Bicycle Secrets

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Sneaky Viking
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(Reply to #101)

rando wrote:
Then let a light lube soak in for a hour before being wiped dry.

ckd wrote:
I mean, seriously. We're just a bunch of washed up bicycle burnout dipshits.

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 19:17
randsome beast
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If your shifting is stiff on rides over four hours consult a mechanic.

emor wrote:
RANDO LIFE IS LIFE ON THE EDGE

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 19:19
VT regularbike
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(Reply to #103)

Straws wrote:
tarckeemoon wrote:
A rubber mallet is a great thing to have around, not only for bikes but generally.

Yep. Never had one, never thought I needed one. Then my friend moved in and he had one. Shit is so damn useful.

Next step is a dead blow hammer. Holy fuck so good.

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 20:20
NOVELTYNAME
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Yep, was gonna mention that

"Folks want options!"

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 20:50
Shortpants
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(Reply to #105)

dorth wrote:
lol i had that same problem/revelation about the cable guide squeak earlier this year so i dripped some lube in there and taped over it to keep it from getting gritty and gross. fast forward a few days, I'm riding in the rain - i get home and pick up my bike to bring it inside and it felt weirdly heavy. i set it down and a hear a "slosh" gave it a shook and realized it was full of water. pulled the tape off and it was pissing water for like 15mins. sorry mr.bike.

how much fucking tape did you put on there?

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 02:57
dorth
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just 2 small strips of electrical tape. only enough to cover the lil channels the cables sit in.

i was very surprised they held back all that water.

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 12:29
emor
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That's amazing. I had no idea so much water enters the frame on a rainy ride.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 12:32
aek
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Secrets, man.

doofo wrote:
tarck eats ur soul one lol at a time

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 03:01
catdrew f

when you add protection to your bike bike jesus lays on his back and pees into your downtube

its fukkin science man

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 03:09
Shortpants
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Thats why instead of frame saver I pour 6oz of gorilla glue into my frame and let it go to town. Secrets

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 03:30
b-roll
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Chain cleaning revelation of the month, at least for me--

After a soak & shake in Simple Green or whatever while doobying up the rest of the bike, attach one end of the chain to a hook I installed on my bench and thread the chain through one of those cheap toilet brushes that's just a loop of bristles on a stick. Scrub at all angles, with chain straight or at a bend to get bristles into the nooks/crannies.

Repeat after switching ends of the chain for good scrubbing all along the chain.
Re-soak briefly in solvent of choice.
Wipe, hang to dry.

Braced for chaincleaning commentary/debate, but this has been a Great Leap Forward for me...

"You know it's dumb. I know it's dumb. But fuck it, I still love it."

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 21:08
VT regularbike
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I just lube and wipe with rag until it's time to throw it away.

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 22:17
Lowrey'sOrgan
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solvent tank and lube... every 1k miles?

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 22:36
circuithero
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If you need to do all that, you're lubing your chain wrong.

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 23:10
emor
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I lube mine when it makes noise and then buy a new one after a while

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 23:17
Wintage Townie
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(Reply to #116)

emor wrote:
I lube mine when it makes noise and then buy a new one after a while

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 23:39
chazzwazzer
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(Reply to #117)

b-roll wrote:
Chain cleaning revelation of the month, at least for me--

After a soak & shake in Simple Green or whatever while doobying up the rest of the bike, attach one end of the chain to a hook I installed on my bench and thread the chain through one of those cheap toilet brushes that's just a loop of bristles on a stick. Scrub at all angles, with chain straight or at a bend to get bristles into the nooks/crannies.

Repeat after switching ends of the chain for good scrubbing all along the chain.
Re-soak briefly in solvent of choice.
Wipe, hang to dry.

Braced for chaincleaning commentary/debate, but this has been a Great Leap Forward for me...

In a similar vein, because apartment life, i do this (also bathroom themed):

- Bike in tub, front wheel removed.
- Pour some Head and Shoulders on the cassette. It works as a mild degreaser and is cheap.
- Get your scrub brush out:

and stuff it against the cassette while spinning your cranks backwards.
- Shift every once in awhile to clean the cog the chain is on.
- Rinse and dry, relube

Yours sounds a lot more thorough, though

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 00:02
lukasz
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Is your tub really dirty?

I just hang my bike up and use a rag to floss the cassette, clean off the derailleur pulleys, wipe down the chainrings, and run the chain through it after every long ride. Then I put a few drops of NFS on it (I hate that this stuff actually works) and shove it in the shed. Less than 5 minute operation.

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 00:29
eric_ssucks
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(Reply to #119)

bonechilling wrote:
emor wrote:
I lube mine when it makes noise and then buy a new one after a while

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 01:49
deadforkinglast
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(Reply to #120)

eric_s wrote:
bonechilling wrote:
emor wrote:
I lube mine when it makes noise and then buy a new one after a while

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:06
Personicus
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(Reply to #121)

deadforkinglast wrote:
eric_s wrote:
bonechilling wrote:
emor wrote:
I lube mine when it makes noise and then buy a new one bike after a while

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 13:56
Shortpants
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(Reply to #122)

lukasz wrote:
Is your tub really dirty?

