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Old 03-06-13, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by SSbalt
How do you like that saddle? I was thinking about picking one up for a cheap conversion project off of amazon - the reviews are pretty solid for how inexpensive it is.

Sorry to hear about your bottom bracket.
Oh it's quite alright, I guess that's what I get for actually riding an $80 bike. I've been planning on replacing it anyways, this crankset is horrible.

The saddle is definitely solid. My butt is a little sore after spending all day in it, but for the price I think it's an excellent saddle, plus it's quite light too.

Not very related, but interestingly enough, I went to the mall and when I got back to my bike to unlock it I saw another fixed gear with the exact same bars and saddle as me a bike rack over.
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Couldn't pass up this deal. Here's my beater...

I changed up the stem, pedals, and saddle (which I boofed the angle on). Took forever to de-sticker all the warning labels and then added some of my own.

Mine has a little play in the front hub bearing I can't get out but not noticeable when you ride.







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Is it parked in the middle of the bridge in the hope that someone will run over it?
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Originally Posted by europa
Is it parked in the middle of the bridge in the hope that someone will run over it?
I like the optical confusion of the kickstand (!) being UP.
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Originally Posted by IthaDan
I like the optical confusion of the kickstand (!) being UP.
No body trackstand.
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That frame must be a lot lighter than the one I saw in my Target.
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Originally Posted by Cappuccino

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Now for the bad things. Nothing's actually fallen off or exploded on me, which is a good thing when according to Strava I'm doing 35mph (dohoho im goin so fast guies), but at first I though I had a loose rear wheel since my chain tension would be a little off after every ride, I discovered today that my entire crankset is actually jiggling a couple centimeters. I'm pretty sure this is the BB, and I'm pretty sure I need to replace the entire crankset before it explodorzes. It's nothing TOO major, but does get annoying when I'm trying to slow down and that couple cm of play comes in before I can slow down my rear wheel.
Actually, how bad is this? I honestly don't know myself.


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For a crankset to "jiggle a couple of centimeters" it would have to be falling off, but seeing as you say that it is apparent when you're trying to slow down, I wonder if the problem you're experiencing is in fact a loose lock ring and you are destroying the threading on your hub.
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Originally Posted by djcoldwater
Couldn't pass up this deal. Here's my beater...

I changed up the stem, pedals, and saddle (which I boofed the angle on). Took forever to de-sticker all the warning labels and then added some of my own.

Mine has a little play in the front hub bearing I can't get out but not noticeable when you ride.

I like it! What's the saddle you've got on there?

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For a crankset to "jiggle a couple of centimeters" it would have to be falling off, but seeing as you say that it is apparent when you're trying to slow down, I wonder if the problem you're experiencing is in fact a loose lock ring and you are destroying the threading on your hub.
On the wheel? Unless there's a hub around the BB that I don't know about, then no. I've seen the BB it's self jiggle, which is what's causing the crankset to jiggle. It's actually not moving that much at all, maybe a centimeter at most, but it does get amplified due to slack in my chain that it's causing.
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Originally Posted by Cappuccino



On the wheel? Unless there's a hub around the BB that I don't know about, then no. I've seen the BB it's self jiggle, which is what's causing the crankset to jiggle. It's actually not moving that much at all, maybe a centimeter at most, but it does get amplified due to slack in my chain that it's causing.
Your BB shell is 6.8cm wide by just over 3cm diameter, and you say the BB is moving by about 1cm?
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[QUOTE=Cappuccino;15371669]I like it! What's the saddle you've got on there?

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Can't find one under $119 in stores. Thanks a lot New Jersey
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Originally Posted by cheffixie
Can't find one under $119 in stores. Thanks a lot New Jersey
They're back to $120 up here too. Must have been a model year clearance without changing for the new year.
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Originally Posted by MattCycle
Maybe not this bike in particular but isn't there some value to a box store bicycle and especially at this price point? Most people I am sure have owned a box store bicycle and thats probably how they were introduced into cycling. And after a while, once it has been out grown, it can be a donor bike and a gateway drug for someone else who otherwise may not have been able to afford or would not have paid an exuberant amount for a bike.
Unless you count the price of new tires and saddles and brakes as many have applied here to these bikes to make them safe and rideable. Then, a good used bike off Craigslist may be a viable option here.
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Originally Posted by Steev
Your BB shell is 6.8cm wide by just over 3cm diameter, and you say the BB is moving by about 1cm?
To be honest, I don't know exactly what is moving on it, but it looks like the square taper thingie that's holding the crank arms. Also, the right crank arm is now moving about 2 mm. Not freely wiggling 2mm, but if I press down on it hard with one hand, it'll move about 2, but not any further.

Also, I tried a couple skids last week and my 3rd one the lockring popped off. I had someone at one of my LBS tighten it, so I know it was on there pretty well. I stuck a wrench in there and hammered it back on, but I've gotta get this figured out. No brakes, unreliable lockring, wiggly crankset, I'm riding a deathtrap right now. I'm not riding it on anything more then calm trails for now.
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Originally Posted by Cappuccino
To be honest, I don't know exactly what is moving on it, but it looks like the square taper thingie that's holding the crank arms. Also, the right crank arm is now moving about 2 mm. Not freely wiggling 2mm, but if I press down on it hard with one hand, it'll move about 2, but not any further.

