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Offline ericlepping

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Post Winter / Post Trainer Maintenance
« on: April 07, 2018, 04:43:31 PM »
As my girlfriend were on the trainer this week I said, "Almost time to strip off the handlebar tape and wipe things down." 
Hopped on here and saw that my friend Matt had snapped off an aero bar pad and it appeared there was a lot of corrosion under there.

This is pretty simple maintenance and something that could save you from a less than fun skid across the pavement.  Do this:
  • Remove your old handlebar tape.
  • Wipe your entire cockpit down with soapy water and rinse.
  • Inspect your bars, stem, aero bars, elbow pads, brake levers, etc for corrosion.
  • If you see corrosion on something replace it (if you have the skills) or take it to your bike shop to be replaced.
  • Put on nice, new handlebar tape.  If you don't know how to wrap tape check out this video from Park Tool.  It's for road bikes but the same rules apply to your tri bike.
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While you're at it wash your bike and inspect anything else you sweated on. Here's a Park Tool video for that:


There's a couple reasons why pro team mechanics wash every bike daily.  Yeah, clean is nice but washing your bike is also an opportunity to inspect things to make sure nothing is broken. 
Take care of your bike so it doesn't fall apart underneath you.

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Re: Post Winter / Post Trainer Maintenance
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2018, 09:18:24 AM »
Great post, Eric. Thanks for putting it up. I

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Re: Post Winter / Post Trainer Maintenance
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2018, 06:12:41 AM »
One of my favorite tasks as a pro team mechanic was washing bikes.  I still love doing it.  I'd happy happy to do a bike wash clinic one afternoon.  It would involve cleaning products and hydration products - both bubbly.

I see very expensive bikes at races that are filthy and it makes me sad...

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Re: Post Winter / Post Trainer Maintenance
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2018, 08:14:31 AM »
Funny- I also enjoy washing bikes. I will wash mine and usually grab Jeff's when Im doing it. Once the stuff is out, its easy to just go from one to the other. Clean bikes are happy bikes... Both of my bikes are filthy right now. They need a wash and lube.


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Re: Post Winter / Post Trainer Maintenance
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2018, 08:35:00 PM »
Funny- I also enjoy washing bikes. I will wash mine and usually grab Jeff's when Im doing it. Once the stuff is out, its easy to just go from one to the other. Clean bikes are happy bikes... Both of my bikes are filthy right now. They need a wash and lube.

Hey! I washed yours.....once....

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Re: Post Winter / Post Trainer Maintenance
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2018, 08:48:35 PM »
Funny- I also enjoy washing bikes. I will wash mine and usually grab Jeff's when Im doing it. Once the stuff is out, its easy to just go from one to the other. Clean bikes are happy bikes... Both of my bikes are filthy right now. They need a wash and lube.

Hey! I washed yours.....once....
Yes sir you did... and it's still clean!

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Re: Post Winter / Post Trainer Maintenance
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2018, 11:46:25 PM »
One of my favorite tasks as a pro team mechanic was washing bikes.  I still love doing it.  I'd happy happy to do a bike wash clinic one afternoon.  It would involve cleaning products and hydration products - both bubbly.

I see very expensive bikes at races that are filthy and it makes me sad...

That's awesome and sounds like a great thing to do! I'd be interested in hearing your opinions/tips/tricks on bike washing.

Every year I have a "bike washing service" that I offer up for our local triathlon club. It's a great way for me to earn a little bit of extra race entry $$ and also to help our team out with something they don't have time to do or aren't comfortable doing.
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