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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
10/8/08 12:07 P

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Thanks .... this will help out a lot. I'll need to figure out what type of degreaser to buy and then what type of lube to use.

Hey I may even do my wife's bike and get some brownie points in the process?????

Jim

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10/8/08 11:47 A

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Jim:
Here's my pre- and post-ride routine...

Pre-ride:
Wipe down tires with glove, checking for embedded glass, rocks etc and remove if required. Pump up tires (I like 100psi front, 105 rear). Brake, shifting and steering check on the way down the driveway and along the road. I live on a pretty quiet cul-de-sac so that stuff's easy.

Post-ride:
If dry, I'll wipe down frame with Pledge. That's it - takes 5-10 minutes. I like doing this - it makes me look closely at all the bits of the frame for damage etc. and it leaves the bike smelling all nice. I have Orange Pledge right now but prefer Lemon. Whatever you do, do NOT get pledge on your rims or brake pads.

If the drivetrain needs lubing (I lube only when the chain starts to chirp) then I'll degrease and lube the chain as well. I have one of those chain cleaner tools which works well. I use a dry lube, one link per roller. Chain lube and cleaning probably adds another 5 minutes or so.

If it's wet, or I've been doing cyclocross, or once a month, I'll wash the bike. First I hose down frame with a garden hose set to dribble, taking care not to get water in the hubs, BB, headset. Degrease chain and cogs, remove wheels and set aside. Scrub rear cassette and rim with soapy water and a plastic bristle brush and leave to dry. Repeat with front. Clean derailleurs and front rings. Dig out bits of mud and debris from brake pads. Dry and Pledge frame. Clean and dry wheels and reinstall. Lube chain, rear and front derailleur pivots and brakes. And then you're done!

I can do both bikes in about 45 minutes at a nice leisurely pace. These days I take less care with my cross bike as I know it's going to get muddy 2x a week, but when I wash my roadbike I take my time, usually 25 minutes or so.

Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 10/8/2008 (11:45)
In God we trust, all others bring data.
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If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
10/7/08 10:38 P

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Now you know why I did not ride .... the post ride clean up. I'm not sure what I need to clean and maintain the new bike now .... any ideas?

Jim

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10/7/08 4:25 P

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You still got a great deal for $1000, enjoy it, I know you will. The Elites are great wheels, I recently upgraded to a brand new pair for a crazy cheap price as one of my mates was getting a new cross bike and didn't want the stock wheels (yes, they were Elites).

But what's this not riding in the rain? Call yourself a cyclist?? emoticon

I've had 3 wet weather rides in as many weekends, I felt like such a tough guy and enjoyed myself immensely but the post-rain cleanup was a royal pain.

In God we trust, all others bring data.
- W. Edwards Demings

If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
-P.Z. Pearce

Specificity, specificity, specificity.
-Andy Coggan

The plural of "anecdote" is not "data".
- Frank Kotsonis


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10/6/08 10:10 P

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Congrats! I guess the rain will just make us all appreciate the balmy days more?

Live like no one else, so later you can LIVE like no one else

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10/6/08 8:45 P

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emoticon Enjoy your new ride.
Nice!

"Learn from nature: See how everything gets accomplished and how the miracle of life unfolds without dissatisfaction or unhappiness."
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10/6/08 3:20 P

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Congrats

The Picture on the left is my motivation to get in shape and lose weight!!!!!!!


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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
10/6/08 11:19 A

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I paid the asking price of $1,000.00. I did some home work and found out what he had originally paid for the bike. I also found out how much his upgrades cost him ..... pretty smart huh? Then I went on the internet to see what I could find in prices for the upgrades he did (which were the Shimano Hollow Tech double crank and the Mavic Ksyrium Elites). Then I calculated what he paid for the bike and I calculated what I would have paid for the upgrades now which were about $150.00 cheaper than he did.

She said I do not want to know about the items the bike has .... but I said you have to include these upgrades to the cost he paid.

I told her he is not budging on the price .......

Now she says well I know if it is something I really want I would pay the price and get it.

Now I'm thinking to myself where was this conversation a week ago ... why did you torment me on trying to figure out how to swing the deal????

I was told not to plan much on my birthday in a week and at Christmas.;-)

I'm sure I'll figure out a way to get what I need yet after Christmas????

Jim

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10/6/08 10:44 A

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AWESOME! Glad to hear you managed to nab the bike! With the specs that you said it'll last you a long time.

I assume you got it at a price to suit the DW as well? I think mine knows me too well - I was in the shop with her picking up some gels and stuff when she caught me drooling over the new Trek TT bike... Next thing I know we're paying for the stuff and leaving. Sigh. I guess I have to get faster the old fashioned way!

In God we trust, all others bring data.
- W. Edwards Demings

If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
-P.Z. Pearce

Specificity, specificity, specificity.
-Andy Coggan

The plural of "anecdote" is not "data".
- Frank Kotsonis


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10/6/08 8:11 A

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You always have a choice. No food has the power to make you eat it, and no one else determines your values or priorities. Sure, the situation may be difficult; sometimes you may have to choose between less than ideal options, or even pick the lesser of two evils. But the choice is always yours, and the only way to fail in the long run is to fail to choose.


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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
10/5/08 10:18 P

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I thought I would inform every one on my latest addition and decision. As of last night I am now the proud owner of the Giant OCR Limited Composite bike. This should suit me fine until I turn pro;-) LOL Of course then my sponsors will be buying my bikes in the future until then I will have train on this one.

I wish the cycling season were not coming to an end ..... I was not able to ride today ..... the darn rain lasted all day.

Jim

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