Return to Holmes County Part I: Bicycle Repair Project and a Visit With an Old Friend
Berlin, OH - Events of Monday, September 24 to Friday, September 28, 2012
One of our favorite things about Ohio's Amish Country is the good food. We have been eating out quite a bit lately, but we have been watching what we eat in between times so our weights have remained fairly steady. Therefore, since Monday was Paul's birthday, we headed out to Der Dutchman in Walnut Creek for the breakfast buffet first thing in the morning.
After breakfast, we drove about 30 minutes northeast to Menards in Massilon, OH. Paul likes Menards because they have a little different selection than Lowe's and Home Depot. Menards corporate headquarters are located in Wisconsin, and their stores are clustered around the Great Lakes states and the upper mid-west, so we don't run across Menards all that often. When we do, Paul likes to stop in to look around if we have the time.
We mentioned in our last post that Paul went to Lowe's and Home Depot while we were in Pittsburgh to do a little scouting for a possible future project. He did more scouting at Menards, and we actually made a purchase for the project. We'll tell you all about the project in our next post.
On Tuesday, after we drove to nearby Sugarcreek for Margery to look for some low-carb almond flour at a bulk food store, we stopped at Hiland Bikes on our way back to the campground. Hiland Bikes is an Amish-run bike shop located right down over the hill from the campground. Since the shop caters to the Amish, many of whom rely on bicycles for daily transportation much of the time, Hiland Bikes has a large inventory of bikes, parts and accessories.
We bought tires at Hiland Bikes right before we left Berlin for Pittsburgh. When Paul mounted the tires, he noticed the outer covering on the shift cables on both bikes had begun to deteriorate, and the inner wires of the cable sheath were exposed.
Because we were leaving for Pittsburgh the next day, Paul didn't run back down to the bike shop to get new cables at that time. Therefore, we made a point of stopping again this trip. The owner of the shop made up a set cable sheaths for both bikes in the proper lengths to match the ones Paul had removed from one of the bikes the day before.
Back at the campground, Paul got busy putting the new cables back on the first bike.After the cables were installed, Paul tested the shifting action with the bike stationary and the rear wheel raised off the ground. The front derailleur worked well. After a tension adjustment of the cable to the rear derailleur, it seemed to be working properly so it was time for a test ride. As Paul rode he saw the shift indicator was off by one notch, so he stopped for another cable adjustment. He must have made the adjustment in the wrong direction because when he started riding again and was running up and down through the gears, the rear derailleur moved way too far inward and got caught in the spokes. In the process, the rear derailleur was badly bent, a piece was broken off and a couple of spokes were bent slightly. The bent spokes threw the rear wheel out of whack so it was no longer true.
Paul loaded the bike into the car and headed down to Hiland Bikes. He got a new derailleur for only $13. While he was there, he was also able to get the spokes re-tensioned to straighten the wheel for only $5. Phew! Paul was afraid it was going to be a lot more expensive than that.
By the time Paul got back to the campground, it was starting to spit rain. It was too late to reinstall the rear wheel and to install the new derailleur anyway, so he left the bike and the parts in the car and got cleaned up for dinner. It rained off and on the next two days, so Paul didn't get back to fixing the bikes until Friday.
In the meantime, Paul worked on the project we mentioned earlier. Since it was an indoor project, it was very appropriate for the rainy days we had on Wednesday and Thursday. We'll tell you all about it in our next post.
On Wednesday evening, we had made arrengements to meet Marilyn and her friend, Larry, for dinner. Marilyn is Margery's college friend who lives a little over an hour from Berlin. Marilyn and Larry drove down to meet us at (where else) Der Dutchman. The ladies had a good time reminiscing and catching up, and it was nice to get to know Larry.
The rain stopped on Friday so Paul finally got to work on the bikes again. The photo below shows the old derailleur (top) compared to the new one. You can see the old one is bent and distorted, and that there is a piece broken off.
This time the work went much more smoothly. Paul got the new derailleur and cables installed and adjusted fairly quickly with no further mishaps. The shifters on both bikes now work as they should.We'll tell you all about the indoor project Paul worked on during two days of rain in our next post.