Columbine Quikchainger – Wow!!

This is on of those things you wish you had thought of first.  This little piece of brazed on metal will be on every bike I have built or re-coated from this day forward.

It has been almost a year now since I received my Roadeo from Rivendell.  When it came in from Waterford  Mark called to confirm my choice of color, or lack there of.  I asked if they could add a chain peg, and Mark told me I did not want one, what I really wanted was a Columbine Quikchainger. I had not really ever paid any attention to these before, and Mark assured me I would be much happier with one of these over a simple peg.  If you have never used either the point of each is to assist with keeping things clean when the rear wheel is out of the bike.

For the last year or so I have figured that this metal widget had some sort of magic spell over my bike, I have not needed to take the back wheel off in almost a year of riding.  I am doomed now that I put it in writing, but none the less, before Thursday morning of this past week the wheel had never come off since the original build last December.  I thought I had everything ready to go the night before for my morning ride, and came down in the morning to find the rear tire flat.  The thing is, I was actually excited to finally get to use the chainger. 

It is so simple I could not really believe it.  With the bike upright, you shift into the outermost cog, and remove the wheel as you normally would.  But you do not have to lay a finger on the chain.  It rests on the Quikchainger and is held cleanly above the stay.  To reinstall the wheel I pull the derailer back a bit, slip the wheel in with the chain on the outermost cog.  The distance between the rear dropout and the quickchainger  exposes a bit of chain for this engagement.  The only thing you touch is the wheel and the derailer, no greasy fingers from the chain.   Absolutely flawless, so simple, yet works so perfectly.  The pics give a step by step:

Thank you for Mark at Rivendell suggesting that I go with this, and the guys at Columbine Cycle Works for creating these.

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