Muc Off Bike Mat Long term review

I have used these mats few months to protect the floor, I had it all over the workspace.

most of the wear is where I was standing and doing drivetrain maintenance.

 

here you can see the top layer is peeling off, the mat can’t withstand you walking over it and and moving around in a small area like this, it will be destroyed in few months.

 

 

This picture shows the underside of the mat in the same spot as the picture above, where I was working on the drivetrain.

 

These mats are basically just very thin tarpaulin, cut to size with Muc off branding on them

Verdict:

I can’t recommend these as a long term solution, as they wear out way too fast, I suggest getting some protective floor pads like Seth’s bike hacks did.

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Short term review: Park Tool OM-1 Bench top Overhaul Mat

Pros:

  • The knobs in the mat will keep small parts from rolling off.
  • It sticks to my painted kitchen table/dinner table well.

Cons:

  • Reacts to direct sunlight, it bends upwards

Keep it away from sunlight!!!, the mat bent upwards, and made it almost useless, to fix this you have to put your heaviest tools on it and let it lay in the sunlight for a long time.
For some reason, there was red discolouration in the white park tool logo.

I noticed something similar on my 100% Race Craft goggles,the same red color on my on the top on the 100% logo, as I have a the helmet is white there and has no red in it there should not be any color transfer, I don’t know why this happen.

Verdict:

I have not tried other mats, but So far I like this one, But keep it away from the direct sunlight.

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Review; Bleed kit for Shimano: PREMIUM edition SET

As the writing on the syringes states it’s one use only, so they will wear out after few uses.

Which I think is a shame, because I hate to buy an endless supply of things that could be made stronger so I can use it for a long time.

I read a lot of people use medical syringes for bleeding their brakes.

Every thing that is in the box

Pros

  • robust tube
  • Smart reusable easy to unhook big ziptie

cons:

  • price
  • very fragile, wears out fast.
  • the tip will get loose and leak fluidBilderesultat for Bleedkit.com shimano
  • the seal can stick,I think it might be due to the flimsy syringe, the whole thing flex.
  • easy to damage the syringes if you drop them,which happen to the blue syringe.

    I did not need it anyway, to complete a full bleed,but it it was already bent out of the box, I dropped it from about a half meter and the tip snapped,I did not even got to use it before it broke off, I just used the other syringe instead, and threaded the on the tube.
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    if you got this, don’t drop it, carefully use it.

 

http://www.bleedkit.com/Bleed_kit_for_Shimano_PREMIUM_SET_with_RED_Mineral_fluid

18.04.2017 Updated Review: Ironside 191271 assortment box

The only reason I purchased it was because I had to have something fast.

This is a very flimsy assortment box, & am ran out of space in them.

Overpriced, low quality, easelywhichI can’t recommend this product at all.

the plastic hinges are all different, one falls off if I try to close the box open the case.

There is risk of the plastic hinges falling off, but there is even greater chance of the hinges falling off if you drop the box.the transparent cover, does not cover/close properly, which leaves a gap so tiny parts can fall out.

the design wastes space which could be used to store something in, strange shapes which are silly, this looks m ore like a kids toy that a proper assortment box for professionals.

One more thing I hate about this box is that you can’t stack them, if I put one on top of the another one it moves in all directions, and there is no way to secure them together.

http://www.ironside.eu/the-brand/

I have an adjustable wrench and a screwdriver from Ironside, and they worked fine so far, but I have not tried other tools from Ironside.

Review: Crank Brothers Speedier Lever

 Time tested: 1.5 year

I have 2 of these.

The best method to take off the tyre with these Tyre levers:

Removing this way does not work:

Even when I lubed the tyre with soap, and used the put on part of the lever but it I still struggled with the Maxxis High Roller, This is unavoidable because of the tightness of the tyre.

So I did this instead:

When taking off my Maxxis High Roller 2 tyres off my Bontrager duster wheels, I used one lever with a spoke hook to hold the tyre in place, and taken the ”remove” part of the lever under the tyre bead and lifted it, step by step  did the same thing over and over to the tyre loosened, it worked quite well. But dragging/pushing/pulling the lever just does not work.

Pros

  • Easy to remove as long as you do it the right way, which is not how its shown in the press videos.
  • last longer than many cheap thin flexy alternatives, Weldtite for example.
  • the put on part works with light xc tyres, but not with sticky thicker tyres.
  • Because it’s plastic it does not scratch the rim.
  • the ”remove” part of the lever works great for installing, just keep the tube away from getting pinched.

