I’ve made a few more changes to my NWT getting it ready for spring and the start of touring season. It’s a sharp looking bike…=-)
I removed the Shimano Nexus 8 twistshifter and replaced it with a JTEK bar-end shifter designed for the Nexus8/Alfine IGHs. It seems like a very well made product and the shifting is precise and positive. I’ll report more about this shifter in another post. I messed up the bar tape when I installed the JTEK shifter so I threw caution to the wind and went bling with some white bar tape. It may not stay white that long, but it looks sweet for the moment!
I love the Greenspeed Scorcher tires on my Tikit so I got a set for the NWT. I’m hopeful they provide the same fast and comfortable ride in this size. I picked up the TR version which is supposed to resist flats well. I haven’t had a single flat on my Tikit which is running TRs so it seems to be working.
I’ve been adjusting the gear range on my NWT trying to get it just right so I can tour with only a single ring up front. A Sugino 46T ring gives me a warranty legal 2:1 ratio with my 23T cog at the back and *fingers crossed* gives me a nice blend of low end and top speed. Only time will tell and it’s really sloppy out at the moment as spring tries to arrive so the NWT is grounded until roads are dry.
The JTEK shifter has no cable tension adjustment so I added an in-line barrel adjuster near the hub.