Mountain bike (MTB) can mean almost any kind of off-road bicycle. Wide knobby tires, flat handlebars, maybe shocks, probably a sturdy frame...

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How can a beginner cyclist build up power?

I am a 44-year-old guy, 250 lbs (yes, overweight). I have not been on a bike in over 15 years. I just picked up a 12 Trek Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection) this weekend, and after riding for about 2 ...
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Panniers stuck in tire spokes!

I ride my bike as primary mode of transportation everyday. Recently, I decided to start using panniers for groceries, to spare my shoulders. I hooked them on to the rack on my bike, and rode to Trader ...
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new MTB creacking on hard pedaling

When I press down hard on my right foot trying to go fast or up a hill I hear a noise coming from my bike. What is this? Its brand new... If it isn't an easy fix I will take it back. It only happens ...
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Can you run a standard tyre on a tubeless rim?

I have some new tubeless MTB rims and I'd like to avoid buying new tyres for them. The tyres are reasonably sturdy (Continental Race King Protection - 4 plies / total 240tpi) and I have sealant. As I ...
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How to prevent accidental unclipping while cornering?

I have less than 10 hours on SPD pedals. Unclipping is becoming more and more intuitive (I no longer fall to the side when stopping at a traffic light). While it still intimidates me to jump with ...
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Backpack advice?

I have a Camelbak Kudu 12 (http://shop.camelbak.com/kudu-12/d/1344) backpack. I've tried riding with it a few times but it's just not working. Whenever I ride down a trail, the backpack hits the back ...
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If many bottom-outs are happening, should air pressure or compression damping be increased?

I know springs exert a force proportional to displacement from a steady-state position. On the other hand, an ideal damper exerts a force proportional to the speed of the object. The procedure to ...
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Should the hands be used for absorbing the impact after a jump?

I am trying to learn some very small jumps and bunny-hops. It seems that upon landing from either, there are two options. I am talking here only about the moment of the impact with ground, and not ...
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My bike won't shift out of 7th gear in the back

My bike is stuck in 7th gear. The front three gears shift fine, but the back does not. It shifts fine when no one is on it, but as soon as you put weight on it, it no longer will shift.
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How do I stop my bike tires from puncturing?

I recently bought a specialized Stumpjumper 29 and its only been a few weeks but I've punctured the tire four times already. I think im getting the punctures from the trees and bark on the trail but ...
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Tyre replacement for Rockrider 300

I have a rockrider 300 which has tyre measurements as 26*2.0 and tube measurements as 26*1.75-26*2.12. According to the catalog they are semi-slick tyres. I want them to be even slicker. I have ...
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Cuyuna Lakes, MN Camping?

Has anyone rode the trails at Cuyuna Lakes in Ironton, Minnesota? Wondering if there is tent camping at the base of any of the trail systems that a guy can literally ride into camp at the bottom ? ...
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Changing to rigid fork on C-dale Killer V 900 w 1.5

I have a 90s era Cannondale Killer V 900., Believe it has the Headshock fork with the shock directly below the headset. I am converting the bike to an electric commuter (please dont hate me or just ...
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Pieces of plastic that came with my bike, what are these?

I've looked into my 6 years old Mountain Bike manual and in the bag with it and all the warranties I found these 5 pieces of plastic, what are they made for? Thank you in advance
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I self serviced my front-suspension - now its not bottoming out

So to clarify, I followed the instructions from RockShox about how to service my front-suspension. Serviced both my upper and lower legs. Swapped some of the o-rings and seals. Added the designated ...
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Kashima coat or not?

I have some Fox Float 32 Evolution 140mm travel forks on my 2015 giant trance. I ride very aggressively and it's a bumpy ride down a lot of the tracks I do. Keep in mind I do technical tracks, over ...
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Front wheel compatibility

I have a pretty cheap bike (29" Genesis Two-Nine) which served me very well for 2 years and now the front wheel got stolen. Are front wheels universally replaceable and if yes, what are properties ...
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Front suspension or full suspension mountain bike

I'm considering buying a mountain bike and have narrowed it down to two models (make and model aren't important for this question). One model is a full suspension bike (front and back), the other is ...
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Is the bike i'm using right for Mountain Biking?

Im not exactly down with the terms used in MTB, I have recently bought a new bike. It was within my price range and its great for riding on the road and forest trails. Its a "Carrera Hellcat II ...
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Recommended Tire pressure [duplicate]

Looking for recommend. Tire pressure for a 26in MTN bike. Im around 185lbs. I am fixing my bike up, and I want to make sure not to over inflate as I do not want to blow a tire.
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Help altering old Marin MTB to an In-town pavement cruiser?

I have an old Marin Bobcat Trail MTB with 26" wheels. I want to make a road bike out of it, and don't want to spend a bunch of money. I just want to be able to go fast and coast for awhile, so I don't ...
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Transitioning mountain bike into city commuter bike

In effort to transition my mountain bike to a city commuter- can I replace the mountain tires with thinner city tires without changing the bike wheels?
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Mtb weld repair Al frame

I am looking at a full sussy mtb with an Al frame, it's cheap but needs to be welded,as the frame is cracked, it's a cult insomnia. 52 inch. Anyone weld a mtb before, it's cracked on lower bracket, ...
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How long should MTB disc brake pads last?

