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Old 02-15-24, 08:14 AM
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I dropped mine in for it's spring tune-up yesterday. Tune-up specials make it so cheap and easy to have a pro look over the bike before riding it hard.
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Thank you.
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Gotta pick something to whine about huh???
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Do you pull your derailer apart and lube the wheels before every ride, or repack your head set.
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Yes I am in the snow belt, and simply dont ride when it is cold. I hate any kind of long pants on my legs when I ride. Shorts and a T shirt is my kit.
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It was 70 degrees in So Cal yesterday. Did a. Nice beach ride
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Originally Posted by cweb99
It was 70 degrees in So Cal yesterday. Did a. Nice beach ride
Check back with us in August-Sept
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Originally Posted by rsbob
Check back with us in August-Sept
touché

gonna hate the 100 degree weather gonna have to start my rides 5am lol
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Originally Posted by cweb99
touché

gonna hate the 100 degree weather gonna have to start my rides 5am lol
Getting any rain now where you are?
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Raining right now and a few days during the week
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Oh, absolutely! February's the month for us snow belt riders to prep our bikes for the summer fun. Gotta grease up all those bearings, make sure everything's well-lubed. I'm talking a full-on check of the entire bike – bolts, nuts, the works. Doing it now gives you the jump to order any parts you might need. No one wants to be stuck walking home in the summer heat, right?
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Getting any rain now where you are?
It's raining here right now. Might have to skip the Tuesday ride if it doesn't stop.

Here in the land of year-round riding and being retired I seldom have to miss a weekend club ride. I am terrible with bike maintenance and always let things go too far. Been pretty lucky as far as breaking down on a ride, though.

Had a rear wheel grenade 50 miles from home and called a taxi one time. Had an mtb frame break and had to walk a couple miles. And had a freehub split down the middle while climbing a steep grade near home. It would still roll but no drive and I was able to coast most of the way home.

Had pedals snap off 3 times, 2 resulted in low speed crashes. Had to get picked up for those. Everything else I was able to repair roadside or ride the broken part back. At least twice I have broken seat rails. This means standing up for the rest of the ride, maybe just gently touch down. Had 3 seatposts break. One was an American Classic with the one bolt set screw adjusting the tilt. It broke when I was alone in the hills above Santa Barbara. I found a big ball bearing on the side of the road and was able to jam it in there so I could ride into town.

There were a lot more but most of these failures, if not all, would not have been prevented by maintenance.
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Originally Posted by big john
It's raining here right now. Might have to skip the Tuesday ride if it doesn't stop.

Here in the land of year-round riding and being retired I seldom have to miss a weekend club ride. I am terrible with bike maintenance and always let things go too far. Been pretty lucky as far as breaking down on a ride, though.

Had a rear wheel grenade 50 miles from home and called a taxi one time. Had an mtb frame break and had to walk a couple miles. And had a freehub split down the middle while climbing a steep grade near home. It would still roll but no drive and I was able to coast most of the way home.

Had pedals snap off 3 times, 2 resulted in low speed crashes. Had to get picked up for those. Everything else I was able to repair roadside or ride the broken part back. At least twice I have broken seat rails. This means standing up for the rest of the ride, maybe just gently touch down. Had 3 seatposts break. One was an American Classic with the one bolt set screw adjusting the tilt. It broke when I was alone in the hills above Santa Barbara. I found a big ball bearing on the side of the road and was able to jam it in there so I could ride into town.

