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Old 01-26-07, 02:02 PM
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question about my new bike.. HELP!

Hey guys, as some of you know, I picked up a new bike the other day, http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=263157, I was wanting to know how universal parts were or if there are exact ones I have to buy. I know basic things like pedals, seats and such are universal to an extent, but I was wondering about shocks, chains and other random parts.

Also, when I was jumping my bike off the curbs here in town, is it normal for the chain to hit the frame? Thanks let me know any info you have!
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Old 01-26-07, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by chunkitron3030
Also, when I was jumping my bike off the curbs here in town, is it normal for the chain to hit the frame? Thanks let me know any info you have!
Yes. You need to get a chainstay guard. Like this It goes on like below

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everything looks pretty universal... just make sure when you buy parts for your shifting they are for the amount of gears you have. raise your seat, too.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
Yes. You need to get a chainstay guard. Like this
Electrical tape is also useful in protecting the frame against chain slap. A little ghetto, but it works.
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Old 01-26-07, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by junkyard
Electrical tape is also useful in protecting the frame against chain slap. A little ghetto, but it works.
Hockey tape will work too. The Lizard Skin isn't that expensive, doesn't leave adhesive on your frame, is washable and just looks nice

I agree with 3MTA3, raise your saddle. Your knee should be just sligthly bent when you are at the bottom of the stroke. It'll make riding a whole lot more enjoyable without the sore knees
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old tube + electrical tape
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cloth or hockey tape, + the fibres start to show when it begins to wear
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You have taken off those silly reflectors, haven't you.
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You have taken off those silly reflectors, haven't you.
sure have, actually did it tonight!
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Old 01-28-07, 06:03 AM
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Much better.
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Yes, now, the plastic dork disc has got to go. And turn that front tire around!
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I agree, he needs one of those big 10" chrome Mofo's that were on the old Schwinns!

What's wrong with the front tire?
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Looks like it on backwards, not that it would hurt anything. Just the whole "rolling resistance" and being a proper homer, thing.
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Originally Posted by born2bahick
Looks like it on backwards, not that it would hurt anything. Just the whole "rolling resistance" and being a proper homer, thing.
The tire looks like a Dart with a Smoke on the back. The little chevrons on the front should face forward...makes the control better. He should check the rear too (look at the sidewall for direction of rotation). It looks backwards too, if I recall correctly.
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well i got to looking and the rear tire is on correctly, however the front was not. i was never good with messing with the brakes or anything on a bike. so this got kind of frustrating. when i put the front tire back on, it didnt seem like it had much to work with, i posted some pics of what i am talking about, make sure everything looks ok if you could. also, is it normal to have to readjust the brakes?



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axel looks normal to me.... the QR is what does all the gripping and holding.... your good...
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Originally Posted by chunkitron3030
well i got to looking and the rear tire is on correctly, however the front was not. i was never good with messing with the brakes or anything on a bike. so this got kind of frustrating. when i put the front tire back on, it didnt seem like it had much to work with, i posted some pics of what i am talking about, make sure everything looks ok if you could. also, is it normal to have to readjust the brakes?
I wasn't sure on the rear one. It wouldn't hurt anything if it was backwards but it performs a little better if the direction is correct. The front is more critical and will perform much better with the little darts facing the proper way.

Your wheel look right. The overhang on the axel in the front forks is right. You might try tightening the front lever so that it ends up parallel to the fork blades instead of perpendicular. Look at the picture below. You can see the quick release lever on the opposite side of the wheel. Mine is a little further forward than most people have but try not to have the lever right up against the fork leg. That makes it nearly impossible to get off if you have the proper tension on the quick release. Also, don't use the lever like a wrench. You should tighten the nut on the skewer until closing it around half way takes a firm pressure. Then use the lever to put on the last of the pressure. It should leave a mark for a few seconds on your palm if done correctly.



On the brakes, make sure that your wheel is square in the dropouts. If you lean the bike over when tightening the skewer, you may move the wheel a little and it will interfer with the brakes.
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awesome thanks for the help on that. is it possible to put the QR axle on too tight? I think at first when i did it, it seemed like it made the brakes goofy, but when I loosened it up a hair, everything went together pretty good.
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OP: Now that your tires are headed in the right direction, most of the other parts you mentioned are interchangeable, within limits. Talk to you LBS about what measurements you'll have to pay attention to - but I'm sure the rest of the folks in this forum will gladly clue you in!
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Originally Posted by chunkitron3030
awesome thanks for the help on that. is it possible to put the QR axle on too tight? I think at first when i did it, it seemed like it made the brakes goofy, but when I loosened it up a hair, everything went together pretty good.
I don't know if you can overtighten by hand with the skewer you have (that one doesn't put on as much torque as the more 'Campy' style levers). When you loosened it, you probably let the wheel drop into place correctly. I usually pull up on the wheel to make sure it's in place and then try not to lean on the bike while tighten the quick release.
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