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6/18/12 11:27 A

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Erie Canal Trailway...awesome deal! Would love to tackle that one someday...will probably cross it via my North - South journey to the 1,000 Islands later this summer!

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6/18/12 10:34 A

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Very handy list & just in time. Leaving Thursday for a 4-day bike camping trip--Erie Canal Trailway. Excitement is building--hard to focus on anything but final packing & making sure bike is in order.

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6/17/12 5:14 P

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Great list, thanks for the reminders.

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6/16/12 7:05 A

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"Glad" you found the checklist helpful and your recipe tweaks sound yummy too!

Don

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6/15/12 2:34 P

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Don - as always, great and pertinent information. I have the checklist and will go inspect my bike this afternoon. I was planning to go for a ride, but afternoon storms are starting to move in, so I may have to scrap my plans. If so, I'll do the inspection anyway and know the bike will be ready for my next ride.

BTW - I remade those energy bars a little. I used Barley Malt syrup instead of the recommended syrups which made it considerably less sweet, and I used rice krispies instead of flakes for the additional cereal. I also used a little less syrup and peanut butter than the recipe called for and they turned out really good. I shared them with my co-underwater hockey players after practice last night and they loved them.

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6/14/12 8:50 A

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Cycling Pre-Flight Check

Great summary provided via Jim's Tech Talk @ Road Bike Rider:

www.roadbikerider.com/jims-tech-talk

"I know nothing about airplanes, but a pilot friend once told me that before he can fly his small plane he has to give it a thorough safety check -- every time he flies it. Thatís a good idea for cyclists, too.

We roadies may not get airborne on our bikes like our knobby-tired friends do, but we do fly down hills and reach dangerous speeds with ease. And, in my experience as a shop and race/event mechanic, I know that many roadies forget to check their bicycles and just hop on and hit the road.

Iíve seen all manner of breakdowns that ruined rides and caused crashes, like front wheels falling off, rusted brake cables that snapped, rotted tires that blew up and parts that loosened and actually fell off.

To prevent these incidents -- and possible disasters Ė this week and next Iíll run through a simple checklist to follow a few days before any important ride. That way you wonít have to rush, youíll be able to test ride the bike to check any repairs, and youíll have time to purchase and install any parts you need. If you have a bicycle shop do your work, it also gives you time to take it back in for any tweaks.

Use This Checklist
To do this check-up, follow these steps one at a time. You might print this out and cross off each step so you donít miss any. Iím assuming that you know how to repair any issues you find. If not, have a pro help you. Also, Iím assuming that your bicycle is in decent shape not beat-up and abused. It should be clean, too, or else dirt and grime can hide issues.

If your machine is in rough shape, have it completely overhauled and then start using this checklist in the future.

Headset
Headset/steering bearings: Hold the front brake on and rock the bike forward/back gently listening and feeling for a knocking sound that indicates that the headset has loosened. Also, lift the front wheel off the ground about a foot and drop it to see if the front end rattles. Then, lift the bike and turn the handlebars side to side feeling for any steering tightness. If thereís play or tightness the headset should be checked and adjusted.

Wheels (check both wheels)
Tires: Turn the wheels slowly and look closely at the tread, sidewalls and casing. Make sure there are no cuts, bald spots and/or rotting/decay. If in doubt, replace the tire(s). Check that the tires are seated and running true on the wheels and fully inflated.

Trueness: Spin the wheels and make sure theyíre true and round. Any wobbles and youíll want to check for loose spokes and re-true the wheel(s).

Spokes/Nipple cracks: Even if the wheels appear perfect, take the time to go around wiggling every spoke with your fingers to find any loose ones, and looking at the nipples where they sit in the rims (if you can see them) for any signs of hairline (or worse) cracks, a sign of impending rim failure you want to catch early.

Hubs: Hubs usually run trouble-free for years. But grip the wheels at 12 oíclock and gently push and pull laterally to feel for play in the bearings. If thereís any, the hubs should be checked and adjusted.

Quick Releases: To ensure that the wheels are secured, open and close the quick releases. This should take some force. Do this with the bike on the ground so that gravity keeps the wheels fully in place in the fork and frame and they canít drop or change position. Double check that the QRs are fully closed.

Brakes
Levers: Make sure the levers are square to the handlebars, level with each other and securely attached so they wonít move sideways when youíre gripping tightly, like when standing to climb.

