Saturday, August 14, 2021

Scott, Ray and Sam.....

 7:50 am - Saturday - August 14th - Seal Rock, OR - 57° F, 100% humidity, wind 5 mph out of the east by northeast......heavy marine layer today with no sun showers today, and a forecast high of 65° F.  On this date in 2017 TLE and I were in Livingston, MT enjoying some brews and lunch at Katabatic Brewing Company.......↴



We were up, uncharacteristically, before 7 am Friday....wait, what?  We usually sleep in until at least 7:30, or 8 am on our days off work, but both of us were wide awake at 6:30 am....doh!  Oh well, there are always naps, and naps there would be.

Around mid morning I headed out to the 'garage' to put my Haibike SDURO eBike on the bike stand to begin a thorough cleaning of the frame, wheels and drive train.  Compared to my Cannondale Bad Boy the Haibike is a tank weighing over twice as much, and it is a chore to lift its 60+pounds up to the clamp on the bike stand, but the old guy has still got it, whatever 'it' is, and I managed to get it clamped into place without injuring myself, or suffering any humiliation.  

To make it easier to clean the rear wheel, and 10 speed cassette I removed the rear wheel from the bike and placed it on my work bench.  I also wanted to thoroughly examine each of the ten sprockets to see if there was any cupping.  Much to my disappointment I found lot of cupping in the mid range sprockets, so my worst fears have been realized....time to order an expensive cassette.  I found an SRAM 11 x 36 (the smallest sprocket has 11 teeth, and the largest 36), 10 speed (10 sprockets) cassette on Amazon for under $70, and ordered it.  SRAM, a U.S. based, privately owned bicycle components manufacturer, has been around since 1987 making quality road and mountain bike components.  The 10 speed chain I ordered is also made by SRAM.  The initials are taken from the names of the owners of the company....Scott, Ray and Sam.......

SRAM 10 speed cassette (11 x 36)

.....in all I spent almost 3 hours going over the bike....time just melts away when I'm working on a bicycle.....it is one of my favorite things to do.  She's now clean again, and ready to ride again as soon as I install the new chain and cassette.

The marine layer never dissipated, and no sun was seen on Friday.....it appears that will be the case on Saturday, also.  In looking at the 15 day forecast taking us up to the 28th of August there are NO days over 69° F....that is remarkable.  While the interior of Oregon is often in triple digits lately, we see nothing but temps in the 60's for the next 2+ weeks.....NICE!  There are fires to the south of us around the Florence area, but there has been no smoke here in Seal Rock.....at least none that we could see.....it has been pretty overcast most of the time, and on the days when it has not been overcast the wind has been out of the north keeping at bay, I'm sure, the smoke to the south.

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