Tag: Basic Knowledge

  • Read This Before Throwing Your Carbon Post In an Alloy Frame 

    Read This Before Throwing Your Carbon Post In an Alloy Frame 

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends  Here’s an important tip: Before installing a carbon seat post in an alloy frame, apply a thin film of carbon assembly paste on the seat post to increase friction (reduce clamping requirements) and eliminate the chance of galvanic corrosion.  Otherwise, the carbon seat post may get stuck in the frame,…

  • A Must-Know Peculiarity of Road Levers

    A Must-Know Peculiarity of Road Levers

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Today, I am going to reveal a peculiarity of road levers that every road cyclist has to know.  Regular road levers are engineered for short-pull brakes and should not be combined with V-brakes. Short and Long Pull Brakes Mechanical/cable brakes divide into short and long pull depending on the cable’s…

  • The Worst Dropouts For a Fixie Conversion 

    The Worst Dropouts For a Fixie Conversion 

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Today, I will talk about fixie conversion as I know this is a hot topic in the cycling community.  One of the most important things to know is to never use a frame with vertical dropouts(VDs) to build your fixie. VDs make it very difficult if not impossible to properly…

  • One More Bike Maintenance Mistake Exposed (don’t be stupid)

    One More Bike Maintenance Mistake Exposed (don’t be stupid)

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends It’s time to expose one more bike maintenance mistake that rookies might be doing (or planning to). Can you guess what it is?  Lubricating your cassette  Yeah. That’s correct. Some people actually think that should be done. The reality?  The cogs of a bike cassette do not require any lubrication. …

  • Aero Spokes Can Go To Hell (as far as I’m concerned)

    Aero Spokes Can Go To Hell (as far as I’m concerned)

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends I have a confession to make – I think that Aero Spokes (ASs) are simply not worth the investment/trouble. You can call me a hater if you want, but this is how I see things. Standard spokes are just fine for 99.9% of the population.  But let’s not be too…

  • Rotor Compatibility Is About Parameters, Not Brands

    Rotor Compatibility Is About Parameters, Not Brands

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends I wanted to share a principle that many people (not only in the bike industry) follow, namely – obsession with brands.  A lot of people are too concerned with being “loyal” to a brand as if you’ve signed a contract with the manufacturer. The truth is that as long as…

  • A Useful Chain Link Tip I Learned As an Apprentice 

    A Useful Chain Link Tip I Learned As an Apprentice 

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends As I wrote in the previous post, the other day I spent an afternoon as an apprentice in a bike shop (otherwise I work in a warehouse for the time being.)  And I wanted to share one more tip that I learned there.  As I was reconnecting the chain of…

  • What An Awesome Day! My bike mechanic experience…

    What An Awesome Day! My bike mechanic experience…

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends I got to spend an afternoon at a local bike shop where I met an old acquaintance of mine from a local skate park.  He offered me to stay in the shop and just observe how they work. Of course, I ended up doing some work on a few bikes…

  • 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…