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Old 12-01-2011, 11:18 PM
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I ALWAYS carry my backpack, unless I forget it. If I had it then, I would've been 15 minutes late for work, not 55 minutes.

Need to leave home earlier, but I don't ride in the dark.
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:33 PM
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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.
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:07 AM
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listening to very eclectic music<-------had to replace my exhaust, weld broke, it was tragic......also have had to put plug saver into my head, which has had me cutting a new set of threads for "a hilicoil", this is my second go around with this.......tip for everyone else out there, use equall pressure when cutting new threads for anything!!!!!!!!!.....hopefully this go around will be better, will update tomorrow.
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:03 AM
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I am passing maybe 50 cars gridlocked in traffic. At some places, I pedal and motor slowly on the sidewalk, other places I use the bike lane. On the steep gridlocked hill, I ride up the path at the roadside like a dirtbike. When they play catch up by speeding in a 25mph zone, I cruise in the bike lane @ 15mph and relax for 2 blocks. When the cagers charge ahead to the next two red lights, I'm motoring on the sidewalk @ walking or jogging speed until I reach home.

I am SO relaxed by the time I park my bike.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:36 PM
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listening to very eclectic music<-------had to replace my exhaust, weld broke, it was tragic......also have had to put plug saver into my head, which has had me cutting a new set of threads for "a hilicoil", this is my second go around with this.......tip for everyone else out there, use equall pressure when cutting new threads for anything!!!!!!!!!.....hopefully this go around will be better, will update tomorrow.
What are you using for tapping (thread cutting) oil?
Using the wrong oil can be what is causing some of your troubles.
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:24 PM
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The first time I used heavy lithium grease to cut the threads. The second time I used some old Mobile One motor oil. I still havent tried to run my bike to see if this helicoil is going to work Im keeping my fingers crossed though.
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:55 PM
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For cutting threads into aluminum, use kerosene for a lubricant.
For cutting threads into steel, use Marvel Mystery Oil. 3 in 1, or similar light weight oil.
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Old 12-03-2011, 12:58 AM
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If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all.

Rode to work, great, no problems. Just after I started my ride home, my clutch cable broke at the lever. With some cautious balancing between throttle, idle and brakes I made it most of the way home before I stalled it out. Used a cable tie from the tool kit to hold the clutch arm so I could roll it up the last part of the hill. I have no doubts that I'll find the barrel end of the cable. It often seems like I have that kind of luck, a few strands of cable will be drawn to my tires like they're magnetic. So, dug into a box in the garage and pulled out an old brake cable. Once I got it loosened up I cut the sheath to length with the Dremel, greased the cable and worked it back and forth in the sheath a bit with some help from WD40. Threaded the end back on the cable, crimped it on, threaded the cable through and put the keeper on it, snugged in nicely. Feels pretty good, I'll see how it does in the morning.
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:02 AM
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Hmmmm..... I think that I will add a new cable to my traveling tool kit list.....
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:24 AM
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do the roller clutch mod for the HT/china girl and you wont be breaking anymore cables
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