Monday, January 10, 2011
It's been difficult trying to tweak the Rocket as the weather has not been cooperating. We have had a lot of snow and there is more to come tomorrow. I didn't pay a lot for the bike and I don't want to over invest. I need to get some serious riding in so I can see what I like and what might need to be changed. I cleaned it up a bit, changed the hand grips, replaced a brake cable and housing, changed out the rear cassette to a 11/32(nice spacing) and just added a upper chain tube. It is so nice not worrying about grease stains. I just took it for a short spin around the block a few times. Everything worked fine. I could feel my leg hitting the chain tube at times, but no worry of tattoos or grease on clothes. I also did not feel any added drag. I run with the original chain tubes on my trike and would not ride without them. I also ordered a Arkel Recumbent Seat Bag which should be here any day. I don't want to add any fenders or racks and this bag seemed just right for carrying tools and shedding clothes.
I am going a little stir crazy with the weather. Too many icy patches for 2 wheels. The trike is generally perfect for these conditions but the roads have not been fully cleared, leaving little shoulder room.