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Old 10-01-05, 01:55 PM
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So I am cruising downtown Atlanta on my commuter when...

Two roadies come riding past me. I can't but notice how their front cranks are so loud. My commuter with XT derailleur and deore crank is smooth and quiet.

What gives? It seems like they would have these fine road machines running smooth as silk.
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Just because they have nice machines doesn't mean they take good care of them.

In a similar vein, I'm surprised by the number of long-distance touring journals I read where the rider can't do any maintenance beyond fixing a flat. I mean, really, it's one of the simplest machines known to man, doing stuff like touching up shifting to get it smooth isn't rocket science, I'd think it was worth learning before spending 3 months relying on the machine.
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Most serious roadies that I know & ride with on Sat mornings don't even know how to tweek their derailleur adjusters........but they sure know how to ride fast.....

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Having been involved heavily with cars prior to seeing the light and moving onto bikes, I've met many a person who owns a very expensive machine, extensively modified, and the guy might even know every single detail of said modifications, but they won't touch a thing under the hood. I'm honestly surprised at how many cyclists are the same way. I guess the free tune-ups for life offered by most LBS's don't help.

Who knows though, the only reason I learned to work on my bike was because the store I bought it from became very un-local when my girlfriend moved.
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe
Just because they have nice machines doesn't mean they take good care of them.

In a similar vein, I'm surprised by the number of long-distance touring journals I read where the rider can't do any maintenance beyond fixing a flat. I mean, really, it's one of the simplest machines known to man, doing stuff like touching up shifting to get it smooth isn't rocket science, I'd think it was worth learning before spending 3 months relying on the machine.
i must confess i'm exactly as you've described

where/how do you learn this stuffs? the manual wasn't very helpful
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Old 10-02-05, 06:24 AM
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Spending time with the bike helps. Do little things or at least check little things after each ride.
Get a good bike repair manual.
Talk to the wrenches at your LBS.
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Old 10-02-05, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by oldboy02
where/how do you learn this stuffs? the manual wasn't very helpful
Hmm. I learned it by just messing with the stuff myself. I have a mechanical bent and as a kid I took apart everything from radios to lawn mower engines to see how they worked. I must confess that I didn't think fixing a bike required much thought; all the mechanics are right there in the open and it's pretty obvious what everything does.

I mainly learn by not being afraid to tear something apart. Particularly if it's broken and you will have to take it to a repair shop anyway, what do you have to lose by messing with it yourself first? I've fixed even broken digital cameras by tearing them down, fixing things that didn't look right (things not aligned, screws loose, connectors off, corrosion on things, etc; stuff that isn't like it "should be").

All that said, look around on the web. Park Tools has a lot of articles, Sheldon Brown has some, I'm sure there are others. And there are always (gasp) books. Amazon has dozens of bike repair books.
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Old 10-02-05, 08:30 AM
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Just goes to show that many roadies (including many I see here on weekend rides) are just yuppy type scum who have tons of coin to buy the best but no clue about the simpler things, like how to remove a tire. It's these types who can tell you the square root of a pickle jar but cannot open it.
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Old 10-02-05, 08:35 AM
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Also check around your area to see if there are any bike maintanence courses being offered.
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I ride with my chain crossed up all the time because I'm too lazy to shift from big ring to small ring to big ring etc all that often. Sure its noisy. Doesn't mean I can't take the whole bike apart and put it back together again.

Although I must confess to not knowing what a front crank is. Except on a tandem.
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The kind of chain lube you use can have a pretty big impact on how loud/quiet your drivetrain is, too. Dry lube is louder (and wears off more quickly, which makes everything even louder) than the goopier stuff most of us use on our commuters.
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sounds, ha ha SOUNDS, like they may be useing wax type chain lube. Evil stuff. Try handing out little bottles of tri-flow
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