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Old 01-09-2010, 05:39 PM   #13036
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So why line them up with the valve stems? My bike shop always does that. I'm usually happy if I can just get directional tires on the right way the first time. Or the second.
Ya line em up so you can find the thorns, etc. that are stuck in yer tires/tubes without having to hunt for the holes.

If there's more'n one label, ya line up the biggest/the one with the name on it.

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Old 01-09-2010, 05:51 PM   #13037
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Still, I sort of hope somebody says no. It looks so much easier when I haven't turned a pedal over in at least 2 months.
4-5 weeks? Walking or riding?
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:12 PM   #13038
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Great Cycling Blog / magazine

http://urbanvelo.org/


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Thanks for that Russ - looks like a good read.
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Old 01-10-2010, 04:25 AM   #13039
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It looks so much easier when I haven't turned a pedal over in at least 2 months.
I think it'd be even easier on a dirtbike.
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Old 01-10-2010, 11:06 AM   #13040
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Valve stems

Labels go on the drive side. (unless the tires're directional)

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I used to always put the labels 180 from the valve stems
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Old 01-10-2010, 11:11 AM   #13041
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I used to always put the labels 180 from the valve stems
HEATHEN!



Seriously: Like I said above, they're old, grumpy mechanic things. If YOU don't wanna do em, don't. I'm an old, grumpy mechanic, so I do.

Kinda like the finish of a bar wrap. If there's more'n one layer of tape showing on the end I get all wiggy. I gotta make it look good.

Hey, that reminds me: any of y'all have a stainless Ciussi bottle cage runnin around in yer sheds? One of mine broke and I haven't managed to find another.

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Old 01-10-2010, 11:51 AM   #13042
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Semi-off-topic: I'm skiing XC, this year

After 3 winters of futzing around with snow biking setups to try to continue riding outside during the winter, I've given up. A fatbike would be too expensive considering I'd only use it a few months of the year. And conventionally-sized MTB tires just aren't hacking it for the highly variable local conditions. Besides that, most local trails are off-limits to bikes during the winter, regardless of rideability.

Instead I'm taking up cross-country skiing for real, this year. I took a learn-to-ski class at a local Nordic center a couple of years back, but it didn't stick. A couple of weeks ago I took another such course while on vacation at Yosemite and had a good bit of fun. (When/if I visit Yosemite in the winter again, I'd like to be sufficiently good on skis to do an overnight ski-tour trip to Glacier Point.) Then yesterday I went out to a nearby ski touring area yesterday (Great Brook Farm, for those of you familiar with eastern MA) and spent 4 hours on rented skis. Fell a lot, and between the falls and using previously untrained muscles, I'm pretty sore today. But I'm hooked.

Now I'm shopping for an entry-level ski setup. I'm not much interested in continuing to drive 1.5 hours round-trip and paying a fee to use the crowded groomed trails at the Nordic centers in my area. Instead I want something for striding around on the ungroomed trails near home where I go mountain biking in the summer. I went to www.xcskiforum.com and started looking around for the inevitable "I'm a beginner, what should I buy" threads, and the first responder on the first thread I checked was some guy named 'Askel' from 'Da UP', who'd posted a link to this page full of useful info. Nice.
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Old 01-10-2010, 11:59 AM   #13043
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I have a few things to wrap up - determine how high I want the stem, cut the tube, get black spacers if necessary (shop only had the chrome), crimp off the cable ends, etc.

Did just a short easy ride - I'm going to enjoy this bike.

Sweet. Funny color, though. Why didn't you get the prettier one?
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Old 01-10-2010, 12:03 PM   #13044
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Ok.

So what I wanna know is why nobody told me bibs were soooo comfortable?

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Old 01-10-2010, 12:32 PM   #13045
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Sweet. Funny color, though. Why didn't you get the prettier one?
Sweet!!
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Old 01-10-2010, 02:23 PM   #13046
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Ok.

So what I wanna know is why nobody told me bibs were soooo comfortable?

Didya ask?

I woulda! ALL I have in my cycling wardrobe (for shorts and knickers, but not tights) are bibs. In fact, the 4 pair of PI Microsensors need replacing here in the next little while. Good thing I'm not ridin, they're SPEN-DEE!!

Have ya tried bib knickers?

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Old 01-10-2010, 02:31 PM   #13047
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I love my knickers-not as jazzed up about my bibs
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Old 01-10-2010, 02:32 PM   #13048
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Ok.

So what I wanna know is why nobody told me bibs were soooo comfortable?

Because they aren't for people with a long torso and shorter legs. It really cuts into the shoulders.
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Old 01-10-2010, 02:53 PM   #13049
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I love my knickers-not as jazzed up about my bibs
That's cause yer a mtn biker and don't know any better!





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Old 01-10-2010, 02:59 PM   #13050
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I resemble that remark

I think I'm going to go take a spin on my skate skis for the first time in a couple of years, should be amusing
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