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Old 01-22-2013, 08:45 PM   #374
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Location: Belleville, IL
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Some more small items crossed off of my list tonight. Some of them backpeddling, but stuff that needed to be done none-the-less.

I reran the clutch cable and dialed the adjustment in. There are no tight spots when turning the handlebars anymore, and the pull is perfect.

I also adjusted the rear brake. I had the trailing arm (my terminology? Not sure what it's really called) mounted too far foward, so the adjusting wing nut really had to be cranked down to get the brake to actuate. Better now:

I was also having trouble determining if my steering stem had play in it. At the fantastic suggestion of Hookalatch, I installed the front brake cable so I could use the brake to wiggle the steering stem back and forth and feel for play. So, the brakes are all set up, and I didn't feel any play in the steering stem.

11 more things on my "to do" list, and lots of them are quick and easy. Getting close now, too bad it's 15 degrees out.

Oh well, I'll certainly be ready for spring!
"We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living."
-Thich Nhat Hanh

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