Bicycle thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    ^^^ +1

    If you were really hard on your stuff, then, I can see frequent servicing. But, based on how I think you ride, that you have nice stuff and assume you take care of it, I would ride it until you start to see seal seapage or have some sort of internal failure.
  2. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Buy/bring your own. Waking up with so much neck pain that I couldn't reach the phone for help taught me that one.
  3. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    I always become suspicious when I see factory service intervals like "100" hours. Why not 83.5 hours, or 157 hours? "100" sounds like a number pulled out of a hat. Having worked with engineers all of my professional career, I know only too well how ridiculously conservative their estimates tend to be. Legal liability is one reason for it. Another, more cynical one, is that manufacturers make money when shocks are sent back for servicing, so they have a financial incentive to specify very short service intervals. :patch
  4. Mr Head

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    I travel by motorcycle now days. Not a lot of room. I'm not your average BMW Steamer Trunk traveler. I only display part of the touratech catalog.:rofl
    Heck I left my Kermit chair at home even!:lol3

    They have a selection of five pillows plus that useless square frilly one every woman has to toss into the mix. Along with that stupid throw thing across the bottom of the bed. It seems like some sort of game where they hide the one good pillow behind three fluffy airy pillows for people with no neck injuries.

    By the way, not riding a motorcycle for seven months, means my neck is unused to that big bucket catching wind on my head.

    Ouch!

    And while I'm whining, what is the deal with re-arranging my stuff on the counter?

    I do have entirely too much crap with me, but it is the result of my hope to get some camping in.

  5. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    Wasn't too bad, really. I was in pro form back then. :1drink

    Since the arrival of YakSprout, my tolerance has dropped considerably.
  6. azcycle

    azcycle Chihuahua Wrangler

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    Born and raised in Flag. Stop, you're making me homesick! :D
  7. azcycle

    azcycle Chihuahua Wrangler

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    I should probably get my rear Fox shock worked on then. When I land hard, my legs get sprayed with a mist of oil. :lol3 I think I'm pretty hard on my gear.

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  8. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    for an air shock like a Fox, get it serviced when it won't hold pressure long enough that its become annoying... my threshold was a few days when I was riding a boingy-bike, and this took a couple years of light riding, but I being a fatty, had to run that shock around 220PSI which probably accelerated the leakage.

    by all means keep it clean, any dirt on the seal area will hugely accelerate said wear. I remember seeing nylon 'shock socks' you could put over your rear shock, seemed like a great idea for mud riders.
  9. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Holy shit! Its a local. Not too many of y'all. :nono

    I did an easy hour on the FTB on a MUT. :eek1 Good thing it was the middle of the day... :D On a serious note, I passed maybe a dozen people all told. Cross County Trail in Fairfax, VA and I rode from Pickett Rd to the tennis courts over in Wakefield Park and back.

    I rode out of Wakefield Park with 11 tennis balls from either 'around the courts' or in the trash can. I have a dog that likes to eat em, leave em in the yard for the mower to run over, etc. so I need tennis balls on a semi-regular basis. Cheap SOBs are us means doing some 'cleanup.' :augie

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  10. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    I find a lot more accumulated dust on my fork sliders than I do on the rear shock, even when riding in dry conditions. I wouldn't mind putting gaitors over them if I could find a way to do it. Cannondale forks come with them.

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  11. BigEasy

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    Classic right there:lol3
  12. mud

    mud I just wander.....

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    Minnesota winters are LOOOOOONG. I rebuild it (4 forks and two shocks) every winter. Usually it is just a fluid change, sometimes some tweaking.

    I don't know what I would do if I rode all year around. I suppose I would go until I have a problem.... If I raced I would do it sooner.
  13. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    In the 'everywhere but here' file:

    Swiss velodrome to open in April :bluduh

    Is this why you picked up the idea?
    The Renaissance of the idea came about because I saw that nations like England and Australia were having international success with their road racing cyclists who, in large part, came from a background of racing on the track. The most immediate example is this year’s Tour de France winner, Bradley Wiggins, an Englishman who had focused on track racing up until the 2004 Olympic games.

    Gee. Ya think?! USAC should be paying attention. More tracks = more, better racers = more medals (which drives positive media attention) = more of everything. What do we get? Nada. Zip. Zero. Nuthin. :bluduh

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  14. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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  15. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    two comments -

    1. Damn - that looked painful
    2. At least he moved out of the way when he went down.

    :wink:
  16. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    I cringe when I see people take diggers like that... But I get out there and ride with the same lack of gear- on the bicycle. That's why we celebrate the end of each ride with beer, and if one of us goes down, that means... more beer!:freaky
  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    That right there is why the USCF made salutes illegal. Do it in a pack and get relegated if I'm not mistaken. I get that the pros get to do it. They spend WAY more time on a bike than any 3 of the rest of us. Speaking of which... 4:01 just now. Here to almost Washington, VA and back. How is it you can do a loop and have a headwind 90% of the time? :baldy M
  18. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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  19. Mr Head

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    My training life in Colorado. Constant headwind and uphill in all directions. made a climber out of me.

  20. ducnut

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