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Old 05-03-20, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by phrantic09 View Post
I have my wife as my emergency contact (whom they can call without unlocking) and also carry my license and her phone number in my pocket as well as another copy in my saddle bag.
Same...

i have a old driver's license (not valid for driving but good for ID) with contacts on the back and I keep it with my cell in a ziplock bag in my center pocket. I also wear a RoadID on my ankle with a safety green band with my contact info.
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Old 05-03-20, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
Put a pair of nitrile gloves and a couple of cotton balls in the seat bag. The gloves are great for any repair on the road so you don't get the bars/hoods all nasty from chain grease afterwards....
Same here. I also carry a couple of packaged alcohol wipes. They're great for a final washing of the hands whether that's after a roadside repair or a public restroom without a working sink and soap.
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Old 05-03-20, 12:39 PM
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Price of wife's bike

Your wifes bike should cost twice what yours does up until her bike costs $2000. This will make her want to go.cycling and her bike will fly up hills, have.less mechanical failure s etc. She will want to ride more when she has the good bike and you have the crrappy cheap one.
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Old 05-03-20, 03:55 PM
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The carrier that Shimano cassettes come packed on also serves as a speed loader to remove/install the cassette on the freehub body.

Remove the lock ring and smallest cog, align the wide spline on the carrier with the wide spline on the freehub body, slip the cassette off the freehub body onto the carrier as a single unit. Reverse to install cassette on the freehub body.

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Old 05-03-20, 04:06 PM
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All Shimano rear derailleurs that are 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 speed have the same amount of pull, and so are interchangeable. So there is no such thing as, for example, a "7 speed Shimano rear derailleur" all of them pull the same amount of cable per shift. There is a rare proprietary 8 speed Dura Ace shifter/rear derailluer combination, but I have never run into it.
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Old 05-03-20, 04:09 PM
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If you have a Di2 bike w/D-fly BT and Garmin computer (not sure about other brands) the Garmin with show you the position of the derailleur when fine tuning the shifting.

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Old 05-03-20, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
All Shimano rear derailleurs that are 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 speed have the same amount of pull, and so are interchangeable. So there is no such thing as, for example, a "7 speed Shimano rear derailleur" all of them pull the same amount of cable per shift....
Isn't Tiagra 4700 the exception to that rule? It's 10 speed but doesn't use the previously standard pull.
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Old 05-04-20, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
After riding near glass or even shardy looking grit, I reach down with my hand and briefly brush off the front and rear tires. This loosens any sharps before they get into the tread and, I believe, reduces the risk of flat tires. The down side is you may wear out your glove or even slightly injure your hand (if you use direct skin contact) but for me it's worthwhile.
I use the toe of my shoe for that. So far, I have never run over my foot with the back tire.
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Old 05-04-20, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by SethAZ View Post
When I come up to a stop sign that I want to actually be completely legal at (eg: cops may be in the vicinity) I'll slow way down and stand up and lean back a bit, just as I get to the line I'll tap the brakes and bring the bike itself to a complete stop for a microinstant (that's 1 millionth of an instant for you non-imperial unit users out there) while I allow my body to continue moving forward. As I release the brakes I've already got my foot on the power part of the stroke and accelerate out of the intersection. The bike stopped, I didn't.

This is something most cyclists on this forum will know, but I'm continually surprised by how many folks I've ridden with who have no idea about gearings and differences in cassettes, cranksets, etc. They might be struggling up a climb and I ask what cassette they're using and they have no idea. It's just whatever the bike came with. No idea that there are different cassettes with different gearings, some of which may be better suited for what they're doing, but they don't know this, and don't realize that swapping a cassette is like a five-minute job with just two inexpensive tools required. They'll just take it in and pay someone else to do it, and that's if they know it's even something that can or should be done.

I guess the same could be said for the number of folks I've ridden with who have no idea that a chain can be removable, and that a removable chain is a joy to work with.

I've used my hand to swipe debris off at least the front tire too, before, but I've also gotten lacerations in my gloves doing this, and thanked my lucky stars I was wearing gloves in the first place.

I've always been amazed at how many avid cyclists ride with under inflated tires or their seat incorrectly adjusted.....
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Old 05-04-20, 12:00 PM
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I carry a couple bandages and alcohol cleaning wipes in the bag. Came in handy for a few fallen riders.
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Old 05-04-20, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by jgrebed View Post
Your wifes bike should cost twice what yours does up until her bike costs $2000. This will make her want to go.cycling and her bike will fly up hills, have.less mechanical failure s etc. She will want to ride more when she has the good bike and you have the crrappy cheap one.
My wife would not be motivated to ride more if I was on a cheap, crappy bike.
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Old 05-04-20, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
Always wear a t-shirt under your jersey, not only will you be cooler, but in the event of a crash, your shoulder will be better protected from abrasions with 2 layers.
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Make sure it’s either a wool or breathable synthetic undershirt, NOT cotton. Learned this when I was on the Schwinn Team in the 70’s. We had wool undershirts then, and the two layers slide against each other in a crash. Also the reason why you shave your legs and oil them. But a cotton shirt does not wick but holds moisture, gets heavy, and doesn’t cool
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Old 05-04-20, 12:31 PM
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I always pack my spare tubes in a resealable sandwich bag and throw in a few shakes of baby powder. Bag protects the tube and the powder helps ease installation of the new tube. Don't ask what black bibs and dark jerseys look like after changing a flat...but it does clean up pretty easily.
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Old 05-04-20, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by SethAZ View Post
Here's another one: I put my full name and some other identifying information on the lock screen of my phone*. They won't be able to unlock it, but just looking at the screen they'll know who I am if they're trying to ID me.

