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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Good books on mountain biking

What books do you know about learning mountain biking.
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Would learning to ride a unicycle boost biking skills?

Unicycles are not particularly expensive, seem to be light and portable, also fun. This gets me wondering if spending a couple of months to learn riding such a thing would boost a mountain biker's ...
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Is it possible to replace a 1 1/8 steering tube with a 1"?

I have a 94 Giant ATX. Threaded 1 inch steeering tube. I need a shorter stem, and would also like to install a suspension fork. Is it doable? Could I take a modern suspension fork, heat the crown, ...
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How does stiffness affect experience and performance?

I see many mountain bike reviews and articles discuss the stiffness of frames, forks, wheels and other components. Here are some questions which cross my mind: What is the definition of stiffness? ...
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Mountain bike rear wheel tilts after remounting

Backstory: Total newbie regarding repairing cycles and the proper cycling terminology, so please take that into account. Actual story: I had a fall and the rear wheel started touching the brakes ...
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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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MTB Manufactures and Upgrade-ability

I'm looking to purchase a new bike in the intermediate level and I'd like the option to upgrade all if not most of the parts over time. That said, I've read some concerning articles [sic] and I want ...
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What is the widest range 9 speed cassette?

My commuter rig is an old trek mountain bike that I've converted to fixed gear with an ENO hub/crankset. I am thinking about going geared for the winter. I have a rear wheel that I built last year ...
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Converting Mountain Bike for Road to complete in 33 mile mini triathalon

I have a very good mountain bike and like to ride trails. I recently signed up for a mini triathalon that requires a 33 mile road ride. I don't want to buy a new bike, so I was thinking about buying ...
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Why is my front Derailleur not shifting as smooth as it used to?

I have a Specialized Hard Tail 10' Model. When I ride and am shifting to the bigger gear on my front derailleur it isn't as smooth as it used to be or sometimes doesn't shift to the gear I'm going ...
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Bunny Hop, Stoppie or Wheelie? Which one to attempt first on MTB?

I am 21 years old. I'm overweight for my age..171 ibs. I have started cycling few months back and I'm lovin' it. I have a Merida mtb(mainly used on the road) I was thinking about practicing some ...
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What maintenance is required for a thru axle?

A thru axle is a hollow axle that gets clamped by each fork leg and through the hub. Like what a motorcycle has. Much stiffer and stronger design then the typical QR dropout. My sons newer downhill ...
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How to board a ski chairlift that is not intended for bicycles?

As the end of the ski season is approaching, I am thinking about visiting our ski resort by bicycle. I would like to do it at the end of the season to avoid the inconvenience of the crowd, and ...
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First Cyclocross Race - Riding a Mountain Bike

I'm participating in my first ever bike race this weekend. It's a cyclocross race, and I'm riding a full suspension mountain bike, because I started looking into races late this season and a fully is ...
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Planting a foot when cornering: when and how?

Recently I have noticed the following. When doing extremely tight turns e.g. 90 degree trail turn, I tend to: Get out of my high saddle, position in front of it and low over the top tube Stick the ...
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How do I make a MTB shifter fit on a Road dropbar?

I'm about to buy a MTB, since we don't have cyclocrosses here in my country. I'd like to have a road dropbar, but can't spend money on a road shifter like tiagra sti. I know the mtb handlebars are ...
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Replacing grip shift shifters on department store bike with thumb friction shifters?

I have a department store bike with a twist grip shifter (3 chain rings, friction shift and 6 sprockets, index shift - Torque Drive One derailleur) and I want to replace it. I am not able to get ...
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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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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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Would like to custom-build a bike but I'm not sure on what parts to buy

Currently I have a 2011 Trek 3700 (no disc brakes) and just this year have gotten into riding mountain bike trails and would like to have a bike better suited for doing that. I'd like to keep the ...
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Will a road brake lever work with a v-brake?

I'm planning on changing my commuter handlebar to a drop handlebar. As the diameters are different, I need to know if the new brake lever will work with the existing v-brakes. (My intention is to ...
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Remote rising seat posts and heavier rider

I am looking at remote adjustable seat posts that I can adjust the height of using a lever on my handle bar. They have a high price tag. Examples are Rock Shox Reverb Seat Post and Crank Brothers ...
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Suggestion on buying a single speed 29er mountain bike

I'm interested in buying a single speed mountain bike for about $400-600. Can anyone recommend me one? I tried buying this http://www.redlinebicycles.com/bikes/mtb/2012-monocog-29er but it is all ...
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Tips for radial wheel truing

Several drive side spokes on a mountain bike rear were damaged the rear mech being pushed into the wheel by a rock, with one snapping completely. I've replaced the affected spokes and have managed to ...
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Rear gears don't turn anticlockwise

I've taken the rear wheel off my bike but the rear gears are stuck and do not spin freely anticlockwise. It had been out of use for about 4 days, kept in a dry garage. I took the wheel off because it ...
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Where should I mount a mirror?

What do you recommend as an optimal point and orientation for mounting a rear-view mirror? I'm open to handlebar-, glasses-, or helmet-mounted. Some of the considerations, as I understand it, are: ...
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Which type of handle bars are best for off-road & road use?

