• An Important Point About Carbon Brake Pads 

    An Important Point About Carbon Brake Pads 

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Today, I will tell you an important characteristic of carbon brake pads – namely that you shouldn’t be using them with alloy/aluminum rims.  Why?  Many reasons: Since carbon isn’t very resistant to external abuse, carbon brake pads are softer and made of cork compounds. The softness of carbon pads results…

  • BMX Hub “Transplantation” On an HT

    BMX Hub “Transplantation” On an HT

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Today, I am going to talk about BMX hubs and the possibility of “transplanting them” on a hardtail (or full-suspension) MTB. MTB and BMX Hub Measurements The main hub measure is known as Over Locknut Dimension (O.L.D.) and refers to the usable part of the hub or the distance between…

  • BMX Bikes Will Forever Be Rigid (Sorry, suspension maniacs)

    BMX Bikes Will Forever Be Rigid (Sorry, suspension maniacs)

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Today, I am going to talk about BMX and suspension. I decided to make this post after a reader sent me an e-mail. BTW, thank you, Nick. I appreciate all e-mails – positive and negative.  Let’s go, fellas. The reality is this: You can’t equip a 20″ BMX with a…

  • Bike Theory For Dummies: Alloy and Steel Forks 

    Bike Theory For Dummies: Alloy and Steel Forks 

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends What’s up? I’ve had a pretty busy week. Hence the fewer posts this week. But today, I am coming back with vengeance.  I decided to make a piece that showcases the peculiarities of alloy (aluminum) and steel forks.  Let’s go, fellas. Endurance Limit and Compliance – Key Features Steel is…

  • The Mystic Rubber Tube Demystified

    The Mystic Rubber Tube Demystified

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends I am about to demystify another bike topic today.  Bike repair kits include tire patches, self-vulcanizing fluid, and a mysterious small rubber tube. The function of the patches and the cement is obvious, but the role of the rubber tube is a mystery to many people. No more.  The rubber…

  • The Ultimate Truth About Lugged and Unicrown Forks

    The Ultimate Truth About Lugged and Unicrown Forks

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Today, I am going to teach you everything you need to know about lugged and unicrown forks – the topic may sound complicated, but it’s not.  Let’s go Lugged Fork(LF) Lugged forks have legs pressed into a steel sleeve (lug) and secured via brazing. Brazing is a metal-joining process during…

  • Bike Theory For Dummies: Cottered And Cotterless Cranks Demystified

    Bike Theory For Dummies: Cottered And Cotterless Cranks Demystified

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Today’s lesson from the series Bike Theory for Dummies (BTFD) will tell you everything you need to know about cottered and cotterless cranks.  Let’s start with the basics. Cottered Cranks Cottered cranks go back to the ’70s. They attach to the bottom bracket spindle via a wedge inserted into the…

  • BMX Cranks Analysis

    BMX Cranks Analysis

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Today, I am going to analyze the two types of BMX cranks – 2-piece and 3-piece.  Let’s start with the basic definitions: Two-piece cranks (2PCs) are made of two distinct parts – a “free” crank arm plus a crank arm with a spindle attached to it. Three-piece Cranks (3PCs) include…

  • Bar End Shifters = The Classic Long-distance Choice

    Bar End Shifters = The Classic Long-distance Choice

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Long-distance cyclists are not as crazy about new technology as the MTB and road racing maniacs. Instead, the main priorities are reliability, serviceability, and convenience rather than speed.  For that reason, many equip their adventure bikes with bar-end shifters (BESs). Below is a list containing detailed characteristics that make bar-ends…

  • Carbon Cranks? No, thanks. I got metal.

    Carbon Cranks? No, thanks. I got metal.

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends I will make this post quick. In short, I don’t think beginners should invest in carbon cranks. The benefits (the main one is lighter weight) just aren’t worth it when you account for the price and the availability of decent alloy cranks.  The table below compares the weight of aluminum…