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Red Sparrow Update!

Red Sparrow Update

New Red Sparrow! I love playing with black and white contrast.

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Mar. 11th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Wow, high praise indeed!

Hey...I have a dumb bike question for you? The little pin that goes through the wheel and forks to hold the tire in place...what's that called?

Mar. 11th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
You mean the axle?

That picture is of a hollow axle that allows for a quick release.

sheldonbrown.com is an amazing resource for bike answers but I'd be happy to help any way I can too.

Is your axle bent? The rear axle on freewheel style wheels is very susceptible to bending due to its design.
Mar. 11th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
Actually, worse. I lost it in the move. I put it in a draw string bag (along with a bunch of other important nuts and bolts and now I can't find it! San Fran is a pretty bike friendly city and with gas creeping inexorably towards $4.00 a gallon, I've GOT to get my bike up and going.

I had a quick release cam/axel thingie... they are replaceable without having to get a whole new wheel aren't they?
Mar. 11th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
Totally. The quick release skewer shouldn't be too terribly expensive either. (Although, like most bike things, the sky is the limit. You can get titanium skewers that costs $100's.)

Read up on Sheldon's explanation of quick releases. http://www.sheldonbrown.com/skewers.html an enclosed cam is best if you can get it and try to get acorn nuts with steel teeth, but honestly, the other style will probably be just fine too.

If you tell them the style of bike they should be able to get you the proper skewers. (road or mountain) The lengths vary based on the type (and age) of the bike. Most modern mountain bikes have a rear dropout spacing of 130mm and the fronts... are fairly consistant I think but measure to be sure. http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_sp-ss.html#spacing

If you measure your front and rear dropout spacing you can be sure the skewers you buy will fit. It's good to be empowered with a bit of knowledge before you walk into a shop. I haven't found a shop yet where the bike shop employee wasn't completely confident that they were correct and yet I've received my fair share of incorrect advice. Funny that. :)

Mar. 11th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
Thanks! If push comes to shove I'll bring the entire tire in and say "It needs to fit THIS." I don't need the skys the limit one...a basic "hold the tire on the frame" will do nicely.

I wish you lived closer though. My poor bike needs a total overhaul. It's needed a new derailleur (sp?) for years now.

Plenty of work in San Fran. If you ever get tired of Oh Canada. ;)

Did you wind up getting a kitty?

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