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Handy stuff I've learned on RBR(6 posts)

Handy stuff I've learned on RBRgs6769
Jun 3, 2002 3:47 AM
Re: yeterday's ride.
Problem: Creaking noise from right Look pedal/cleat.
Possible solution from RBR: Clean pedal/cleat contact points.
Result: No more creak!!

Problem: Chain thrown off small ring approaching stop light.
Possible solution from RBR: Don't pull over, just move front derailleur towards big ring. Chain should re-engage on small ring.
Result: Worked like a charm.

Thanks all for the tips!!
re: Handy stuff I've learned on RBRpmf1
Jun 3, 2002 3:55 AM
Best tip I ever got here was that the citrus cleaner sold at Home Depot for $7/gallon works as well as the bike shop stuff (that costs about $70/gallon). Absolutely true.

Second best -- you can make a decent chain lube out of 4 parts mineral spirits one part motor oil. I still like Finish Line better though.
re: Carry duct tape...JL
Jun 3, 2002 9:10 AM
It saved me last year 40 miles into a century ride. Used a piece for an inside tire boot because I was sure the hole I found would attract more glass. Made it the rest of the way without anymore tire problems. Now, it's always in the saddle bag around the CO2 inflator.

Has to be one of my favorite tips I learned here.

Happy riding.

Other uses?TypeOne
Jun 3, 2002 11:36 AM
I have heard of using leaves or trash on the road as a tire liner. What other uses could I find with duct tape? The new rolls are usually about 4" in diameter and would add a ton of weight to a seat wedge.
Broken hanger?
What else?
Other uses?theBreeze
Jun 3, 2002 12:16 PM
You can also boot a tire with a dollar bill. (thank you Leonard Zinn)

When my husband and I did a week mtn bike tour last summer to the back of beyond we brought duct tape, of course. Just rolled some around a TP tube cut down to size. A whole 4" roll would be overkill. We used it to boot a co-rider's tire the first day and he rode that way ALL WEEK! I was impressed. You could also use it to repair a torn grip, saddle cover, shoe.
For a broken hanger it depends on the break, but it's one place duct tape might not work. That's why I like zip ties. You can pick up a big ol' jar-o-ties from Home Depot. Lots of different sizes. I've used them to reattach computers, bottle cages, in a pinch you can even use one to tie off a hole in a tube and re-install it.
You don't bring the whole roll...JL
Jun 3, 2002 5:48 PM
You take piece off the roll and wrap it around something else. It's there if you need it for whatever. I'll leave it up to you to figure out the "what else?"