Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - Problems with KHS track bike
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07-14-04, 07:07 PM
Okay, I'm some what new to heavy bike riding and I'm very new to track bike riding. I've had my Flite 100 for about 2 weeks now and I've managed to mess things up pretty good. First off the pedal is creaking like crazy. The bike shop guy said i probably didn't torque it on good enough when i first put them on. Second and bigger problem was (is) the stem/head set. I lowered my stem a little and tightened it back with this handheld fold up allen wrench bike tool. I thought it was going to be fine, but my stuff was loose whenever i hit a bump. I tightened it up, actually too much, and it still didn't stop the loose sounding creaking. The bike shop loosened it up again (the bolt was gettting stripped) and tightened it up again. The majority of the sound is gone, but there is still minor squeaking and loose feeling when I torque down hard (like when I stand up and pedal) Should I have them take apart the front end and check everything out? I just dropped $700 on the brake and bike and it's only 2 weeks old. I hate to already have to spend money at the bike shop on repairs. Does it seem like a problem you would worry about much or should i just let it slide? What should i be using to adjust stem height? Any suggestions on the pedal noises? Thanks.
07-14-04, 07:45 PM
the pedals on the kHS suck real bad. not one messenger i know has kept em. and the clips are worse, break in a snap. (hee, hee)
as for the stem...stock stem? is the headset loos? wiiierd.
07-14-04, 08:25 PM
95% of the time things are not torqued properly when you buy a new bike. Especially a buy and ride track bike like you bought.
same thing with my Pista. You really need to take the time, go over your ride, especially when you get home with it, re-tighten things, lube things, blah blah...
Don't worry. You may not feel super comfortable with yourself as a mechanic, and you'll probably strip things. Ive stripped several seatpost clamps, stems, you name it...dont worry..keep at it.
07-14-04, 10:36 PM
did you grease the fork steerer tube before you put the stem in? or rather, did the shop grease the fork steerer tube before they put the stem in? it's something blatantly obvious that even any mediocre bike shop should know to do, yet...some don't.
eh...check everything out. make sure the headset it nice and tight, yet still smooth, make sure the stem cap bolts are tightened down. also the seatpost binder bolt, the bolt that holds the seat in place on the seatpost...and....oh ****it. just have the shop tune it up, i'm getting tired just thinking about what it could be.
07-15-04, 02:11 AM
Take it to the LBS and pay em 50 bucks to put it together right. Buy new pedals or whatever from em. Drive on.
07-15-04, 04:46 AM
i kept my pedals on mine solely because i haven't really looked for another pair yet. i did have one of the toestraps break off one day while i was riding around town, not fun at all. i like my main beef with the pedals is the size of the platform. i have really nice flat pedals i'd put on, but i need my toestraps for stopping and the such. i have however smashed my pedals into the curb many times and they seem to keep going. i switched the bolts out on the toestraps as well since they weren't locking nuts and kept coming loose from skidding and pulling up on them.
07-17-04, 03:48 PM
Thanks for everyone's input. I scheduled an appointment to have the local bike shop (a good shop for track bikes) put it together right. I'm probably gonna upgrade to some mks pedals.
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