Review of SRAM Force 22 Group Set Components

Sram Force 22 Review:

Force is right below Sram’s top-end Red group set. Any Sram branded 22 is their 11-speed version. Currently they have Sram Red, Force, and Rival in 11-speed compatibility.

Performance: shifting compared to the old 10-speed force is a lot faster and way more crisp. The shift levers take less power and action to get it up or down the gears with the double tap levers. The ergonomics and shape of levers have changed as well. The levers are a little bit longer, so it will throw your hands out a little bit farther.

Check Fixed Gear or Single Speed Chainline

When getting a new freewheel or changing some aspect of the drivetrain on your single speed or fixed gear, it is important to check the chain line on the bike to ensure straightness.

Start by removing the chain on your bike. It’s not necessary to completely remove it, but you will want it off of the cog and the chainring. Once the chain is off grab a straight edge of some kind. In the video, a large caliper is used. Lay this flat against the chain ring, making sure not to accidentally lay it on the chainring bolts.

Remove 'Cotter Pin' Cranks from a Vintage Bike

Crankset

This video will show you how to remove ‘cotter pin’ cranks.

Cotter pin cranks are generally older cranks and are found on older bikes.

The seat clamp in the video is used to hold the crank stationary while hammering occurs. The chainring side of the crank will always be a bit more difficult to remove on cotter pin cranks because the chain rings get in the way. This can be solved by using a long piece of metal that extends past the chainring to hammer on or just be persistent.

Essentials to Carry When Out On a Ride

Whole Bike

This video is about all the bike riding essentials you need to carry with you when you go out riding. A lot of riders don’t normally think of these things when buying a bike, but they can be essential from preventing you from getting stranded while out on a ride.

Here are some essentials:

Tube- you should always have at least one on you at all times. The size will be determined by the size of the tires you are running on your bike.

Install An External Cup Headset Without A Press

How to install an external cup bike headset without a press:

To do this project at home you will need bike grease, a piece of wood or something similar, and a hammer. The reason for using a piece of wood is because it’s not going to damage your headset or your frame.

Ideally you would take this to a bike shop, but if you do choose to do it at home, be extra careful because you can damage your headset and possibly even your frame.

How to Rotafix (tighten/loosen) a Fixed Gear Cog without Chain Whip

How to Rotafix:

Rotafix is a technique for tightening or loosening a cog without a chain whip.

Why Roafix? Because standard chain whips do not fit 1/8” cogs, and you get the mechanical advantage of the entire wheel for tightening.

When performing a rotafix, wrap a rag around the bottom bracket shell to protect the paint on your frame from being damaged by the chain.

Steps for Removing an Adjustable Bottom Bracket

Remove an adjustable bottom bracket:

start by first removing the cranks. A lockring on the outside of the left hand side cup is an indication that the cup and cone bottom bracket is serviceable. Turn this counter clockwise to unlock the cup. This is easiest with a lockring spanner that fits the notches on the ring exactly. You can also use a universal tool with one tooth or tap it around with a hammer and an old screwdriver. Remove the lockring.

How to Put Decals on a Bike Frame

frame

How to apply decals only your bike:

For this you will need the decals, wax and grease remover, rag, and painter’s tape to prevent you from damaging the paint on your bike or ripping any off.

It is important to take your time with this. Since you are doing it yourself, take your time making sure the decals are aligned properly on the bike. Start by prepping your surface. Spray down the area where you will be applying the decal first with the grease remover and wipe it down with a clean rag or towel. Using a microfiber rag is ideal because it doesn’t leave any lint behind.

DIY How to Make a Bike Seat Lock

chain tool

This is a DIY video on how to make a saddle chain lock.

This will help prevent anyone from taking your seat when your bike is locked up, and it is easy to make with a couple of spare parts.

All you need is an old chain, a popped tube, electrical tape, and a chain tool.

First thing you want to do is set your saddle height properly. Next, take your spare chain and run it through your saddle rails and the seat stay of your frame.

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