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Old 05-04-06, 05:56 PM   #1
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lube yer chain!

really!! bike'll ride ever so much sweeter!
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Old 05-04-06, 06:02 PM   #2
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In the midwest here we've had several days of pretty much solid rain, which I rode in on a day or two of the mess to keep my sanity. I forgot to relube afterwards and had to ride for a day with the creakiest gritty-sounding chain I've ridden in a long time. I treated the chain right as soon as I got home, but my chain had elongated enough to feel too loose to me and I ended up sliding the rear axle back a bit this afternoon before I left work. So yeah, the bike rides silky smooth like a wet dream with a freshly cleaned and lubed chain, and neglecting it definitely speeds up wear!
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Old 05-04-06, 06:05 PM   #3
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So yeah, the bike rides silky smooth like a wet dream...
you must have used spit.
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Old 05-04-06, 06:08 PM   #4
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Dirrty/rusty chain = bad. Clean well lubed chain = good. Often its the obvious stuff that I overlook.
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Old 05-04-06, 06:42 PM   #5
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just had two days of hard rain yesterday and the day before. the first couple of miles this morning were a little rough, until all of the crap got tossed off, then it was back to smooth sailing. that's purple extreme for you.
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Is this really surprising to anyone?
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in other news adding common air can help tires protect your rims, and they even roll smoother that way! Can you believe it? Air....
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in other news adding common air can help tires protect your rims, and they even roll smoother that way! Can you believe it? Air....
All this time, I've been farting into my presta valves! Thanks Matt!
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All this time, I've been farting into my presta valves! Thanks Matt!
you'll wan't to use some lube for that too
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people like me are the reason threads like this exist. just yesterday i was wondering why i bother to lube my chain. that was after i got bike grease all over my jeans while changing a tire. i guess maybe i'm an overzealous luber (you're not perverted, i thought about that one, too), or a lazy wiper, but i'm tired of having black goop all over everything all the time.

you're right, it's certainly not rocket science, it's just that every once in a while some real slow motherfukker like me comes along and needs to hear some common sense, and even then it's anyone's guess if he'll act like he's got some sense or not.
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in other news adding common air can help tires protect your rims, and they even roll smoother that way! Can you believe it? Air....
matt! duder! air? ya kiddin' me? are ya? dude!! one word:

HELIUM!

i don't even hardly pedal uphill anymore. get yerself some helium son!!

another tip: when yer goin' up a big hill, take yer waterbottle out of the holder and put it in yer jersey pocket. yer bike'll weigh less that way and goin' uphill is mad easier!!
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matt! duder! air? ya kiddin' me? are ya? dude!! one word:

HELIUM!

i don't even hardly pedal uphill anymore. get yerself some helium son!!

another tip: when yer goin' up a big hill, take yer waterbottle out of the holder and put it in yer jersey pocket. yer bike'll weigh less that way and goin' uphill is mad easier!!

For the really big hills I hold my water bottle facing backwards and squeeze all the water out. It works like a jet engine and propels me to the top in no time.
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really!! bike'll ride ever so much sweeter!
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matt! duder! air? ya kiddin' me? are ya? dude!! one word:

HELIUM!

i don't even hardly pedal uphill anymore. get yerself some helium son!!

another tip: when yer goin' up a big hill, take yer waterbottle out of the holder and put it in yer jersey pocket. yer bike'll weigh less that way and goin' uphill is mad easier!!
You obviously don't watch enough Mythbusters.
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