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.
How Do I Keep From Accidentally Unclipping?Question:
Pinkbike user @seanstrickland
asked this question in the Bikes, Parts, and Gear forum
: What type of cleat float is right for me? I've got a set of T1's and HT offers three types of cleats for them. Two with 4 degrees of float and one with 8 degrees. My issue is that my cleats disengage when I do things like bunny hops or when I tilt my bike while in the air, many times leaving me doing a sick nac-nac to one footer lander. My pedals, tensioned full up or full down seem to not have an effect on this issue. I get that 4 degrees of float means my heel can move 2 degrees to each side and twice the distance with 8 degrees of float but what will keep my feet attached to the pedals better? This isn't HT specific, I've had this issue with every SPD style pedal I've used and these T1's are definitely the best yet, just wondering since I now have an option of a cleat with a different float.
Can't Get My Brakes Right Question:
Gbeaks33 asks in the All-Mountain and Cross-Country Forum
:Hi there. I switched to Shimano XT Deore brakes last summer when my SRAM Guide RSC's started locking up in the summer heat. Everything has been fine until recently when they had to be bled and pads replaced. I bled both front and back, and since it was my first attempt at it I did a poor job. Had weak spongy brakes front and back and couldn't get either to lock up. I re-bled both and it solved the problem for my rear brake, but I can't get my front to function properly. I've since bled it again twice, same result. I can pull the front lever all the way to the bar and it slows me down, but never gets to a point where the tire locks. There's no stopping power at all.
The only thing I can think of is on my first bleed attempt I stupidly forgot to take the pads out and possibly spilled brake fluid on them. I cleaned them with rubbing alcohol and sanded a thin layer off. Re-bedding the pads [to the rotors] did not solve the problem, but they don't squeal so I don't think there's oil on the pads. Another potential issue is I didn't have an exact wrench size for the bleed valve screw on the caliper, so I used a pair of pliers to open and close it. Maybe I'm not getting it closed tight enough?
Getting into Enduro RacingQuestion:
Pinkbike user @bike2850
asked this question in the All Mountain, Enduro & Cross-Country forum:
I'm going to be getting into enduro racing this summer and I want to be prepared. What are the necessary tools I should bring when traveling to these races? Also, I have a extra set of wheels, is it worth it to take them to the races?
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