Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Part 1 - Introduction: The various chemicals used for assembly a bike

A four part post series on the basics of using engineering compounds in high performance applications.

So the parts are coming in slowly for my Element Team RSL build up. Let's cover how to properly assembly your bicycle at the very beginning. Doing a proper build from the beginning ensure reliability at the end. DNF at a race because you had a mechanical is not the way to win. You have to finish in order to win.

You may not realize this, but many of the research and development done for aerospace applies directly to your high performance bicycle. Bicycles these days rely heavily on carbon fibre, high strength aluminum alloy, titanium fasteners, to keep the weight down but the performance up.

Here are the 6 main chemicals/compounds needed to assemble the basics on your bike.

From left to right:
Isopropyl Alcohol (99%)
MSDS Isopropyl 99%
Used to clean parts prior to assembly. Wet paper towels, q-tips to clean surfaces and threads.

Loctite 7471 (aka primer)
MSDS 7471
LOCTITE® 7471™ is used where increased cure speed of LOCTITE® anaerobic products is required. It is especially recommended for applications with passive metals or inert surfaces and with large bond gaps. LOCTITE® 7471™ is particularly recommended when prevailing temperature is low (<15 °C).
  • inactive metals are non ferrous metals such as titanium, aluminum, black oxide coated steel fasteners, and certain stainless steel alloys. 
  • When using loctite 222 (low strength) thread locking compound, its formulation requires primer for in-active metals. Current formulations of 243 and 252 do not require primer for in-active metals.

Loctite 222MS - This will be your most commonly used thread locking compound for bicycles
LOCTITE® 222MS™ is designed for the locking and sealing of threaded fasteners which require easy disassembly with standard hand tools. The product cures when confined in the absence of air between close fitting metal surfaces and prevents loosening and leakage from shock and vibration. Particularly suitable for applications such as adjustment of set screws, small diameter or long engagement length fasteners, where easy disassembly is required without shearing the screw. The thixotropic nature of LOCTITE® 222MS™ reduces the migration of liquid product after application to the substrate.
Note the MS suffix just denotes it meets military specifications.
  • Bicycle applications applications include:
    • brake rotor bolts
    • shift lever/brake lever clamping bolts (remember the old school MTB trick to tighten very lightly the clamps so the brake lever and shifter can rotate during a crash. The loctite 222 will allow the bolt to retain the tension and not loosen over time i.e. during a race).
    • brake bolts for IS mount or Post mounts
    • hub pre-load collars
    • water bottle cage bolts
    • stem bolts
    • seatpost collar/binder bolt

Loctite 243- rarely used on bicycles
MSDS 243
The use is the same as the above Loctite 222MS, but for areas where high strength is required or in cases where the diameter of the threaded bolt is larger than say M8.
  • Bicycle applications include:
    • Crank arm pinch bolts on non drive side
    • Crank arm fixing cap bolt that hold the non-drive side crankarm onto the spindle/axle
    • Crank bolts (bolts that hold the arms onto the axle of the bottom bracket)
      • ISIS
      • Square taper
      • Cannondale Si version cranksets
    • Any poorly designed part that constantly loosens over time 

Loctite 252 (never used on a bicycle)
MSDS 252
This version of loctite (aka red) is never used for bicycles. It is permanent strength for small diameter fasteners and will cause small fasteners to snap off if taken apart with hand tools. To remove fasteners with permanent strength applied loctite requires heating of the fastener to melt the loctite. The only time I've used this for bicycles is for my Titanium Lynskey hard tail. Where the internal diameter of the seatpost is set for 31.6mm via an aluminum shim pressed inside the titanium seattube. The shim either was not properly manufactured or wore and creating a creaking noise every single time I touched the saddle. So I removed the crank and bottle bracket, the seatpost. hung the bicycle upside down and drenched the inside of the seattube with loctite to let it wick between the shim and the seatpost tube. Creak went away after that.

