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I gave up on myself way back, however I would like my bikes to be the perfect they are often. For that reason, and since winter’s a superb time for tinkering, I’ve acquired varied initiatives deliberate for varied bikes. One among them involved the A. Homer Hilsen, which at present turned the sufferer of my mechanical ineptitude:

Again in November I fitted the bike with drop bars, one thing I’d been enthusiastic about for fairly awhile, and I’m more than happy with the brand new configuration. The opposite change I’d been considering was changing the double-and-a-bash-guard setup to a correct triple to get some taller gears for the street:

Alas, I didn’t have any spare chainrings of the suitable measurement, however lately it occurred to me that this bike had precisely what I wanted:

Furthermore, there’s no purpose for a motorbike like this to have a 48-tooth chainring:

Not solely is the 38-tooth center a lot for a child, however a double setup is simply easier, they usually have a tough time utilizing all three anyway. (So do most grown-ups, which is why the triple has gone extinct.) So I figured I’d take it for the Homer and exchange it with the bash guard.

The derailleur on the Homer was a double, and I wasn’t positive it could deal with the triple setup. So I figured I’d check out this specimen:

Over the vacations, Paul from Basic Cycle despatched me some goodies for the Vengeance Bike (which would be the topic of one other upcoming mission), and likewise included another classic miscellany, together with this derailleur. I’ve completely no prior expertise with Simplex, however my analysis signifies that this was most likely a part of the coveted legendary fully forgotten “Ensemble Enjoyable Bike:”

You understand it’s enjoyable as a result of the letters are all askew:

So, having made a plan, I set to work. First, I stripped the Homer of chainrings, entrance derailleur, and chain:

I instantly dominated out setting it up as an extremely low-geared 1x:

I additionally dominated out the so-hot-right-now wide-range double:

Nope, this was to be a superb old style triple!

Subsequent, I eliminated my donor chainring:

There’s at all times some bizarre little “gotcha” while you’re doing ostensibly easy bike stuff, and on this case it was that once I was reassembling every little thing I couldn’t maintain the backs of the chainring bolts in place as a result of the granny ring was ever-so-slightly in the way in which. So I eliminated the bolts:

Although there have been additionally chainring bolt spacers that fell out within the course of:

Because it seems it could have been simpler to only pull the crank, however I acquired all of it again collectively anyway, and it appears to be like fairly good:

My older son has lengthy grown out of this bike, and my youthful son hasn’t grown into it but, however it’ll be prepared for him as quickly as he does:

I’m additionally contemplating altering the bars and giving it a bit mini-Riv therapy earlier than that occurs, since I believe he’d actually prefer it with some cozy swept-back bars.

Or perhaps I’m simply projecting.

In any case, with the Eye Of The Tiger, Jr. bike out of the way in which, I turned my consideration again to the Homer. First I put in the chainrings, after which the derailleur:

The clamp was cosy–at first I frightened it was too cosy–which might be as a result of it’s French, and naturally the French have a special measurement for every little thing. Certainly, the catalog says it’s suits each the French measurement and the traditional, non-perverse measurement:

I take this to imply not that there are two totally different variations of the derailleur, however that there’s just one that can kind of simply barely match both measurement, supplied you don’t count on perfection and also you method set up with a Gallic shrug.

As for the supplies and engineering, it’s not precisely a high-end element, and whereas it appears completely purposeful it does have the match and end of a Swingline stapler:

Nonetheless, it’s quirky, it’s black, it’s acquired cool-looking speedholes within the outer plate, and in the event you’ve ever perused the galleries on the Rivendell website all of the cool individuals have a minimum of one uncommon and/or ironic classic element on their bikes. I’m unsure this qualifies, however I’ll fake that it does.

I figured including a giant ring would additionally require an extended chain–and even when it didn’t I used to be nonetheless utilizing the unique chain that got here on the bike and it was in very tough form. Luckily, I’d lately discovered a model new chain in my components backyard:

I figured I’d first examine the brand new chain to the previous one after which minimize the brand new chain only a bit longer:

And you’ll think about my shock when the model new uncut chain turned out to be shorter than the previous one:

Luckily I’ve acquired loads of spare hyperlinks and connectors, so I used to be capable of lengthen it appropriately:

All that is after all because of the truth that Rivendells have very lengthy chainstays, so in the event you’re endeavor an identical mission be ready with loads of chain.

As soon as I’d gotten the chain on I made all the standard changes:

Then I headed out for a check journey:

The derailleur shifted flawlessly, and the 48-tooth chainring was precisely what I wanted:

Whereas the previous setup was technically a double, in follow it was extra a 1x in that I’d spend 99% of my time in that 38-tooth ring. It’s true {that a} 38×11 high gear is excessive sufficient for many non-competitive driving, and for gravely-type driving a quasi-1x is nice, however it’s good to have the ability to shift into a giant ring on the street, and to have some larger gears for the descents:

I additionally changed the 11-32 cassette with a lightly-used 11-34 I had available–not as a result of there was something incorrect with the 11-32, however as a result of I simply figured I’d as nicely:

For the reason that granny actually solely comes into play on the very steepest climbs, for normal driving this bike’s low gear is the center ring/massive cog, so it’s good to have a pair further enamel in again earlier than having to have interaction the bailout gear.

All in all I’m more than happy, and whereas I’ve beloved this bike from the start I believe it’s changing into the bike it actually desires to be:

All it wants now could be a crabon fork.

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