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Old 10-05-2013, 06:59 PM   #31561
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:03 PM   #31562
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No you need to do what the video says


DON'T USE A PRESSURE WASHER!!!!! More bearings die a premature death via dirt and water blown past seals.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:24 PM   #31563
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DON'T USE A PRESSURE WASHER!!!!! More bearings die a premature death via dirt and water blown past seals.

Yea I couldn't believe they were using a pressure washer. I could see a stong stream from hose.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:55 PM   #31564
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Had such a good time railing the new flow trail today... until lap #4, when the rear derailleur snapped right off the bike.

Bent it all to shitThose pesky exposed roots in the runoff area need some trimming.

Got to experience the new prototype Pivot single speed for the ride back to the parking lot.
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Old 10-06-2013, 03:51 AM   #31565
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Thanks for all the advice about cadence, etc. I had a two-hour, 30-mile ride in the rain today. I had to go slowly for a little bit because there was a running race along the path and I didn't want to go screaming past people trying to run for time. I finished the ride at the local bike store, and bought a cadence sensor and some chain oil. When I got home I put the bike in the bathtub and washed it. The joy of being a geographical bachelor is that I can bring a muddy bike into the apartment and wash it in the bathtub. I finished by oiling the chain again, and washing all of my gear too. Good times!

I can't wait until the next time I can ride so I can see what kind of cadence I'm keeping when I ride. I tried using the smaller sprocket on some of the very few hills I rode, and it did seem to make it easier. And I tried using a bit lower gear as I rode.
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:12 AM   #31566
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Yea I couldn't believe they were using a pressure washer. I could see a stong stream from hose.
Those bikes get new chains every couple stages. As for the bearings, they are not in service long enough to get anywhere close to worn out. Plus, they have a whole truck load of spares.

For the rest of us, washing our own bikes and riding them until the parts do wear out, and replacing them with stuff we have to actually buy, yes streams of high pressure water directed to the rotating parts isn't a good idea.
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:13 AM   #31567
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if you wash a bike in water, you need to really dry it thoroughly before you lube it. when I was a bachelor and an all weather rider, I parked my bike over the floor register in my apartment to 'blow dry' it.
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:25 AM   #31568
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I can't wait until the next time I can ride so I can see what kind of cadence I'm keeping when I ride. I tried using the smaller sprocket on some of the very few hills I rode, and it did seem to make it easier. And I tried using a bit lower gear as I rode.
I've got a cadence sensor on only one of my bikes, unfortunately the one that is ridden the least I've found from that bike that my ideal cadence is about 80 rpm. When I'm cruising along, any faster or slower than that doesn't really feel right.
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:22 PM   #31569
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Think this will buff out?
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:34 PM   #31570
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Think this will buff out?
I bet if you took off those plates, and gently hammered them flat on a anvil, you could make it work again.

but that doesn't look like a particularlly fancy derailleur, so why bother? slap a Alivio or Tiagra or whatever on in its place and move on.
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:38 PM   #31571
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I've found from that bike that my ideal cadence is about 80 rpm. When I'm cruising along, any faster or slower than that doesn't really feel right.
Your legs would get use to higher cadence if you keep at it for a while, just feels strange at the beginning
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:21 PM   #31572
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Yea I couldn't believe they were using a pressure washer. I could see a stong stream from hose.
As often as those bikes get rebuilt, a pressure washer's fine.

IF you're gonna do the same kind of R&R schedule on your bearings, go for it. I've BTDT and a self-serve carwash's hot soapy water does wonders on mtn bike drivetrains. ...but you need to to re-grease all your bearings right afterwards!

Hyattsville CX today. Legs did better. Still not top 10, but I'm not DFL either. I was holding my own at the tail end of the 'lead group.' I'd gain a spot or two and lose a spot or two depending on where in the course we were. I faded somewhat on the second half of the last lap. Lost a spot at the last time over the barriers and lost another at the last 'z turn' before the start/finish. I figure on somewhere near 20th spot out of 62 starters in the Men's Open 3/4. If I could bring myself to get up at un-doGly hours, I could probably podium in the Master's 45+ 3/4 races. ...but I refuse to get up at 0430-0500 on my day off!

I think I've got a torn sidewall that's terminal on my Grifo Seta. Oh well. Time for another $80 tire! If you can't afford to replace it, don't race it. Right?!

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Old 10-06-2013, 04:59 PM   #31573
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Hey guys. what;s a 1st gen Fargo worth. fast ideas please
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:04 PM   #31574
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Levi Leipheimer's King Ridge GranFondo was yesterday down in Santa Rosa. Two of my riding buddies got hitched during the ride and had Levi officiate. Story here: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article...cles/131009712
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Old 10-06-2013, 07:19 PM   #31575
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Haven't been riding much lately.
Wife bought me a GoPro.

I think she wants to get rid of me.

Or pin me to this damned computer. Editing video is tedious.

So, I strapped it on the mountain bike and went for a ride.

Bloody hot afternoon here.



Not fast, but it didn't hurt either and I only bled a little. Dinged a knuckle taking that fat bike off the ceiling.

I'm still trying to get a video to store on Smugmug. I burned it to disc to watch on the big screen but it won't play MP4's.

Do we really need eleventy million damned formats?
Not riding the mtb for long, long time and I pull it down puff up the tires and it goes, shifts and boings. Technology.
No firmware updates required.

I'm planning a trip for next end of summer. See if I can hurt myself on my new-to-me KTM 990. Man what a cool bike. I have no idea why I bought the BMW first I could have worn out a couple of these. At least the front tire doesn't get a lot of wear.
If I can ever get a video to work I'll dump a link here. Boring and hot as heck. I had to delete the music since I don't have my own band.

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