*this one worked for me during a military deployment once too. I had my phone in my pocket and went to take care of some business, ahem, and about 20 minutes later I got an email from someone saying they had my phone. It had fallen out of my pocket while my pocket was, uh, lower than it's usual level.
I have similar on my lock screen, which also includes emergency contacts and med info.
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Old 05-04-20, 12:49 PM
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Best groundscore: a hand truck.

Obscure cyclist tricks:
- I fold up business cards and stuff them inside my seatpost and handlebar ends. It's a way to document the bike is mine if it ever gets stolen (unless the thief is wise to me).
- I used to brush my tires after riding through a debris field, but reaching my back tire always felt dicey, and that's the one that's going to flat anyhow, so I quit.
- I am amazed at the number of people who don't downshift when approaching a stop, or position their pedals for take-off.
- I keep a length of gorilla tape wrapped around my pump. I felt pretty smug when I pulled off the upper of one of my cleats and was able to repair it well enough to get home (but my smugness was tempered by the fact that I needed to buy new shoes).
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For wet shoes:

Peet's shoe dryer FTW. I leave it on all winter- only 36w & goes to heat the house.

Any shoe or boot, no matter how sopping, will be dry and warm in the morning.


Shoe goo to seal up tire cuts (after you pick out the glass bits & rocks with an allen wrench??)

Keep a frame or floor pump in the car to assist roadside flat repair parties.

Hard boiled eggs are good on- road food for long rides. Go in the jersey pocket well & relatively easy to peel & eat while riding.
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If I have to stop to fix a flat, I seek a nice shady spot if possible.
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yep. Done that on the front many times. I'm not so comfortable doing that on the rear while in motion. Really, I'm not that comfortable doing it on the front while in motion. The practice does reduce flats. Thanks for bringing this up.
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Hard boiled eggs are good on- road food for long rides. Go in the jersey pocket well & relatively easy to peel & eat while riding.
Aren't the pieces of egg shell hard to clean out of your jersey pockets at the end of the ride?
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Originally Posted by frankenmike View Post
If I have to stop to fix a flat, I seek a nice shady spot if possible.
And check for fire-ant mounds first. No prizes for figuring out why I mention it.
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe View Post
Aren't the pieces of egg shell hard to clean out of your jersey pockets at the end of the ride?


No more so than banana peels that I also toss in the bushes.

One guy is so amused at the idea that he sometimes asks if it's a one egg ride, or a two egg ride.
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If I have to stop to fix a flat, I seek a nice shady spot if possible.
I try to find a spot in the sun. Ha ha, just kidding, there's no sun in Seattle.
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No more so than banana peels that I also toss in the bushes.
I usually just throw mine into someone's front yard. Everyone seems to appreciate it.
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I see a lot of people mentioning the stuff (tools, tubes, etc.) they have in their seat bags; am I the only person who's dispensed with the seat bag and carries the tool / repair stuff in a wide-mouth water bottle?

Easy to move from bike-to-bike, keeps a firm cap on how much stuff I can carry (tube, glueless patches, CO2 head/cartridges(2), Pedros lever, multi-hex tool); can mount it wherever (I have both frame mounts and a behind-saddle mount) - or even in a jersey pocket if need be; waterproof; easy to check contents (e.g., if it rattles a lot, I didn't replace the inner tube yet).
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Originally Posted by notmyke View Post
I see a lot of people mentioning the stuff (tools, tubes, etc.) they have in their seat bags; am I the only person who's dispensed with the seat bag and carries the tool / repair stuff in a wide-mouth water bottle?

Easy to move from bike-to-bike, keeps a firm cap on how much stuff I can carry (tube, glueless patches, CO2 head/cartridges(2), Pedros lever, multi-hex tool); can mount it wherever (I have both frame mounts and a behind-saddle mount) - or even in a jersey pocket if need be; waterproof; easy to check contents (e.g., if it rattles a lot, I didn't replace the inner tube yet).
I do both, Clip-in seat bags can be easily exchanged between bikes - I have a small one. If I am going to be out for a longer ride, I may use the bottle tool tube as it can carry more tools, or I may decide I need water instead
One way to keep it from rattling or to protect contents from damage is to put a low-top sock in it.
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