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Old 02-23-09, 11:22 AM
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My bike hates me

Saturday was really nice outside (50F) so my wife and I went out for a ride with the kid in the trailer. This was her first ride of the season. We just rode around the city and along the MUP for a bit, after stopping by the Library and the LBS to get some brake pads for me in another attempt at stopping my brake squeal in front.

When we got home I put on the new pads, cleaned the rims and took a test ride. The squeal was gone! Ever since I replaced the first set of pads with some KoolStop black low profile pads it has squealed like a banshee and favored my rear brake as a result (I replaced the rear with a KoolStop, but not the low profile which doesn't squeal). I tried loads of different toe-in angles and was disappointed with all of them. Anyway, I was ecstatic to use the brakes and not go deaf! As I was inspecting the pads to make sure they didn't move I noticed my tire sidewall casing is craked all over, ant the tube is bulging through in a small spot.

I ordered new tires. When I put them on I expect my rear brake to start yelling at me.
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Old 02-23-09, 02:22 PM
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Saturday was really nice outside (50F) so my wife and I went out for a ride with the kid in the trailer. This was her first ride of the season. We just rode around the city and along the MUP for a bit, after stopping by the Library and the LBS to get some brake pads for me in another attempt at stopping my brake squeal in front.

When we got home I put on the new pads, cleaned the rims and took a test ride. The squeal was gone! Ever since I replaced the first set of pads with some KoolStop black low profile pads it has squealed like a banshee and favored my rear brake as a result (I replaced the rear with a KoolStop, but not the low profile which doesn't squeal). I tried loads of different toe-in angles and was disappointed with all of them. Anyway, I was ecstatic to use the brakes and not go deaf! As I was inspecting the pads to make sure they didn't move I noticed my tire sidewall casing is craked all over, ant the tube is bulging through in a small spot.

I ordered new tires. When I put them on I expect my rear brake to start yelling at me.
Pffft. What's a little noise?

My fussy French road bike threw me to the ground 5 times this winter for making it go out in the cold and snow.
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Old 02-23-09, 02:40 PM
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My chain/rear derailer got caught in my spokes the other day.... does that count as an example of my bike hating me?
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So were your brakes rubbing on the tire then?
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My chain/rear derailer got caught in my spokes the other day.... does that count as an example of my bike hating me?
If it didn't hate you before, it does now. It's wants its pie plate back.
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Your bike doesn't hate you. It just wants you to leave it alone until spring, when the weather is even nicer. Bikes are like that, sometimes.
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So, did you just ride on those tires until they rotted out? Was that why the sidewall cracked? If you did that to me, I'd hate you too.
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So, did you just ride on those tires until they rotted out? Was that why the sidewall cracked? If you did that to me, I'd hate you too.
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So, did you just ride on those tires until they rotted out? Was that why the sidewall cracked? If you did that to me, I'd hate you too.
I've had the tires for maybe 700 miles. They've had a moderate amount of moisture, but the Panaracer Pasela TGs I had on it before didn't have a problem with quite a bit more wet riding than these and were only replaced due to a nasty pinch flat. The tires (Forte GT2 Kevlar) were pretty much the cheapest "kevlar" lines tires you can get:

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5420

I figured rubber is rubber but these pretty much suck. I guess I had better apologize to my bike for making it roll on that.

And no, the brakes weren't rubbing on the sidewall.
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