Real Riders Cycling Tips for Dummies (no we're not dummies but it's easy tips for everybody).
This is a group for everybody to share those little hints & tips you discover when you are a cyclist.
Post them here so that others can share from your learnings.
It would be lovely if we can have only 1 or 2 posts a day, so that we can spread them out over a bigger period & give people a chance to take your tip in, ask questions if need be.
OK guys, get into it & have some fun with it.
I read a column from a former pro mechanic & bike setup 'specialist' that said that these 'bike fits' have one minor downfall, they can only work on the 'average' person, who's average?
He thinks that getting a bike fit isn't a waste of money but don't be convinced it's the be all, end all, after you get home, ride the bike a few times, then move the seat post up 10mm, ride the bike again, if it's still fairly comfy then move it up another 10mm, keep doing this until it gets uncomfortable then move the seat down 2.5mm, keep moving it down until it's comfy then you're pretty close to the perfect fit for you.
I did this with my bikes, I had measurements relating to seat to pedal measurement, seat to bar measurement, pedal to bar measurement, I always set my bikes up to these, until I read his article, I now set the bikes up when I change something, then go through his system, I now have all of my bikes set up slightly different, but they are all as comfy as an old pair of jeans.
When you are fitting tyres, put a good dose of talc/baby powder (no name supermarket brands are great for this, cheap & do a great job), into the tyre once you have one bead on the rim.
It will lubricate the tyre when you try to push the outer bead on, will allow the tyre to 'slip' around the bead if you want to turn the tyre, will soak up any moisture that may penetrate the tyre during rain or wet riding & make thew tyre a little easier to get off later.
I generally use kevlar beaded tyres & can usually get them on & off with just my thumbs & fingers, I put this down to the talc/baby powder I use when fitting the tyres (I take my tyres off regularly & put talc in everytime).
If you find a cut in your tyre you can repair it before it gets bad enough that you have to replace the tyre.
Carefully dig out any foreign bodies (glass, bits of metal, etc.), then you pump the tyre right up, put the glue (you can use normal superglue, I personally use a flexible rubber glue) into the cut & deflate the tyre, this will cause the edges of the cut to close up (if you're using a rubber glue just fill the cut up completely it'll seal the cut, no need to deflate), when you re-inflate the tyre the cut should have sealed (if it hasn't either repeat the process or just fill the cut with superglue & allow to dry).
If you're cleaning your tyres after your rides & repairing your cuts then you should have a fairly easy run without getting too many flats.
I've been doing this for the last 11 months without a puncture.
A side bonus of this is it helps you remove little glass fragments, etc., find metal/glass shards & see little cuts in the tyres (that you can repair before they get bad enough to destroy a tyre).
Evidently the vinegar doesn't affect the silica that they make tyres from these days, (unless you use the pure citrus type) degreasers can prematurely wear your tyres or compromise the surface.
I've done this for since I read it after last years TdF & haven't had a flat (except for the impact one that destroyed the tube) since then.
It's worked well for me.
Good one Wal will have to give that a try. Another trick is before you ride on the velodrome wipe your tyres down with half metho half water mixture to get all the dirt and grime off your tyres and this also helps them stick to the boards better too.
you could try Cat Crap http://www.amazon.com/EK-10003C-Cat-Crap/dp/B002ZNA488?tag=vglnk-c587-20
Not the best name they could have thought of :-)
Also been told that raw potato works, I've used dishwashing liquid & that works so no reason that baby shampoo wouldn't work too. My Oakley Jawbones have vent holes cut out of the lenses, they fog until you start moving then they clear straight away.