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re: singlespeed wheel removal
Can you get quicklinks for single speed? All I know is that the chain is a bit wider, and I've only seen quicklinks for 7, 8, 9 and 10 speed.
quick question - am i right that all i need to remove these hollow Truvativ gxp chainsets is this tool from wiggle
LifeLine Shimano/Truvativ Hollowtech Bottom Bracket Too
thanks , i was wondering why the open ended ones would be good. i see now. so the cranks just go on with an allen key i guess.
one other thing - the threads - do you put loctite on them or anti-seize?
And yes, just allen key for the cranks (assuming it's like Shimano), but you need a special tool to tension the endcap, Park do a dual ended one that has the BB at one end, and the plastic cap adapter on the other.
I'm in the market for a second hand wheel (8 spd shimano) that I can stick a turbo tyre on - do you have any suggestions for websites to keep an eye on? Ebay and bikeradar already added to the favourites list.
hmm, no sign of an end cap on the one i bought. will check in detail when i get home.
FF, I picked up a pair of wheels for my turbo bike from LBS. Ok I spend lots there, but they were free cos they were going to lob them. The rear is a really worn out (like concave!) open pro rim on a duraace hub, and the front an old alex rim on some hub Ive never heard of. I even thought about breaking them down and whipping the DA hub out the back one, but just CBA, seeing as the rim is so worn the hub must have 1000s miles on it.
If your LBS does loads of repairs they are bound to have an old snotty wheel or two lying about.
FB - thanks alot for that. that's perfect. i'll take it apart this evening and make sure all the bits are there.
And that's the end of it
ITM are pretty middle of the road servicable and safe. Main thing is to fond the pair with the reach / drop / wiidth that you want. Stems, I'd prefer to stick with 4 bolts for extra safety, but it's no real biggie. Only thing you may want to look for is if you want oversize or not, consider tri-bar clamps, although most are suitable for both now and if the OS bar is tapered as that can prevent clip ons staying put.
Planet x have some cheapish bars, or anything off Chainreaction.
Eh up, anyone know whether there's much to choose between tyres and puncture protection?
Maybe I'm just lucky but I've had what must be several thousand miles of completely puncture-free cycling until Saturday when I had one on a Schwalbe Lugano, which I've only used for about 500 miles. I happen to have a pair of Continental Gatorskins on my other (not being used) bike - would I be better off sticking these on? Do they offer genuinely better puncture protection?