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Old 01-05-09, 08:17 AM   #1
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Uh....oh!!

Yesterday the weather was great, a perfect opportunity for a nice ride...a re-entry into more frequent cycling if you will. With the stormy weather and the Holiday hustle and bustle of the past few weeks, I just stuck "The Beast" out on the back porch for a few weeks until I had the time, ambition, and calmer weather to ride it. I gathered up all my "Cold weather" gear and ventured out back to re-introduce myself to to my trusty machine knowing full well that the ride would be slow and short.....after all I'm a little rusty after six weeks off the bike.

Well I guess I'm not the only one who's a little rusty! I did this same bone-head thing last year. Duh!!!! You'ld think I'ld learn.



Oh well. These minor inconveniences are what make life exciting I guess. So I'll chalk this up as an almost ride with zero miles but some learning (maybe) and hands on involved.

I've got to take the daughter to the Apple Store today as her Mac Laptop isn't working much better than my bike is right now, but I've still got a couple days off to attend to the poor bike.

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Old 01-05-09, 09:03 AM   #2
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You should have asked for the JUMBO can of WD40 for Christmas.
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Try some PB Blaster, before you re-lube the chain.
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A three dollar plastic drop cloth and a few bricks would save you a lot of cleaning and lubrication next time. +1 on the PB Blaster.
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And get some paint on that porch floor, too.

Yellow Bike and I took a ride around my "winter loop" yesterday. I felt like a tourist attraction out on the suburban portion of East Ave when a mini-van with Georgia plates slowed to about my pace as they passed with everyone gaping through the window. Sure it was only 26F, but it was sunny, light winds and the roads were clear.

On Sundays, the buses run only once an hour and all meet on one block downtown so everyone cans transfer. I made the last turn onto East Main St just as they were lining-up. This made for maximum transit rider gawkage. Waiting for the light at one bus stop, a guy said, "Damn. I shoulda rode my bike insteada waitin' for the [expletive deleted] bus."
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Try some PB Blaster,
What the heck is PB Blaster? All I can conjure up as a sort of squirt gun filled with peanut butter.
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What the heck is PB Blaster? All I can conjure up as a sort of squirt gun filled with peanut butter.
Wow tsl, That was exactly my thought when I read PB Blaster! The thought of all the good peanut butter being wasted by being "blasted" all over the bike . . . well, not a pretty thought.

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What the heck is PB Blaster? All I can conjure up as a sort of squirt gun filled with peanut butter.
http://www.pbblaster.com/
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A three dollar plastic drop cloth and a few bricks would save you a lot of cleaning and lubrication next time. +1 on the PB Blaster.
No, no, no. Plastic drop clothes only make rust worse. Anything that doesn't breathe traps moisture.
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I may not be very festidious at maintaining "The Beast", but I will most definately not be spraying peanut butter all over the thing!!!!!

I'll let my bride know that her porch floor needs attention.

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I felt like a tourist attraction out on the suburban portion of East Ave when a mini-van with Georgia plates slowed to about my pace as they passed with everyone gaping through the window.

I get a lot of gawks too. My wife says that's because people aren't accustomed to seeing folks as old as I am getting around unassisted on their own. She's teasing me, I think.
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No, no, no. Plastic drop clothes only make rust worse. Anything that doesn't breathe traps moisture.
Especially in Cranky's neighborhood, being so close to Lake Ontario and its bordering ponds and wetlands.
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From reading the link, "P" stands for penetrating and "B" for blaster since it's delivered under pressure. I was thinking Pressure Blaster, but I guess that's wrong.

Regardless, far better than peanut butter (whether crunchy or smooth).

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I get a lot of gawks too. My wife says that's because people aren't accustomed to seeing folks as old as I am getting around unassisted on their own. She's teasing me, I think.
No, it's that 'bent. They've never seen an "inline wheelchair" before.
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No, it's that 'bent. They've never seen an "inline wheelchair" before.
Hate to say it but this forum has been getting a bit on the "Sober" side- Thanks- best laugh of the year---So Far.
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I looked through the whole web site and there isn't any Peanut Butter anywhere doens't tha make it false advertising???
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It didn''t take long to get the chain sorted out.....now about the squirrels......




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+1 Would have been quicker if you'd have used chunky
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That can't possibly be the same chain!!
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Actually my chain looked like that Friday, and the shifter wouldn't shift and it was making really ugly noises...twenty minutes with some 3in1 oil and some grease and a nice scotch bright pad and it works/looks just fine now if I could come up with a way to keep the nasty crap they use on the roads off of it...
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That can't possibly be the same chain!!
Same chain, I never even removed it from the bike! Liberal coating of WD-40, cranked it around a bunch of times, wiped off the gunk, liberal coat of Tri-Flow (Lube), cranked it around a bunch more, worked lose the stuck links by hand, wiped off the gunk, all done and ready to ride. The total operation took maybe 15 minutes (I'm getting quicker with practice ).

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I'll let my bride know that her porch floor needs attention.
You guys up in the Frozen North must get suicidal in the winter!
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I hate to see good bikes suffer like that... it is just so cruel!
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Actually my chain looked like that Friday, and the shifter wouldn't shift and it was making really ugly noises...twenty minutes with some 3in1 oil and some grease and a nice scotch bright pad and it works/looks just fine now if I could come up with a way to keep the nasty crap they use on the roads off of it...
".....some grease, and a nice scotch, bright pad, ....."

With the inclusion of one simple comma (above), I would heartily endorse your method..
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No, no, no. Plastic drop clothes only make rust worse. Anything that doesn't breathe traps moisture.
If there is that much moisture to be trapped, it is time to move.
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