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    hmmm....

    so...after this little pedal thing, the creaking that lead to the pedal thing, and the rear axle nuts a while back, i'm starting to wonder about Trend's mechanic-ability. toonces, you ever have problems?

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    mOjO cHaUfuRr toonces's Avatar
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    Ahhhh. Welcome to the world of BMX bikes my friend. Where parts kinda sorta fit, weight comes in spades, alloys are used sparingly, and stuff clunks and creaks. Here's a list of problems i've had with my BMX bikes. Mind that i've ridden mostly street tanks, but there were a couple of race frames back in the day.

    - at least 5 broken chains
    - warped sprocket
    - skipping freewheel
    - severely dented rims
    - rims cracked at joint
    - three bent axles
    - two ground through pegs
    - misaligned frame
    - bent frame
    - pedals with no grip

    There's prolly more, but I forget. Once you've ridden, worked on, and lusted over MTB parts, you'll notice that BMX stuff is crappy in terms of build quality. The frames and parts are made for abuse and that means heavy weight, less CNC machined stuff, and stuff that sometimes skips and slips.

    I've never had problems with cranks creaking but have had lots of axle problems. Slipping or bending is the main headaches. You can try to find the grooved lock washers that seem to work well for me. There are also chain tensioners that I never tend to use. I have a few that you can have. Main thing is tighten that sumabich hard but not so hard that you strip something. Tighten often also. If you have pegs, tighten even more. Eventually, a little groove wears into the frame and your axle stays where it is.

    No experiences with Trend. I do all my own work and once i get the right hardware, I'll have a headset/BB cup press. I think the quality of the parts is one of the main reasons stuff falls apart so quick. Plus the abuse that's put on parts is insane. Box jump to 50-50 grind? That'd snap both axles and the frame and the fork of a racing MTB. Heh heh. It'd be funny too! I digress. Anyhow, just keep an eye on the stuff and tighten as necessary. Once you start doing bigger gaps and case a few bunnyhops, you'll see how the stuff is built. Me, carlos, and others will be around to help with tweakings if necessary. If we go ride street sometime, I'll crash or ghostride my bike and show you what it's made of

    Welcome to the world of 20 inchers.


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    Pimpin' Trails Fo' My Dead Homies! bjones's Avatar
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    Re: hmmm....

    Originally posted by the Inbred
    so...after this little pedal thing, the creaking that lead to the pedal thing, and the rear axle nuts a while back, i'm starting to wonder about Trend's mechanic-ability. toonces, you ever have problems?
    I have dealt with Trend ever since they were on Jollyville Rd. They are not usually the mechanical type. They did, however, employee one hell of a wheel builder at one time, Jeff Meerdink (aka DinK) He would build you a set of wheels that would last 10 years...no shit.

    There is a guy that works at Cycle 360 you can call if you need some help. Call 306-8778 and ask for Todd (Flora) he works at the LBS and does some work out of his house too.

    Like Toonces said, working on BMX bikes is real easy, you just want to make sure you have the right tool, and right sized millemeter or standard size wrench etc...the only time you should need professional help is when you need cups pressed or wheels built. All the other stuff is just turning wrenches. You can get stuff dialed-in to a degree, but don't expect all things to be perfect.

    Britt
    Last edited by bjones; 08-27-2002 at 05:16 PM.
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