|Rusty wheel-less Huffy inexplicably locked to a bike rack |
in front of NYC Velo
At NYC Velo I asked the proprietor if they carried Surly.
"Yes" he replied.
"Would you happen to have any Open Bars" in stock" I asked. Fat chance.
"Yeah. As a matter of fact I do" and he produced a bundle of them from under the counter.
My pulse quickened. I didn't particularly want to lug a set of handlebars around Manhattan for the rest of the day, but what the heck. "How much" I asked, figuring the New York City markup would bring it close to $70.
"Twenty dollars" he said.
Holy shit. "I'll take it."
Fast forward to today when I rode The Double Bonus loop with the new bars installed. The bars are amazing. The substantial sweep puts my wrist in a natural position and the flexy steel takes the sting out of the full rigid ride. Combined with the fact that I have recently figured out how to tune the "self-steering" out of those Vee Rubber Mission tires (it's totally a tire pressure thing), the bike is starting to get dialed-in. It's closer to an eleven. The wrist doesn't hurt. The bike rails turns without any inkling of self steering.
But before you run over to NYC Velo for your $20 Open Bars, be advised that it's a 25.4mm diameter (not 31.8mm like most mountain bars) so you'll need a different stem. I pulled one off Sara's bike. It's heavy and has more rise than I would like, but it will keep me going until I can find the one I want.
Remaining upgrades for the fat bike:
- Replace large ring with a bash guard (convert from 3x9 to 2x9)
- Lighter tubes (saves like a pound of rotating mass)
- "Hog out" the rims (Rob's words)
- Change calipers to BB7 (no rush)
- Remove the dork disk
"It won't make you ride better, it will make you ride more, and that will make you ride better."
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