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Why you should wash your toes carefully after a muddy ride.

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I explored a new trail today, goes from Moonlight beach south to the Sudsbury Highway 17 bypass and connects just before it reaches Highway 69.  It's actually a 4x4 quad trail, not a bike trail, but it's fun enough, lots of ruts, and rocks to negotiate, a few little hills.  I actually misjudged and got my front wheel stopped by a little rut I was trying to go through and had to jump the handlebars.  I was too tired and lazy to lift the wheel, and thought it would go through ok.  Man am I ever out of shape.

The trail was a little muddy in spots.  It was a warm day and I know how to swim, so I said what the heck and tried to make it through the first puddle with a lot of speed.  Those puddles are pretty deep.  Lucky for me I got stopped before the water reached my crotch.  "Why?" you ask.  Keep reading.

Here's why you should ALWAYS wash between your toes after a muddy ride.

This one was a little over an inch long.  I was wondering why that black mud wasn't washing off.  He came off readily enough, but his three little friends needed the salt treatment.

BTW my top gear is skipping AGAIN.  You would think a gear set would outlast a set of tires

I'm off to clean my sport sandles, carefully.
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I explored a new trail today, goes from Moonlight beach south to the Sudsbury Highway 17 bypass and connects just before it reaches Highway 69.  It's actually a 4x4 quad trail, not a bike trail, but it's fun enough, lots of ruts, and rocks to negotiate, a few little hills.  I actually misjudged and got my front wheel stopped by a little rut I was trying to go through and had to jump the handlebars.  I was too tired and lazy to lift the wheel, and thought it would go through ok.  Man am I ever out of shape.

The trail was a little muddy in spots.  It was a warm day and I know how to swim, so I said what the heck and tried to make it through the first puddle with a lot of speed.  Those puddles are pretty deep.  Lucky for me I got stopped before the water reached my crotch.  "Why?" you ask.  Keep reading.


BTW my top gear is skipping AGAIN.  You would think a gear set would outlast a set of tires

I'm off to clean my sport sandles, carefully.


This is all on the Raleigh?   

Did you ever get a new cogset?

Did I ever tell you I tacoed a rear wheel on -my- '79 Raleigh GP doing pretty much exactly the same thing?

FWIW, I think you're going to want to clean out and lube that BB pretty soon, it gets a fair bit of crud in it and all the little ball bearings get rusty crispy stuck.
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Yes, I got a new cogset, that's why I'm upset.  The new set didn't seem to last long at all.  Nobody seemed to have the right tool for this antique british cog, until I was directed to this old semi-retired guy on the outskirts of town.  I watched him replace it.  His tool didn't work either.  All the little ball bearings spilled out onto his garage floor when he used a vice and brute force to take the old cogset out, and new ones came with the new cogset.  I wasn't exactly pleased with the way the wheel seemed to rotate, when all was said and done, but he assured me it would last a long time.  I guess you get what you pay for.  I think the pedals are a little worn too (already did the pick the best two out of four pedals I had laying around thing  ).  I just bit the bullet on the car; maybe it's time for a new bike too.

I washed the bike after the ride yesterday, and left it out to dry.  I'm going to attack it with a spray can of grease later today.
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For future reference, don't go chasing old guys around town, just get one of these:

http://www.interlocracing.com/freewheels_steel.html
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Comprex,

What sort of threading is available?
post #6 of 8
Good question.  I've only seen ISO ones,   1.375x24tpi
post #7 of 8
So Italian then?
post #8 of 8
JP and Brit.     Fits ^that^ Raleigh fersure.  
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