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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.

Use a Spare Wheel and Beater Tire on the Trainer

I bought a new trainer recently. When making the purchase online, I noticed that – like many others – the company offers a "trainer tire" for sale. (Their bread and butter are "old school" back wheel-on trainers.) I did not buy one of the trainer tires. When setting up the trainer for the first time, and getting my bike ready for it, I opted for another approach that added another element to the mix.

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An Alternative Way to Carry Your Spare Tube

Today's QT comes to us from Premium Member Greg Titus, who offers a unique tip that addresses a fundamental item that we roadies need to take along on every ride as part of our flat-repair kit – a spare tube. Of course, you also need to tote something to inflate that tube; in Greg's case, that's a mini-pump. What makes his tip unique is that he has devised a way that works for him to, in effect, carry them both as one package. Here's what Greg wrote: 

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Consider Alpaca Instead of Merino Wool in Your Socks

My feet get cold even when I'm wearing purpose-built winter cycling boots. It's an issue, I know, for many riders. Some of us get cold hands, others cold feet. Blood simply does not flow as well to the extremities in cold weather, as our bodies are designed to, in effect, pull blood toward our core to help maintain our core temperature. Thus, the hands and feet suffer – and need extra help staying warm. This year I upgraded to Alpaca socks.

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Soak Your Chain for Extra Life

This QT is based on a recent experiment I decided to do on my last new chain. I am a years-long user of Chain-L chain lube (click for the RBR review). It is a honey-thick lube (in fact, it looks like dark honey) that you apply to a new chain, let it soak into the pins, wipe off the excess and install the chain. It's a bit of a messy, time-consuming process (I let it soak in overnight), but the results are unbeatable — you really don't need to re-lube again for the life of the chain. A slight touch-up after a rain ride, maybe; but that's it. Now, about that experiment.

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Good Vibes Keep a Ride Positive

Today's QT comes to us from Premium Member Russ Starke, who offers a suggestion for how to not let idiot drivers drag you down during – or after – a ride. It's about shifting your focus from the negative side to the positive side. Here's what Russ writes:

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Sometimes, a Frankenstein Approach to Tech Works

This QT is based on my recent experience with – of all things – water bottles. But it brought to mind a conversation I had several years ago at Interbike with a Shimano tech expert (I'll circle back to that in a minute). I came home from this year's Interbike with a couple of new Polar insulated bottles, which feature the new Zipstream high-flow, self-sealing cap. The new nozzle easily pulls up a couple of millimeters to open, then pushes back down to close. In my post-Interbike coverage, in a mini-review of the new bottles, I wrote:

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Defunkify Your Cycling Laundry

Editor's Note: We continue our recent series of QTs from the RBR Crew this this week's submission from Sheri Rosenbaum. Sheri offers some time-honored advice on laundering your cycling clothes, both to get out the stink and to make sure your clothes are best-positioned to clean them adequately. I add a couple of comments to Sheri's, including a recommendation for a workout clothing detergent I recently started using. —John Marsh

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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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