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What's the most important cycling tip you learned this year?

Old 12-23-04, 10:22 AM
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What's the most important cycling tip you learned this year?

Trying to consolidate lots of useful information in this thread.

While riding my first bike with light weight racing tires I got a rim cut, about .5 inch long. I put in my spare tube, started pumping it up, and then heard a pop as it ruptured...after ballooning out of the cut. I didn't know a damaged light weight isn't sturdy enough to contain a tube under pressure. Ride transformed to forced march.

The solution is a boot, a piece of material to go between the tire and the tube. It has to be flexible enough to conform to the tire and sturdy enough to keep the tube from expanding through the cut. I cut some 2 inch squares out of transparencies used on an overhead projector. I've also read that some people use a section of an old tire or a folded up dollar bill.
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seems very simple, but i learned to put a piece of electrical tape at the base of my saddle post. that way i automatically know my ideal saddle height and don't have to play around with it if i remove the saddle.
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Old 12-23-04, 10:31 AM
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Now that is a useful tip! Why didn't I think of that!
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Shims are cool (LeMond LeWedge). My left knee is without pain or swelling now. Still working on the right knee, but it's much better.
I also discovered Shock Doctor innersoles, and starrted cutting up plastic milk jugs to compensate for my pronation. My jug inserts are thin, but combined with the shims the results are damn nice.
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A lot about lighting. Many helpful people with very useful info around here. Thanks a bunch!
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Old 12-23-04, 10:49 AM
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The best tip I got was from a physical therapist. He told me that my recurring knee discomfort is because of underdeveloped (tight) hamstrings. Stretching has helped so far, but the real test will come in a few more months when the mileage goes up.
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duct tape fixes anything.
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Old 12-23-04, 12:17 PM
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I have used the dollor bill trik works very well. I also have take a piece of old tube wrapped it in straping tape.
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I learned that shifters have a fail safe mechanism that causes them to slide along the handle bars in a crash. More importantly I learned that you need to have the right tube for your bike on the road... expecially if you have special size or type... like my areo rims...
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Old 12-23-04, 12:27 PM
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The most important thing I learned this year is to ride! The postive effects riding has had on my health have been and continue to be amazing.
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what ive learned is to build your own bike, then you can just say goodbye to the clutches of the LBS!
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Ditto with the bic pen.
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I've learned that first time clipless users should set the tension at minimal level while spending quality time practicing emergency removal. Failure to do so will be a very PAINFUL experience.
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Just Do It.

Sounds simple enough but here's how it works for me: no matter what is going on or how I feel, if I just get on the bike and start pedaling, things are instantly better.

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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
Just Do It.

Sounds simple enough but here's how it works for me: no matter what is going on or how I feel, if I just get on the bike and start pedaling, things are instantly better.

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Damn, that about sums it up for me also, 55/Rad. Good point!

For me, perhaps I've learned some patience in terms of injury. In past years I've always attempted to come back too quickly. I resisted the temptation this year when I broke my tibia after doing 3 months of base training. I was able to face the fact that those 3 months were lost, and I'd just have to begin again AFTER LISTENING TO THE ORTHO guy, and allowing my leg the opportunity to heal.

I was wrong, age does have its advantages!
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It's so cool to ride in different countries!!!
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Just Do It.
Yes that too...

Sometimes I do not feel like getting on the bike... or trainer... after 10 to 15 minutes I am glad I did... only 45 minutes to go...
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Hmm... let's see what I learned...

Ice really is just as slippery when you are on a bike as when you are in a car.
Biking hundreds of miles really can slim you down quite effectively. (and quite quickly)
Bruises can be badges of pride.
Knowing your lbs mechanic by name can get you better deals. (and quicker service!)
Mixed nuts are not a good food to bring on an extended bike trip when that is your only sustenance for an entire day.
Hard, driving sleet is not fun to bike in.
At all.
Ever.
Good panniers are priceless.
Good lights are lifesavers.
It is ok to take a lane when needed.
Polite drivers are the greatest.


That's it for now, but I'm sure there must be more.

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gears still suck
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FG delivers what it promises... simplicity, cheapness, image, increased leg strength and climbing stamina.

I can ride randonnees up to 1200km as an entirely independent rider (ie, I don't need my ride partner along to lean on).

Saddlebags are a practical and lightish solution to carrying gear.

The Brooks B17 is a better saddle on my touring bike with level seat and handlebars than the Team Pro.

The E6 delivers copious quantities of light from a 3W globe because of its optics and is as good as <nominate expensive battery lights>.

Velocity Aerohead rims are Aussie made and top-notch quality.

Michelin Dynamic tyres are good value tyres.

Losing the front wheel at 25km/h on a sweeping right-hand corner with wet coasrse chipseal ends with a dislocated and broken shoulder... but I could still ride a 300km randonnee the following weekend.

Ibuprofen is an effective painkiller if taken in the recommended doses... but causes bad constipation!

An accident with injury is a real wake-up call to be more cautious.
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You get what you pay for in bikes and gear. Pay more get better stuff. If you have enough bikes and have done enough miles, then you can do some comparing, then it's obvious.
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Originally Posted by Rowan
Ibuprofen is an effective painkiller if taken in the recommended doses... but causes bad constipation!
I've actually found the opposite is true, advil totally clears me out, even if it is several "sessions" throughout the day. I use aleve now.
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