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New Website

We are in the process of updating this fine old “classic” website. Our own Todd has taken on the task of installing an eleven speed drive train on this old french threaded biFiled under: Uncategorized

It clicks when I pedal

On the way into work a few Saturdays ago I found myself  listening to "Car Talk" on NPR. It got me thinking about what a similar bike realted call in show would sound like. In reality, I think, it would be pretty dull. The reason being I feel like about half of the calls would be someone complaining about a clicking sound when they pedal. Usually just under increased torque (climbing, standing, etc). The guys on "Car Talk" might just suggest turning up your iPod, which would work.

However 95% of the time one of the follwoing needs to be tightened or greased:

-pedals

-bottom bracket

-chainring bolts

-crank bolts

Some of these things require special tools to remove, inspect, and grease. However most of the time, the chainring bolts just use a 5mm hex wrench. They are also the most likely to be causing the noise, especially if they are the alloy chainring bolts that are very common on higher end cranksets. If  you have ten minutes, a 5mm hex wrench,  and some grease you can get working on eliminating that click. Pull each bolt in turn, grease the threads, and then grease the hole in the chainring that the bolt sits in.  Tighten down and you're ready to go. Now your iPod can be returned to a reasonable volume.

Crit season! (Volunteer Park 2014)

Short & sweet: RCR held it down for one of our home races. RORY JACK, donning the RCR kit and riding it to 2nd place in Cat 3! Stew Bowerman, snagging 8th place in the Cat 4 sprint. Erica Lengacher dusting off the bike for her first race of 2014 and bagging 6th place in W […]