On Monday we had the first meeting of the Junior Development Program at the Penn Hills YMCA. We got off to a slow start, as would be expected for a cycling program in Western PA, but I still think there's a ton of potential for kids to get into the sport. Spinning practice (until it's nice enough to hit the outdoors) are at the Penn Hills Y on Monday and Wednesday from 4 to 5. If you want to help, or know some chilluns who want to get into cycling, come and be merry! More info here: http://www.velomuse.org/velomuse-junior-development-program/
Peddling home yesterday I hit a massive six inch curb jump, and when I tried to get on the gas after the landing, my legs spun away without any affect on the bike. Dropped chain. Lame.
I pulled over onto the halfassed side walk, flipped my bike over, and dug my multi tool out of my back pack. I tried to loosen the set screw for the ebb so that I could tighten up the chain, but it wasn't budging. "I'll just hit it with some PB Blaster when I get home." I thought, and replace the loose chain on the rings.
When I got home, I started soaking the screw in penetrating oil, but when I tried to break it free again, it still felt like it was welded.
How stuck was it? Ask the 4mil on my multi tool:
Notice the helical twist. It h'aint supposed to have that. I didn't know an allen wrench would twist so much.
I tried heating the screw, pounding it with a hammer, and drenching it in more PB Blaster. After twisting another hex key and not getting the screw to move, I remembered the elderly hexes I had grabbed from my grandmother's house. I put it in, and although the screw was still solid, the allen refused to bend. Good old 60's steel.
I slotted my mighty lacrosse stick of leverage over the tiny but stout hex, gave it a big push, and with a crack, the screw broke free.
There's nothing four feet of leverage can't cure.
(bad screws disgust me)
Once I had the thing out, it wasn't apparent why it was so stuck. I'm guessing road salt was to blame, but in any case, when I put it back in, I slathered it with tons of heavy grease. Hopefully, I won't have to deal with that again.
The people who say single speeds are maintenance free don't ride them enough.