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post #1 of 14 Old 08-06-2007, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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Long distance ride without a centerstand

Any tricks to bike maintenance without the centerstand? Planning my first long distance ride of about 2000 miles, give or take. The plan is to travel light and stay in motels. Chain maintenance is my primary concern. Should I get the centerstand now or are there options?

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post #2 of 14 Old 08-06-2007, 10:55 AM
 
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There are a lot of options. Oiler systems, small portable stands, center stands, or the old push method. I would invest in a center stand regardless. These machines should come with them stock IMHO.

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I recommend the LoobMan chain oiler. Works great and costs less than $40.

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Loobman? an interesting option... what about the oil spray-off? I am partial to dry lube (Dupont Teflon is the current favorite). Also wouldn't using the gear oil attract dirt and as such accelerate the wear on the chain o-rings?
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If you can find some assistance, it is possible to stand on the side-stand side of the bike, and pull on the bars, and back passenger grab-bar to lever the rear wheel off the ground, and have your friend roll the wheel backwards while applying the lube. Or do the spray, move bike 1', spray, move bike 1', spray, repeat as required.
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This is an excellent low-tech solution. Has worked for generations.

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Or do the spray, move bike 1', spray, move bike 1', spray, repeat as required.
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post #7 of 14 Old 08-06-2007, 01:42 PM
 
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Get a centerstand, use the $40 you saved by not buying the loobman towards it.

The loobman is a simple low tech item that, for me, did not stay put on washboard gravel roads. I sold mine for $5 instead of just throwing it out.
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post #8 of 14 Old 08-06-2007, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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I think i'll pass on the loobman. So I am down to centerstand or just spray and roll technick . Trying to think about other use cases for a centerstand besides chain lubing. Would it make working on the front wheel possible (as in tilting the bike back on the centerstand)? I am thinking about patching the front tire primarily.

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I use my center stand for maintenance. Chain and other. I have removed the front wheel by putting weight on the back of the bike, and 4X4 under Amotostuff skid plate.
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post #10 of 14 Old 08-06-2007, 03:33 PM
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I would buy the centerstand (as a matter of fact I just did:mrgreen: ).

Besides chain maintenance: makes checking front tire pressure easier (can rotate the wheel to where the valve stem is easy to get to), checking rear tire pressure is a piece of cake, makes loading the bike easier (I've seen two bikes pushed over to the right while shutting the left side case), plugging tires on the road will be easier, easier to park in garage on centerstand (for those of us with small garages).

Just my opinion, but I really like centerstands!

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