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15 October 2008 @ 11:46 am
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My most recent project has been fixing up the old greenbriar freespirit bike that my mom gave me. Here's a picture of what one looks like. Mine is in a bit rougher condition, but has a back rack for carrying shit. Ironically, bullsworth also gave me one. I'm thinking I'll probably work on that one over winter break, and then give it back? I don't really need two bikes. If your paying really close attention, you'll notice that it's the men's version of the bike I had back in high school. We're not going to talk about what happened to that one.

I've got the thing ridable, which is something to be said for a ~25 year old bike. When I first hopped on it, it made some intermittent clicking noises, and some different and very angry clicking noises in anything but gears 1,2, and 3. It wouldn't shift onto the large gear in the front. The intermittent noises were made both the rear derailleur cable rubbing aga.inst the spokes and the chain, and the back rack missing a screw. Both were easy enough to fix. The angry noises were made by the chain grating against the front derailleur!

This was surprisingly easy to fix. On the top of the front derailleur, there are two screws with springs under them. All I had to do was fiddle with these until the derailleur wasn't grating on the chain or dropping the chain off either side of the front gears. The hard part was testing. I ended up stacking an old computer case on top of our porch microwave, and propping the edge of the bike frame on the corner of this. I could then pedal and test.

It's got some rust still. I got a large amount of it off with Barkeeper's Friend, but there's still some to go. Also, the seat is torn in two places. I have no clue how to fix this, and am considering calling it a "theft prevention feature".

My other project right now is the Mac LC. Now that I have the PowerMac, I believe I can format floppy disks to work with it. All I need now is floppy disks and time to actually download and install the operating system. It powers on, makes the happy mac noise, shows a messed up grey background and picture of a floppy with a question mark. I'm wondering if the messed up monitor output is due to using the projector as a monitor, or if it's actually the hardware that's screwing up. I should attach another monitor and find out, but again - time.
 
 
 
Bullsworth: PushTheTempobullsworth on October 15th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
Sweet action on the bike rebuild. But don't give the other one back to that asshole. He doesn't deserve a bike as nice as that little wonder.