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But... I like hydration...
If you're gonna include a bottle in the photo, it needs to be a bidon that actually fits in the cage.

Which, honestly, I'm surprised you don't have. Once you have a bike with proper cages and a bidon or two...they just seem to multiply on their own.

You buy one because you need it. Then you buy one for a fundraiser for a local advocacy org. Then you get a free one as giveaway swag. Then you see a really cool looking one when you're visiting a shop in another town....
 

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If you're gonna include a bottle in the photo, it needs to be a bidon that actually fits in the cage.

Which, honestly, I'm surprised you don't have. Once you have a bike with proper cages and a bidon or two...they just seem to multiply on their own.

You buy one because you need it. Then you buy one for a fundraiser for a local advocacy org. Then you get a free one as giveaway swag. Then you see a really cool looking one when you're visiting a shop in another town....
And @flipstah, I find tons in thrift shops.
 

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Been a lot of rain here lately. Time to give the fleet a wash, wax, and relube

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Need some sort of better degreaser product though, couple of those drivetrains were dirrrrty
I just washed my MTBs for just about the first time ever. I am taking advantage of WFH and came up with the family to Tahoe for an extended trip. Because our bikes were getting a bit wonky I talked to a few locals shops about getting them tuned or doing full overhauls. Upshifting my rear derailleur had become extremely hit or miss which was the main thing leading me toward a tune. After finding out what the minor tune consisted of, I decided to actually wash the bikes first and see how it went. Turns out that a good wash did them quite well and they are more or less good as new and don't really need to be tuned at all. Still may want an overhaul at some point to rebuild headsets, lube things other than the drivetrain and service the fork but for now the bath I gave them has made a huge difference. I know it shouldn't be this way but I was almost shocked to see what the drive train looked like without the usual coating of dirt. Also a bit of a guilty conscience seeing how much of the black coating has worn off my wife's cassette.

I used Muc-Off (currently on sale at REI in case it matters) and it made relatively quick work of years worth of gunk. My process was - low pressure mist on the bikes, liberally spray with Muc-Off, wait 5 minutes for it to do it's work, then some scrubbing and a nice rinse. If I had a "normal" amount of dirt it would have been enough but given my neglect, it took a few tries for some of the more gunked up parts.

I also discovered during my cleaning that the bottle cage I installed on my wife's back has been damaging the rear triangle for years during deep compression of the rear shock. Wish I had put a different cage on or checked for that before causing damage but there is nothing I can do about it now and I don't think it's a safety issue.
 

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Also a bit of a guilty conscience seeing how much of the black coating has worn off my wife's cassette.
Do you have a chain gauge? Chain might be getting a little long (especially if ridden dirty) and given the cost of modern mtb cassettes, you really want to replace the chain on time.

Suspension service is a big question…did anyone quote you lead times? I’ve heard they can be real long now which is driving many to DIY.
But some shops are also allowing you to schedule repairs now…appointment might be weeks away but at least you can still ride while you wait.
 

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Do you have a chain gauge? Chain might be getting a little long (especially if ridden dirty) and given the cost of modern mtb cassettes, you really want to replace the chain on time.

Suspension service is a big question…did anyone quote you lead times? I’ve heard they can be real long now which is driving many to DIY.
But some shops are also allowing you to schedule repairs now…appointment might be weeks away but at least you can still ride while you wait.
In terms of lead time, it wasn't bad - from 24 to 72 hours.

Good point about the chain. Just did a quick check and it still seems like it's spot on 12" for 24 links but I don't have a chain gauge. I'm also not too worried about my cassette - it's a 10-speed XT which only runs around $75. I guess I can ask the shop to check it though. Where I'm staying now there is a pretty awesome network of trails and the bike shop is right at the base of the trails so it couldn't be more convenient.

Pic below to give you a sense as to what it looks like now. There's some rub on the cassette from the chain but I think there is still plenty of useful life here. Of course, I don't really know much about this stuff so there's that.
 
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So I've noticed that my chain jams up the front when I shift from big to small ring; it's as if it's not properly shifting. I noticed I have to shift back up to the big ring and shift back down. Anyone know what would cause that?
 

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So I've noticed that my chain jams up the front when I shift from big to small ring; it's as if it's not properly shifting. I noticed I have to shift back up to the big ring and shift back down. Anyone know what would cause that?
Is it that the chain falls off the inside of the small ring or that it won’t go to the small ring? Either way, should be a simple adjustment of the FD limit screw. With the chain on small chainring/big rear sprocket, the inner face of the FD cage should just barely clear the chain. You also want to make sure the FD cage is parallel to the chain.

BTW loved some of the old Suntour group sets.
 

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Is it that the chain falls off the inside of the small ring or that it won’t go to the small ring? Either way, should be a simple adjustment of the FD limit screw. With the chain on small chainring/big rear sprocket, the inner face of the FD cage should just barely clear the chain. You also want to make sure the FD cage is parallel to the chain.

BTW loved some of the old Suntour group sets.
So it doesn't get dislodged or doesn't fall off. It's more like half catches on the small ring and half is stuck on the big ring. So might have to adjust the cage?
 

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So it doesn't get dislodged or doesn't fall off. It's more like half catches on the small ring and half is stuck on the big ring. So might have to adjust the cage?
If this is a new problem you might have to adjust the limit screw so that it can swing a little farther over and push the chain onto the small ring.
 

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