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Old 04-04-08, 05:58 PM
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Buying advice...

I have an urge to buy something bike related, but I don't want to spend any money. What should I get?
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Slippery spitt

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...A%20Lubricants

Don't forget the 10% code from the coupon forum. It's actually good to have along on a rainy trip.
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Chain lube-1 part mineral spirits, 3 parts 30wt synthetic motor oil-cheap, effective, and will do the job of more expensive lubes! (honestly-the post above wasn't there when I started!-guess lubes are about the cheapest thing about a bike!)
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$10:

http://www.cagerocket.com/
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Go to Lowes and get a can of Dupont Teflon Lube for
about 5 bucks.

I am going to use it on my bike chain. But I have used it on bureaus, the dining room table, the sliders on the attic steps, door hinges, etc.

Good stuff.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/motor...chain-lube.htm
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Let out all of the stale air and then put fresh air into your tires.

They will love you for it.
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Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post
Let out all of the stale air and then put fresh air into your tires.

They will love you for it.
Thanks for the reminder, I've got to find some Summer Air for mine.
Sorry. I know it's old and over used but I'm in that kind of mood today.
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Shave your head. It's aerodynamic. It's free and will make you look either like a pirate or the Dalai Lama.
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Shave your LEGS. It's aerodynamic. It's free and will make you look either like a pirate or the Dalai Lama.


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Before you put new air in the tires, rotate them. The rears wear quicker, dont'cha know. That's a freebie twofer!
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Originally Posted by bcoppola View Post
Before you put new air in the tires, rotate them. The rears wear quicker, dont'cha know. That's a freebie twofer!
If I rotate them, do I have to turn them around as well? Or flip them upside down? I get so confused.
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Originally Posted by Digital Gee View Post
I have an urge to buy something bike related, but I don't want to spend any money. What should I get?
A bicycle spoke. They are without a doubt the most useful tool ever. Every tool box needs one. They can be used for a variety of repairs, cleaning drains clogged with hair to opening computer CD drives.
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Turn them inside out.
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Originally Posted by Digital Gee View Post
I have an urge to buy something bike related, but I don't want to spend any money. What should I get?
Seems like an oxymoron. How about riding one of your bikes?
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Originally Posted by ad6mj View Post
Turn them inside out.
OHHH, You beat me to it. Since most tire punctures come in through the tread
it stands to reason that with the tread on the inside...no more puncture flats!
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Originally Posted by Digital Gee View Post
If I rotate them, do I have to turn them around as well? Or flip them upside down? I get so confused.
Only if they are steel belted. With conventional bike tires the only permanent rule is: rubber side down, never flip them upside down.
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My tires rotate over and over, every time I ride! Ain't sayin' it's free, though.
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No need to rotate the tyres but have you changed to the Summer air yet?

Don't get rid of the winter air- save it in a bag and use it in the Autumn when you change back.
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Buy a good maintenance and repair book. They all run about $20.00 to 25.00. For now, just read the parts that apply to your bikes. Reread the few parts that you might want to try doing. Pick something easy (like changing brake pads on one wheel) and then do it with the book right there. You will find out that you are not all thumbs.

If it fails, and you have to go to the LBS to get your work sraightened out, I will buy the repair book from you at full retail plus mailing charges. So, keep the receipt. What could be better than that? I dee-double dare you, dude.bk

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