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itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,692
edited December 2010 in Commuting chat
A clean bike is much more pleasant when repairing PF visits
Riding on a semi flat tyre into a headwind is hard work
Not cleaning your cassette will fook it proper good
Not to ignore squeaks, crunching or any other unusual noises coming from the bike

It's been a busy week :lol:
Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
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  • GussioGussio Posts: 2,452
    itboffin wrote:
    A clean bike is much more pleasant when repairing PF visits
    Riding on a semi flat tyre into a headwind is hard work
    Not cleaning your cassette will fook it proper good
    Not to ignore squeaks, crunching or any other unusual noises coming from the bike

    It's been a busy week :lol:

    And an expensive week by the sound of it :shock:
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,692
    Gussio wrote:
    itboffin wrote:
    A clean bike is much more pleasant when repairing PF visits
    Riding on a semi flat tyre into a headwind is hard work
    Not cleaning your cassette will fook it proper good
    Not to ignore squeaks, crunching or any other unusual noises coming from the bike

    It's been a busy week :lol:

    And an expensive week by the sound of it :shock:

    Erm every week is an expensive week :(
    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 15,308
    itboffin wrote:
    A clean bike is much more pleasant when repairing PF visits
    Riding on a semi flat tyre into a headwind is hard work
    Not cleaning your cassette will fook it proper good
    Not to ignore squeaks, crunching or any other unusual noises coming from the bike

    It's been a busy week :lol:


    And heart breaking when you check the tyre and it isn't actually flat
    Believe that a farther shore
    Is reachable from here.
    Believe in miracles
    And cures and healing wells
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,692
    itboffin wrote:
    A clean bike is much more pleasant when repairing PF visits
    Riding on a semi flat tyre into a headwind is hard work
    Not cleaning your cassette will fook it proper good
    Not to ignore squeaks, crunching or any other unusual noises coming from the bike

    It's been a busy week :lol:


    And heart breaking when you check the tyre and it isn't actually flat

    Only every mile or so :oops:
    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,692
    It is impossible to use super glue without getting it on your hands :oops:
    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • snailracersnailracer Posts: 968
    A battery-powered door buzzer can be used in place of a bike bell/horn.
  • tgotbtgotb Posts: 4,714
    snailracer wrote:
    A battery-powered door buzzer can be used in place of a bike bell/horn.
    But only within about 30 yards of your home...
    Pannier, 120rpm.
  • beverickbeverick Posts: 3,461
    tgotb wrote:
    snailracer wrote:
    A battery-powered door buzzer can be used in place of a bike bell/horn.
    But only within about 30 yards of your home...

    OK if you live, and ride, in a velodrome then?

    Bob
  • kelsenkelsen Posts: 2,003
    A red bike is faster than a bike of any other colour
  • tgotbtgotb Posts: 4,714
    tgotb wrote:
    snailracer wrote:
    A battery-powered door buzzer can be used in place of a bike bell/horn.
    But only within about 30 yards of your home...
    Just realised that this will work within 30 yards of any home with a compatible door buzzer :-)
    Pannier, 120rpm.
  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 18,025
    Once I have shifted into the big ring, pushing the shifter again is likely to pull the head off the cable. Doh!

    Posted here, as everyone is studiously ignoring my other thread. Oh well, that's democracy for you.
    1985 Mercian King of Mercia - work in progress (Hah! Who am I kidding?)
    Pinnacle Monzonite

    Liberal metropolitan, remoaner, traitor, "sympathiser", etc.
  • asprillaasprilla Posts: 8,440
    My wife was right and an additional 2cm can make the difference between a feeling of general discomfort and overwhelming joy; I changed my stem this morning.
    Mud - Genesis Vapour CCX
    Race - Fuji Norcom Straight
    Sun - Cervelo R3
    Winter / Commute - Dolan ADX
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,692
    A clean bike is a happy 'n quiet bike :D
    Hail showers can be dry and warm :shock:
    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • salsajakesalsajake Posts: 702
    How thick was I a couple of weeks ago? Rode past a tree where a car had obviously crashed, glass everywhere, saw it too late to avoid it. Then I'm riding along thinking "lucky I didn't get a flat" about half a mile later I'm thinking "what's that odd clicking sound" but ignore it. about a minute later, the tyre is clearly going flat. Clicking was clearly glass in the outer, which eventually thanks to my stupid neglect went and cut the tyre. So if you see glass and hear a click - stop and pull it out!
  • rhannrhann Posts: 383
    itboffin wrote:
    A clean bike is a happy 'n quiet bike :D
    Hail showers can be dry and warm :shock:
    and painful if only wearing short and jersey, also its not a good idea to put 2 crates of beer on top of each other on the rack!
  • fossyantfossyant Posts: 2,549
    If you see glass, stick your hand on the tyre whilst moving....takes practice and don't put your hand anywhere near where if might be dragged under the brakes...... :shock:

