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Old 09-18-06, 01:00 AM   #1
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Well, it's nearly that time...

You know what i mean of course. Nearly time to take that summer air out of the tires and replace it with winter air. I just hope that this year i don't wait until the last moment again. I can be such a procrastinator.
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I had to laugh at this, because I was just thinking about my decision to not change the Time 'O Day on my bike computer last spring, and how I've been mentally adding an hour all summer long, and how in the not-too-distant future, my computer's time will be correct again without me having to turn the time back.

I knew that eventually someone would post an open-ended, somewhat vacuous thread that would allow me to work in my clever "daylight savings time end-around," and publicly gloat.

That time, it appears, is now...

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Old 09-18-06, 02:06 AM   #3
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In a few months, I'll be able to send you warm weather guys some real winter air for your tires.

I bought a car once with "Factory Air". Not wanting that smelly old factory air in my new tires, I quickly flattened all the tires and re-inflated with fresh "country air". Man, that was a lot of pumping with my old Silca floor pump.
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Old 09-18-06, 04:05 AM   #4
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At least you don't have to add "antifreeze" to your San Diego "winter" air. Some of us, who must endure real winters, need to throughly winterize our bikes!
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I wore full fingered gloves for the first time this season this morning. Winter is coming.
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But not in S.E. Pennsylvania today! It's 78 degrees, and I'm leaving work early to go for a ride!
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Old 09-18-06, 11:37 AM   #7
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You know what i mean of course. Nearly time to take that summer air out of the tires and replace it with winter air. I just hope that this year i don't wait until the last moment again. I can be such a procrastinator.
All I had to do sunday was ride. Thanks heavens I had a patch kit for the second puncture and the air in both tyres on the MTB has been changed for the freshest that can be earnt from the top of our hills.
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Do any of you use an air purifier, humidifier or deodorant for the air you place in your tires?

I find it increases resistance to bumps and increases my speed.

I always humidify, purify and deodorize my air, especially when I am racing. I guess in some climates, you might need to dehumidify. Also, one of those ion machines does wonders.

This is a hard technique and requires you inflate your tires in a sealed room wherein the air has been properly prepared. One should not breathe during this process, as your exhaled air upsets the balance.
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I use hydrogen, since it's lighter than helium, and I can make my own through electrical generation.

I really hope I don't spring a leak around a smoker though, then I would have to rename my bicycle the Hindenburg.

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Do any of you use an air purifier, humidifier or deodorant for the air you place in your tires?
I find it amazing that with all the hot air in here that some of you have to search for a more rarified gas to fill your tires with.
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Well, we had snow in the nearby mountains Friday and Saturday, and a really cold windy weekend. I am really not quite ready for winter yet. Plus due to the weather I started on my indoor trainer this weekend. I finally bought a rear wheel sensor and cadence computer, and that was really depressing too. i thought I had been spinning along in the 85 RPM range, well it turns out I was really in the high 60's. I tried upping my spin to 85 and it darn near killed me. So now I need to spend part of the winter working on my spin. And then my strength and speed. So despite riding a century this fall, I feel like I am in really crappy condition!

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All I had to do sunday was ride. Thanks heavens I had a patch kit for the second puncture and the air in both tyres on the MTB has been changed for the freshest that can be earnt from the top of our hills.

Reference the above two punctures. I always talc my tyres when fitting tubes---ALWAYS. Obviously out on the trail I do not carry talc. What I found though was that these two tubes, which were fitted about a year ago and do not have any patches on them, did not have any talc left on them. In fact one of the tubes was just sticking to the tyre.

So besides changing the air in the tube- retalc the tubes.
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I use hydrogen, since it's lighter than helium, and I can make my own through electrical generation.

Fart gas for me! That way I can smell a slow leak...
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Fart gas for me! That way I can smell a slow leak...
Why doesn't that surprise me?
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You know what i mean of course. Nearly time to take that summer air out of the tires and replace it with winter air. I just hope that this year i don't wait until the last moment again. I can be such a procrastinator.
Be sure to read the instructions if you are using directional air, and install it facing the right way.
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Be sure to read the instructions if you are using directional air, and install it facing the right way.
Now, does the hemisphere matter with directional gas? You know, like the water going down the drain the opposite way in Australia as the U.S.
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What is this "winter" you people talk about? Is that when it gets down into the high50's at night and only up into the mid 70's in the daytime? Sounds like perfect south Florida biking weather to me.
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You know what i mean of course. Nearly time to take that summer air out of the tires and replace it with winter air. I just hope that this year i don't wait until the last moment again. I can be such a procrastinator.
I've only ridden my black bike since Labor Day. It's so gauche to ride light colored bikes this time of year. Some people.
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I put close to 120 lbs in each of my 700x23 clinchers, and I have to air the tires every two or three days because the butyl tubes tend to lose a tiny bit of air each day (real rubber tubes lose A LOT of pressure each day). But has anyone who pressures their tires in this range ever noticed that the tires act like barometers? When it's sunny, you need to put in more air to top up the tires, since the good weather means you're in a high pressure area, so the tires require more internal pressure to resist ambient pressure. Conversely, on rainy days, when the atmospheric pressure is low, you don't need to pressurize the tires as much. Any physicists out there to set me straight?

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You know what i mean of course. Nearly time to take that summer air out of the tires and replace it with winter air.
What on earth are you folks talking about?

Weather today was a balmy 31C and expecting the same for the rest of the week - BEEAAUUUTIFULLLLL! Finally I can put those arm and leg warmers away - those 15C winter rides were a killer

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What on earth are you folks talking about?

Weather today was a balmy 31C and expecting the same for the rest of the week - BEEAAUUUTIFULLLLL! Finally I can put those arm and leg warmers away - those 15C winter rides were a killer

OUCH! The only thing I hate more than winter is knowing it's summer somewhere else, and I can't get to that place.
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