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Old 02-14-2013, 06:33 AM   #27226
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From the 'ya gotta love craigslist' files

So there's an ad for an Antares 00. The super-fancy carbon-railed jobbie. White. Guy wants $120 for it.

So I emailed him and asked if he wanted to trade. I offered him a choice of a Romin (butt-hatchet) or Prologo Scratch. (comfy) He came back with 'Romin & $30' which got the counter of Romin and $20.

I'm trading for a nifty Antares saddle here in about 2.5hrs wtih $20 in my grubby little fingers.

Only downside is I just re-wrapped my bars in light blue and am going to have to go white pretty soon. Oh well. Tape's only $11

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Old 02-14-2013, 06:48 AM   #27227
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So, what do y'all all think?
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I am in the "keep it clean and check air pressure prior to riding" school of thinking
^^^ +1

If you were really hard on your stuff, then, I can see frequent servicing. But, based on how I think you ride, that you have nice stuff and assume you take care of it, I would ride it until you start to see seal seapage or have some sort of internal failure.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:51 AM   #27228
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Now, if I can get housekeeping to stop re-arranging the pillows on the bed so I have to play find the pillow with enough stuffing to support my head every night, I'd count that as a KOM, game set and match.
Buy/bring your own. Waking up with so much neck pain that I couldn't reach the phone for help taught me that one.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:14 AM   #27229
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^^^ +1

If you were really hard on your stuff, then, I can see frequent servicing. But, based on how I think you ride, that you have nice stuff and assume you take care of it, I would ride it until you start to see seal seapage or have some sort of internal failure.
I always become suspicious when I see factory service intervals like "100" hours. Why not 83.5 hours, or 157 hours? "100" sounds like a number pulled out of a hat. Having worked with engineers all of my professional career, I know only too well how ridiculously conservative their estimates tend to be. Legal liability is one reason for it. Another, more cynical one, is that manufacturers make money when shocks are sent back for servicing, so they have a financial incentive to specify very short service intervals.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:34 AM   #27230
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I travel by motorcycle now days. Not a lot of room. I'm not your average BMW Steamer Trunk traveler. I only display part of the touratech catalog.
Heck I left my Kermit chair at home even!

They have a selection of five pillows plus that useless square frilly one every woman has to toss into the mix. Along with that stupid throw thing across the bottom of the bed. It seems like some sort of game where they hide the one good pillow behind three fluffy airy pillows for people with no neck injuries.

By the way, not riding a motorcycle for seven months, means my neck is unused to that big bucket catching wind on my head.

Ouch!

And while I'm whining, what is the deal with re-arranging my stuff on the counter?

I do have entirely too much crap with me, but it is the result of my hope to get some camping in.

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Old 02-14-2013, 10:02 AM   #27231
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I don't doubt it. ...and being higher than Denver, you probably got hammered pretty darn quickly too!

Took me a while to get over that altitude. I moved to Flag from Morgan Hill, CA. IOW darn near sea level!

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Old 02-14-2013, 12:00 PM   #27232
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When I was living in Flag, we had a snowstorm every week on the weekend for weeks straight. Very pretty, but made for shitfer riding.

@Mr Head: LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of forest service roads up around Flag. IDK if they've been designated 'wilderness' yet or not though, so check before you head off on something motorized.

...and if you go to Flag, there's some great stops to make: breweries I like the Mogollon better than Beaver St but both make great beers. DAMHIK how effed up flatlanders can get on a pub crawl thru Flag.

Another place to take the family is down Bisbee/Tombstone way. Yeah, Tombstone's a tourist trap, but ya gotta go at least once.

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Old 02-14-2013, 12:06 PM   #27233
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^^^ +1

If you were really hard on your stuff, then, I can see frequent servicing. But, based on how I think you ride, that you have nice stuff and assume you take care of it, I would ride it until you start to see seal seapage or have some sort of internal failure.
I should probably get my rear Fox shock worked on then. When I land hard, my legs get sprayed with a mist of oil. I think I'm pretty hard on my gear.

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Old 02-14-2013, 12:45 PM   #27234
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^^^ +1

If you were really hard on your stuff, then, I can see frequent servicing. But, based on how I think you ride, that you have nice stuff and assume you take care of it, I would ride it until you start to see seal seapage or have some sort of internal failure.
for an air shock like a Fox, get it serviced when it won't hold pressure long enough that its become annoying... my threshold was a few days when I was riding a boingy-bike, and this took a couple years of light riding, but I being a fatty, had to run that shock around 220PSI which probably accelerated the leakage.

by all means keep it clean, any dirt on the seal area will hugely accelerate said wear. I remember seeing nylon 'shock socks' you could put over your rear shock, seemed like a great idea for mud riders.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:48 PM   #27235
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Born and raised in Flag. Stop, you're making me homesick!
Holy shit! Its a local. Not too many of y'all.

I did an easy hour on the FTB on a MUT. Good thing it was the middle of the day... On a serious note, I passed maybe a dozen people all told. Cross County Trail in Fairfax, VA and I rode from Pickett Rd to the tennis courts over in Wakefield Park and back.

I rode out of Wakefield Park with 11 tennis balls from either 'around the courts' or in the trash can. I have a dog that likes to eat em, leave em in the yard for the mower to run over, etc. so I need tennis balls on a semi-regular basis. Cheap SOBs are us means doing some 'cleanup.'

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Old 02-14-2013, 01:13 PM   #27236
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for an air shock like a Fox, get it serviced when it won't hold pressure long enough that its become annoying... my threshold was a few days when I was riding a boingy-bike, and this took a couple years of light riding, but I being a fatty, had to run that shock around 220PSI which probably accelerated the leakage.

by all means keep it clean, any dirt on the seal area will hugely accelerate said wear. I remember seeing nylon 'shock socks' you could put over your rear shock, seemed like a great idea for mud riders.
I find a lot more accumulated dust on my fork sliders than I do on the rear shock, even when riding in dry conditions. I wouldn't mind putting gaitors over them if I could find a way to do it. Cannondale forks come with them.

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Old 02-14-2013, 03:21 PM   #27237
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Until the seal blows.









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Old 02-14-2013, 04:32 PM   #27238
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There seems to be a disagreement as to how literally to follow the recommended service interval on bicycle shocks, which the manufacturer (Fox) lists as every 100 hours. Half the people I've spoken with say that all you really need to do is check the pressure every few weeks, keep the shock body clean, and check for signs of oil leakage. Others say that the shocks need to be disassembled and carefully checked for signs of component failure. Actual examples of mechanical failure are hard to find; so far I've only heard of two instances in which a shock needed repairs, and this comes from mechanics at one of the largest local dealerships.

So, what do y'all all think?

Minnesota winters are LOOOOOONG. I rebuild it (4 forks and two shocks) every winter. Usually it is just a fluid change, sometimes some tweaking.

I don't know what I would do if I rode all year around. I suppose I would go until I have a problem.... If I raced I would do it sooner.
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:25 AM   #27239
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In the 'everywhere but here' file:

Swiss velodrome to open in April

Is this why you picked up the idea?
The Renaissance of the idea came about because I saw that nations like England and Australia were having international success with their road racing cyclists who, in large part, came from a background of racing on the track. The most immediate example is this year’s Tour de France winner, Bradley Wiggins, an Englishman who had focused on track racing up until the 2004 Olympic games.

Gee. Ya think?! USAC should be paying attention. More tracks = more, better racers = more medals (which drives positive media attention) = more of everything. What do we get? Nada. Zip. Zero. Nuthin.

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