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05-26-19, 09:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,076
Posted By arod

Aluminium vs carbon frame - is carbon always better?

I'm currently looking for a new XC mountain bike (around the entry 'race' level range) and trying to decide whether I want to go carbon or aluminium.

I know there are many factors to consider, but...
04-17-18, 07:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 583
Posted By arod

Top of seat post is loose

I have a Merida Big Nine CF XT mtb.

Over the last couple of weeks the seat has started twisting around a bit. It appears that this is due to the connection that allows the seat to screw into the...
Forum: Commuting
07-07-17, 04:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 720
Posted By arod

Tyre advice - Continental Contact 2 vs Touring Plus

I've currently got Continental Touring Plus Reflex on my 29er mtb I have setup for commuting. I've been really happy with them, I think they're a good balance between rolling resistance, weight and...
01-30-17, 03:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 464
Posted By arod

Bug made nest in bike pump head, no longer works

I have a Rav X floor bike pump.

A bug kindly decided to make his nest or something like that in the presta valve head. There is now a hard congealed mess in there that appears very difficult to...
11-17-14, 07:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,964
Posted By arod

Work stand and carbon bike

I've just bought a Merida carbon mountain bike. I have a very cheap work stand and am wondering about the logistics of working on the bike with this stand. The clamp on the stand is only plastic and...
07-02-14, 05:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,381
Posted By arod

I've spoken with Dinotte and they have given me...

I've spoken with Dinotte and they have given me some discount on trading in my 200L. I can actually get the Niterider and L&M lamps on special such that they are slightly cheaper than the Dinotte,...
07-01-14, 05:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,381
Posted By arod

Replacement for Dinotte 200L

It's time for me to replace my 8 year old Dinotte 200L as the batteries are no longer holding their charge long enough.

I'm looking at a few different replacement lights. Been really happy with...
06-19-14, 08:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 806
Posted By arod

I have considered that, but I'm not sure if you...

I have considered that, but I'm not sure if you take into consideration what I can sell the Giant for with all the components vs just selling the frame plus the added risk of not all the parts...
06-18-14, 07:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 806
Posted By arod

Too much flex in alloy frame - need recommendations for new bike

I currently ride a Giant XTC 0 29er mountain bike (alloy frame). Im really unhappy with the amount of flex in the backend of the bike if I push on the bottom bracket there is at least 15mm of...
06-27-13, 08:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,458
Posted By arod

Yes, that is the correct bike. Thanks for your...

Yes, that is the correct bike. Thanks for your detailed reply.

Do you know if I need to 6 bolt rotors for both front and back?
06-26-13, 07:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,458
Posted By arod

Installing Shimano XT brakes on Giant XTC 29er 0

Im looking to replace the stock Avid Elixr 7s on my Giant XTC 29er 0. The bike comes with 7 discs on the front and 6 discs on the back. Im looking to replace these with Shimano XTs.

Im just...
01-23-13, 07:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 983
Posted By arod

Anyone using Squirt Dry Chain Lube?

My LBS recommended I try this lube on my mountain bike.

It does a great job in keeping the chain clean, however I'm finding after 6 or so months of use I'm not very impressed with how long it...
10-11-12, 06:32 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 339
Posted By arod

Mounting Cygolite LED on Limar 910 helmet

I'm currently looking at buying a Limar 910 helmet http://www.limarhelmets.com/eng/prod_det.php?id_cat=31&id_sotcat=40&id=55

My only concern is the that I have a Cygolite LED light with the old...
Forum: Commuting
10-08-12, 07:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,018
Posted By arod

Any advice on what tubes I will need would also...

Any advice on what tubes I will need would also be appreciated.
Forum: Commuting
10-08-12, 07:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,018
Posted By arod

700c tyres for 29er mtb

I'm trying to get my head round what hybrid tyres I can use on my 29er mountain bike.

I initially bought a set of 32c Maxxis Overdrive Kevlar Inside Tyre and discovered these were too thin Giant...
10-05-12, 09:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,641
Posted By arod

I haven't seen this - were do you get this from? ...

I haven't seen this - were do you get this from?

I'm actually looking for it more to protect the top tube when the bike is resting against something rather than the bottom of the down tube.
10-03-12, 08:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,641
Posted By arod

Alternatives to clear frame protection patches

A number of companies such as Lizardskins offer clear frame protection patches to prevent cable rub and protect the downtube.