Cables: Closely inspect the cables and housings for any signs of rust, fraying, cracks and failure. Be sure to operate the levers, look inside at the cables to check them (if you can see them), and feel for nice, smooth action. Stickiness, binding and roughness could mean a cable or housing is failing and needs replacement.

Calipers: Squeeze the brake lever to hold on the brake, then put an allen wrench in the sidepull brake caliper-attaching allen bolt in the fork or rear brake bridge, and make sure the brake is tightly fastened to the fork/frame. (Holding the brake on while you do this ensures you donít move the brakes off center when tightening the bolt.) Now squeeze the levers and make sure the brakes open and close smoothly and provide optimum grip before the levers get too close to the handlebars. See next step.

Brake Pads: If the brakes felt a bit loose when you checked them, your pads may be worn. Check and replace them if needed. Also, make sure they strike the rims squarely and that theyíre clean and not full of aluminum bits or road grit (dig this out with an awl or pick if the pads are still good).

Pre-Flight Check, Part 2
In last weekís Tech Talk, I started this step-by-step checklist for giving your bike a thorough once over before an important ride or event. Iíll finish with Part 2 today.

Remember, to do this check-up, follow these steps one at a time. You might print out both columns and cross off each step so you donít miss any. Iím assuming that you know how to repair any issues you find. If not, have a pro help you. Also, Iím assuming that your bicycle is in decent shape not beat-up and abused. It should be clean, too, or else dirt and grime can hide issues.

If your machine is in rough shape, have it completely overhauled and then start using this checklist in the future.

Derailleurs/Shifters
Levers: You already checked them while checking the brakes. But if you have down-tube versions, make sure theyíre securely attached and working nicely.

Cables: Check the shift cables and housing as you did the brake cables. Look closely anywhere the cables run under something because thatís a wear point and it can be difficult to spot a defect that could cause a cable to break on the ride. If the cables are dry in these spots, lube them to reduce friction, wear and tear.

Derailleurs: Put an allen wrench on the front and rear derailleur attaching bolts and cable anchor bolts and check that the bolts are tight. Also, check that the front derailleur cage bolt (if there is one) is tight and that the pulley bolts are tight (on the rear derailleur).

Shifting: Shift through the gears repeatedly to ensure smooth, accurate shifting and fine-tune the cable tension or limit screws if needed to dial in the shifting.

Chain
Links, Pins, Lube: Slowly pedal backwards and look at every link and pin on both sides of the chain to make sure all is well. Any bent sideplates or damaged pins are signs that you may need a new chain. Also, make sure the chain has a light coating of lube.

Crankset
Crankarms: Make sure the crankarms are tightly attached by checking the crankarm bolts with the right wrench.

Chainring bolts: Using the right allen or Torx wrench, check that the chainring bolts are tight.

Chainrings: Turn the crankset slowly and check that the chainrings are true (not bent) and no teeth are bent or broken, a sign that you might need a new ring(s).

Bottom Bracket: Like hubs, modern bottom brackets are very durable, but still check for issues by grabbing the crankarms and pushing and pulling sideways feeling for looseness or play in the BB bearings. If thereís any, you may need to adjust, repair or replace the BB.

Pedals
Pedals: Using the correct wrench, make sure the pedals are tight in the crankarms. Remember that the left pedal is turned counterclockwise to tighten it. Also, check clipless mechanisms for signs of wear or missing parts. Lubricate plastic/carbon pedals to prevent creaking when pedaling.

Cleats: Be sure to check the cleats on your shoes, too. Tighten the bolts, dig out any dirt, look for signs of wear and replace if needed.

Components
Handlebars/Stem: Using the right wrench and being sure not to overtighten (use a torque wrench if you have one), check that the stem and bars are tight.

Seatpost/Seat: Ditto for the seat and post.

Accessories
Accessories can be as important as your bicycle to finish a ride, so check that your bottle cages are securely attached and not cracked and ready to break. Check that your seat and/or handlebar bag (or rack and trunk bag) are attached well. Make sure there are no holes in the bag(s).

Try out your pump to make sure it still works and will hang tight over bumpy pavement. And go through your repair kit to be sure you have a good spare tube, tire boot, tire levers, patch kit, mini-tool, CO2 cartridges, if you use them, etc. Even if you donít use anything from your kit, it might come in handy to help a friend.

Lastly, take a thorough test ride, especially if youíve fixed or replaced any parts, to ensure everything is working perfectly and your bike is good to go. Have a great ride! And be sure to share any of your own pre-ride tips on the Comments page."

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