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TLC for Your Bike Repair Stand

Your trusty wash and work stand has tirelessly held onto your bike(s) hundreds of times so you can freely use both hands to wash, fiddle, adjust, and dial in your favorite ride to keep it in tip top shape, but when is the last time you gave your stand a little love in return? The nice thing about our line of bike repair stands is that they don’t require much, but with a little bit of TLC and inspection of potentially worn parts, you can keep your stand functioning like the first day you laid eyes on each other.  If you’re into bike maintenance and keeping everything in tip-top shape–why not include your bike repair stand?  Read on to find out how to keep things wash and work  running smoothly, which leads to your bike running smoothly, which in turn leads to adorable canines and world peace.

Now that your stand is dirty from the grime that has come off of your bike from a good season of riding, here are a few helpful tips and tricks to get your stand dialed so you can focus on keeping your bike clean and happy.

Clean it up.

Feedback Sports repair stands are made from premium materials to stand up to the elements, so they aren’t afraid of a little soap and water. Some basic Dawn dish soap in a bucket of warm water will serve as a safe and friendly cleaning agent that’s both easy on the stand and your hands. A soft brush such as the one that you use for cleaning your bike is typically sufficient for removing grime around moving parts and will be easy on your stand’s finish.

(PRO tip: Instead of adding soap first then adding water to create the bubbles, reverse the process by adding soap to water and allowing it to dissolve for a moment. A shot of pressured water will agitate the solution and give you bubbles that will last exponentially longer and be more effective for cleaning).

Shake and dry.

After you give your stand a sudsy bath, grab onto the main center tubes and give the stand a good shake to get some water off of the surfaces. A drop motion followed by an abrupt stop is typically a good method for shaking some of the water off. Follow up with a soft and absorbent cloth over all of the main surfaces to remove any grime you may have missed in the washing phase. Letting your stand hang out in the warmth of the sun will allow all of the non-reachable places to dry out entirely.

(Sunglasses optional; however, your stand does appreciate stylish accessories to accentuate it’s already silky good looks).
Keep things moving freely.

Your repair stand has moving parts that like to stay moving freely. Keeping these moving parts lubricated periodically will protect them during repeated wash cycles and make your life easier when it comes time to setting your stand up or folding it back down.  Give a drop of chain lube to areas such as the barrel nut inside the QR levers or the cam interface of the QR to make the actuation smoother. Follow up with a rag to pick up any excess chain lube that may have dripped.

(Note: Don’t lubricate the main telescoping tube as it will not have sufficient grip for keeping your bike suspended in the spot you want it).
Take a closer look.

Once everything has been cleaned up, a good once over to see how your parts are wearing is a good idea. Pay attention to rubber foot plugs and clamp jaws as they typically see the most amount of wear on the stand. Having some spare parts in your toolbox is a nice way to minimize any downtime in case something does need to be replaced from wear. Replacement parts can be found at the following link: Work Stand Replacement Parts .

Enjoy a cold one.

Finally, don’t forget to grab a cold drink and use your stand’s bottle opener to access the delicious contents inside. Sit back, relax, and take a moment to marvel over your freshly cleaned ride and repair stand.

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Sea Otter Recap 2016

group poses for photo

Tuck this lil’ buddy away until next year, because Sea Otter 2016 is a wrap!!

This cute lil' guy.eric in tent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, the van is unloaded (and dust-free, thanks to our tech-specialist, Eric Hockman), with everything is back in it’s place.  Ahhhhhhh.  Nothing like that feeling you get as a collective company when you look back on an event like Sea Otter and know it’s been your best one so far.

Upon getting back to Colorado, many people who’ve never attended Sea Otter ask what it’s like.  The usual reply that you’ll get from any company that HAS been there is this: “It’s so much better than Interbike.”  Don’t get us wrong.  Interbike is great for many reasons.

But Sea Otter is:

  • Not Vegas. And it’s outside. Enough said.
  • Surrounded by every type of bike racing you could imagine.
  • A chance to catch up with industry friends and cycling folks from all over the place.
  • In California, where it’s 80 degrees vs. Colorado where last week here it was like this:

spring blizzard

 

But all those points aside, here are a few notable high-lights from the Feedback Sports side of things:

 

  1. The Bicycle Leadership Conference Feedback Sports’ founder/President, Doug Hudson has been attending the BLC for the last 5 years.  In a our weekly company meeting Doug explained the significance of this annual event. “The BLC continues to be one on my favorite industry events of the year.  The keynote speakers, learning sessions and networking are invaluable.  The morning rides along the coast are incredible.  The networking started as soon as I landed in Monterey when I was able to share an Uber ride with former pro racer Tim Johnson who was also on his way to the conference.   I leave the BLC each year with new ideas and inspiration to make Feedback Sports better than ever.”
  2. We unleashed the Feedback Sports Scorpion–our newly acquired product.  This was a huge hit among consumers, media and dealers alike.
  3. The Omnium made it’s Sea Otter debut as well.  It was so fun to talk with the general public and watch their eyes light up when they realize just how bitty and light-weight the Omnium can be.
  4. Primal Wear’s Women’s Mtb Clinic: Saturday morning, Lisa and I got the privilege of demo-ing two Yeti’s from our Colorado neighbors (literally, Yeti Cycles is about 500 yards away from the Feedback Sports headquarters) and take to the trails with some very rad women. Breakfast and coffee, first of course. PLUS a question/answer session with Sonya Looney, Karen Jarchow, Feedback Sports’ own racer, Caitlyn Vestal and Kasey Clark.  More sightings of strong women who crush it on and off the bike abounded throughout Saturday into the afternoon.  Team Luna Chix, Courtenay McFadden, the Stans NoTubes-Pivot women, the ladies from Raleigh Clement, the list went on and on.  #morewomenonbikes #heckyes
  5. NICA Omnium Raffle: Speaking of more people on bikes, let’s talk about NICA for a second.  The National Interscholastic Cycling Association is a mighty, happy force. Their mission is to develop interscholastic mountain biking coast-to-coast by 2020.  YES, PLEASE!!! We love being a sponsor and want to do everything we can to get more kids on bikes and spread the NICA word.  Saturday we were able to do just this and raffle off an Omnium to one very excited young man.  Check NICA out and see how YOU can help them reach their goal as well.

And on top of that, there was riding, camping, racing, laughing and maybe an escaped Octopus incident.  Still not sure on that last one.

So a huge THANK YOU to those of you who stopped by and said hello, those who offered us their hospitality (MTBR) and kindness and of course to our dealers and customers. It truly made this the best Sea Otter so far!!

mtbr party

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