1st ride in 20 plus years

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1st ride in 20 plus years

Postby tatonka » Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:06 pm

Dug out old bike I bought many years ago and never rode , put new tires on it and a fat seat. Went about 5 blocks and got leg burn , will practise more :)

Will also add lights. Do ya think it will hold up?

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Re: 1st ride in 20 plus years

Postby Elorrum » Sun Oct 07, 2012 2:06 pm

That's a classic, love the sweeping handlebars. Check the chain for lubrication, or replace it if it's too rusty... that will make pedaling easier. Unless you're pretty short, I think you'd also want to raise the seat.
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Re: 1st ride in 20 plus years

Postby Sham » Sun Oct 07, 2012 2:54 pm

Screw the bike, I LOVE the 14 cases of Corona Beer on the front porch. Can I get your address by any chance? :D

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Re: 1st ride in 20 plus years

Postby gaminwench » Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:39 pm

I ride a 60's Schwinn on the playa (and off)... works great.

I put fur and a flag and a basket (you definitely want a basket) and sparkly stuff on mine, and a stuffed critter on the seat (for comfort).
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Re: 1st ride in 20 plus years

Postby tatonka » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:41 am

thks all , will light it up for sure . Tried the seat higher, didnt like it, and Im 6ft. tall. want to get some el-wire for it , but cant find it in any stores, will have to order it on line I guess.
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Re: 1st ride in 20 plus years

Postby AntiM » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:45 am

You'll want new tubes, and/or bring spares, and remember to deflate the ties slightly for the journey. The pop-bang of tire tubes bursting is a common early-week sound on the playa.
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Re: 1st ride in 20 plus years

Postby Bob » Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:39 am

Repack.
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Re: 1st ride in 20 plus years

Postby Savannah » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:36 am

White Lightning Clean Ride is a good chain lube, if you start with a clean chain.

I'm glad to hear you'll be riding more between now and the Burn--riding your bike all day @ the Burn will kick your ass, if you're not used to riding. There's about 7 square miles' worth of city to see. :)
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Re: 1st ride in 20 plus years

Postby dragonpilot » Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:02 pm

tatonka wrote:Tried the seat higher, didnt like it, and Im 6ft. tall.


For proper seat height, one places their heel on one of the pedals in the down position. There should be a slight bend at the knee...but as always, YMMV...on the playa going slow and short distances, it may not matter that much.
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Re: 1st ride in 20 plus years

Postby mgb327 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:28 pm

Put a tennis ball on the end of that kickstand, trust me, it pays off.
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Re: 1st ride in 20 plus years

Postby Savannah » Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:49 pm

Someone on these boards was saying they put some sort of adherent on the inside of the tennis ball before they jam the kickstand into it. It might have been a kind of sticky foam that eventually hardens, or something like that. Anyway, it was to help keep the tennis ball on.
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Re: 1st ride in 20 plus years

Postby Bounce530 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:54 pm

That was me suggesting to fill the ball with expanding foam or some such. That way it does not MOOP itself.
I've had the same tennis ball on my bike for 4 years now.

Although last time I mentioned this, the thread drifted off some how into snowshoes and bunnies.
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Re: 1st ride in 20 plus years

Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:34 pm

Bounce530 wrote:Although last time I mentioned this, the thread drifted off some how into snowshoes and bunnies.

You mean, returned to it's proper topics, snowshoes and bunnies.
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Re: 1st ride in 20 plus years

Postby oscillator » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:16 pm

Beach cruisers are playa-puuurfect. +1 on the inner tubes - get thorn resistant.

Check your chain for kinks & replace if necessary, spend the extra couple $ on a heavy duty BMX chain.

A front basket is a good thing.

Get El-wire kits & DIY from Cool Neon in Oaklandia, CA http://www.coolneon.com/

I use a 8xAA battery holder from Radio Shack and gaffer tape it to the frame behind the seat frame- will power el-wire all week.

Get a cheap LED flashlight and use a short heavy rubberband to loop it to the handlebars.

Oh, and get a combo lock. Did I mention the combo lock? Use it early and often.

Post-playa, wash it all down with vinegar/water ASAP, WD-40 the chain, then lube it.

Then you are all set for next year!

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Re: 1st ride in 20 plus years

Postby tatonka » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:30 pm

Thanks for all the great idea's , going farther each day on it :)
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