There were a lot more but most of these failures, if not all, would not have been prevented by maintenance.
Sounds like you put on a lot of miles and the stress/fatigue on parts is an unwelcomed outcome?
My only preventable mechanical failure that derailed a ride was a saddle assembly falling off the seat post over a wood bridge into the San Gabriel River below.
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Originally Posted by CAT7RDR
Sounds like you put on a lot of miles and the stress/fatigue on parts is an unwelcomed outcome?
My only preventable mechanical failure that derailed a ride was a saddle assembly falling off the seat post over a wood bridge into the San Gabriel River below.
I do and it is. I have never had a saddle fall into a river, though. One time a friend and I waded across a thigh-deep river when a road was washed out. I though I might get knocked over and was quite scared. We put our shoes in our pockets and both made it but my friend lost his frame pump.
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Originally Posted by rydabent
Feb is the month for those of us in the snow belt to get our bikes and trikes ready for the summer riding season. It is time to grease and lube all the bearings, and go over the whole bike and check all bolts and nuts. Doing it this early will give you time to order and get any parts you find bad and put them on. A total going over will keep you from having to walk home this summer. As a life long technician, I have always done this, and I have never had to walk home.
When I put my summer bikes away last fall they were all working just fine. I've never gone over them in the spring. Just grab and go.

I too have never had to walk home.
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I take care of my bike on a regular basis. If there are parts in need of overhaul in late winter before you start riding in the spring/summer then those parts probably should have been taken care of late summer or fall last year when you were ignoring them...
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Originally Posted by prj71
When I put my summer bikes away last fall they were all working just fine. I've never gone over them in the spring. Just grab and go.

I too have never had to walk home.
+1. I did two rides last year. The bike I rode hadn’t been ridden in almost a year. Some air in the tires and a little of the world’s best chain lube and it was good to go.
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Originally Posted by ScottCommutes
Change your clocks, change your smoke detector batteries. Change your smoke detector batteries, lube your bike.
Nowadays, many clocks and watches change themselves, and smoke detectors now come with internal batteries that have 10 year service lives.
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At the other end of the spectrum are the guys I see riding that dont seem to have tube or tool one with them. What happen if they flat???
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Originally Posted by rydabent
At the other end of the spectrum are the guys I see riding that dont seem to have tube or tool one with them. What happen if they flat???
didn't you already do this bit? A couple of things I dont understand
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Originally Posted by rydabent
At the other end of the spectrum are the guys I see riding that dont seem to have tube or tool one with them. What happen if they flat???
1) Borrow a tube from a stranger who will then become one of "the guys I see riding that dont seem to have tube". We had a discussion of this very thing, the Blanche DuBois-like dependence upon the kindness of strangers, some time back.

2) Call Of Shame. I have a coworker who does this and then takes the bike to the LBS to have them fix the flat. I can't imagine being that subject to the whims of fate, not to mention the whims of Mrs. GeneJockey, who might object to my expecting her to make up for my insufficiencies, at least to a greater extent than she already does.
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Originally Posted by hazetguy
didn't you already do this bit? A couple of things I dont understand
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
+1. I did two rides last year. The bike I rode hadn’t been ridden in almost a year. Some air in the tires and a little of the world’s best chain lube and it was good to go.
I ride quite a bit more than that but...

I usually pick away (maintenance) at things here and there over the season as need and spot check a few things. If "now" is the time to prepare to get my bike ready for the summer season, that means I spent a whole season riding it and ignoring it.

I probably last rode my Trek Domane in October 2023. I'll grab it here soon and just start riding it without doing anything other than checking the tire pressure and lubing the chain. If nothing was wrong with the bike in October, nothing is going to be wrong with it now.
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Originally Posted by prj71
I ride quite a bit more than that but...
I usually do to. I became gravely ill at the end of 2022. (I was found near dead in my house around 7:00 pm on New Year's Eve.) Yadda. Yadda. Yadda. I didn't walk for over 2 months and didn't get to ride a bike until the fall. Managed two rides totaling 44 miles. Going to be in the 60s next week. Hoping to get back in the saddle again after inflating the tires and lubing the chain.
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agreed. I guess I have to prepare my body for summer because I got some good kgs during winter so I guess it is a time to start again riding the bike. Moreover I read recently here that u can brun a good amount of calories riding like 10 miles or more and it s nothing in compare to how much u can loose fats. So check me out in summer guys!

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