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Discussion in 'The Shop' started by Westy, Jan 6, 2007.

  1. Dartman

    Dartman Old Bastard Mike

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    I use egg cartons to hold the small bits as I go.
     

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  2. Arkayne

    Arkayne I come bearing GIFs

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    I didn't want to fluff up the post with details of how to properly blow off the bike with air. I'll go ahead and add that you should avoid using compressed air directly on bearings & seals unless you want to upgrade/replace them regularly. :)
     
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    dmilkman589 Chimp

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    every one prolly already does this but when changing a tube dont bother to take the whole tire off just the one side and slip the tube out
     
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    dmilkman589 Chimp

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    hmm thanks i never thought of that
     
  5. boogenman

    boogenman Turbo Monkey

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    I find that tubes wrapped around frames looks real ghetto, collects water, grime mud ect ect, and does not always last a long time.

    Find a place that sprays rhino liner or line-x and ask for the "scrap" or "overspray" that get sprayed on tothe back dropping or tarps. It peels right off the tarps in huge sheets.
    1. Cut the sheets into the desired sized peice that you need. I usually keep the edges square at this time. So it looks like a long rectangle if it is being used for chainstay protection.
    2. Clean the back side of the rhino liner with a clean paper towel and rubbing alcohol. Repeat thi sstep for the area of frame to be covered.
    3. Use 3M double sided auto trim tape or double sided 3M outdoor tape to cover the rectangle of Rhino liner.
    4. Trim the square edges off of the tape/rhino liner. Round them out real nice.
    5. Pull backing off of tape and apply to frame.

    I have been doing this for about 5 years now and have never had any fall off the bike or wear out. It looks real clean and lasts forever.

    Here is a crappy pic:

     
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  6. rather be DHing

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    if u like running low tire pressure but have a problem w/ pinch flats try putting baby powder in ur tires i dont know why but it works, i run 15-20 psi and never pinch
     
  7. sanjuro

    sanjuro Tube Smuggler

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    This should be a thread of its own, but whenever you do a full tune-up, take the end caps off your housing and check if the outer plastic sheath has pulled back from the inner metal housing.

    This is the main cause of ghost shifting. The fix is simple, trim the ends of your housing, but if the cable end is frayed, you will probably have to replace the cable.
     
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    mantispf2000 Turbo Monkey

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    OK, so I'm a doofus for asking before actually going out and trying this. Would this also help with converting regular/non-tubeless tires to using Stan's? I've been trying to convert a set, did most of the ideas on the instructions, and still a no-go. Maybe I'm stoopud................
     
  9. Damo

    Damo Short One Marshmallow

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    Make sure to put your chain on the right way. Chains are directional and for perfect pedalling performance (or PPP in the industry), you need to follow the direct directional direction.
     
  10. Wumpus

    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    Frame rub on older frame and fat tires: I cut a 1/2"x1" piece out of an aluminum can and ziptie it to the frame. You can slide it around to move the worn out section a few time before having to replace it. Keeps from wearing a hole in the chainstay.
     
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    WD-40 is the best thing to use to take off OR put on grips. NO LIE! Sounds weird but try it.
     
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    I use an air compressor or isypropyl alcohol. Neither leave any residue
     
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  13. slimshady

    slimshady Turbo Monkey

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    Ever tried to deflate a pinched tube in the middle of the forest? when it's raining? Best solution is to take a valve cap, thread a small screw into its top, and make some holes in the cap wall, near the top. Screw it over the valve until the air comes out, and then start rolling the tube. It'll end like you've just taken it out of the box. I keep one of those in my CamelBack, and another at my garage.
     
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    Ever Lose An Spd Screw?
    A Torx Rotor Screw Fits.
     
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    slimshady Turbo Monkey

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    OTOH, SPD screws fit into bottle cage holes...
     
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  16. conor

    conor Monkey

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    guys is there a 'parts needed to build a bike' thread or something similar? i am building my first bike and i'm not sure if i have everything

    so far:

    forks
    frame
    wheels
    headset
    stem
    handlebars
    brakes
    seat post
    seat clamp
    seat
    brake levers


    i know i'm missing the drivetrain but i might use that from my old bike. am i missing anything major in regards to headset spacers etc? do i need those? thanks
     
  17. Wumpus

    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    A few headset spacers are always good to dial in the stem height before chopping the steerer tube.

    Grease
    TI prep for the BB?
    New shifter cable/housing/ferrules/cable ends
    if the brakes aren't hydraulic then brake cable/housing/ferrules/cable ends

    Grips

    Chain pin(or powerlink) if you have a Shimano chain
     
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    ok cool i have grips aswell just didnt mention them and hopefully the crank etc will come off my old bike with a 9sp and new derailleur. will i need anything machine wise to put it together or will i be ok? will i need anything other than a hacksaw to cut my fork's steerer tube down to fit with my frame?

    also do you reckon 145mm nixons will be ok on a 15" frame or will the geometry be off?


    thanks for the reply and sorry to be asking so many q's but my other thread hasn't gotten a reply and i need to knwo soon as i will be buying in the sales.
     
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  19. lugnuts

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    best mechanics trick ever? thats easy. . . . the ol' hot dog in the seat tube.
     
  20. Racebike

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    What about popping in just the one ball bearing in the bar, just take the endcap off and stick one in.

    It will drive the "victim" to the final brink and beyond.
     
  21. masnumata

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    It's not a bicarbonate. Baking Soda and water would not give you the same thing as soda/coke.

