Counting the Cost….

Geez!  I’ve been rained out of riding Monday and Tuesday this week.  When is this cruddy weather going to end?

On the positive note, I recieved my order of new chain for the single and brakes for both bikes yesterday.  After supper, I got the new brake pads on both bikes.  I just wish the tandem was as easy to install as the road brakes on the single.  I spent more time messing with the adjustment on the tandem’s v-brake as I did doing the rest of them.  Maybe this evening or tomorrow night I can get the new chain on the Giant and get the rest of the drive train cleaned up.  I’m kind of uncertain at this point whether I’m going to need to buy a new rear cassette or not.  Shifting is still pretty dang good on that bike with the worn chain and I’m hoping that it doesn’t go to pieces when I put the new chain on it.

Here’s the rundown on what I’ve spent on cycling supplies lately.  This is just replacement and maintenance..

  • $130 Rack for single so I could commute
  • $120 New tires for the tandem
  • $50  New gloves and chamois butter
  • $70  brakes and chain
  • $40  Replacement floor pump 
  • $72  New Saddle for Pam

I’m actually trying to hold off on using the new floor pump.  Mine shot craps over the weekend, I bought a new one, then requested replacement parts from Topeak.  They’re in the mail.  If they get here soon and seem to solve the problem, I may take the new pump back (assuming I can keep it looking unused).  But then again, it might be good to have a spare on hand since I seem to be burning through one about once a year.

I lifted today, so tomorrow will be the next chance to ride, and the weather is finally supposed to clear for a couple of days (until the weekend). 

God bless…



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3 Comments on “Counting the Cost….”

  1. Nathan Edwards Says:

    From experience (and other peoples) it is usually a good idea to change the cassette and chain together because they will wear together. The shifting is still ok on the old cassette because they mesh well together it is unlikely that the old cassette will like the new chain.

    I don’t know how much you can get a new cassette for in the States but in the UK it cost me about £20…

  2. tracywilkins Says:

    I’ve had it go both ways….Sometimes I can get away with just changing the chain and others I can’t. My usual practice is to try just the chain first, then move up to the cassette if necessary.

    If I can get the chain on before Friday, I’ll be able to tell with the first ride whether it is OK or not. If necessary, I can swing by the bike shop on the way home from work on Friday and grab a new cassette. Heck…thy might even put it on for me if they’re not busy.

    I checked price, and expect to pay somewhere between $60 and $70 for a new Ultegra cassette.

  3. Nathan Edwards Says:

    Wow… my ultegra cassette was cheaper then even with the exchange rates… that surprises me

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