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Front End Wobble Pt. 2

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Threaded Headset

Threaded Headset

Follow up: Front End Wobble Fixed, Threaded Headset Maintenance – Front End Wobble

Tightening the linkage didn’t work for very long. So back to my orginal premise .. loose headset.

Once I loosened the retainer bolt it was obvious that the headset was loose. A quick 5 minute adjustment and things were fine again. I must not have set the lock nut tight enought last Fall.


Written by Roland

May 23, 2009 at 8:31 am

Nuts and Bolts

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Stainless Steel Nuts and Bolts with stops

Stainless Steel Nuts and Bolts with stops

Nuts and bolts are in your future. I try to keep the nuts and bolts on my bikes tight … if I don’t over time they loosen and fall off. Also, nuts and bolts on some components aren’t the best,  over time corrode and need to be replaced. After a few years of riding I have some that definitely need to be replaced.

Finding good nuts and bolts isn’t easy … the best are a good grade of stainless steel and have nylon binders in the nuts or on the bolts.

A source that a recumbent/trike rider friend recommended is PowerOn Cycling. He buys most of his parts from them.  I recently bought replacement idlers from them and can say they are quick and easy to work with. They definitely have some hard to find parts that most recumbent riders will need. They only show a few nuts in their online catalog but have more.

Another more complete source is Allen Fasteners.  Ordering from they is more complicated because they sell all kinds of fastners and you will have to look through a lot more items to find what you need.

When in doubt about what you need talk with your local bike shop and buy from them.

Written by Roland

May 13, 2009 at 10:33 am

Maine Bike Rally – July 10 – 12, 2009

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Saco River

Saco River

The 21st Annual Maine Bike Rally is July 10-12, 2009. This is a fun and affordable event. The $110 nonmember registration fee for 3 days includes tenting, meals and 1 Tee Shirt if you register by June 25th. I am planning to be there and hope you will be there also.

The Bike Rally will be in Fryeburg, Maine again this year. That is great bicycling country and near the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Fryeburg is out of the hustle and traffic of North Conway, NH but close enough if you want to hit the restaurants or outlets (no sales tax in NH).

The rally is sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, visit their site for more information.

Here is some of their information about the Rally:

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The Maine Bike Rally is a much-beloved tradition that brings together hundreds of bicyclists from throughout the United States and Canada. The 2009 rally offers three days of road and off-road bike rides in beautiful western Maine and the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire for all levels of cyclists, plus a full weekend of family entertainment.

Rides from five to 100 miles showcase covered bridges, woodland trails, historic sites, local swimming holes and the historic Fryeburg Fairgrounds. There will be a Time Trail (where each bicyclist races against the clock), two century rides, several metric centuries, sunrise rides and stargazing night rides. The rally also will appeal to the non-cyclists in your family with canoeing, hiking, shopping and other attractions nearby.

Now in its 21st year, the rally features a colorful bike parade, ice cream social, music and other entertainment. Camping, food (including big breakfasts, picnic lunches and all-you-can-eat dinner), all rides, entertainment and a bike rally T-shirt are included in the affordable, weekend price if you preregister by June 25th.

An adult bike driving class (Smart Cycling-Traffic Skills 101) and a League Cycling Instructor training course will be offered in Fryeburg during the week before the rally

Written by Roland

May 3, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Does Coffee make me a better Bicyclist?

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I am not a coffee drinker and almost never drink coffee except on moderate to long bicycle rides. I find the taste of coffee too strong and that it hides the taste of food.

I don’t drink energy drinks and gatorade upsets my stomach. My favorite Power Bars are Fig Newtons. I just don’t think expensive speciality food does much for most cyclists. I am a believer in the Laws of Thermodynamics and am skeptical of any claims that seem to violate them.

But I may be wrong. I do feel that a hot cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee helps get me over the mid-ride energy dip I often encounter. The combination of caffeine and sugar gives me a boost that gets me to the end of a 50 to 70 mile ride feeling better than if I hadn’t had one.

For my wife there is no intelligent life before a Starbucks Venti Carmel Macchito but she is addicted and must have her coffee. Lots of riders want an ice cream, for me it’s a hot Dunkin Donuts regular (lots of cream and sugar) coffee and I am ashamed to admit a blueberry donut.

Written by Roland

May 1, 2009 at 10:35 am

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