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Which gears combinations shouldn't be used?

Is there any general rule or recommendation to avoid usage of certain gears combinations (for 2xN and 3xN gears systems)? Do they differ for mtb and road bikes? I know that it's recommended not to ...
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2answers
291 views

How should I train for a hilly ride while living in a flat country?

I'm kicking around the idea of riding the Curadmír in the spring of 2015 (almost 600km over 3 days across Northern Ireland), a ride that would obviously have a lot of elevation changes in it ...
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1answer
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Panier rear rack with no eyelets

I got a rear bike rack similar to this one, but I have no top or bottom eyelets on my Lemond bike. I want to attach it with p-clamps for a 3 day tour. How much weight can p-clamps hold? Do you have ...
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Bike Floor Pump for Raleigh Talus 3.0

I'm trying to find a good floor pump for my Raleigh Talus 3.0 bike which I recently purchased. I don't know much about bikes and have seen that there are different valve types (i.e. - Presta and ...
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0answers
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Need help on finalizing a bicycle for fitness and recreation! [on hold]

The Background : I rented a Scott mountain bike for a month last year while I was on a career break. I mostly rode around the neighborhood ( 4-5 miles max) with very little off-roading. I returned ...
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Did SRAM change/update their 10 speed PowerLink?

On a rare occurrence this weekend I managed to completely destroy my SRAM PowerLink. So I went over to my LBS and got a new one; however, when I went to install it, it was super hard to close the link ...
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1answer
42 views

What is a good headlight for my bike? [on hold]

Requirements: 1.Swappable between bikes 2.Good for bumpy roads/situations such as gravel or dirt 3.Long lasting battery 4.Far reaching range of light 5.LED of course!
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Where can I find a Shimano cs50 stopper fixing bolt?

Somehow I lost a single 'stopper fixing bolt' on my down tube cable stop. I have a set of Shimano sm-cs50 outer down tube cable stops, and I don't want to buy new ones because I only need one bolt. ...
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1answer
74 views

Can an IGH have the same maximum overdrive-ratio as a crank-sproket setup?

Is there an IGH that gives one the maximum overdrive-ratio that one might get with a 39-53T crankset and a 11-34T freewheel? If not, what is the mechanical roadblock in making one ?
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1answer
58 views

riding with medical disabilities [on hold]

I have a military disability, my back has some issues, So I'm not totally disabled. However I want to start riding bikes again. So I have. So far I have not had any real issues, other then being ...
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72 views

Slipping shift cable barrel adjusters

Currently, I have Shimano Tiagra 4600 series brifters on my bike, and the barrel adjuster on the front derailleur cable slips when the shifter/derailleur is in the smallest chainring position, when ...
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2answers
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Are the country roads quieter on weekdays or weekends?

I'm planning a two day trip down the UK country roads. Which days of the week would see the least traffic on the country roads? I'll be cycling from dawn till late afternoon on both days.
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0answers
24 views

Squeaky hydo brakes

I have hydraulic brakes and I've recently had new pads as the old ones were no good. I ride to work everyday so I know I've bedded them in. I've gone to go out on it today and both brAkes are ...
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0answers
37 views

Disc brake clicking noise

I just took my rear tire off of my mountain bike that has hydraulic disc breaks (elixer5). When I put the wheel back on and started peddling it made a clicking sound. At first I thought it was the ...
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2answers
73 views

Getting back on the bike after bad fall, how do I get over my fear? [duplicate]

On Nov of last year I had a bad stupid crash that broke 2 of my front teeth and left one loose. I was descending from a very rocky steep hill and my wheel got locked, threw me off my bike straight to ...
2
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0answers
38 views

DIY solution for carrying kids on a long-john: ideas?

I ordered a long-john (namely, a Bullitt Clockwork) and - the official folding seat/composite honeycomb bottom being way too expensive for my budget, I am now in the process of building a passenger ...
3
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1answer
56 views

What are the pros and cons of different types of shifter cables?

What are the pros and cons of regular and slick gear/shifter cables? I just want easy gear changing. I have shimano gears if that helps. I know the difference between them, but I want to know some ...
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0answers
45 views

What is a cheap puncture-proof tire against tackweed?

