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Old 04-30-20, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by topflightpro View Post
Keep a roll of toilet paper in your car or gear bag. You never know when you'll need it or if the Porta-Potty has any.

Where can I find TP. LOL.
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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 do this too. Not confident that EMS will look at it though.
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I've never found any tools while riding.

Friend of mine found an 810. Garmin helped him reunite it with its rightful owner.
Found a Lezyne mini-pump once.

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Old 04-30-20, 06:47 PM
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if riding tubulars, always carry two tire levers. don't ask me how i know this.
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A pair of wooden shoe-trees post ride. Barring sodden shoes like mentioned above (pulling insoles, etc), a pair of wooded shoe-trees will do wonders on fighting moisture and odor as well as prolonging the life of the shoes.



Cedar shoe-trees for shoe health
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I once found what appeared to be the last 6" or so of a lower front leg of a deer in the middle of nowhere ND. No other remains around. Figured it was left there by a coyote.
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1. When RACING (especially timetrials) pull the top closing spout completely off. The benefit is no wasted energy opening or closing spout or squeezing tough to squeeze bottles also you get more water quicker.

2. When possible ride with someone with more mechanical experience than yourself. Long story short-er, he had put his skewer spring on backwards and it was a simple fix to back wheel not staying centered and rubbing when he pushed down hard on the pedals.
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Old 05-01-20, 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I've never found any tools while riding.
I found a nice pair of full size scissors just a couple days ago.
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No more quoting about the found Glock. Thank you and carry on.
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I've learned that I'm uncomfortable and slow, riding tubed 25mm tires, and am in real danger of unavoidably crashing due to inferior rim brakes.
You probably wrap your handlebars incorrectly **anti clockwise, towards the bike, away from the stem, counter-clockwise, away from the bike**

And don't get me started on those horrific, too short, socks!

*faints to couch*
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If my shoes get wet riding I just put them in front of my trainer fan for half an hour and they are dry.
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Maybe everybody does this? I inspect my tires for embedded glass/rocks/wires before I leave the house. It's remarkable how many of these are embedded in the tread but haven't yet (and maybe never will, but perhaps) penetrated the tube. Small pieces of rock are most frequent. When I find one, I deflate the tire and pick out the debris with the end of a small Allen wrench
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Old 05-01-20, 12:13 PM
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Leave a cheap pair of shoes in the car.
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Old 05-01-20, 12:54 PM
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Learn to ride routes in such a way you're not headed home up the last steep hills or into an hour long headwind. I see and hear the complaints, just a matter of a little super basic meteorology, geography, and topology. Not rocket science. The wind where I live is always from the W, either SW, W, or NW. So, I ride clockwise starting between heading SW to due West or NW, then finish by coming south towards the house. Headwind out, with or neutral middle, with or neutral finish.
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Originally Posted by burnthesheep View Post
Learn to ride routes in such a way you're not headed home up the last steep hills or into an hour long headwind. I see and hear the complaints, just a matter of a little super basic meteorology, geography, and topology. Not rocket science. The wind where I live is always from the W, either SW, W, or NW. So, I ride clockwise starting between heading SW to due West or NW, then finish by coming south towards the house. Headwind out, with or neutral middle, with or neutral finish.
Sure- standard practice is to ride into the wind and come home with a tailwind. But following your logic would promote cyclists living in low-lying areas, so that they climb on their way out and descend on the way home. So I suppose you suggest that cyclists not live on ridge tops or hilltop villages (not that those are so common in much of the states, but there are plenty in Spain, Italy, etc.)

Where I live, if I want to ride west or south, I have a short block-long 10% ramp just before I get to my house. It's not a big deal, but I confess that there are times when I turn off my Garmin before I take that section.

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Originally Posted by GeneO View Post
I do this too. Not confident that EMS will look at it though.
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.
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These are learned from randonneuring, but apply to any longish days on the bike.

Prepare for ten degrees colder than forecast, with rain.
Carry a foil emergency blanket, no matter the forecast.
Have a drink when you see a water tower, see someone else drink, think about taking a drink, think about the last time you had a drink, or wonder how much water you have left.
Carry three tubes plus a patch kit
Carry CO2 if desired, but carry a pump.
Eat what you stomach wants.
When you want to throw your bike in the ditch and quit, it means you're hungry.
When you think you've found your limit, you're halfway there.
Thinking is overrated.
When you stop to fix a flat, take care of yourself first. Eat a snack, have a drink, put on a jacket.

And my favorite, ask for a slice of pie and a coffee while you look at the menu.
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Maybe everybody does this? I inspect my tires for embedded glass/rocks/wires before I leave the house. It's remarkable how many of these are embedded in the tread but haven't yet (and maybe never will, but perhaps) penetrated the tube. Small pieces of rock are most frequent. When I find one, I deflate the tire and pick out the debris with the end of a small Allen wrench
Why not just pluck it out with a sharp object like a knife?
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Originally Posted by Bigbus View Post
Why not just pluck it out with a sharp object like a knife?
i'm pretty sure that your tongue is in your cheek there, but the allen wrench is just strong and sharp enough to push out the debris and blunt enough not to further cut the tire.
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i'm pretty sure that your tongue is in your cheek there, but the allen wrench is just strong and sharp enough to push out the debris and blunt enough not to further cut the tire.
Yeah, that was sarcasm from a bored bicyclist. I had a long ride planned for today because the weather is supposed to be crap this weekend and what do you know, it got here early.
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Wrap your tools in a clean rag. It keeps them from rattling and the trash can be used to clean your hands when done. Place your rag/tool roll in a plastic bag before you stuff it in your seat bag.

Carry a couple rubber coated tie wraps on the bike frame. They can be used to fasten a light/head unit whose mount has broken, secure a broken spoke so you can ride home etc ...
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Any time I have to dismount in a dirt road, I make sure to bang my cleats on something. Had an incident a few years ago where I couldn’t unclip because dirt packed in them and did a slow motion fall. Banged my knee up pretty bad and it made the remaining 30 miles of my ride suck.
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My trainer is on the back deck. I leave my shoes and kit (shorts and a light base layer) in a bag by the back door, so I can jump on there as soon as the kids are gone to bed.

I leave a can of sunscreen in the garage next to the bikes, so I can always spray myself all over heading out on a ride (or run).

I always snip zip ties right where the end goes into the catch. It’s usually the easiest place to get your snipper in, and it means you still have a shortened zip tie for whatever use may come up.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
IFriend of mine found an 810. Garmin helped him reunite it with its rightful owner.
There's a Garmin hack that allows you to edit a text file that is displayed when you first turn on a Garmin. Mine says "if found" and has my name and cell number.

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2013/08/...er-garmin.html

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