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Old 05-25-06, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Hop on Bike
Deflate tires before inflating - I learned here in BF that if you deflate the tires some first, they are easier to inflate.
Really? Cool.
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Old 05-25-06, 02:57 PM
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Four Canadian quarters are only 89 cents.

Ah, but 4 Candian quarters are worth 475 Chilean Pesos....
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Originally Posted by Stv
FACT: Grotesque facial grimaces increase your maximum speed.
I know this was just a joke, but it reminded me of something I've been working on lately: relax your face while riding. Whatever your face muscles are doing tends to carry down through your neck, into your shoulders, etc. When I relax my face, my upper body as a whole is more relaxed and comfortable.
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Originally Posted by HopOnBike
Deflate tires before inflating - I learned here in BF that if you deflate the tires some first, they are easier to inflate.
That makes no sense. And its not difficult to pump up tires anyway.
I do, however, find merit in, after changing a tire, pumping it up up to 10 or 15psi, letting all the air out, and then inflating to desired pressure. It is a bit of extra trouble, but it ensures all folds are out of the tube and everything is sitting pretty.
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Old 03-29-09, 03:41 PM
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This thread is three years old, nice work.
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Old 03-29-09, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by viscountroller View Post
That makes no sense. And its not difficult to pump up tires anyway.
I do, however, find merit in, after changing a tire, pumping it up up to 10 or 15psi, letting all the air out, and then inflating to desired pressure. It is a bit of extra trouble, but it ensures all folds are out of the tube and everything is sitting pretty.
Actually, I let a little air out of my tires every time before I inflate them, I have found that it breaks the seal in the valve and makes it easier to inflate-to each his own I guess.

Instead of putting empty gu packets in my pocket where thy mess up my jersey, i actually put them between the cables and frame at the front of my bike until I finish the ride.
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Old 09-11-10, 11:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Hambone View Post
what then do you use to make sure your bike remains your bike?
Just came across this tips thread while browsing for, well, tips... New to road cycling! Anyway, I've always used a u-lock around frame, front wheel, and rack. Seems to be the only way you can keep a bike longer than two months in Chicago. I've resorted to pulling my seat off the stem when I go anywhere, just in case. I always hated carrying a cable or chain because of rattling and uncoiling, and the u-lock I have came with a mount to attach to the frame. It's heavy, but I'm heavy, so I deal.
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Old 02-15-11, 09:19 AM
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They should really be baseball cards...
We dont have baseball cards in the UK but we did have Spokey Dokes that were collected from Kellogs Breakfast cereals!!! now they were cool!!!!!
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Old 02-15-11, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by irish pat View Post
Instead of putting empty gu packets in my pocket where thy mess up my jersey, i actually put them between the cables and frame at the front of my bike until I finish the ride.
Brilliant!
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Old 02-15-11, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by adbhatts View Post
I've resorted to pulling my seat off the stem when I go anywhere, just in case.
They make a lock for that too, in case you're interested.
https://www.rei.com/webservices/rei/D...:referralID=NA
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5 year old thread....wow.
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Old 02-15-11, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Hambone View Post
what then do you use to make sure your bike remains your bike?
Road bike:
Never leave the bike anywhere, except in your house.
If it's outside, you are touching it.
Commuter Bike:
Ask in the commuter forum.
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Old 02-15-11, 11:15 AM
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White shoes make you faster.
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Old 02-21-11, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by nacler22 View Post
White shoes make you faster.
Black socks too
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Old 05-02-11, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Hambone View Post
what then do you use to make sure your bike remains your bike?
imo if I need to go somewhere that would require a lock, I make sure it's a very high-quality one or a bike that I don't care about. My road bike is for riding, not transportation around town. Having said this, of course not everyone has the liberty of multiple bikes. Other sites have suggested ways to lock up your bike or at least secure it in a way that would deter SOME would be thieves.
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Old 08-31-11, 11:50 PM
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Old 09-01-11, 12:26 AM
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White shoes make you faster.
gold shoes make you the fastest!
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Old 09-01-11, 12:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Hop on Bike View Post
I don't know about cool, but I'll share a few things I've learned and like to do; most are ride prep tasks:

Recon routes before riding - before I started riding outside of my neighborhood, I drove the potential roads and captured the approximate mileage, possible combination routes, and potential hazards such as rough patches, blind spots, loose dogs, railroad tracks, narrow passages, sharp turns, gravel, traffic, broken glass from frequent accidents, etc. It also gives me a map to determine routes based on desired distance and something my wife can refer to in case I don't return home in a timely manner.

Prep the bike before getting dressed to ride - I like to check/pump the tires, load the seat bag, fill/load drink bottles, and gather stuff for jersey pockets all before getting dressed so that once I am dressed, I can get on the bike and roll. I learned this the hard way after getting dressed and then going out into a hot/humid garage to prep the bike; after pumping, changing a tube, and more pumping, I felt like I had worked out already.

Deflate tires before inflating - I learned here in BF that if you deflate the tires some first, they are easier to inflate.

Sunglasses - a nephew gave me a pair of frameless Adidas sunglasses that I love; I find that the top of the framed glasses hinder my vision when I'm in the drops.

My $0.02 FWIW
I have to disagree with many points here...on just about every ride, be prepared to ride on anything and every condition, so don't waste time doing a recon mission. if you take a wrong turn, big deal keep riding and find your way...don't be afraid to ask for directions. rough roads, slow down...and today with google maps and street view, you should be able to see everything you need ahead of time. prep your bike the night before...you should not be changing a flat or making repairs in the morning just before a ride. I agree that you should let the air out before pumping, not because its easier, but because if you think about it. when you push the valve on the stem, you are putting a lot of pressure on the tube where the stem attaches to the tube. frame less sunglasses? really? yes, you will have a better view, but without a frame, the glasses will not be as sturdy. you should be looking for wrap around glasses to keep the wind out at speed and will protect you from rock at high speed.
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Originally Posted by blue_nose View Post
Besides the usual stuff, here are some other tips that may be a little out of the norm:

- After a ride I stick a Bounce sheet in each of my cycle shoes. Keeps any funky odor from forming over time.

- Cutting the top off a water bottle makes for great storage on your bike. You can store a vest, arm warmers in the old bottle.

- Pop-tarts are a great cycling snack. They fit perfectly in a jersey pocket and provide just about enough calories if you eat one every hour on a long ride.

- I buy Gu packets in bulk (24 pack) on the internet and save about 50% of the cost.

- Store your spare tube in a zip-lock bag with some talc / corn starch. This reduces the chance of getting a pinch flat when you change a tube.

- Stuff your multi-tool and other items in a small sock before sticking it in your saddle bag. It will keep things from rattling around.

- Lemon Pledge makes for a good bike wax for your frame.
Cedar chips in old socks, sew the end shut, insert into freshly worn shoes. My sister makes these, and it not only smells great, it absorbs the moisture faster.
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Originally Posted by DLH View Post
No really, if your significant other will let you keep the bike in the house do it. Even in a garage the elements shorthen the life of the bike.
I wonder though, what's worse... having the bike in the garage at hotter or colder temperatures or constantly exposing it to immediate 20+ degree temperature shifts every time you ride?
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