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It’s good to have help.


It was a pretty nice day out yesterday, so I took the opportunity to clean up some bike drive trains while the weather is still good.  While I was doing this, I enlisted the help of my roommate as a mechanic. He’s an expert, and he helps me to keep the rides in top-notch condition.


Dead Smarties

RIP Crank Bros Smarties, 2008ish-2011

Well, that’s that.  The drivetrain on my commuter bike has been making some nasty sounds this week, ever since a very wet ride home last Wednesday.  I put it up on the stand last night to check it out, and though the drive-side crank was a tad loose, the bulk of the problem was that the pedals are toast.  Rest in peace, Crank Bros Smarty pedals.  The $20 I spent on you bought me roughly 3000km of commuting on several bikes and through several winters before you finally succumbed to your own cheapness.

I would buy them again in a heartbeat because they just work, and they were so so cheap.  Thankfully, I had a spare pair of eggbeaters that I could install.  They are definitely nicer, and the zero play in the pedal bodies versus the several millimeters of play on the outgoing Smarties is not anything to discount!

I can stop again!

Brake parts - DBA rotors, Endless pads

So, I took my car in for a regularly scheduled service a couple months ago (48000 km).  They informed me that my front brakes were down to 10%, and the rears at 30%.  So, need to do brakes.  The quote on parts I got for just the front brakes was a whopping $1700.  Uhh, yeah, so too steep.  I mean, it is a performance car with performance parts and I am expecting to pay a bit of a premium, but that is just unacceptable.  As I am really working on learning more and self-improving, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to research an alternative and do the work myself (with help from a couple of friends).

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