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Posted Nov 13 2010 3:39pm

It's snowing and I'm still trying to get the Belt Check up and running. Talk about cutting it close for the first snowfall. This project has been going on since I initiated it back in mid-August. Everything took time. Frame modifications, paint, getting the belt alignment correct. And then my well used Nexus hub I had hoped to get one more winter out of, imploded on the first ride. Today there was one more obstacle...the dreaded Snap-ring of doom. Or at least that's what the bike mechanic in the video calls it. And for good reason. Not difficult if you've done it a few times. But as a novice, it's intimidating. My thumbs are raw after an hour of trying to get it installed, mixed with a lot of standing around staring at it and thinking.

I needed to mess around with it because I needed to take the Gates pulley off the old hub and install it on the new hub. The Snap Ring of Doom stands in the way of making this a quick job. I watched Mark, the mechanic at Hiawatha Cyclery, take it off and put it back on the old hub one year ago when he took apart that hub and greased it up for me. He made it look easy. I also watched Nick at Twin Ports Cyclery take it off and put it back on. Again, it didn't look difficult.

After that first hour I took a break. When I tried again, I got it installed on the first try. I've got it now. And I'm almost ready to call the Belt Check ready. As far as getting out in our snow we're having, it will have to wait until after the weekend because of the nasty sore throat I woke up with today. It's that darn cold that's going around at work I suspect.
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