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Old 04-08-2011, 12:04 PM   #41
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I adjusted my derailleurs without hanging up the bike from a door frame. It turns out that the place I am staying does not have trim on the doors to support a C-clamp! I had the neighbor hold up the rear end when I turned the pedals. I just could't get my head around doing the bike upside down. And the elderly neighbor was amused and fascinated by the whole process.

I need to clean my chain and lube it next and fuss with the left front brake cable.
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:07 PM   #42
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I've been riding on Continental Ultra Gator Skin tires for years. Except for last year, when I got badly injured and was in a wheel chair for 8 weeks, I put 5,000+ miles on my bike in a year. I can't remember the last flat I got on the road, but it was probably in early 2009. I change the tires at around 3,000 miles or when they start getting worn enough to worry me and put new tubes in then. But I always carry a couple of spare tubes with me on every ride.

Are these supposed to be antiflat tires with Kevlar reinforcement or something like that? Anyone else ever use anti-flat tires?
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Are these supposed to be antiflat tires with Kevlar reinforcement or something like that? Anyone else ever use anti-flat tires?
Yes, exactly. That is, a small piece of glass is less likely to puncture the tube or work it's way in and cause a flat. However, nothing will help if you ride over a thumbtack, for example.

The price you pay is higher cost, some extra weight and perhaps higher "rolling resistance."

I had some "armadillos" on my bike, but I wanted something lighter, and I have the ultra gatorskins on now. They are good, but the sidewalls aren't very resistant to problems.

Flats are weird. You can go years without one, then have five in a week.

Often glass or debris will stick in your tire a little, then gradually work its way into the tube as you ride. So two things you can do are (1) after riding over some glass, put your gloved hand on each tire (as you're riding), to knock pieces off (takes practice), and (2) examine your tires after each ride to see if anything is stuck in them.
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Often glass or debris will stick in your tire a little, then gradually work its way into the tube as you ride. So two things you can do are (1) after riding over some glass, put your gloved hand on each tire (as you're riding), to knock pieces off (takes practice), and (2) examine your tires after each ride to see if anything is stuck in them.
I don't know about #1 on this board Al. We are trending mature and don't want to risk tumbling off our bikes because some wise guy goaded us into stunt riding
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I took the park tool's maintenance class this winter at the local bike shop. They used the Park Tool PCS-9 stand. It was nice.

After the class I bought the PCS-10 stand which is even nicer. It was $135 but it'll be the last stand I ever buy. It's a mechanic quality stand. You can rotate your bike on it. No tools needed for adjustment. It was also one of the cheapest bike things that I've bought.

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Amazon.com: Park Tool PCS-10 Home Mechanic Repair Stand: Sports & Outdoors
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I don't know about #1 on this board Al. We are trending mature and don't want to risk tumbling off our bikes because some wise guy goaded us into stunt riding
Yeah, I regretted posting that when I was on my ride yesterday. Not because it's hard, but because if you put your hand in the wrong place, you could have a disaster.

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I've been riding on Continental Ultra Gator Skin tires for years. Except for last year, when I got badly injured and was in a wheel chair for 8 weeks,
I am glad you are now OK. Was the injury a bike wipeout?

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