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#2219 of 2238 Re: 9th !! Birthday Wash [fibber2]
Sep 06, 2010 (10:27 am)
Yeah, most of the driving here is in "ice" conditions for about six months straight. Snow events, while common, are typically very light (1 to 3 inches). The Ultra Grip Ice tires on my Forester are absolutely fantastic on all surfaces, especially deep snow, but are also more expensive than the Continental. Since I never take the Escort off true roads, I figure there are very few times I will need that extra capability the Goodyear might give me. And, since winter tires are a "new thing" for me, I am open to trying out different brands to see what works best and when. Granted, my cars are night and day different in terms of their base capabilities, but the same tire is not the best for all situations, either!
That said and put to bed, I seem to have some sort of nasty residue all over the sides of my Forester. I cannot tell it is there until I start scrubbing the car, but once I have cleaned it, the surface is very tacky. Try as I might, I cannot seem to get it off. I thought maybe it was sap or something falling from above, but the hood, roof, etc., is fine... the only problem is along the sides. Any thoughts as to what it may be or how I can remove it?
#2220 of 2238 Re: 9th !! Birthday Wash [xwesx]
Sep 07, 2010 (7:17 am)
Something your friend Sara left on the roads? (modicons don't seem to be working...) I'd start by stealing a bit of your wife's nail polish remover, basically watered down acetone. It's a great general purpose solvent that works on a variety of gunk. Follow by rinsing well and some fresh wax as it will strip it all in the process.
#2221 of 2238 Re: 9th !! Birthday Wash [fibber2]
Sep 07, 2010 (9:16 am)
Thanks, Steve; I'll give it a shot if I get around to washing cars again before winter sets in.... only a month away now!
#2222 of 2238 Re: 9th !! Birthday Wash [xwesx]
Sep 08, 2010 (5:18 am)
Winter.... now that's a nasty thought.
We've had one of the warmest summers on record, on the heals of last summer which was the second coldest. Frankly, I was in my element this year. Coupled with a lighter lab workload this year, I was able to do more swimming with the kids, and made great strides in landscaping. Yesterday I took the trailer and got another yard of mulch (free from the town - poison ivy and all...) for the distant beds that I'm making. We still had 90+ last week, mid 80's this week. The thought of winter saddens me.
#2223 of 2238 Tale of the Rack
Sep 16, 2010 (12:42 pm)
I'm a pretty avid cyclist, and was looking for a better way to transport my various bicycles. The folder is great for short road trips and is always with me, but getting the others around requires putting the hitch rack on. The thought of an 'ever present' roof rack was attractive, but I wasn't sure I could deal with one. And depending on the features, it can be an expensive investment.
Fortunately, a Subaru OEM E3610AS802 (Yakima LockJaw) came up on Craigslist last week. I had to add $22 worth of aero crossbar brackets E361SXA100 from my Subi dealer, but it was still a relatively cheap experiment for a unit in near mint condition.
Turns out I'm not a rooftop kind of guy. Last night I experimented with one of my 'expendable' bikes of average weight. Maybe 10 years ago I could, but I struggled with the weight and poor leverage over my head semi-onehanded while trying to lock it in place. It scared the c*&p out of me that I'd lose control when tired. I guess it's going back up on Craigslist, and I'll instead look for a nicer hitch unit.
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#2224 of 2238 Re: Tale of the Rack [fibber2]
Sep 16, 2010 (1:04 pm)
Or, you could spring for a carbon fiber road bike that weighs around 25#.
#2225 of 2238 Re: Tale of the Rack [xwesx]
Sep 16, 2010 (3:40 pm)
The catch is that you cannot use this kind of rack with carbon, as you are likely to crush the downtube in the jaws. Steel, Aluminum or Titanium only.
#2226 of 2238 Re: Tale of the Rack [fibber2]
Sep 16, 2010 (3:49 pm)
Bah. Get rid of it.
#2227 of 2238 Re: Tale of the Rack [fibber2]
Nov 15, 2010 (2:31 pm)
Hey, nice pix! That bike trail in the lower one looks awfully inviting! Agree re: no roof racks. Much easier, quieter, efficient, and safe to load the bike into the rear. Besides, I kind of like the wheel's spinning and clicking along as it sometimes does. You've got a nice drive, now have a good ride!
#2228 of 2238 Re: Tale of the Rack [gmginsfo]
Dec 12, 2010 (8:52 am)
I didn't pick up on your comment for a while. That 'bike trail' is the lower part of my driveway! I have about 500 ft of blacktop from house to road. Sufficient for riding up and down with my little one, but unfortunately the real road is totally unsuitable for bicycling. It is a steep hill with no shoulders. We have to rack up the bikes and travel to do any kind of family cycling.