I stopped at OYLC on the way home from work to pick up some parts I ordered. I was riding the Big Dummy, so I had plenty of room to carry my cargo: a new stem for that bike, and a set of SKS P65 fenders (mudguards for my UK friends).
The Big Dummy is the only bike I own without fenders, so it was time to fix that. We’ve had rain recently. I rode in light rain today for the commute. The rain wasn’t bad, but the wet roads made for a sloppy mess on the bike and on my lower legs and feet.
I was also stretched out a bit too much, so the shorter stem will hopefully fix that.
After getting home, I pulled up a chair to the Big Dummy and got busy. removing the old stem and replacing it with the new one was easy. A torque wrench is recommended, but I don’t own one yet, and I can get it good enough by feel. I did notice that the steer tube was cut poorly. I may have to do something about that someday.
After getting the rest of the required tools, including the required bike-themed beer I attempted to install the Surly front rack that used to be on my LHT. I couldn’t figure out how to mount it without interfering with the brake caliper, so I decided to hold off on the rack.
I did find that the KickBack kickstand would keep the front forks off the floor with the front wheel removed, if I used the front wheel as extra weight in the rear.
I installed the front fender (mudguard), but I think I cut the stays a little short. It has a rather lousy fender line.
I had planned on putting the rear fender on tonight also. I also planned to strip my LHT for gravel training. However, I’m tired and grumpy and not happy with how this came out. I’ll save the rest for tomorrow.
I can’t say I enjoy working on bikes. I do enjoy the end result, even if it takes me several attempts. I’ll probably buy a replacement hardware set for the fenders and re-do the stays on the front.
What’s next for the Dummy? I need a new saddle. I want a sprung Brooks saddle. This bike is supposed to have a rather upright riding position. I haven’t ridden it since installing the new stem, but I assume I’ll be nice and upright.
The LHT? I’m removing the fenders and rear rack. I’m installing some wider tires that probably won’t fit with the fenders. I’ll also move the small saddle bag and handlebar bag over from the single-speed for tools and snacks. This is in preparation for the Gravel Grovel, which I still intend to ride.