Just got back from a trial ride out to Bastrop State Park. Also a chance to see the ‘Supermoon’a little further from city lights.
On Friday, I got my bike back from the shop. I had them do a thorough servicing, tried to address things I learned from the first two phases and also got some extra spare parts. In more detail:
- What failed in the first two phases was a derailleur as well as my hub (twice). In Portland, I picked up a new wheel that uses a different hub mechanism (DT Swiss). I hope this one does better. As a backup, I also had the bike shop fully service the old wheel so I can store it here as a spare. Some bikes attach the derailleur directly to the frame. My mountain bike uses a derailleur hanger, with idea that the hanger goes before the frame. I have a spare hanger as well.
- What wore out in the first two phases included my tires and brake pads. I also used several tubes. I’ve got spares of all of these. I also picked up a spare disc rotor. As I understand things, in Latin America, a 26″ wheel is more common than a 700c. My mountain bike also uses 26″, though the tubes are “presta” and not the more common “shraeder” so have few extra tubes.I also got an extra seat post collar.
One can’t prepare for everything and I was encouraged in reading others journals that they periodically found and stopped in at bike shops if they had issues. Read a number of those journals, which gave me a better feel for how their trips went.
Another change I made was to add a front rack and be able to take a smaller set of panniers up front. This gives me better ability to carry some extra water as well as keep my rear panniers from being too overloaded. I’ve gone through some of my other gear and will likely get rid of a few things and also take a multi-fuel stove rather than the iso-butane canisters I’ve been using.
Overall, been a nice change of pace to be in one spot for a bit. This also gave me ability to get these mechanical changes made, stop through the travel clinic, read others journals, study some Spanish (more needed though) and otherwise prepare for trip. Plan is to go up to Colorado for Thanksgiving and then go from there to San Diego to cross the border.