Took max advantage of my day off today and fettled the Explosif.
The creaky crank that ended the last ride turned out to be the non-drive side crank bolt that had worked itself loose, 1 and a half turns out from where it is now. More importantly I lowered the front end and adjusted the canti's to compensate (but also gave it better working angles). Whilst I was at it I replaced the saddle, and the unwilling left shifter. I found a NOS unit DX 7s in the for sale here, wonderful, one quiet evening I'll taker the old unit apart to see if I can save it.
I really enjoyed the small test ride today, the bike now looks and feels much improved, front end really feels more planted. It surprises me how big an effect such changes have. I intend to take it out on the regular Sunday run this weekend. FWIW I nearly decided to sell the 20" frameset in favour of a 19" but since this afternoon I'm not so sure anymore.
So here it is, dirt and all for a quick picture before the dark sets in:
Common sense was never common
28h silver rear Suntour hub
32h Ritchey champagne WCS front hub