Today I spent another couple of hours in the garage. The time was used mainly fiddling with the drive train. I adjusted the derailleurs (back and front) and shortened the chain. The back derailleur was rubbing the cassette so I realized there was a problem. It turned out I had installed it wrong and all I had to do was adjust tensioner to match the hanger’s shape. Once that was mended I was all set. Despite the horrible SRAM instructions I had successfully put everything together. I’m kind of proud of myself.
Before I could take the bike out for a spin all I had left was to put on the lights bought from dealextreme and install a battery on to the computer. At 23.18 the bike came alive. I pushed it out of the garage and took the first turn of the crank. I was surprised the bike responded slowly, but firmly and without hesitation. I had the largest gear on and acceleration was slow at first. I picked up some speed and felt shivers down my spine. It might have been the chilly spring air, but I think it was love.