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Every road rider is -- as we often say re: coaching -- an experiment of one. You're bound to find a different/better/unique way to do something related to cycling based on your own experience. And sharing your Quick Tips, Favorite Rides, Favorite Local Bike Shops, and more, with the community helps us all. Take a look at all the ways you can TALK TO RBR in the column to the right.

Take Fit Specs, Do Pre-Ride Check When Renting or Traveling with Your Bike

Editor's Note: We continue our recent series of QTs from the RBR Crew this this week's submission from Coach Rick Schultz. Rick offers some solid advice on those times when you're traveling with your bike, or when you rent a bike on vacation. Here's what Rick writes: When traveling with your bicycle or when renting a bike via a bike shop or tour group, make sure to bring along your fit specs, and before riding give it a quick "once-over."

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Treat Your LBS Mechanics Well For Great, Timely Service

Editor's Note: We continue our recent series of QTs from the RBR Crew this this week's submission from Coach John Hughes. If you depend on your LBS to keep your bike in shape and make all the major repairs, it's time-honored advice. Here's what John writes: I just got back from Icebox Mountain Sports up here in Fraser, Colorado. They do all the work on my bikes in the summer and XC skis in the winter. I went in last week and asked for stronger legs. Deb, the owner, didn't have those but she ordered me a cassette with easier gears.

 

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File a 'Ride Plan' With Someone, If Possible

Editor's Note: We continue our recent series of QTs from the RBR Crew this this week's brief-but-worthy submission from Coach Dan Kehlenbach. After Dan offers his tip, I'll add a bit to it at the end. Here's what he writes: I try and file a "ride plan" with my wife and let her know the general route I plan on taking, just in case something happens. If I change plans while en route, I’ll send her a text. 

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Use the Correct Japanese Standard Screwdriver on Limit Screws

Today's QT is another homegrown one, from Tech Editor Jim Langley. It's probably safe to say that if Jim didn't know this, not many people do. Here's what he wrote: Thanks to the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association I recently learned that all these years I've been using the wrong screwdriver to turn the limit screws on Japanese derailleurs! It turns out that there is a Japanese screw standard (who knew?).

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Use an Anti-Fog Solution to Ride Safely

Today's QT is based on my personal experience as a rider who simply cannot see to ride without my Rx sunglasses. During much of the year in Atlanta – but reaching a crescendo in the summer – humidity is brutal. Even on those rare summer mornings where you can roll out in temps in the low 70s (it's usually hotter), the humidity is often already in the 90% range. It takes only minutes for your glasses to fog over the first time you have to stop, to the point that you can't see a thing till you start rolling again. What to do? —John Marsh

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Keep a Whiteboard Handy Post-Ride to Record Needed Maintainance

Today's QT comes to us from Coach David Ertl. It's one of those tips I heard for the first time and thought, That's so simple and sensible, and would readily solve a bugaboo of mine, that's it's brilliant. I will be the first to admit that I often make a mental note of something or other on a ride I need to address later – something's squeaky, or a cable needs a slight barrel turn; it could be anything, really. Then I roll in from my ride, put everything away, get cleaned up, and then totally forget about what I needed to do. Sound familiar?

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Save Your Bike From Death By Garage

Today's QT comes to us from long-time RBR product reviewer Paul Smith (with an addendum from Tech Editor Jim Langley). I put out the clarion call last week asking for some fresh Quick Tips from the RBR Crew, and Paul's tip about protecting your bike when carrying it on a roof rack had particular resonance. It turns out that Sheri Rosenbaum is among the cyclists (we all probably know one, right!) who have suffered the fate of driving into the garage, bikes atop car, and doing damage to some combination of their bike, their car, their garage.

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Multiple Uses for Old Tubes

Today's QT comes to us from Premium Member Richard M., who offers a few suggestions for what you might do with your old tubes after a puncture. I'll chime in after Richard to tell you the most common thing I use my old tubes for. And I invite you to share your own uses in the Comments below the Newsletter version of this article. It seems that of all the old bike stuff, tubes have about a million and one uses. —J.M.

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Multiple Uses for Old Tubes, Part 2

Last week, we ran a QT offering a few suggestions for what you might do with your old tubes after a puncture. We asked readers to add their own creative uses for this most versatile piece of worn-out equipment to the Comments below the Newsletter version of the article. Several did, and a few more emailed us with their own novel uses. I promised I'd run a follow-up. Here it is. Enjoy! —J.M.

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How to Deter Dogs While Cycling

Today's QT comes to us from Premium Member (and a regular correspondent of mine) Greg Titus, an Iowa roadie who admittedly has more dog issues than most roadies based on where he rides. But he's developed what he believes to be the absolute best deterrent to any feisty, nuisance or attacking dog. He's also graciously agreed to share with fellow RBR readers his 12-page article with step-by-step instructions on how to make his "dog poppers."

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