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Old 03-19-21, 09:48 AM
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BITD, I used to patch tubes all the time, at home and on rides, and they'd last for years, sometimes with 3 or 4 patches. Now, I can't get patches to work at all. Is it me or has something else changed?
Same. I am coming to the point of not bothering. This morning I pumped two recently patched tubes and they both failed. The third one held.
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I only recently put my saddle bag back on. For close to 6 months or longer I didnít bring anything with me. Sometimes if I knew the ride was going to be longer I would get the stuff out but then I would forget anyway. Only reason I put it back on the bike, was because Lily started riding. I donít want to ruin the one day a week she gets to ride by getting a flat.
I have close to 6000 miles on the cervelo and have had only two flats. Both were back to back, and both were because my tire was past itís life and I didnít catch it.

Naturally I will get a flat on Sunday when I get home.
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Speaking of trips, we've got our first VA trip in over a year quickly approaching. We'd waited until my mother in law was vaccinated, at the very least, and then we wrestled with the question of whether or not we were being foolish and significantly increasing our risk of contracting and spreading.

As far as we can think of, we figure that we'll have roughly the same risk, there and back, as we will staying at home. We'll be driving, as usual, so no airports, airplanes, public transit or taxis. My mother-in-law will be vaccinated and she and my brother-in-law are socially isolated - they don't go out, they don't physically interact with anyone (which is sad, but good in terms of transmission), they wear masks when they go out for walks. As usual, the majority of meals will either be prepared at the house (I'll do the grocery shopping [and cooking ] as usual) or we'll do take-out. We're hearing that many establishments have gotten outdoor seating set up, so we'll check that out and maybe indulge in a dinner out (and I personally plan on some mid-ride pizza outdoors at a Richmond taproom during a century). We're not planning on any indoor activities this time around, so none of the museums that the kids usually visit. With the kids, we know that there will be a handful of necessary public bathroom breaks, but other than that, we think that our activity profile will be pretty close to what it is right now.

Oh, and we'll all get tested before and after the trip, too.

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Most have out door seating set up, but indoor seating at some isnít bad either. Sals by Victor is huge and has the space to spread people out.

BTW itís snowing this morning in Willyburg. WTF.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize
Same. I am coming to the point of not bothering. This morning I pumped two recently patched tubes and they both failed. The third one held.
I'm starting to smell a conspiracy on the part of Big Tube!
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In most cases, when I try to peel off the cellophane, the whole patch comes off. That didn't used to happen.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Most have out door seating set up, but indoor seating at some isnít bad either. Sals by Victor is huge and has the space to spread people out.

BTW itís snowing this morning in Willyburg. WTF.
Mom-in-law mentioned that to my wife and we were talking about it last night and having a chuckle - outside of the colony area, it's a town that's so a car-centric in design, that we couldn't help but imagine sitting in a parking lot, overlooking a busy street.

Oh, and tell that snow and cold to stop - I don't want to bring the tights or the knickers.
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It's interesting that some of you have had trouble with patches. I haven't patched many (any?) tubes in the last four years, but I patched plenty before that (hence the move to tubeless) and I can't recall that I've ever had a patch fail.
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I'm suffering from a severe case of FOMO by just learning that since I work in manufacturing I've actually been eligible to get vaccinated since January

There was something posted on our HR portal about how to register as well as some text implying that manufacturing workers would be eligible, but I guess I was looking for an announcement a little more like "since you are an employee of this company you are now eligible to receive a vaccine".
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
It's interesting that some of you have had trouble with patches. I haven't patched many (any?) tubes in the last four years, but I patched plenty before that (hence the move to tubeless) and I can't recall that I've ever had a patch fail.
All of my bikes have patched tubes, my car has patched tires.
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Patches??

We don't need no stinking patches!

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Originally Posted by WhyFi
Mom-in-law mentioned that to my wife and we were talking about it last night and having a chuckle - outside of the colony area, it's a town that's so a car-centric in design, that we couldn't help but imagine sitting in a parking lot, overlooking a busy street.

