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Hot Buy – Short Sleeve Cycling Jersey

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This jersey is a lot more stylish and a little above my $10 limit  but it does look pretty nice.  Yes, you can get it in Red. Here’s their sales pitch:

Champion Vapor Performance Short-Sleeve Men’s T Shirt – $12.99

Stay cool through your toughest workout. Wear this high-tech men’s T shirt from our Champion Vapor™ collection.

  • Soft, super-light fabric contains new Cocona™ polyester, derived from coconut shells. This amazing natural breakthrough promotes cooling evaporation, helps control garment odors, even guards against UV rays.
  • Easy-fit raglan sleeves allow flexible range of motion.
  • Contrast three-needle stitching gives you a streamlined look.
  • Details add extra value: contrast-taped back neck, tag-free collar, reflective logos and graphics.

  • Polyester/Cocona™ polyester.

  • Imported


Written by Roland

April 29, 2009 at 9:07 am

Hot Buy – Recumbent Long Sleeve Jersey

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I can’t find my favorite jerseys any more but these are as close as you can get and at a great price. BTW: this is the same company that produces Duofold. Here’s their write up:

Champion Double Dry® Odor-Resistant Long-Sleeve Men’s T Shirt – $9.99

CLEARANCE!   Was $25
Moisture control is just the beginning. This Champion men’s T shirt also resists garment odors, for ultimate all-day comfort. 

  • Soft, ultra-light fabric wicks moisture to keep you dry.
  • Anti-microbial finish fights odor-causing bacteria.
  • Easy-fit raglan sleeves allow flexible range of motion.
  • Three-needle contrast stitching adds style and durability.
  • Self-fabric tape reinforces tag-free neck.
  • Reflective logo for visibility.

  • 4.2-oz. 100% polyester

  • Imported

Written by Roland

April 28, 2009 at 11:19 am

Posted in Clothing, Hot Buys

Checking the Chain

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Park CC-2 Chain Checker

Recumbents have big expensive chains. The Slipstream has one of the biggest chains on any bike. Chains tend to stretch (wear) over time and need to be checked.

If you don’t replace a chain before it wears too much you will be replacing not just the chain but the chainrings and rear cogs. That can be expensive.

Luckily chains don’t have to be checked very often if you ride on the road and they are easy to check if you have an inexpensive tool.

How to check your chain video.

CC- 2 Instructions

As the video shows, measuring chain wear is easy. When the stretch measured start to approach 1.0″ it is time to replace your change. Measurement from 0.25″ to 0.5″ are typical of chains in good shape, new chains often have that much stretch. Those numbers are on the side of the Park CC-2 so you don’t have to worry about remembering them.

Take away: Check your chain every month if you are riding a lot, less if you aren’t putting many miles on.  Do replace the chain before it gets to 1.0″ of stretch.

Written by Roland

April 26, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Front End Wobble Fixed

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Loose Bolt

Loose Bolt

My first guess was wrong, the front end wobble was not caused by the headset. It was the result of a loose connection in the steering linkage not the headset. Tightening the steering bar mounting bolt made the wobble go away.

The steering bar still moves freely but the bar doesn’t move up and down anymore. Nice simple fix and something to put on my list of thing to keep an eye on.

I know, I have said check every fastener every month and that covers this problem. It is just I need to look at this one a little differently than I have in the past. This bolt felt tight because the nut has a nylon insert. I need to check for steering bar movement not a loose nut.

Written by Roland

April 25, 2009 at 9:49 am

bikejournal.com First Impressions

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Example of BikeJournal Log

Mike suggested bikejournal.com as an online Log Book. I have tried it briefly and won’t claim any expertise so please feel free to correct any errors.

My impressions:

Straight forward on line bike journal that would replace your Excel spreadsheet in functionality. They offer it for free with the option to upgrade to premium service for $20/year.

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Written by Roland

April 21, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Threaded Headset Maintenance – Front End Wobble

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Headset Wrenches

Headset Wrenches

Riding home on Sunday my Slipstream suddenly developed a sever front end wobble at speeds above 20 MPH. I haven’t really checked it yet but I suspect the headset is loose. Last year it started to bind and I adjusted it. I am hoping that another adjustment will do the trick.

I am also hoping that my sloppy maintenance last year didn’t create a problem. Last year ( Adjusting the Slipstream Headset), I just assumed it was sticking because it was tight and loosened the adjustment. I should have disassembled the headset and checked for dirt or foreign material in the headset. If that was the case I will probably be replacing the head set this year.

This year I am going to do the job a lot better – Bicycle Tutor – How to Overhaul a Threaded Headset. This is a terrific video, it makes everything simple and reminds you of all the things we non-mechanics forget.

But it is cold, dark and raining hard now – so checking the headset will have to wait another day. Instead I have been reviewing  headset adjustment videos on YouTube so I’ll be ready when the rain stops. I  have the wrenches and lube I need already. I got them last year.

BTW: Park recommends checking headset every 2 or 3 rides and greasing 2x per year

Here are a couple of YouTube Videos you might find useful:

Adjusting Threaded Headset

Adjusting AHead Headset

I’ll update you after I check out the headset. This time I’ll remember to disassemble the headset and lube the bearing before I do any adjustments.


Park Threaded Headset Maintenance

Bicycling – How to Maintain your Headset

Wiki Books – Headset Overhaul

Bicycle Tutor – How to Overhaul a Threaded Headset – This is a terrific video – the best by far on this subject

Updated: 4/22/09

Written by Roland

April 21, 2009 at 10:17 am

Do you keep a ride log?

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April 20, 2009 at 9:59 pm

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