I haven't around in a while, how is everyone?
Well, I got some pictures, and some questions for y'all!
To keep things easy, slideshow again.(I cant get the forums attach files thing to work, our internet over here in Duetchland has been very slow lately)
Here some phots from some rides I've been doing. My friend and I just go down random trails and see where they lead to. Most of these are from our "Burg Nanstein" (Nanstein Castle, aka Landstuhl Castle) ride, like a month ago... it was a cold ride at that. The castle is located high up on the hill, (as most are) so it took quite a bit of riding... the castle itself if 25 miles away from our house.
Some fun rocky decents and vicious climbs, but everything is short lived, and you can't really go to fast, because its a walking trail, and dogs, people, and kids are everywhere. I also added some pictured from our quick ride yesterday, we rode up to Hohenecken Castle, Took some pictures of the castle and overlooking to town. It was a pain to climb because there is a solid 2-3 inches of leaves on the ground. And the last 1.5 inch layer is wet. (leaves are everywher here... Even in Alaska I didn't see so many leaves)
On the way I had to do a quick fix on my friends Diamondback, the FD was rubbing the rear tire.
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Any way, I've been working on my mech. skillz. My Gym coach has me building/repairing bikes for our class, (im in an advanced gym class, we in the MTB session now!!) He used to be a bikeshop mech. so he knows some tricks he's been shoing me here and there. I've also been tackling the shifting/brake issues I've had with my Kona Dawg, which I think I pretty much nailed today.
The wires from the Cable housing started poking out, there was three of them, around the silver end cap (forot the techy name for it. lol) I seperated the housings and shift cable and trimmed back the loose wires from the housing. and then put the endcap back on. Put some lube in the housings and cleaned the cables, messed around with the shifting, and I got it almost perfect on the front, and close to almost perfect on the rear. I also decided to check all the bolts on the bike, to my surprise, one of my crankset bolts was extreamly loose (one of the 4 that holds the outter and mid chainring on) and the rest were "loose-ish"
I also made some rubber bushing things to put on the hydro line, because it bounces off the frame, and is loud and annoying as well as scratching the crap out of it. Also messed around with the brakes... Hayes Soles suck BTW. but anyway, they actually stop for now....
I'm looking to throw somesort of Avids on their in the future. I'm also looking at new shock for farther down the road, I want one with adjustments and lockout. I just have a Fox Float, no rebound adjustments or anything. Just air.
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Now, as this is my first squishy bike, I am still learning about it. got a few Q's, How/what should I do to care for the pivot points and bearings and everything for the suspension? I noticed some sand/dust on the outside of it, so I just wiped it off. Also, I noticed today that where my shock mounts, there appears to be two different mounting points, if this is the case, what is the second one for? It looks like it would put the Shock in a more vertical position?
Well this is probably another one of my pointless posts, but I figured I'd compress everything into one, pics, and questions and comments.