• A Useful Thing To Know About Shimano Cranks 

    A Useful Thing To Know About Shimano Cranks 

    from Rookie’s keyboard, Hello, friends Today, I am going to tell you a little-known peculiarity (at least among rookies) about Shimano’s cranks. Here’s the thing… I learned the hard way that only Shimano’s square taper cranks can be used with a SRAM bottom bracket. The rest of SRAM’s BBs are proprietary and thus incompatible. To…

  • Ghost Pedaling Explained In ELI5 Fashion

    Ghost Pedaling Explained In ELI5 Fashion

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends It’s a hot sunny Saturday afternoon where I live – an ideal time to write a post on a popular issue, namely – “ghost pedaling”. Don’t worry. This is a metaphor. We won’t be calling ghosts to steal your bike. Joking aside, ghost pedaling is essentially rotations of the cranks…

  • 11spd Cassettes Are Weirder Than I Thought (another warehouse post)

    11spd Cassettes Are Weirder Than I Thought (another warehouse post)

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends The other day, I had a weird experience with an 11-28 (11spd) cassette that I was trying to install on a friend’s 10-speed hub.  In short, it didn’t work well. I was quite surprised and decided to perform a thorough investigation as to why.  I learned the truth. And today,…

  • Yesterday I Made a Dumb Bike Pedal Mistake (but fixed it)

    Yesterday I Made a Dumb Bike Pedal Mistake (but fixed it)

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Unfortunately, I have to report a mistake that I made yesterday due to the lack of knowledge.  Accidentally (although they say there is no such thing as a coincidence), I went into a new bike shop in town and saw that they had MTB Crank Brothers pedal on clearance and…

  • Analyzing The Frame Fit Of The Pros

    Analyzing The Frame Fit Of The Pros

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Today, I am going to analyze the frame sizes and fits of the pros. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time but didn’t have the opportunity due to my demanding warehouse job. But I guess, every post has its day. If you observe the road bikes of professional…

  • DJ Sizing For Total Rookies (ultra-complete guide with graphs)

    DJ Sizing For Total Rookies (ultra-complete guide with graphs)

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Dirt jumping (DJ) isn’t nearly as popular as MTB and road cycling. As a result, people have a harder time finding information when it comes to fit and size. But today, I will make the selection process easier by giving you the most detailed guide on the topic ever. Factors…

  • The Weird Compatibility Of 11-speed Hubs (part 1)

    The Weird Compatibility Of 11-speed Hubs (part 1)

    from Rookie’s keyboard, Hello, friends Today’s lesson is about 11-speed cassettes and their overall “weirdness” from the perspective of compatibility. I think that many of you will be interested to learn the technicalities below. Let’s go. Cassette and Freehub Body Width MTB Despite what one may naturally assume, the widths of 8/9/10 and 11-speed cassettes…

  • The Magic of 9-speed Derailleurs (some secret tips)

    The Magic of 9-speed Derailleurs (some secret tips)

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Today, I am going to share a little secret that you might not be aware of regarding 9spd rear derailleurs. Of course, if you aren’t a rookie, you may already know the info.  The secret?  Well, you can effectively combine a Shimano’s 9spd RD with 7 and 8 cassettes. However,…

  • An Important Thing To Know About Narrow-Wide Chainrings

    An Important Thing To Know About Narrow-Wide Chainrings

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Today, I will shed some light on narrow-wide chainrings as they are becoming increasingly popular and many rookies wonder whether they can be combined with a variety of chains. Narrow-wide chainrings are thin because they’re built for multi-speed bikes with cassettes/freewheels. Therefore, by default, you have to use a chain…

  • Strategies For Dealing With “Runaway” Spoke Nipples 

    Strategies For Dealing With “Runaway” Spoke Nipples 

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Today, I will teach you how to deal with annoying spoke nipples that fall into the rim and refuse to get out. That’s a fairly common issue that you will face when re-building a wheel.  (And by the way, thank you for the nice e-mails, lately.) If a nipple falls…