Anti-seize compound. (basically grease with reactive metal flakes inside)
MSDS loctite C5-A
LOCTITE® C5-A® Copper Grade Anti-Seize Stick provides a shield against high temperature seizing and galling. All mated parts, studs, bolts, flanges and gaskets, remove more easily and in cleaner and better condition. This product can be used on copper, brass, cast iron, steel, all alloys including stainless steel, all plastics and all non-metallic gasketing materials. Typical applications include original equipment and maintenance, and equipment associated with petroleum chemicals, steel mills, power plants, marine and foundries. This product is typically used in applications up to 982 °C.

The metal flakes inside the grease (copper or zinc or silver) acts as the sacrificial metal between two metals where one is more reactive than the other. Without the use of antiseize or some other form of thread treatment two metals will fuse together over time and form an oxide layer between them. Preventing removal of the fasteners.
  • Bicycle Applications include:
    • We mainly use antiseize for bolts that are dissimilar metals to prevent galvanic corrosion between the two metals and to prevent galling between male and female threads. Galling can be described as the cold welding of two naked metals surfaces when slid together under high pressure and force. Example brand new titanium frame with freshly cut BSA threads for BB cups. Aluminum bottom bracket cups. The two not having any threadlocker or antiseize and you installing the cup into the frame dry. You will never be able to remove the two without destroying 1 set of threads and having to chase the frame's bottom bracket shell with a tap.
    • areas of use:
      • stem bolts
      • cassette lockring
      • titanium fasteners 
      • threaded bottom bracket cups
 Stay tuned for Part 2 The case against antiseize and using threadlocker.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

weighed: Deda Newton Road Handlebar 31.8mm clamp

Deda Newton Road Handlebar 31.8mm clamp (40 cm C to C)

note: Deda measures their handlebars outside to outside. Therefore a 42cm bar is actually 40 cm centre to centre.

Deda Newton Road Handlebar 31.8mm clamp 40 cm (C to C), (Claimed 209g)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sram XX & XO grip shifter pricing and video introduction

Latest news from Sram is

MSRP for the shifters is going to be $225 for the X0 version which includes the locking grips and $295 for the carbon fiber XX version which is going to include Gore Ride-On cables, locking grips and carbon fiber covers

 Sram grip shift video

Monday, February 20, 2012

New 10-speed grip shift News!

For all the guys and gals who rode grip shifts or still ride grip... Sram has finally listened to all the pundants our there who basically said, "No grip shift, No XX for me", has finished development for their new 10 speed grip shifts. Available April 2012 according to SRAM.

from SRAM press release:

February 20, 2012

New 10-Speed Grip Shift

The original SRAM Grip Shift burst onto the scene in 1990, when Greg Herbold used it to win the first-ever Downhill World Championship. As XC and DH racing grew in global popularity, elite racers grew to embrace Grip Shift. XC legends John Tomac, Ned Overend and Thomas Frischknecht swore by it. Downhill stars like Anne-Caroline Chausson joined Herbold in adding it to their arsenal.
Today, athletes are riding farther and harder than ever before, pushing the limits of component technology. It’s time for the next chapter in Grip Shift history. Designed for SRAM 2X10, the all-new Grip Shift has been reengineered from the inside out. And, in true form, its inaugural race was Jaroslav Kulhavy’s 2011 XC World Championship win. Simply put, it’s one of the most advanced shifters ever created.

Precision-built, Grip Shift has been reengineered from the inside out, making it one of our most technically advanced shifters ever. Designed for no-holds-barred, high-performance racing, Grip Shift handles any conditions with ease. Grip Shift will be available in both the XX and X0 families, compatible with all SRAM 2X10 product families. 10-Speed XX and X0 Grip Shift will be available April 2012.
Stay tuned for more detailed information on the new SRAM Grip Shift soon.

indepth review: Delta Michelangelo Gravity Bike Storage Rack

Wall Art: How to decorate your condo...

available to purchase from Mountain Equipment Co-op. Cost is $79.

This all started with my girlfriend complaining about my bikes being scattered in our loft. While I think the Den (which is never used) is the perfect place to store my bikes she did not. I was reminded of this everyday for 1 year... The original solution was to hang my bikes from the ceiling, see how our ceiling is 14' high. A fellow neighbor on the first floor had done this with his carbon fibre Giant mountain bike and road bike.

