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.
Stop the DropQuestion:
Pinkbike user JamboDHD asked this question in the downhill forum
: I have a 1X Shimano drivetrain with a Deore derailleur (with a clutch) and narrow-wide chainring, but I'm still dropping the chain. At the moment, I don't have a guide but I think that would fix the issue right away. Would shortening the chain be the same as using a guide? Or maybe combining all options is the best solution? Would the efficiency of the drivetrain be reduced?
DH Pants for Tall RidersQuestion:
Pinkbike user @harrywr
asked this question in the Bikes, Parts, and Gear:
I'm 6'6" with 34" waistline, I'm looking at getting some DH pants such as the Fox Racing Demo DH Pants or similar TLD pants. However my waist line and leg length would make all the pants short in the leg. Does anyone know anywhere where they sell similar style of pants but with a tall option?
Actually, it Is a Session Question:
Mick asks in the All Mountain, Enduro & Cross-Country forum: I was wondering if anyone had ever converted a DH bike to an AM bike? I'm off to New Zealand, but only want to travel with one bike, so I had the idea of buying different forks and rear shock, so I could use my Session for either DH or more pedaly single track.
Is it Me, or My Shop Mechanic? Question: @steelfed
says in the Mechanic's Lounge forum: I want your opinions. I have a 2012 XCal. Never a problem with it until last month when it became time to replace the bottom bracket. I took it to a national chain bike store and they replaced the bottom bracket.
On my next ride I started hearing the same popping noises from the bottom bracket again, took it to the shop and the mechanic told me the new BB was literally in pieces. He replaced the BB again. The next time I ride the bike lo and behold the bottom bracket starts popping again I take it back to the bike shop and he tells me the BB is fine but I need a new chain.
With the new chain on I test ride it in the parking lot and it feels like it's slipping, so the mechanic replaces the cassette. It's still slipping so the mechanic replaces the wheel. It still slips so he replaces the rear derailleur, cable, and another 10 speed chain. It was still slipping after all this. He replaced the rear deraillur hanger, but no fix. They removed all the new parts and they want me to come get my bike.
It blows my mind that I took a bike in near perfect condition into the shop and now it is unrideable. I am out a bike. I think the shop should let me buy a new one at invoice price (what the shop paid for it) what would you guys expect or want? Am I just S.O.L.?
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