Having an issue with chain slip on my kilo stripper, I've had it for about a month now and just today I noticed some chain slip when accelerating with a lot of torque and skidding. I did some searchin teh GOOGZ and found a few options. It sounds like my cog is loose, as it shouldn't be a 1/8 or 3/32 issue because it just started happening now and all the parts are stock.
Solutions to the loose cog? One I found (I'm sure not the best) was to sprint up a hill to retighten the cog. I did this and the chain slipped once, about a half a crank rotation, and it didn't slip at all during any other high torque hill climbing. I hear that I should also tighten my lockring, and that I could do it with a screw driver and hammer since I don't got a tool for it. Does this sound safe for the time being, until I replace the components and have a shop take care of it? Also, which way do I tighten the lockring?
Riding the bike (forward) will tighten the cog as tight as you'll need it. When you first install a cog/lockring, you'll likely not be able to tighten the cog all the way by hand so just ride it a bit to tighten it all the way. Obviously afterward you'll have to retighten the lockring the rest of the way...I did mine with a hammer and screwdriver because I didn't have a lockring tool, which scared me (didn't want to overdo it and strip the threads). Just be careful, and eventually you should probably invest in a lockring tool.
Please tighten your cog and lockring properly! This means using a chainwhip/rotafix for your cog and a spanner for your lockring. This is why so many people complain about stripped hubs on their new bikes.
I saw the rotafix method, but tbh I'm not every bike-mechanically skilled. Whats the easiest way to loosen my chain so I could try that method? What kind of grease would be best to get from say Ace Hardware if I wanted to regrease my hub?