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Got sticky suspension?

Posted by RL Policar On August - 19 - 2014

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I believe the proper terms is: Stiction. This is when your fork isn’t buttery smooth, instead it sorta grabs or sticks when you’re squishing down on your fork or rear suspension. If you’re having issues, try this great product, it’s made by Finishline and it’s stanchion lube. Makes your fork and rear shocks super slippery.

I noticed that my KHS Lucky 7 was experiencing stiction the fork. This is common on Marzocchi forks, so I busted out my small bottle of this fancy lube and went to town.
finishline stanchion lube

Apply some on the felt pad that comes with the kit.

Then liberally apply on stanchions. After doing so, cycle or squish your forks up and down to ensure that the lube gets all the way down into the seals.
stanchion lube

That’s it! This should help your stiction issues on your fork or shock.

A Must Have tool: Pro Grabit

Posted by RL Policar On July - 8 - 2014

Pro grabit
So are you wondering what this thing does? Well it’s simple, it helps you remove stripped allen heads with ease. I’ve actually featured this tool before. But recently I used it on my motorcycle. I needed to remove a engine guard, but the allen heads were stripped on the screw.

This was the screw that I removed by using the Pro Grabit.
pro grabit

5 years ago, I demonstrated how well this Pro Grabit works on this video below. I paid $20 for the little kit, but have used it in various applications through out the years. Trust me, get one of these and it will pay for itself in no time!

Want a peak?

Posted by RL Policar On March - 20 - 2014

Don’t worry I won’t call you a peeping tom….Anyhow, do you remember the other day I posted some sort of Surly Singulator and a cog? Well here’s a sneak peak on what I’ve got going on. Here is Burt Reynolds in all his awkwardly gloriness!

Behold! A very confusing looking 29er mtb that sorta looks like a cross bike but not really.
burt reynolds redline d600

Before I go on with the build progress, let me fill you in on some history about this build. You see, the other day, our very own Adam Spik and I were working on LadyP’s new Titus Rockstar. I mentioned that I wanted to sell my 10speed shifters, derailleur and cog since I just wasn’t a fan of it. He said he’d take them. I told him that we should just do a trade. My 10speed Saint stuff for any single speed parts he has. You’re probably thinking that he made out in this trade, ya probably, but he’s a homie and homies help homies. Anyhow with this trade I received a Surly Single Speed kit, Tektro Mechanical Disc Brakes and rotors as well as a couple of cogs. Well now that I think about it, I may have gotten the better end of the deal.

Ok, let’s go back to the main reason why we’re here. We’re you wondering why it’s missing a front tire? Well the other day I was watching that show Hoarders Buried Alive and that got me motivated to do some spring cleaning in my garage. I’m actually what you call a Bike Hoarder. I’ve got well over 15 bicycles in my garage and shelves of bike parts. So I make myself watch Hoarders to keep me in check. Apparently I may have inadvertently thrown out my front tire and tube during my TV-Inspired surge of cleaning since I didn’t want to be a hoarder. So now I’m sourcing a new tire…

Right, now that you see what I’ve got going on, there’s already a few changes that I’ve made to this configuration. First up, I ordered me some Midge Bars and a luxurious set of micro fiber bar tape from Planet X.Why the Midge? Well just look at it! It’s bad ass. Besides the shallow/flared out drops allow for better control and leverage.
midge bar planet x
I’ve also swapped out the stem for something shorter, I’ve got short arms so it doesn’t make sense for me to be all stretched out on the bike.

I do have to thank Jack “Ghost Rider” Sweeney for donating the set of Tektro drop brake levers to this build. He did have a concern that they wouldn’t have enough leverage to work with the mechanical brakes I had. Fortunately, they were a matching brand and actually provided all the reach that I need to ensure proper stopping power.

So for now that’s where this project is at. I’ve bee subjected to waiting for parts once again. However, once I get those things in, I’m hoping to get Burt Reynolds back on the trail in no time!

Genuine Innovations Tubeless Ready Kit

Posted by RL Policar On March - 3 - 2014

So the package says you can convert tubeless ready rim to tubeless. The kit comes with Gorilla Tape, Slime Tubeless Sealant and a CO2 pump with 2, 20g cartridges as well as valve stems.
Genuine Innovations Tubeless ready kit on

From the way it looks, it’s a basically a Ghetto Tubeless kit that’s been neatly packaged. So I asked the rep I’m dealing with if this can be used with non-UST wheels and tires. He said to stick with UST since he wasn’t quite sure. Unfortunately, I don’t run UST gear, so I may just see how well it works for “ghetto” applications. Stay tuned for the review.

A tool that every home mechanic needs

Posted by RL Policar On February - 20 - 2014

This was one of those tools that I for years I avoided getting because for the most part, quick links on a chain is fairly easy to undo. For some odd reason and perhaps it’s just me, but 10 speed chains with quick links seem to be harder to undo. So after trying for 30 minutes to try and remove the links, I decided to head over the LBS and get me the Park MLP-1.2. It’s also known as the Master Link Pliers.

Definitely worth the money

Depending on where you buy it, this tool will range from $15-$19+tax. Get one of these tools, I really doubt anything else in your tool box can  match the same function as the MLP-1.2 .

