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Obsessive Compulsive cycling rituals, anybody?

Old 02-10-06, 12:49 PM
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Obsessive Compulsive cycling rituals, anybody?

Just wondering what OC rituals everybody has while riding or working on their bikes?
I will start:

1. Before I work on my bike my entire house has to be organized and cleaned. (good reason to buy new bike parts, a nice clean house)

2. Any zipties that are used have to be oriented the same and all the 'heads' have to be in line.

3. Rims must be clean, gotta pull out the simple green/rag a few times a week.

With that being said, Ill use nasty old tires until they are worn out and I could care less about seats.
I know everybody has their little rituals, lets hear about some of them.
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My helmet strap "clips" have to be just right on the side of my face....just under my ear. I think my head changes shape because I have to adjust them before every ride.
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1. I absolutely must stretch

2. Check for any loose parts or cables.

3. Bike must be clean before riding.
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1. Water bottles must be mold-free
2. Pump tires up to 110psi
3. Smell-test my chamois. If it's ok, I put it on.
4. Off I go
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For a looong Saturday ride;
I lay out everything I'm going to wear and take the night before neatly and in order. Then I check over the bike and polish if needed.
The next morning, I eat the same thing, fill my bottles with the same thing, stretch the same way, look at myself a dozen times to make sure everything is straight. Thank God for the ability to ride and for my bike. Kiss my wife and kids. And I'm out the door.
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Weigh myself before ride.
Check tire pressures right before each ride.
Shift bike through most gears and chainrings.
Basic cleaning of bike after every ride. Polish every week.
Wash and polish helmet every couple of rides to keep it sleek and shinny.
Weigh myself after ride.
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1. make sure I pee before I head out for a ride.
2. I like to put my shorts/jersey on long before my actual ride, like a hour or so.
3. when wrenching, I make sure the dog is pre-ocupied. He always loved to run off with my rags.
4. It sounds weird, but I do pushups during my stretching. It helps looses my wrists up.
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Make sure the kit is clean looking

Cleanish bike

Inflate tires

Warm up by riding around campus twice

Go.
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1. Make sure my pee is clear
2. Inflate tires before each ride
3. Make sure my chain is adequately lubed/clean
4. Reset my cyclocomputer back to zero before starting the ride
5. Always clip in my left foot first

Hmmm....come to think of it, I don't really have any OC stuff.
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Drink properly the whole day prior to the ride.
Eat properly the whole day prior to the ride.
Check the bike for dangerous or problematic wear and loose items/fasteners.
Zero the bike computer.
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I just clip in right foot first and make sure the first iPod song (at low volume, safety people, safety) is “Beautiful Day” from U2.
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What do you guys polish your bike with?
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Originally Posted by Nubie
What do you guys polish your bike with?
Honda Spray Cleaner & Polish for motorcycles. Works excellent on my CF 1/2 bike and the CoMo. Makes them bike pR0n pretty and the water beads on the surface like a good polish should.


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Ritual?

Well, everytime I ride Trinity through the countryside, I talk to God. I thank him for my health and ability to enjoy my cycling, when so many others in this world cannot. Seriously, I can't think of a ride where I don't thank him at least once somewhere along the way.
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Well, when I get on the bike and my feet go round a complete revolution, I feel compelled to repeat the experience, again and again and again and...
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Hot freaky monkey sex after every ride. It's a psychological conditioning program so my wife allows me to buy more upgrades.
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I use furniture polish on the bike.

Inflate tires before each ride.
Wear helmet.
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Alot of interesting stuff here, I see some 'rituals' but not OC behavior.

OC would be doing stuff that doesnt need to be done, just because you feel comfortable doing it. I mean airing up your tires is needed, but weighing yourself/clear pee is satisfying that OC psychological need.

I know there are alot of pro athletes that do some crazy stuff:
Jordan-wearing his college shorts under his bulls uniform
Ichoro Suzuki-same shoulder swing to shirt tug before bat
not washing winning jersey/shorts...etc.

Lets hear from some crazies out there, I know we have some on this board!
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I always put the left cycling shoe on first. It's a carry-over from my high school baseball days (baseball has many superstitions).
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quick releases have to be parallel to the ground. not quite a pre-ride ritual, but a quirk nontheless.
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...do I have my extra tube? Check.
...do I have my second extra tube? Check.
...do I have my patch kit? Check. Levers? Spoke Wrench? Check. Check.

NOTHING relating to cycling freaks me out more than the idea of walking my bike home.
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I bought red zip-ties (to match the front end of my frame and fork) for securing my cyclometer cable. Then I covered the entire length of the cable along the fork with red electrical tape, along the inside of the fork leg so it is not easily visible. I also ensured that the cable laid flat throughout its routing so there were no twists in it, even where it is spiraled around the front brake cable.

All my electronics are Cateye. All my other accessories are Cannondale, if Cannondale makes that accessory. My helmet is red. Even though I could save 150 g with a different saddle, I look for other places to save weight instead because the saddle is white/gold/red schemed to match the bike. I want to buy more of the stock tires because they're also gold schemed to match.
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I get annoyed cleaning the bike...

It has become a chore now. I wish it would just lube itself , Damn chain looks like a55 mud after every ride
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