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BleeckerSt_Girl2010-04-28 16:24:05 +0000 #1
Well I buckled down today and spent a couple of hours thoroughly cleaning my two bikes.

Neither has had a cleaning since the Spring, and in fact this was the very first major bath for my beautiful Luna.

(hey Margo- welcome to TE!)

My Rivendell Rambouillet is going into the bike shop next week to get switched from bar end shifters to Ultegra short reach brifters, so I wanted it to look well cared for and beautiful.

After that improvement it'll get it's new rack and panniers and become my trusty grocery/errand bike so I can use my car even less than I do already.

I don't love the chore of cleaning my bikes, but bright shiny bike machines are definitely things of great beauty.
jobob2010-04-28 16:30:09 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by BleeckerSt_Girl

My Rivendell Rambouillet is going into the bike shop next week to get switched from bar end shifters to Ultegra short reach brifters, so I wanted it to look well cared for and beautiful.

Blasphemy!
kermit2010-04-28 17:12:59 +0000 #3
I wish I lived in a place where I could go shopping on my bike! I see so many potential cool shopping bikes. Do you use simple green? I love it on my road bike.
BleeckerSt_Girl2010-04-28 16:57:35 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by jobob

Blasphemy!

I know, it is blasphemy!

But hey, it's nice to be able to reach my fingers around the brakes, for one thing. What a concept when barreling down a steep hill that ends in a T right on a highway!

Besides, my brain is getting too feeble to keep remembering how to switch back and forth between the two different shifting systems on my two bikes. Takes too much brain power.

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Originally Posted by kermit

I wish I lived in a place where I could go shopping on my bike! I see so many potential cool shopping bikes. Do you use simple green? I love it on my road bike.

We purposely sought out and bought our small house 5 years ago specifically because it was close enough to bike or walk to the village to buy food, etc. We suspected way back then that there would be big trouble ahead concerning the economy and gasoline/oil prices, etc.

I did use SimpleGreen today, a goodly dose in hot water. I've used it on my bikes for a couple of years now (after citrus oil to remove the black gear gunk first). But to tell you the truth I have never really been that pleased with how well it works, and will be trying other stuff out next time I think.
uforgot2010-04-28 16:48:14 +0000 #5
Besides, my brain is getting too feeble to keep remembering how to switch back and forth between the two different shifting systems on my two bikes. Takes too much brain power.

Hey, are you really forgetting stuff? I'm starting to get worried, and I know we are about the same age. Sometimes I have trouble coming up with a word. I never could remember where my keys and glasses were, so that's not bothering me. Tell me it's just normal pretty please???
BleeckerSt_Girl2010-04-28 17:06:41 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by uforgot

Hey, are you really forgetting stuff? I'm starting to get worried, and I know we are about the same age. Sometimes I have trouble coming up with a word. I never could remember where my keys and glasses were, so that's not bothering me. Tell me it's just normal pretty please???

Sometimes when i'm riding along and not paying much attention and then suddenly have to shift for a hill, I temporarily forget which of the 4 levers I need to hit on my brifters. That's ok, because after a second or two I remember, no disaster occurs.

However, then if I have not ridden my OTHER bike in a couple of weeks, I tend to start forgetting which direction the bar end shifters need to go for bigger or smaller gears, and it takes a few shifts to get the hang of it again.

It's just kind of annoying to have to keep going back and forth between the two systems and keep remembering which lever goes for which gear, and in which direction (up or down, and for uphill or downhill?).

I used to love the bar end shifters, but I have grown to like my brifters even better. So I decided I'd like both bikes to be the same.

It also will substantially improve my hands' ability to reach around the brakes.

I think we all tend to forget little things as we get older. But I console myself with the thought that I truly believe I have at least twice as much stored information in my head now at 54 than I did when i was 25.
Zen2010-04-28 18:54:58 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by BleeckerSt_Girl

It's just kind of annoying to have to keep going back and forth between the two systems and keep remembering which lever goes for which gear, and in which direction (up or down, and for uphill or downhill?).

I know this feeling all too well.

For the trigger shifters I have to repeat "top is easy bottom is hard,bottom is easy top is hard"

For the Pilot which has STI for the rear and bar-con for the front I have no way of remembering. I just have to ride for a while until I figure it out.

Then there's the Mariposa, which will have bar-cons on both sides....
pardes2010-04-28 17:11:45 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by BleeckerSt_Girl

I did use SimpleGreen today, a goodly dose in hot water. I've used it on my bikes for a couple of years now (after citrus oil to remove the black gear gunk first). But to tell you the truth I have never really been that pleased with how well it works, and will be trying other stuff out next time I think.

My Trek, after several days in the rain has gotten a little caked with crud. I don't have a CLUE about how to clean a bike. How does one go about this....other than the obvious painted parts that need soap and water? I need a BleeckerST_Girl bike cleaning primer.

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