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Part 3: Time Trial Bike Build - Arrival Of The Frame & Components

This is the third blog post on my Time Trial Bike Build. My previous post was about the selection of frame and components, if you haven't read it, you can do so here. My Time Trial frame arrived from Taiwan via EMS, it took about 20 days all up since the day I made my final payment to Dengfu. So it wasn't too long at all as they had to build the frame and paint it according to my specifications. 

WINNERS Energy Gels Review

Energy Gels are a personal choice thing, arguably the most important consideration is the taste. Then we look at if it works with your body. For a while now I have been searching, trying and tasting many gels of various flavours and brands. I have finally found the one for me so I would like to share it with you. In this review we are reviewing the Berry Burst flavour by Winners Energy.

The Bicycle Tyre

When we say tyre many of us would picture car tyre, this is because we see it all the time and that is what we know. So when we are buying and selecting tyres for our bicycles most of us straight away use the same logic as selecting tyres for our cars. Is this how it should be done? In this article I will try to cover all there is to know about bicycle tyres.

Keep your hydraulic disc pads separated with a coin

When the wheel is removed from your bike your rotor is removed from the brake caliper, laving an empty gap between your brake pads. If you were to accidently press your brake lever, your pads comes together and stay stuck. Some of us mountain bike riders would have experienced this before.

Normally when you buy your bike it should come with the pad spacer, a thin plastic thing to keep your pads apart when the rotor is not in place. Maybe it did came with your bike but you have lost it or when you first got it you didn't know what it was for.

Part 1: Time Trial Bike Build - Frame ordering

I started to contact the Taiwanese manufacturers, asking for quotes on the bike frame back in November 2013. Deng fu was my choice of manufacturer and they did offer me the lowest price. The quote was in USD and at the time the Australian dollar was about the same as US so $1100 for frame, fork, seat post, stem and TT bars was a very good deal. I didn't end up ordering and paying until about the end of November and by that time AUD was at 93 cents to 1 USD, which wasn't too bad but the thing that I didn't expect to come as a cost was the 4.3% paypal fee. 

I want to build my own bike


New bike, those two words put together just sound exciting and fun. In 2013 I was in the market for a new bike. To be honest, I wanted two new bikes, one for riding to and from work and a proper time trial bike for my triathlon races.

After shopping around for a while I wasn't really happy with any of the bikes on the market for sale. No one offered exactly what I wanted. Some bikes would have the right brakes but I would not like the manufacturer's choice of derailleur or the crankset or the colour choice. 

How to replace hydraulic disc brake pads

In this guide I will be working on the Shimano Deore M596. This guide can be used for most hydraulic pad replacement. They all share the same principle of two moving pistons, pushing on the pads with a spring sandwich in between the pads to push them out as you release the leaver. In face the pistons themselves move back as you release the brake leaver, the springs in between the pads are there just to make sure that the pads stay in the correct place.

What you will need to perform this pad replacement


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