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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 11:07 pm 
The Guv'nor
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Anyone else find running a few bikes takes a fair bit of effort? Spent two hours this evening cleaning the six bikes I use regularly. All of them need some work and have parts waiting to go on. If I didn't ride them i have he time to keep them running tip top.....

Not sure how some of you have immaculate fleets of 20 plus, must be like painting the Forth Road Bridge !


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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 11:25 pm 
Concours Judge
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You can only ride one at a time. Moreover, is something wrong with a bike or is it that dirty it can't be ridden I simply pick another. No rush :D


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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 11:35 pm 
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Have a clear out like me.

Managing 3 fully built and having 2 projects is far more fun (well I reckon)


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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 11:42 pm 
South West Deputy AEC
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Yeah, its even worse when some need some serious attention :!:
My winter bike was used in the spam winter challenge hosed down then
forgoten about at the back of the garage, now the complete drive chain is rusty :oops: Thats the trouble when most of my time is spent with work :cry:
Not enough hours in the day :roll:


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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 12:09 am 
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aahhh!

ive got two reto projects, my xc race bike, my road bike, my downhill race bike, & my frankenbike commuter to deal with! & i use them regularly.

no wonder my bird almost sacked me last week :roll:


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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 12:49 am 
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Yes I find it a real struggle sometimes and the list of bike jobs on the whiteboard does seem to grow.

One thing I make myself do after every ride is a clean the bike, as I've found that if I leave them I end up cleaning 4 or 5 bikes in one go, which is a real chore.... :(


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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 1:57 am 
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Yeah I really couldn't deal with more than 2 bikes right now, total cudos and a muffin to all those of you running multiple sweet retro rides, dunno how you do it! :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 6:07 am 
BoTY Winner
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I leave mine dirty except for the drive train. They'll just get dirty all over again anyway. :p

Dryer climate out here though.


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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 8:49 am 
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Hooray, I'm not alone with these problems. I've got too many projects and too little time to finish them. Two frames have been sitting in a corner for more than two years, cleaning and upgrading the rideable bikes is so time-consumimg. That's why I ended up not cleaning the daily riders at all and started to sell some of the bikes.

Maybe I should also start not to use ebay anymore - I always end up buying stuff that I don't really need...


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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 10:46 am 
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I normally find it easier to wash them in one go. It takes less time in getting the stuff out to wash and fix them, than if you did them individually. Just make sure you've got some good music on at the time :wink:


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