Commuted to work on the Crosscheck, switched up the bars again, 46cm Salsa Cowbells:
I’m picky about socks, underwear, packs, and handlebars, roughly in that order.
I like the Cowbell bars for their short reach and especially the bit of flare in the drops. Other bars that I have on bikes that are similar are the FSA ProWings and 3T Ergonova. In retrospect though, I think I should have gotten the 44cm, as these bars are W-I-D-E, as in almost 48cm in the drops. Even at the hoods, it’s a generous 46cm. I’m also missing the flat shape of my FSA ProWings on my road bike but I’ve been riding that bike a lot lately. Also, the bend forward also seems to be more immediate on the FSA’s which seems to fit into my palms more comfortably. Like I said, I’m picky. But all in all, these are great so far, going to ride them for a while.
Most chainrings are not perfectly round. Some are worse then others.
For singlespeeders this can sometimes make achieving correct chain tension a trick. To do this you approximate the tension, then rotate the crank to find the “tight” spot, then set tension from that position.
However, this assumes you didn’t forget to center the chainring in the first place! I learned the hard way and didn’t think about it when I originally threw on the chainring (sort of a SS noob). The variance was too much, either it was too loose and bounced off, or too tight and would bind some with each revolution.
I dropped a chain again recently… finally got off my butt and took the time to better center the chain ring on the crank spider/mounts. Maybe its just Salsa rings, but the fit is quite loose and it took some trial and error to get it fairly center.
Good to go now though: