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The Bike Shop / Re: converting bike with gears to single speed?
« Last post by ediotism on July 28, 2019, 08:56:17 PM »
do you mean the whole derailleur is fucked? or just out of maintainence/ adjustments?

the easiest way to learn how to adjust/tune the deraileur to work 'good enough' is just to open a youtube video.

a basic cleaning and some appropriate lubrication, along with some basic adjustments, may make it work well enough depending on condition
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The Bike Shop / Re: converting bike with gears to single speed?
« Last post by joelite44 on July 28, 2019, 02:21:43 PM »
If your going to carry a trailer you might as well have gears.

Watch some youtube videos and get these derraileurs going its nothing a few years of experience won't fix.
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The Bike Shop / Re: converting bike with gears to single speed?
« Last post by amishrob on July 28, 2019, 01:43:18 AM »
just remove all unnecessary parts then find the straightest chainline and shorten to fit there. chain tension may be hard to get right though.
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The Bike Shop / converting bike with gears to single speed?
« Last post by paranoidmexican on July 26, 2019, 09:05:36 AM »
Does anyone have any experience doing this? I got some free bikes, but the rear shifter doesn't work properly on either bike. Could I just remove all shifters/derailers and shorten the chain, or is getting a new rear wheel absolutely mandatory for safety reasons? These are wal-mart grade bikes that will only see leisurely neighborhood cruises, nothing long distance. (less than 5 miles a day). One bike would have a little trailer my kids could sit in.





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The Bike Shop / Re: Fat Tires (for the rear)
« Last post by JFax on July 24, 2019, 07:24:38 AM »
I doubt that the tyre weight would change the durability of the hubs etc., at least not noticably.

Back in the days I, and my friends, certanly broke more parts than kids do today, just because the parts were of a poorer quality compared to now.

I however feel that people ride different nowadays. Its a lot of street and spins where you put weird loads on your spokes/hub that break them. I rarely spin and only land and put landing pressure on my wheels, which they hold up fine for.
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The Bike Shop / Re: Fat Tires (for the rear)
« Last post by ediotism on July 23, 2019, 11:14:31 PM »
smaller tires at the same pressure roll faster due to less resistance, and the way that BMX is ridden it is very noticable

smaller tires are lighter yes, assuming everything else is the same (i.e. tire tread pattern, kevlar vs steel beads etc)

i'd argue, however, that "kids now a days go through hubs and parts faster than we used to" can be due to a lot of factors. we went thru an era where parts weren't well made and just... die after a while, and you mcgyvver which ever way you can do keep the bike running. then came the era of heavier bikes, durability being priority (alex triple wall rims, 9 lkb pork frames). as we coasted thru the 36t sprocket to smaller and lighter, parts became better made overall. but after a certain point, it's a choice of losing a bit more durability to get a lighter bike, with a higher expected frequency of parts replacement. e.g. how much heavier would a 48 spoke wheel be, compared to 36? it's 12 spokes, bigger flanges on the hub, and a few more holes on teh rim (plus some minute weights here and there). but nobody rides 48 now because 36s are deemed strong enough, and everyone prefer a slight lighter wheel with the understanding that you'll replace it a bit more frequently.

now take that philosophy and apply it to the rest of the bike - now you replace parts a bit more frequently, but your bike is lighter and more fashionable since you can keep up with the fresh cool colour ways - companies obviously want to market that way as well... new generation of product every 9 months, with the expectation of people 'upgrading' everyone 18-24 months. but i really digress here.

it really depends on the average coasting speed/ style of your riding really, i think as we grow older towards mid 30's, our joints are working a bit worse and you'd want a more foregiving bike - a fatter tire can mean running slightly lower pressure, and if you're not always riding at full pedal speed, it's something worth considering

note: since i ride a mixture of flatland/ a bit of street whenever i have to clear the spider webs on the bike, i keep 1.75 rear tire with high pressure, and a 1.9 front with high pressure. it's a bit too janky on the front end riding street, and a bit too wide riding flatland, so i'm on a perfect unhappy medium
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The Bike Shop / Fat Tires (for the rear)
« Last post by joelite44 on July 23, 2019, 04:12:49 PM »
Hello kids,

I don't ride that much but it seems that im only going smaller on tires for my rear wheel. Why? A few pointers for the smaller sized tire are:

No need to upgrade your frame choices.

Most new frames now a days come with the 2.35 rear tire option. But I don't spend 389.99 bucks on a new frame. I just stick with the classics.

Your rear hub will last longer THIS

Am I right? Im not trying to prove anyone wrong but does it make sense a smaller tire weighs less than a big fat tire and therefor reduces the impact to your wheel hub?

I feel like kids now a days go through hubs and parts faster than we used to.

What other points do you approve for running smaller tires on the rear? Or do you already run the big fat tire.
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The Lounge / Re: Post your Car/Truck/Motor Vehicle V2.0
« Last post by Alex. on July 22, 2019, 07:23:18 PM »
Amazed at how much stuff I can pack into this little guy. Still could see out every window, too!

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Sell and Swap / Odyssey Hazard V3, 9T Driver, No axle. Cheap
« Last post by chubbs on July 18, 2019, 11:26:51 AM »
Title says it all. $35 shipped in the continental 48.
text me 413 313 3694

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Sell and Swap / Re: WTB 21 frame
« Last post by paranoidmexican on July 16, 2019, 01:10:35 PM »
would 20.75 be ok? i have a full chromo fit complete frame i'd sell you for like 40 shipped.
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