Here at Pinkbike, we get inundated with all kinds of questions, ranging from the basic "Can I have stickers" to more in-depth, soul-searching types of queries like if you should pop the question or what to name your first child. Ask Pinkbike is an occasional column where we'll be hand-picking and answering questions that have been keeping readers up at night, although we'll likely steer clear of those last two and keep it more tech oriented.
University Project - Developing a BikeQuestion:
A good friend is currently at university and has chosen to develop a bike frame as his final year thesis. He recently asked: Where do you find out information on the fundamentals of bike design and engineering? How do you go about figuring out the process for the first time?
Images from 77designz's We Develop a Bike Frame series show them moving from a simple definition of concept to a complete 3D model.
Fox X2 Bottom Out PointQuestion: @sihotaman
asks in the Bikes, Parts and Gear Forum
: Trying to figure out if my X2 is bottoming out. Should it go right to end of the shaft/stanchion, or is it a few mm before, or does it vary between stroke lengths?
The amount of shock shaft you have isn't necessarily the amount of available stroke. Finding out the actual stroke figure and measuring your shock is the best way to figure out when your O-ring is at the end of travel.
Quiet Chain Stay ProtectorsQuestion: @rangerdanger2001
asks in the Mechanic's Lounge Forum
: Anybody have a really quiet chain stay protector setup they recommend?
Velcro and rubber tape are two of the most common protector solutions. After that you can go wild to get the coverage and silence you're after.