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...front wheel is not as tight as it should be, so if I make sudden turns to the front wheel, there's a distant rattling sound. I need to take it off and tighten the nut a bit more, so the bearings are a tiny bit tighter. I wish I had a 13 (or 15?) mm box wrench...

And I can't use my lowest (or is that highest?) rear gear - doing so causes the chain to slip. Curious. Possibly the wrong number of links (two extra? Beats me.)

Also, Google Barcode! http://www.google.com/logos/barcode09.gif (What are we celebrating?)
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Today I managed to open up and regrease both front and rear bike axles. This means I've now opened up just about every single part on a bike and repair just about every issue one might run into.

To self:
Front axle uses bearing cages*. Rear axle uses loose bearings**. 9 of them, to be precise.

*bearing cages = ball bearings in a metal donut, pretty much.
**loose bearings = loose ball bearings.

I also replaced my chain. It might be two links too long though - I need to check tomorrow.
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I was planning on regreasing my bottom bracket, but I couldn't remove the cup. So I brought it to the store, but while the store guy managed to loosen and remove it, either the bearing cages got bent while it was getting extracted, or they were already bent (unlikely - I had been riding this bike daily).

Ended up getting a sealed bottom bracket installed. Cost me $25 for the bottom bracket and $20 for the service charge (normally $30).

Grr. I've now spent more on the stupid bike than it originally cost me. GRRRR....

I should have asked for the parts back and just shoved them back in, with extra bearings and without the bearing cages - that's apparently an option, according to the internet.
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I got a key cut yesterday. It was awesome - It took literally 21 seconds (the man was like, yeah, it's really quick. Here, time me, it'll be done in 23 seconds. I was like, "Woah, seriously?"). I didn't even have to take it off my keychain.

Essentially, the machine holds both keys in a straight line. The original key side has a solid, unmovable pin or something, while the new key side has a grinding tool. So when you push both keys inwards, the original key is stopped by the pin, while on the other side, the new key is ground down to match the same point on the original key.

It's hard to explain, you can probably go find a youtube video or something.

But yeah, 21 seconds and $1.99 for a new key. It was quick and awesome.

Also, that Ace Hardware store (@Menlo Park) has so much stuff, despite being so small. And they have bike stuff! And lube that's half as expensive as the local bike store's lube. x.x

Mmm, time to go drink more water. I've got a itchy throat and a cough again. This is very unhappy. :(
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...bike, where art thou?

I've posted a "stolen:" entry to Craigslist:

...and checking Craigslist to look for anyone who's posted a Schwinn bike for sale.
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Total cost: $40+$10.

$10 to get me down to Santa Clara (should have taken the 522 express bus, but I took the caltran).

Exploring distance += 3 mi. Now I can go get some groceries for the weekend.

Local Library found √
Whole Foods found √
Safeway located, but not found yet.

It's been a week at SGN thus far. Very, very cool. I didn't realize how much I've missed being able to chat and compare solutions to nifty problems.
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Dear self:
Your pedal crank part is a "One piece crank".

And the following links were what you found:
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Ate at Chili's - had a nice cajun steak with fries and potatoes. Didn't beat the cheesesteak I had in the airport. And I think that was cheaper overall too. Alas.

A few days ago, I started hearing odd squeaking noises from my pedals. Upon closer inspection, it appeared to be the ball bearing inside the crank. Then I noticed that the crank itself was getting rather loose - as in, I could rock the pedals back and forth, in a direction perpendicular to the way the bike travels. This was... somewhat disturbing. Since I have the cheap crap-bikes, it's only held on with a nut and a washer, and a rather odd-looking piece of metal that's shaped kind of like a really flattened funnel. I grabbed a large adjustable wrench from the IEEE lab (yay, the IEEE fees kinda.. almost... somewhat paid off? Meh, 'cept I don't keep said tools, and while I got access last semester, I didn't use the room at all) and unscrewed the bolt (it turns the not-normal way, btw. So Righty-Loosy, Lefty-Tighty) and looked inside. Found grease-covered ball bearings set in a donut that had holes for the bearings. Ick.

Anyways, tightened things up, and it worked pretty well for about a day and a half. Then the symptoms came back, worse than before. :P And it also vibrated madly, which made for an odd pedaling experience - almost as if I was pedaling a massage chair thing. Or standing on a large engine. Gave up, took the abandoned silver bike (missing the front wheel, and the back wheel was deflated) in the courtyard of our apartment building, and moved my seat, break pads, wheels, and pedals over to the silver bike frame.

So it rides pretty smoothly now. But I can't bike without using my hands - it has an annoying tendency to lean towards the left. T.T Annoying, grr.....
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Was in a rush and tried to jump up a curb (towards campus, from ISR - that T intersection). Ended up blowing my rear tire.


-.- shall have to make a trip up north now. Grrr.

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