locoloco write: Hey old bull I've got a plan for washing my bike. I'm fixin to paint the tins with truck bed liner matereal, everything els is de chromed or de shined already 'cept the wheeles, front end, handlebars and exhaust. All I'll have to "rub" after washing will be those items and the light lenses.
Hey loco! I saw a bike already done that way this week at Bike Night at Hooters in New Castle, DE. It looked really cool. The guy dropped a heavy pocket knife on it from about two feet up and it didn't leave a scratch. He says it stays fairly clean too and is easy to wash. I like "low-maintenance"!
I finally got your email, and I got the "not so" instant message. Figured out I needed to allow popups in both the main site and the IM site to get them.
Now if they would just add sound to the IM when you get one, it would make it much easier.
If you are riding at night, and getting blinded by some as*hole who is shining bright lights in your mirrors? Toss a couple spark plugs on the road behind you, and that will back him off real quick. Seriously, the little stockings that are in the shoe stores for women to try on shoes, are great to slip over the mirrors. You can still see who is behind you, and they cut the glare down dramatically.
A great sidestand aid for soft blacktop or dirt is a cheap drink coaster. Add a string, to loop over your handlebar, so you dont forget it when you leave.
Saran wrap streached tightly across the front facing parts will keep bugs off the forks and paint and comes off easily at the end of a ride.
If you are packing for a trip, a great space saver is spacebags. You can load them up, squeeze the air out of them and your clothes will pack in way less space. It also keeps them dry when it rains, too.
Carry your own tire gauge to check your tires. The ones at the gas station have hit the ground so many times they are usually way off.
If you have tubeless tires, carry an auto tubless plug kit, and one of the CO2 cartridge inflators used for bicycles. It may take a few cartridges to get your tire up enough to ride, but it beats sittin along the road.
Pledge in the spray can (or similar).
Use it on winshields, face shields, eye glasses, goggles, leather, painted parts. Removes the bugs, leaves a thin coating so they come off even easier. Far cheaper than detail sprays, Novus. etc. Easy to pick up anywhere on the road.
Hobbies: Coca cola and a ball of tin foil will erase rust spots on chrome. Ball up the tin foil & dip it in the coke and rub gently. But be careful doing it during wasp season! The sugar will draw bees while you doing it. It does work. Done it on my car rims too.
Hey old bull I've got a plan for washing my bike. I'm fixin to paint the tins with truck bed liner matereal, everything els is de chromed or de shined already 'cept the wheeles, front end, handlebars and exhaust. All I'll have to "rub" after washing will be those items and the light lenses.
keep a minature flashlight powered by watch batteries and a "chem light" in your tool pouch just in case its been a really long time since you stored that flashlight. the watch batteries store longer than conventional bateries and the flash light is much smaller (diode bulb prefered). Electrical work by feel is a B$#@!!!
That sounds like a great idea and I'll try that. Makes sense! I also like the idea of this thread!
I don't have anything to offer right at the moment other then one thing everybody in the world already knew except me: Make DAMN sure you're looking at the right scale when you're using a torque wrench. I now have a little dot of bright red paint at the end of the inch-scale....