Re: The Eagle Has Landed!
- Zip ties: is there anything they can't do?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Cara Lin Bridgman <caralinb@...>
> Ouch! Glad you're all right!
> I had a problem with my rear fender (aluminum at the time). The screw
> holding it into place came loose and the fender swung around and under
> the wheel. I'd heard the rattling, but blamed it on a loose snap-deck,
> since I'd bumped over a few curbs. It happened about 2 years ago. I
> was probably doing about 40 kph (24 mph) at the time. The 5 m skid
> is still on the road. Everything is now reinforced with zip-ties.
- Excellent info as usual, Tone. Thanks!
My mechanic did mention that a better rear derailleur (than the stock
low-end Shimano on the Townie) would provide better tension. I have
some short bungies, so I think I'll give that approach a try.
--- In email@example.com, "Tone" <Tone@...> wrote:
> Chain tension can sometimes be a problem, especially when
> your gears and/or chain get slightly worn down and you are cranking hard
> up an incline. These days I no longer have a multiple gearing on my rear
> wheel, but instead have opted to go single-speed with a Surly
> Singleator. The chain tension was still a bit of a problem, but my old
> bike shop popped open the Singleator removed the spring and manually
> tightened it up before replacing it.
> The single speed set up of my bike is most likely NOT
> something most cargo-hauling Xtracyclists will want to do, but maybe
> there might be a way of tensing up the spring in a rear derailleur.
> Also, I have seen a photo of an Xtracycle with a much simpler solution
> to chain tension. Connect a short bungee cord between the rear
> derailleur and the rear-step of the FreeRadical frame. I have not tried
> this myself, but it seems to be pretty sensible.