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dasgeh
05-23-2012, 10:07 AM
So I can confess, the reason I've been riding the ebike these last few months is because I'm pregnant (with #2). Yay! Except the morning sickness, which has been HORRIBLE with this one. Basically, when I walked up a flight of stairs, I'd throw up. It's gotten better, but I still can't make it up the hill to get home, and I certainly can't ride hunched over my road bike, so I'm stuck on the ebike. I'm hopeful that I can ride straight through that with the little assist!

Which leads to my question: My road bike will be out of commission from now (ok, back in March) until next winter/spring. We have space to store it, but what to you recommend that I do to the bike before putting it in the back of the storage for almost a year? Clean it? Lube the chain? Deflate the tires?

Thanks all!

Dirt
05-23-2012, 10:14 AM
What is the frame made of? If steel, I'd make sure there's no water in the frame. Usually you can take the seatpost out, turn the bike upside-down and any water that accumulates in the frame will just run out.

Clean and lubricate the chain. I suggest leaving the tires with air in them! It is better if you can hang the bike up instead of having weight on the tires so they don't flat-spot when the air runs out.... because it will slowly leak out. I usually shift to the small chainring and small cog so the shift cables are mostly at rest. I usually then take my finger and drop the chain off the small chainring and onto the frame so the derailleur spring is not tensioned and the chain isn't side loaded.

Last but not least, I'd wipe down the frame to clean off any salt or road goo. I use a mild soap diluted in water clean the paint.

I hope that helps.

Pete

eminva
05-23-2012, 10:30 AM
I'm pregnant (with #2). Yay!

Congratulations! Best wishes.

Liz

Mikey
05-23-2012, 10:39 AM
. . . I'm pregnant (with #2). Yay! . . .

Congrats! Time to invest in a double trailer.

SpokeGrenadeSR
05-23-2012, 03:17 PM
i wouldn't hang it from wheels, too long and they ovalize.

and congrats!

Mark Blacknell
05-23-2012, 06:39 PM
Four posts in, and no one has brought up the example of the very impressive woman at Hains Point last year? Short version: she was (is, I'm pretty sure) a regular. Got progressively bigger over the pregnancy, reaching (forgive me) house-like proportions near the end. And how did she deal? Near the end, she was 17 kinds of awesome, wearing a number/bib thing that said "Due in X days." Where X was, indeed, a single digit.

eminva
05-23-2012, 07:31 PM
Mark, I am impressed too, although that may not be the kind of anecdote that endears you to your female friends who happen to be pregnant (and possibly some of those who once were).

Although not nearly so bad as the total stranger on the metro platform who sagely intoned that my pregnancy must be a high risk one given how old I appeared to be (this was over 11 years ago).

Liz

Mark Blacknell
05-23-2012, 08:04 PM
Mark, I am impressed too, although that may not be the kind of anecdote that endears you to your female friends who happen to be pregnant (and possibly some of those who once were).

I thought about this. And then I realized - hey, it's not like they could catch me, anyway!

Please, please, keep my nominations for Humanitarian of the Year to one a day, thanks.

off2ride
05-23-2012, 09:03 PM
Congrats on #2. Kids are a labor or love for sure. Here's what I suggest you do....remove the wheels, seat post and saddle and keep them inside. Hang the bike (if you can on the top tube) in the shed. You will probably need new cables and housing on it before you can ride it again. Possibly new hbar tape as well. Not sure what the elements are in your shed. Since wildlife and bugs will be out in force soon, it's not just the weather that's going to do a number on your roadbike. I've noticed some of these critters like eating rubber or something similar. That's why I suggested to keep your wheels and saddle indoors. Hope this info helps. BTW, boy or girl?

JustinW
05-24-2012, 07:22 AM
... the total stranger on the metro platform who sagely intoned that my pregnancy must be a high risk one given how old I appeared to be (this was over 11 years ago).

Liz

I hope you then informed said stranger what a high risk situation he had just gotten himself into....

dasgeh
05-24-2012, 11:18 AM
Luckily, I don't have to keep it in the shed -- plenty of room in our garage at this point (only 1 kid). I don't even have to hang it, put I was thinking I'd store it upside down (on the seat and handlebars). Is that a bad idea?

This morning, I pulled out an old cheapo hybrid bike that we keep for guests and haven't used in quite a while. The tires were a little low, but not flat. Everything else was pretty much as the last time we used it. I'm pretty sure the last time it was ridden was the day my daughter was born (19 months ago!) and it's been in the shed ever since!

Don't know yet whether it's boy or girl. We're not sure whether we'll find out. We did with our first but for a variety of reasons that don't apply now. We'll see.

As for child transport, we're considering options. I'm pretty anti trailer (cars seem blind to bike, how can they see trailers? Plus, I like being able to see/talk to the kids). So we're considering bakfiets or similar, but are a little concerned about gearing in (hilly) Arlington. Of course, we do front seat now, and we could probably manage a front and back seat for a while...

I'd love to be the pregnant chick at Hains Point, but, alas, I'd be throwing up every 100 feet or so. I'm pretty sure that's not good for anyone. I'm really hoping this movement-induced nausea goes away soon, but it's getting less and less likely :-( Of course, I probably felt my best as I entered weeks 41 and 42 last time, so you never know. (BTW, 9 months is a big fat lie!).

And thanks so much for all the wishes. We're so excited, but (hopefully) realistic to the challenge. Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone!

Dirt
05-24-2012, 11:46 AM
Please, please, keep my nominations for Humanitarian of the Year to one a day, thanks.
I thought you were a vegetarian. ;)

Tim Kelley
05-24-2012, 12:09 PM
I thought you were a vegetarian. ;)

ahaahaHahahAHAH!!!!

Q: Why don't cannibals eat clowns?
A: They taste funny!

brendan
05-24-2012, 04:46 PM
As for child transport, we're considering options. I'm pretty anti trailer (cars seem blind to bike, how can they see trailers? Plus, I like being able to see/talk to the kids). So we're considering bakfiets or similar, but are a little concerned about gearing in (hilly) Arlington. Of course, we do front seat now, and we could probably manage a front and back seat for a while...

Xtracycle w/ Peapod in back, and baby carrier up front (when he or she is ready). That way you can watch the youngest and converse easily with the oldest. If they're close enough in age, you may later be able to do a dual peapod for a while before graduating the oldest to just sitting in the back and hanging on and then to their own bike... :)

Brendan