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    Chainstay guard and New brake pads.

    http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...20LX&Type=bike

    I recently bought a 2006 Fat Possum LX. Took it to the mechanic and he said everything was fine except the brakes were worn out. I told him i would buy the brake pads on my own since i had some money in my Paypal account i made from a sale. My bike has Hayes HFX-9 hydraulic brakes. How many pairs of pads do i need?

    Im wondering if this is my best option (if it only uses 2 pairs then ill have an extra set to keep):

    http://cgi.ebay.com/4-PAIRS-8Pads-Ha...a#ht_785wt_905

    Any other options would have to be from websites that take paypal. This is my first mountain bike and i will not be ridding aggressive/technical anytime soon. I will probably ride anywhere from 1-3 times a month for 1-2hrs at a time.

    Now i also want to buy a chainstay guard/protector. (i know theres cheap alternatives but i want a red one to match my red pedals :P ) But im not sure what size i need. My chainstays diameter goes from 4.5" to 3.5". I found a red Lizard Skins guard.. but im not sure if i need the jumbo or super jumbo. Anyone?


    Thanks in advance!

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    Those brake pads look like a pretty good deal. Brake pads often cost $15 or more for a single pair, and the shelf life is unlimited.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
    Those brake pads look like a pretty good deal. Brake pads often cost $15 or more for a single pair, and the shelf life is unlimited.

    Thanks for the response! Now i just need to find out what size chainstay guard to get.. i dont want to find out it doesnt fit when i get it lol

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    Use an old tube cut in half and some electrical tape. Works fine for chainstays.

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    Roadie Handlebar tape

    Adam,

    Find some Roadie Handlebar tape (from Profile or others) on Ebay that is the color you like, Red should be easy to find. Wrap the Chainstay starting in the front and working backwards like a handlebar and you will be good to go. You will have the color you want and still have plenty of extra if you should have a wreck and ruin the existing tape. That allows should get you where you want to go, have a custom look and allow you to use paypal. Hope this helps.

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    Usually steel frames are jumbo, and the aluminum frames (which have larger diameter tubes) are super jumbo.

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    Thanks for the info guys!

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