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Old 09-15-07, 01:40 PM   #1
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Lbs Buys.

Ought to put this in very small lettering- I got a new top at the LBS- Been looking for one for ages and Nothing suited me and the Boreas. Anodised Bronze is a difficult colour to co-ordinate with. Its not like a white bike that is so easy to Go OCP with- Or a red or black one for that matter. Got one that feels right, good enough quality and------ OMG--- It may be classed as OCP. I'll have to cover it up with the pertex on future rides so I do not disappoint- or annoy - the Freds. No pics available so You'll have to spot it in my future pictures.

Another couple of Purchases and One was a tube for the Saddle wedge for Either of the road bikes- I did only have one and swopped it from bike to bike- but thanks to a worrying ride without a Tube and repair kit- I now have one for each bike. I am a bit concerned about having a "Naked" tube in the Wedge and that worry is that it could get a hole rubbed into it in the next couple of years before I need it- Any one any suggestions for protecting a tube in the wedge- and NO- I cannot leave it in its box as this is a mini wedge that will take a tube- repair kit- 1 tyre lever and a small multitool.

The other thing I bought- after 17 years of biking- is a chain wear checking gauge. Never had a problem with breaking chains- unless 2 in the 17 years counts- but I am a bit prone to wearing out Chain rings. Decided to get the Gauge so I could keep an eye on chain wear to cut out the expense of Cassettes and chainrings a bit. Easy enough tool to use but a bit worrying. Only 500 miles on the Boreas and the chain is measuring .75.-----.75 of what I do not know but when it gets above 1.0- You change the chain. Checked the Giant and this had a new chain fitted on the 8 speed Sora sytem before I went to France and that has had it. Measuring well over 1.0. So it looks as though the tool I bought to cut down the expense of wearing things out- is going to cost me 2 new chains in the next few weeks.
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I got a new top at the LBS...
- errm, on this side of the pond:

top == woman's blouse

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p.s. found two nice ping bells at my LBS... but i wonder why no one makes a bell that fits 31.8 handlebars?
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Old 09-15-07, 06:37 PM   #3
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I wrap my spare tube in a shop rag. It protects the tube and gives me something to wipe my hands on when I'm done with a roadside repair.
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- errm, on this side of the pond:

top == woman's blouse

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p.s. found two nice ping bells at my LBS... but i wonder why no one makes a bell that fits 31.8 handlebars?
Thats the problem with the difference in language. Never know- I might take to womens clothing if it is all as comfortable as this top.

Bike bells- On a bike with the latest in technology.
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Shop rag sounds good. I have been using a cut section of Motorcycle tube to slip the bike tube into and rubber bands to keep it tight. Works like a charm. In the old days wore it like a vest or used newspaper and a toeclip strap to tie it to the seat. Life's gotten better.
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Thats the problem with the difference in language. Never know- I might take to womens clothing if it is all as comfortable as this top.
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Thats the problem with the difference in language. Never know- I might take to womens clothing if it is all as comfortable as this top.
If you ever travel to the States you can pick up a fanny pack to go with your top!

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I took my tube out of my wedge and it now resides tucked into/under my saddle and secured with old clip straps.
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- errm, on this side of the pond:

top == woman's blouse

:-)

p.s. found two nice ping bells at my LBS... but i wonder why no one makes a bell that fits 31.8 handlebars?
It's been tried. But the extreme Fredness of a bike with 31.8 bars and a bell caused the entire bike to collapse into a Fred hole.
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to coordinate with the bike?
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