    A clean bike is also faster......
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    salsajake wrote:
    How thick was I a couple of weeks ago? Rode past a tree where a car had obviously crashed, glass everywhere, saw it too late to avoid it. Then I'm riding along thinking "lucky I didn't get a flat" about half a mile later I'm thinking "what's that odd clicking sound" but ignore it. about a minute later, the tyre is clearly going flat. Clicking was clearly glass in the outer, which eventually thanks to my stupid neglect went and cut the tyre. So if you see glass and hear a click - stop and pull it out!


    Now we're talking about glass here aren't we?
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
    2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
    2011 Trek Madone 4.5
    2012 Felt F65X
    Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,692
    A level saddle makes a huge difference to comfort
    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,692
    Bah MTB cable routing is tricky - not a happy afternoon of fettling :evil:
    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • NGaleNGale Posts: 1,866
    itboffin wrote:
    It is impossible to use super glue without getting it on your hands :oops:

    Just as long as you don't get said glued hands near the wedding tackle you'll be fine :lol:
    Officers don't run, it's undignified and panics the men
  • davisdavis Posts: 2,566
    Doing 40-odd miles with just a banana and a bottle for sustenance is very very silly. Felt very bad indeed.

    Overpriced garage forecourts are good for something though
    Sometimes parts break. Sometimes you crash. Sometimes it’s your fault.
  • mtb-idlemtb-idle Posts: 2,176
    bunch of flowers??
    FCN = 4
  • downfaderdownfader Posts: 3,686
    mtb-idle wrote:
    bunch of flowers??

    Fire lighting sticks? :lol:

    This week I learnt that a Hope steel road BB is WAAAY easier to ride than a cheap FSA BB. I've never gone so fast up hill in my life (no tailwind either and thats a first at this one location) :)
  • mooniomoonio Posts: 802
    off-roading along muddy woodland tracks in 32c marathon plus tyres is fun
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,692
    A stiff neck for two weeks is a real bore :(
    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • asprillaasprilla Posts: 8,440
    When wearing a new wetsuit make sure that you lubricate the back of your neck or it will be sore for the next two days.
    Mud - Genesis Vapour CCX
    Race - Fuji Norcom Straight
    Sun - Cervelo R3
    Winter / Commute - Dolan ADX
  • Clever PunClever Pun Posts: 6,778
    fossyant wrote:
    If you see glass, stick your hand on the tyre whilst moving....takes practice and don't put your hand anywhere near where if might be dragged under the brakes...... :shock:

    A clean bike is also faster......

    how bloody are your hands?
    Purveyor of sonic doom

    Very Hairy Roadie - FCN 4
    Fixed Pista- FCN 5
    Beared Bromptonite - FCN 14
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    I am a Rain God.



    I put on shoes. It rains.

    I take off shoes. The Sun comes out.


    I put on shoes. It hammers it down.

    I take off shoes. The Sun comes out.



    I'll have to mow the lawn barefoot and possibly naked. It's a private garden but I suspect my elderly, caravan owning neighbours may have a collective heart attack.
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
    2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
    2011 Trek Madone 4.5
    2012 Felt F65X
    Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter
  • mooniomoonio Posts: 802
    I am a Rain God.

    I'll have to mow the lawn barefoot and possibly naked. .

    Can you do my lawn too please :twisted:
  • CafewandaCafewanda Posts: 2,788
    I don't have a lawn but there is a patch of grass outside my block of flats :twisted:
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