Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Ames, IA
Bikes: LeMond Big Sky S (2005), Downtube FSIX (2007), ancient Schwinn Paramount (1974)
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Downtube in winter?
I've enjoyed my Downtube IXFS this fall, and after some time off decided to ride to work today. Some ice on the roads, 20 degrees F at most. My 'stock' IXFS did well except that the stem grease seems to have congealed, making steering difficult. The wheel bearings and BB seemed to be turning freely (in comparison).
Any recommendations on freeing up the stem - perhaps a low-temperature tolerant repacking/regreasing?
I can ride with it as-is, but am I doing any damage to the bike (I know I'm doing damage to my extremities...)?