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bmexican 03-08-05 01:40 PM

im curious to a couple of things. has anyone ever had a problem with 1 finger baking, as in not enough leverage to lock the wheel. even if u haven't do u think 2 finger is better than 1 finger. what levers would you recommend. (dirty harry, gold finger, etc)

CMcMahon 03-08-05 01:46 PM

Two-finger invariably gives stronger and more efficient braking than one-finger.

^oZ 03-08-05 01:59 PM

If you really want to brake hard with one finger, you have to have a long 'arm' on your lever. But I guess that completely misses the point of a 'one fingered' brake.

CMcMahon 03-08-05 02:02 PM

Precisely.

queensrider86 03-08-05 03:36 PM

my friend uses a 1 finger lever because his hands get all sweaty, and if he releases two fingers, his hand slips off.i already told him to get gloves

pnj 03-08-05 05:18 PM

i can make my brakes work with one finger and I use a gyro. but I use two fingers anyways....

bmexican 03-08-05 07:54 PM

2 finger does sound like the way to go for better braking.
what 2 finger levers do u use or used and do u like it?

easternbikes 03-08-05 09:12 PM

dont go by whats better for braking, go by what you are more comfortable with.

sxe fbm rider 03-08-05 10:18 PM

I use the dirty harry and I love it. It's a pretty common brake lever because it's good.

FLyBOy 03-09-05 09:12 AM


Originally Posted by queensrider86
my friend uses a 1 finger lever because his hands get all sweaty, and if he releases two fingers, his hand slips off.i already told him to get gloves


Yeeaah, he definetly needs gloves, that is what they made them for, besides protection. I'm supposed to be getting a danscomp.com order today, it has my new Jim Cli. Odyssey pedals, my Odyssey 3rd Bass gloves, and a bottle of Finish Line Dry chain lube with teflon. Oh, and a universal spoke wrench. I'm very excited.



Oh, hey, I think I'll just slip my pedal question in here so its easier for everyone:

Do I need to grease the spindle threads on the pedals? The part that goes in the crank arm. I just wasn't sure.

^oZ 03-09-05 10:27 AM


Originally Posted by FLyBOy
Do I need to grease the spindle threads on the pedals? The part that goes in the crank arm. I just wasn't sure.

Don't think so.

CMcMahon 03-09-05 11:08 AM

As a rule of thumb, grease anything that has threads.

^oZ 03-09-05 11:54 AM


Originally Posted by Beerman
As a rule of thumb, grease anything that has threads.

Oops, should I take my pedals off and grease them? :rolleyes:

CMcMahon 03-09-05 12:03 PM

I don't know. That depends on whether I'm going to be getting a snobbish roadie response or one that actually means something to me.

keevohn 03-09-05 01:18 PM

Greased pedal threads: more than just a good idea, it's the law.

^oZ 03-09-05 01:20 PM

I was asking you what to do. I don't know if rever to me as a 'snobbish roadie' but a) I'm not snobbish (I have nothing to be snobbish about), and b) I'm not a roadie. I'm sorry if I misunderstood your reply, could you please tell whether I should take my pedals off and grease them, or leave them on (I think they're fine the way they are.).

bmexican 03-09-05 01:26 PM

take em off and grease its no big deal to take em off and on again. other wise trhey may become alittle hard to get off after a while.

FLyBOy 03-09-05 01:32 PM

Ok, cool, thanks. My pedals just arrived, and they are really BIG! My old pedals must of been a really small model, because these are almost twice the size.

bmexican 03-09-05 01:36 PM


Originally Posted by FLyBOy
Ok, cool, thanks. My pedals just arrived, and they are really BIG! My old pedals must of been a really small model, because these are almost twice the size.

what pedals did u used to have that makes jim cs look big**********?

FLyBOy 03-09-05 01:56 PM


Originally Posted by bmexican
what pedals did u used to have that makes jim cs look big**********?


