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Old 11-18-23, 02:54 PM
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I picked up a used bike a few weeks ago. The back V brake boot was cracked and looking tired. Dug out my box of assorted shrink fit tubing. Pulled the old boot. Cut a piece of tubing and slid it over the cracked portion of the boot. Then slide it back over the cable and used a lighter to shrink it up. One day I'll buy a heat gun but somehow I've survived without one.
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Sorry if this has been posted before. So many tips here. I've barely made a dent in reading them.
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Originally Posted by wroomwroomoops
Another tip: if you find yourself cycling in some place in Africa, Indonesia etc. temporarily without access to good lubricants for your bike components, be it chain or bearings, you can use coconut oil. It will work fine for all the components that need lubing (usually it's the chain to cause these emergencies) and it's impervious to peroxidation. (in fact, coconut oil, virgin or refined, has the lowest peroxidation index of all organic non-mineral oils). In other words, it won't get rancid for a very long time.

It's less than ideal in very cold climates, but in the above example that's not a problem.
Wait a minute, so there's coconuts in Africa?! (Lol)
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Originally Posted by MTBthePNW
Wait a minute, so there's coconuts in Africa?! (Lol)
Yes, plenty, all over the African continent. Albeit not a major producer, coconuts in Africa are ubiquitous.
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Originally Posted by wroomwroomoops
Yes, plenty, all over the African continent. Albeit not a major producer, coconuts in Africa are ubiquitous.
This reminds me of the scene in Waynes World with Alice Cooper’s history lesson….lol

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Would this "Fix":... a little bit of lithium grease on the strategic places...be good with other vehicle sealing locations like door seals and such ?

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Noisy V-brakes

A tip I learned today...

Bike: 2023 Specialized Sirrus 1.0 with V-brakes

Problem: My front brake, when applied, has always been noisy. It would make a "shhhhhhh", hissing noise. I tried all of the suggestions for squeaky brakes to no avail. Then I found a technical diagram (sorry I’m a newb and apparently cannot send a link) on the Kool-Stop web site which shows a 90 deg angle between the brake pad and the rim. My angle was more like 110 deg.

Solution: To get the angle down to 90 deg, I would have to shorten the bushing that lies next to the pad. Fortunately, there is a quick fix: simply swap the two bushings. Now the thin bushing goes next to the pad and the thick bushing now goes up beneath the washer. I did this and my angle went down exactly to 90 deg. Now my brake is blissfully silent.
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Any time you replace a part on anything, hold the old and new parts side by side to verify. What's the same? What's different? What happened to the old part?
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STI's get lazy sometimes. If you are riding and are trying to shift up to the big gear in front but the lever doesn't want to fully pull the cable, you can reach down and just pull the cable to complete the shift.
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