    Sodium Bicarbonate / Baking Soda = Slightly alkaline
    Soda/coke = Carbonic Acid = Slighly acidic

    Mas :(
     
  22. masnumata

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    You're kidding right?
    Mas :(
     
  23. bigjimmy

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    cable/zip ties for everything. i always have a few in my car or riding bag.
    great for emergency tube repairs just put on each side of the puncture, not ideal but it will get you home.
     
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    If you are on em for a long time, padded fingerless cycling gloves help.
    Also help for long hauls.

    The other nice thing about the gloves is they soak up any sweat, so you dont slip a hand. It happened to me and sucked going down on pavement.
     
  25. amuddog

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    For a very clean install i use a hydraulic rear brake caliper shimano xtr or other on fork for a 7" rotor with no extra mount adapter. also provides a very straight low profile brake line.
     
  26. abbike18

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    getting non-lock on grips off:
    take an old spoke, and shove it down between the grip and the h-bar. then pour a little isopropyl alcohol gown the gap between the grip and handlebars that form on either side of the spoke. grab the grip, and rotate it around the bar to spread the alcohol around. then it should slide right off.

    getting non-lock on grips back on:
    take the grip and put one end of it flat against the palm of your hand, to effectively form a long and tall cup. pour a little isopropyl alcohol into the other end of the grip and shake it around to coat the inside of the grip withe the alcohol. slide the grip on and wait a little while for the alcohol to evaporate and the grip will stick. DO NOT use WD-40 as was suggested earlier. your grips will turn into MX throttles.

    if the inside of your allen bolts are rusting (or proactively to keep them from rusting), smear some oil in the head when your all done tightening. this will displace the water and keep rust out.

    use a magnetized screwdriver to drop ball bearings on to pre-greased bearing cups. no more balls dropped through your hubs or head tubes (but who uses loose bearing anymore?)

    just install a new cable but don't have any end caps to keep it from fraying? an old spoke nipple will work

    too cheap to buy new bushings for your drop seatpost (speedball, joplin, etc.)? wrap some PTFE tape around the non-friction side (inside of bottom bushing, outside of top bushing) of each bushing to tighten it up a little. experiment with number of wraps and tightness.
     
  27. hmcleay

    hmcleay i-track suspension

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    1. Strap a vibrator to your brake line/lever/caliper when bleeding your brakes to help free any stubborn air bubbles.

    2. Remove vibrator before going riding...
     
  28. Damo

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    Not at all.

    Another one many people are misinformed about is the correct spring orientation on a rear shock's spring. The number of times I have noticed an upside down spring on the back of a bike. Once corrected, the ride is noticeably better.

    Go check yours now. There should be a small marking on the spring denoting the orientation.
     
  29. Bicyclist

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    Brotip: Something like Clean Streak (or any spray can of solvent) makes grip install and removal way easier, you just spray the stuff in the grip rather than try to pour alcohol into it.
     
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    Protip: Air compressor with spray nozzle. way better than solvents. :thumb:

    Just to clarify since Damo forgot his e-sarcasm icons. Not sure if Mas is still checking to make sure

    Dura Ace 10 spd CN-7900 ARE directional. I have not come across another chain that is. Well halflink chains too
     
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    Bicyclist Turbo Monkey

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    Not if the grips don't have rubber ends! :D
     
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    They dont need rubber ends. opened ended grips like bmx grips are easy with air just as the closed ended ones .
     
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    If you ride in mud a lot, spray the bottom side of your frame with Pam
     
  34. nelsonjm

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    Installing a fork crown race on your own? Try putting the fork in the freezer (sans suspension parts) and putting the race in a toaster oven to make the job easier.

    If it doesn't fall into place, you can use a 2ft long piece of 1-1/2" pvc tubing.. or something similarly size that will let you tap the piece into place, but won't rest on the race surface. You should be able to pick that up for under 5$ at the hardware store.
     
  35. kazlx

    kazlx Patches O'Houlihan

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    Mastic tape works awesome for protecting chainstays. It is durable and easy to apply and sticks to itself. Wrap it like you would a bike tube, but it adheres to itself and turns in to a solid piece.

     
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    To get some tires to seat with Stans, I stretch a tube around the outside of the tire. This pushes the bead to the rim and forms a seal so the air can inflate the tire.

    I grease each and every screw, bolt and nut I put on any of my bikes.
     
  37. rekoner

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    When changing out your pedals, just hold your wrench to the pedal after you break it loose and spin your cranks to remove it or install.
     
  38. Jim Mac

    Jim Mac MAKE ENDURO GREAT AGAIN

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    I have personally found that you can usually straighten Avid discs by hand if it's only a slight bend. Just find the bend via checking where it rubs on the caliper/pad and use slight pressure to rebend by hand. Go little by little- more is less in this case. You can also use your other hand as a stabilizer, depending on the bend. I usually cover the disc with a clean rag or a paper towel just to ensure that I don't get grease, etc on the disc.
     
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    I wear safety glasses as well as latex gloves when working with brake fluids and folk oils. I've squirted myself in the eye when least expecting it and it isn't pleasant. Oil can come at you pretty quick when releasing the air from fork air springs.

    I always wash my bike before I work on it to keep my shop and myself cleaner. Makes life much easier.

    If you get a new bike, just got your bike out of the shop, or just worked on your bike, check all your bolts. You can never be to sure and can save yourself a painful disaster. I start at one end of the bike and work my way to the other end. It only takes a couple minutes and can help you find other types of problems with your ride.
     
  40. $tinkle

    $tinkle Expert on blowing

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    non-stick surface of your 3 qt saute pan failing you? don't throw it out: it makes for a great parts bath