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Old 05-30-19, 11:38 AM
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So I have a bit of a dilemma. Have the Bike MS event this weekend so I'll be doing centuries sat/sun. I have a new chain in a box plus a lightly used cassette, and my current chain/cassette are a bit worn and leading to some jumpy shifts.

I know it's not a difficult task to swap a chain and cassette, but I'm highly averse to changing anything on my bike before a big ride or a race because it seems like simple things can still go wrong. I can swap the bits tonight and do a shakedown tomorrow, but I could also just leave things as-is and deal with the occasional missed shift... wwyd?

I did replace an upper headset bearing on Tuesday that cured the most obnoxious creaking sound when out of the saddle, so at least my BIG $ STEED is riding smooth and silent these days.
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Originally Posted by Dan333SP View Post
So I have a bit of a dilemma. Have the Bike MS RACE this weekend so I'll be doing centuries sat/sun. I have a new chain in a box plus a lightly used cassette, and my current chain/cassette are a bit worn and leading to some jumpy shifts.

I know it's not a difficult task to swap a chain and cassette, but I'm highly averse to changing anything on my bike before a big ride or a race because it seems like simple things can still go wrong. I can swap the bits tonight and do a shakedown tomorrow, but I could also just leave things as-is and deal with the occasional missed shift... wwyd?

I did replace an upper headset bearing on Tuesday that cured the most obnoxious creaking sound when out of the saddle, so at least my BIG $ STEED is riding smooth and silent these days.
If it were me, I would just clean and lube the chain nicely, that may help some and is a low-risk procedure.

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Won't be many months 'til you're a millionaire at this rate.

Welcome back, BTW. I seem to have missed all the fanfare upon your return, one day maybe I'll dig back through the pages...
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I unpacked the bikes this morning. It seems they didn't like the way the Trek fork was fastened to the frame. downtube to chainstays. They removed it, removed the pipe wrap, and threw it back in. They must have been looking for that anthrax powder that's known to be hidden that way. The Centurion fork is fastened top tube to seat stays. That one they left alone. Regarding the Trek fork, they may have been fresh out of zip ties, but I know they had tape, and know how to use it. It's these kinds of activities that earn them such high regard from the people they serve.
Hmm. There's no emoji for spitting. Sad!

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If the gasoline which powers my car is produced in Mexico, can I still call it Freedom molecules? When is the last time you had yourself a big ol' serving of Freedom fries?

Can you tell I'm recently back from the belly of the beast?
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Still a little rough around the edges.
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If it were me, I would just clean and lube the chain nicely, that may help some and is a low-risk procedure.

p.s. fixed your post for you. You are welcome.
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So I have a bit of a dilemma. Have the Bike MS event this weekend so I'll be doing centuries sat/sun. I have a new chain in a box plus a lightly used cassette, and my current chain/cassette are a bit worn and leading to some jumpy shifts.

I know it's not a difficult task to swap a chain and cassette, but I'm highly averse to changing anything on my bike before a big ride or a race because it seems like simple things can still go wrong. I can swap the bits tonight and do a shakedown tomorrow, but I could also just leave things as-is and deal with the occasional missed shift... wwyd?

I did replace an upper headset bearing on Tuesday that cured the most obnoxious creaking sound when out of the saddle, so at least my BIG $ STEED is riding smooth and silent these days.
Man up and do the swap😈
Seriously you don’t want to spoil your chainrings
Just swap it, shake it down and go
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Originally Posted by Dan333SP View Post
So I have a bit of a dilemma. Have the Bike MS event this weekend so I'll be doing centuries sat/sun. I have a new chain in a box plus a lightly used cassette, and my current chain/cassette are a bit worn and leading to some jumpy shifts.

I know it's not a difficult task to swap a chain and cassette, but I'm highly averse to changing anything on my bike before a big ride or a race because it seems like simple things can still go wrong. I can swap the bits tonight and do a shakedown tomorrow, but I could also just leave things as-is and deal with the occasional missed shift... wwyd?

I did replace an upper headset bearing on Tuesday that cured the most obnoxious creaking sound when out of the saddle, so at least my BIG $ STEED is riding smooth and silent these days.
I'd get the new stuff on there if you have a couple hours for a good ride on the new stuff. And time for possible messing around with the new stuff, then a second ride just to make sure.

Get the chain length right, easy if current chain is right and new cassette is same tooth count.

Watch your spacers.

And be prepared to adjust limits a bit if not exact same model cassette (only needed occasionally)

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I unpacked the bikes this morning. It seems they didn't like the way the Trek fork was fastened to the frame. downtube to chainstays. They removed it, removed the pipe wrap, and threw it back in. They must have been looking for that anthrax powder that's known to be hidden that way. The Centurion fork is fastened top tube to seat stays. That one they left alone. Regarding the Trek fork, they may have been fresh out of zip ties, but I know they had tape, and know how to use it. It's these kinds of activities that earn them such high regard from the people they serve.
Hmm. There's no emoji for spitting. Sad!
We've flown to Europe with our tandem a few times and all but once, they opened the bike box and shifted stuff around and repacked it by just throwing stuff back in. The box has a frame inside similar to a trainer where the fork attaches to a mount. It's usually undone. Also, our old tandem had a 250 mm rear disc and twice the rotor was bent badly and took a lot of judicious tweaking to get it true again.