This particular "bike lift" I think cost $12.99 @ Winners. It would have done the trick Except my girlfriend somehow convinced me that the ceiling was made out of wood. It does look like painted wood... So I went and grabbed the ladder and proceeded to try to install this thing. Fail.

The ceiling is solid concrete. The pattern in the concrete is from the floors being framed/molded using wood 2x6s nearly 70 years ago and the wood removed once the concrete sets. We live in a loft conversion from an old factory. This would have worked if I had a masonry bit, but living with limited tools proves difficult. It's not like I didn't have enough power from my drill to do it.

Bosch made in Germany 36V hammer drill...

One of the walls was lacking some art anyways so I went with Delta Michelangelo Gravity Bike Storage Rack.

This beautifully made piece of bent tubes perfectly portrays your rolling works of art. I still can not understand how a bunch of bent tubes is worth $79 bucks. But whatever, the time required for me to buy metal tubes, bend them, do some welding and paint them is something I don't have.

The plus side of this stand is that no holes need to be drilled into the walls. Meaning it can be easily relocated. I put the heavier bike on the bottom and lighter one on the top for stability. Regardless of how your orient the bikes the stand is very stable with no concerns with it falling. There is no left to right wobble and the stand leans against the wall with a rubber knob near the top. The rubber knobs at the legs prevent the stand from sliding out. It will take a bit of trial and error to get the optimal placement and balance.

As for the contact with your expensive works of art (who really cares about the wall) the hooks are rubber coated to prevent your bike's frame from being marred or scratched. The hooks can be positioned at any height you please.

Small hooks allow you to hang your bicycle helmet or other gear for you to keep stashed. I found them hard to get to so I don't really use them.

If you are crammed for space and will not allow your prized pieces of art be relegated to the storage locker or worse the bike room for thieves to pillage; this is your solution. It even got a compliment by my girlfriend that my bikes look nice. This coming from a person who despises my bikes and hobby..

9/10 - would be a 10/10 if the price was under $50 CDN

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine 's day gift for my girl

Here is my valentine's day gift to my girl (LD if you are viewing from

Garmin Forerunner 210 w/ heart rate strap. Chosen based upon a blog I have been following for years (

The closest thing to my girl's heart....

Best price in Canada is out of

weighed: Token X-wing all carbon saddle

Token X-wing all carbon saddle Size: 268x140mm

Token X-wing all Carbon Saddle (claimed 110g)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Are you ready to race?

Are you ready to race?

I'm not. The article I'm linking to talks about the mild winter in California being optimal for off season training for the 2012 season. Mild winter in California? Is that an oxymoron? Or something to piss off the people who live where it actually snows in the winter? It was -5C this past weekend in the Waterloo Area. With windchill it felt like -12C...

Here is a very good article from a website I frequent a lot. You should read the entire length of it. It's worth it.  Pez Cycling Toolbox: Are you Ready to Race?

Copied and pasted here for your convenience:

Toolbox: Are you Ready to Race?
Tuesday, February 07, 2012  2:48:01 AM PT

by Bruce Hendler

  I’ve been in California many years. I have never seen such a dramatic change of weather from one spring to the next fall/winter. Last winter was wet, cold, and continued into June. It was the reason for the cancellation of 1.5 stages of the Tour of California and probably why the organization didn’t go back to the beautiful Lake Tahoe area this year. This year, they could’ve had the race in December! So with all this good weather both here and across the country, it seems this year will be optimal in terms of rider preparation for the race season. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as to whether you are ready to race in 2012:

Are you physically ready?
One of the main reason riders do not perform consistently throughout the long season is a lack of physical preparation during the offseason. What does that mean? Simply that the off-season is a time where riders are not interrupted by weekend races and events. Once the season begins and you are racing a lot, that becomes your focus; focused training and self-care can take a back seat at times. There are several significant aspects to this question. First, on the bike, during the off-season, it is important to have a time period of uninterrupted training during the winter and early spring months. This allows you to create a true base of fitness that can last a good period of time. You can focus on improving different aspects of your cycling capacities, particularly technical ones like bike-handling and descending skills and do extended rides in the sub-threshold zones to improve your aerobic capacity.