Build your own bike rack

Posted by RL Policar On January - 2 - 2014

Check out our sister site for this really great DIY on how to build your own bike rack with old pallets.
bike racks

Find out how you can do this by reading the rest of the article.

Working on a bike? Use a TV Dinner Tray/Table

Posted by RL Policar On December - 20 - 2013

When I’m working on my bikes, I have to switch from one too to another and often times I’ll have to set those tools down. The problem I have is that I didn’t have a place to set them down and because of my lack of attention, I’ll forget where I placed them. So I came up with this simple idea. I found this TV Tray/Table from the Goodwill for $5.
I keep it next to me when I’m wrenching on bikes. I had even thought about drilling some holes on it so I can insert my allen wrenches, screw drivers and other tools. Another idea I had was to install small hanging hooks on the end of the table so I can hang my pedal wrench or cone wrenches. I figured this was one way to help me keep somewhat organize. But based on that photo above, I may need more help…Oh by the way, this table it totally 29er and 650b compatible.

Update: Wolf Tooth Components

Posted by RL Policar On November - 12 - 2013

I wanted to give you an update on the Wolf Tooth Components chain ring. As you can see I went with a 32t chain ring in hopes that this will be enough for climbing and for speed.
wolf tooth components

As far as climbing goes, it’s a bit tougher since I don’t have a granny gear to go on. I haven’t had to walk up a hill and I’m expecting to get more accustomed to it and get stronger at the same time. But one of my favorite things so far with the Wolf Tooth is that it hasn’t dropped yet. Yes it’s absolutely true. I’ve taken it through some technical terrain where it was pretty bumpy all the way down. Just to mix things up, I’d pedal and shift at the same time to see if I can get the chain to jump off the ring. To my surprise, it hasn’t fallen off. I’ve had close to 80 miles on this chain ring and in all those miles, it continues to stay put. I’ll post a final review after I put in a few hundred more miles on it.

I’d like you to meet John…John Bon Jovi

Posted by RL Policar On October - 24 - 2013

Yes you read it right. This is Bon Jovi. He’s our latest build project here on Bask in the awesomeness of Bon Jovi for he is a Rockstar! A Titus Rockstar 29er to be exact.
Titus Rockstar 29er

So why did I chose the moniker for this build? Well duh…Bon Jovi is a Rockstar and so is this Titus. Makes perfect sense to me!
Titus rockstar

RockShox Monarch RT3 with 100mm of travel. titus rockstar

I like this nice little detail, a stainless steel chain suck shield protects the Full Carbon Construction rear swing arm. Yes you read it right, FULL CARBON in the rear!

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe this is the FRS rear suspension linkage being used on Bon Jovi.
titus mountain bikes

Check out these sexy chain and seat stays…bent and contoured for more clearance and all that fancy, dirty talk.
titus rockstar

Here’s another nice detail. An On-One Smoothie tapered headset with a reducer race.
mountain bike 29er

Behold what I can do in 20 minutes! Pressed the headset, installed the fork, wheels, stem and bars. I mated it with a Marzocchi 44 TST2-29. It’s got MAAAAD travel, hovering around 140mm, ya that’s like 5.5″ in American measurements. By the way those sticky tires are CST Dusters. They are wrapped around the Shimano MT55 29 wheels in white. But one thing I’m sure you all are already complaining about…”It would look better if that fork was white.” You know my response to that? “I wish I was taller…” But the thing is Capt. Obvious, one little detail you didn’t notice is this. the fork matches the rear shock’s color…of how I like my coffee and my men, BLACK. titus rockstar 29er
In the next few days as parts start to roll in, I’m hoping to get the brakes situated. I went budget conscience and stuck with a new set of Elixir 1…ya I know there are better brakes out there, but since I’m paying for this project and you’re not, we’re sticking with the Elixir 1′s.

One last little detail. Wolf Tooth Components sent us this fancy chain ring. That’s right Fart Faces, we’re going 1x! 1×9? 1×10? 1×1? Who knows! As we move forward with the build, we’ll keep you updated on the happenings.

Update on the Double Banger Tandem Project

Posted by RL Policar On October - 23 - 2013

On the latest update we had for the tandem project, NickD over at DiBlasi Engineering finished up some of the welding that needed to be done.

The first order of business was to install and weld on the cross bar that goes between the captain and stoker seat tubes. This helps to reinforce the structure and to provide some rigidity so it won’t flex…or at least I think that’s what it’s supposed to do. I forgot exactly how NickD explained it all.
custom tandem

In this photo, NickD had to cut the welds he made on the top tubes to make sure the cross bar would fit properly. See that keg in the background. For fun, he’ll lift it over his head…ya something about working out so he can be strong when he works out.

Here he is adding the final touches to the EBB that was custom made.
custom made tandem

Tada! Pretty nice eh?!
EBB custom tandem

Here’s the front triangle with the cross bar installed and all the welds completed.
hand made tandem

We still have a few more steps to complete. One of them would have to be installing cable/brake mounts throughout the frame. We actually only need 3 of those total. Once those are done, we’ll have it powder coated.
NickD and his handywork


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