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Old 01-12-08, 06:28 PM   #1
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Ride 5 - a not so good day on the bike

Today was my 5th ride of the year - 15.2 miles @ 13.8 mph.

Today lacked the same level of enjoyment as the previous 4 rides. It was better than not being on the bike but not by a whole lot. I had trouble with my new saddle hieght as it seemed to cut into my leg strength I may lower it about 1/8 of an inch as a resuylt. FOr some reason my front brake got slightly off center and I was riding the whole ride with the right pad rubbing - what an annoying sound! Finally, there was a little bit of a head wind going out so it made that streach tougher while I was still warming up. Overall the ride was ok, but not what I was looking for. Oh well, there is always the next ride.

That makes 96.3 miles down and 1903.7 to go.

Anyone know how to keep the brakes from twisting to the left? It was like the brake line was pushing the caliper down not sure what to do about that. I wondered if it could have to do with the fact that the bike is now almost 100 mile old and things are loosening up. I"ve never had this problem on any other bike I've ever owned.

Just spinning the wheels in western Maryland.
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Old 01-12-08, 06:39 PM   #2
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Was it not cold in W MD today? Maybe I'm just a wimp, but I wind up riding inside a lot in the winter.


You are 15.2 miles closer to your goal . . . so you've got that going for you.
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Old 01-12-08, 07:42 PM   #3
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Yup, for a few hundred miles, things loosen up here and there on a new bike. Or even components installed. Cables stretch, spokes seat, springs stretch, unsecured nuts and bolts can work loose.

Just because a shop inspected it doesn't mean it good to go. Know how many sucky mechanics I've ran into?

I had one out of 6 bikes where the calipers didn't move within a couple of hundred miles. Funny thing, cheaper models moved less. Ultegra was the worst offender. My wifes bike took a couple of thousand miles to stabilize the Ultegra calipers.

One thing you can do is take an allen wrench to the bolt that secures it to the frame. DON'T overtighten! Or take it back to the shop. Most shops give you a 90 free checkup/tuneup. Maybe not if you took 3 years to do 100 miles!

Are we talking new bike here?
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Are we talking new bike here?
I purchased all the parts over about two months, dropped them off acouple weeks before Christmas and picked it up Dec. 30. So its new (though most of the parts are used). I'll swing by the shop and have them tighten it up. The guy who put it together for me is arguably the best mechanic within 50 miles. None of the other 4 shops in the region dispute that statement.

To day was 42 degrees that puts it right in line with the rest of my 5 rides. The first was mid thirties, second was 45, third was 55 and fourth was 45. Dress for today was neoprene socks, and gloves, toe covers on the shoes, leg warmers and shorts, popypro long sleeve shirt under arm warmers and a short sleeve jersey, a fuzzy jacket and a wind vest. Most of the ride I had the vest open and for about 1/4 of the ride the fuzzy jacket was zipped down about a foot.
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Stay warm, and see what they can do for you at your shop. You may have inspired me to get outside. Maybe.
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