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BIKE (MIS)DIAGNOSIS 2 (FACTORY SETTINGS) 20.01.2020


Standard rear derailleur and chain


I finally earned enough cash to replace Tourist’s worn out drivetrain. Fourteen days off the A104, I have felt the pain of not tormenting the highway users with my trusted BEAST. Back to Hills Cycle, I purchased a new rear derailleur, 48/38/28 crank set and a rear shifter cable. I must get the First Avenger bike back on track. Off goes the old components, in comes the new ones. Leakey Hero’s assertation of replacing key bike components on his pro bikes rings in my head. Well, I’m not financially over blessed and that’s where my mechanical calendar comes in handy. The new chain and block free wheel get to begin their pre-service into the drivetrain. As a mother knows about her children, a mechanic knows all about his machines in and out. It is all set, turn to rotate the chain system as I shift both front and rear gears. Looks all good until I shift to 12t sprocket and my worries get awaken. It makes the chain jump, but, it’s a perfectly sequenced jump of about 2 seconds apart. My first guess was at the derailleur. So, I put in old pulleys and test. The 2 second jumps are still present. What is the problem now?


C'mon my Big Boy, spit it out, what is the matter?


I get closer to the free wheel and inspect it. My left hand on the crank pedal, I slowly engage the drivetrain, pedaling forward them backward. The chain jumps. “Could it be the chain links?” I asked myself. I took hold of the links where the chain jumps, they were free from friction. That is where an idea struck my cerebral. I took the receipt, took out my headlight and used the receipt as a background for the free wheel. I shone the light and then and then, the real problem was revealed like a reveler engaging in solicited copulation in a dark parking lot. Two teeth on the 12t sprocket were bent inwards. It seems like during the delivery process it fell from a very high place of it got laid on under a lot of weight. No matter, what is there that the Gathondeki Man cannot fix? I took my flat screw driver, used the 14t sprocket as a base and forced the bend teeth back to alignment. I tested the drivetrain, the hiccup was officially out, it ran as smooth as the first drivetrain of 2011. Tourist now looks ready for a yard sale. Correction, my El Toro Bike is never ever for sale. A few more adjustments on His groupset and He is ready to cause major pain to the pot bellies that pollute the air around A104, or more like scare them when He and I attack at 52kph towards town.


Found the culprit


I feel so much love when my cycling buddies tell me of their first bikes, their first love, but when they spoil the love story with the “I sold it/Her off to buy a better bike,” my heart cringes deeply. For I know, such bikes are rotting in pieces in scrap yards. I know without doubt that such is the fate of my Spaceman (My first second hand mountain bike), stolen from my best friend’s balcony after an accident in Ololua Forest, but I consider The Tourist as my first true and legit mountain bike, bought via sweat and blood hence the countless blessings that followed.


This new smooth drivetrain is ready to zoom


To an awesome 9th year of touring adventures. Sam The-Tourist of Gathondeki and The Tourist from Beijing with Love.

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