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Have an issue or question about a bike part you have? Don’t be afraid to contact the manufacturer. Every manufacturer has a website and almost always has a phone number listed. A few days ago I call Marzocchi in California with some questions I had about a fork I bought from them. This isn’t always the case, but I needed a specific tool that only Suntour makes for their products (Marzocchi and Suntour are affiliated) and I was able to get Marzocchi to ship me the tool I needed for free. This saved me from ordering the tool or going to a local bike shop to buy or borrow it. So it never hurts to call a manufacturer and let them know what you are dealing with. By doing so I found out that Marzocchi has terrific customer service and obtained a free tool for my work shop.

A while back I kept running into the problem of needing “bike specific” tools every time I wanted to do my own work on my bike.  So I shopped around to try and find a good deal on a set of tools that would meet my needs but not empty my pockets.  Some sets of tools can cost over $500.00.  I knew that I wouldn’t need anything that fancy for what I was looking to do.  I wanted the bare minimum for being able to basically build up a frame and keeping up on bike maintenance.  Here is what I found, Sette Torx ST-21 Tool Kit.

This kit has been great, I’ve been able to use it to do all my repairs and bike maintenance.  This is also the kit I used to build up my Titus Racer X frame.  Besides this Sette tool kit I’ve used other Sette products as well and I have to say, for the money you can’t get any better than this.  Well built and reliable, the two most important aspects of tools in my opinion.  Why pay more?

I’m just about done building up my Titus Racer X frame.  I was able to swap almost everything over from my old hardtail to my new frame, with the exception of the headset and the seatpost.  My advice to anyone looking to upgrade components or just plain don’t have any, to go to one of the following sites to start your search.

  1. www.PricePoint.com
  2. www.JensonUSA.com

I’ve had great experiences with each site.  And if you aren’t exactly sure what components you want for your bike then check out these sites for reviews.

  1. Anything to do with moutain bikes.  www.mtbr.com
  2. Anything to do with road bikes.  www.roadbikereview.com

I had a new Sunlite Headset sitting around that came with my Marzocchi fork that worked with my Racer X frame and it seems to be very solid, I’ll let you know how I like it after a few rides.  I’m a big fan of Race Face components as I’ve had stems, handlebars, and seatposts made by them.  All of which are affordable, well made, and look great.  So I’ll be ordering this seatpost from JensonUSA, Race Face Ride XC Seatpost ’09.  It’s a solid seatpost that I’ve used before and it takes a good beating and keeps on going, perfect for my style of riding.  The only reason why I have to buy another one is because the Racer X seatpost diameter is 31.6mm and the Race Face seatpost I have is 30.9mm.

Here is a shot of my work area for my bikes.  I currently have an 04′ Titus Racer X, 05′ Jamis Ventura Sport, and a 03′ Jamis Dakar (wife’s).

I live in Southwest Michigan and an 24 years old.  I’m married with no kids, unless you count our two dogs.  My wife and I love the outdoors and I especially love to cycle.  I mountain bike and road bike but mountain biking is my passion, no doubt about it.  I’ve been riding seriously since March of 2009.  I’m usually always trying to find that “deal” on bike parts and  do all my own bike maintenance to save money.  Plus I love learning how to fix, upgrade, and tweak my own stuff.  I’m setting up this blog to give product reviews, tips on repairs, and talk about my favorite places to ride.  I’m not that guy you see out on the trail with a $5000.00 bike either, I’ve been slowly upgrading since I started back in March.  I don’t have a ton of money to devote to biking so if you’re like me, you know that finding the best component for the price/performance is a must!