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Old 09-05-22, 01:50 PM
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I’m TL curious, but my concern is sealant spaying over my kit.
I had a friend in front of me get a rear flat and he spew his stuff all over me. Let's just say the sophomoric jokes were flying.
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I had a friend who was obsessive about the cleanliness of his bike, like if it got wheel spray during a ride he would have to clean it off. One time I ran over a ketchup pack and it squirted on his bike. If looks could kill....
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Just back from a bonus Labor Day ride. It was mostly good, with one minor exception:

One of the riders had a flat. That's no big deal, I don't get angry about flats, it's part of the deal. I usually try to be at peace with this and only really get annoyed if I am under a time crunch (which I wasn't). My general strategy when others flat is to ask if they know what they are doing, and if so, just stand back and bite my tongue if they have a minor screw-up....and only give suggestions if they are really messing it up.

So I sat back and found a shady spot. The guy with the flat is a very experienced rider, and I was hopeful this would be a 3 minute pit stop. It was not meant to be.

He got the tire off and popped in a new tube. I usually think it's best to run the inside of the tire to find/remove the culprit shard (unless this was a pinch flat). He did not do that. He got frustrated remounting the tire and had to use a tire lever (I bit my tongue about that too). Then he broke out his "new" C02 inflator. He screwed the cartridge on and then screwed the inflator onto his valve. He started messing with the device and after a couple of minutes he was not getting any airflow and decided to take the inflator off. He could not, it was stuck, so he took the cartridge off (BOOM!) and was able to extricate the inflator and borrowed someone else's. They inflated the tire and (of course) it did not hold any air. I finally spoke up and said "please let's run your tire for any shards and please put another tube on without using the tire lever," one of my friends who was closer to the action apparently ran the tire with no shard, and the rider was able to (with some frustration) install a borrowed tube, remount the tire without a lever, and get it inflated.

Total time: approx 20 minutes.

I really wish all cyclists who run tubes and want to use C02 would do a trial run in their garage so they know how to use it. I also wish they would know to inspect the inside of the flat for the cause, and to use the center channel of the rim to minimize need to remount tire with tire levers.

TL;DR datlas had a fun ride but was slightly annoyed by his fellow cyclist's amateur flat fix skilz.

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It is shocking how clueless people are about flat repairs. I ride with a very experienced touring cyclist, when he visits in March each year. He knows what he's supposed to do, but is not good at it. We were discussing something about doing it at home and he made it abundantly clear that he would do no mechanical maintenance unless it was absolutely necessary.
I remount tires with a lever and rarely have issues. You just have to know where the tube is, and don't go about it ham-fisted.
Occasionally I have to use a lever for the first bead.

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Old 09-05-22, 03:07 PM
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Take your pick. Prolly should watch the red hot Mariners.
Mariners first round pick this year is a kid I know (from our school district; he was a few years behind my youngest kid)

a kid from nearby district my youngest played against was the Giants first round pick in 2021
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Good friken weekend! 3 awesome rides. Didn't get called in to work even though I'm on call, my favorite!
Blue is giving me problems with the rear mech. A week ago it started dropping the chain and shifing was like dropping the cutlery drawr. I put a new chain on a month ago because it wasn't shifting well. Thursday night I put an actual Sram chain on, it didn't help. Tried a different hanger, no effect. So I swapped to a different cassette. Now it's acceptable. I have no idea what changed. The place in its adjustment where it upshifts the best has a place where the downshift won't perform on 7th gear. It just chatters. So I am running in a compromise position, adjustment wise. I am going to try a different cassette, same gearing different manufacturer. So strange, it was flawless.
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Old 09-05-22, 03:44 PM
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Oh, cool. I remembered that you were pretty upset, because you thought that the bibs were toast, but it's nice to hear that they eventually came clean.
Yep, they were new and the Orange Seal people basically said, "sorry." They said to just keep soaking and hope for the best and it kept getting better with each wash until you couldn't tell anymore.
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In “The Right Tool for the Job” category, any guesses as to what I was able to fix?


A 1938 Oldsmobile front tire? The Titanic? A sinus infection?
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Close enough. Kitchen faucet got loose/wiggly and very tough to access under the counter and behind the sink. I had to be a contortionist but was able to get it done.
That is one unpleasant job! The worst part for me is facing the 10 yr accumulation of crap in the cabinet.
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And why did my fender get destroyed the last working day before the first rainy workday in months?
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Old 09-05-22, 04:21 PM
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So, last week I observed that we had had an exceptionally temperate summer. Me and my big mouth.

