Sunday, February 28, 2010

I'm still learning how to post and edit posts. I can use all the help I can get and I want to thank Old Metal guy for asking me to fix my main picture. It fits a lot better now. All I have to do now is figure out how to make my posts fit better. Old Metal dude, got any suggestions? Also, congrats on the purchase of a new/used T-Max. I'm jealous. One more thing, You're right. Those are two differant grips all together and no, they are not going to do anything about it. Live and learn... Talk to you Quick!!!!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Here are the finish cleats. As you can see they fit nice and flush with the bottom of the shoe.

Here are the cleats temporally affixed to the bottom of the shoe for marking purposes.

These photos are showing the marks where I needed to cut and the finished
cut. I did clean the area where the cleat meets the bottom of the shoe so that it would sit nice and tight.

And here is the finished shoe. The cleat is placed perfectly on the ball of my foot to give me maximum pedaling power and comfort. I'll show the shoes on the pedals on another day. But for now I am happy how they turned out and I hope you enjoyed this little project. Talk to you quick!!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Okay not much to add today but I installed my new SwissStop brake pads and the look pretty good. Lets hope the work as well as they look. Plus I'm still in a holding pattern with my new/used Pace fork. It's somewhere in the State of New York and hopefully it will be arriving soon. But if you remember I am still working on my patients so when it comes in, it comes in. So I keep telling myself. Well,I'm off like a dirty shirt. Talk to you quick!!!!!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Okay, here is what the guy from eBay has to say about the grips, "The curve is the indentation. That is all there is. The other photo just has an reflection on it. There is not an additional indentation....." Sales@BicycleSupply.Com Alright, now you guys be the judge. Does it or does it not look like there is a place for your thumb to "go into" on the grips? Or does it just sit flat on a curve? I would love to hear what everyone else thinks or am I just "crazy?" Talk to you quick!!!!

While I was putting my grips on I noticed that they were the wrong grips. On the photo it shows indentations where your thumbs are to go. The grips I was sent have no indentations. I wish I would have noticed this before I gave a possitive feedback. Now it is going to be a wait and see moment. Let's wait to see if they will send me the right grips. Basically they don't have to since I gave them a possitive feedback but if they're an honest eBay store they will take them back without question. I'll wait and see. Talk to you quick!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I have been kindof busy the last couple of days with putting on the new/used bar and new pedals. Still waiting on the fork, it's coming from Sweden so I have no idea of how long it will take to get here. I'm pretty stoked to get it and to install it. It should make a huge differance in the handling and the ride. Heres a couple of photos to keep you guys juiced up..

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Hey peeps, I'm just chill'in this weekend. I'm waiting for all of my new goodies to come in. I did purchase some new grips. Portland Speed Metal lock on grips. They are pretty sweet! And at 80 grams light too. So once again my bike is in pieces. I'll post some photos this weekend so we can follow the progress of the new upgrades. Talk to you quick!!!!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hey everyone, now it looks like I can get a great deal on a Easton EC90 handlebar weighing in at 90 to 99 grams. It's used but that's okay. I'll pay up to $60.00 for it so that proves my point, that to save weight will cost you around $40.00 a once. That's still cheaper than coke or heroin but I wouldn't know anything about those two. "wink, wink" Talk to you quick!!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hey everyone, I just bought a new old stock pair of Aerolite TiTanium pedals. The first 3 pic are what they look like from the companies website and the last is the pair I purchased for $60.00. I have read some not too good reviews but I haven;t tried then yet so I am still upbeat. Here is alittle from the company: "At 33grams, the pedals are the lightest in the worlf. The pedal and shoe clip weigh less that 100 grams per pair. They are the strongest pedals available. They have been measured to 3620 pounds in a shear test. No rider limit. The lowest bearing friction is provided by the Turcite bearing. They have a safe exit method by foot supination, a natural ankle motion."
What do you guys think? Talk to you quick!!!!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

We have another follower!! Welcome! So to great our new follower here are some pics of the new/used Pace suspension fork I just picked up from one of our friends across the pond. I think I mention awhile back about purchasing a Pace fork. It was between a Rock Shox Sid or the Pace. Since this is a budget bike and I wasn't going to go nuts and buy a SID which is around 2 to 3 hundred dollars for a used one and not to mention then trying to find one with a 1 inch steerer tube. Did I also mention that Pace is now DT Swiss? Yes, it is a little rough but I do have a guy that will print out new stickers/decals for the fork. So I got that covered, "which is nice." To quote a line from one of the best movies ever. "Caddy Shack" Guess what else I'm thinking about doing? I might be moving towards disc brakes. I am researching weights and brands as we speak. We are looking at the "Stans" aluminum rotors (53 grams each) and the "Shimano XTR BR-M965F" caliper (81grams each). That's pretty light! I'd take the hit on weight for the look and the stopping power of disc brakes. Wouldn't you agree? Okay, I think I have said enough for now. Always leave them wanting more, I always say........ Talk to you quick!!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I'm back and with new pictures of some of the new hardware. I hope you like them.... I tried to do the before and after photo style but I got it backwards. So sue me, "right"? Honestly, the pictures don't do the upgrades justice. It looks so much better in person. I am truely happy with the way my bike has turned out so far so now I have to start looking for either a new hobby or a new life. I'm looking at upgrading my fork. I'm thinking either a Pace carbon fork or a Rock Shox SID. But the Sid is hard to find with a 1" steerer tube and the Pace are fairly common but I'll have to purchase it from someone over in jolly ole England. Right now a guy is getting back to me on if he can switch my cro-mo steerer to an aluminum steerer that I purchased awgile ago. If he can, that would be great but for how much? "Right?" I'm reading these mountain bike magazines and they are telling me that I should just buy a new bike instead of doing upgrades. That's because I have the 1" steerer tube. So that limits me on any long travel forks. I'd put my 15 plus year old bike up against any brandnew bike anyday. "With a long travel fork of course." Other than the fork, my T-Max is race ready and in the hands of a seasoned rider, I have no-doubts that he would place in the top 10. Ponder that people!!!!! Talk to you quick!!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Hey everyone, while I am on a short work stoppage. Here are acouple of cool sites to visit if you are a weight weenie and acouple of sites for the best prices to purchase TiTanium or Aluminum bolts/nuts/& washers.
WeightWeenies. Com
I'll try to add some new piuctures shortly. Talk to you quick!!!