Monday, April 17, 2017

A simple idea for trail-side maintenance.

I saw a post on reddit today asking about how to lift the wheel of a bike without a center stand or bike lift.

I got this idea from Dualsport Bob while out on a tour during which I got a rear flat... take a piece of 3/4 or 1" conduit, cut off the female end with roughly 6" or 7", then cut another piece, put them together and measure against your dogbones to see exactly long they need to be, trim accordingly.

You'll end up with two pieces like this:

And with those two pieces you can turn your front wheel away from the kickstand, push the bike up on the kickstand, and place it under the closest dogbone... there you have it, a simple, cheap lift for trail side maintenance.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Was going for Creemore, got side-tracked to Bethany.

I ended up waking up way earlier than I intended to, and since there were no responses to my Creemore ride I decided to do the Bethany run instead. It was a tough run... a lot of snow in the forests and a lot of downed trees. Fortunately the ground hasn't completely thawed yet so the mud holes weren't too deep, but most of the ride was done in 1st or 2nd gear due to the slippery conditions.