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    Is there a bike store near you? I'm sure they'd let you try it out. Maybe it would be totally fine for your purposes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    Every time? Then you're not pumping right Every time is way too much unless you always ride more than 70 miles...
    Most people don't ride their bikes every day, so I'm accounting for the natural deflation in between rides. It's not just distance, but time between riding.


    This [below] is better than what most people do.

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    I have a hybrid and I pump the tires only when they feel too flat, usually just a couple times in the season.
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    I have bicycle exercise at home, i took care of it everyday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Usehername View Post
    Most people don't ride their bikes every day, so I'm accounting for the natural deflation in between rides. It's not just distance, but time between riding.
    Okay, but then it's a bit vague. If you ride every 2 weeks, fine. If you ride every 2 days, that's still too much.

    Is there any downside to biking with not-perfectly-full tires other than it being a bit more work?
    Mmm, they're a bit less stable when you ride downhill; if you mostly ride through flat terrain, it's not a big deal
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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Ah, based on distance. That's a good metric. In terms of cleaning, I just wipe it with a rag and some solvent to clean. Do you recommend the whole remove chain and soak in a jar routine every time, or just once a year or two or something?
    These work great..
    http://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-CM-5...+chain+cleaner


    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    Oh I have a bike question: how often do you really need to replace the chain? I've heard one year/random distances floated around, but I've had my bike for 5-6 years without any issues, riding maybe 30m/day on average for 4-5 months of the year. The gears just started skipping a bit this year so I'm guessing I've pushed it too far, unless that's something else.

    (Yeah, I abuse my bike )
    One way to know is to look for wear on your chainrings and rear cassette. The chain will actually stretch over use. So you can reduce your expense and limit it to just replacing the chain.
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    How frequently do you clean it with that tool, @Avatar7 ?
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    Ok, painfully nooby question:
    how do you clean a bicycle chain? Just with a clean, dry cloth? I've been cycling pretty regularly for over a year now and it's only occurred to me to lube the chain once (granted, I rode more than one bike) because it was getting real hard to pedal. However I didnt know how to do it properly back then - I just lubed on top of the chain.

    sigh.

    good thing it seems to work just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kayness View Post
    Ok, painfully nooby question:
    how do you clean a bicycle chain? Just with a clean, dry cloth? I've been cycling pretty regularly for over a year now and it's only occurred to me to lube the chain once (granted, I rode more than one bike) because it was getting real hard to pedal. However I didnt know how to do it properly back then - I just lubed on top of the chain.

    sigh.
    good thing it seems to work just fine.
    There are a few ways:
    -hose it down, scrub with brush, let it dry, apply 'water displacer' like WD-40, wipe clean, lube.
    -Drop in container of kerosene, let soak overnight, remove, wipe dry, lube.
    - mechanical chain cleaner. can be purchased at local bike shop. still need to lube.

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    As for maintanance and care, people have said all I came in this thread for to say already, so I really have nothing interesting to say.

    But I still wanted to say this!

    Would you believe it if I said I live in The Netherlands and I don't own a bicycle?

    I sometimes feel I'm the only one here without one. :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    How frequently do you clean it with that tool, @Avatar7 ?
    I just look for general cleanliness of the chain..if it has a fair amount of dust or grit on it, I clean it.
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