Many interesting things have happened this week, beside the Falcon Olympic bicycle purchase. I found the Falcon was an Olympic model, two up from the bottom of the line. It also does not, as I feared, have a stuck seat post. This means it will be easier to straighten the seat tube where it has a ding. I was worried the seat post ding had involved the seat post itself in place, or was caused by attempts to remove the post. But the seat post came out with a bit of persuasion and percussion I also removed and treated that saddle both top and bottom with beeswax.
I have been looking at Rivendell Sam Hillborne bicycles, and how people are approximating them with bikes they themselves have. I decided to try swept bars on the Panasonic. It had the original straight MTB bars. They were steel, weighed a lot, and didn’t help the geometry of the bicycle. These bars seem to help, as much as replacing the pedals did. The Panasonic Mountain Cat 2500 is a nice, lugged Mountain Bike that is light and well made. It rolls along pretty well for a bicycle with basic straight gauge tubing. It was a middle of the range, rigid framed early mountain bike. But I think with adjustments and additions, it can achieve much more.
I also had a strange experience happen to me. While I was in my garage working on the Mountain Cat 2500 handlebar change, I heard a pop. The tire went flat on the Schwinn Passages’ rear wheel. That is the most convenient flat I have ever had. It is also disturbing. What causes a tire on a bicycle to go flat, when nothing is currently happening to that tire? I was across the garage. I even had to look for a time, making sure the Panasonic tires, or the tires on my car or my wife’s car were flat. Then I found the flat on the Passage.
So we will see if the sweepy handlebar change helps the Panasonic, and what caused the flat on the Passage, and how the Pryma saddle comes out. The saddle doesn’t appear to need too much work, just some beeswax and thorough care. The Falcon Olympic needs some care taken of the corroded derailleurs, but most of the problems on this bicycle are cosmetic in nature. These little mysteries will have to take a backseat to some riding later in the week. And the usual stuff that keeps me from cycling more. There is a lot of that around at the moment.