There are quite a lot of types of bars. Some best bit for aerodynamics, some best fit for control, some offer significant amount of positions. I am looking to change my handlebars to the best fit ...
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Buying brake levers, how do I find the correct ones for my bike?

I took a hard spill the other day on my mountain bike and snapped my left hand brake lever in to pieces. The ones that snapped are stock alloy rubbish that came with a Specialized Hardrock 2010 Disc ...
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Is it possible to drop a foot in corners while using clipless pedals?

My friends convinced me to try clipless pedals, that I never trusted too much (BMX background). Now while I'm getting used to them and experience very funny falls, I try to figure out, can a ...
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How do I align my front brake disk with the caliper?

I have manual Avid disc brakes. I took my front wheel off like I've done hundreds of times. When I put it back on the wheel is aligned properly with my fork, but the disc presses against one of the ...
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Which footwear is the safest for summer cycling?

This morning I could not find my training shoes. So, I used my sandals. I found that the sandals not only kept my feet cool but there was no pedal slippage as I had expected. The more I think about ...
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How to carry a MTB on one's backpack?

Sometimes I want to ascend a steep (say, 50%) slope, where is impossible to ride and awkward to push/pull the bike. I tried various ways of carrying the bike: Lifting it just 10 cm above the ground ...
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Stuck front derailleur

On a ride recently my front derailleur seems to have gotten jammed. The levers wouldn't index and the derailleur itself wouldn't budge. After continuing the ride for a bit, the problem went away on ...
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Way to fix outward dent in rim?

On a ride today I ran over a water run off too fast and have caused an outward bulging dent in both sides of my rim. The bulge is hardly noticeable to see or touch but I "think" I can feel it when ...
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upsweep and backsweep for mtb handlebars

Characteristics of the following bars for MTB are: • 780mm wide • 30mm rise • 5˚ up-sweep • 7˚ back-sweep I know what effects do the width and rise have on the feel and riding. But what about ...
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Bike type suggestion for packed limestone trails

Sorry, for the beginner question. Where I live (Ontario, Canada), I am lucky enough to have a number of packed limestone trails (former railways). Those are fairly flat and great for bicycling. They ...
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Is my disc brake caliper correctly mounted on the frame?

I have been in the process of upgrading my bike a bit. A friend of mine convinced me to upgrade my brakes from my stock Shimanos to some disc brakes. After having a look around and asking question, I ...
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How much faster can i go after moving from 2x10 to a 3x10 gear setup?

My 26" mountain bike currently has a 2x10 gear setup with SRAM components: a SRAM S-1250 crank with 38/24 chainrings, and a SRAM PG-1030, 10-speed, 11-36t cassette. I feel that when riding on ...
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How to find a durable lock mount?

I've had one Kryptonite D-lock for the last two years, and it's worked great. I typically don't ride with a pack, so I've used lock mounts (this kind) to keep it secured to the upright on my bike. ...
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Can a 10-speed mountain bike chain be used on a 10-speed road bike?

I would like to use a Shimano Deore XT Chain CN-HG94 on my road bike. Are there any differences between roadbike chains versus mountain bike chains that prohibit this? Sample Road Bike Chains: Dura ...
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Does riding with suspension locked do any harm long term

I bought a Trek 4300 MTB a few months back as my main intent was to ride off-road on local dis-used railway paths. I've since moved house and my main use of the bike is now for my commute to work. ...
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Specialized Hardrock rear hanger

I just fixed my first puncture on a recently bought Hardrock (Evans)and discovered that the rear hanger is not attached to the frame. This made refitting the wheel a bit of a struggle. There is a ...
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Proper fork length for a bike with 5.5 inches of rear shock

I purchased an older Santa Cruz Blur frame today. From what I can gather the shock mounted on the frame gives 5.5" of travel. I'm looking to buy a fork to match. Do I need to go with a 140mm fork, ...
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Why do full suspension bikes seem to be on average £1000 more expensive than hardtails?

I was just looking at the new On One Codeine full suss mountain bike and 45650B hardtail (£2599 vs £899) respectively. However, what is the great difference apart from the shock? A fox rear shock goes ...
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Advice/Tips for first time racers

I have entered a 30km mtb race that will take place in a couple of weeks time. I don't know much about the route and won't be able to get on it beforehand as it goes through private farms that will ...
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Why no tires made of Vibram?

Top-notch mountain trekking shoes are advertised as having Vibram soles. They are supposed to be durable and have superior traction on wet stones, mud etcsetra. This is what we want from na mtb tire, ...
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Tube constantly getting punctured near the valve

I have been using my bike for a few years now, and for the last month i am constantly getting this problem. After riding a day or two, it looks like my tube gets rotated a little inside the tire, and ...
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Does a high MTB seat post risk frame breaking

On a full suspension MTB, does a high seat post (extending from frame by 25cm, 10" or more) contribute to frame weakness, should one look to have a bike with a tall seat tube, or are MTB's designed ...
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How can I tell if a rack and panniers will work with my bike?

I have a 2012 Jamis Durango Race and am interested on fitting it with rear panniers at some point. However I want to be sure that they'll be compatible. There seem to be mounting points on the bike ...
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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 ...