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…repacking wheel bearings… December 12, 2007

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…so, here are some great links on how to repack your bicycle wheel bearings:

http://www.wikihow.com/Grease-Bicycle-Wheel-Bearings

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tooltips/hubs.html

http://howtofixbikes.blogspot.com/2006/08/how-to-grease-bicycle-wheel-bearings.html

…and here are some tips just in case you decide to try it on your own, without reading any of the above information, without checking your bicycle maintenance book, and without any previous experience repacking bicycle wheel bearings:

  • Don’t use standard general purpose bearing grease. That grease will be too thick for your bicycle bearings. You will want to stick with a bicycle specific grease from your local bicycle shop. Again, don’t use general purpose red grease.
  • Don’t disassemble your hub bearings and think “no wonder they felt like they were wearing, there’s hardly any grease in there”, and then pack the entire hub with general purpose red grease. Don’t do it. It’s quite the mess to clean up later. Only put the grease on the races, and only enough to keep the bearings and the races sufficiently covered in the slick grease. Don’t overdo it.
  • Don’t begin taking things apart on your bicycle that you have never poked around with, late at night, when your bike is your transportation to work. If you have to wake up your significant other at 0445 in the morning to take you to work because you decided to “mess around with” your bike late the night before… well, just don’t.
  • Don’t assume any knowledge from other mechanical experiences will transfer right over to bicycle maintenance. Even if you are a 19+ year mechanic on nuclear power plants for Navy submarines, don’t think “it’s just a bicycle, how hard could it be?” Take your time and do a little research before hand. There will be little things that matter that you don’t want to figure out the hard way.
  • Don’t leave your garage door halfway open all night. If you realize that you’ve just messed up and have to redo everything, but it’s too late at night – close the garage door. Don’t risk “losing” anything to nosy anybody’s poking around.

December 2, 2007

Posted by Chief in Bicycle, Biking, commute, Cool Blogs/Sites, Information, Sites.
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Bike Related:

If you haven’t seen/heard the news, check it out ->here<-.
And, if you don’t use a mapping/logging service, start.

I started off using RouteSlip.com, then switched to MapMyRide.com, so I’m already used to the new site. However, I’m still looking for the “perfect one”. Where RouteSlip offered too little, MapMyRide is overwhelming. Too much information. I’d love to see one right in the middle.

…photos and record time… November 3, 2007

Posted by Chief in Bicycle, Biking, commute, Cool Blogs/Sites, Culture, Hawaii, Information, Photography, Photos, Sites, Touring, Travel.
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So, this has been a busy couple months for me. My knee is holding up just great, and I’m back to full speed on the bike. In fact, I broke my commute time record a little over a week ago. I did my commute to work (normally a 16.5-18 min ride) in 15:02. That’s door to door (I can ride my bike from the front door of my house to the door of my shop). My average speed was a record 16.2mph! That’s an average speed. I was cooking down Nimitz Highway at 20-22mph that morning (between lights). Anyway, I’m pretty happy with my time and progress. Oh, and that was on my hybrid with front and rear racks, a trunk bag, front panniers, and about 8 lbs of work stuff…

In other updates, I’ve uploaded photos of the airshow we had here in October, and of my 2yr old picking out her pumpkin. I also found out that my free flickr account will only display the last 200 photos uploaded. So, some of my earlier bike photos won’t display. I’ll decide later whether to upgrade the account, or be more selective about uploaded photos.

Well, the SuperFerry fiasco has made some positive progress. They were able to wade through the pool of crap thrown at them and get a special session where a bill was passed that allows the SuperFerry to continue operations while the State conducts an environmental impact survey (yes, the same one the State told the SuperFerry they didn’t have to do). So, there should be some deals coming up soon. Maybe I can start planning my bike tour of Maui sooner rather than later.

Let’s see, what else?… Oh, I don’t think I’ve posted this yet, but we are having another baby! Due date is Jan 22, 2008. It’s a BOY! We’ve picked a name for him: Elliot Lee Stone. So, what do you think? I think it’s pretty cool.

Not much else going on. While you wait for me to update my blog again, be sure to check out some of the links on the right.

…in case you didn’t know… June 10, 2007

Posted by Chief in Bicycle, Biking, Camping, Equipment, HAM, Hawaii, Radio, Sites, Touring, Websites.
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You can subscribe to this blog “feed” on bloglines.com with this url:
https://back2dabike.wordpress.com/feed/

I’ve taken to reading more of the forums and blogs I frequent through bloglines.

In other news, I’ve added a couple more reviews:
Canon SD700IS Digital Camera
CrankBros Smarty Pedals
Sea to Summit 10L Kitchen Sink

I’ve also added a couple new links, and separated my link list into three categories. You can browse through them on the right. If you have a cool and informative bicycle touring related website, feel free to leave me a comment with the url, I’ll check it out and may link to it. Some of these sites I’ve linked to make my Tour of Oahu seem silly and small. Maybe one day I’ll be joining the international touring scene…

In more personal information, I’ve started my second-to-last class for my degree, Chemistry. After that, my last class will be Calculus II. Then I’ll have my Bachelor of Science in Associated Science Technology in Nuclear Engineering Technology. I wrote that all out just because it looks and sounds so cool. In reality, it’s mostly a distance learning and work experience degree through Thomas Edison State College. But it will be finished, and better to have than have not.

I’ve also signed up for flight lessons. I start in July. I’m 36 and have wanted to do this since I was 8. I’ve waited too long to do it already and am finally at a place in my Navy career where I have the time to do it. So, I’ll be plenty busy over the next several months, but it will be fun.

Today, I’m updating reviews and the Tour of Oahu information, monitoring the 443.550 repeater (it is an IRLP repeater if any HAM’s want to chat. 3217). Click [HERE] for more info.