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    Default About to use my bike, after 12months odd

    So long story short, I think I'm close to having a chance to go riding again.

    My daughter arrives in October last year and aside for one outing in November last year, my bike has been on the way.

    In January of this yeah, optimistically, I serviced it along with sending the shock (CCDB CS) to NSD for a service.

    My question is this; what should I do before I go and ride it?

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    Take a big dump. You won't want any interruptions once you hit the trail. Maybe have a quick wank too.

    Eat a hearty meal and drink water. Take water. Take a lot of water. Why don't people do this???

    Inflate your tyres too.

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    Pump up the tyres. I bet they are flat by now.

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    Invert bike for a bit, to get a bit of lube on the fork seals? My LBS told me to keep the bike upside down if not ridden for a while, not sure how effective it would be though.
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    ROFL!

    Was probably thinking more around the bike and critical components rather than bodily functions. :p

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    I think the pre ride dump and wank would do it...

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    Atleast riding with the Poodle and Lazmo won't mean any lost time tending to bodily functions and self amusement.

    Just leave it alone, y'hear, it won't fall off no matter how much you try to pull it off

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    Poodle and lazmo's advice is more aimed at achieving strava PB's and is a little strange coming from team "let's just have fun"

    Bike upside down overnight will get the fork splash lube onto the bushings and seals, can't hurt.

    Sounds like things have been tough introducing a child into the mix, it sure hit my riding for a six having a sick kid and sick wife for the first 18 months.
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    Yup, like Nambra said, flip the bike over to allow the fork & shock lubricating oil to run back "up" & onto the internal seals. Conversely, any air that might be in the brake reservoirs will likely end up in the lines though.....

    Given it hasn't been ridden, you won't have worn anything out, so there isn't really anything major to do beyond moving the shock oil around, just lube the chain & pump up the tyres..... and prepare to be disappointed with yourself as you come to the harsh realisation of just how much fitness you've lost.....
    Just ride the bloody thing and enjoy yourself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by link1896 View Post
    Poodle and lazmo's advice is more aimed at achieving strava PB's and is a little strange coming from team "let's just have fun"

    Bike upside down overnight will get the fork splash lube onto the bushings and seals, can't hurt.

    Sounds like things have been tough introducing a child into the mix, it sure hit my riding for a six having a sick kid and sick wife for the first 18 months.
    Yeah, we had some complications pop up along the way and we're only just now at a point were we see some "calm water" ahead. And I am itching to get back out as it was my primary method to relax and re-centre.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Duckmeister View Post
    Yup, like Nambra said, flip the bike over to allow the fork & shock lubricating oil to run back "up" & onto the internal seals. Conversely, any air that might be in the brake reservoirs will likely end up in the lines though.....

    Given it hasn't been ridden, you won't have worn anything out, so there isn't really anything major to do beyond moving the shock oil around, just lube the chain & pump up the tyres..... and prepare to be disappointed with yourself as you come to the harsh realisation of just how much fitness you've lost.....
    Gotcha. Flip bike, pump tyres and brace for disappointment or a heart attack. :p

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