03 Dec
2009

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Winter Bicycle Maintenance and Cleaning Recap

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on December 3, 2009   comments 0

It's snowing outside today, the perfect time to post a recap on our winter bicycle maintenance and cleaning segment.  Thank you for the demonstration and write-up, Shayne!

Winter Bicycle Maintenance and Cleaning Recap
Keeping your bike clean is the key to ensuring your ride doesn’t fall apart before spring and it will save you money on costly repairs. Most people have a “winter shitter” that they use during the snowy months. It’s a good idea to have a second bike for the winter season. But if you don’t, that’s okay. It just means you’ll want to clean and maintain your bike more often and more thoroughly.

Every few days
You want to do a basic cleaning every couple of days to remove all the salt and grime. SALT IS YOUR WORST ENEMY! It will rust and destroy everything. The main things you want to clean are:

1. The frame- Every inch of the frame should be cleaned off to remove the nasty salt. Spray down the whole bike and wipe off with a rag. Handlebars, fork and around the headset, frame, pedals, cranks, wheels. You can purchase a bike cleaner spray from your local bike shop or the Simple Green brand spray works well too.
2. All gears- Remove all the built up grease and grime with a rag. Old toothbrushes and q-tips work well too.
3. The chain- Clean the chain with a rag and degreaser then re-lube it. Running it through all the gears after. If there's a lot of  built up gunk on your chain, use q-tips to get in between each link.
4. Wheels- The rims of the wheels need to be scrubbed well.  Don't forget to clean your spokes! Keeping the spokes free of salt will extend the life or your wheel set. Putting a drop or two of  lube where the nipple meets the rim will also help remove/repel salt. Also, clean the hub with a rag. Shoving a rag inside the spokes works well.
5. The cranks- Be sure to get inside and around the bottom bracket. Again, q-tips work wonders here.
6. Fenders- If you have fenders, clean em. Snow salt and grime get built up underneath.

Every two weeks
Every two weeks or so you want to do a more thorough cleaning. Start by doing the basic cleaning steps above.

1. Remove the stem, clean off old grease and apply new grease.
2. Remove the seat post, clean off old grease on the post and inside the frame. Apply new grease to the inside of the frame.
3. Remove the cranks if you have a crank puller, reapply grease and reattach the cranks. If you don’t have a crank puller, no worries. This will be done when you bring your bike in for a spring over-haul.

End of the season
Once the snow stops falling, bring your bike in for an over-haul!

There you have it. The longer your bike stays clean, the longer life it will have. A well-maintained bike also means a smoother ride for you.

-Shayne

21 Nov
2009

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Winter Maintenance Session= Win!

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on November 21, 2009   comments 1

Thank you so much to everyone that came out for the Grease Rag Winter Maintenance Session! 

It was AWESOME to see so many ladies gearing up to ride this winter.  We had about 13 people come out, and by my count there were six new ladies! BIG THANK YOU to Kat, Alex, Margot and Shayne, and Jamie of Sunrise Cyclery!!

There are photos up in a set here, please check them out!  http://www.flickr.com/photos/greaseragmpls/sets/72157622844833683/

There were a few requests at the Grease Rag event: Kat, Alex, Margot and Shayne will be posting short recaps of the information we covered on Thursday. We will be posting some online resources for cyclists, including information about the Guaranteed Ride Home program.

  1. Cleaning and maintaining your ride- Shayne
  2. Tires and fenders recap- Kat
  3. Road safety and tips- Alex
  4. Body warming- Margot
  5. Free online resources- Lowrah

21 Nov
2009

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Free Online Resources for Cyclists in the Twin Cities

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on November 21, 2009   comments 1

These are free online programs and resources that I use as a cyclist in the Twin Cities.   A general list of helpful links for biking in the metro area can be found on the Metro Transit website and includes information on bicycles on trains and buses, bike lockers, maps, and a list of bicycle shops:  http://metrotransit.org/bike/resources.asp

Via: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisgallevo / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

If you know of other resources, post them in the comments!!

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12 Nov
2009

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Winter Maintenance November 19, 2009

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on November 12, 2009   comments 0

Snow TireVia: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jim_lahey/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Hey Ladies!

This next Thursday, November 19 will be our Winter Maintenance Session of Grease Rag. We are planning on meeting up at the shop at 7, having a few short demonstrations, and the rest of the time will be open for any work that you need to accomplish.   There will be refreshments! Please sound off and let us know if you'd like to share your expertise or if you plan on coming so we can negotiate space and treats.

  1. Shayne will be giving a demo on how to clean and maintain your bike this winter
  2. Alex will be giving us tips about safety and road rules
  3. Margot will teach us how to keep our bodies warm
  4. Kat will talk to us about tires and fenders

05 Nov
2009

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Girls Gone Grumpy Bicycle Ride- Winter Edition

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on November 5, 2009   comments 0

Girls Gone Grumpy Bicycle Ride- Winter EditionGirls Gone Grumpy Bicycle Ride- Winter Edition

From www.mplsbikelove.com:

Girls, get grumpy (for the 5th time) on November 7th.

This is a leisure ride from Grumpy's NE to Grumpy's Roseville and back in celebration of bikes, bitches, and beer. It will be the first cold GGG ride, so dress stylishly warm.

Dudes are welcome to join, but skirts are required and will be strictly enforced (there may just be a contest...).

We'll be rolling out at high noon (that's 1:00pm, kids), so show your face before then.

The weather looks like it is going to be perfect, I hope to see some of you at this ride!

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