Ok, I decided to get myself a 20" bike for general abuse. When I was 20+ years younger, I liked dirt jumps and jumping/hopping kerbs, benches, and little old ladies on my way to the store or a friend's or wherever. So I got a Backtrail X3, because it seemed like a decent bike for the price. Now I've got some questions.
Will Salmon Kool-Stops be enough of an upgrade on the rear brake? Do I need a better brake, or a chrome back rim? I took off the front brake, as all it did was make noise. The rear one is adjusted correctly, but doesn't seem to offer much stopping power.
Are chain tensioners used with 14mm axles? The chain seems a bit tight, but I'm fairly sure that given my size, the wheel is going to start slipping at some point.
I already stripped off the front brake, chainguard, reflectors, and bell (required by law on new bikes). Most of the stickers are gone too. Should I leave the big Haro Bikes one, or take those off too?
Thanks in advance.