I hadn't ridden my new old bike since I overhauled the hubs and bottom bracket. I had damaged the chain while trying to reinstall one of the pins, so I made a quick trip to the closest bike shop and picked up an 8 speed Sram chain with a quick link. I had read in the Bike Forums that an 8 speed chain would work with my 6 speed freewheel. The quick link is a wonderful invention. I did some minor brake adjustment and wheel truing and then hit the road. I was impressed with how quiet smooth the bike rode. It's amazing what a difference a little grease and a new chain makes.
Apparently these two turkeys have become used to people. I walked to the bench and sat there for a time and they never ran off. They actually chased after me making odd noises when I rode away.
Nice shiny drive train.
I stopped off at Starbucks and wandered over to Pearl Izumi to check out their Labor Day sale, and then rode north on the trail for a while. So far it was a great ride. I turned around and headed for home. After a while I noticed a clicking sound that continued to grow louder and louder as I rode. I determined that it was coming from the non-drive side of my bike. I was hoping that it was just my pedal, but unfortunately I soon discovered that it was my non-drive side crank arm. There was no noticeable play as I moved the arm from side to side. I pulled off the trail and called for my son to pick me up. He arrived a short while later with a ratchet set. Sure enough, the crank arm was loose. I hope I haven't ruined it but I'm pretty sure that I'm going to have to find a replacement.