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Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-08, 01:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 689
Posted By christama

If you ride in the rain, check and see if your...

If you ride in the rain, check and see if your cables need to be lubed. Easiest way is to shift into the biggest cog. Stop the wheel and stop pedaling. Shift all the way down, so that the rear...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-08, 01:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 605
Posted By christama

Our Trek outside rep will even go as far as to...

Our Trek outside rep will even go as far as to check other shops inventory, and buy a bike back from them and sell it to us. The other shop makes a little extra money, the rep makes no extra money,...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-08, 01:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,358
Posted By christama

The only composition change I would have made was...

The only composition change I would have made was hiding the valve stem behind the fork.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-09-08, 12:10 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 10,064
Posted By christama

I looked on the BD site and didn't see anything...

I looked on the BD site and didn't see anything about changing specs without notice.

I do know, however, that the warranty on virtually all bike components is 90 days to a year. So at a year and a...
04-07-08, 09:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,914
Posted By christama

I would still recommend it. They will usually do...

I would still recommend it. They will usually do it free, and it's just a good way to get it double checked. It might look true, but I know a lot of builders who like to go over it again just to make...
04-07-08, 09:33 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,946
Posted By christama

It includes the damage, a price estimate,...

It includes the damage, a price estimate, estimated time of completion and a full list of what we're going to do. We go over it fully with the customer. The customers copy includes the estimate, time...
04-07-08, 08:57 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,946
Posted By christama

No, it completely eliminates it. It goes both on...

No, it completely eliminates it. It goes both on our copy of the work order, and though onto a carbon copy that is their claim ticket. If I write "Chips on downtube and R fork leg" and they come in...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-08, 08:53 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,467
Posted By christama

We have tubular glue in the shop I work in, and...

We have tubular glue in the shop I work in, and the one i worked in before. Not much, 6 or tubes at most. How many have i sold in almost 4 years? None. I gave one to a guy who hung out at the shop...
04-07-08, 07:53 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,946
Posted By christama

Working in a shop where we do tons of repairs,...

Working in a shop where we do tons of repairs, that is unacceptable. If i do anything on a nice bike/part, i make sure to be super careful. During a fork crown install, I would wrap the top of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-08, 11:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 530
Posted By christama

Check out LeMond's if you can. I have nearly the...

Check out LeMond's if you can. I have nearly the same measurements (5'11" and 30" inseam). LeMonds are built with a longer top tube than you would normally find. A 53cm LeMond fits me well because...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-08, 10:53 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,268
Posted By christama

1) Torelli road bike with full 2008 105 2)...

1) Torelli road bike with full 2008 105
2) Giant 2004 XTC full Deore with slicks for the girlfriend
3) Mutiny Burlish bmx bike, sub 22 pounds

I know you said only road, but a stable is a stable.
04-04-08, 10:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 730
Posted By christama

I've been running into this a lot lately. It...

I've been running into this a lot lately. It seems like some of the washers aren't smooth enough for the pads to wiggle on the concave/convex surfaces. A little grease anywhere those washers touch...
04-04-08, 10:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 481
Posted By christama

If the housing looks ok, I would go with it. Just...

If the housing looks ok, I would go with it. Just flush it with some Tri-Flo or something like that, then lube the new cable.
04-04-08, 10:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,842
Posted By christama

I install pedals all day and double check bikes...

I install pedals all day and double check bikes that others install pedals on all day. I've usually found it better to to do them up a little tighter, just to be safe. I would rather have it be hard...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-08, 10:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,102
Posted By christama

Just get the one from Trek. It's only 30 bucks,...

Just get the one from Trek. It's only 30 bucks, and is super secure. I use them about once a week when building new Madones.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-08, 01:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 495
Posted By christama

I just lay a straight edge flat one the underside...

I just lay a straight edge flat one the underside of the drop, and set the tip of the brake lever to just touch it. This will get perfect height 99% of the time. Centering them on the bend is just as...
04-03-08, 01:05 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,654
Posted By christama

I am a bike shop worker, and damn proud of it. If...

