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  • Understanding the Roadie mindset.
  • Kramer
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    I’ve just had to replace a hood cover on my shifter/brake lever on my gravel bike, and I’m starting to understand why they’re so grumpy all the time.

    Seriously to replace a rubber hood cover I’ve had to take off my bar tape, replace my shifter cable, dismantle my shifter to detach my brake hose, then partly install the hood cover, reattach everything, bleed my brakes, finish installing the hood cover, reattach the shifter, and then reinstall my bar tape and re-index my gears.

    🤬

    simondbarnes
    Full Member

    When I replaced mine I just soaked it in hot water and fitted it without removing anything other than the old hood 🤷

    Kramer
    Free Member

    Are you **** kidding me.

    Klunk
    Free Member

    as above smidge of lube and it slipped on lovely, no faff, no issues

    slowoldman
    Full Member

    Let Dan show you how.

    Kramer
    Free Member

    You’re all bastards and I hate you.

    bikerevivesheffield
    Full Member

    Boiling water every time, just slides on

    ossify
    Full Member

    Understanding the Roadie mindset

    You’re all bastards and I hate you.

    Success!

    scaredypants
    Full Member

    Success!

    🤣

    Kramer
    Free Member

    @ossify 🤣

    fossy
    Full Member

    Oops ! Made me laugh on a wet Sunday !

    Kramer
    Free Member

    The really annoying thing is that’s how I initially thought it would fit, but struggled to get it to stretch, and as the previous one had torn decided that I needed to remove the shifter to get it to fit.

    jkomo
    Full Member

    Hilarious

    theotherjonv
    Full Member

    I am minded of an ex colleague experimental physicist’s advice

    “Two weeks in the laboratory can save a whole afternoon in the library”

    ransos
    Free Member

    Yep, plenty of lube and it fits easily.

    nickfrog
    Free Member

    Yep, plenty of lube and it fits easily.

    A nice problem to have …

    Average of Sussex

    cojacal
    Full Member

    @Kramer ‘You’re all bastards and I hate you.’

    Thanks made me chuckle!

    Now you know … the real roady mindset is that you can colour match your hoods to your saddle, sunnies, garmin mount, any other kit etc: shoes, shoe covers, socks, what ever! #Hudz

    ‘You’re all bastards and I hate you.’ Brilliant!

    matt_outandabout
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    😂

    el_boufador
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    Most excellent 👌

    andrewy
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    😂

    ampthill
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    So sure this was going to be grumpy over takes with no hello. Which was my view of roadies today

    rOcKeTdOg
    Full Member

    Came to say,

    Cut off or pull off the old one, Hot water in a bowl leave new one to soak a couple of minutes then it’s easy to fit. Did many of these working in bike shops

    But see you’ve already been educated.

    Did similar at work on Friday, two 20L specimen buckets, one stuck inside the other. A whole laboratory of science degree holders try to separate them with much huffing and puffing.

    I run hot tap over outer bucket, outside bucket literally falls off the other. Much muttering from the “intelligent” people as I walk off shaking head and saying FFS! 😀
    Science is your friend

    belugabob
    Free Member

    That’s definitely a space biro moment

    Kramer
    Free Member

    Relevant information given 4 or 5 hours after the fact is basically abuse guys.

    matt_outandabout
    Full Member

    That’s definitely a space biro moment

    So many people fell for the “NASA” pen being sold back in the day….

    ampthill
    Full Member

    Oh the irony

    The space pen story isn’t true

    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/the-write-stuff/

    fasthaggis
    Full Member

    Much lolz.

    jonnyboi
    Full Member

    Oh dear. Still you have learned a LOT of new skills 

    belugabob
    Free Member

    The truth about the space biro is duly noted – with a felt tip…😉

    Kramer
    Free Member

    What. A. Plum.

    Indeed a throbber of the highest order. 🤣

    Oblongbob
    Full Member

    Brilliant thread. Thank you, Kramer!

    TiRed
    Full Member

    Anyway you can’t be a proper roadie. Most in my club send the bike to the club mechanic for anything. To be fair, he’s really good, charges almost nothing and does it for love.

    now if you’d said you wanted to raise the stem on a fully integrated front end with hidden cables, THEN I would have known where you were coming from. 😏

    intheborders
    Free Member

    Anyway you can’t be a proper roadie. Most in my club send the bike to the club mechanic for anything. To be fair, he’s really good, charges almost nothing and does it for love.

