- Aug 28, 2012
Ah, onto the chain where it's right at the top of the cassette -- yes, obvious now that I think of it.
My brain needs an upgrade
My brain needs an upgrade
that stuff is expensive.s there any effective way of dealing with this design of can? (Am I supposed to fire it at a cloth, and then use the resulting "quick spray action the highest quality" cloth to wipe the chain? But that seems perverse
My regular chain lube is "Finish Line wet". Aside from the fact that the chain reverts from grey to black within 10 km of application, it works well for me. (And to be fair, the blackness may be due to my incompetence rather than the species of lube.)
But I also have a can of "Naskalub":
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Down the top two thirds of the left of the can as shown in this stock photo is a thin tube. You swivel this up ninety degrees or so and press the button on the top of the can, and "quick spray action the highest quality" [I quote] comes out of the nozzle.
It's horribly difficult to position the nozzle just right; and if one did somehow manage to do this, most of that quick spray action [Hmm, sounds like a species of pr0n] would surely be bounced back by the chain. So I position it a little short of the chain, and fire -- and an estimated 90% whizzes past the chain and lubricates the concrete below, the spokes, the rear rim, whatever.
Is there any effective way of dealing with this design of can? (Am I supposed to fire it at a cloth, and then use the resulting "quick spray action the highest quality" cloth to wipe the chain? But that seems perverse....)
(I rather wish that I didn't have the damn thing, but throwing it in the trash would not be environmentally friendly. So I'd like to use up its content.)
But as soon as it rains you'll wish you had our green label friend on your chain. Good for race day if it's fine or the indoor trainer though.
Is there any way to unclog last year's chain lube--either aerosol or the squeeze-drippy type?
No, I'm referring to the chain lube--what you put on the chain occasionally, or esp after cleaning up your chain (as you describe).buy a new chain. works every time.
but if you have a kerosine heater a cup of kerosine strips grease off old chains really well. Then a bath and shake in soapy dishwash detergent and hot water, rinse dry and relube. Best to do this when your wife is out of the house as I got busted doing the rinse stage with the kitchen sink dish brush and had to buy a new one just two days ago.
No, I'm referring to the chain lube--what you put on the chain occasionally, or esp after cleaning up your chain (as you describe).
Once again, I'm left with a couple unusable containers of lube. They're jammed up/cogged, so that some remaining lube won't come out.
This is not the end of the world, I'll be getting a new can. But there's obviously a little left in last year's that will be wasted in the trash.
Wahoo Roam. In terms of bike computers I think this is as affordable as they go with navigation.Helpful friends, I need a recommendation for a bike computer. I don't want to spend a huuuge amount, and honestly I'm really only interested in navigation. I could buy a phone mount, but I'm thinking for when I want to do longer trips, and not carry around a battery pack, cables, etc. I've spotted the Garmin 130 and it looks like it might serve me well, but I'm 100% completely new to this so wondering if there are other good alternatives out there.
Joe, I keep a mask together with a credt card and 1,000yen note in a ziplock bag in my saddle bag.Taking a mask along on a ride for indoor use in conbini and other businesses but you're not wearing it on the bike because it's outdoors?
When not in use I hook my mask onto the GPS mount that extends forward from the handlebars using one of the ear loops. However, I have already lost one or two that way on days when it was windy. If there's wind from behind and especially if you're going slowly (e.g. climbing), the mask can come off and you probably won't notice until you need it.
Two ways to prevent that:
1) Twist the mask at least 180 degrees so the the loop elastic crosses at least once behind the GPS mount. It makes it much more stable
2) Hook both ear loops, one from above, the other from below. That way it's impossible to come off on its own.
Nice! Yeah the Roam does look pretty decent and looks like I can get it slightly cheaper from Mercari. Thanks for the tip, next savings goal unlocked!Wahoo Roam. In terms of bike computers I think this is as affordable as they go with navigation.
It can help navigate on the fly, check out the review videos by GP Lama.
My only gripe with the Roam is that when navigating if zooming out too much the ridiculous number of streets in Tokyo can overwhelm the memory processor and I've crashed mine causing a reset a couple of times mid ride. It always recovers, but be interesting to see if the next version has more horsepower.
Wahoo Roam is good. Might want to look at Garmin Edge 530 also. I've had both Wahoo and Garmin. Wahoo is much easier to set up and use since it can be done by using the paired phone. Garmin, in my experience, had better build quality. Since I put together routes that often have lots of twists and turns, I use both my Garmin, with the route loaded, and my iPhone with the MapsMe app when I'm exploring new areas. (This also has the advantage of giving me a backup if my Garmin has any issues.) MapsMe allows you to add your route to it and use it offline. Easy to zoom in and out as needed, which I find really helpful if I'm in 'lost mode' or if I want to reroute on the fly. Sometimes on Wahoo and Garmin, if you zoom out quite a bit to get your bearings, the screen can't really handle it and it just becomes a tangle of lines. Not helpful.Nice! Yeah the Roam does look pretty decent and looks like I can get it slightly cheaper from Mercari. Thanks for the tip, next savings goal unlocked!
Thanks for posting " cyclingabout.com ". Sure is an informative site.Hey @hellerphant,
bit late to the discussion, but here's my two yen: I own a Wahoo Roam and am usually quite happy with it. I think the UX of Wahoo and Garmin Apps afaik is astoundingly mediocre, but the Roam is very legible and the aforementioned features are indeed convenient.
Regarding apps for support/fallback/phone-only: MapOut is a very tidy, flexible and versatile app for offline maps and is based on OpenStreet maps. I've followed the recommendation from Alee Dunham (cyclingabout.com) who used it to travel Japan and I must admit it's really well made. You simply download the chunks of a map (it's a grid) that are interesting for you, to not unnecessarily clog your phones memory. The map design is great and you can of course import routes and places of interest.