Lately, each time I ride my bike around the Bay Area, I get tackweed onto my wheels where upon one or both of them flatten overnight. Most of those are five minute rides to my local library. So, I ...
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2answers
143 views

Can I approximate how much air pressure is lost from disconnecting the hose?

I have a floor pump intended for mainly rather low pressure tires. It lets out quite a bit of air from the hose when disconnected. Can I calculate (approximately) how much air pressure is lost by ...
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3answers
454 views

How much does tire pressure affect the weight of the wheels

Kind of inspired by this question, but something I've been thinking about for a while. How much does the air in a bike tire weigh? Is it an appreciable amount? Is there a point where using a wider ...
4
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4answers
130 views

When riding with a single pannier, does it matter which side it's on?

I read somewhere that when riding with a single pannier, the pannier should be mounted on the left side (traffic side in the US). However, the article didn't give a reason behind that. It's been quite ...
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2answers
125 views

What is the difference between a horizontal top tube and a sloped one?

Some comparable bicycles have a crossbar (top tube) that's horizontal: Others have one that's sloped: What are the reasons for either frame design? Is it merely style preferences? Or is there ...
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3answers
176 views

How much does rider weight increase tire pressure?

When a person sits on a bike, the air pressure in the tires must go up because of the additional weight. With 100 PSI in 700x23 tires on a riderless bike, what is the air pressure when a 100 lb rider ...
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1answer
72 views

What are the Pros/Cons of a 2.1 vs 2.3 wide Mountain Bike Tire

Time for new Tires on my Mountain bike. I'm currently running a 2.1 (26"). What are the benefits of the 2.3? I'm guessing: you can run it at lower pressure and get some of the benefits of a ...
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0answers
38 views

Choosing a hybrid bike in UK [on hold]

I need to replace my old Hybrid bike that became unusable. I don't want to spend more than 200£, but, rather than get something that gives me more troubles than pleasure, I prefer to spend a little ...
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0answers
37 views

Clear glasses without “ghost” double images?

I've been looking for a good pair of glasses for low-light or nighttime cycling. I've tried a few pairs but all have the same issue: a "ghost" double image of any bright lights. It can be a bit ...
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3answers
217 views

Single pivot brake with handlebar levers (Resurrecting an old Colnago)

I have an old Colnago I want to resurrect, which after some Google-ing I have discovered is very similar to the bike here (but in blue): I want to replace the drop bar brakes with "standard" brakes ...
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4answers
197 views

Are there sirens/horns that are like a car horn?

I am going to start commuting on my bike, but I often use busy roads that are not cycle friendly and cyclists are not often noticed. I need a horn to be noticed (and to vent my anger without losing my ...
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1answer
53 views

7-speed cassette on an 11-speed freehub

Is it possible to use an SRAM cassette PG 730 7-speed cassette with a Mavic FTS-X freehub? According to the spec, no spacer is required for an 11-speed cassette and for 9/10 speed version a spacer is ...
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2answers
40 views

Creaking From Bottom Bracket [duplicate]

I'm not too familiar with the correct terminology for bike parts so please bear with me. I recently bought a mountain bike and have started to notice a loud creaking sound coming from the ...
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1answer
75 views

Is this bike worth $750? [closed]

Or is it overpriced? http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bid/4419402562.html It has all dura-ace components, but it's a 1995, 8 speed. The all carbon frame is attractive, too. I should also mention that ...
3
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2answers
131 views

Where can I ride Paris-Roubaix style cobbles in the UK?

Watching the Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde van Vlaanderen recently made me think I'd like to try out my road bike on similar-style cobbles, just for a laugh. Is there anywhere in the UK (I live in ...
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2answers
90 views

Road Bike or Hybrid Bike For Paving Stone

I haven't got any experience for these bikes. I want to buy a bike but I can't decide because I will use on paving stone. For example here. I'd like to buy a hybrid bike however I saw this bike in ...
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2answers
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My bike after a new spray paint, gets scratched easily

I completely sandpapered my bike a few months back and repainted it with a coat of primer first, and then matt black. The paint was sprayed only after sandpapering the bike with the appopriate gritt ...
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0answers
112 views

Are these bikes real from Aliexpress?

