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Too cold to ride, time for annual?

Old 01-08-11, 10:58 PM
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Too cold to ride, time for annual?

26 and snowing today, so I got the 'Dale in the house, serviced the wheel bearings, and threw the wheelset on the truing stand. Everything else looks good, can't wait for warm weather. Cables were replaced 250 miles ago, periodic service kept up well.

Anyone else itching to ride? Due to diabetes, the hands and feet don't tolerate cold weather. Being old and skinny does not help either.
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Old 01-09-11, 12:24 AM
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Annual for you or the bike?

I prefer to put off all bike maintenance until late March, because I do a decent amount of winter riding and anything I do now will need to be redone after I don't expect to deal with road salt. This time of year I only replace what I absolutely have to, and (knock wood) I'm generally lucky in that it's usually only tires if anything.

BTW- there's absolutely nothing that's more fun than changing a tire when it's below 25°, except below 30 and sleeting.
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Old 01-09-11, 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
BTW- there's absolutely nothing that's more fun than changing a tire when it's below 25°, except below 30 and sleeting.
Been there and done both. Ugh!

I have a Surly Cross Check with full fenders and heavy tires that is my winter/rain/errand bike I ride when the weather is lousy but the streets aren't dangerous i.e. no ice or snow on the pavement. It gets inadequate attention and is usually dirty so the parts, particularly chains and cassettes, don't last long but they are cheap ones anyway.

That way my "good" bikes are only rarely exposed to the dreadful weather so salt and sand damage is minimal.
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Old 01-09-11, 09:22 AM
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Yup now is the time to spend some time going over the bike. Here in Nebr its way too cold to ride at all in my opinion. So I have been going over the bike a little at a time. I check all bolts and nuts, and almost always find one or two loose. Better to find these potential problems now than on the road next summer.
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Old 01-09-11, 09:34 AM
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ShootingCoach, Well, it is the weather for indoor shooting as well. Did you also R&R the headset and if non sealed, the bottom bracket?

There's really no off season here so about once a year I'll go through each of the bikes and while they're apart give them a good wash and wax. Last year I then took pics of them afterward. I generally work on one when I know I won't need it for a week or so and when it's too dirty to stand anymore. The mountain bike is next and last, for awhile.

This is also a good time to service the air pumps. The mini pump luckily sees little usage so I'll disassemble it and add a teaspoon of oil inside to keep the seals swollen.

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This is also a good time to service the air pumps. The mini pump luckily sees little usage so I'll disassemble it and add a teaspoon of oil inside to keep the seals swollen.
Excellent point. Frame pumps are usually completely ignored until you REALLY need them only to find out they don't work. They live a rough life in their normal location along side the downtube and are subject to road dirt, water, etc.

I've found a few that were inoperable because a little water got into them and rusted the ball checks (usually 3/16" bearing balls) until they wouldn't seat properly and the pump was useless. Check them out frequently so you don't get a surprise like that.
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Old 01-09-11, 11:35 AM
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It's a good time to grease bearings, headset, hubs, bottom bracket, and pedals. Some of these may be sealed, but in some cases even sealed bearings can be greased.
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Old 01-09-11, 03:16 PM
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Yep, checked headset and bottom bracket a while back. DID have to replace an onboard pump. I regularly check mine out, and last time it would not work, so replaced it pronto. Had no flats in 2010, and went through three sets of tires. The Vittoria tires rode well, did not flat, but did not last very long. Between 1200-1500 miles was about it.

I am using up the last two Vitts off the front until warm weather.

I have several sets of Schwalbe Duranos for next season, will see how they hold up.

No breaks for the old man. It's too hard to get back what I will lose if I take time off. Got to get moving. Heading to a Spin class.
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