Second, there are many things to do during the off-season that are off the bike. Have you been fit properly on your bike within the past year? If not, this would be an outstanding time to make sure that your comfort on the bike is optimized, allowing you to perform to your maximum abilities. If you have gained weight over the holidays, the first couple of months of the year, PRIOR to racing, are an excellent time to lose that weight and reduce your fat composition (weight and fat loss are related, but unfortunately, independent variables). Looking at your nutrition, both from a weight/fat loss perspective, and more importantly, from an optimal fueling perspective, can be done during the relative quiet of off-season. Proper nutrition is analogous to having a high performance sports car that requires premium gas, but only giving it regular gas. The car will run, but will have significant performance issues. If you have questions about your nutrition (notice I’m avoiding the word “diet”), then the off-season is a great time to get a nutritional consultation that will help you to develop an optimal “fueling” plan for your year. Finally, spending time focused on your flexibility (either through a dedicated stretching program and/or in Yoga class) and core strength (core exercises and/or Pilates) will greatly aid you in all aspects of the sport and your life.

Are you mentally ready?
The cycling season is extremely long. Physically, it’s actually pretty easy to get though. As long as you don’t overtrain, you can pretty much recover after a few days off the bike or taking a truly easy recovery week. The main issue is maintaining your motivation and desire to compete with everything you have, leaving nothing left on the road. This is a much bigger challenge, as most riders don’t structure their mental approach to the sport like they do their physical one. The solution to approach this side of the sport is much the same way you approach the physical training. Plan times when you will be able to be 100% committed to the racing and training you need to succeed. And, plan down times when you give yourself a break and focus on other areas of your life. Perhaps you can coincide this with a work schedule or family events. Bottom line is that it is not possible to commit 100% all the time and be on top of your game. You need down time, both physically and mentally.

Have you set your goals for both individual and team?
Quite simply, having no goals means you probably won’t achieve much this year. It’s like a sailboat without a rudder, which just goes in the direction of the wind with no specific target. It’s such a cliché, but over the years it’s been obvious to me that athletes who set specific goals and create plans to get there, usually achieve those goals! If you don’t have goals, ask yourself why? Why is something so simple not part of your program. It’s an interesting question most likely without an easy answer. Goals can including particular races you’re targeting either as leader or domestique, particular types of events in which you are trying to improve (e.g., crits), or specific measureable/ quantifiable improvements such as increases in your watts/kg at lactate threshold. Cycling is also difficult in the sense that team goals will often override individual goals. Cycling remains the only sport in which a team works for the glorification of an individual. So, you must be prepared to accept that and find an area where you can work for yourself. Perhaps that is in time trialing. Any discipline where an athlete can focus on themselves and still benefit their overall fitness and contribution to the team will be useful. There are few things more helpful to a team than a good time trialist who can go to the front and pull for longer periods of time.

Take advantage of our terrific weather (this year) to get out on the road more frequently, but also remember that success during a racing season comes from more than just training ourselves on the bike. Decide to create goals for yourself on and off the bike, and come up with concrete plans to achieve those goals. To the degree that you are able to do that, you will have a successful and enjoyable season. Good luck out there.

Ride safe, ride strong,

About Bruce
Bruce Hendler is a USA Cycling Coach and owner of AthletiCamps in Northern California. For the past 11 years, he and his experienced team have helped athletes of all levels achieve their goals in the great sport of bike racing thru cycling training camps, cycling coaching and performance testing. To contact AthletiCamps, visit their website at or follow them on Twitter.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Deal: $90 USD for a steel 29er (made in Canada)

Don't let this opportunity to pass.

I have no affiliation with the seller. I only saw the ad on MTBR classifieds. Caveat emptor

Fox Canada aka AuroraActionSports order has arrived

A couple of days ago I posted about Fox Canada blow out sale.

I love ordering over the internet. Receiving packages is like receiving mini Christmas gifts.

Some fine deals guys and gals. Being an avid supporter for 6 or so years this is worthy of posting there. I will let the cycling community vultures pick at the inventory for a bit before I post there though.

First off, free shipping over $150. Sold in Canada and shipped out of Canada with USA level pricing. For once it is nice not to be gouged with brokerage fees by couriers and post offices. What you paid for is final. The UPS man won't ask for 50 dollars on a 20 dollar shipment, Canada Post will not ask you for a 8 dollar brokerage fees...

