I’ve made a few tweaks to my Boulder Bicycle All Road over the last week or so.
- fixed headset assembly problem [my goof when I built the bike]
- pulled stiffener from Berthoud bar bag to make it lighter and quieter
- flipped stem so rise was going up and lowered bars slightly [will ride for a while before cutting steerer again]
- installed Tektro 720 cantis with Koolstop Salmon pads & Cane Creek levers
- installed white Selle Anatomica [strictly for bling]
- got some white Grand Bois Hetres tires [more bling won’t install until dry weather is here]
- modified a Planet Bike Superflash for rainproofness
The brakes have a bit of play when installed on the bike which may be a problem in terms of squealing [silent so far!]. I’ll give them a couple weeks and see what happens. If they can’t be setup quiet I’ll be looking for new brakes!
When specing the bike I went with a triple as I wasn’t 100% on what I’d want from the gearing. With a 48/36/26 x 11-32 setup I haven’t left the middle ring yet on a ride. I could swap in a 13-26 cassette I have for tighter gear spacing and then use all three rings or I could swap in a 11-34 wide range cassette and go with a 1×9 setup. The 1×9 would let me ditch the left bar end shifter and use that spot for a B&M rearview mirror which would make me happy. I’m not overly sensitive to varying my RPM and I can spin quite fast when needed. I’ll hold off making a decision until after the 300K Hills are Alive brevet later this month. If I don’t use the granny on that ride I’ll go with a 1×9.
I haven’t setup cantis in a long time so I just took a guess at a decent straddle cable position and figured I’ll adjust as needed.
I’ve got to give Mike Kone at Boulder Bicycles some props for helping me figure out I had the lower seal on the headset installed upside down. The bike rode fine, but the handling riding no handed was off. We worked through a bunch of issues tracking this down and only clued in to the problem when I was describing how the tension adjustment felt on the headset and Mike realized the seal was causing unwanted drag. As soon as I flipped the seal the bike was super easy to ride no handed. I appreciate the time invested Mike and your focus on customer satisfaction. I can see why Rene Herse/Boulder Bicycle is so busy….=-)
This bike gets a ton of attention wherever I go – young/old – bike geek/civilian – they all stop to check it out and want to talk about it.
Without the heavy stiffener the Gilles Berthoud bar bag is much lighter and quieter as there is nothing hard to rattle against. The bag is holding its shape just fine without it. The bag has been a pleasure to use rain or shine so far. I’m trying a new position for the mirror. I’m not sure if this setup will make any difference, but I thought I would try it for a couple rides and see. If I end up going with a 1×9 drivetrain I’ll ditch this mirror for a small B&M mirror like I put on Sharon’s Cross Check.