Also, I tried a couple skids last week and my 3rd one the lockring popped off. I had someone at one of my LBS tighten it, so I know it was on there pretty well. I stuck a wrench in there and hammered it back on, but I've gotta get this figured out. No brakes, unreliable lockring, wiggly crankset, I'm riding a deathtrap right now. I'm not riding it on anything more then calm trails for now.
Does it have bearings in the BB? May be a QC issue. If there's any Q to C, that is.
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Originally Posted by Gravity Aided
Does it have bearings in the BB? May be a QC issue. If there's any Q to C, that is.
Went on a ride today, didn't get half a mile before I tried a skid on a really gravely path, barely put any backpressure on my pedals and my lockring pops off. Went to a LBS and figured out the hub's pretty much toast. Time for a new rear wheel, I guess. Thanks Targetbama.

Also, asked about the wiggly crankset, the guy helping me told me it was prolly something with the bearings in the BB, so if I tighten the BB lockring it should be ok. Still wanna replace that crankset, I can see the crank arms bending a couple inches every time I put pressure on 'em.

As for a rear wheel, would a B43 laced to a Formula be good for hektik skidz?
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Originally Posted by Steev
For a crankset to "jiggle a couple of centimeters" it would have to be falling off, but seeing as you say that it is apparent when you're trying to slow down, I wonder if the problem you're experiencing is in fact a loose lock ring and you are destroying the threading on your hub.
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Went on a ride today, didn't get half a mile before I tried a skid on a really gravely path, barely put any backpressure on my pedals and my lockring pops off. Went to a LBS and figured out the hub's pretty much toast. Time for a new rear wheel, I guess. Thanks Targetbama.

Also, asked about the wiggly crankset, the guy helping me told me it was prolly something with the bearings in the BB, so if I tighten the BB lockring it should be ok. Still wanna replace that crankset, I can see the crank arms bending a couple inches every time I put pressure on 'em.

As for a rear wheel, would a B43 laced to a Formula be good for hektik skidz?
I was trying to tell you something
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Originally Posted by Steev
I was trying to tell you something
Ah, I see.
Did you mean the jiggling was a problem with the lockring and not the crankset?

Because.

Um.

I could see the crankset jiggling when I had my bike flipped and upside down and moving the cog, not only when riding it, and my rear cog wasn't moving at all. I could feel it more while riding, but only because of the extra chainslack it and the maybe not-so-very-round-chainring caused.

Unless you're saying the jiggling crankset was destroying my hub.

Also, my lbs dude totally assured me it was my BB bearings, and not a very serious problem.

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I was confused with your initial description of a couple of centimeters of play in the BB, this would not be rideable.
The BB play and the loose lockring are separate problems.
The dead zone between pedaling forwards and resisting is a classic symptom of a loose lockring and a very common problem for new fixed gear owners, many of whom find this out by trashing a hub.
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If anyone still cares, I got the play/wiggle out of the chainring by tightening something in the BB, but now my damned crank arms are moving. Like, I can move the left crankarm and the right one will move along with it. They're moving around an inch or two, just back and forth, this is what I must've been the play I was feeling when I was slowing down. Oddly, the chainring isn't moving at all, so I'm assuming it's directly connected to the BB, while the crankarms are all by themselves having a party, wiggling around and making me feel uneasy.
My rear wheel's still trash, so I still need to get a new one of those, which really has me kinda of pissed off since I haven't ridden my bike in a while due to that.
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I have no idea what you mean.
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Originally Posted by Cappuccino
If anyone still cares, I got the play/wiggle out of the chainring by tightening something in the BB, but now my damned crank arms are moving. Like, I can move the left crankarm and the right one will move along with it. They're moving around an inch or two, just back and forth, this is what I must've been the play I was feeling when I was slowing down. Oddly, the chainring isn't moving at all, so I'm assuming it's directly connected to the BB, while the crankarms are all by themselves having a party, wiggling around and making me feel uneasy.
My rear wheel's still trash, so I still need to get a new one of those, which really has me kinda of pissed off since I haven't ridden my bike in a while due to that.
In addition to a new hub, you need a new BB. This "bargain" is getting less and less and bargain.
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Originally Posted by Steev
In addition to a new hub, you need a new BB. This "bargain" is getting less and less and bargain.
Oh, I was planning on changing the cranks out anyways, they're horrible. I just like complaining about bits on my bike. Also, I got this bike because I wanted a bike and not just because it was on sale. As for the hub, to hell with changing that out, why would I bother fixing a $10 wheel? I bought a new wheel today, double wall Alex Rims, and it still manages to be lighter then the single wall stock wheel.
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they had two of these at goodwill the other day for $199 a piece..
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