So beautiful

I have finished the rebuild of my Pearson Touché (see It started with the chain) and just been for a quick ride.

Wow, so beautiful. It is not that she was running very badly before (just the slightly annoying crunch due to the dirty drivetrain), but now she is like a magic carpet – so smoooth 🙂 Probably she was this smooth when I first bought her but back then I was just getting used to riding an upright bike again after years on recumbents and so I was more focused on the pain in my butt 🙂

As I took everything apart there was loads of gunk everywhere but all the bearings were in good nick so it was just a thorough clean and re-assemble. All went easily.

I had thought I would turn the sprocket and chainring over to even out wear, but both turned out to be handed and the wear was very minimal.

No pictures (because I didn’t finish until after dark).

This was a full service and the only products I needed to use were from Green Oil (EcoGrease, Clean Chain Degreaser, Chain Lube) they all work well and are nice to me, the bike and the environment.

I’ll go out for a longer ride a bit later.

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  1. I was going to ask if it was ok to flip the sprocket as usually they do have a shoulder which needs to be on the inside to maintain correct chainline.

    • Adam,

      I had never seen one off the bike before but I had thought I had read about people flipping them over to equalise wear. Must have been something else.

      To be honest I am a bit surprised and irritated that it isn’t possible to flip either the chainring or the sprocket. It is an obvious way to double the life of them. Just as I am irritated with Shimano that the sprocket on the Alfine hub gear cannot be flipped and is made so lightweight.

      When it comes to Repair, Reuse and Recycle some of these components are going in the wrong direction.

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  3. some chainrings can be flipped.

    It’s not in companies interests to make things that mean you need to buy less from them sadly. Unless they charge a lot for it to compensate, but then they limit their market. Phil Wood components and Brooks saddles come to mind, but most companies profit on quantity shifted.

    • Adam,

      Surly chainrings can be flipped and are nice heavy duty steel.

      You are right that companies have not seen it in their interest to make things that last and which are easy to recycle.

      As oil based resources become ever more expensive we should see changes. Things which last, can be serviced and repaired and which are easy to reuse or recycle will carry a premium price.

      Companies that continually change designs to try to keep others out and keep people “upgrading” (Shimano being a good example) will lose out in a society that can no longer afford to be a throwaway society.

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