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Old 11-30-08, 05:42 PM
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roland cant u just install the 18t on the other side and flip?

im getting mine im wedsnesday im sooo excited!!

im still kinda iffy about the installation, is it THAT easy? i tend to have bad luck with installations and osmething always goes wrong for me...

any tips on the install?
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Old 11-30-08, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by p120ud213azn View Post
roland cant u just install the 18t on the other side and flip?
There's no place for a lockring on the other side of the hub.

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Old 12-01-08, 05:24 PM
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Got an email back from sportymamabikes that basically said "it's simple" to remove and all I need to do is put a little heat on it. It was especially amusing since they also sent a link to the loctite website where it says the red loctite has an operating temp up to 300 degrees. The only way I've been able to remove parts bolted together with red loctite in auto applications is by putting a torch on it. Not sure I'm willing to do that with a bike hub.

Anyway, I sent an email back asking for either a replacement wheel (sans cog) or a credit. We'll see what the response is tomorrow.

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Old 12-01-08, 07:33 PM
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Old 12-02-08, 01:55 PM
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Finally got the dam cog off this morning. Decided I was either going to get it off or destroy the wheel trying. I got it off using the following:



Basically a propane torch and a set of plumber's vice-grips that fit the existing cog perfectly. I screwed 2 boards to my workbench just wide enough for the vice-grips clamped to the cog to fit between and drilled a hole in the workbench for the axle. I tried to remove the cog without heating it up and I was not strong enough to break it loose. The I got the torch out and very, very carefully heated up the cog. I even stuffed some foil between the cog and the spokes to try and keep the heat away from the hub/spokes. Dropped the wheel back into the setup on the workbench and it finally came free.

So here's my bike in its current state. Pretty much stock, minus the rear brake, with the addition on the Surley 18t cog, a Surly Tugnut and some Candy C pedals. Going to head out here in a minute and try out the new gearing.



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Old 12-02-08, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Roland Owens View Post
Finally got the dam cog off this morning. Decided I was either going to get it off or destroy the wheel trying.

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Congrats Roland!
What is the frame size is yours?
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Old 12-02-08, 02:34 PM
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one thing i noticed, but correct and flame me if im wrong

how come most the bikes ive seen on here have the front brake lever mounted to the right hand handle where the rear brake lever was?

just curious cuz i grew up riding mountain bike and the brakes are always left front, right rear so a change like that would send me over the bar on the first hill lol

and also, good job roland on getting it off, i wouldve never be brave enough to do something u did lol

oh and ya... IM GETTING MINE TOMORROW!!!! WEEEEEEEEEE

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Old 12-02-08, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by adriano View Post
hows skidding at that ratio?
I can skid okay but it doesn't allow for many skid patches.

Originally Posted by p120ud213azn View Post
how come most the bikes ive seen on here have the front brake lever mounted to the right hand handle where the rear brake lever was?
The most common reason is: If you run the lever on the right side you can still signal with your left arm when riding in traffic.

Some people just like the look/feel better too.
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Old 12-02-08, 06:19 PM
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^^^ ahhhh that makes sense...
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Old 12-02-08, 07:13 PM
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Originally Posted by unogear View Post
What is the frame size is yours?
It's a 52cm. Did a 20 mile ride this afternoon and the new cog makes dealing with the hills around here much easier although I lost about .5mph in average speed on the same course. Gonna try riding from the house sometime soon and see if I can actually get up the side of the mountain I live on. Should be interesting....

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Old 12-02-08, 10:28 PM
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I brought mine to LBS and they couldn't remove the cog too (damn thread lock!) so I stuck with it and changed the chainring which was triple expensive.
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Old 12-02-08, 11:14 PM
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oh shi, i think my cog might be stuck on with locktite...

i remember my cog has this reddish like residue that i mistaken for chrome coming off the cog from being tightened.
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mine is on there GOOD. but rotowhipping it takes it off nicely
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Old 12-04-08, 02:54 AM
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ok so i got my messenger today...

and i am in love.
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I'm 5'6" and have a 30" inseam. Would you recommend a 52cm or 49cm?
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Old 12-06-08, 07:20 PM
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30 inseam for 5'6 sounds like u have pretty long legs lol

go for 52 id say.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/roadsizing.html
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Old 12-06-08, 08:26 PM
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Old 12-06-08, 08:36 PM
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oh shi, i think my cog might be stuck on with locktite...

i remember my cog has this reddish like residue that i mistaken for chrome coming off the cog from being tightened.
I had this problem on my girlfriend's bike. There was no way that cog was coming off... we had three people working on it together, with leverage bars and a blowtorch. It was stuck on for good.
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Okay, I'm at a fork in the road.

I want new pedals, these clips/straps are ****ing impossible for me. Not bad so far if I get in while leaning up against a sign or something and then ride around. But If I have to get out of the cages for any reason it's stinking impossible to get in while I'm moving.

I started thinking clipless, but then I'd have to get some MTB shoes or something that are decent for walking around in. Or, I could get some nicer pedals/cages/straps.

If I got nicer cages/straps would I have the same problem though? I've never ridden cages or clipless before this bike, so I'm at a bit of a standstill. I think some have a tab on the backside to flip the pedal around and get in?

I'd prefer just being able to ride in my current shoes, I just don't know if I'm ******ed or something...
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um, they should be on them pedals.

i practiced a lot with flipping into the cages, i'm a lot better with my left foot then my right.
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Hmm not sure if this has been mentioned, but besides the Loctite heat issue, I think the best way to get tight cogs is the chain-wrap technique where the chain is doubled around the cog and pulled tight around the bottom bracket instead of the chain ring. The grab the wheel around the rim between the spokes and rotate it, which gives you a lot of leverage.
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Old 12-06-08, 10:33 PM
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Okay, I'm at a fork in the road.

I want new pedals, these clips/straps are ****ing impossible for me. Not bad so far if I get in while leaning up against a sign or something and then ride around. But If I have to get out of the cages for any reason it's stinking impossible to get in while I'm moving.

I started thinking clipless, but then I'd have to get some MTB shoes or something that are decent for walking around in. Or, I could get some nicer pedals/cages/straps.

If I got nicer cages/straps would I have the same problem though? I've never ridden cages or clipless before this bike, so I'm at a bit of a standstill. I think some have a tab on the backside to flip the pedal around and get in?

I'd prefer just being able to ride in my current shoes, I just don't know if I'm ******ed or something...

They just take a little to get used to. When I change pedals, they feel different and I have to relearn how to flip em over to get in.
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Old 12-07-08, 12:15 PM
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Firts loose the straps then learn to flip the pedals until you get a feel without looking down.
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Old 12-07-08, 12:16 PM
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powergrips are easier for me.
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