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  1. #1
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    May 2004
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    6am urge to clean drive train

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    I think I've reached a new height (or as my GF would argue, depth) of cycling enthusiasm.

    At 6am Thursday, I woke up before the alarm and decided to go clean my drivetrain. Strolled into work afterwards feeling fabulous! What a great life I get to have!

    Lest you think I am truly virtuous, I was going to clean the bike anyway on Thursday evening--but only because I am taking it to the bike shop today for a brake adjustment and the mechanic who is usually on duty will scold me if the chain is really dirty!

  2. #2
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    Mine usually occurs at about 10:30pm on a Friday night. Sometimes it's bad that the BF lives 600 miles away, sometimes I think he's glad...
    For 3 days, I get to part of a thousand other journeys.

  3. #3
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    Silver and I spent hours disassembling our bikes and cleaning them last night. I took about 1.5 hours on mine...she took about 3 hours on hers

    It was funny, when I was cleaning my cassette, she was convinced that I had black components...5 minutes later...they were silver
    If you don't grow where you're planted, you'll never BLOOM - Will Rogers

  4. #4
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    There could be many compulsions that are far, far, worse
    We are a strange bunch, aren't we?
    2008 Trek FX 7.2/Terry Cite X
    2009 Jamis Aurora/Brooks B-68
    2010 Trek FX 7.6 WSD/stock bontrager

  5. #5
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    Jul 2006
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    Riding my Luna & Rivendell in the Hudson Valley, NY
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    I get into taping and twining my handlebars.
    Lisa
    Our bikes...OurBikes...and my mountain dulcimer blog
    Ruby's Website and My blog
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Spokane, WA
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    My family and group of cycling friends call me the chain cleaning nazi.

    I'm always after everyone to clean their chains. Sometimes I'll even do it for them. There's nothing prettier than a clean chain and cassette.

    And a clean bike rides better too! bikerHen

  7. #7
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    May 2004
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    NY, NY
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    yup. i was amazed how the difference it made when i cleaned out the crud that accumulated behind the pulleys of the rear derailleur!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Oslo, Norway
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    Hah! My pet neurosis is fixing badly adjusted bike helmets and backpacks. Badly adjusted climbing harnesses freak me out too, but I can usually refrain from groping total strangers around the butt so that their harness will sit better...

    But all my sons friends are used to me swooping down on them to fix their bike helmets. They come in with their helmets way back on the back of their heads with loose straps, and go out again race-worthy...
    Winter riding is much less about badassery and much more about bundle-uppery. - malkin

    1995 Kona Cinder Cone commuterFrankenbike/Selle Italia SLR Lady Gel Flow
    2008 white Nakamura Summit Custom mtb/Terry Falcon X
    2000 Schwinn Fastback Comp road bike/Specialized Jett

 

 

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