New Exterior Column! And Additionally Lubricants! – Bike Snob NYC

I’ve acquired a brand new column on the Outsides, and it’s all about kickstands!

You’ll notice it’s a “member unique,” so that you’ll must grow to be one with a view to expertise my profound ideas on the topic. It that bothers you, please take into account that this cow has been giving freely the milk without cost on this weblog (eeew) for the previous, what fourteen (14) years now? Additionally, I’m certain if Exterior noticed you had been turning into a member due to my content material that will look good in no matter file they’ve on me, I’m simply saying. It’s fairly low cost, too–one 12 months of membership might be lower than what you spent at Dunkin’ Donuts final week. (Yeah, that’s proper, Dunkin’ Donuts. The place do you purchase your cappuccinos, Starbucks?) And if nothing else, I feel I deserve some assist for getting a narrative about kickstands right into a mainstream publication.

Anyway, even for those who’re not a member and don’t have any intention of turning into a member of Exterior, you may nonetheless discover loads of kickstand porn proper right here:

You’re welcome.

In additional Fredly information, I discussed that the left STI lever on the Eurotrash bike was sticking, and that Paul of Traditional Cycle urged first heating it up with a hair dryer after which giving it some lube:

Fortuitously, I just lately obtained an entire field of boutique lubricants and different bike juices from Dumonde Tech:

First, I fired up the Revlon and hit the shifter with a lot scorching air it in all probability felt prefer it was on the receiving finish of a lecture from Paul Krugman. Then, whereas vigorously working the shifter, I drizzled a number of milliliters of these things into the lever physique:

I selected it primarily based on the outline on the bottle:

No one actually is aware of what occurs inside an STI lever–the handful of people that have dared really open them up haven’t survived to inform the story–however I’ve acquired to imagine issues are going up and down or out and in in there, and anyway it didn’t appear thick sufficient to gum up the works.

Then I went for a experience.

Total, the process was a hit, and I’m happy to report the shifter now works nearly completely. Nonetheless, I did not account for the truth that a few of the lube I put in there would invariably make its method again out once more, and so the shifter slowly oozed as I rode like a cat with a runny eye. So for those who try the identical therapy, attempt to do it the night time earlier than so you may wipe off the surplus the subsequent day, or on the very least carry a rag with you. (I simply stopped each every so often and wiped it off my sleeve–which, come to think about it, is identical method I cope with the cat.)

It might have been even simpler to wipe down the shifter if I’d had a kickstand, however even I wouldn’t try this to a Colnago.


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