Here are some pictures of this new race. I found out that this final leg of three stages would be passing by my town. Immediately, I went back home to get the cameras and the batteries still had some charges in it, nice.
I had a commercial truing stand made of aluminium and plastic. It is not rigid and not accurate, though it still could be accurate after some adjustment to the truing stand. Still, it is not solid and rugged. I decided to build one based roughly on the design and instead of aluminium, I intended to use one inch iron angle bar. That was the initial plan.
I had a few bicycle parts that I was about to throw away (actually sell it for scraps), when I thought why not turn it into a truing stand. All that were needed were there, just need to rearrange and assemble it plus some figuring on how to achieve it. Since I didn’t need to buy material for it, I started the project immediately in earnest.
First, I patched the holes on the bicycle frame, cleaned it and set it up for truing the rear wheel. The rear dropout cut and welded in reverse. Second, I thought about how to attach the fork to the frame for truing the front wheel. Third, I figured out how to set up the mechanism for concentric, straightness and centering guides. These have to be able to true a wide variety of wheel sizes. Last, adjusting the truing stand so that the wheel will be trued and centred on the truing stand and on any good bike frames. Truing is done while sitting on a stool or a chair. I must say quite comfy.
You really do not need to have a truing stand if you rarely do it. On the occasion that you need to, you can do it on the bike itself. That is just my opinion. As for my case, I have a small shop.
I decided to test the cyclo-cross and build up my strength and stamina cycling a slightly longer distance last Sunday to the town of Pontian Kechil shortcutting the main road by going through palm oil plantations which have a mixed of paved and dirt/gravel roads. It was a leisurely ride as I didn’t have the required fitness yet and obviously there were lots of stoppages in parts due to rains, photography, tiredness and lastly as I expected, saddle sore. All in all, it took me four and half hours to reach Pontian Kechil. On reaching Pontian Kechil the bike became slightly heavy which I found caused by the brake pad touching the rotor. Without the necessary tools, I was unable to readjust it. The only tool that I brought along was the air pump. Tired, sore butt plus if I were to cycle home, part of the journey will be in the night and if I were to go by the main roads, the distance will be longer, I decided to get a taxi home.
Two lessons learned from this trip, one is that I need to set aside a generous amount of time for the trip and rest if I’m not spending the night and bring along tools to do repair/adjustment. For longer distances, spare tube is a must. The other, cycling on dirt/gravel road is more tiring due to lack of traction and rolling. It is akin to running on a beach, nevertheless, it helps build up strength and stamina.
Actually three lessons learned…I read how to avoid saddle sore.