It turned out that I had 4 too many large links (or 8 links in total) on my new chain. It was a fairly easy swap as there’s nothing particularly special about the pins. The joining pin has a snap-off extension simply to make it easier (possible) to join a new chain.
I also increased the pressure in my shocks. The rear shock can apparently take 300 psi and I had about 180 psi in there. Try as I might I couldn’t get more than 250 psi in. My pump would hit 300 psi but the needle would slowly sink to a lower level. Despite much pumping I couldn’t get it closer to its maximum. Anyway, the sag is now much less and I won’t bottom out as much.
I also found a nice Columbia backpack in Mountain Designs to fit my Camelback and all of my stuff. It doesn’t have a dedicated holder for the water nozzle, but the sternum strap will do the job adequately.
I even found 20 mm pedal spacers at The Cyclery so that I could put my Time ATAC clipless pedals back on for non-technical ride, but I’ll leave them for now.
Slight issue is that my brakes need bleeding. The front brake lever is almost touching the handlebar. There’s enough braking to stop me, but the feel is less than ideal.
Last change is to Strava app from MapMyRide. As nice as the MapMyRide app is, there are a few inconsistencies that have not yet been resolved. Of slight annoyance value is the Facebook integration which might post a dog walk without my knowledge and against my settings. The website is good but I have to navigate many layers to get the view I want. And some graphs show my rides occurred at 200-210m ASL instead of the true range of 600-800m ASL.
Just as with MapMyRide, I won’t be able to embed Strava code to my blog (should I upgrade to WordPress pro?) so you’ll just have to join.
I’m taking on the Bonner Widowmaker today. How many stops will I need to make?