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    Cut the beads off of an old tires and then cut the casing into small sections (1 to 2"). These make excellent tire boots, useful for fixing tire splits, rim tape failure and large holes in the tires. Carry a couple of these with your spares. Make sure you carry boots that a the same width of smaller than your tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiotBoi View Post
    Store spices in large "icee" straws by cutting 2 1/2" pieces off. "crunch" one end then fold down. Slip 1/2" piece over the fold to secure. Fill with desired spice and repeat to seal.
    or one can singe the end of straws to seal and make them water proof, moisture proof, ... could also be used for carrying matches, fire starters, etc,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikepacker67 View Post
    They're equal idiots in my book.
    well said, ...

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    I wrap about 6' of duct tape around the barrel of my CO2 inflator. It fake up almost no additional space and is always east to find

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    So many great tipps, but I couldn't find one answer: How do you guys handle rain?

    I don't mean riding in the rain, I mean the effect of rain on your bike. It always bothers me keeping my bicycle out in the rain, for fear of lube washing off and rust. But is it worth the hassle (and weight, about 750g), to pitch a rain cover every night?

    How do you do it, do you keep your bicycle dry whenever possible, or should a bike handle a bit of water?

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    Dry it off and lube it up when the sun shines!

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    Yep, same as riding when it rains, or when I wash it. It's gonna get wet, relax and lube it afterward.

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    Okay, that's fair. Do you lube just the chain, or also the ball bearings, on a regular basis?

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    Yea, the chain is a good place to start. Be sure to wipe the chain clean of all excess oil after you lubricate it. Bearings are unlikely to require any lubrication unless they have been submurged. Lightly lubricate the pivot points on the derailure and put a little lubricant at the orifices of your cables. A little oil goes a long way. Over lubricating just attracts dirt and grit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spitti View Post
    How do you guys handle rain? I don't mean riding in the rain, I mean the effect of rain on your bike. It always bothers me keeping my bicycle out in the rain, for fear of lube washing off and rust. But is it worth the hassle (and weight, about 750g), to pitch a rain cover every night?
    I bought a bike that's PAINTED and to my knowledge there's no bare metal anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KFC View Post
    Yea, the chain is a good place to start. Be sure to wipe the chain clean of all excess oil after you lubricate it. Over lubricating just attracts dirt and grit.
    My approach is to lube it really good every week to ten days and then just run it 'til it wears out and replace it.

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