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bry5



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:41 am    Post subject: Lesson In Maintenance Reply with quote

Learnt a harsh lesson today, no matter how long you spend getting your pride and joy riding perfectly, if you don't check the cleats on your shoes are still tight, you will not get very far, well you might but it will be a struggle.

I was powering up a hill, using the up stroke, felt a bit of give in the pedal, thought I am not stopping to look until I get to the top, before I got to the top my shoe came out with the cleat lodged in the pedal, no sign of the bolts anywhere !

Luckilly I was not too far from home, and on the upside, the left hand side of me feels like I could go out and ride again, the right hand side however is knackered Laughing

I will now add a couple of cleat bolts to my spares kit in my hydration pack should it happen again, luckilly I have a few hanging about.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good idea Wink
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Agman



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just superglue the threads, prior to fitting them.
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grant



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i use locktite on mine has that has happened to me before but never again . Smile Smile
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Gunner



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose I shall have to add a spare pair of shoes to my list then, as after powering up a very steep hill I ripped the cleat and part of my sole off trying to get up the very, very steep top singletrack section. Still had another 14 mile to go which featured some on foot steep hill climbing, let's just say the ball of my foot was very tender the next day Shocked Shocked
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K88MUD



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmmm..........how many spare parts do you guys carry ?

My mates rear mech hanger broke on one ride so had to push it back home.

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bry5



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agman wrote:
Just superglue the threads, prior to fitting them.


I often swap between some Spuds and some Eggs, but only have the one pair of decent trail shoes, not an option if I want to swap the cleats. Probably why they came lose, I have not tighetend them up properley after the last swap

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tomlevell



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spares = a tube or 2, patches, pump. Typically I'm an absolute max of an hours walk from home and you can normally coast plenty of stuff if you lose your chain or a pedal.
I've continued group rides before without a chain by running, coasting and short cuts.

If the bike has a replaceable dropout it's unlikely you'll snap it so you tend to be able to get away with dodgy gears for the rest of the ride. If I'm away from home i'll take a spare hanger in the car even if it's a straightened bent one.
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Gunner



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

K88MUD wrote:
Mmmm..........how many spare parts do you guys carry ?




Tube, patches, glue, tyre levers and a small multi tool Wink

What more do you need, like Tom says, as long as your tyres up you can pedal, coast or "scoot" Cool

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah multitool fogot about that.
Tie wraps are always handy but I never remeber to carry any.
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mr-marty-martin



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeh locktite is realy handy when you want things to stay on

my kit... spoke key (with 3 differant options of size ) a tube, puncture repair kit, mult tool thing, and one of those multi tools with plyers, a little knife etc, just incase i need to fill the tube with grass, anyone ever tryed that Question
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