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Serious Questions . . .(3 posts)

Serious Questions . . .Nomatt
Dec 4, 2003 6:23 PM
I am a beginner roadbiker. I have a Raleigh Grand Sport from last year, and I am upgrading some parts on my bike (for cheap) but i have a few questions.

With Stems, first of all, how is the extension measured? from "weld to weld" or is it measured from outside end to outside end? Also, how can i tell the size of the fork that i have? (whether it is 1" threadless or 1 1/8" threadless.)with a ruler??

now for pedals. is their any disadvantage to buying non brand name clipless pedals? what i am most concerned about is the ease and smoothness of entry/release. do cheaper brands (nashbar for example) not work as well as shimano etc.? i was looking at the nashbar ATB pedal that comes in the colors, which is only 19.99 right now.

thanks for the help
re: Serious Questions . . .wooglin
Dec 4, 2003 7:33 PM
"With Stems, first of all, how is the extension measured? from "weld to weld" or is it measured from outside end to outside end? "

Usually center to center (from the bolt at the top of the fork to the center of the bars). Some manufacturers may vary.

"Also, how can i tell the size of the fork that i have? (whether it is 1" threadless or 1 1/8" threadless.)with a ruler??"

If the stem cap measures more than 1 1/8" then its probably a 1 1/8" steerer. Less and its probably a 1".

"now for pedals. is their any disadvantage to buying non brand name clipless pedals? what i am most concerned about is the ease and smoothness of entry/release. do cheaper brands (nashbar for example) not work as well as shimano etc.? i was looking at the nashbar ATB pedal that comes in the colors, which is only 19.99 right now."

Get the cheap ones. They work fine, just aren't as durable usually. And you'll only be out $20 and can figure out what you like from there.

Honestly, it sounds like you're looking to buy off the net before you're ready. An LBS could handle these questions and answers far better, and you'll be happier in the long run.
re: Stems. . .Rusty Coggs
Dec 5, 2003 6:19 AM
Threadless stems are measured c-c of the steerer clamp to the bar clamp,along the SIDE of the extension. ...Cut thru the guesswork, pull the topcap and measure the steerer outside diameter. My Nashbar pedals have been ok so far but have not been subjected to heavy use or really adverse conditions.