I am a bike shop worker, and damn proud of it. If a customer brought in a for he bought online and wanted it installed, thats a 40 dollar job. No questions asked. Shop labor rate is $60 an hour. If...
04-03-08, 12:46 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,181
Posted By christama

Kona built a bike called the Sutra that we...

Kona built a bike called the Sutra that we stocked at a shop I worked in. It was a full 105 touring bike with Avid BB-7 road brakes. This was a great seller here in Washington because the discs added...
04-03-08, 12:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 792
Posted By christama

I go through this at least once a season on a...

I go through this at least once a season on a customers bike. It's tough because as hard as it is for you to determine the sound, it's almost as hard for us. The steps you've mentioned are the same...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-08, 11:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 495
Posted By christama

I find the markings useless. A straight edge is...

I find the markings useless. A straight edge is all you need.
03-31-08, 11:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,896
Posted By christama

I usually put the wheel on the edge of the work...

I usually put the wheel on the edge of the work bench, at 12 o'clock, then I put the other edge on my hip at 6 o'clock, and then apply slight pressure at 9 and 3. I've seen even veteran mechanics do...
03-31-08, 11:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 623
Posted By christama

If you want to save the rim, de-tension the...

If you want to save the rim, de-tension the spokes before cutting. The sharp drop in tension in one spot can bend the rim.
03-31-08, 11:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 431
Posted By christama

For something like this, grease is grease. An...

For something like this, grease is grease. An easy way to check the cups/races is to run a ball point pen along them to feel for any bumps.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-08, 11:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 932
Posted By christama

The only thing to watch for on older Shimano road...

The only thing to watch for on older Shimano road bikes is the shifters. Chains, rings and cassettes can all be replaced fairly inexpensively. Hubs can be overhauled, brake pads can be replaced and...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-29-08, 09:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 961
Posted By christama

It doesn't matter how much it's worth to us, it...

It doesn't matter how much it's worth to us, it matters how much it's worth to him.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-29-08, 09:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 364
Posted By christama

I use a screwdriver to help hold the clip open...

I use a screwdriver to help hold the clip open and then twist by hand.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-08, 10:30 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,234
Posted By christama

One more thing. I see your working in a shop up...

One more thing. I see your working in a shop up here in the great northwest. If you stay on during the winter months, start shopping at Half Price Books now. The winter months can be slow. You might...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-08, 10:27 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,234
Posted By christama

I haven't read the whole thread, but as a shop...

I haven't read the whole thread, but as a shop veteran, ill try to give you some tips:
-If someone says they're just looking, let them look FOR A BIT. Give them a bit, then go out and say something...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-08, 10:10 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,564
Posted By christama

I've sold and set up a ton of the Cat-Eye double...

I've sold and set up a ton of the Cat-Eye double wireless ones. The only negative about them is they can be PURE HELL to set up. Sometimes it's a quick job, other times is seems no matter how you...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-08, 10:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 436
Posted By christama

Powder coating is charging the frame, then...

Powder coating is charging the frame, then spraying with oppositely charged colored powder. This attracts the powder to the frame, then it's baked. Anodizing is is when they do a similar process, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-08, 12:26 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,596
Posted By christama

Honestly, this debate will never end. People will...

Honestly, this debate will never end. People will take one side, others will take another. I myself, support local shops because I work in one, and I know how hard making money in one is. I also...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-08, 10:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,596
Posted By christama

They buy in large quantities, making their price...

They buy in large quantities, making their price lower than an LBS. They also seem to have a lot off closeout/offbrand stuff, which is cheap to pick up, even cheaper in large quantities. They just...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-08, 10:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 656
Posted By christama

Wow, if I a customer offered me 50% off of MSRP,...

