A Quick Public Service Announcement

I have seen two blog posts recently that brings an important maintenance item to my attention. One from Mr. Hopkins http://briansbikeblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/my-extended-weekend-of-riding.html and another from Sam http://samlikesbikes.blogspot.com/2009/05/what-happens-when-you-dont-work-on-your.html Often overlooked maintenance items on the bike are the cables, housings, and the handlebars. With some of the marathon indoor riding a few of you crazy people do, and the weather we all deal with here in PA, the potential damage to handle bars and cables is very real. The failure of these parts during a ride or race can be catastrophic. Some of the people from Indiana know of a rider who's sweat can eat through steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber over a winter's training sessions. So, if you can't remember the last time you unwrapped your bars and changed tape, housings, and cables, I recommend you do it soon. Once a year is not too soon. If it's been two years, you are probably over due. I happen to find enjoyment and satisfaction doing a good bar wrapping job. Happy Riding, Beachcomber

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