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    Default Warning graphic content. Ugly Bike Parts

    Just a PSA to remove those headset bearings once in a while.

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    Wow just wow.

    *I edited your title, forgive me. This thread could be good if expanded to include all sorts of ruination.
    Working on other peoples bikes has taught me a few things I never wanted to know like "what is nuclear sweat?"

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    .............. Ok, that one owes you nothing............

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    I stopped working on other people's bikes due to covid. This thread is triggering. I've seen that bearing before. I may never start up again.
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    I didn't take pictures, but when I still lived in NE Texas in an LBS-free area, a rider brought me his bike complaining of difficult shifting and then impossible shifting. He had DuraAce 9000 and the cable had shredded in the shifter. Not only shredded but broke off tiny pieces of cable inside the body. I spent over an hour with needle nose pliers and forceps getting all the tiny pieces of wire out. I had assumed that if someone was riding a nice Pinarello with DA, they had some clue about what is normal and what is not. Nope.
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    The OP's photo makes me see the benefit of sealed cartridge bearing headsets.

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    That was a sealed cartridge bearing, the upper. Lower was as bad if not worse. The races were a mess. Sometimes the idea that parts are permanently sealed from contamination is conveyed. Much like seatposts and bottom brackets a good disassembly, cleaning can go a long way. As we move to integrated headset stem and cables I anticipate seeing this more and more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbill View Post
    I didn't take pictures, but when I still lived in NE Texas in an LBS-free area, a rider brought me his bike complaining of difficult shifting and then impossible shifting. He had DuraAce 9000 and the cable had shredded in the shifter. Not only shredded but broke off tiny pieces of cable inside the body. I spent over an hour with needle nose pliers and forceps getting all the tiny pieces of wire out. I had assumed that if someone was riding a nice Pinarello with DA, they had some clue about what is normal and what is not. Nope.
    Nope.

    I used to work on my pals (redacted to protect somethingoranother) xxx bikes. They were always decked out with Campy goodness. He is a very good rider, good person, holds doors for old ladies and kisses babies but GAWD FORBID he put a soapy sponge to his bike now and than?

    On a regular basis I had to disassemble brake calipers because they were frozen from sweat. Hoods would melt off this cats bike. After years of mercy work I finally told him I'm done if you don't start washing your 'ing bike.

    We are still friends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    Nope.

    I used to work on my pals (redacted to protect somethingoranother) xxx bikes. They were always decked out with Campy goodness. He is a very good rider, good person, holds doors for old ladies and kisses babies but GAWD FORBID he put a soapy sponge to his bike now and than?

    On a regular basis I had to disassemble brake calipers because they were frozen from sweat. Hoods would melt off this cats bike. After years of mercy work I finally told him I'm done if you don't start washing your 'ing bike.

    We are still friends.
    I’ve got a friend like that. Excellent rider and terrific sportsman. He’s in his mid-60s, has done multiple Ironman in the U.S. and Africa. He’s alway off somewhere hiking or riding. Always brings me a cappuccino when he comes over. BUT he doesn’t know which end of a screwdriver points north. He depends on me to make his bike run properly, he just rides the damn thing. He brought his bike in the other day complaining about crappy/erratic shifting. It worked perfectly when I got done chiseling off huge amounts of flung everywhere chain lube and excessive dried/hardened of whatever he puts in his water bottles that coated his shift cables, BB cable guide and both derailleurs.

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    Go to heaven three times Dave.

    Obvious xmas stocking stuff for him >>> bucket, sponge, soap.

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    Ugh! This kind thing is the bane of my existence in my line of work. Different than bikes, but just same. I had a guy who said to me " Yeah this axe isn't up to par anymore." I explained to him (as calmly as I could) that all the imperfections of this instrument came from him. The instrument is perfect being an instrument. It being absolutely filthy, hard to play and not working correctly were all inflicted by him. I took it and cleaned it up and playing nicely. He was really taken aback by the difference. Now his guitars are spotless ( cleaned by him) when they come in for a tuneup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbill View Post
    I didn't take pictures, but when I still lived in NE Texas in an LBS-free area, a rider brought me his bike complaining of difficult shifting and then impossible shifting. He had DuraAce 9000 and the cable had shredded in the shifter. Not only shredded but broke off tiny pieces of cable inside the body. I spent over an hour with needle nose pliers and forceps getting all the tiny pieces of wire out. I had assumed that if someone was riding a nice Pinarello with DA, they had some clue about what is normal and what is not. Nope.
    The nicer the bike and components that come into the shop, the less they know about maintenance, in my personal opinion! haha

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    I changed the rear tire on my MTB today. WTB Vigilante 29X2.5" with two years worth of Orange Seal top-offs. The inside of the tire looked like a sentient being. I've had a 29" tube in my stash bottle on every MTB ride since Steve made that bike in 2019. Today I realized that I would never be able to put a tube in that tire on the trail. I guess I'm fortunate to have ridden it almost bald in two years with no flats or plugs.
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    More pictures or I'm changing the title of this thread to Rusty Parts Confidential

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    More pictures or I'm changing the title of this thread to Rusty Parts Confidential
    Thanks, I'm just here for the pics.

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    Where is Gattanero ?

    This should be his thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott G. View Post
    Where is Gattanero ?

    This should be his thread.
    I love Gattonero's photos of before and after.
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    More of the debacle.
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    You should stop using chunky peanut butter and steak sauce as a bearing lube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBordewisch View Post
    More of the debacle.
    IMG_20210419_133637571[1].jpg
    It looks more like you are involved in a bad plumbing project instead of taking care of a headset. Wow!

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