Turkey Day Town Tour is Back!

We will do the 2nd Annual Turkey Day Town Tour on Thanksgiving day this year.

Riders enjoy the first Turkey Day Town Tour

The first Turkey Day Town Tour actually occurred in 2012 and it was highly successful. About 30 people went out and rode and every single person enjoyed a slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream afterward, despite most saying at the beginning of the ride that they weren’t going to eat any. Turns out the ride was really fun and by the end, spirits and appetites were high! That was the point.

The weather was horrible in 2013, so the ride was canceled. We’re thinking the weather will hold this year and we’ll be able to do it again. See the image below for details on where and when to meet on Thursday, Nov. 27.

The holidays are a wonderful time. But they can be a stressful time, too. The Turkey Day Town Tour started as a way for my wife and I to get out of the house and ride our bikes instead of spending the day indoors worrying about whether the turkey would dry out in the oven. Over the years, we’ve learned that a hands-off approach and the proper cooking utensils yield a fine, juicy turkey. The bike ride allows us the opportunity to silently reflect on all the things for which we are thankful, and this year we have enough things to reflect on to cover a ride twice as long.

The inaugural Turkey Day Town Tour brought together a bunch of people who already knew each other and a bunch of people who didn’t. The sky was clear and bright and every twist and turn in the trail was greeted with a smile. We hope to have as much, if not more, fun this year, too.

We hope you’ll join us!

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Cleaning up your act

Guy walks into a bike shop, hands his bike to the mechanic and says, “I need you to tune up my bike, but when you’re done could you give me the all the dirt back? I need to bury my daughter’s hamster.”

It’s not a very funny joke, unless you happen to be the mechanic who gets a bike that actually has enough dirt on it to bury a hamster. I’m sad to say that I’ve received bikes that were filthy enough that I could have used the dirt on them to build a pump track!

I’m always amazed at how many calls I get from people who say their bike isn’t working properly and when they bring the thing in, it looks like they’re pushing a two-wheeled zombie that had just climbed out of a casket filled with soil from their favorite trail. If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned your bike, then your bike is probably way overdue. Routine cleaning and maintenance go a long way toward keeping a bike in decent running condition. Not only does a dirty bike function worse on the road or on the trail, but dirt can actually lead to a premature breakdown of parts. Grit and grime sneak into cracks and crevices and slowly scourge components, contaminate crucial lubricants and mask developing problems under a veil of filth.

The best thing a bike rider can do is to take a few moments after every ride to clean up your bike. Take a wire brush and clean the top, bottom and sides of your chain as you slowly move the pedals backwards. Use a soft rag or a toothbrush to clean the pulley wheels on your rear derailleur; clean them well enough that you can read the words stamped into them or written on them in paint script. wipe excess grime off the frame, brake levers and shift levers. Use a soft, clean rag to wipe the excess dirt and dust off of the stanchions of your fork and the one on your shock. Doing so will keep grit from working its way past your wipers and into your suspension components. Never use a power washer or a high-pressure hose to clean your bike. If you do that, you run the risk of washing all the lubrication out of your bike and then you’ll be in for some real trouble.

Five minutes at the end of each ride is all it takes. You can talk about the ride with your friends as you clean. It’s a good way to remember the ride and to keep your bike in good shape.

Even if you do keep your bike in good condition, get a comprehensive tuneup at least once a year. That way you’ll know your bike is in top condition and doesn’t hold any hidden surprises that might lead to misfortune out on the road or the trails.

The pictures below show the drive train of a bike before and after Little Jimmy’s Señor Peppy tuneup. The tuneup process uncovered a couple of extremely serious issues with the customer’s bike. Luckily, everything worked out okay.

Check out Little Jimmy’s Service Page for details about our tuneups and other maintenance procedures, and remember to clean up your act after every ride!

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