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Old 01-22-14, 04:12 AM   #2026
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Carbon bikes are magic, but as of yet they do not regenerate... we have set up my bikes with some of that in mind. It depends on your fork, but leaving 10mm on top is usually a good idea (if for no other reason it can help with resale).

FWIW I remain oddly flexible for my age... got pretty much nothing else useful for cycling genetically, but I can touch my palms to the floor.


oh my god. that bike is so hot i just wet myself.
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He doesn't now, why would he if he ever becomes rich and famous?
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Where is Hummer when I need him??
On the nest?
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Old 01-22-14, 08:52 AM   #2029
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I can't believe how often people replace "stuff". Replace a shifter cable every 4,000 miles? Seriously? Chains every 1,500?
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I hardly ever replace anything.
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Except motor oil. I do that several times a year.
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Except motor oil. I do that several times a year.
About once a year.
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Most of my replacement cables have come from road salt corrosion from winter riding. I have a spare SS chain ready for the Felt, but won't install it until winter ends. That replacement will only be because I didn't keep up with the salt. I don't even track mileage anymore, so I have no clue how many miles it gets.
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No ride today. Went for 3.5 mile run this morning, it was OK but I have this nagging achilles issue that won't go away.

I had to drop the girls off at the Y for swim practice this afternoon. Just for kicks I went in the pool and swam 1 km. First time in the pool this year.

It took 24 minutes, which is mediocre to slow for a swimmer. My swimming is such fail. Where is Hummer when I need him??
Well, not reading every post in the thread anymore.

You know, there's a "guppies" thread over on ST that's all about helping anchor-style tri geeks learn to swim. You might want to go peruse that.
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I replace cables ALL the time. I work near large boxes of them, though.

I just swapped road fork to MTB fork on my nickel plated bike, changing no csbles!

That was a pretty rare miracle. Most other days that would a been at least a couple of cables and a housing run or two, even though they had just 1000-ish miles on.
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About once a year.
I'm assuming you don't use the auto much.

Otherwise my reaction would be:
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I'm assuming you don't use the auto much.

Otherwise my reaction would be:
Depends on the car and the oil. Many combinations can handle that quite easily.
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I'm assuming you don't use the auto much.

Otherwise my reaction would be:
About 4,500 a year. I'm not in a hurry, so I don't flog the ol Ranger. Plus, the current crop of oil isn't dependent on the old 3,000 mile rule.
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I replace cables ALL the time. I work near large boxes of them, though.

I just swapped road fork to MTB fork on my nickel plated bike, changing no csbles!

That was a pretty rare miracle. Most other days that would a been at least a couple of cables and a housing run or two, even though they had just 1000-ish miles on.
Dang! I guess I have just been lucky.
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About 4,500 a year. I'm not in a hurry, so I don't flog the ol Ranger. Plus, the current crop of oil isn't dependent on the old 3,000 mile rule.
Correct. But the shops seem to be.
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Correct. But the shops seem to be.
Spot on.
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Some modern car manuals have oil duty life at 10k miles for "normal" conditions, and 7.5k miles for "extreme" conditions. So it really is the garages still sticking with the 3 month / 3k prescription.
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Herbie's guru is right on top of this page every time I open it. We need to move to the next page.
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So is sbxx being cryptic about what his new build is, or did I just miss the direct references? We know gruppo (since it is Eye-talian), and we know chain catcher, and we know about the too short seatpost, but what is it? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Some modern car manuals have oil duty life at 10k miles for "normal" conditions, and 7.5k miles for "extreme" conditions. So it really is the garages still sticking with the 3 month / 3k prescription.
As always, the recommended oil is critical to that formula.
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I sometimes change singlespeed, 7 and 8 speed chains pretty early. It's just $13 after all.
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As always, the recommended oil is critical to that formula.
I concur.
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So is sbxx being cryptic about what his new build is, or did I just miss the direct references? We know gruppo (since it is Eye-talian), and we know chain catcher, and we know about the too short seatpost, but what is it? Inquiring minds want to know.
Intentionally cryptic, RollCNY. I think it's going to be Assassin-bike light, and black, and the pictures will show it to be damn near perfect. Just my thoughts. As he stated a few months ago.... In due time.
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I sometimes change singlespeed, 7 and 8 speed chains pretty early. It's just $13 after all.
I changed my wheel bearings on the rear wheel after less than a year. I did not know until researching that sealed bearings on wheels have a planned life of about 3k miles. Much like your car oil.

I stocked up on bearings (6001's IIRC) and am now ready for semi annual servicing. Much like my wife.

EDIT: 6000's. Had to double check.
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