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TomBasic paulaston's article
Jan 28, 2015 at 0:42
2 days
CORE Bike 2015 - Randoms
I have zero understanding of what the big deal is regarding tubeless valve stems. I've always gotten mine from used, presta valved inner tubes, and I've never had any problems with them. I just make sure they're the ones with removable cores, which are becoming more common, nowadays. You're welcome. And, for ghetto tubeless I simply use the valve that's on the tube. Why wouldn't you do that...?
TomBasic pinkbikeaudience's article
Jan 28, 2015 at 0:11
2 days
Video: Sam Pilgrim's MTB Fails Part Two
I find them enjoyable, too. Sam just makes me laugh. And what the hell was that wallride, lol?!
TomBasic blakes19's article
Jan 27, 2015 at 23:41
2 days
Video: Saracen ALX Zimbo - Bike Check
I thought it was very entertaining, too! And the sound of that hub, wow.
TomBasic wibmerfabio's article
Jan 20, 2015 at 0:15
Jan 20, 2015
Video: What Happened Last Sunday
That backflip was fookin hilarious.
TomBasic mikekazimer's article
Jan 7, 2015 at 20:48
Jan 7, 2015
Transition Scout 1 - Review
I understand the benefit of shorter travel, as I have a Sinister Gruitr with a 200 x 57 Fox RP23 on the rear and a 160mm Marzocchi 55 Micro Ti on the front. It's basically a 160mm front and rear bike. I started doing more urban riding and realized the travel was overkill for me, so I shortened the front by 40mm down to 120mm and the rear has been reduced to a little over 100mm or thereabouts (used plastic Cane Creek 1 1/8" headset spacers that are the perfect diameter and will fit on the shock shaft inside the air canister). The bike is now more laterally stiff and handles better and is more compact and easier to throw around. It all depends on your style of riding. If you're hitting roots and rocks and using all your travel then less might not be for you. But if you want a more playful, responsive bike that is not a lightweight XC noodle then shortening the suspension of a longer travel bike is a very valid way to go. Props to sterlingmagnum and blitz66 and glenno and whomever else gets it.
TomBasic RichardCunningham's article
Jan 6, 2015 at 21:45
Jan 6, 2015
Maxima Chain Wax – Review
I used Triflow but found it to produce a goodly amount of gummy buildup. I currently use Aervoe Tef-Lube, which is similar but has much less buildup.
TomBasic RichardCunningham's article
Jan 6, 2015 at 21:41
Jan 6, 2015
Maxima Chain Wax – Review
I agree. While I have not had personal experience with this exact product I did use Maxima's aerosol chain wax lube back in the mid 90's when it first came out for motorcycles. The claims were fantastic. It was clean and had minimal fling-off, they said. Totally wrong. Yes, it had less fling-off than typical chain lubes. Yes, it was horrible trying to remove the fling-off that did end up on the spokes, rim, hub, sprocket, and side plates of my chain. The only cleaner/solvent that was somewhat successful in removing it was brake cleaner, which is incredibly harsh and easily removes paint and in many cases is almost a form of sprayable acetone (the active ingredient in traditional paint strippers). I believe I even threw the can away shortly after trying it out. I have also used various types of chain-dip waxes: melt the wax in the tin and then dip your chain it it. Aside from the initial shedding of all the hardened wax when you first mount the "lubed" chain and give it a spin (which shedding is actually rather messy), yes, the chain does stay remarkably clean. It also rusts rather easily, too (all that nice, protective wax flaked off and isn't doing diddly for the outside of the chain). I have yet to have a good experience with a wax lube. My choice is to use a teflon spray lube. Yes, my drivetrain is oily and dirty. When the chain looks dry, then it's time to relube it. Unless you go with a belt, accept the fact that there is no suitable way to lube a metal-on-metal drivetrain without using messy lubes. There just isn't.
TomBasic RichardCunningham's article
Jan 6, 2015 at 21:20
Jan 6, 2015
Interview: Mark Weir - Back in Action
I have since tried the cotton t-shirt strip fix for a puncture in my tire that was too large to be sealed only by Stan's. I can verify that it's a legit fix. I run 50psi in my tires (have a dirt jumper) and have done several rides over the past month with zero problems from the fix. It does NOT have to be an at-home fix. If you can carry the stuff with you (I used a small, flat-blade screwdriver from a precision screwdriver kit and the cotton strip was 1/4" wide by about 2" long) there's no reason why this can't be done trailside.
TomBasic RichardCunningham's article
Dec 14, 2014 at 20:36
Dec 14, 2014
Interview: Mark Weir - Back in Action
McNugs, did you see this article? Don't know if it'll work for sidewall issues, but one of the ghetto fixes is mentioned in the comments: use a small length of spoke to poke small strips of shredded cotton t-shirt into your puncture hole. It's basically a poor man's tire plug. Thanks for asking the original question, by the way. I was wondering, too....
TomBasic raysmtb1's article
Nov 27, 2014 at 23:56
Nov 27, 2014
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