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Lube Is Better than Spit; Get Some Tri-Flow!

Super quick review. Tri-Flow TF21010 Superior Lubricant– this shit works waaayyyy better than spit. I am a simple guy and try not to get to crazy with having a million different options for every individual situation. I happened to have Tri-Flow recommended to my by one of the world’s dopest bike mechanics right before I raced the Tour Divide a few years back. Without a doubt in my mind, it is the best all around bike lubricant. I used any time I needed lube during the Tour Divide, and I’ve used it in all four seasons in the Midwest as well. Hot and dry to cold and salty, it holds up. I will admit that during the Tour Divide I had to put it inside my jacket to warm it up in the early mornings up north. Other than that, I have had absolutely no problems with it.

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Seriously, get yourself some Tri-Flow!

Now for my normal sage wisdom. I am paraphrasing what I have heard from a few “friends”, You can’t just spit on that shit, spit isn’t lube. So if you need a good all around bike lube when spit just won’t cut it, get some Tri-Flow.

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Resetting your Lefty Fork

I spent hours searching the internet, watching videos, and reading technical specs about resetting the needle bearings in my Lefty fork. I was worried I was going to take it apart and ruin it. Truth be told, resetting it is one of the simplest repairs I have ever done. Less than five minutes, super common tools and a little brute force.

Most of the references I dug into, talked about the shock length for different travel forks. If you open it and the measurement is inside a specific range of errors, just reassemble it and let it be. That seems silly to me. If I put my tire pump on and the tire is 10% low, I am going to put the air in it while I am there. That is why I suggest that when you have your fork apart just reset the bearings even if it is only 10%. It takes an extra 30 seconds or less.

Another aspect that I realized it that you just slam the fork down and bottom it out. That is it. Give it a good whack. No need to make this technical. “With the traveling velocity of a common sparrow and end force of applied squares” Blah blah blah. Whack it hard.

Last step, adding air .Start with 3/4 of your weight in pounds. I weigh around 180 so that is 135 pounds. I actually ride at 140 pounds because I like a little stiffer ride. No rocket science of sag percentages, travel ranges, rebound speeds. Start with a good guess (Which is what the charts are anyway) and then adjust it to what makes you ride the best and feel the most comfortable. As long as you don’t add 1 billion psi or have in zero, if it feels good, it is good. It is that easy. Check out the video below and watch me reset mine in around 3 minutes.



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Repairing your tent- Don’t just pitch it

I was very seriously considering throwing away my trusty solo tent. Read about it here. I have got a lot of use out of it, The mosquito netting was ripped and it started to lose it’s waterproofing. I have been eyeballing some newer tents that would be an upgrade. Getting new gear is fun. You get to open it up like it is Christmas and have the excitement of trying something fun. These are all of the excuses I have been making to justify buying a new tent. What I really needed to do is, not be lazy and spend the hour and $10 and repair my tent. So that is what I did. I bought a sewing kit for under $2 and some Scotchgard Water Shield for $8 and got to work.

The first problem that I addressed was the rip in the netting. Everyone has been in a hurry to get out and got the zipper stuck and just kept pulling anyway. Good news is that it is simple and easy to fix.



The first step is to zip the door closed so that you can see how big the hole is. It also helps you know how much pressure to put on the stitches to get it repaired while still allowing the zipper to close full and not further damage the tent. Why not just zip it all the way shut? Then you cannot get your hand inside to push the needle back out.


The next step is to start sewing. I started at the bottom and worked my way up. I cut off about a 6 foot piece of string to work with. It was way too much length but, for the cost and not having to try and start sewing again in the middle it was worth the waste. Starting the repair is the hardest part. You have to tie a knot in the string. I pushed the needle through the zipper in and out as close together as I could and then tied a simple overhand knot. After that I started working both sides of the rip together. Making sure to go into the netting 1/4 of and inch. This is due to the netting ripping slightly when you pull it tight. If you have the thread at the edge it will just rip out. Then I stepped up 1/4 of and inch. Repeat until the hole is closed.



As you can see it is not perfect and large bugs could get in easily. That brings us to the next step. Gorilla Tape. I already had some lying around so it worked out perfect. I tore off a piece slightly longer than the tear and applied it to the outside first. This would insure that I got the entire rip covered and wouldn’t have to worry about the tape sticking to another part of the netting. Next I unzipped the zipper and attached a similar sized piece to the inside. Last I rubbed the two pieces between my palms to make sure it was stuck down as well possible.


That’s it. All done.

Now onto the even easier part. Restoring the waterproofing.

The first step is to clean the tent. I used a microfiber towel to wipe down the floor and a shop-vac to pick up way was left behind. Time investment was 2 minutes.



Then I applied the waterproofing spray. I made sure to spray up the sides of the bathtub just in case. I didn’t spray above it for two reasons. One is that the rain fly covers that area and two if there is water that deep you are in a world of hurt anyway as the water will rush in the bug netting and door.




Just follow the directions on the can for application. It says to make sure it is covered but not saturated or something to that effect. That means it should be wet but it should not have puddles or be dripping.

Next up is the rain fly. After attaching the rain fly, I made sure to first coat all of the spots that were over lapping, Zippers, flips up vents, etc. Then I applied a nice even coat like I did the inside floor.


Once the tent had dried fully, I did add a second coat of spray to the bottom side of the tent just in case I missed a spot. I had extra and I wasn’t going to save a small bit in the can in hopes of finding a use for it.

So all in all I had about one hour and $10 into repairing my tent. I think I can get another 50+ nights out of it now. I will keep everyone updated.

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As an added bonus, when I had the sewing kit out, I repaired the tent bag. tentbag

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