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Mar
26
answered What is “crank preload”
Mar
26
comment Remove paint from the head tube
On my current steel bike I had my LBS do all the chasing and facing. He did headtube, bb, disc tabs and hanger. Don't recall it costing me much if anything but ensures a flush fit of those components.
Mar
24
comment What kind of portable pump should I carry when riding on a fat bike?
Check out this article, Batman may have already, fat-bike.com/2013/06/fat-bike-101-pumps
Mar
20
comment MTB 9 speed sram shifters/rear deralier, shimano 9 speed cassette (HG?) only shifts to 8 cogs
Not altogether true. Chainline is frame dependent and can impact gear selection. You have to account for chainline when installing a drive train.
Mar
19
comment How to reset pistons after replacing brake pads
Further to Nik G's answer. If brute force doesn't work then the only option is to remove fluid. The correct way to do this is to re-bleed the system. The practical way is to loosen the reservoir cap slightly so air/fluid can get through (no need to take it the whole way off) and reset the pistons then retighten the lid. Wrap something around the reservoir to catch any excess fluid. By removing fluid you theoretically run the risk in the future of when the pads wear down a lot you may one day reach a stage when there isn't sufficient quantity to fully extend the pistons which = no brakes.
Mar
1
answered How much assembly is required when an LBS orders a bike?
Feb
19
answered Disadvantage of Hybrid Bikes on Mountains
Feb
15
revised What is the impact of a buckled wheel?
people didn't like the way the question was asked originally.
Feb
12
comment What make and model is this MTB with no decal (pictured)?
a photo would help
Feb
12
comment What is the impact of a buckled wheel?
Worded lazily I guess, think more about the impact on energy expended and if there is a measure on this.
Feb
12
asked What is the impact of a buckled wheel?
Feb
10
comment Special hub requirements for an 11-speed group
Forgot about the xtr 11 spd. Haven't seen one yet but think it uses a 10 spd hub.
Feb
9
answered Special hub requirements for an 11-speed group
Feb
5
comment Cycling Computers for seamlessly uploading to Strava?
I use a tomtom multisport watch for mountain biking. I have the cheaper non-altimeter version so straight line GPS distance (maybe 2% loss of real distance compared to altimeter devices). Garmin edge 500 uses real distance cycled from wheel. Bluetooth link to smart phone and direct upload to strava and tomtom mysports. Also auto deletes.
Feb
3
comment What skills/drills should I learn to descend faster and more confidently? (for mountain biking)
Still a good answer and worth coming back to.
Feb
2
comment What are the negative consequences of not bedding in disc brakes?
My experience is reduced braking power. The word I can think that best explains the feeling is greasy. The brake slows but doesn't fully stop the wheel. I use Avids so squeal anyway. Shimano's do squeal when not bedded in.
Feb
2
comment Is my bike getting ruined?
@Mitch - I wouldn't wash the bike after every ride, especially in this dusty dry weather we've had over the past few weeks. Wipe clean the fork stanchions and shock and ensure the chain doesn't dry too much with regular lube Chain, bolts and rotors will always rust between rides. The rotors will clear up when you ride (don't put anything on them). There's no issue with Vegas's air, everyone has a bike there and no one complains.
Jan
28
comment Can I install caliper or cantilever brakes on a frame and set of wheels designed for disc brakes?
As Batman has correctly pointed out below in one of the answers, you would not have to switch out the fork to change to V-brakes or canti's, however you may struggle to find bosses for 2008 for. Behind the plastic covers will be a threaded hole. All of the other parts of the answers are correct.
Jan
28
comment Disk brake wheels - multiple wheelsets
Not something that's ever occurred to or worried me. I'm backing the screws out only one or two turns then re-tightening.