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    Thread: What Did You Do To Your Bicycle Today Thread.

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      02-13-2011 09:15 PM #1
      Not the Did You Ride Today Thread, but more like washing, modifying, upgrades, lightening, repairing and everything else like that. Maybe it's a good idea, maybe it's not, but it's a way to show your new parts and work when they're relatively small things that you wouldn't make a new thread for. Yes, just like the mk2 G/J and all those other forums
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      02-13-2011 09:30 PM #2
      Bought a seatpost clamp lightweight aluminium rack, and matching small set of panniers dirt cheap from Nashbar:

      Bags: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...7_10000_202633
      Rack: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...7_10000_202633

      Really impressed with the quality when considering the price, but the racks attach at the bottom using a metal hook which did not secure them very tightly and didn't inspire confidence for the 400 mile race that I'm planning on using them for (Crush The Commonwealth, PGH to PHL). The hook wasn't able to be fully tightened and also made a really annoying rattle when moved around.

      So while i'm too sick to train, I modified them tonight:

      Stock:


      Cut:


      Sewing (I thought I could do it, but my wife stopped me before I stitched my hand onto them:


      Modified:


      The total setup, nothing on the bike yet sorry.




      I do realise that I've permenantly attached the small tightening straps to the rack, but figured that I'm likely to never use the rack with the bags and if I do I could wrap the straps up so they don't come anyway near the wheel spokes. I know panniers aren't sexy, but I'm still excited about them
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      02-14-2011 01:01 PM #3
      I went on a ride across spokane for the maiden voyage of my fixie so I put a water bottle cage on it. Took it off again today to keep it simple and cleaned up the frame and wheels. If this thread existed a few days ago I would've told you all about my fixie conversion
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    4. 02-14-2011 03:02 PM #4
      I put one of these on it (Garmin Edge 800):


    5. 02-14-2011 06:04 PM #5
      *couple days ago

      Glued tubulars for the first time


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      02-14-2011 07:45 PM #6
      What I did not do today was wash or ride my bike. I did however receive and fit a new 120mm -8' Alpha Q aluminum stem. Some of the posters on the WW forum have recommended the stem for being light, tough and high value as it was $30-$50. It's now available new on ebay for a bike store for $20 shipped..! Advertised weight was around 120 grams, but with my crappy scales it came out to 4.5oz which is 127.5 grams including the bolts - with probably a large margin of error on the scales.


      The old stem:


      What I thought was the old weight:


      The spacer that was needed, and was set to -8'. The new stem will be angled down slightly as this won't be fitted. Good news!


      Diameter difference:


      Actual old weight:


      New weight:


      Done (except for some play in the fork ):
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      02-14-2011 09:59 PM #7
      Stripped the Ridley down to the bare frame to get it ready to be sent back for warranty.

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      02-14-2011 11:19 PM #8
      Cleaned the bike from the nasty rain. Put more parts on the rain bike. And picked up a new set of Ksyriums.

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      02-15-2011 01:24 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by merckx56 View Post
      Stripped the Ridley down to the bare frame to get it ready to be sent back for warranty.
      How the new day has improved my general demeanor. My new 2011 Helium is shipping out today.

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      02-15-2011 01:33 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by merckx56 View Post
      How the new day has improved my general demeanor. My new 2011 Helium is shipping out today.
      Nice. Straight warranty swap?

      Check out this build.. it's kind of a love/hate, but I personally think it's awesome looking: http://weightweenies.starbike.com/fo...p?f=10&t=81043
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      02-15-2011 02:51 PM #11
      Picked up a set of Mavic Mach 2 Tubulars for my rain bike. And put them on!

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      02-15-2011 04:31 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by the brit View Post
      Nice. Straight warranty swap?

      Check out this build.. it's kind of a love/hate, but I personally think it's awesome looking: http://weightweenies.starbike.com/fo...p?f=10&t=81043
      Yep, straight swap. The new one will look just like the frame in that link. I wanted the Flanders paint, but they didn't have any medium frames.

      Putting my old 7800 D/A on it for now. Probably buy a new group in the fall...

      Should weigh right around 16 pounds. The old one weighed 16.5...

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      02-15-2011 05:19 PM #13
      Tried to get the seat post issue resolved on my girlfrien's BMC

      Ordered an XS frame -- they ship a 350mm post instead of 250mm for an extra small frame Post slides in until it hits the wheel cut out.

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      02-15-2011 05:57 PM #14
      I got taught a valuable lesson about tightening stems down at my friendly LBS. I also got a new top cap (smaller, lighter, not offset).

      If I want to go lower on the front again, I'll try to find a nice carbon tapered spacer for above the frame.

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      02-16-2011 12:20 AM #15
      what did i do today?

      stickers!!

      A Rabbit is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak. Only the worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk. If you have even a modicum of hesitation, DO NOT buy one of these cars. Instead, leave it for a worthy soul who has already matriculated to the sublime ecstasy of what those in the know refer to as a "MK1"

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      02-16-2011 08:23 PM #16
      Ordered carbon cages, chain, cables and housing for the new build. Fortunately, the frame will get here next Monday/Tuesday, right as I'm having surgery and can't do anything with it.

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      02-16-2011 11:50 PM #17
      I stared at mine.
      I need to change the front tire to my Michelin Pro Race2 since my Vittoria has a knife wound somehow.

