Beta Noob's Tale

Discussion in 'Blogs & Bathroom Remodeling' started by C8N, Nov 11, 2014.

  1. 1sh0t1b33r

    1sh0t1b33r Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Orange County, NY
    If it's wire bead tire, was the wire bent or broken? Looks f'd. 100psi sounds like a lot for a 1.25 as well. People run like 80 or less in a 28mm.
     
  2. soundz

    soundz The Hat Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Fort Lee?
    it's getting ready to explode
     
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  3. huffster

    huffster Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't trust that tire.
     
  4. C8N

    C8N Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Wayne
    Yes on wire bead but not sure if that's broken. I didn't notice anything odd when mounting the tire but that doesn't mean it wasn't.
    Err... I guess I'll stop riding it until I get it back home for maintenance.
     
  5. C8N

    C8N Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Wayne
    Since the POSS is coming home this weekend for maintenance... I was thinking about giving it drop bars and putting on an old 5600 105 brifters. Would I be pushing it to be stolen?

    This is going to suck as I don't think I'll have time to ride the trails due to this. Will prolly spend @ 4hr just in transporting.
     
  6. C8N

    C8N Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Wayne
    $40 for both front and rear tire
    $20 for new U lock
    $15 for quill stem
    $9 for brake cable
    6hrs in the garage
    all this for the POSS.... WTF!!!

    Woke up at my usual time and took the 6:10AM bus into the city. Picked up the POSS and hopped on the 7:30AM bus back home.
    It appears that warping was on the rear tire as well. Took off the tires and looks like there are some tears. Not sure if this would have caused the tire to explode, but nonetheless... better safe than sorry.
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    Off to Walmart to pick up some cheap tires. While I was there, saw a Kryptonite U lock and had to buy it. The Bell U lock that I have sucks donkey ass. It locks into the holster/mount on the bike when not in use and it fell off the bike 3 times already while riding. You could prolly just pull on it and it will just come off. Also, the key would get stuck and its a real PIA.

    Tires are replaced and now, to attend to the grinding noise. First thing I noticed was that the chainring bolts were loose. Tightened and done and go on a test ride.... thug... thug... thug. Another weird noise and I can't seem locate where it is coming from. It only happens under load and doesn't manifest itself on the stand. I think I rode around the parking lot for about 3 miles trying to figure out where this noise was coming from. Last resort.... took apart the BB and regreased everything. It seems to have worked.... in hindsight, I think one of the cups might have been loose. Also installed the new quill stem. I couldn't sand it down to 21.15mm. Just didn't have the patience. I did sand it down quite a bit but not enough. I ended up hammering it in there. It murdered the stem but it worked. Because of the longer reach, also had to change the rear brake cable. The bike feels so much better. I no longer feel like I am riding a midget's bike. As a matter of fact... I am thinking about riding the POSS into the city tomorrow.

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    Oh yeah... I should prolly take off the bottle cage.
     
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  7. 1sh0t1b33r

    1sh0t1b33r Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Orange County, NY
    I love these caveman bike assembly stories. Keep them coming!

    Looks very hipster.
     
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  8. C8N

    C8N Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Wayne
    One of these days... the caveman technique is going to bite me in the ass and I'm going to fall on my face!
    But I guess I have some sense not to apply this on my good bikes... well... at least i limit the use on them... lol
     
  9. soundz

    soundz The Hat Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Fort Lee?
    That bike looks too small for you. I literally grease everything that goes on the bike except for grips and tires. Solved my creaking problems.
     
  10. C8N

    C8N Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Wayne
    I agree... and it feels small which is why I really wanted to cram that longer reach stem in there. Over the winter, I am going to look for a larger bike hopefully in aluminum to replace the POSS. I think it's called a GMC Denali which pops up every now and then on CL that I am keeping my eyes peeled for. I'm figuring it won't be more than $50 for the frame.
     
  11. C8N

    C8N Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Wayne
    Errr... got off the greenway and that thug is back...

    But the POSS feels good with the new rubber and shoulder feels better with the longer reach.
     
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  12. soundz

    soundz The Hat Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Fort Lee?
    I think u can get that bike for 100 complete at Walmart.
     
  13. C8N

    C8N Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Wayne
    It's a $170 bike at walmart... too much for the POSA :p
     
  14. soundz

    soundz The Hat Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Fort Lee?
    I have a Specialized Expedition frame set in L. (Paint is stripped). Want it?
     
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  15. C8N

    C8N Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Wayne
    Can I have your alleged bianchi?
    Btw... r u going to be at 6mr in running shoes?
     
  16. qclabrat

    qclabrat Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Warren
    that Specialized is a solid bike, if it's what I suspect it to be
    I'd take Jimmy on that offer.

    They are hand made in Japan with Ishiwata or Tange and have all the touring braze-ons
    It's the twin to the iconic Miyata 1000
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    Modern day tourers like the Rivendell AHH basically borrowed the Expedition geo from the 80s
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  17. soundz

    soundz The Hat Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Fort Lee?
    @qclabrat It's actually more like this one, lol:

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    Aluminum hybrid. I think it's 26".
     
  18. qclabrat

    qclabrat Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Warren
    Bummer, great commuter potential tho
     
  19. C8N

    C8N Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Wayne
    Forgot to mention... yesterday I noticed the reflector on the rear wheel of the POSS was upside down.
     

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