Hemlock fettling and beer.

A test ride into town proved that the Hemlock is ace, however it also proved that the gears were shot, and the rear tyre a fraction too wide. So after a quick shopping session, and an afternoon of fettling, it’s now been tweaked.

The Hemlock now has a new 32t chainring, the almost-new 11-34t cassette from the 69er, and a slightly narrower Bontrager XR4 2.2" tyre to replace the Bontrager Jones ACX 2.35". Whilst I was at it, the 69er got a new 11-32t cassette, the Hemlock had the stem raised 10mm, and all my spare parts lying round the place were bagged up and labelled properly.

I resisted the temptation to buy new bars and stem this morning, as other than moving to a slightly stiffer 31.8mm bar, it wouldn’t have made much difference. After a bit more riding I’ll work out if I need a shorter stem or not, but for the moment the 100mm Thomson and low-rise Easton EA50 bars seem spot on.

A lunchtime trip out to the Bath Ales brewery shop provided a case of Wild Hare and a case of Rare Hare for imbibing over the Easter weekend.

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4 Responses to Hemlock fettling and beer.

  1. Father says:

    Have you put a basket on the front?

  2. rich says:

    Maybe we could fit one tomorrow after sorting out the sink?

  3. Sean says:

    Should have brought Gem

  4. rich says:

    Gem is good, but Wild Hare is far far better. Rare Hare should be interesting and won’t be seen again for a good few years.