Zach Zupancic

Zach Zupancic

Senior Designer, SolidWorks addict, AutoCAD zealot, Cyclist, Shade Tree Mechanic, & moderately tall. 

DONE! For now.

So after coming to the brutal conclusion that the tools at the local bike shop weren't enough, I had to look elsewhere for a means of getting the crank arm and bottom bracket removed. I started doing some scouring over the internets as to how to remove a stuck cottered crank arm, and their advice was; big mallet, drill, fire and in that order. So I gave it quite a few amazing whacks, all that did was give me some ringing ears. Then I brought out the drill, and broke 2 bits. Then brought out the torch and started heating that thing up, and after a good bath of fire I put the drill back on it. Shazam, finally after an hour of work I was able to get the arm off and move onto the next part of the problem; the stuck bottom bracket...

The last thing that I wanted to do was to put fire to the bottom bracket, if I did that then the paint that the metal is in contact with would look horrible (I tried that on my last bike). I figured that since the bike shop wouldn't be of any help, I had to look elsewhere; and the only place that this ex-shade tree mechanic could think of is an auto shop. So I strolled on down to my friends at the shop and asked if I could use their vice to remove the bottom bracket on my bike; they willingly lent me their vice and I went to town. I clamped in the bottom bracket and within one turn of the bike I was able to break the bonds that held my poor bike in the clutches of the nasty bottom bracket. Once I got both sides off, and found most of the fallen bearings, I went back to the local bike shop so that I could use their tools and install the bottom bracket, cranks, and pedals that I removed from the Schwinn. To my utter delight the bottom bracket could still be used (yeah English threading!), and once I got home I was able to snap a few shots and take a few spins around the driveway before I had to head back to the office.

clips right side
clips left side

I was very content with how the bike turned out. It started to rain after I had stolen its soul so I wasn’t able to get much seat time in it, but in that little seat time I knew that I needed something else; new pedals and cycling specific shoes.

I have had a pair of shoes set aside for me at Adam's Avenue Bike shop for about a week; however, I really never had an intention of buying them until the track bike came in. But now that things have changed, I had no issue with buying them now. I called up the shop to make sure they still had them, and they did. Once I got there I started talking to the mechanics and owner about what should be my next purchase, as well as what type of each, I should get. I spoke about getting a Brooks saddle in an earlier post and I wanted to get their opinion as to which would be best; the Team Professional or the Swift. I know that the Galaxy came with a B17, but I don’t like how droopy it looks. The swift is a very sleek racingesk saddle (closer the swallow) while the Team professional is more of a long distance runner (closer to the B17). After some talk and a few beers, my mind hadn't yet been made up about which to get. So I stuck it on the back burner and am leaving it to simmer in my mind tank for awhile before I make a decision.

Pedals, pedals everywhere and all of them fit my feet. With so many options out there, and me not really having a real clue as to what to get, I talked with the pelotons about pedals. One really great thing about Adams is that while they are opinionated about the hardware that they sell, they don’t push it upon you. They let you know the facts about each piece and let you decide. I was able to touch and spin the pedals that I was interested in and came to the conclusion that Look makes some pretty fab pedals. Since this is not a racing bike, and this is my first set of clipless pedals, I didn't want to spend too much money on the pedals. Luckily, Look makes a set of pedals called "Keo easy," they are well made, inexpensive, and not flashy. Done and done.

The cycling shoes are a bit different story since they provide part of the tri-glomerate of overall comfort for the bike (shoes, handlebars, saddle). I went with some size 48.5 specialized comp carbon road shoes; they fit well, and like the pedals aren’t too flashy. Actually that is a lie, well kind of... I have been pretty irked at the cycling world in regards to styling of cycling shoes; how hard it is to make a clean looking shoe? I don’t want crazy stitching patterns, or intense colors. What happened to the classic timeless look of Detto leathers?
detto leather

If anyone can find a shoe that is clean, simple, and made in a size 14US please let me know.

But I digress...

On Sunday I was able to install the pedals, take a few glamour shots, and take a really short ride with my mum and lady along the coast for brunch. For its first test run both the bike and the new components worked fantastically. The Dawes Galaxy is definitely worth all of the money and work that I have put into it, and other than a new saddle this project is complete. There may be another swap for better parts (campy cranks) in the future, but not for awhile.

right side official
front right side disco
rear right side disco
rear chainline
drivetrain