What did you do to your bike today?


#17761

saturday AM i got 2 pinch flats in <250m


#17762

Used the Fatty Stripper kit to mount Nates on my Rolling Darryl rims tubeless. Once I figured out how to use the foam backing rods, it was shockingly easy! (with a compressor). I forgot to check on them this morning but it seems like they are holding air pretty well. 8 psi is kind of high for those tires but the bike rides nicer than I would have expected, rode it over some curbs and was fairly happy. Now I just need to make plans to go to the beach to take advantage of it.


#17763

I’m going to do that this week on some 50mm wide rims with cutouts and those 3.8" Larry tires. Kind of wondering if I should’ve gotten the foam rods too…


#17764

Started stripping parts of the Seldom Seen in preparation for building up the Vaya. Fancy carbon SRAM Boost wheels can’t be re-spaced so they’re going on craigslist or eBay.


#17765

Swapped the kinetic chair-pole from the wifes 26er SC Superlight to my SC Tallboy. Hopefully I don’t disgrace myself so much on the descents in tonight’s LBS ride. Replaced rear pads on Tallboy with some organic ones, as I couldn’t get metal ones. A friend told me he “cycled” his organic pads to improve their longevity. Something he learnt form go-kart racing. I had never heard of this before. Is this a thing ?


#17766

Rotating the pads, like car tires? Nutty


#17767

Nah, thermally cycling them, like some kind of controlled repeated braking efforts or something like that? To harden them I guess.


#17768

As far as I can tell, the rods just help make more of a seal between the tire and the rim strip while you’re setting the bead. When I’d used some actual tubeless Vee Rubber tires and set them up tubeless on the same rims with Gorilla Tape, I had a helluva time setting the bead because it wasn’t tight enough. I think I basically was using the ratchet strap method and an air compressor when I finally got those to seat. With the fatty stripper/foam backing rods, the bead of the tire sits against the rods and that really helped when I hit it with the compressor, basically set the bead without any shenanigans. Reminds me, I forgot to check on them again this morning!


#17769

Yeah I emailed Jim and that is what he told me as well.


#17770

Nah, thermally cycling them, like some kind of controlled repeated braking efforts or something like that? To harden them I guess.[/quote]

To deposit frictive material on the rotors. You point down a hill and do repeated braking not-quite-to-a-stop to get the pads hot enough to bake off some resin, which attaches to the rotors and makes the braking better because raw steel is slippery. You don’t come to a complete stop in this process because you want an even coating.


#17771

Nah, thermally cycling them, like some kind of controlled repeated braking efforts or something like that? To harden them I guess.[/quote]

To deposit frictive material on the rotors. You do repeated braking to get the pads hot enough to bake off some resin, which attaches to the rotors and makes the braking better. You don’t come to a complete stop because you want an even coating.[/quote]
That sounds like it, said he used to do it in Kart racing. I’d never heard of it before.


#17772

On the sweet cannondale LB has, today I took off the regular shimano downtube stops and installed some campy “flatback” stops. Now there is no gap where the DT shifters used to be, and it looks much better (to the nerd eye. normies wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.)

We like to take care of the important things around here.


#17773

Nah, thermally cycling them, like some kind of controlled repeated braking efforts or something like that? To harden them I guess.[/quote]

To deposit frictive material on the rotors. You do repeated braking to get the pads hot enough to bake off some resin, which attaches to the rotors and makes the braking better. You don’t come to a complete stop because you want an even coating.[/quote]
That sounds like it, said he used to do it in Kart racing. I’d never heard of it before.[/quote]
I was taught that this was the thing that you had to do to get brake pads burned in.

In hindsight, that might have been an excuse to bomb the big hill behind the shop. But we took our responsibility to go really fast and not stop on other peoples’ bikes very seriously.


#17774

As far as I can tell, the rods just help make more of a seal between the tire and the rim strip while you’re setting the bead. When I’d used some actual tubeless Vee Rubber tires and set them up tubeless on the same rims with Gorilla Tape, I had a helluva time setting the bead because it wasn’t tight enough. I think I basically was using the ratchet strap method and an air compressor when I finally got those to seat. With the fatty stripper/foam backing rods, the bead of the tire sits against the rods and that really helped when I hit it with the compressor, basically set the bead without any shenanigans. Reminds me, I forgot to check on them again this morning![/quote]
I didn’t use the foam rods when I set mine up and everything just popped into place when I hit it with the compressor.


#17775

I think it’s supposed to depend on the rims. They’re only recommended for older ones that weren’t necessarily meant to be run tubeless.


#17776

Obsessively refreshing ruiner fork tracking, which seems to be some sort of quantum thing as it’s flipping back and forth between arriving tomorrow and who the fuck knows.


#17777

[quote=puelnewdle]Obsessively refreshing ruiner fork tracking, which seems to be some sort of quantum thing as it’s flipping back and forth between arriving tomorrow and who the fuck knows.

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Very much in the same boat this week


#17778

I bought a cheap takeoff wheelset for the stoemper while I save money to build something baller. The wheels had mad ugly decals. I tested a bit of paint stripper and the decals came off super easy.

So today I paint stripped the $100 wheels for my stupid expensive bike I have no right to own. A true testament to how I live my life.


#17779

Took it out of it’s box, then put it right back inside.


#17780

WOW and HY