spacetime wrote:Hey Elliot. I have a couple of bmx pegs I want to put on my cruiser. Loaded the bike tonight so will need to put the pegs on out there. Hope to swing by your spot to do so!
Uh? What are we talking about here? I know what BMX stands for (bicycle moto cross), but what kind of "pegs" are we dealing with, and where on the bicycle are they supposed to go, and what purpose are they supposed to serve?
If you mean "stunt pegs" which screw onto the ends of the rear axle and allow a passenger to ride along by standing on those pegs.... I am no fan of such stunt pegs. The weight of the passenger tends to bend the axle and/or deform the threads, and also to overload the wheel and break spokes.
In addition, on most cruisers, the axle is not long enough to install stunt pegs without removing the original nuts, which means that the original chain adjustment would be lost, assuming this is a single-speed bike, which most cruisers are. And chain adjustment is tricky business, which I do not undertake unless actually needed, or the wheel needs to come off for repair.
And everybody should keep in mind that all bicycle repair services on Playa are intended for unexpected breakdowns, not for any preparation work.
While we are on the subject.... Many brand new single speed cruisers have excessively tight chains. So please check yours now. (I can only guess that the fault lies with the youngsters who assemble the bikes for minimum wage after school at the discount stores.)
And whenever working on the rear wheel of a bike with coaster brake (pedal-backward brake), make certain you reattach the torque arm on the left side. It MUST be attached to the frame, or serious damage to the wheel-hub will result.