.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Sweet Taste of Defeat

The pile of parts is still a pile of parts, and not yet a functional bike. Ran into a snag when swapping the brake cables when the banjo bolt stripped out the lever way short of the spec torque. Not impressed. On the other hand waiting on the replacement part will give me an excuse to strip down Phoenix Down so I can get the frame replaced.

In other news I trimmed the bamboo this morning. The landlord left a note on my door saying "we've hired a tree crew and they're going to enter your patio" rather than, say, calling me and telling me that they'd like me to trim my bamboo. I guess that's a little bit too much to expect. Hopefully this will ward them off and they won't butcher the bamboo with a hedge trimmer like they did last time.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

A Pile of Parts

The new bike is coming together surprisingly quickly. I did decide to make the leap for disc brakes, and the frame came in on Thursday which actually caught me off guard a little bit. I hadn't been expecting it quite that quickly.

The frame looks magnificent and is of course light enough that I need to weigh it down so it doesn't drift up and bump along the ceiling. The wheels also arrived quite quickly, which was a pleasant surprise as they came all the way from the UK (not for any particular reason other than they somehow had a really good price on them).

The rest of the bits have been trickling in from Amazon, as they wont do. I've got almost everything I need from there but I'm waiting on the front derailleur and the bar tape before I'm at 100% of a bike. They should hopefully come in sometime next week. Hopefully. If push comes to shove I can run without bar tape for a few days but it'd be nice to have everything wrapped up at the same time.

I've been waffling over what to do with the leftover bits from my old bike. At this point I'm only a few parts short of a full bike, and I could either sell it off as such, or buy the few remaining bits and have two bikes? Like I could fit fenders to it and maybe use it as a winter bike. I suppose we'll see how I feel.

Speaking of extra parts, I did manage to accidentally order more parts than I need. I had bought a pair of lockrings for the disc brakes without realizing that the wheels came with a set, and likewise I ended up with an extra set of caliper spacers. Not a big deal, I'd rather have extra than none at all.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Bike Bits, Take Two

I've set aside the idea of getting the Colnago for now as I have some concerns about durability and warranty service on it, and instead turned my sights to a Specialized Tarmac frame, like thus:

It's a top quality, reliable carbon frame, and now all I need to do is find one in my size... which is proving difficult. I'd like to get the rim brake version so I can reuse more of my existing parts, but if push came to shove I might have to switch to disc which would mean new wheels, and some other bits will get more expensive.

On the Cannondale front, it looks like Sports Basement will be able to take care of my warranty claim so I'll be able to recycle that frame into a new one, which I plan to sell, along with some other bits that won't carry over, on to help recoup some costs.

In the mean time it's starting to look like I might have to ride out the rest of the commuting season on my XC bike. Not the worst fate and at least I'm still getting exercise, but all the same it's not quite what I was hoping for.