Author Archives: 16incheswestofpeoria

About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.

Toward a More Perfect Union: the Wolf Tooth RoadLink Derailleur Hanger Extension

I’ve been making small changes to my Giant Escape gravel grinder over the winter. The latest is the addition of a derailleur hanger extension to get the 10-speed SRAM X9 rear derailleur to play nice with the 11-42 tooth Sunrace … Continue reading

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Survived the Cull: Eleven Bicycle Books

Last week I got rid of some books. Easy enough, you think—most of them were old, some of them were simplistic, all of them had to do with bicycle racing. Well, surprise, surprise: I didn’t get rid of all my … Continue reading

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Lanterne Rouge: Eleven Bicycle Books

When one looks at one’s possessions and admits to oneself that it’s All Too Much to Bear, it’s time to clean house. Some things are easier to pitch than others, but let’s not discuss electronics, computers or broken bird feeders. … Continue reading

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Something old, something new and blue derailleur housing: the Giant Escape

I picked up a Giant Escape after someone backed over it with a car, maybe a tractor. Continue reading

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Cutting through Shimano-SRAM compatibility nonsense

I’d say don’t try this at home, but home is the only place this sort of thing is done. Continue reading

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The Review on Purpose: H.G. Wells’ The Wheels of Chance

The Wheels of Chance was published in the 1890s, the same decade as The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds. Continue reading

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Building better signs

It’s fun to ride a gravel bike. Unless, that is, you’re focused on the idea that some roads are really supposed to be blacktop. Like Santa Fe Road in Hallock Township.  Back in the spring, workers turned three sections of … Continue reading

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