I finally made it back to the Pedals 2 People garage for another night of working on bikes and hanging out after too many months away. I decided to break out my Norco single speed P2P project bike again for the first time in a couple weeks and rode it through the Hatch Rd construction zone down to the garage. I noticed right away that the handlebars didn’t seem right- the brakes were sticking up from the top of the handles- not how I prefer them at all. Turns out my stem needed tightening because the handlebars rotated back even more after my first big bump in the construction. Good thing I was only a little ways from the garage and the tools it offered.
Once I got to the garage <a href="http://cyclingspokane.blogspot.com">John Speare</a> was there as usual, but everybody else that stopped by tonight were new faces to me since my last visit which was cool. Besides John and myself I think there were about five other people volunteering and visiting/getting assistance tonight. It's great to see more people from the community getting involved. I spent the evening out in the alley tearing down an aluminum Diamondback mountain bike with a messed up seat tube. Not only was the tube shearing off an inch from the top, it was also cracked down by the bottom bracket weld. Although the bike's frame wasn't in good shape, removing all its components gave me a chance to work on disc brake components, an ISIS bottom bracket and a threadless stem for the first time. Turns out that vintage bike aficionado that he is, John doesn't have much threadless headset experience either, and we couldn't figure out how to remove the fork once I got the stem and spacers off. Brute force with a rubber mallet didn't seem to be the answer. The ISIS bottom bracket made removing the cranks difficult because we didn't have the right crank puller (John added it to the needed shop tools list). I didn't realize ISIS required its own type of crank puller, but it became pretty clear once I removed the crank bolts. As someone with only square taper experience it was definitely weird to be able to look clear through the ISIS bottom bracket axel. Of course an ISIS axel is still relatively small compared to the bottom brackets with outboard bearings that are all the rage these days. I finished up my tear down and headed home shortly after 8 PM as things were winding down at the garage. As usual it was a fun laid back evening and I hope I can keep making it into the garage at least once a week from now on. Besides the good company, there's always something new to be learned while working on the bikes there. If you live in Spokane and have any interest in learning more about your bike and bike mechanics in general, I highly recommend dropping by the garage for a visit. The garage is open from roughly 6-8 PM Mondays and Wednesdays during the week and you can find it in the alley between Scott and Garfield just north of 43rd.