You may remember my mentioning some time ago that after getting the new tires on my cheap-ass Giant OCR3 road bike (also known as “the black bike”) and taking it out for a spin that there was a dreadful clunkity-clunk going on with every turn of the crank. If you don’t remember, it was back at the beginning of the summer. It seemed unlikely that the bottom bracket, which is what you call the bearing assembly used by the pedal crank, could be worn out after a mere 6000 miles. After talking with lots of people about it, and mostly just getting blank-eyed shrugs (I even looked in the mirror and gave myself a blank-eyed shrug), I finally got the response I needed from a friend named Kerstin. She said “replace that bottom bracket”. So I emailed my buddy at Alfred E. Bike and bought a nice, brand new, sealed system Shimano bottom bracket for $25. To avoid shipping costs, I spent another $50 on various other items.
This is the OEM bottom bracket that went clunk clunk clunk. At least it lasted 6 years and 6000 miles.
I had the tools needed for this fairly simple replacement, and thankfully, the repair worked! The Giant is a really cheapo road bike, but it’s lighter than the blue Fuji touring bike and my average speed is a couple MPH more. So I rode it first 5, then 16, and last Saturday took it for an 80 mile ride, mostly because I had to work Sunday and was trying to burn off some frustration over a domestic issue. The burning off of domestic grief was not entirely successful, but the bike performed beautifully!
On other topics, the school year is about to begin, with over a hundred students having already arrived at the college. So far so good. This means that I’m really busy, and is the reason for the paucity of posts. Love that word and should use it more often . . .
My wife harvested the onions last week. Beautiful crop, especially the red ones.
These are the modules needed (3 extra) to fold a 12u jitterbug.
Another way I’ve been trying to stay sane has been this origami stuff. There have been accusations of obsession. Unfounded I say. I don’t fold every day. Barely even twice a week. It’s still fun. The 12u jitterbug form starts with paper that needs to be trimmed to a rectangle of a certain proportion. The modules are not difficult, but fitting them together is. Some cursing is required. This is the 3rd one I’ve completed. I had to punch the arm of the couch pretty hard. It’s OK. The couch is insured.
Bet it’s not covered against cat fur.
Assembled jitterbug, in relaxed mode.
Collapsed into a tetrahedron. Rubber band holds it closed.
I need to find some more modular models to fold. I’m a little scared because I find it difficult to follow the standard origami diagrams. It’s much better to have a live Origami Princess (or Prince I suppose) show you in person how to make the trickier folds and reversals. Soon I’ll have time for this. In October maybe. Gotta get to work now . . .