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Old 05-21-10, 03:08 PM
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What did you learn from your ride today?

I figure most people here ride fairly often, that said, what did you learn from your ride today?

I'll start it off.

Today I learned to ride with my water-bottle valve open to make spraying nuisance dogs easier. I also re-learned an old lesson; when making unexpected sharp turns try hard to get that inside toe up asap so you don't plant it into the ground and take a tumble. (luckily I did not crash, but came close!)

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Old 05-21-10, 05:56 PM
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I learned that women wearing bikinis waiting to cross the road to get to the beach do not like to be smiled at and hailed with a cheerful "Good morning!". I'm instead to maintain my "cycling zombie" expression, face slightly averted from their line of sight, and pretend that I don't see a 90% naked person about to jump in front of me.
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Old 05-21-10, 07:05 PM
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It's harder to go uphill than downhill. This is true even if the uphill is gradual enough so that you don't realize you are going uphill.

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Old 05-22-10, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Cyclesafe View Post
I learned that women wearing bikinis waiting to cross the road to get to the beach do not like to be smiled at and hailed with a cheerful "Good morning!". I'm instead to maintain my "cycling zombie" expression, face slightly averted from their line of sight, and pretend that I don't see a 90% naked person about to jump in front of me.
LOL
I think I'll ride 90% naked next time and see if I learn anything.

Seriously though, on a small city ride this morning I didn't learn anything new, but was once again face to face with the fact that cars SUCK.
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Old 05-22-10, 03:12 PM
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I did a little ride out into the country and had a picnic. When I got back I oiled the chain, and found that one of the links had a crack through it. I probably don't do enough maintenance, and it reminded me to do a very thorough inspection of the bike before I do a longer ride.
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Old 05-22-10, 03:36 PM
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I learned today that if I go more than a week off of the bike it is just like starting
from scratch again...

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Old 05-22-10, 05:54 PM
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I learned a brand new definition of the words, "flat and straight". And it definitely doesn't jibe with what I always thought those words meant.
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Old 05-23-10, 09:10 AM
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I learned on my last ride that the chamois on my bib shorts has a logo imprinted in it that can cause saddle sores.
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Old 05-23-10, 09:40 AM
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There is a reason to carry a pump. Stop, give the rear tire 40 or 50 pump strokes. Ride a mile or two. Stop and give it another 40-50 strokes. Ride another mile or two. Etc. I also carry a spare tube and small multitool, but since I only had a short distance to go I decided to keep stopping to pump as I prefer doing maintenance work at home instead of on the bike path. First time I needed to use that pump in five years, but I still carry it.
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Old 05-23-10, 09:44 AM
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I learned that dogs are NOT predictable. I've been riding by this big old black dog for the last few years. He always comes out and barks at me along the Hwy when I pass. This is a busy stretch of road and the most he's ever done is get close. Today he hit the rear wheel of my bike almost causing me to go over into traffic. I went from being his friend to wanting to cut his heart out with a butter knife.
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Old 05-23-10, 01:50 PM
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well i learned that my NEW marathon supream's tires are not as good as there cracked up to be ,my rear tire split when i went over a small piece of rough tarmac now it's totally useless.
also i learned when cycling in hot weather (we do get it in ireland every now and again ) is not to forget to wear sunblock i came home from a 60 miler burned to a crisp ouch.
oh yeah a loaded touring bike is a beast on climbs.
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Old 05-23-10, 05:54 PM
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I learned that I am good at assembling my bike. I made some major changes, and it brakes and shifts perfectly. Yay me! Makes me very happy.
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Old 05-23-10, 10:33 PM
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I learned today that I need to convince my wife that it is more fun to pull the loaded trailer back uphill from the grocery store than it is to pull it empty down to it. Especially when it is raining! She pulls it to the store, I pull it back.
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Old 05-24-10, 10:42 AM
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I learned that after 40 miles of hilly loaded riding, you can eat an awful lot of barbeque.
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Old 05-24-10, 02:20 PM
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Nothing. Maybe I will learn something during my ride home, which I am going to begin shortly even though my boss is sitll here.

I will let you know how it goes.
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Old 05-24-10, 02:38 PM
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I learned that my new frame awaits at the LBS.
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Old 05-25-10, 01:51 AM
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I learned not to ride with only one hand on the bars when there are strong, gusty winds about.
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Old 05-25-10, 07:25 AM
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I learned today that my LBS is really busy. It's great to see a busy shop in this economy.
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Nothing. Maybe I will learn something during my ride home, which I am going to begin shortly even though my boss is sitll here.

I will let you know how it goes.
I learned that that if the fish monger in the building across from mine is out of bluefish I can ride to their other location in 5 minutes. I actually knew that but had forgotten, so I guess I re-learned it.
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Old 05-25-10, 05:42 PM
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I went for a mountain bike ride this weekend because it was really windy, and I haven't been on my mountain bike in awhile. I went up a steep 4-wheel-drive road with lots of ruts. I learned that I need to know how to set the sag on my suspension fork. I never did. It's fine for riding downhill, flat, and mild uphills, but on really steep uphills the front end gets so light that it lifts off the ground with the slightest pedal stroke. Then I lose the ability to steer and I have to get off and walk. My fork has a setting where it takes most of the spring out for riding on relatively flat surfaces. When I activated that, the front end dropped an inch or so. That was enough to make a lot of difference. Suddenly I could ride up much steeper sections. I'm thinking if I get my sag (preload?) set properly it will be even better.

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Old 05-25-10, 06:42 PM
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Once again i learned that the bike I'm on is the perfect bike.
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Everyday... I'm reminded that it's about the motor and not the bike.
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Old 05-26-10, 01:17 AM
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Don't bike along hiking trails unless you're planning on doing a lot of portaging!
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I learned that the playful little mutt that usually greets me for a quick race halfway home from work might need to taste some pepper spray after nipping at my left shoe last night...
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Old 05-26-10, 05:28 AM
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I learned NOT to take rotating mass and rolling resistance for granted after a sluggish but exertion-filled ride on my LHTs new tyres: 26x2.0" Schwalbe Marathon XRs.
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