Monday, October 31, 2016

I broke a SRAM Brifter Yesterday

I have developed some problems with my rear shifter on my road bike. It was starting to miss shifts up into the largest cogs. The guys at Revolution Cycles confirmed it was really broke, but SRAM wouldn't warranty the issue.  :-/

I have some weird cable routing on the back of my Norco Search since it's set up to deliver cable to a road derailleur, and I have a long-cage MTB derailleur (so that it can accept an 11-36 cassette when I set it up for gravel use). I wondered if friction here was part of the problem, so I spent a good part of the afternoon coming up with a, uh "solution":

For the record, that's two Roll-A-Ma-Jigs and a TravelAgent. Seems to help.

As a result, I hit the road kinda late, but I did get to enjoy a beautiful sunset at the mid-point of my ride:

Finally, the shifter failed completely and spectacularly:

Rode the last 4 miles home on a singlespeed. Well, a 2-speed, but the 50x11 wasn't a particularly useful gear.

I've got a lot more interesting things to post about. Hopefully I'll get around to it soon.