Lastly, I watched several bikes coming out of the hold of a plane one time and the handlers tossed the boxes across the tarmac like frisbees... seriously.
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Sweet! Love that tune!

https://youtu.be/RcZn2-bGXqQ
That's a great song. Brings back memories, 1973 without looking it up.
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And it's more than an airline ticket to Cancun, from practically anywhere in the country. Make sure the fam is aware of that as you make the purchase
Must be supply and demand, costing me 4 bills-plus to Phoenix from NY.
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So I have a bit of a dilemma. Have the Bike MS event this weekend so I'll be doing centuries sat/sun. I have a new chain in a box plus a lightly used cassette, and my current chain/cassette are a bit worn and leading to some jumpy shifts.

I know it's not a difficult task to swap a chain and cassette, but I'm highly averse to changing anything on my bike before a big ride or a race because it seems like simple things can still go wrong. I can swap the bits tonight and do a shakedown tomorrow, but I could also just leave things as-is and deal with the occasional missed shift... wwyd?

I did replace an upper headset bearing on Tuesday that cured the most obnoxious creaking sound when out of the saddle, so at least my BIG $ STEED is riding smooth and silent these days.
If you know how to do it properly, fix it now before the rides. You're talking about doing 200 miles in two days, and they won't be easy if something more substantial occurs. In my time as a randonnee rider, gear shift issues were fixed before events, unless the bike was my fixie.

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We've flown to Europe with our tandem a few times and all but once, they opened the bike box and shifted stuff around and repacked it by just throwing stuff back in. The box has a frame inside similar to a trainer where the fork attaches to a mount. It's usually undone. Also, our old tandem had a 250 mm rear disc and twice the rotor was bent badly and took a lot of judicious tweaking to get it true again.

Lastly, I watched several bikes coming out of the hold of a plane one time and the handlers tossed the boxes across the tarmac like frisbees... seriously.
Maybe you should post in the Long Distance Forum as people prepared to go to France for PBP.

You perhaps should indicate where the disregard by airline unloaders and security staff occurred.

Suffice to say I have never seen any of these occur in Australian airline travel.
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Just slightly getting back to randonnees, Machka and I head to the northern part of our island state later today for her to officiate a 400km event. Considering winter weather has arrived here, it could be interesting to see how the three riders go (yes, I know, only three riders, but definitely one of them is heading to PBP in a couple of month, as it is the first time for him, it's good practice -- not that he needs much because he has become one the state's very skilled long-distance riders.

It will be fours days for us away from home as we will be riding our bikes on much shorter unofficial rides to get me back into a little bit of practice.
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Must be supply and demand, costing me 4 bills-plus to Phoenix from NY.
Cancun ain't no Phoenix.
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So I have a bit of a dilemma. Have the Bike MS event this weekend so I'll be doing centuries sat/sun. I have a new chain in a box plus a lightly used cassette, and my current chain/cassette are a bit worn and leading to some jumpy shifts.

I know it's not a difficult task to swap a chain and cassette, but I'm highly averse to changing anything on my bike before a big ride or a race because it seems like simple things can still go wrong. I can swap the bits tonight and do a shakedown tomorrow, but I could also just leave things as-is and deal with the occasional missed shift... wwyd?

I did replace an upper headset bearing on Tuesday that cured the most obnoxious creaking sound when out of the saddle, so at least my BIG $ STEED is riding smooth and silent these days.
I can't find your "How to Train for a Century This Weekend?" thread in the 41.

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Cancun ain't no Phoenix.
I must be overlooking something in Phx every time I go.
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Very cool.

I found my youngest son's small Chrono aero helmet in the garage from 10 years ago.

Surprising how fast he outgrew it and the bike.

Get lots of rides in while you can.
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Just slightly getting back to randonnees, Machka and I head to the northern part of our island state later today for her to officiate a 400km event. Considering winter weather has arrived here, it could be interesting to see how the three riders go (yes, I know, only three riders, but definitely one of them is heading to PBP in a couple of month, as it is the first time for him, it's good practice -- not that he needs much because he has become one the state's very skilled long-distance riders.

It will be fours days for us away from home as we will be riding our bikes on much shorter unofficial rides to get me back into a little bit of practice.
In the serious randonnees, 400K is my favorite distance. Those are hard enough that you better have your game on, but not so hard that you can't mow the lawn the next day.

Have fun on your journey, @Rowan and @Machka!
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