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Old 04-28-07, 07:50 AM
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TIPS TRICKS & TWEAKS on New Bikes. Share your secrets!

So you just got a new bike from the LBS. Whats the first things you do to make this bike your own? (Besides remove the reflectors )

I guess Im gonna get a lizard skin. And I saw someone put black electrical tape on his bike where the cables rub, I thought that was a good idea. So post some ideas here!
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Old 04-28-07, 07:54 AM
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Of course the reflectors are the first thing to go. When I got my bike I changed out the brakes, the entire drivetrain and now an looking to do more. It is a sickness I guess.

The lizard skin chainstay protector is the one of the best things I have done.
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- remove the dork disk?
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what is a dork disk?

Edit- Mine recently erroded off my 10 year old bike. Damn I looked like a dork this whole time. Its the plastic piece that stops the chain from going into the spokes of the rear tire.
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Pull off any and all extraneous stickers, especially the silly warnings.
Remove shift indcators from shifters if possible.
If tubes are presta, remove valve caps and nuts.
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Pedals, chances are the stock ones are terrible.
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Originally Posted by gastro
Pull off any and all extraneous stickers, especially the silly warnings.
Remove shift indcators from shifters if possible.
If tubes are presta, remove valve caps and nuts.
I'm curious, what's the reason for removing presta valve caps and nuts? Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Scott176
I'm curious, what's the reason for removing presta valve caps and nuts? Thanks.
1) They're unnecessary
2) Two fewer things to fiddle with when you're changing a flat on the trail
3) It'll decrease rotational mass and make your bike handle better to a certain degree
4) They're unnecessary
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Originally Posted by gastro
1) They're unnecessary
2) Two fewer things to fiddle with when you're changing a flat on the trail
3) It'll decrease rotational mass and make your bike handle better to a certain degree
4) They're unnecessary
.....they could fly off and put your evey out kid!
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Originally Posted by gastro
1) They're unnecessary
2) Two fewer things to fiddle with when you're changing a flat on the trail
3) It'll decrease rotational mass and make your bike handle better to a certain degree
4) They're unnecessary
For me I thought the valve cap protected the nipple and also the bolt keeps it secure so like if a stick hits the valve comming in sideways it can't bend the whole valve over as easy as to not get a tear at the base of the valve.

But I just may try it out and see if it really makes any difference at all. Its probably all in my mind.
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Originally Posted by gastro
1) They're unnecessary
2) Two fewer things to fiddle with when you're changing a flat on the trail
3) It'll decrease rotational mass and make your bike handle better to a certain degree
4) They're unnecessary
Science taken to the nth degree of absurdity.
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Originally Posted by Rockadile
So you just got a new bike from the LBS. Whats the first things you do to make this bike your own? (Besides remove the reflectors )

I guess Im gonna get a lizard skin. And I saw someone put black electrical tape on his bike where the cables rub, I thought that was a good idea. So post some ideas here!
I heard an old inner tube makes a cheap "lizard skin".
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Originally Posted by mtnbiker66
.....they could fly off and put your evey out kid!
Oi vey!
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Originally Posted by Stacey
Science taken to the nth degree of absurdity.
Just doing my part to offset the rumor, uninformed speculation, and hearsay to the n+1 that is so common around here.
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Originally Posted by Quick_Torch C5
I heard an old inner tube makes a cheap "lizard skin".
Yea Im trying to figure out how that would work. The innertube seems like it would be too big?
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Originally Posted by gastro
3) It'll decrease rotational mass and make your bike handle better to a certain degree
I thought I accidentally just entered the road bike forum
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just cut it to the size you want
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Originally Posted by Rockadile
Yea Im trying to figure out how that would work. The innertube seems like it would be too big?
Yes, you'll need to shrink it by putting it in the freezer overnight.
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Yes, you'll need to shrink it by putting it in the freezer overnight.
I thought a heat gun worked best. Or does the freezing trick work well with the heat gun method?
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Actually boiling it in WD-40 is the quickest way but your mom might get mad at you.
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Originally Posted by gastro
Actually boiling it in WD-40 is the quickest way but your mom might get mad at you.
Where the heck are you comming up with this stuff? A McGuyver over here.
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Yes, put flammable wd-40 on the stove and see if your mother has enough time to react. Some kid is going to get blown up. You definitely need new pedals
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Old inner tubes make perfect headset seals.
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I like the "melt it on with a blow torch method". That works very well.
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I go around the tires & pick off the those little things sticking up off the tread with my teeth. Lowers rolling resistance plus it is a diversion from biting my fingernails.
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