Oh, and tell that snow and cold to stop - I don't want to bring the tights or the knickers.
Fat tuna is set up just like that. Out door seating in their parking lot with a relaxing view of Richmond Road. With that being said we have eaten there indoors and had the room to our self.
What pizza place do you usually hit up in Richmond?
Our favorite is Pupatella but itís not that close to the Cap trail.
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I was going to give a blow-by-blow account of the dismantling of the Circuit, but suffice to say that it came apart easily, and the closer I look the happier I am with the purchase. It's really a "Barn Find", not been altered, all original bits still there. Sadly, the original seatpost, stem, and bars are just too short. The seller had the seatpost at max extension, with a tall or thick saddle, and I think the saddle height was 76cm vs the 77.8 I use. Same height, shorter legs. And I point my toes. The stem is a 90mm, which is just silly. And the bars are 40cm. But I'll keep them in reserve, in case I decide to sell it and want to restore its original state.

There were some rust spots on the chrome forks and stays, but 30 seconds on Google and I learned the Aluminum Foil Trick. Now all shiny again! Removing the FD showed me how shiny the paint USED TO be, so I think I have a bit of polishing ahead of me! The frame is now down to the pedals and cranks. The pedals resisted my best efforts with the 8" long pedal wrench I have. But I did remove the chainrings, which are Biopace, first generation, and really oddly shaped! Curious to see how they feel riding, but I watched a couple videos and I'll probably end up mounting them one arm clockwise a Jack Tone mentioned above, which would put the largest angle at the most powerful point, like all the oval rings nowadays.

I just put in a big order for tools. Longer pedal wrench, crank extractor, pin spanner and lockring tool, a second chain whip, and a better headset wrench. The second chain whip is because the freehub is Uniglide, so there's no lock ring. Instead, the smallest cog threads onto the outside of the freehub, and you need two chain whips to get it off.
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Oh, also - I've decided to be thorough and not cut corners on the Circuit restoration. This is constantly at odds with my manic desire to get it built up and RIDE IT!!!! But I bought it as a project bike, and, like my watches, a lot of the fun will be knowing I did the work myself, and didn't cut corners. I gotta say, though, after cleaning the waxy goo that once was the grease on the seatpost, I'm not looking forward to cleaning out the bottom bracket.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
BTW itís snowing this morning in Willyburg. WTF.
Lucky guy. I'm jealous.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
What pizza place do you usually hit up in Richmond?
Our favorite is Pupatella but itís not that close to the Cap trail.
​​​​​​The Triple Crossing Brewery tap room in Fulton.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
. Instead, the smallest cog threads onto the outside of the freehub, and you need two chain whips to get it off.
Or, you can use a cassette cracker. I also made chain whips before by drilling holes in strap iron and attaching pieces of an old chain.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
I just put in a big order for tools. Longer pedal wrench, crank extractor, pin spanner and lockring tool, a second chain whip, and a better headset wrench. The second chain whip is because the freehub is Uniglide, so there's no lock ring. Instead, the smallest cog threads onto the outside of the freehub, and you need two chain whips to get it off.
Glad it's cleaning up nicely, especially the chrome. I distinctly remember that warm fuzzy feeling when I started cleaning up my SLT and I realized that the chrome finish was in almost perfect condition

I've still got a 7s Uniglide cassette kicking around even though the 600EX hub it came on got ruined on a long rainy ride a few years back. I keep thinking maybe I'll track down the parts and tools to rebuild the thing someday - it's the quietest freehub I've ever (not) heard.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize
In most cases, when I try to peel off the cellophane, the whole patch comes off. That didn't used to happen.
I noticed that too, and have started to leave the cellophane on after patch application.
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For those having patch failures, are you letting the contact cement have plenty of time to dry before applying the patch? They need a good 5+ minutes.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
For those having patch failures, are you letting the contact cement have plenty of time to dry before applying the patch? They need a good 5+ minutes.
I do. I use rema fluid and rema patches, allow a good 5-10 minutes for "cement" fluid to dry. I have discovered that if I use the tool (I forget its name) to push patch on and leave cellophane tape on, my success rate is about 80-85%. However if I don't use the tool and peel back the cellophane we are looking at 50%.

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Originally Posted by datlas
I do. I use rema fluid and rema patches, allow a good 5-10 minutes for "cement" fluid to dry. I have discovered that if I use the tool (I forget its name) to push patch on and leave cellophane tape on, my success rate is about 80-85%. However if I don't use the tool and peel back the cellophane we are looking at 50%.
Yeah, I learned that about the backing film years ago.
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For those having patch failures, are you letting the contact cement have plenty of time to dry before applying the patch? They need a good 5+ minutes.
What do you think we are, noobophytes?
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
What do you think we are, noobophytes?
Hey, with the kind of failure rate that you're talking about, I don't want to take anything for granted!
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