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Old 09-07-07, 08:13 PM   #1
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New pictures of my bike

I apologize for telling you guys I would post pictures of my 2008 Gary Fisher Tassajara and not being able to two weeks ago. It turned out the guy I was supposed to go biking with couldn't make it, so here are the pics from my bike ride last Sunday. It was 12 miles from Kincaid Park to Downtown, Anchorage, Alaska on the coastal trail. It took about 3 hours, and we started at 7PM.





As cheesy as it is, I still can't believe I let my cousin make me take a picture on this bench



A view of Cook Inlet in the background from the coastal trail - taken at about 8 PM


While you guys are reading, I might as well ask. I just got back from a bike ride through a trail near my house. There was a trail I thought I could go through, but I ended up getting both my feet wet. My disc brakes took a little water. Do you guys think this will contaminate it because I had to get new pads a week ago because some hydraulic fluid got on them during the assembly process. And what's the best way to clean all this mud off my bike?
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Love the last pic!
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It shouldn't hurt it.
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Great pics! lol
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While you guys are reading, I might as well ask. I just got back from a bike ride through a trail near my house. There was a trail I thought I could go through, but I ended up getting both my feet wet. My disc brakes took a little water. Do you guys think this will contaminate it because I had to get new pads a week ago because some hydraulic fluid got on them during the assembly process. And what's the best way to clean all this mud off my bike?
Water on the brakes is fine. That is why discs are better than vee's, they stay outta the crap, and are less affected when hit with it. Hydraulic fluid is a different story. Next time just keep going and get really wet...then take some really good muddy pics!
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You look like a happy guy...congrat's on the ride!

Love the pic's.
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Old 09-08-07, 07:20 AM   #7
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Looks like flat black paint. Nice color.
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Old 09-08-07, 07:25 AM   #8
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haha nice pics. You look very happy!
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Nice bike. Nice trail. I used to ride the coastal trail all the way to Kincaid park weekly. Did you ride the singletrack stuff on the coastal trail or paved trails?

As far as the mud goes, just gently hose off your bike and wipe it down with a towel. Get a degreaser and a brush from the bike shop on Norhtern Light Blvd across from REI, if it's still there, to clean the drivetrain. I know how muddy the coastal trail is and you'll probably need to clean your bike after each ride out there.
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Nice bike. Nice trail. I used to ride the coastal trail all the way to Kincaid park weekly. Did you ride the singletrack stuff on the coastal trail or paved trails?

As far as the mud goes, just gently hose off your bike and wipe it down with a towel. Get a degreaser and a brush from the bike shop on Norhtern Light Blvd across from REI, if it's still there, to clean the drivetrain. I know how muddy the coastal trail is and you'll probably need to clean your bike after each ride out there.
My cousin has a cheap Wal Mart bike so we rode the paved trail. The bike shop you're talking about is called the Bicycle Shop and it's doing pretty well. I'll probably just go to Paramount Cycles on Huffman since I live closer to it. What else should I grease (Suspension, seat post)? And is there like a multi use grease I can use?
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As cheesy as it is, I still can't believe I let my cousin make me take a picture on this bench
Yes, that is cheesy but we have all felt that way before... just never captured it with a camera standing on top of a picnic bench. Enjoy the bike!
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If you're going to ride coastal alot and get muddy I would recommend getting some Lizard Skins fork boots to keep your for stanchions clean. To clean you forks stanchions gently wipe it down with a terry cloth towel or something reallys soft, and make sure you get all the dirt/mud off the seals. You don't really need to grease or lube every time. Just get the drivetrain good and clean. When you do lube it make sure everything is good and clean first then lube the chain and maybe the pivot points on the derailleurs. I then usually pedal a few strokes while shifting through all the gears to work the lube in. Wipe away excess lube as the lube attracts dirt.
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Ha Ha, Great pics! I think that makes you a posuer! Enjoy that bike!
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Looks like flat black paint. Nice color.
yes, the '08 Tass is much nicer looking than the '07 imo. The 07 had all sorts of yellow/red flame-type stuff going on, didn't like it.
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If you're going to ride in muddy conditions a lot and want to accelerate the wear on your stanchions, and possibly even toast them, then I would recommend getting Lizard Skins fork boots so they can trap grime against the stanchions and do they old sand paper trick on them.

If you want to keep your stanchions in good shape, skip the Lizard Skins and let the fork's wipers do the job that they were designed for.
agreed, why do you think forks don't have boots anymore?
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As cheesy as it is, I still can't believe I let my cousin make me take a picture on this bench
Unfortunately, I can't see anything but reflectors...
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reflectors are important for safety

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and we all know.... Safety First! Braaaaap Wheeeliemert.....
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Nice looking rig you got there Anon.

Its good to see that GF went back to the full black look on the 08 Tass. My 05 is a glossy black metallic but I really like the matte black on yours as well. Watch those bontrager grips, they can be murder on bare hands. Hope you like yours as much as I like mine....congrats
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If you're going to ride in muddy conditions a lot and want to accelerate the wear on your stanchions, and possibly even toast them, then I would recommend getting Lizard Skins fork boots so they can trap grime against the stanchions and do they old sand paper trick on them.

If you want to keep your stanchions in good shape, skip the Lizard Skins and let the fork's wipers do the job that they were designed for.

If you remove the boots after the ride and wipe down the stanchions you won't have any problems. They make the fork's wiper's job easier.
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