Parts Converging

Agh, what a tangled chain. I had to go to three different online bike sources to get the parts needed to repair The Phoenix, but they’re all ordered and hopefully will be here by Thursday so I can hit the Bicycle Kitchen and reanimate my beloved ride.

  • From Harris Cyclery: Suntour 160mm double ring crankset; Shimano UN54 bottom bracket; crank bolts
  • From Nashbar: time trial handlebars
  • From Performance Bike: 20T Bottom bracket tool and 32mm wrench

Obviously I would’ve like to have gotten everything from one place, but for whatever reasoning, Nashbar no longer carries roadbike cranks for taper-axled bottom brackets (which is why I went last week with the “octalink” (octacrap) compatible cranks and bottom bracket that weren’t compatible with each other and resulted in Friday’s crash). Strangely enough Nashbar carries taper-axled bottom brackets but no appropriate cranks. Nice.

So I went over to Performance and there selection w of brackets and cranksets was minimal and expensive. Thankfully Harris Cyclery in Massachusetts understands that some of us like things old school and had the appropriate pairing (and sizes) of crankset and tapered bottom bracket.

Nashbar also doesn’t carry 20-tooth bottom bracket tools, which is the kind I need to deal properly with the type of BBs I’ve been using. Performance Bike did and they also had time trial handlebars but at $12 more than Nashbar’s.

Confused? Me too.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."