Clean bearings equal fast bearings so it is always a good idea to clean and lube them up regularly. You will know it is time to clean your bearings if they are noisy or not free-spinning. You can check this by holding them between your thumb and index finger and feeling if they are gritty or smooth. Here’s a step by step process of how to clean and lube your bearing in the comforts of your own home.
Go to your local skate shop and find both a bearing cleaner and some type of bearing lubricant. Both items are necessary.
Remove the shields from the bearings.
Soak the bearings in the cleaner BSB Quick Wash ($12) for 5 minutes and clean the shields with soapy water and a paper towel.
Remove the bearings from the cleaning solution and dry them off.
Lube up the bearings with BSB Professional QuikLube ($12). This helps prevent your bearings from rusting up. Apply liberally, but not too much as this can lead to more build-up due to the solution attracting dirt and dust.
Pop the shields back on, and press them into some fresh new wheels and you’re now ready to roll.
Manufacturer – NoTubes, Big Flats, NY
Model – Tire Sealant
A workshop staple for many riders, Stan’s Tire Sealant has saved many from losing precious seconds in racing, hiking their bikes down the hill or making their riding buddies wait as they change a flat. Stan’s solution has been around for years and has seen use in many venues from National’s to grass root races. Pros and weekend warriors alike have used Stan’s sealing effectiveness in preventing flats due to thorns, goat heads even nails and glass.
Pulling out 16 goatheads from my tire after riding through a patch solidifies the effectiveness of Stan’s. The solution – plain and simple works, and I use it even on ust tubeless set-ups for the added confidence and time-saving for when I will not need to put a tube in my tire should I flat. After using similar products I find myself going back to Stan’s as my go-to tire sealant. Pour two scoops worth and ride away, its even helped keep pressure and re-seat my tires after a pinch flat situation.
Manufacturer – Transition Bicycle Company, Ferndale, WA
Model – TransAM Frame
Transition Bike Company’s TransAM frame was designed to be a well-rounded hardtail that is good for bar runs to multi-day epics. The steel frame is quiet no matter how chunky the terrain is. While this bike shines on buff singletrack and climbs like a goat, it is by no means a flimsy XC bike. Slack, smooth and stiff are just a few of the noticeable characteristics this frame offers. Transition includes a headset and seatpost clamp with frame. The campy style headset is smooth, and durable. The seatclamp on the other hand lost its clamping power early in the game, causing the seatpost to slip while in the seated position.
Bottom Line –
If you’re looking for a hardtail to replace a quiver of bikes, this is the frame to get. It’s slack, it’s steel and it’s a deal. The iscg tabs allows you to run it as a 1×9 with a bash/guide, and having the ability to run a 160mm fork means you can shred the gnar with confidence.
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Manufacturer – Kryptonics, Santa Fe Springs, CA
Model – Clear kryptonics 80MM/80A
Price -$16 – $25
I threw these on my Freebord after riding no other wheels besides the Slashers. I found that this soft wheel rides buttery smooth and it feels like your riding some fresh powder. Not necessarily built for speed I have found that this wheel is great for just cruising and throwing down some fresh carves and slides. I just could not get going fast on these, even with no slides or speed checks the wheel would not take me faster than 35 m.p.h. This is a very soft wheel and it wears down quickly. Also any slide over 25 m.p.h will put your clear Krypto’s in serious jeopardy of flat-spotting. I have been throwing these wheels on my board whenever I just feel like doing some cruising.
There is nothing wrong with riding the clear Krypto’s. They definitely are not good as the Slashers but at less than half the price it’s a much better deal than the slashers are. I will be ordering more of these. Great price for a decent to good wheel. I was surprised by how smooth the ride was. For $15.99 they are a great deal, but I don’t know how much more I would be willing to pay for these though.
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