Gorgeous weather whole week, so I tried last week put new chain (3rd) on my bike, and suprise suprise. I had to order new cog.
Old cog vs new after grinding English mud for three winters 😉
Anyway I did hub maintenance, as well. After almost 1 year not looking inside my gear hub (Alfine 8 sp) everything look nice. Castrol ATF oil looks still a bit pinkish, so that’s good sign. This is my third year after switching to Castrol ATF, strongly recommended as Shimano oil is very expensive. I’ll post whole procedure (as I’m doing it) soon but basically I’m using plastic pet bottle and hub on cordless drill to “stir” the oil. Afterwards, again using centrifugal force I’m removing oil excess from the hub (rather than dipping and than leaving for 30 minutes – stupid, my whole procedure takes maybe 20minutes).
The other thing I noticed (which is quite annoying), that cone on non drive side was loose. I don’t know what people are doing to prevent this, but is right pain in the arse. God knows how many times I tighten that…
This year weather was spot on (probably the best I’ve seen in Normandy), and we went from St Malo to Cherbourg. The pack done incredibly well. We covered around 300km, according to Marcel. Good food, good campsites, amazing beaches and views. Quality time together.
Drought everywhere forced me to make long trip to Tryweryn in north Wales. Forecast for the weekend was “Kayaking with good chance of hammocking”. Saturday a bit murky, but good workout, and Sunday full sun – amazing! As always, I recommend tyncornelcamping.co.uk Thumbs UP! Bit problematic with hammock, as there are no suitable trees on site, however owners happily allow people hanging hammocks next to the river, very cool!
Finally arrived! Thanks to guys from canoeandkayak.co.uk I got my Lettmann Granate, the only colour available off hand was yellow… and it looks actually like banana. Absolotely hilarious, whoh cares! Didn’t have enough time to test it (to the point when my arse is starts killing me) but already love the boat. Happy days ahead!