Finally fixed the M-2!

Dedicated readers will remember that about a month or so ago Kevin Valentine, a friend, and member of the PA Loco Team gave me a Specialized M-2 comp road bike. This bike is beautiful, the frame is a very nice silvery-gold, light, stiff, Shimano Dura-Ace crankset, Shimano 105 components (except the rear dérailleur is a 600), it’s amazing. However when it was given to me the rear hub was broken, the tires were flat, and the rear dérailleur hanger was stripped. Yesterday I finally finished fixing it. I was initially going to convert to a single speed or a fixed gear, but when I learned it had horizontal dropouts and I would need to use a chain tensioner I wasn’t really interested in converting it anymore, it doesn’t look nearly as clean with that on it and if I’m going to have something dangling from the dropouts, I might as well keep it a dérailleur and keep the multi-speed cassette. I started out by buying a new hub, I got myself a nice new Mavic freewheel hub and headed home to change over the cassette. This is when I learned the dérailleur hanger was broken, I was riding to Paoli when the chain jammed and the dérailleur mangled it, I needed a new chain and hanger. I went to performance and bought a new SRAM chain but couldn’t find the hanger, unfortunately the hanger for this bike isn’t made anymore and they’re very hard to find. Fortunately, the guys down at exton bicycle had a tap! So they rethreaded the dérailleur hanger for me. I got it all adjusted and took my first ever ride on it yesterday around 7 to Gabby’s house in West Chester. We hung out there for a while, Gabby took this –> VICTORY glory shot of me with the finished bike. Kate came over and we hung out for a while until walking over to Brendan’s apartment. We met some of his friends, enjoyed a beer, and then headed back to Gabby’s. Kate left and Gabby and I went to sleep. This bike is so sick, I can’t wait to ride it more. Brendan asked me to go riding tonight with him and some of his friends but my family are leaving on vacation tomorrow morning and I have to work so I can’t go on vacation with them. Their trip is in danger of cancellation though, the throttle cable snapped. My dad’s friend is machining a new one right now, I really hope he fixes it, I was looking forward to a week of the house to myself. Going to be a good week, lots of riding, and Saturday is my race, if I don’t get last place, then it’s tattoo time :).

Update: The camper is fixed! Corbo made a new throttle cable and it worked!!


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