Sept 16

Sept 16, 2004

Little TCR1 had to go in for surgery today. Nothing serious - elective, but a complex procedure that had him on the table for 8 hours. I'm not finished yet and he's in stable condition. We'll go back in tomorrow to wrap up.

He had his chain stays narrowed to allow my foot to clear the frame without clicking on the tube that supports the drop out each rotation. What I did was add some tubing to the inside of the frame, weld in place, then cut away the old parts. Following are some photos of the procedure:

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I'll do the other side tomorrow - since it doesn't have to allow room for a gear cassette, it should be much simpler procedure. Hopefully, I'll be able to get IT back on the road for another ride tomorrow.


TO DO LIST:

1. Buy and install right brake
2. Invent new cable tensioner to allow more steering bar turn radius
3. Add front derailleur
4. Order 20mm axle bolts for the rear wheels (I'm using 1/2 inch now which isn't right)
5. Design and machine 2 seat mounts out of aluminum to replace current steel ones (e-machineshop.com) LATER.
6. Design and machine 2 steering tensionsers out of alum to replace LATER
7. Order a new front wheel! (Helen is kind of upset that I am user her Zipp race wheel!)
8. Start work on the first fairing
9. Invent steering stiffener
10. Add larger chain ring and modify chain stays
11. Make clamp-on out riggers and try to flip it
12. Fabricate new steering bar (aluminum or composite?) or rework existing
13. Lathe an aluminum collar for .5" hub axles.
14. Design and build a trainer to fit mag trainer.
15. Replace steel cables with Kevlar
16. Crotch guard / fender
17. Narrow chain stays to allow foot to clear



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