I just hang my bike up and use a rag to floss the cassette, clean off the derailleur pulleys, wipe down the chainrings, and run the chain through it after every long ride. Then I put a few drops of NFS on it (I hate that this stuff actually works) and shove it in the shed. Less than 5 minute operation.

what is NFS?

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 02:09
dorth
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15 dollar artisanal lube

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:03
liquify
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Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:57
lukasz
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Eric gave me a bottle months ago. I've got 4 bikes I ride regularly. I think I've got more than half left.

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:47
Shortpants
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oh yeah that shit. I cant believe anyone here has some.

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:28
bward1028

i've stopped using it and have been trying to talk people out of buying it. not a fan of the misogynistic boy's club attitude. plus the guy parks his porsche in the bike lane when he drops off more stock.

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:31
NOVELTYNAME
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does anyone read the thread name is their head like
"bicycle...(hushed)secrets!"

"Folks want options!"

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 13:04
JUGE FREDD
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(Reply to #129)

Straws wrote:
oh yeah that shit. I cant believe anyone here has some.

like everyone else, I hate that their circlejerk lube works

but I haven't found anything nearly as good

It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 13:44
Andrew_Squirrel
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(Reply to #130)

bward1028 wrote:
plus the guy parks his porsche in the bike lane when he drops off more stock.

Not to defend douchenozzles but I'd wager 98% of everything we buy has at least one of these asshats in the supply chain or, more likely, at the head of the company.
Depressing, I know.

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 13:48
VT regularbike
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I use bar & chain oil for wet weather chain lube. Pro-link for dry.

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 14:37
deadforkinglast
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I use whatever's handy and dgaf.

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 14:52
randsome beast
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I ride my shit dry.
Loud chains save fluorcarbons.

emor wrote:
RANDO LIFE IS LIFE ON THE EDGE

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 15:06
lukasz
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let he who is without sin cast the first stone

bros

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:23
Shortpants
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I was replacing the brakes on my cross bike today and realized that I've been riding it in drought conditions for weeks now without thinking about it. There was 1/8" of caked dust on front facing surfaces near the wheels. The chain....my god, the chain.

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 01:36
johnnyraja
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(Reply to #136)

Miguel wrote:
does anyone read the thread name is their head like
"bicycle...(hushed)secrets!"

totally

miguelaron wrote:
obese and unamerican
is your name Fat Albert Queda by any chance?

euclid wrote:
If you never open packages or slice fruit, is life really worth living?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 09:40
ShartAttack
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I think my 10-of-11-on-5700-hubs worked. Just took one 1mm spacer behind the cassette. Took the 11t cog off and used a 12t lockring. Haven't ridden it yet but everything seems to check out so far.

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:02
mander
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(Reply to #138)

johnnyraja wrote:
Miguel wrote:
does anyone read the thread name is their head like
"bicycle...(hushed)secrets!"

totally

in my version the albino monk from the devinci code is also lurking in the background

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:04
Bahamontes
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Just spit out the vanilla coke i stopped for as a post ride treat.
Hot mom and her kids at the next table are staring.

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:57
Shortpants
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sup mom

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 21:10
littletinyfish
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If a kamikaze squirrel runs out in front of you
make kissing noises
they will do an abrupt 180 and run the hell away

this was a big deal a hundred years ago when everything sucked balls ---match avatar

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 23:17
lofarkas
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How many kamikaze squirrels did it take to perfect that technique?
Did you try imitating various scary animals before hitting upon the kissing noise solution? Inquiring minds want to know.

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 03:41
scrub
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I need to try this, so many squirrels around right now.

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 10:06
Petr5
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I hiss like a snake. I've tried so many noises. Works 100% of the time every time.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
"Your bike sucks and we have a team of biased experts to pseudo-scientifically test that hypothesis, all in blue shirts."

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 10:08
Face
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I try to aim for them and speed up a little if I can and they run away at the last second 100% of the time.

Ain't no punk ass squirrel gonna get me to make kissy noises at it.

Mr. Pubes wrote:
i fear that you are so lost in your own asshole that you may never be found again. do you have a flare gun? send for help.

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 14:23
Roundabout
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(Reply to #146)

Face wrote:
Ain't no punk ass squirrel gonna get me to make kissy noises at it.

fuck tha police squirrels

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 16:23
imoscardotcom
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(Reply to #147)

Petr5 wrote:
I hiss like a snake. I've tried so many noises. Works 100% of the time every time.

Hsssss hsssss hssssssss. This is snek

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 16:30
bward1028

I make Michael Jackson noises at squirrels. 100% of the time they 360 and moonwalk away.

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 20:48
Sneaky Viking
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(Reply to #149)

bward1028 wrote:
I make Michael Jackson noises at squirrels. 100% of the time they 360 and moonwalk away.

SCIENCE

ckd wrote:
I mean, seriously. We're just a bunch of washed up bicycle burnout dipshits.

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 21:10
chazzwazzer
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(Reply to #150)

Sneaky Viking wrote:
bward1028 wrote:
I make Michael Jackson noises at squirrels. 100% of the time they 360 and moonwalk away.

SHIMONA

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 21:12

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