Saturday, July 14, 2012

The bike goes - and now stops

I spent a large part of the day working on the R60 to get ready for the ride to Ohio.  Hooked up the last of the wiring, installed some hardware on the saddle bags and checked a million fasteners.  I also spent some time with my friend Rick who is still cleaning up his yard for the June 30th weather event and needed to use a chain saw.  He has a bike like mine and is a ham radio operator, so we have a lot in common.

I also took a one hour walk with Hero on the Huckleberry trail.  It was only 85 degrees but was very humid and it was not that much fun for either of us, but we will not complain about spending time together and Hero got to meet some new dogs and people.

On my morning test ride I discovered that the front brake was dragging, and I wanted to balance the front wheel anyway so apart it came.  Balance was easy with my new Marc Parnes balancer and I installed new Bench Mark Works brake linings on the front shoes, reassembled and adjusted according to my friend Duane's directions and took a short ride to see if that fixed the issue - it did. I recall from the last time I did the linings that they get better as they wear to conform to the shape of the drum, so I'm looking forward to better braking after a few hundred stops.

We had a little electrical problem on our mountain this evening and, as hard as it is for me to deal with it today, we are once again without water! I suspect they will fix it tomorrow.  Bath by bucket tonight. Sorry - no pictures of that.  Good night!

Lesson learned: Take bath before the water goes out!

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