I find the prices of these products to be rather expensive for what...
Forum: Commuting
09-25-12, 06:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,835
Posted By arod

Continental Travel Contact vs Maxxis Overdrive - opinions?

Looking at fitting slick/semi-slick 700c hybrid tyres to my 29er mtb. I've narrowed it down to either the Continental Travel Contact (either the Reflex or Folding models) or the Maxxis Overdrive...
09-24-12, 08:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,074
Posted By arod

Bike computer recommendations

I'm looking for some advice around quality, mid range bike computers.

I'm after the following features:
- current speed
- average speed
- max speed
- trip distance
- odometer
- time elapsed...
08-20-12, 06:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 333
Posted By arod

Lockout not working effectively on Dart 2

I know this is an entry level fork, but would like help nonetheless.

The fork is approximately 5 years old and has been kept in the lockout position the majority of this time. Over the years the...
08-20-12, 06:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 279
Posted By arod

Tire recommendations - mostly road with some off road

I'm looking for advice for new 26" tires on my mtb.

The majority of my riding tends to be on the road, so I'm looking for some with low rolling resistance, good puncture protection. and long...
Forum: Commuting
02-18-12, 02:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,409
Posted By arod

Thanks for the replies. In terms of a shoe...

Thanks for the replies.

In terms of a shoe horn, are you referring to something like this?
...
Forum: Commuting
02-12-12, 07:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,409
Posted By arod

Protecting dress shoes in backpack while commuting

I have a pair of good dress shoes that got damaged in my backpack while commuting. Something in my bag was pressing up against the toe area and has left a permanent crease.

My standard way to...
02-18-10, 05:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 739
Posted By arod

It's a sub-tropical climate I live in. The...

It's a sub-tropical climate I live in.

The bike is a fairly expensive mountain bike hence I want to look after it.

These bike/motorbike covers look like a potential solution. Can anyone...
02-16-10, 07:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 739
Posted By arod

Innovative solutions for storing bike

I'm not sure where the best place to post this is, so I'll try here.

I'm trying to figure out how to store my bike at a new place I'm living.

We have a small garden shed which I can use,...
11-26-09, 08:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 443
Posted By arod

I used the Shimano connecting pin. The pin is...

I used the Shimano connecting pin. The pin is pretty equal either side, will try to continue flexing the chain,
11-26-09, 07:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 443
Posted By arod

Thanks for the replies. I rechecked it and yes, I...

Thanks for the replies. I rechecked it and yes, I somehow didn't route it properly, thanks for the suggestion.

Having now fixed that problem, the link where i joined the chain is pretty stiff,...
11-25-09, 06:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 443
Posted By arod

Replacing jockey wheels are new chain?

I replaced the chain on my this evening, old one was just starting to get to the point where it needed replacement.

After putting the new one on it is not running smoothly at all - I think it may...
11-25-09, 06:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 472
Posted By arod

Rock n roll Gold question

Just brought myself a 16oz bottle of Rock n Roll Gold chain lube.

Couple of questions:
-are there meant to be actual rocks in the bottom of the bottle? The bottle is full but there are two...
10-02-09, 09:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 394
Posted By arod

Replacement chain recommendation

Looking for a bit of advice on what chain to get with my bike setup.

Currently have the following Shimano components
-front derailleur: Deore
-rear derailleur: LX
-cassette: Deore CS-HG50 9...
01-20-09, 04:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 503
Posted By arod

Mounting Cygolite HiFlux200

Went to mount my new HiFlux 200 last night on my handlebars-realised that with their mounting system (see picture here: http://cygolite.com/products/LED/HiFlux200.html) all the cables from my brakes...
01-16-09, 08:18 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 795
Posted By arod

Cygolite Hi-Flux 200-charger issue

I just brought a Hi-Flux 200. The instructions mention that there should be a red led on the battery charger to indicate it is charging. When I plugged it in to charge I did not notice any red light....
09-14-08, 06:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 509
Posted By arod

Any opinions on Marwi halogen lamps in general? ...

Any opinions on Marwi halogen lamps in general?
What's the quality like?
09-11-08, 05:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 509
Posted By arod

Anyone use a Marwi Nightpro Titan?