Yeesh.
Yesterday it was about 97-98 at the peak, but right now, with the humidity at <20%, there's not a lot to slow the temp rise. OTOH, when the sun gets lower, there's very little to keep the heat in, so it cools down into the 60s overnight.
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Welcome to spring. First snow setting on the ground for a couple of years.
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And why did my fender get destroyed the last working day before the first rainy workday in months?
How did your fender get destroyed?
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Speaking of rainy weather, we've received about 3.5" over the last two days. It's been off-and-on all day today so I finally just said screw it - so long as it's not raining at the start if I get wet then I get wet.

Got to climb Paris in the rain which is always such a treat. Just took it easy and enjoyed the coolness and dark misty turns. I will say that descending in the wet on rim brakes is a bit unnerving

One of the best results of the day was how well the new chain lube I'm using worked. I switched to Silca Super Secret a few weeks ago and I was super happy with how quiet everything stayed even through a thorough soaking and grimy roads, plus a quick wipe off at the end of the ride was all it took to clean up.
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How did your fender get destroyed?
Sucked up a stick with the front wheel. It was a beautiful, expensive, and brittle bamboo fender and snapped clean off at the lower strut.
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Sucked up a stick with the front wheel. It was a beautiful, expensive, and brittle bamboo fender and snapped clean off at the lower strut.
And you're too good for duct tape, eh?
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Sucked up a stick with the front wheel. It was a beautiful, expensive, and brittle bamboo fender and snapped clean off at the lower strut.
Better than having it lock up the front wheel. Happened to a friend once.
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post

One of the best results of the day was how well the new chain lube I'm using worked. I switched to Silca Super Secret a few weeks ago and I was super happy with how quiet everything stayed even through a thorough soaking and grimy roads, plus a quick wipe off at the end of the ride was all it took to clean up.
You could start a thread in the 41 or General. People really seem to love discussing chain stuff.
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Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
So, last week I observed that we had had an exceptionally temperate summer. Me and my big mouth.
Yesterday it was about 97-98 at the peak, but right now, with the humidity at <20%, there's not a lot to slow the temp rise. OTOH, when the sun gets lower, there's very little to keep the heat in, so it cools down into the 60s overnight.
We're into the second week of over 105 but the sucky part is it stays hot at night. Supposed to be 107 by noon tomorrow so we hope to be finished with our ride by 11ish.
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too hot to ride…. but drivetrain and bike thoroughly cleaned and new drip-waxed chain installed.



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too hot to ride…. but drivetrain and bike thoroughly cleaned and new drip-waxed chain installed.
Too hot to work on a bike. I cleaned the bathroom today at 11:00 and the sweat was running onto my glasses. Reminded me of when I used to work.
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And you're too good for duct tape, eh?
Didn’t think to go back for the free fragment, but yes.

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Better than having it lock up the front wheel. Happened to a friend once.
This set had those breakaway tabs, which actually might have saved me some maxillofacial surgery one time. Unfortunately, they didn’t save the fender.
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Too hot to work on a bike. I cleaned the bathroom today at 11:00 and the sweat was running onto my glasses. Reminded me of when I used to work.
it was “only” 88 here. but that’s about 13 past my comfort zone.
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it was “only” 88 here. but that’s about 13 past my comfort zone.
I'm ok up to 95, after that it sucks to ride or work outside.

Watching a bunch of houses and ranches burn in Hemet on the news. Very sad.
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Too hot to work on a bike. I cleaned the bathroom today at 11:00 and the sweat was running onto my glasses. Reminded me of when I used to work.
I spent a bit of time installing new smoke detectors. Our old ones are all the 9v battery type, so these new ones with 10 year internal batteries should be an improvement. Apart from that, I walked the dog, washed the car, spent a fruitless half hour taking Mrs. GJ to Urgent Care about her ankle, which doesn't seem to be better.

Now I'm just waiting for the outside temp to drop to 90, because that's about where the house is now.
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You could start a thread in the 41 or General. People really seem to love discussing chain stuff.
My one ride experience counts as objective evidence, right?
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