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Lotsa Questions from a beginner(2 posts)

Lotsa Questions from a beginnerNomatt
Oct 20, 2003 10:01 PM
I am a beginner riding a Raleigh Grand Sport, stock (except for Koobi silver saddle)

1. i have a spoke that somehow is slightly bent, near where it attaches to the rim. is this something i should get checked out? the rim seems to be fine, but i just want to be sure.

2. I have recently started doing my own small repairs. My derailer has been shifting improperly so i adjusted it myself using the barrel adjuster on the derailer. i have it pretty close to being correct, but it seems to be running more noisely than usual. is this acceptable, or should i be making more adjustments? (by noise i mean clicking, and also the chain rubs against the front derailer in certain gears)

3. What "cheapo" clipless MTB pedals are the best? i ask because i cant really afford road pedals right now, and MTBs are cheaper. i can get some Ritchey's for 20, as well as Nashbar brand pedals and Performance brand pedals for 20. anybody try any that they would suggest? thanks. oh, p.s. im looking for SPD for sure.
re: Lotsa Questions from a beginnerjtolleson
Oct 21, 2003 9:19 AM
Get the spoke replaced and have them check if the wheel is still true (it probably isn't). A bent spoke is a weak spoke, and hence a weak spot in your wheel.

Adjusting at the barrel is only one part of derailleur adjustment; you may need to adjust your limit screws. Get a good repair book like Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, or some guidance from the folks at the shop.

I'm not a whiz on cheap pedals, but are SPD M535s in your price range? They are bombproof.