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Old 12-01-2011, 10:33 PM
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Default Re: what did you do to your motor bike today?

The rain has stopped for now so I've been riding to work most of the week, except for yesterday when I found it sitting on a flat in the morning. Back wheel, of course. So last night I set out to fix it. Dropped the wheel, pulled everything apart, cleaned the tube and tire, found and patched the leak. Thoroughly inspected the tire inside and out, wiped it all down and it's clear of any debris. Put the wheel back together, wrestled it back into the frame, got the chains settled, only for the tube to have an explosive blowout while inflating it, long rip in the tube. (I like to run at 65 psi on my set up, it let go below that.) Fortunately I had a tube on hand for a build I haven't started yet, so I pulled everything apart again and replaced the tube and put it all back together again.

It seems I didn't have the nut on the opposite side of the quick-release quite tight enough, and on the trip to work I had to stop and re-align the wheel three times and spent most of my lunch break getting it set right. It's a very fine adjustment, less than a quarter turn one way and the wheel won't stay straight, and the same margin to the other direction and there's no way the release lever can be moved to the lock position. The box end of my 14mm wrench over the lever gives me enough leverage to get it over. The trick, especially curb-side is holding the bike still, keeping the wheel straight, and locking it in. I've been keeping my eyes open for an a-frame style kickstand, but they're few and far between lately.
Probably due to extra vibration from the knobby rubbing the chainstay, the muffler decided to work loose as well (at the cylinder). I shut it down before losing any hardware, got everything tightened up again, and managed to make it to work with just enough time to lock up and sort my stuff out.

Not the best start to the day but I got it there, and it seemed fine coming home. The amount of time it takes to get home at the end of the day makes it worth the occasional bad day. When I ride the bike, it can take as little as 11 minutes (best time so far) to get across the bridge and home. With the car, I'm waiting in traffic for closer to 20 minutes just to get to the on-ramp for the bridge at that time of day.


Any day that starts with a good ride is already a better day, and a bad day riding still beats a good day working.

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