    Met a roadie sat at the side of the road the other week with a puncture.

    He’d got nothing with him and was going to call his OH.

    I was on my gravel so had everything.

    Me “Tube or tubeless?”

    Him “Tubeless”

    Me “I’ll just Dynaplug it for you”, “much sealant leaked out?”

    Him “Oh, well it’s actually a tube, as I punctured last week and had a tube put in but haven’t been back to my bike shop to have it sorted back to tubeless”

    I wished him a good day and rode off.

    mert
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    Most in my club send the bike to the club mechanic for anything.

    Every road club i’ve been in is utterly polarised between those who do *everything* themselves and those who do *nothing*, and always send it to a shop.

    These are then further broken down into those who actually do know how to do everything, and those who know how to do nothing, and those who know nothing but *think* they do.

    Not to mention the difference between those who will pay whatever it costs and those who whine about every damn penny.

    As you can imagine, the maintenance standards on club members bikes were certainly variable.

    TiRed
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    @mert my club resembles that comment. Although the number that think they can do everything is relatively small. Until you’ve threaded internal cables in a carbon frame, you haven’t lived.
    I don’t have disc brakes but this was three hours of fishing. External cables for the shifters means replacing the hoods would require their removal. No brake bleeding needed though, although the V brakes can be a temperamental thing to set properly.
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    Kramer
    Free Member

    @mert

    those who actually do know how to do everything, and those who know how to do nothing, and those who know nothing but *think* they do.

    <ahem>

    13thfloormonk
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    Met a roadie sat at the side of the road the other week with a puncture.

    He’d got nothing with him and was going to call his OH.

    There must be so many stories starting like this, I met a(nother, I was also on road bike) roadie at the side of the road having been dropped by his group because of a puncture. He had a shiny new Lezyne pump which had promptly unscrewed the valve core of his new tube which was now somehow wedged in the rubber grommet inside the pump, rendering pump and tube useless.

    I think he was so mechanically un-initiated that his eyes boggled at my old school thumb chuck style pump which he noted the details of and went home to buy.

    A sub-moral of the story is that he was clearly a significantly faster rider than me, I think there might be a subset of riders who just ride their bikes ALL.THE.TIME and don’t bother devoting any time to maintenance or learning new skills. It’s a sort of all-or-nothing approach I guess, if you get fast enough soon enough with few enough mechanical disasters you can get signed by a team and have a pro-mechanic on hand all the time 😎

    crazy-legs
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    Every road club i’ve been in is utterly polarised between those who do *everything* themselves and those who do *nothing*, and always send it to a shop.

    These are then further broken down into those who actually do know how to do everything, and those who know how to do nothing, and those who know nothing but *think* they do.

    I’ve done ride leading jobs where the punters don’t even know how to get the wheel out of the bike.

    Most people ride in far far too high a gear – one guy actually said he liked using the highest gear possible because he had to put more power through the cranks therefore his power meter gave higher numbers. 😳

    Never underestimate the levels of cluelessness from cyclists as to how their bikes operate… They can tell you everything about Strava and power and aero and FTP but when it comes to fixing a puncture, they can’t even undo a thru-axle… 🙄

    Most people signing up to these supported rides have never had to fix a puncture so they have no idea of how tight their tyre is. They just use what the shop fitted & and what fits fine with industrial tyre levers in a warm dry shop does not come off at the side of a cold wet road using piddly plastic levers!

    mert
    Free Member

    It’s a sort of all-or-nothing approach I guess, if you get fast enough soon enough with few enough mechanical disasters you can get signed by a team and have a pro-mechanic on hand all the time 😎

    Is that a thinly veiled dig at Fwoomey, thinks his setup has changed by 10cm and he didn’t notice…

    Kramer
    Free Member

    To be fair, road bikes don’t suffer nearly the same level of mechanicals as mountain bikes as their riders don’t tend to throw them down rocky paths and cover them in grinding paste.

    I’d use a professional mechanic if a) it didn’t cost a fortune, b) I could get things done as and when I need them doing, and c) I could trust that it isn’t going to be bodged.

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