After trials, tribulations and three trips to the bike shop I finally got my LeMond road bike back in action. Installing the new cables was not the problem. I've been doing my own maintenance for over twenty years and actually I enjoy tinkering with bikes and bike tools. The problem was not having everything on hand to complete the job. The last thing I had to do before a test ride was pump up the tires and in my haste I failed to pull the pump head straight up from the valve. Because the pump head was tilted a bit it broke off the tiny threaded screw inside the presta valve stem. The tube had 80 psi in it and thus was sufficient for a test ride but I would need a new tube before the first serious ride. Murphy sure had it out for me on this project!
This is my first road bike and I have enjoyed it. I purchased it new from the local bike shop for a bit over $500. I'm not a racer so I don't need the cutting edge. The aluminum frame and triple crank suit me just fine. In the last five years I have upgraded the cranks to Ultegra, added new wheels and swapped out the stem for a shorter one. On an upright diamond frame bike I like a carbon fiber seat post. It really does help dampen road vibration so I put one of those on too. My plan is to ride the bike for a few more years and slowly add new derailleurs and maybe a handlebar until I find a nice road frame and I will just swap all the parts over to the new frame.
The bike felt great and I didn't feel half bad myself.
Look Ma No Hands!