I've got the opportunity to by a Marwi Nightpro Titan second hand for $150, it usually retails closer to $400. It's a single beam halogen light. I was just wondering if anyone uses one of these and...
05-08-08, 07:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 379
Posted By arod

Clicking sound from shimano spd

I brought my first set of clipless pedals a little under a year ago-Shimano SPDs.

For the past couple of months I've noticed a clicking sound coming from my left pedal-it only occurs when I am...
04-24-08, 08:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,010
Posted By arod

Mounting rear bike light to backpack?

I'm trying to figure out a good way to do this.
Does anyone have any ingenious ideas?
03-26-08, 07:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 980
Posted By arod

Experiences with Triflow and Teflon lube

Not really wanting a dry vs wet discussion here, I'm more after people's experiences with the two lubricants.

I've always used Triflow, but when i went to my LBS today I brought a Finish Line...
01-22-08, 07:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 561
Posted By arod

Opinions on roof racks and bike attachements

I'm in the process of buying roof racks for my Camry to carry my bike. I've had a look round, and so far I've had Rhino and Prorack roof racks recommended to me, and Rhino and Thule bike attachment...
01-22-08, 07:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 239
Posted By arod

Hydration pack: anyone ever swapped parts between packs

I just brought a new hydration pack for riding. On my old one, in order to drink from it there was a tap mechanism you had to turn on. On this new one, there is a different mechanism where you have...
12-14-07, 03:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 8,872
Posted By arod

Attaching headlamp to bike helmet

I have a Princeton Tec headlamp, the same as this one shown.

I'm trying to figure out some way of attaching it to my helmet for night riding, haven't had any luck in figuring out a practical way...
11-09-07, 04:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 267
Posted By arod

Lock-on grip questions

I have a relatively new mtb (Avanti Montari) and noticed to my surprise that the tread on my grips is wearing down significantly.

These grips are called 'Dual Density "Vice Grip"'-the lock on...
09-24-07, 11:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 504
Posted By arod

Thanks for the replies. I've taken my bike up to...

Thanks for the replies. I've taken my bike up to the LBS I brought it from, they've lubed up everything they could think of, but it still appears to be creaking.

Brad, any suggestions for what...
09-13-07, 03:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 504
Posted By arod

Creaky bike

Hi
I have a fairly new mtb. When I'm riding up hills (ie. standing up) and accelerating I am getting this creaking sound coming from the bike. It appears that it may be coming from the cranks. I...
07-09-07, 06:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 514
Posted By arod

What to do to tires after a puncture?

I got a puncture this afternoon, a chip of glass got in the tire. I patched the tube and all is good.

Just got me thinking, to people ever do anything to the small hole their tire after a...
06-18-07, 07:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 419
Posted By arod

Homemade stand, any design ideas?

Hi
I am planning to make a stand to store my mtb, one like you see in most bike shops that sits on the floor and you just slot your back wheel into it.

Before I get into it, I was just wondering...
06-11-07, 08:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 375
Posted By arod

Daily maintainence to shocks, disc brakes and chain

I know there's been a lot of threads lately about cleaning mud etc of mountain bikes, but I'm more interested in what cleaning (if any) people do on a day to day basis. I've got a couple of...
05-31-07, 08:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,489
Posted By arod

Thanks heaps for your explanation, a big help. ...

Thanks heaps for your explanation, a big help.

Just in regards to the black knob, I take it nobody has ever had it fall out while riding? When I pulled it out (is this a bad thing???), it didn't...
05-30-07, 05:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,489
Posted By arod

Questions on Rockshox Dart 2

Hi
I recently brought a new bike with Rockshox Dart 2 forks. I've just got a few questions in regards to the features of these forks and understanding them. These questions are probably fairly...
05-14-07, 06:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,495
Posted By arod

Thanks for all your replies. I"m leaning...

Thanks for all your replies.

I"m leaning towards just going with the current specs. I want a bike that's working nicely, and from what's been said the Avanti has more gear length then my current...
05-12-07, 11:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,495
Posted By arod

Currently a Raleigh mtb with 48-14. I thought...

Currently a Raleigh mtb with 48-14. I thought about that option, but decided against it for various reasons.
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