The bearings have gone in my fulcrum quattro, not unusual as Fulcrum ship with bearings that are sealed on one side only. So they do tend to go quite quick.
But I couldn’t be bothered to change them out yet. So I grabbed a spare set of wheels, a Mavic Aksium pair. Cassette and tyres mounted, on the bike and spinning. They are certainly not the best wheels in the world, but they work.
Off I went for a ride. Noise. Rubbing noise. Any noise on a bike annoys me. I checked the tyre clearances, break pads. All fine. Noise was still there. I adjusted the pads on the front wheel, I could swear the noise was coming from the front wheel. Checked spokes, all appeared to be tight enough with a simple squeeze test.
No idea what this noise was. Then, all of a sudden it disappeared, nothing, no noise apart from the road noise.
Shifted up into the large chain ring, and there it was again. I thought the cable may of come slightly loose as I hadn’t adjusted it since changing the cables, so turned the barrel adjuster a turn, span the cranks and the noise was worse. What the hell.
On look, the cable end was rubbing on the wheel…
So, this rattle that I’ve been chasing, while slightly better with a different wheel, is still there under certain conditions.
However, I have an idea it could be the Wahoo mount I’ve been using. So, I’ve swapped it for the Garmin mount while I try and work out what it is. I have cranked down in the Puck bolts, but will first see what happens with the garmin mount.
- Tried numerous times remove and clean headset
- Replaced carbon expander bung
- Replaced front wheel
- Checked skewers
- Replaced wheel bearings
- Checked for visible cracks and damage
So, after a ride with just the garmin mounted, no noise. Nothing, not a damn rattle anywhere. I’ll give it a couple more rides to make sure, but it maybe cured.
So what is it about the mount I have for the Wahoo? Well, it could be a couple of things.
The Elemnt is a bigger unit, and heavy. So it could be moving, and hitting the handlebar clamp bolts as it sits very close to them. Which, I suppose could be the reason I went all out for a headset issue. Or it could of been the actual Puck on the mount being loose. I’ve really tightened them down. So if it does it after I refit, I’m likely to go down the route of it hitting the stem bolts.
The solution to that would obviously be a longer mount, like the k-edge. But I’m not really wanting to spend £50 on a mount.
My last post was about issues with the headset. I think I’ve cured that now, but onw of the symptoms was a judder under breaking.
I’d assumed this was the headset suffering from the forces of breaking. However, I was reading about brake judder and it got me wondering if that was the cause of the juddering.
Mounted the bike up in the work stand, removed the front wheel and cleaned both the brake track and sanded the pads down. I was putting the wheel back on, and by gently holding the brakes while spinning the wheel, I could feel a slight rubbing in a section of the track.
Looking closer at the rim, there is a chunk missing, maybe couple of millimeters, and that slightly catches the pads as they contact. That, could very well be the reason I’ve got such bad judder on breaking.
So I’ll fit my spare wheels for my next ride and see how they feel on the bike.
Hopefully, this will be the conclusion of this drawn out saga.
I’ve been using a wahoo elemnt for a while now, and the Garmin 520 has Sat all forlorn on the shelf.
Today however saw it dusted off, and remounted after the elemnt mount broke. It’s a bit of a bad design. You can never have it just tight enough on the bar not to slip. Which meant I tightened it, only to pull the brass press fit screw thread out.
But going back to the garmin, made me realise that there is actually stuff I’d missed that the elemnt hasn’t got. And the opposite too. I missed some of the features of the Elemnt.
So, in no particular order here is what I miss when using the 520
- Screen and font size. The elemnt screen is huge compared to the garmin, and easier to glance at to get the information quickly
- Button location. The buttons on the garmin are awkward, and located oddly
- Maps. Maps are a hell of alot easier and clearer on the elemnt.
That’s just what comes from the top of my head. I’m sure there’s more.
Things I miss when using the Elemnt
- Recovery advisor, Vo2 and auto FTP. A small and insignificant feature set, but one I like to have.
- Varia light control. I’ve got a full set of Varia lights which obviously don’t work with the Elemnt. Yet. With See.Sense working on their Ace light set, it might get supported.
- Beeps and other bongs. The Elemnt is mute when compared to the 520, with a much smaller speaker.
- Not having to correct speed spikes after autopause. Seriously wahoo, that’s annoying
Again, just off the top of my head.
But weighing up the pros and cons of each unit, it’s clear to me that the elemnt is the first computer I reach for when getting ready.
As you know, I recently picked up a pair of See.Sense Icon+ lights, and have now ridden a couple of rides with them. Safe to say I love these lights.
They increase my visibility on the road, and give me a sense of safety. Seeing the front light I’ve sort of worked out the responses they have;
- Senses decrease in speed
- Senses drop in ambient light
- Senses increase in ambient light
- Senses tilt to react to hill climb
- Senses lateral tilt for sharp cornering
- Senses a sprint
And any combination of the above. They are ideal daytime running light, as they are bright enough to be seen from a fair distance.
Build wise, they are solid. No movement in the plastic face or back.
Mounting them onto the bike is easy with the supplied straps
, however I’ve noticed a tendency for them to move. While not a major issue, I find it annoying. I mount the rear on the saddle post, which unfortunately means no saddle bag will fit. And the front on the lower head tube. My one criticism would be the button on the units. They are a little tough to turn on. The cover over the button is significantly larger than the button, meaning you some times miss all together. Not a major gripe but it does get annoying.
It’s that time if year again. Time to dig out the lights, although some say you should always run lights. And there has been times I’ve not noticed a cyclist due to having a backdrop of dark.. Or dappled light.
So you get your lights out the cupboard, find a charging lead and hope their still holding a charge. Mine where, but the volt 300 just dos’nt really cut it for me now. I’ve got a Garmin varia system as well, but tend not to use it since switching over to the wahoo elemnt.
So off to buy a new front light. But as is always the case with me, I came back with two. I stayed with cateye, and decided on VOLT 800 for my main light, which I rely on too see, and a swanky set of See.Sense icon+ lights for my too be seen lights.
One thing I really like about the volt is a double click no longer sets the light to epileptic inducing strobe, instead it switches the output to high mode. This is much more sensible. The high mode is great for the unlit cycle paths, even the medium setting of 400 lumens will do on them, but it’s good to have the 800 lumens setting to fall back on.
These see.sense lights are something special, they have a certain level of intelligence being able to sense light and motion. So brighten in dark areas or car headlights, junctions and slowing down. They are my permanent lights, now the days are shorter and more gloomy. They pack one hell of a punch in the output. Some might say they are stupidly bright, but brighter the better too be seen in the day light.
My lighting system now features two front lights, a flashing light and a solid on the front, and a flashing and solid light on the back.
I’m an avid user of speedplay. However, I’m now Considuring going back to SPD-SL because they have discontinued the origional zero cleat and only now supplying the walkable cleat. And I hate that cleat.
While the new walkable cleats do solve many of the issues reported with the origional cleats, they bring their own drawbacks. All of which I despise.
I’ll stick with speedplay for awhile longer, see how it goes but I might have to start practicing the old poke and clip.. 🙂