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Both of my bikes are out of action so I’m taking the day off from exercise.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 by  
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August
9
2011

My Trek Fuel EX 8 is out of service until this evening when I fix the brake issue I caused after Sunday’s ride, so last night I was preparing my Trek 4300 Disc bike so I could go riding this morning. The chain on the 4300 was due for replacing, and so I got that taken care of.

The humidity is affecting just about everything!

The humidity is affecting just about everything!

After I changed out the chain I noticed that the back brakes were sticking very badly. I guess the last time I rode the 4300 was a little over two weeks ago, and the brakes were just fine then. As I investigated the issue it became clear that the brake cable was causing the problem. I removed the cable and the lower portion of it was covered in rust. While replacing the cable is a fairly easy repair, I don’t have a spare one on hand. I ordered a replacement, but that won’t be in until tomorrow.

So both of my bikes are inoperable this morning. 🙁 I could try using Lisa’s Trek 4300, but the 16″ frame on her bike is way too small for me. I suppose I could hop on the recumbent bike in the gym, but instead I think I’m going to do something I rarely do: take the day completely off from exercising! It’s not often I don’t perform at least some form of physically demanding activity, so I might as well relax and enjoy a day off.

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10 Responses to “Both of my bikes are out of action so I’m taking the day off from exercise.”
  1. You have to lube those things John, especially if you wash your bike off. You might invest in a small air compressor and use it to blow all the water off your bike when you are drying and lubing your bike after cleaning it. Always good to keep a spare set of cables in your inventory in case the need arises. Also good to have a spare chain, quick connect link for a chain, and believe it or not a spare set of bottom bracket bearings. Water pools in the BB area and takes it’s toll on those bearings all the time, I actually drill a small 1/16″ hole in the bottom of my BB shell of all my bikes to keep water from pooling in there.

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    • I didn’t know (well, until yesterday… heh) that these cables required lubing. I’ll certainly be adding that task to my post-ride list of maintenance items.

      I ordered spare sets of cables and housings (for brakes as well as shifters) along with my replacement brake cable, so I’m good there now. I also have spare chains and I always carry a few spare links, a master link and a chain break tool with me when I ride (as well as a spare derailleur hanger).

      The bottom bracket bearing is another thing I was not aware of. I don’t even own any of the specialized bottom bracket tools. I’ll look into all that tonight.

      Thanks, as always, Craig. I really appreciate that you’ve been kind enough to take the time to share your mtb insight and experience with me and the other JSF readers! 🙂

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  2. No problem, bike maintenance is my zen garden, I always get teased that my bike is clean everytime I ride it, which stems from my dad making me clean my bmx bike everytime we got home from the races no matter how late at night it was. Clean bikes just ride better and last longer. BB & crank maintenance is a good thing to practice, I pull my cranks about once a month and grease all the threads and interfaces, check the bearings, clean the chainrings, and re-assemble. I rarely ever have to replace my bearings. I hear and see guys that go through bearings every couple of months due to lack of maintenance. Most creaks and squeaks stem from the BB area as well.

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  3. Most cranks are self extracting now, try pulling the spindle bolt and see if the arm comes off. Also depends on if it has inboard or outboard bearings, if its the inboard type you will probably need a crank arm puller, if they are outboard they should be self extracting.

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  4. Thats one thing that drives me crazy about shimano, everything they make requires a special tool. Only shimano product I use is their pedals because they are superiorm to every other design.

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  5. Great advice craigstr.

    This is the tool you use to lube your cables.
    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/4/22/278/4838/ITEM/Motion-Pro-Cable-Luber.aspx?SITEID=Google_Cable_Luber&WT.mc_ID=10001&WT.srch=1&esvt=GOUSP337843384&esvadt=999999-0-3886725-1&esvid=333826&gclid=COCd2czqx6oCFYpR7Aodp2GI3g

    I’ve had mine for more then 10 years and i use it on my bicycles and motorcycles. It also comes in a kit with the can. Lube about ones a month.

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