I wanted to buy a bike and started checking for one online. I went through some nice ones on Aliexpress.com but the price is very suspicious to me. It's not just the price but also the free shipping ...
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5answers
4k views

Is it bad etiquette to ride road bike through a small residential area?

Is it considered bad etiquette to ride a road bike through a small residential area? Not talking about a cheap bike and riding on the sidewalk but a nicer road bike at a decent pace. I don't want to ...
5
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0answers
52 views

odd noise on new disc brakes

After 200 miles on my LaPierre X Control 229 equipped with basic Avid hydraulic disks, I can hear the front wheel disk ventilation slots grinding through the caliper when I brake moderately! (Shimano ...
6
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2answers
105 views

difference between rack mounts and fender mounts?

is there a specific way that bike builders build mounts/eyelets for racks for panniers and eyelets that hold fenders? I'm specifically thinking about eyelets on the rear dropouts. I know that if a ...
2
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1answer
130 views

How can I mount a 25.4 mm seat-post on a frame that needs a 27.2 mm seat-post

My bike has no rear suspension. So I thought of putting a suspension seat-post on it. Unfortunately the only suspension post available in my city is a 25.4 mm one. I have added some scrap metal to fix ...
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2answers
49 views

Can a 120mm fork be mounted on Specialized Myka?

I have this fork available: RST Gila T8 (120mm travel option). The 80mm XCT fork on a 2-year old Specialized Myka is getting worn. I am considering installing the fork. Here it is explained that ...
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77 views

How to choose a good bike light? [on hold]

I want to buy a bike light for my bike,but i don't know how to choose it.I saw one on the koolerbuy that i think is good ,so who bought the product on koolerbuy,could you give me some advice? ...
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0answers
46 views

Bicycle wheel size? [closed]

This is my first time trying to buy a tire for my mountain bike. 200cm all around. 57cm in the rim diameter. And the wheel diameter is around 63 cm. I want to by the tire from Canadian Tire and ...
2
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0answers
82 views

Figures on accidents involving cyclists where motorists are using cell/mobile phones

I am trying to get hold of some figures for accident rates where either, ideally just cyclists or, just general road users & pedestrians, are involved in accidents (or reported near misses) ...
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2answers
122 views

Spoke Tension Guidelines

Generally what should the tension be for spokes in wheels built up from scratch? For the front wheel? Should the tension be different for drive-side/non-drive-side spokes in the rear? Should tension ...
4
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2answers
280 views

How to replace old style cotter-pin bottom bracket with a modern one?

I have an old 1950's English bicycle with cotter-pin style bottom bracket like this: I find the cotter pins fail fairly regularly and are hard to replace correctly. I was wondering if it's possible ...
6
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3answers
306 views

Minimum mountain bike trekking/touring equipment

Consider a one week trip in nature, with bikes. Daily routes are to be about 60km with 2000m total elevation change per day (climb, then descend). The group is of 2-5 people. Weather is summer (maybe ...
4
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2answers
177 views

Name in English of different parts and tools

What is the name in English of the part that has a set of dented wheels and goes attached to the center of the back wheel of a bicycle? What would be the name(s) in English of the tool that allows ...
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0answers
47 views

Tire Pressure Recommendations for a ronde? [closed]

I"m gonna be throwing some Clement LAS tires on my cross bike for a ronde I'll be doing, mostly dirt roads, lots of climbing. Suggestions on tire pressure? I'm just under 200#
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2answers
70 views

Rubbing disc brake caliper

Finally I bought my new hydraulic disc brakes (Shimano M-446) and installed it on my bike . It was a little difficult to adjust the calipers , because the space between the pads is smaller than on my ...
2
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7answers
138 views

1980's bike vs New(er) Models? (Should one stay with an ancient bike?)

I have been cycling on a Centurion Pro Tour that was constructed sometimes in the 1980's - probably late 1980's, but still. It works great. It coasts downhill far faster than my hybrid, it doesn't ...

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