Umm, I think they are Fusion DX pedals. They are actually quite small compared to the Jim CL.'s, but I love the look of the Jim Cl.'s, they are awesome! I got the special edition brown color because I thought it would look good with my army green frame, and since almost everything else is black, it would over-all look like an army camo job. By the way, do you think I should go ahead and install the pedals myself, or have the shop do it sometime? I really don't want to wait, but I didn't know if I would be able to tighten them enough myself. Oh, and also, are those extra set of traction pins it came with the same size, or are they bigger? I can't tell.

CMcMahon 03-09-05 01:57 PM

Probably some generic Wellgo platforms (most likely labeled as Haro or something to that extent), or possibly Haro Small Blocks.

And if your pedals are already on there, I wouldn't bother pulling them out and greasing. It's a good idea to do it the next time around, though.

edit: Fusion DXs are basically the generic Wellgos with "Haro Fusion" stamped on them, so... yeah.

edit: Just get a narrow 15mm open-end wrench or a pedal wrench (basically a long 15mm open-end, for extra torque) and put them on. It's a waste of cash to have the shop put them on. Just remember that there's a left pedal and a right pedal, both having opposing threads to one another so they won't come undone so easily.

As for the extra pins, they're just that: extra. The Jim C pedals use two lengths of pins in them, a 3mm (4mm?) and a 2mm, with the 2mm being the centermost pins and the 3mm being the outer (front/rear) pins.

FLyBOy 03-09-05 02:06 PM


Originally Posted by Beerman
Probably some generic Wellgo platforms (most likely labeled as Haro or something to that extent), or possibly Haro Small Blocks.

And if your pedals are already on there, I wouldn't bother pulling them out and greasing. It's a good idea to do it the next time around, though.

edit: Fusion DX are basically the generic Wellgos with "Haro Fusion" stamped on them, so... yeah.


Yeah, they look awfully similar to my friends Wello platform pedals. But do you think I'd be able to install by myself ok as long as I grease the threads and watch out for the thread direction? I've just checked out Parktool's website on how to install pedals, and it seems easy enough.




Edit: Never mind about this post, I didn't notice that Beerman was still editing his post.

FLyBOy 03-09-05 02:08 PM


Originally Posted by Beerman
Probably some generic Wellgo platforms (most likely labeled as Haro or something to that extent), or possibly Haro Small Blocks.

And if your pedals are already on there, I wouldn't bother pulling them out and greasing. It's a good idea to do it the next time around, though.

edit: Fusion DXs are basically the generic Wellgos with "Haro Fusion" stamped on them, so... yeah.

edit: Just get a narrow 15mm open-end wrench or a pedal wrench (basically a long 15mm open-end, for extra torque) and put them on. It's a waste of cash to have the shop put them on. Just remember that there's a left pedal and a right pedal, both having opposing threads to one another so they won't come undone so easily.

As for the extra pins, they're just that: extra. The Jim C pedals use two lengths of pins in them, a 3mm (4mm?) and a 2mm, with the 2mm being the centermost pins and the 3mm being the outer (front/rear) pins.



Ok, thanks very much for the help. I didn't notice any difference in the pin sizes, but I didn't know what exactly to look for, so that is why I probably didn't notice. I'm going to go out and install them now, see you later.



Update: I've just successfully installed my new Odyssey Jim Cl. pedals and I took them for a test ride, and all I gotta' say is that they are sweet. They grip sooo much better than my old cheap Fusion DX pedals did, and they have more room for my foot to move around on the pedal face. I don't know why they made those Fusion pedals so small. They actually gave my feet cramps after a long ride because they didn't support my feet enough. Well, thanks for everyone's help, (especially you Beerman) I got em' on, they worked great, and the color looks awesome on my bike. Now for those 3rd Bass gloves......

bmxrulez5445 03-28-05 06:34 PM

I always thought 1 finger was to reduce weight a bit...

MadMan2k 03-28-05 07:13 PM

I thought it was so you didn't smack your hand on the lever. You could always get a lever with a longer arm, and put it over half an inch or so from the grip to get enough leverage for one finger braking, right?


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