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  1. hy_tek

    How to stop brake pad squeeking?

    I cleaned the rims with alcohol. I took off the brake pads and used sandpaper to scuff them up. I put a rubber band on the rear of the brake pads to adjust for toe in before retightening them. Voila' the squeeking stopped....well for awhile...:(. I then went on a 36 mile trip on a local bike...
  2. hy_tek

    How to stop brake pad squeeking?

    That link has a wealth of very thorough and useful knowledge about cantilever brakes. I will try some of the suggestions today. The cycling community surely lost a great friend and asset upon his untimely passing. I did notice Sheldon did not suggest the "bending" or otherwise physically...
  3. hy_tek

    How to stop brake pad squeeking?

    Thank you for the comments. Is there any other way to clean a rim effectively without damaging your rim other than using a rimstone? What kind of material is this rimstone made from? It was suggested to me to use automotive type brake cleaner to clean the rims. My brakes are the older style...
  4. hy_tek

    How to stop brake pad squeeking?

    Any suggestions on how to stop brake pad squeeling on my Eagle Claw 2 brake pads. They were fine until recently but now squeel loudly when hard braking which is very annoying not to mention embarassing when you sound like and old dump truck coming to a stop. The pads are less than a year old and...
  5. hy_tek

    Hybrid tire recommendations please

    You mean to tell me that bikers curse?????...:eek: First global warming and now this....my world is shattered!!!!.....:D
  6. hy_tek

    Hybrid tire recommendations please

    I am a big guy at 6'3" tall and 260 pounds. Does my weight factor into what size tire I get or is this a non issue. Oh and thank you guys so much for your comments keep 'em coming. I read the wire beaded Marathons can be difficult for the average person to get on and off the rim is this...
  7. hy_tek

    Hybrid tire recommendations please

    My older model hybrid bike uses 700X38C tires and I need replacements. My current tires are cracking on the sidewall and they are the OEM tires that came with the bike. I figure they are just cheap generic tires to begin with since there is not even a brand name on them. I know nothing about...
  8. hy_tek

    Clueless which new tires for my hybrid bike.

    Thank you all for your suggestions. I really appreciate them.
  9. hy_tek

    Need tire pump recommendations

    I read reviews of people saying the plastic foot pedal and handle broke. I read another that said the plastic head broke off after a few uses. I don't know myself about the durability just that people reported the plastic parts breaking and pump failure in the reviews. This may be due to abuse...
  10. hy_tek

    Clueless which new tires for my hybrid bike.

    Nashbar sells this tire the Vittoria Randonneur Pro Touring Folding Tire is it a good tire for my purposes? How about the Continental Contact line. I would like something with relatively low rolling resistance and puncture protection.
  11. hy_tek

    Need tire pump recommendations

    I looked at the Road Morph and it frankly looks rather cheaply made of plastic except for the main cylinder. That was my first impression anyway.
  12. hy_tek

    Clueless which new tires for my hybrid bike.

    Well I may sound like a real noob now but the tubes are just 27" generic tubes I picked up at Walmart. Why would I need new tubes as long as it is still a 27" tire? I am just a recreational biker and don't really know the technical aspects of tubology. :)
  13. hy_tek

    Need tire pump recommendations

    Ok I like the Zefal HPX ASV pump but it comes in 4 sizes. My bike frame has a sticker on the vertical tube that holds the seat of 23 Inches. which would be a size #3. But if you use the dimensions from Zefals website you measure from the top of the tube end to the center of the crank which is...
  14. hy_tek

    Clueless which new tires for my hybrid bike.

    Can I go with that narrow a tire given my OEM tire I use now is 38mm wide?
  15. hy_tek

    Need tire pump recommendations

    I did some reading on the Road Morph and it seems many people comment it is cheaply made with plastic parts and that it breaks easily. A couple said it didn't work at all or deflated the tires upon connection. The foot brace and pump handle looked like cheaply made plastic. I am going to my...
  16. hy_tek

    Need tire pump recommendations

    They seem to make 2 types one with a dial gauge and one with an inline gauge which is a bit cheaper. I am really only going to use it for emergencies since I have an air compressor at my home to fill the tires. I am only familiar with the schrader valves on tubes does this work with both...
  17. hy_tek

    Clueless which new tires for my hybrid bike.

    I have a Giant Nutra cross/hybrid bike I think you call it. I need some new tires. I am overwhelmed at the sheer number of types and sizes available online. My current original OEM tire size is 700 X 38C. My riding is primarily on trips of no more than 30 miles. 90%+ of my riding is on asphalt...
  18. hy_tek

    Need tire pump recommendations

    I need a good tire pump to take with me on cross bike trips. I had a cheap pump and had a flat ten miles from home and ended up walking the bike back home the entire way. The pump wouldn't even fill the tires. You get what you pay for. I want something that is reliable and durable. Thanks for...
  19. hy_tek

    Help me select a basic bike computer please

    Ah but Scotty 'ole boi.....what about the excitement of the hunt?.....why do you think Ebay is so popular?....People pay more than list price many times just because they get caught up in the excitement of the dealing process ( not too bright people I might add) ;) I understand your...
  20. hy_tek

    Help me select a basic bike computer please

    Funny thing about me...I would rather just give someone $10 than throw away $10 on some useless product...but hey that's me.... (now don't you ask me for 10 bucks smart ass...:)...just kidding )