the greatest swindle
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Seattle, WA
Bikes: beater single-speed
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be sure to take care of that loose cog/lockring sooner rather than later (i'm assuming you're still running stock wheels?). i stripped a hub by not paying attention. my shop had a good warranty and replaced it; and since i didn't fuss with it myself they couldn't blame me, but i could have paid better attention. get a chainwhip, tighten it up real good. if you skid a lot, it probably wouldn't hurt to check on it once a week or so just to be safe. i never have it loosen anymore, but i don't skid so much.
a trick the guy at the shop told me to get it on real tight is fold a piece of cardboard against the wall and tuck the wheel up against it. this way you can use the wall to hold your wheel and just lean on the wrench. some people might think that's too tight, but just go by feel and don't just throw yourself on it
bars: i have the nitto TTB bars, the ones that slope away from the stem then go forward. they're ok. i don't think my wrists like the slope and would be happier with a flat bar. so i think when i have some cash i'm going to get some flat horns.
my favorite online shop is Universal Cycles
. they have decent prices and shipping is pretty fast. their selection is pretty good too. not exactly online but they do phone orders: Yojimbo's Garage
. They may or may not be much cheaper than your local shop, but might have some stuff your local shop doesn't have, and Marcus is just a nice guy.