Sunday, December 02, 2007

Schnowschtorm 2


Yesterday was an eerie repeat of last year's December first snowstorm, except that this year it fell on a Saturday. I didn't go to the farmer's market, but I did end up riding to my LBS to get a shim so I could put a 7-speed cassette on an 8-speed hub. Not easy going—see the photo of the bike path above. On top of that 3 inches of snow, we got an inch or two of sleet, followed by maybe a quarter- to half-inch of rain. Miserable shoveling. Can't wait until tonight, when temperatures are forecast to drop into the teens...

4 comments:

Doug said...

7-speed cassette on an 8-speed hub? I'm curious what that's about.

I remember vividly your entry from last year about your snow because I was wanting snow so bad. That storm missed us last year. This years storm gave us 10 inches of snow and I'm lovin' it.

Mauricio Babilonia said...

Yeah, my road bike still has a 7-speed drivetrain, and I pulled a spoke though the rear rim earlier this summer. (Time to cut back on the cookies, I guess.) I had a spare 700c wheel with the same axle length, but with an 8-speed cassette body. Because an 8-speed freehub body is wider than a 7-speed freehub body, you have to shim the 7-speed cassette to get the lockring to hold it on. I was using a substitute, but it really was time to get the real thing.

Glad to hear you got the snowfall of your dreams up there. How are you feeling these days?

Doug said...

I just bought an internally geared 8-speed hub, so when you said 8-speed hub, that's what came to mind. Can you imagine a 7-speed cassette on an 8-speed internally geared hub?

I'm feeling well rested. However, I continue to have difficulty recovering fully from even the easiest rides. I no longer feel it is just over-training. After all, I didn't overdue it that much. After talking to family with the same affliction, my symptoms seem to indicate it's caused by a gluten reaction. It will take awhile to get my gut back to normal. Despite this, life is good, and things could be a lot worse. For that I'm thankful.

Mauricio Babilonia said...

Line that up with a triple crank and you'd have a 168-speed transmission! Take that Campy!

Glad to hear you're feeling better and hope you can figure things out in time to do the Arrowhead...