I'm fairly new to mountain biking and I was able to put in around 900 miles on my first set of brake pads on my Giant Anthem X2. At that point they started grinding metal on metal. I went and bought ...
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How do I prevent my pants from getting caught into the bike gears

I have the unfortunate habit of always getting my jean pants stuck in my gears and end up with a nice rip on the seams. I've used those velcro braces to keep the bottom of my pants leg close to my ...
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Converting a MTB to a Road Bike

I just bought a new MTB and am planning to change my previous MTB into a Road Bike. How do I do it? What kind of parts do I need to change or add or remove? I am not looking to for a full ...
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Mongoose Right Bike Gears shifting up magically

On the right, or back gears of my mongoose bycicle, the gears are not clicking as they should on the right side. Its stuck in 6th or 7th gear and it has a grip-shift that works fine on the left side. ...
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Novatec D041SB and D142SBT Hub Quality [closed]

Anyone have idea, how is the quality of Novatec D041SB and D142SBT Hubs?
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Rear disc brake question

I have a dynacraft next mountain ridge 26" bike & it already has a front disc brake but would I be able to add a disc brake to my rear wheel which previously had a v brake on it that I ripped off? ...
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Recovering COnfidence after bike fall [duplicate]

It's been 3 months since my bike accident, I've had at least 10 critical accidents. Sometimes I don't even know how I am alive. Recently, I had a bike crash when going down the hill which broke of 2 ...
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what model is this kuwahara?

hi all, can anyone identify this bike, and is it worth fixing up? everything seems great on it - oiled and cleaned just about everything, just waiting new cables and tires/tubes... it says kuwahara ...
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How to fix a sluggish bike?

I just bought a used mountain bike, and it seems to be slow. Pedaling seems like very hard work, and at a normal casual pedaling rate, I can only reach 4-5mph. If I pedal like I'm being chased by a ...
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needing new front suspension

I have an old Schwinn sidewinder 2.6 mountain bike. I'm starting to get into better trails and I want to upgrade my front suspension. It has the standard 1-1/8 steering, but its a threaded shaft. Does ...
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Convenient bike-security measures for rural, small-town, and remote-touring environments [closed]

I originally titled this question as "I'm looking for a convenient absolutely fail-safe automatic lock that works all the time". But, judging by some rather cold responses, that title seems to be ...
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What are typical max speeds for pro downhill races?

Looking videos like Red Bull Rampage or Mega Avalanche make me wonder about the speeds attained by those pro bikers. How fast they go in straight line sections?
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Attack position

I stumbled upon this gem recently. They explain that the most basic skill is the attack position. Here is my understanding of their teaching: Standing and not on the saddle. Center of gravity of the ...
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Compare optimal seated riding postions for different “fields” in mountain biking

I remember seeing an illustration, in some article, of different riding positions. The cross-country guy leans low and forward, while the enduro rider was close to standing straight up. Both were ...
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How to build good jumps?

Not sure if this is the right place for this... But I'm wondering how I can make 'good' jumps. I've made a few using a 1 tonne digger. I had the tabletop with the pallet a gap at first but I made ...
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Can I enter an enduro race on a hardtail mountain bike?

I really like the idea of enduro racing but I cant currently afford an enduro specific bike. Is it acceptable to enter an enduro event on an aggressive XC/trail hardtail mountain bike? Are there any ...
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Why the solid 12mm rear axle?

Recent years saw the introduction of hollow axles, as the pipe is the stiffest construction for it's weight for loads expected on an axle. And now the industry is introducing the 12mm solid rear ...
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Doing a 230km / 142 mile cycle this weekend over 2 days, what vital equipment am I missing?

This will be my first long distance cycle over 100km's / 62 miles. Last weekend I did a 60km / 37 mile cycle without too much difficulty, so I'm pretty sure I can get through at least day 1, day 2 ...
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Merida Matts TFS 600 original chain lube [closed]

What lubricant does the chain of a Merida TFS 600 bring from its factory? Thanks.
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Converting from square spline to external bearings, what do I need to know?

I need to replace the entire drivetrain on my circa 2000 MTB commuter. Quality groupsets all seem to use external bearings these days. Replacing my current cartridge bottom bracket for a modern ...
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Could I bike 9 mile a day home from work starting with no current exercise?

I am thinking of getting a bike and biking it home from work on a mountain bike its 9 miles and reasonably flat, I'm not the fittest guy so I'm wondering if I would struggle??
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What is a shimano ispec shifter?

I know what a shifter is but I could not find a definitive answer on what an ispec shifter is or how is it different from a regular shifter. For example the 2014 shimano deore groupset says it has ...
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Tapered fork into 44mm head tube?

I have a MTB Ghost SE 2000 frame which has a 1 1/8" head tube. I just measured it and it has a 44mm diameter top and bottom. I want to replace the stock fork. However it is hard to find non-tapered ...
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Disadvantage of Hybrid Bikes on Mountains

Everybody know that Hybrid bike can be used for mountain cycling. But I want to know what are the disadvantages if we do so? And what are disadvantages of using mountain bikes in cities.
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What skills/drills should I learn to descend faster and more confidently? (for mountain biking)

I've ridden road and mountain bikes for years, and this is my first year riding as a part of a team (and actually doing races). I've been stuck at nearly the same level of skill when descending and ...
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Front wheel requires weight for traction: is this applicable to icy conditions?

How is cornering on the road different than cornering on dirt? Is cornering in snow any different? I usually attempt to keep at least half my weight on the front wheel for stability when ...
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my Bike Make & Model [duplicate]

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