OK well progress has been painfully slow not least because it’s been way way too cold to work in the garage. I do have both wheels built now. Attached are a couple detail shots of the rear hub. It’s a Shimano HB-M475 disc hub, converted with a solid axle and two custom-made spacers into a rear fixed hub for a bolt-on cog. The wheel is completely dishless. It should work very well; however, with track hubs available from Harris for $35 there is absolutely no good reason to do this other than the playing-with-man-toys factor. Which is a fine reason by the way. Pardon the wretched mess in the garage but the overall shot shows that I have: cleaned off the junk parts, installed the seatpost (Kalloy) and seat (my old Rolls), installed the bar (Dimension ergo – not quite what I ordered but I couldn’t be bothered exchanging it), installed the brake lever (Tektro) (there’s a dummy lever coming for the other side but that’s another post (only cos the dummy at the hardware store sold the dummy doing this project the wrong size nut for the fixing bolt)), and finished the wheels. Once the tires are on, the brake is on, and the chain, and the bar wrapped, this will be finished. It seems like it’ll never get done but in reality I am almost there. Stuff I need yet is the chain and brake cable, and, I think, that’s it.
Oh and winter is being a real pain.
Oh and also tri training is going okay, getting some running in, riding on the rollers, hitting the gym, each twice a week in weeks when the plan is followed. Spinervals “On the Road” is really good.
And winter is still a pain.