Cons:

  • no matter how I hold it the tip and the rest body flexes, I have been using if quite often maybe 20 or 30 times in 1,5 years.
  • I got 2 of these, one of them was bit tight to get on the rim but was ok after few times of use.-
  • I ended up using just the ”removes” instead of the ” install” part of the lever when I was finishing off putting the tyre on.  ( I used Maxxis High roller 2 tyres)
  • Does not fit average and big hands

 

Super easy the lady said, The method this woman use does not work with Maxxis High Roller 2 on Bontrager Duster wheels, one of the issues is that the tyres are so tight, unlike the bike magazine have shown in their video

Verdict:

One of the best plastic tyre levers,that is for sure.

Its the only tyre lever that I could take off  tight enduro/trail tyres with.

I have used Weldtite and Zefal lever before,the Zefal levers were way too thin and broke, Weldtite levers flex too much.

I but the perfect tyre lever must be made of alloy,with plastic tips to protect against scratching.will have to buy Metal levers next time,and have a handle that fits every hand, which Speedier Lever does not have.

A metal lever with replaceable plastic tips would be the best, in my opinion.

Product page: https://www.crankbrothers.com/tools_speedierlever

Review: 2015 Topeak PerpStand Elite

I have used this repair stand for few months.

Cons:

  • the stand I got Failed after few days of use,the clamping plates failed when I had the Trek Fuel ex 7 29er in it.and suddenly I hear a loud bang,but it was fixed with 2 washers on each plate.
  • The teeth on the and angle-adjustment wear out fast and there will be huge play, which makes the bike hang loose. it should be made of metal instead, or there should be a different solution for adjustment.
  • The plastic where the screws are got eaten up by the weight of the 13.6 KG bike.
  • the arm holding the bike is sagging so the bike will not be hanging 100% straight.
  • No replacement offered for Plastic inserts for the arm.The plastic inserts where the arm fro the adjustment slides in and out, wears out fast, so there will be huge amount of play, that causes huge amount of sag,(the bike hangs uneven. there is nothing wrong using plastic there but then spare parts are needed.
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  • huge amount of play, in the legs
  • when working on the bike you have to take the wheels of or the the weight of the bike might flip the stand.
  • the clamp failed after few times of use, I had my 13,6 kg bike clamped. and suddenly I hear a loud bang,one of the plastic plates on the clamp failed, so now its very flimsy and bike wont stay still.
  • there is  noticeable play I the whole stand
  • when you have The small-parts box is useless,if you hang the bike to by the seat post.
  • The plastic camping plates, will scratch the frame,so you need to have something over it.
  • Price
  • The clamp adjustment is bit time consuming

Pros:

 

Conclusion:

Too many construction flaws, high price tag.

I cant really recommend  it,the huge amount of play,which makes the bike hand weird, is a too big con, and no spare parts are offered, which is stupid.

but I recommend getting a high-quality,metal repair-stand, with weight plate.

but I need a bike-stand as fast as possible.

 

 

 

 

cheap or free tool alternatives27th april-Keep handle bar ,wheel from turning

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Keep handle bar ,wheel from turning:

instead of using Park Tool HBH-2

PTHBH2 Park Tool  Park Tool HBH-2 Styreholder Hindrer styret i å rotere

You can use my method.

This is my method:

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Step 1: 

Take 2 loops slide it on the handlebar, and tighten it, and you get this as result

Step 2:

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take 2 turns around the seat tube or seatpost depending on wheat is possible on your bike.(but if the shoe lases or the frame is too slippery,you can do it on the seatpsot and use the clamp on the bikestand)

step 3: repeat step 1 on the other side.

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You can use this knot for brake calliper aliment, just make the hole bigger and slide it over the brake lever and tighten:

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I you can’t reach the brake lever,for example if you work on a tandem bike or a utility bike,this method will work great,as long as you have it tight.

Here are some good stuff i found:

Video by RJ The Bike Guy

Video by RJ The Bike Guy

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This post will be updated with more stuff as I come up with something else or find something else

Short term review: Jagwire WST028 Pro Wire & Housing Cutter

Pros:

  • The cutting is excellent, as good as its show in their video, no matter if it’s Shimano or Jagwire cable or wire.
  • The spring never falls out unless, you drop the tool.
  • integrated awl

Cons:

  • If you like the cable to be short at the end, you can’t use the wire end cap criper,unless you want to take the wheel off if you do it on the Rear Derailleur.
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To be able to use it,you got to have the cable really long , which is not nice to have

I recommend using Slip-joint pliers ,which i do.

Conclusion:

I absolutely recommend this this tool because it’s 4 tools in one.

Official product video

 

Jagwire Pro Housing Cutter:

 

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=54359;menu=1000,185,191

https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/jagwire-pro-housing-cutter-457859/wg_id-11

 

Rebranded Jagwire cutter with SRAM branding:00 7915 073 010 Sram  Sram Kabel Kutter Til Wire og strømper

https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/sram-cable-housing-cutter-tool-54199/wg_id-11

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