What I got:

Part Description Price Qty Subtotal
24069-001016  Unabomber Glove  $19.00  $38.00 
24069-008016  Unabomber Glove  $19.00  $38.00 
24094-186016  Fox Reflex Gel Short  $19.00  $19.00 
24101-103016  Fox Unabomber Glove  $25.00  $25.00 
23140-001005  Fox Performance Race S/S Jersey  $31.00  $31.00 

Item Total: $151.00
Shipping Cost: $0.00
Subtotal: $151.00
Tax (13%): $19.63

Total: $170.63

Unfortunately the current edition of the Fox Unabomber glove was no longer available ($25), so they refunded me that and the tax and the total came out to be around $143. Package arrived on Wednesday and they shipped it out Monday.

I'm a huge fan of the old original Unabomber Glove. I have worn out 1 pair of them already over the years, the current pair I have is starting to rip apart at the seems around the palm areas. Mind you they have gone through 100s of rides and since they are my favorite they get used all the time. They also get washed after every use in the laundry machine.

Unfortunately Fox decided to update their design so that this version is now discontinued. hence why I loaded up on 4 pairs. The reason why I love them so much other than the fact they fit absolutely perfectly on my hands is that because they are lightweight. Not overly padded. Protection on the knuckles that get exposed when you grab the bars near the edge. Best glove ever designed in my opinion.

The Jersey was not bad. The fit is the same as a Louis Garneau racer fit Large. The road glove fits just as nice as the Una-bomber. Perfect for those who like thin to no padding for their road bike gloves.

If you want some Fox clothing for amazing prices don't hesitate. You won't be finding these prices unless you find sales in the USA at local bike stores. Then you have to worry about shipping and cross boarded taxes/brokerage fees.

If you are into GoKarts there are some wicked deals on old "SPRINT" clothing that Fox made in the past. This stuff is circa 2004. But who cares. $40 bucks or so for a kart jacket, $30 or so for Nomex gloves. Beats paying hundreds for Sparco.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Fox Canada blow out sale!

Do you live in Canada? Sick of not being able to buy FOX clothing at USA prices? FOX canada distributor Actions Sports in Aurora is having a blow out sale.

weighed: Easton EC90 Zero Setback 31.6mm

Easton EC90 Zero Setback 31.6mm @ 400mm

Easton EC90 Zero Setback 31.6mm @ 400mm (claimed 199g)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

weighed: Ciamillo ZERO G Ti

Ciamillo ZERO G Ti

The brake set that started the weight weenie road bike brake trend. Best there is, there is no substitute.

Ciamillo Zero G Ti (Claimed 136g without brake pad holders)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Make your own QR code (3D barcode)

I always wondered how to make a QR Code (3D barcode). These are little black and white squares with patterns on it that digital cameras can image and software can decode into text. Many times to point you to a specific website.

So where do you go when you have a question? Google!

I "googled" how to make a 3D barcode and found:

select QR code from the drop down menu. Then key in your http:// web address... couldn't be any simpler.


weighed: Tune 'Wassertrager' Carbon Cage

 Tune 'Wassertrager' Carbon Cage

note: Only works with Conical water bottles (such as Tacx)

Tune 'Wassertrager' Carbon Cage (claimed 9g)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

weighed: Hope direct mount

Hope Direct Mount adapters for Shimano XTR SL-M970/SL-M980. These are the equivalent to SRAM matchmakers but for Hope brakes and Shimano shifters. An excellent way to save weight and reduce cockpit clutter.

Hope Direct Mount for X2 Race brakes - XTR version

Aluminum hardware (bolts)

Make your own crown race setting tool for $5

What you need.

A trip to Home Depot or your equivalent local hardware building supply store.

For a 1.5" fork or tapered steerer tube forks:
  1. PVC 1.5" cap
  2. PVC 1.5" coupler
  3. PVC 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" adapter
  4. PVC 1.5" (40mm) pipe, (3 feet long)


All this I got for $5 + tax.

For 1 1/8" Steerer tubes:
  1. PVC 1 1/4" cap
  2. PVC 1 1/4" pipe (3 feet long)
This is even cheaper, $4!