Wow, if I a customer offered me 50% off of MSRP, it would be hard not to laugh. At that price, the shop would make NO money. What I would counter offer is $1100, some bottles and cages and MAYBE a...
03-26-08, 09:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 238
Posted By christama

Basically. More for black or double butted spokes.

Basically. More for black or double butted spokes.
03-26-08, 09:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 21,093
Posted By christama

Nope. You don't lube a carbon post in an aluminum...

Nope. You don't lube a carbon post in an aluminum frame, so you don't lube an alloy post in a carbon frame. There are some carbon specific things to provide more grip, but not lubrication. As long as...
03-26-08, 09:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 300
Posted By christama

Get another CHEAP seatpost. Mark you insertion on...

Get another CHEAP seatpost. Mark you insertion on yours, and swap them when you want to do repairs.
03-26-08, 09:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,037
Posted By christama

You could get something like an Open Pro laced to...

You could get something like an Open Pro laced to a Deore disk hub for pretty cheap.
03-26-08, 09:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 520
Posted By christama

Honestly, I would just clean the caliper well and...

Honestly, I would just clean the caliper well and replace the pads. I've tried the boiling and whatnot, and while it works better, it's still not as powerful as new. And just use rubbing alcohol to...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-08, 08:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 537
Posted By christama

I've built many wheel sets, and for everyone of...

I've built many wheel sets, and for everyone of them, I tell the customer to bring it back after 100 or so miles. I do a true and tension job, just because it's somewhat normal for new wheels to go...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-08, 12:16 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,802
Posted By christama

So both wheels are built on machines, and...

So both wheels are built on machines, and Performance supposedly does the same hand checking. I read on their site that everything is built "in house", but no mention of hand built.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-08, 10:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,075
Posted By christama

With the frame, wheels, seat and everything else,...

With the frame, wheels, seat and everything else, there are just too many logos. It's out of hand.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-08, 11:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 413
Posted By christama

I would totally recommend frame saver. I had a...

I would totally recommend frame saver. I had a customer who had a steel framed road bike who didn't treat it. His first issue came when trying to replace is bottom bracket. Heat and muscle and 45...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-08, 10:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,698
Posted By christama

Bontrager Hardcases. I sell boatloads of them,...

Bontrager Hardcases. I sell boatloads of them, and rarely see a flat.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-08, 10:38 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,081
Posted By christama

I have personally built about 10 sets of...

I have personally built about 10 sets of OP/Ultegra/Chorus wheel sets over the years. Not one issue related to strength. Most are still out on the road on training and winter and even race bikes. I...
Forum: BMX
03-23-08, 10:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 565
Posted By christama

Lots of companies are making double butted spokes...

Lots of companies are making double butted spokes now. Mutiny has probably the nicest I've seen, but others make them too, some in a wide range of colors. If your going to be riding them hard on...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-08, 10:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 463
Posted By christama

From what I saw in the catalog I ordered it from,...

From what I saw in the catalog I ordered it from, it showed silver. Either way, I could care less, I was just looking for something better than super low end, but not going to break a bike mechanics...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-08, 10:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,289
Posted By christama

Both my knees make a ton of noise, but my knees...

Both my knees make a ton of noise, but my knees are shot. Years of being slightly (and not so slightly) overweight and years of playing catcher in competitive baseball leagues has caused it. I have...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-08, 10:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 900
Posted By christama

I think the think I enjoyed most was the insight...

I think the think I enjoyed most was the insight into how the factories are run. A large portion of Americans still think that Chinese made bikes are welded by 6 year old girls who are forced to work...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-08, 10:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 463
Posted By christama

Not only do I get the parts Friday, but thats...

Not only do I get the parts Friday, but thats also when I get a key to the shop I work in. I might be staying a little late, but pics should be up Monday at the latest.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-08, 07:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,467
Posted By christama

I just figure the Monster can't be any worse for...

I just figure the Monster can't be any worse for me than the 3 or 4 cups of coffee I was drinking before with the added sugar and cream.
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