Pearls of wisdom gained from many years of biking.
Lube your chain with OIL. Do NOT use WD40 on "O" ring chains.
Set the chain tension with you (or a mate of similar weight) sitting ON the bike.
Punctured tyres CAN be fixed safely.
BIKE oil is for BIKES. CAR oil is for CARS. It's what is written on the bottle, and should give you a clue. If you're going to be a tightarse and ignore the label, then why don't you use SUNFLOWER or VEG oil??
You CAN use innertubes in motorbike tyres.
If you're working on your bike, and are about to pick up a BIG hammer, then STOP. Count to 10. Do you REALLY need to hit it that hard??? Probably not.
Just because the bike in front has a top box, isn't the latest sports model, and the rider is wearing cordura (or a cheap equivilant) doesn't mean that he isn't quick. Trust me.
There is no shame in coming last. Unless you think you are a riding god.Then there is more shame than you can handle (see the tip above).
That car WILL pull out in front of you.
You will not be able to outrun that copper. They are NOT stupid.
Be very careful of ANY car driven by a person in a hat. Any hat. Baseball or flat.
Single hex sockets are much better on small nuts than double hex sockets.
In North Norfolk, a Nissan Micra is a thing to be avoided. The driver will be at least 99 years old, and have the reactions of a tired snail. And the same driving skills too.
You are NOT invincible.
Sports Touring tyres are probably more than adequate for your riding style/skills. They will also last longer, and be cheaper.
Before mocking a rider for the size of his chicken strips, look at his footpegs. They may be scraped. You may get mocked for this.
Relax your grip. You don't need to hold on that tight.
If taking a pillion, they will NOT be impressed by wheelies, hard excelleration or hard braking. They WILL be impressed by smoothness, and getting home alive. With dry pants.
30 limits ARE there for a reason.
If in doubt, ASK. We've all been there. We were all beginners once.
There is NOTHING more embarassing than parking at a bike meet/full pub car park/outside a crowded kebab shop and forgetting to put the side stand down properly. Check it twice, or more if necessary.
Minor scratches can be covered with a bike related sticker.
Cheap tools may or may not be good. Expensive tools will be good. Halfords Professional range is a good midrange. Lifetime guarantee too....
More pearls of wisdom when my aged brain can remember them.