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Old 10-26-10, 07:20 PM   #1
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I think I have things covered

I have spent the last week getting my bikes ready for the fall and winter. New tires, new chain for the Lapierre for week day club rides. The Jamis is all serviced and has a new saddle for weekend coffee runs and damp weather rides. I got new forks and a new Chain ring for the Trek so maybe I will hit the dirt more the rest of the year. So what do you think am I ready to kick back and just ride for the next three months? Or can you ever just kick back and ride without needing a new widget?
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Old 10-26-10, 08:13 PM   #2
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I suppose we "elders" are entitled to our new widgets. After all, most of us have been through years of trying to make ends meet, raise families, etc. etc.

Say, RF, I didn't think you guys in southern California actually had winter.
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I suppose we "elders" are entitled to our new widgets. After all, most of us have been through years of trying to make ends meet, raise families, etc. etc.

Say, RF, I didn't think you guys in southern California actually had winter.
Sure we have winter. It rains once or twice and the fog rolls in now and then. There are times when we have to wait all week for good riding weather.

we can go visit the snow however and they do show it on TV.
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Old 10-26-10, 08:42 PM   #4
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I used to think I had an iron deficiency in my blood. But recently, I was diagnosed with a Titanium deficiency. In addition to my titanium mountain bike frame, I've needed a custom-made titanium rear rack, titanium axles, even titanium bolts and screws. Now I'm researching to see what other sources of titanium supplements I can find, to keep up my chemical balance needs...
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What saddle is that on the Lappiere?
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A piece of tape over the slit in the seat tube is my favorite widget for all the steel bikes.
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Old 10-27-10, 09:15 AM   #8
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What saddle is that on the Lappiere?
That is a Selle SMP Glider.
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I put a clamp-on cup holder on the handlebars a bike that I use at the beach. Would give you a place to put the cup when you take the Jamis for the coffee run. Leave the lid on though . . otherwise it makes a terrible mess when you hit a bump in the road!
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Drop the bars on the mtb- going up 15% hils for 2 hours is going to ruin your posture- It'd be OK for downhills ar 40 mph + though.

But OK for 3 months?--I'd give it two rides before something has to be changed.
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I have spent the last week getting my bikes ready for the fall and winter... I got new forks and a new Chain ring for the Trek ...
Forgive the stupid question, but since when is the fork considered a consumable?
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Forgive the stupid question, but since when is the fork considered a consumable?
Since whenever upgraditis sets in.
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You're going to need some new cold weather clothing aren't you...
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Drop the bars on the mtb- going up 15% hils for 2 hours is going to ruin your posture- It'd be OK for downhills ar 40 mph + though.

But OK for 3 months?--I'd give it two rides before something has to be changed.
I tried flat bars on the trek originally and my hands would go numb after about an hour. This set up allows me to use the Trek for some cross country and the new shocks and preloads allow me some easy single track. But you might be right now that I have the new forks with a bit slower steering I might be able to go flatter and wider? But the bike has been with me for a long time and does utility now and then as well. And darn you now you have me thinking. But I did have to replace the chain ring because I had some teeth missing on the old chain ring. I did put shorter cranks on however.
I have some different forks for the Jamis in my parts box. I just havenít decided if I want to use them or wait to see if I want to use them on my next N+1.
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Forgive the stupid question, but since when is the fork considered a consumable?
I guess when you get a great deal on better forks than came stock on your old bike?
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Sure we have winter. It rains once or twice and the fog rolls in now and then. There are times when we have to wait all week for good riding weather.

we can go visit the snow however and they do show it on TV.
Which is how I think it should be.
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Which is how I think it should be.
I used to live in the mountains where we would get snow every winter. The first year or two it seemed pretty. The next two years it was a slight inconvenience but still seemed worth the view. After about year 5 the clearing of the driveway was a pain in the neck the ice on the roads was irritating the cold seemed colder and moisture seemed to find the one seem in your cloths that no longer was moisture proof.
When I got ready to retire I decided to move and sell my snow blower, shovel, snow suit and Sorels. I now wear shorts about 9 months of the year. Heavy foot wear is when I put on tennis shoes rather than flip flops. If I ever get nostalgic I can drive about 18 miles up hill from here and visit the snow. I get in a lot more bike miles now as well. So from a cyclist standpoint I would have to say things have improved for me.
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Holy Smokes!!

Only a Californian (and a Southern Californian, at that) would present 3 bikes as "ready for winter" and not show a single fender among the 3 of them !

I just added fenders to a 3rd bike, so I now have 3 bikes w/fenders, only 1 without. Also in the winter I add "daytime running lights" to my bikes, since it's so gray (cheap little blinkies both front and back to make sure I'm seen in gray fall / winter lighting). And then there's the shoe covers, skullcaps, long-fingered gloves, etc.

You need to go shopping!
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I used to live in the mountains where we would get snow every winter. The first year or two it seemed pretty.
I know what you mean about the snow! My wife and I have a cabin in Big Bear and our love/hate relationship with snow seems to be about the same as yours.

Our mountain bikes stay at the cabin pretty much all year long, and mountain biking is the snow is fun but yes, the bikes are a mess when the ride is over. Other than that though, and overall, I don't mind the snow and colder temps at altitude (the cabin is at 6,700 feet of elevation).

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I know what you mean about the snow! My wife and I have a cabin in Big Bear and our love/hate relationship with snow seems to be about the same as yours.

Our mountain bikes stay at the cabin pretty much all year long, and mountain biking is the snow is fun but yes, the bikes are a mess when the ride is over. Other than that though, and overall, I don't mind the snow and colder temps at altitude (the cabin is at 6,700 feet of elevation).

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I know what you mean. We sold the place we had up by Lake Arrowhead and we didn't get as much snow as Big Bear. I now live just below Idyllwild and have done some hiking in the fall. I only go up to visit the snow to have lunch, drink coffee and look out the windows.
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Holy Smokes!!

Only a Californian (and a Southern Californian, at that) would present 3 bikes as "ready for winter" and not show a single fender among the 3 of them !

I just added fenders to a 3rd bike, so I now have 3 bikes w/fenders, only 1 without. Also in the winter I add "daytime running lights" to my bikes, since it's so gray (cheap little blinkies both front and back to make sure I'm seen in gray fall / winter lighting). And then there's the shoe covers, skullcaps, long-fingered gloves, etc.

You need to go shopping!

I used ot have a bike with fenders, but I sold it to a friend. I lived in Bellevue when I was in High School and I do believe my bike had fenders. I just think it needed pontoons as well.
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You might want to be putting a bit longer cable on the front brake of the Trek, that one looks to be at the limit.
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You might want to be putting a bit longer cable on the front brake of the Trek, that one looks to be at the limit.
I guess you haven't heard about the new style in front brake cables: You leave out the cable housing and just run a straight stretch of inner cable from the brake lever to the front brake. Less wind resistance that way. (Of course, it's a ***** when you make hard turns...)
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We just spent the weekend in La Jolla and was wishing for a bike the whole time I was there. I don't see any lights on those bikes? What about a couple of nice lights or an air horn? It is S. CA, right?
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