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Staffan Thomén (duck)
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Eternal tinkerer
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I finally got my ass out to take a couple of panoramas, enjoy.
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7/5/17
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In mah box, having hotz weather

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Alfons inspects my newly installed sunshades
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I made a thing. Not tested yet. 4am Zzz...

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Well that took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out the problem.

My Steamroller has during the spring developed a really annoying clicking sound when pedalling and I just couldn't figure out what it was that was causing it. I've gone through successively educatedly guessing that it was:

- Chainring bolts loosening (tightened, no difference)
- BB bearings (swapped casette, no change)
- Chain wear (new chain, no sausage)
- Chain line

...and finally I swapped the pedals on it with the identical pair on the Fuji Feather because when riding to the store today to my ear it sounded like some of the clicks came from the left side and some from the right and when I went to test it, the noise went away completely. D'oh.

I took the pedals apart as far as I dared and the grease inside looks pristine (so no water ingress with potential dirt passengers). Could the bearings in a pair of Time ATAC MX2 pedals have worn out with just one winter's worth of riding to work? I keep my bikes in my apartment when not ridden, though it does stand outside under a roof when at work. Still, no evidence of seal leaks.

Tightened the axle bolt more than it was, I'll have to test if it makes a difference.

These are some of the cheapest Time ATAC pedals out there, but it makes me less than happy if they're going to break like this. I quite like how they feel, though the large pads don't seem to do much, the clip bars still eat grooves in the shoe sole.


UPDATE

It seems that tightening the axle retaining bolt solved the issue completely. Several circuits around the block and no noses. Hooray. I need to get an endcap removal tool for next year...
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Årets trastbo
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High density parking
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Brakeplasty and bottombracketoplasty completed. It should now be back on the road in no time with better braking response... The Grand Cru is supposedly super-stiff (and my indoors test seem to confirm that at the very least they aren't as springy as the Tektro R539 that I have come to loathe).

Time for a test ride in the dark perhaps...
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4/22/17
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