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  1. #1576
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    Yes, it goes away when standing after a couple pedal strokes? It is a brand new bike. I'm hitting the chain ring tonight and if that doesn’t get it, taking it to a shop.

  2. #1577
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    Yeah, like andeh said, direct mount chainring loosening up would be my guess

  3. #1578
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    SRAM gx., I’ll check each bolt. I always loctite them, but hadn’t on this bike yet.

  4. #1579
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    Changed pedals. Hit the sprocket. Creak gone. Yeah!!

  5. #1580
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    Quote Originally Posted by jm2e View Post
    Saddle rails. Every time.


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    I spent a few days frustrated until I finally figured this out. A bit of chainsaw chain oil (nice and thick) applied to the clamps solved it.

  6. #1581
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    Buying a new $$$$ bike, called the shop to tell them when I'm coming to pick it up and the tires are flat and not yet set up tubeless when I arrive.


    They also didn't lube the chain. Rant-worthy or maybe the sticky grease chains come packed with is ok for a few rides?

  7. #1582
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaleia View Post
    Buying a new $$$$ bike, called the shop to tell them when I'm coming to pick it up and the tires are flat and not yet set up tubeless when I arrive.


    They also didn't lube the chain. Rant-worthy or maybe the sticky grease chains come packed with is ok for a few rides?
    YMMV, but I soak all new chains in degreaser (as in remove from bike and put in jar to soak) to get rid of that sticky grease.

    Some people think that factory grease is the best chain lube ever and soaking in degreaser will drastically shorten the life of a chain. I think that factory grease is a grit magnet and is the surest way to wear out a drivetrain fast.
    Quote Originally Posted by powder11 View Post
    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

  8. #1583
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chupacabra View Post
    YMMV, but I soak all new chains in degreaser (as in remove from bike and put in jar to soak) to get rid of that sticky grease.

    Some people think that factory grease is the best chain lube ever and soaking in degreaser will drastically shorten the life of a chain. I think that factory grease is a grit magnet and is the surest way to wear out a drivetrain fast.
    Yeah, I know there's some debate over this but I'm leaning that way as well. Do you go the full kerosene route or use a 'bike' degreaser?

  9. #1584
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    I always leave the factory grease on. As noted, there are pros and cons, but the main upside is that I'm lazy and not doing anything about it is far easier than doing something about it.

  10. #1585
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    Quote Originally Posted by toast2266 View Post
    I always leave the factory grease on. As noted, there are pros and cons, but the main upside is that I'm lazy and not doing anything about it is far easier than doing something about it.
    This FTW.

  11. #1586
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaleia View Post
    Yeah, I know there's some debate over this but I'm leaning that way as well. Do you go the full kerosene route or use a 'bike' degreaser?
    I use Simple Green for bike degreaser duties -- have a spray bottle diluted 50/50 with water for chain-on-the-bike drivetrain cleaning, and a jar with a little heavier concentration (maybe 60/40) for soaking the chain.

    The initial degreasing of the factory chain lube takes awhile with that concentration. It's sticky, tenacious stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by powder11 View Post
    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

  12. #1587
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    Is this every chain manufacturer? I've never even noticed when buying a new bike.

  13. #1588
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    Sometimes the OEM lube/grease is so thick it affects shifting in the stand. Then I add lube.
    I donít worry about chain life. Itís gonna wear out whether I care or not.


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    If you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it tubeless, I will. I got spare time.

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    As I said, YMMV on the degreasing. I prefer to use a dry lube that doesn't attract dirt. Drivetrains on our bikes last a long time. But, I live in the desert and rarely ride in mud, rain, or even creek crossings. If I rode somewhere it rained a lot, sticky tenacious chain lube would probably work better than what I do now.
    Quote Originally Posted by powder11 View Post
    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

  15. #1590
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    Too many huckleberries on the higher mountain trails. A total distraction. Hard to stay focused on the pedaling when your wife wants to stop and pick.

    Also roots and rocks in the trail makes it too bouncy on the way down.

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  16. #1591
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    Bought some 700c road tubes last year. Don't get flats often but when I went to use a tube I found it has a Schrader valve. Wtf!

    In what alternate reality would these be used?

  17. #1592
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    Quote Originally Posted by simple View Post
    Bought some 700c road tubes last year. Don't get flats often but when I went to use a tube I found it has a Schrader valve. Wtf!

    In what alternate reality would these be used?
    Commuter bike? Nice to be able to use a gas station air pump.

  18. #1593
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    Quote Originally Posted by sethschmautz View Post
    Too many huckleberries on the higher mountain trails. A total distraction. Hard to stay focused on the pedaling when your wife wants to stop and pick.

    Also roots and rocks in the trail makes it too bouncy on the way down.

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    Effing nature. I'm getting a Peloton.

  19. #1594
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    Quote Originally Posted by toast2266 View Post
    I always leave the factory grease on. As noted, there are pros and cons, but the main upside is that I'm lazy and not doing anything about it is far easier than doing something about it.
    Well said. I just throw the lube on top and ride away.

  20. #1595
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    I wipe off as much as I can and give it a couple of lube/cleaning sessions with the r&r gold. The packaging grease seems to be more for anti-corrosion purposes and pretty thick.

    Anyway, had my first e-bike on a non motorized trail encounter today. Went past a stopped group, going uphill, suddenly there's this guy behind me. Which was kind of surprising because I'm reasonably fast for around here and was on my cross bike. So I let him by. E-bike. I say "uh, I don't think you can ride that here."

    His response: "well, apparently I can, because I'm doing it." Then he stops, goes back down the trail. So, he just wanted to show that he could ride uphill faster than me on his ebike I guess. I probably should have taken a picture and shamed him on the local cycling fb group.

  21. #1596
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaleia View Post
    Buying a new $$$$ bike, called the shop to tell them when I'm coming to pick it up and the tires are flat and not yet set up tubeless when I arrive.


    They also didn't lube the chain. Rant-worthy or maybe the sticky grease chains come packed with is ok for a few rides?
    The only time I ever use a teflon type lube is on a brand new chain after riding it 2 or 3 times. At that point that sticky grease has started to wear out and the solvent that keeps the flakes in suspension breaks down what's left. After that I let it dry, usually overnight, and then hit it with DuMonde Tech.

  22. #1597
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    You people make chains way more complicated than they are.

  23. #1598
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidwoo View Post
    You people make chains way more complicated than they are.
    This^^^
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    the situation strikes me as WAY too much drama at this point

  24. #1599
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    People hitting me. I rode mid day through the three day weekend and I now understand why hikers hate us.. seriously, there are shit tons of people riding beyond there abilities resulting in one hit a three misses by inches on one freakin trail that has no redeeming downhill value other than proximity to shuttle.

  25. #1600
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    What trail?
    There's nothing better than sliding down snow... flying through the air.

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