These two setups work wonderfully as PVC being much softer than aluminum or steel, will not mar the crown race. Nor will it warp the crown race as the PVC will give under impact instead of the crown race. All we are trying to do is drive the crown race to bottom out with the fork crown. For home use these solutions works beautifully.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Latest news: 2012 Sram Red details released!

Sram will be releasing their newly revised Red group set in March of 2012. Claimed weight for the entire groupset (drivetrain (GXP), brakes, shifters... everything) is targeted at 1791g.

Sram being a supporter of BB30 will have 4 versions of their cranksets available. BB30, standard BSA, BSA + Quarq power meter and BB30 + Quarq.

Total MSRP is 2227 € or $2935 USD (for non power meter versions). Which means if you live in Canada it will be $5000 CDN (for non power meter versions).

Lightweight, hollow carbon construction Exogram ™
• X-Glide ™ chainrings R: advanced switching technology
• Recessed bolt for higher strength and higher stiffness
• Weight: 557 grams without the bottom bracket for the BB30 version, 609 grams for GXP
• Price: 388 € (~$500 USD) GXP, BB30 425 (~$560 USD) € (from May 2012)

Optional integration of the Quarq power meter
• Light weight and + / - 1.5% accuracy
• Integrated electronics for maximum reliability
• User friendly: visible ID, LED display, removable battery
• OMNICAL ™: matching TT chainrings without recalibration
• Weight: 778 grams (GXP)
• Price: € 1725 (~$2250 USD) GXP, €1768 (~$2325 USD) BB30 (from May 2012)

• Exact Actuation ™: fast and accurate switching
• New Aeroglide ™-idlers for silent performance
• New cage and derailleur design for optimized distances to the cassette
• Weight: 145 grams
• Price: 308 €  (~$400 USD)

The new front derailleur with integrated chain catcher similar to the K-Edge Chain Catchers

• Yaw ™ Our revolutionary technology enables a trim-free switching.
• Fast and accurate optimized switching
• Lighter and more rigid cage made of optimized materials
• Weight: 74 grams (Anlötversion, excl 12 grams of "hooks")
• Price: 118 € (~$155 USD)

• ErgoDynamic ™ design
• New reach adjustment to all hand sizes adaptable
• DoubleTap ZeroLoss ® and ™ for smooth and precise shifts
• Weight 280 grams
• Price: 550 € (~$725 USD)

 • Aero ™-arm improved modulation and high power
• Slim profile and aerodynamic adjustment
• Aerodynamic quick release with 4 marked positions
• Swiss Stop brake pads
• Weight: 240 grams (pair)
• Price: 302 € (~$400 USD)

 • Super-light, hollow dome steel construction with 10 courses
• Stealth Ring ™ elastomers for a smooth run
• Large aluminum sprocket and extremely durable finish
• Weight: 135 grams (11-23T)
• Price: 289 € (~$380 USD)

• HollowPin ™ technology combines traction, incredible switching efficiency and light weight.
• 255 g, 114 links
• PowerLock ™-links
• Weight: 255 grams (114 links)
• Price: 75 €(~$100 USD)

The bottom brackets are equipped with ceramic bearings. Specifically, this means the GXP version priced at (105 grams) 197 € and the BB30 bearings with 53 grams at  211 €.

Rumors of the hydrualic brakes for Sram Red groupset were also confirmed:

Available to the new RED be in stores from March Incidentally. SRAM confirmed that they are currently working on hydraulic disc brakes and wheels. The wheel-house specialist ZIPP rims is right to hang up. Both should be presented in Fall of 2012...

It's been rumored that SRAM RED level is developing hydraulic brakes. We want to confirm this and let you know that we are currently working on a hydraulic disc brake and a hydraulic rim brake. Information on pricing will come at a later date and no photos are currently available.
• Hydraulic disc brake: RED level / drop bar lever actuated DoubleTap / All new master cylinder and caliper / 140-160mm discs
• Hydraulic rim brake: RED level / drop bar lever actuated DoubleTap / tire clearance up to 28C / Firecrest rim compatible

Photos: SRAM

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