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Old 11-02-2012, 08:31 PM   #54061
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Wow, I forgot to ask earlier if any of you went out for Halloween! The wife and I went as a couple of old rockers.
Meredith went as a cop.

I had to work... I would have gone as a female nurse if I'd been off...

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Old 11-02-2012, 09:11 PM   #54062
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Man this forum has gone up side down. Meredith is wearing Marks cloths, Marks is thinking of wearing Merediths' cloths and Mike is wearing his GF's cloths. What is next?

Zack, stay out of her drawers........









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Old 11-02-2012, 09:35 PM   #54063
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Question for the group: Anyone have a reliable method to measure spring rate?
Hang the spring by a wire or rope on the last coil and measure the length of the spring. Then take a known weight and hang it from the other end of the spring. Measure the new length of the spring. Subtract the first length from the second length to find the difference.

Divide the weight by the difference in length and that is the spring rate in pounds per inch or whatever units you used.

Alternatively set the spring on a table and set a weight on top of it and see how much it is compressed.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:45 PM   #54064
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Bike Maintanance

I came home from work early and got a new chain and sprockets, a new rear tire, and an oil change done on the KLR. It now has about 47k miles on it. I got about 12k miles out of the chain and sprockets that I just replaced and they were toast. They probably would have done better if I did a bit better at cleaning and lubing.

I also got a new rear tire put on the Strom which now has a bit more than 58k miles on it. I am getting pretty good at replacing the rear tire on that bike because I have lots of practice.

Now we just need some decent weather
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:17 PM   #54065
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Meredith went as a cop.

I had to work... I would have gone as a female nurse if I'd been off...
If I recall correctly from your Stumbleluck report, you guys got married on Halloween (because it's scary). If I got the guy, girl, and date right, happy anniversary.
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:53 PM   #54066
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Man this forum has gone up side down. Meredith is wearing Marks cloths, Marks is thinking of wearing Merediths' cloths and Mike is wearing his GF's cloths. What is next?

Zack, stay out of her drawers........









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Old 11-03-2012, 04:46 AM   #54067
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Meredith went as a cop.

I had to work... I would have gone as a female nurse if I'd been off...
I see Kleenex ghosts, disco lights, and carpeting...New Philadelphia rave?
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:47 AM   #54068
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I came home from work early and got a new chain and sprockets, a new rear tire, and an oil change done on the KLR. It now has about 47k miles on it. I got about 12k miles out of the chain and sprockets that I just replaced and they were toast. They probably would have done better if I did a bit better at cleaning and lubing.

I also got a new rear tire put on the Strom which now has a bit more than 58k miles on it. I am getting pretty good at replacing the rear tire on that bike because I have lots of practice.

Now we just need some decent weather

I think you could have gotten another ride out of that sprocket and chain...
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:18 AM   #54069
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Now we just need some decent weather

Have you seen the 10 day forecast??? 50's and sunny the entire time (in Columbus)... Doesn't get much more decent then that in November!
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:02 AM   #54070
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Have you seen the 10 day forecast??? 50's and sunny the entire time (in Columbus)... Doesn't get much more decent then that in November!
I'm happy about that. However the normal average highs in early November are in the 50's and then by the end of the month drops to 46. We've been a good 10 or so below normal since Thursday the 25th I think. I had a beautiful ride that day spent a good couple hours around Tiverton Center riding.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:16 AM   #54071
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I think you could have gotten another ride out of that sprocket and chain...
Being a cheapskate, it always pains me to replace consumables when they have any life left in them. I felt no regrets with this one.

I bought the "gold" chain because it was just a couple of dollars more and I thought it was better chain. I think it is just gold colored which looks ridiculous on the KLR. Bling does not fit a KLR.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:48 AM   #54072
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Being a cheapskate, it always pains me to replace consumables when they have any life left in them. I felt no regrets with this one.

I bought the "gold" chain because it was just a couple of dollars more and I thought it was better chain. I think it is just gold colored which looks ridiculous on the KLR. Bling does not fit a KLR.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:56 AM   #54073
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Hang the spring by a wire or rope on the last coil and measure the length of the spring. Then take a known weight and hang it from the other end of the spring. Measure the new length of the spring. Subtract the first length from the second length to find the difference.

Divide the weight by the difference in length and that is the spring rate in pounds per inch or whatever units you used.

Alternatively set the spring on a table and set a weight on top of it and see how much it is compressed.
Hmmm.... hanging the spring. Genius!

I guess I really don't need a lot of weight to do this do I? I was thinking I needed a few hundred to make it accurate.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:59 AM   #54074
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If I recall correctly from your Stumbleluck report, you guys got married on Halloween (because it's scary). If I got the guy, girl, and date right, happy anniversary.
You are correct, thanks!
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:13 AM   #54075
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Hmmm.... hanging the spring. Genius!

I guess I really don't need a lot of weight to do this do I? I was thinking I needed a few hundred to make it accurate.
Probably just enough weight to make a measurable difference in length.
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