Groupset upgrade, piece by piece

The damage done to my bike following Thursday’s snapped rear mech hanger continues to escalate. The rear mech, which looked generally ok and The Bicycle Works also thought might have survived has not, in fact, survived. Although it looked like it had taken a very minor bend on one of the plates, it was enough to mean that the chain was not lining up on the lower jockey wheel correctly, and although I tried to bend it back into place, it looks like the RD-4601 Tiagra rear mech has bitten the dust, despite only being used for about 10 days.

105 Chainset

105 Chainset

So this means that my commuter, which ran the Shimano 2300 groupset (aka “the crap one”) for 4 years until I upgraded the whole lot to Tiagra during April’s Easter break is now already on its way to getting replaced with the next level up, being the Shimano 105. I’ve got the chain and rear mech up to 105 now, and the next thing I suspect I will upgrade is the chainset mainly because the Tiagra one looks a bit crap.

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