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    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
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    Preparing for those bigger rides.

    Not something I do for every ride but have a longer organised ride coming up and last time I checked the bike was yonks ago so it needed doing

    I have a ride on Saturday night--Yes Night. Starts at Midnight and London to Brighton. Only a 60 miler and should not be a problem But today it was time to check the bike over. First of all a wash but before that clean the chain and de-gunge the derailleurs. I do have the Park chain checking tool and wear is just within tolerance so leave alone.Spread the greasy stuff all over the bike before it gets washed. I use an industrial cleaner and today it was needed. The bike has not been properly cleaned for a month or so as I have been too busy riding and it was filthy.

    While the wheels were in the bike I washed the tyres for later. Then it was into the bike stand and get the cleaner around the brakes- which is something I normally forget. As we have a drought over here- I used a garden sprayer with plenty of water to wash as much dirt off the frame and in the nooks and crannies as possible and it was time to leave to dry a bit. The wheels and as I had clean tyres- Time to inspect the rubber for bits of glass- thorns and flints. Couple of flints to prise out and that was done. Cassette next and a cloth between the Rings to get them clean and they were filthy. Then spokes and rims were cleaned and checked at the same time. No cracks or bent spokes and the cassette does not appear to be worn.

    Back to the frame and wipe down with a rag and clean all the muck off the frame. I now know why white bikes are a No-No as I had to wash my hands to get rid of the dirt and oil on them as every time I touched the frame- I was making it dirty. Finally got the frame clean and time for the cables. Release them and WD down the outers. Surprising how much gunge came out of them but they do operate just a bit smoother now, Check the cables for frays and none were there. Dry chain lube on the brake and Brifter pivots and almost done. C.F.Frame and the best polish is Pledge. I say best but that is the one the wife uses and it is cheaper if she buys it.

    Ready for the wheels to go back in and the next stage of adjusting. Rear changes were not crisp last time out so slight adjustment and the clean cables and it is perfect now. Then it was out with the wheels to clean the frame again from where My greasy hands had made it dirty again.

    So several things done. I can turn up on Saturday with a bike that looks respectable. In cleaning it I have looked for any broken or damaged parts that could fail and ruin the ride and I have confidence that the bike will not let me down. All I have to do now is a check ride and I should get that in tomorrow. Never know- I may have adjusted the derailleurs wrongly or all that cleaning may have taken away the tolerance on the chain. Bet you that I will be finding the only wet route in the area- but if I do- It can stay dirty other than a wipe down.
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    I only have one bike to keep clean and in good working order which I enjoy doing. Preparing for longer rides for me consists of getting the rider ready. Up until about 5 years ago I had no problems with cramping. I have no idea what in my metabolism has changed (other than getting older) but when undertaking longer rides of over 40 miles, cramps have become an issue. I've been trying to stay properly hydrated and upping mileage gradually with little apparent effect on cramping.

    This past Sunday the bike club had it's first century of the year and I rode the 55 mile loop of the route. I made an effort to drink up the day before and drank half a liter of water the morning before the ride. I do not get very hungry during a ride but made an effort to eat this time. This consisted of two sandwiches with artisan bread with bananas and peanut butter. Our British friends may wonder "What is it with Yanks and peanut butter" to which I counter, "What is it with Brits and Marmite". In any case, some Trans Am riders find the peanut butter and banana sandwich very effective for consecutive 70 mile days for days on end. For emergency purposes I had an extra banana in a jersey pocket.

    I ate the first sandwich just before the ride began and the second one at about the 30 mile mark and it seems to have worked. Although I was quite tired the last 10 miles, I had some fuel in the tank at the end. The ride was flat with some short rollers in the last 15 miles and I was able to stand on the pedals and crank over them without cramping. The upshot for me, as suspected, is to pay closer attention to nutrition during the ride.

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    One of the problems with modern healthy living is the diet. Most of us have cut back on salt intake but there are alternatives. I had a mate that used to cramp up bad after 50 miles and I do say bad. His calves used to go rigid and it was impossible to ride after that. Out on a ride and he lost his water bottle so I gave him my spare. It had an electrolyte drink in it and he did not cramp on that ride. He had stopped taking any salt a few years before and Isotonic drink I gave him put some back on the ride. He never had a cramp again.
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