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      02-17-2011 11:14 AM #18
      Sending back my front Rolf Disc Tandem wheel for the second time in a month. The spokes came loose and they indicated that they had come up with a new method of lacing to increase tension - translated - we incorrectly laced them the first time so send them back and we will re-lace them correctly this time. Got them back in a couple days - re-laced and tension was much better. After one ride they lost tension again - cause incredible amount of pinging/clicking.

      Will be hitting both road bikes this weekend for a cleaning and adjustment session.

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      02-17-2011 11:20 AM #19
      I looked at mine......then at the snowboard........then looked at the snow in the yard.......then back at the bike. I hope this weekend's weather melts the ice in the northeast. My driveway still looks like a bowling alley.

      Other than that, I'm checking out SRAM Force front derailleurs to replace the Rival on the LOOK.

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      02-17-2011 12:51 PM #20
      Re-installed my rebuilt 29er DUC 32 fork on my Trek. Thanks Maverick, this think feels so plush now. Fox what? Yeah fug that.
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      02-17-2011 10:55 PM #21
      To summarize thus far.....(for my MTB)

      got my spoke replaced, upgraded to a Shimano CS-HG61 12-36T cassette

      Ditched the big chain ring


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    22. 02-18-2011 12:09 AM #22
      staring at them...

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      02-18-2011 06:17 PM #23
      Put on a fresh pair of Conti's.

      Force in the rear and GP4000s in the front.
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    24. 02-18-2011 07:41 PM #24
      I got my first shipment of parts for my new road bike build:


    25. 02-18-2011 10:40 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by abt cup View Post
      Put on a fresh pair of Conti's.

      Force in the rear and GP4000s in the front.
      u should put falken 512 with nice stretch my friend !!

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      02-19-2011 09:10 AM #26
      cane creek intergrated headset, (why did Giant use this design again?) installed it with dual crown shocks and i still have slop, i'll retry it later...

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      02-19-2011 01:13 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by ironmule View Post
      cane creek intergrated headset, (why did Giant use this design again?) installed it with dual crown shocks and i still have slop, i'll retry it later...
      its a great design, i think you might be doing something wrong or something is broken/out of spec
      A Rabbit is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak. Only the worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk. If you have even a modicum of hesitation, DO NOT buy one of these cars. Instead, leave it for a worthy soul who has already matriculated to the sublime ecstasy of what those in the know refer to as a "MK1"

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      02-19-2011 07:48 PM #28
      Bought and installed on my road bike






      Ordered kmc chain and Jagwire ripcord for the mtb
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      02-19-2011 08:35 PM #29
      Cleaned the Motobecane, and did some work to the Schwinn project bike:


      From this a month or two ago(rode it as a fixie for about four months), to a state of disassembly. Today I got it to this point:



      The brakes have new cables on them, the rear derailleur works really well, new handlebar wraps, seat height reset to go with the new longer crankarms, and yes those are Dura-Ace bar end shifters on a 30 year old Schwinn. They only cost like $50, and I couldn't resist! If I ever get another bike without integrated shifters I'll probably move to bar ends, the friction shifters are FANTASTIC. I'm in love

      I can't get the front derailleur to pull quite right, the bike it came off of had a guide under the bottom bracket, this one doesn't. I got a clamp on cable-stop that I put on the seat tube. It looks like it should work but I seem to have adjusted it wrong. So I don't foul it up I'm taking it to my local shop on Monday(the Downtube in Albany, or CK Cycles over in Colonie. I haven't decided which yet as Downtube is walking distance, but pricier, and I know CK does good work, but I'd have to put the bike on the car to take it there and get back to school between classes).
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    30. 02-22-2011 10:35 PM #30
      I built a new work area to build up my yet-to-arrive road frame/work on my other bikes:


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      02-23-2011 05:28 PM #31
      Landshark: Installed a new rear d (ultegra sl), washed it, and cleaned and lubed drivetrain.

      On One & GT: Washed it and cleaned and lubed the drivetrain.

      Jamis: Reinstalled the rear d I borrowed for the landshark, cleaned and lubed the drivetrain.

      Specialized allez: Took off the pedals I wanted to keep and prepped the bike for sale.

      And now I am out of things to do so no more procrastinating, time to pack for an upcoming move. On the bright side in a little over 2 weeks I will live less than a block from mtb trails

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      02-27-2011 09:12 PM #32
      on the mountain bike:

      replaced the rotors
      replaced the brake pads
      cleaned the frame
      replaced the shift cables
      replaced the brake cables... though ran into a snag with the end caps not fitting properly on the Jagwire Ripcord housing....
      installed the SRAM X.7 shifters
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      02-28-2011 09:16 PM #33
      I put my Look KEO classics on my Felt. Put the cleats on my new PI shoes... maybe tomorrow I will put it on the trainer and see if I can DIY the cleat adjustment or if I should just spring the $50 for the LBS to set them for me...

    34. 03-01-2011 11:12 AM #34
      I fully cleaned the bike, replaced the disc brake pads, installed new Ergon grips, a new Thomson Seat post, and new tires, oh and rebuilt the rear hub…again.

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      03-01-2011 11:33 AM #35
      Changed out my front tire.
      Since my old one had a gnarly slice through it.

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