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ChampionP mikekazimer's article
Feb 25, 2015 at 3:23
2 days
Maxxis Shorty Tire - Review
If they released those I would buy a pair based on the name alone. Even though I ride in a 90% dry environment.
ChampionP mikekazimer's article
Feb 25, 2015 at 2:22
2 days
Maxxis Shorty Tire - Review
You're either wrong, or you don't know what P.C. Means.
ChampionP mikekazimer's article
Feb 25, 2015 at 0:54
2 days
Maxxis Shorty Tire - Review
Do we really need the P.C. wet trail disclaimer at the end of a mud tire review?
ChampionP ChrisJohannes's article
Feb 11, 2015 at 2:12
Feb 11, 2015
Acros A-BB-T1 External Bottom Bracket Tool - Review
Also, we never used pressure washers or car washes. We used a garden hose to get the majority of mud clumps off. Then we would dry with an old towel or rag. working it in between frame tubes and cranks, spokes etc. I think headsets needed replacing the most back then. We would lube our chains a LOT. They would rust very quickly in Louisiana. We would over-lube it then wipe it off as much as possible. Same as in England. always lubing the chain, then wiping it as clean as possible. Most BB's these days are what I called sealed bearing, i think some people may call it cartridge bearing. The cartridge bearings I had on all my skateboards had metal shields and couldn't be repacked. These turned to shite after a few weeks or one time through a puddle! If there is a rubber shield, avoid the high pressure hose and repack before it's too late. Or repack before you think it needs it. These types of maintenance get easy after repetition. Good Luck! hope I'm not just telling you a bunch of advice you already knew. Cheers!
ChampionP ChrisJohannes's article
Feb 11, 2015 at 2:03
Feb 11, 2015
Acros A-BB-T1 External Bottom Bracket Tool - Review
Um yeah, Utah's really dry most of the time. It was a standard Sram GXP that came with my X0 cranks. Anything sealed will last here and many cone and cup style bearings last just as well. I didn't always live in Ut, I used to live in Chelveston, UK in the late 70's-early 80's. That was just riding around the neighborhood on a 16-inch Raleigh. I began racing BMX in 82 in Louisiana and I think it may have rained more there than in Britain. It was also hot and humid and we rode hard whether it was muddy, raining or any weather beside tornadoes, hail and tropical thunderstorms. We repacked our bearings several times a year. Once we had sealed bearing BB for our flight cranks and Profiles it became less of an issue. We would overhaul our bearings once a year and the grease hadn't really broke down much, but we were taught to take pride in a smooth running bike. Sealed bearing hubs were pretty durable too. We had a sharpened pick much like what a dentist would use. we would pry both rubber seals off the cartridge bearings, soak in Gasoline or kerosene or acetone or anything to get the old grease off, dry thoroughly and repack with grease and put the seals back.
ChampionP ChrisJohannes's article
Feb 11, 2015 at 2:03
Feb 11, 2015
ChampionP ChrisJohannes's article
Feb 10, 2015 at 23:07
Feb 10, 2015
Acros A-BB-T1 External Bottom Bracket Tool - Review
@The-Dirt-Farmer, Pinkbike is not forcing press fit BB's down our throats, but many carbon frame manufacturers are. It is not because they work better, but because it makes it easier for them to manufacture that area of their frames, allowing them to pass the savings on to us, the consumer. Wait... all carbon frames cost $3000 and up, regardless of less expensive manufacturing techniques performed in Asia?? Where are the savings? with most carbon rims being made in taiwan or china, why are every brand charging dividends more than Light-Bicycle? If you have a santa cruz, you could still use this tool. But the last fram I had a threaded BB on, never needed a single adjustment in four years of riding.
ChampionP pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 10, 2015 at 21:28
Feb 10, 2015
Ask Pinkbike: Protect Your New Frame, One-By Drivetrain Conversions, Gravity Hydration Pack Alternatives
Well, for my bike it would've been $150 for Frame Skins or whatever the British company is called that sells precut frame templates. So, I ordered a downtube shield from Ibis (for better protection from rock strikes, you should see my carbon cranks and aluminum frames!) and I have faith that I can cut fairly good with a sharp x-acto blade and handle. Not everyone can. Plus, some of us like to take pride in a job well done, and done by ourselves. There are definitely other times where the time and effort is not worth it, but if you buy a new bike during the winter, it becomes fun to tinker with it while you're waiting for the spring thaw. Also, Their kit was a little too much for what I'm used to seeing wear out. Does anybody know how much those full frame kits weigh? I know thick vinyl tape can get heavy in a large enough quantity.
ChampionP mikelevy's article
Feb 4, 2015 at 3:47
Feb 4, 2015
Shimano XTR Trail Wheels - Review
PS- I find it offensive that Shimano doesn't include a damn lock ring for their rotors. What kind of crap deal is that?
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