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Old 06-17-12, 09:54 AM
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Come on my 50-mile commute with me (another fine acidfast7 photo-thread production)

today I have a 50-mile commute.

I started by riding to central station (hauptbahnhof) to drop off my gf at her train.



She's taking the new ICE to a choir performance (she sings)



That 330 means that the trains are rated for 330kph continuous operation (207mph) but they only run at 300kph max currently



I left central station and went by the ECB (European Central Bank) and Occupy is still there





I rode through the shopping area and by a remaining section of the original city wall



and by the police station (I really like the color and texture of the bricks) but the repetition of the building is intense



There's a hill at the end of my commute that leads to the standard 50s-era Chemistry buildings in Germany



after working 30 min, i finished my work and because the weather was nice took the "long way home."

I cut to the west part of the city by going through Nidda Park (which is quite nice to have so close to the city ... Frankfurt is really in the middle of nowhere as can be seen here.)



You have to pay attention for low bridges (1.8m isn't so high ... i think my frame is 60cm alone) but the signage is quite good



the trip through the park dumps the rider out in Frankfurt-Höchst. The pathway follows the shore of the Main (the big river in the photo).

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fine useless/superficial german architecture



back in the countryside



needed some fuel



my bike hit 1000km at this spot under a bridge happy b-day bike!



i didn't realize that you could ride around inside the industrial park in Höchst (and there were a huge amount of people riding through here)



interesting juxtaposition of old mansions...



right next to modern bridges.



that looks painful



cargo in Czech



canopy outside of sanofi



a swan in the river



some of the original city wall in Höchst

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big match today Germany v. Denmark (a lot of flags are out today!)



one of the many hydroelectric dams. very convenient because that serve as bridges to change sides of the river (pedestrians can cross.)



I ended up in the western harbor area of the city which is quite nice (would mind living over there.)



I quite the fan of their architectural selections.



pedestrian bridge with the new ECB being built in the background (over 125m high)



a lot of people out today which is nice! I live about 100m from the shore, near where the bridge ends



80km commute today



hit 1000km on the bike. do I need to do anything? should I lubricate the chain or clean the bike?


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nice. looks like a good quite ride
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Thanks for the photos, that was interesting. I have a distant cousin in Germany that I keep in touch with on FB, and I always like learning about the culture.
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Looks like a sweet place to ride.

Originally Posted by acidfast7
hit 1000km on the bike. do I need to do anything? should I lubricate the chain or clean the bike?


Wow, you went 1000km without lubing the chain once? I do maintenance on an 'as-needed' basis, but that generally comes way less than 1000km for me.
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i'm glad you guys enjoyed the photos

i'm thinking that i'll take the wheels off the bike and clean it down really well (maybe once every 1000km).

as far as chain lubrication, i've heard 3 things:

1. it doesn't matter because they always wear out at the same interval
2. it does matter and needs constant lubrication
3. always use small volumes of lubricant, let it sit overnight and wipe in the morning.

anyways, it's probably about time, so can anyone recommend a decent lubricant?
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Very cool pictures! I only lube my chains when they squeak. Is yours?
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Very cool pictures! I only lube my chains when they squeak. Is yours?
yeah, it's beginning to make a little noise

and if i get's rained on, the noise goes away for the first few minutes, then comes back when it dries out.



i've been lazy, so make some suggestions, so that my bike can get the TLC it needs!!!!!!!!!!!!
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*Definitely* relube it after a rain -- or it might rust!

What you use (motor oil, wax, grease, BoeShield, bike lube) isn't that critical as long as you keep the chain from squeaking. Get the chain clean, lube it well, then wipe it off with a rag to keep it from picking up too much grit.
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*Definitely* relube it after a rain -- or it might rust!

What you use (motor oil, wax, grease, BoeShield, bike lube) isn't that critical as long as you keep the chain from squeaking. Get the chain clean, lube it well, then wipe it off with a rag to keep it from picking up too much grit.
thanks for the info. i did notice a tiny streak of rust on one of the links.

what's the lowest maintenance lubricant (I want to ride the bike 25km in the morning, and should order something tonight.)

i have synthetic motor oil (5W-20) in the car, but I don't want to use it (kinda expensive). i have a ton of cooking oils, but nothing standard in the flat (WD40, 3-in-1, anything else).

what should i buy tonight (amazon, etc...)?
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Great pics, thanks!
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Originally Posted by acidfast7
thanks for the info. i did notice a tiny streak of rust on one of the links.

what's the lowest maintenance lubricant (I want to ride the bike 25km in the morning, and should order something tonight.)

i have synthetic motor oil (5W-20) in the car, but I don't want to use it (kinda expensive). i have a ton of cooking oils, but nothing standard in the flat (WD40, 3-in-1, anything else).

what should i buy tonight (amazon, etc...)?
Don't use the cooking oils, WD40, or 3-in-1. I'd go to the bike store and pick up whatever "wet" lube they have for now. That'll give you time to research what you think you'll like in the future.
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Don't use the cooking oils, WD40, or 3-in-1. I'd go to the bike store and pick up whatever "wet" lube they have for now. That'll give you time to research what you think you'll like in the future.
the LBS doesn't cater to my current working schedule (6am to 8pm)

i pulled the trigger on some bio/eco bicycle lube from Amazon.

i guess i should wipe down first then drip in on the chain while running it backwards?

then wipe off the excess the following morning?

something is better than nothing I guess?
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I use Remington gun oil (spray) with Teflon. If it's good enough for a shotgun action, it's good enough for my bike chain.
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Originally Posted by acidfast7
the LBS doesn't cater to my current working schedule (6am to 8pm)

i pulled the trigger on some bio/eco bicycle lube from Amazon.

i guess i should wipe down first then drip in on the chain while running it backwards?

then wipe off the excess the following morning?

something is better than nothing I guess?
Cool, just drip it on while turning the cranks (backward lets you do it with the bike on the ground), and wipe off the excess when done.
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