My legs are feeling quite good. I can bound up and down stairs as normal. All signs that hiking was the right choice, that no real damage was done. About that I am very happy.
I got distracted from filling the Endless again and messed with my project frame, an old Specialized mountain bike I got at a thrift store last year for $20. I hacksawed off the canti bosses, painted it purple and green, and fitted a long reach Tektro road brake to the hole in the fork crown. I can probably fit a 35-8c cross tire up front, and maybe a 42 out back (loooong stays). At Rim Cyclery on Sunday I snagged a $2 1″ threaded headset, and fit it in today with my sophisticated headset installation and removal tool (a big ole adjustable wrench with a rubber coated handle) and a stump. Beautiful.
Then I got really carried away. Fitted the old stem back on, added my red Titec risers, leftover bar tape triple layered, the old Shimano canti-lever with one of my precious ebay pink DiaCompe non-aero road brake hoods, and an old yellow bottle cage and bolts scavenged from the parts baggie.
I still need:
chainring (38t Surly, 110 bcd please)
track cog (17t) and lockring
For the wheels I have:
32h RX100 front hub, just repacked with Phil Wood greenie goodness
cheap 36h rim
nice 28h rim with no reasonable braking surface
Still working on the wheels, though the theme has become “cheap as possible.” Can you lace a 32 hub to a 36 rim? I aim to try, if my scavenged spokes prove the right length. Perhaps a 28h disc hub and a bolt-on cog?
Eventually, ie tomorrow, I’ll get the Julie back on her feet. As you can tell, right now I’m a bit burnt on the 3 speed project, though by this weekend I’ll be able to start training again and should therefore get off the couch.