As predicted the shifter came in yesterday and went on like a breeze. Put the shifter on the bar, hooked it up to Shimano’s E-tube online software. Loading the firmware needed to run the shifter, did a total brake bleed and its ready to go. Things could not have went better.
The reason this all went down is that I wanted to put this bar on and run the hydro lines internal. I have small(ish) hands and the Easton EC90 just feels better to me. Both the reach and drop fits me well. And it looks cool to boot.
One of the issues of running a aero bar is that the bar is not round (obviously) and its tough to add any computer or other mounts on it. Good thing the Bonty stem has a split mount in front so I just mounted the Batfly in the middle of the stem. The computer is off to one side but thats good enough for me. I also have the Di2 A junction mounted on the bottom of the computer mount. Makes the stem look a lot cleaner.
Running the hydro lines thru the bar was kinda a pain. The hose just in not very flexible and was hard to make sharp corners coming out of the bar. But not impossible.
The Shimano shifter\brake\calipers are just great. I broke the line for the front brake and messed with it for quite a while running it thru the bar and when it got hooked up again I found I didnt even have to bleed it. I did bleed the back brake since the lever was new and that was easy peasy. Done and done.
I haven’t rode the bike since completion but I will soon. I did take the shorter stem off and put the longer one back on but I think with just the bar change it will be much better. If I do deem the 110mm stem too long then its a easy change back to the 100mm. No worries there.
This weekend I had a guy stop in the store asking for me. Saying he reads this blog. That always seems weird to me. I know people read it, I have a counter. Its just weird and nice at the same time to meet one of them. Im sure he will read this and know who he is. I kinda funny but when I meet someone like that the first thing they mention is the pictures\comments on the ships when this is mostly a bike\bike shop\bike riding blog. I dont see them that much anymore as they run on the other side of the lake in summer. So unless I take a trip (which is possible) there will be not much going on in that dept.
Im not a writer but I like to write so this is a hobby for me. Its just relaxing to turn on the computer and type away for awhile. Mostly in the morning before the store opens. Like right now.
Ive been doing this almost every day since 2004. I actually started on Myspace (remember that?), moved to Google’s Blogspot and now WordPress.
Someday I’ll stop. When it feels more like a burden than a hobby. But who knows when that is. Not me.