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a couple times a year with paste car wax. Makes it much easier to keep
clean and it protects the finish. (DONíT wax the wheel rims.)
use your leaf blower to
dry your bike
after you wash it. Works especially good in those hard to get to
places and on the bar tape.
get your bike really clean in a car wash, but the high-pressure spray
can also wash all the grease out of the bearings. Even some "sealed
bearings" can be damaged by car wash spray and most of them canít be
rebuilt. Better to
the bike at home
with a bucket of water and a sponge or rag. Rinse with a gentle stream
from the garden hose.
your tubes with baby powder
by putting the tube inside a bag with some powder and shaking. Also
put some inside your tire casings and turn them round and round to
distribute the powder. It well worth the effort--makes changing a flat
about 50 times easier and it could prolong the life of your tubes.
Powder all new tubes and put them inside zip-lock bags. Then they're
ready for use or to put in your seat pack.
of a bike chain are exactly one inch long, but
stretch as they wear.
To determine if a chain is worn out, hold a ruler up to the chain and
line up the zero mark with the center of one of the link pins. Then
look down at the 12-inch mark. If the link down there is 1/8 inch or
more past the 12-inch mark, itís time to replace the chain.
If you put
on a new chain and begin to experience shifting problems, drive train
noise or chain skipping, itís a sure bet your cog set is worn out.
Yes, you must
thick, short rubber band on the bike to use as
Put the band around the left brake lever to lock the front wheel when
you lean the bike against a wall or post. This is remarkably effective
in keeping the bike from rolling and falling. A cross section of
mountain bike innertube makes a great rubber band and will last much
longer than the office variety.
shower cap is just the thing to
the saddle dry
when your bike has to be out over night. Want a free one? Check around
the hotel room next time you spend a night away from home. They often
have them in the toiletries basket. The elastic in most shower caps
will even keep them in place while the bike is transported in the back
of your truck or on the roof or trunk rack.
hear a squeaking sound coming from the vicinity of your pedals? Try
spraying the bottom of your shoes
in the area around the cleats with Armor All and let it dry over
night. Bonus: if some of the Armor All rubs off on the carpet, itís
actually good for it.
much easier to get a patch to stay on the tube if you
clean the area with lacquer thinner
AND use the little piece of sandpaper that comes in the patch kit to
rough up the surface of the tube. Then apply glue to the tube AND the
patch and let it dry until it looks dull before applying the patch.
Also, donít even try to patch a tube when itís raining or foggy out.
The humidity makes it nearly impossible to get the glue to stick.
CAUTION: lacquer thinner and rubber cement produce noxious fumes.
ALWAYS work in a well ventilated area.