The Pompino was rattling something rotten the last week or so. I thought it might be the Bagman saddlebag support at first as that has come loose a couple of times, but after a thorough check over, ie rattling everything by hand and bouncing the bike up and down a bit, the source of the noise was narrowed down to the rear mudguard. These weren’t new mudguards, they came of my Ribble, where they had done generous duty for about 6 years. With three years on the Pompino, I think they had earned their money and decided to get a new set.
A pair of SKS Chromoplastic guards were duly ordered from Wiggle at the beginning of the week and arrived Thursday. So after lunch today, I set about fitting them.
Three hours later they are on! It shouldn’t have taken me that long, but after following the instructions it became clear that the stays needed to be cut down. This meant undoing everything, including the special little stay caps that poke through the mudguard fitting, which were a bugger to get off. The reassemble everything without the stay caps and mark with a hacksaw. Then take everything off again and fit the stay caps again. Then put everything back on.
Looks good now though, and no rattles.
No mega-miles this week. Heavy rain, wind and boys late for exams on Wednesday. On Thursday, I had to take the tandem wheel and disc brake mechanism to the bike shop so they could get the measurements right for the mounting bracket. It is an early Hope mechanical disc brake and doesn’t match any modern mountings. This does mean that they are getting on with the rebuild.