Bicycle components without which it's not a working bike: wheels, brakes, saddle/seat, bottom bracket, derailleur, stem, handlebars, bolts, etc. Also tag with specific part.

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How much does bike price correspond with maintenance needs?

In this question (with this answer) I asked about a commuter bike, which is to be ridden 40 km every weekday, in the city. And apparently for this scenario I can choose either of two possible kinds of ...
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How to “shop” for bikes via mail order

What is a good method for finding a bike which matches my riding style, body measurements and bank account size when not able to actually go and try the given candidate bike model(s) in-person? In my ...
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Buying a new wheelset online: Do they come ride-ready?

I am thinking of purchasing a new wheelset for my road bike. Do wheels ordered online usually arrive ready to ride, or do they require some construction?
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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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When did Ultegra shift from 9 to 10 speed rear cassettes?

I'm looking at a used Trek road bike for my daughter. I found an aluminum frame, carbon fork bike with 105 shifters and an Ultegra 9 speed rear derailer. I'm trying to figure out how old the bike is ...
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How does a bike's weight affect the overall experience of owning it?

Naturally, carrying a light bike up the stairs is much more enjoyable compared to a heavier bike. Are there any other aspects of a bike which are affected by its weight? For example, would the weight ...
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1st road bike; wary of no-name parts? [closed]

About to buy my first road bike. I keep things for a long time, so won't be upgrading the frame in 2 years. I will ride 2-3 time weekly, 15-40 miles each time. I'm deciding among three options: ...
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Where should I sell old bike parts?

I seem to have amassed a huge collection of bike parts. Some parts are old and need a specialist market so I don't think that ebay is the best marketplace for them. How can I sell on / give away old ...
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How do I fix U brakes?

I found an old bmx in my shed and I'm just doing it up a little as a good muck around bike. It's not very good, I don't even know the brand but i cut the front brake off, because it didn't even work ...
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How are these plastic rings used on my Shimano disk brake mount adapter?

I boughtt a Shimano SM-MA-R160 Disc Brake Mount Adaptor for my bike. It came with these black plastic things in the lower right corner of the photo below. I have a bunch and don't know what are they ...
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How to avoid getting swindled when buying used cranks?

I'm looking for a cheap, used set of cranks for a bike that was fished out of the garbage :) Because the cranks won't be on a bicycle when I go buy them, how can I tell if they're bent or not? I'm ...
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Benefits and drawbacks of Dropper posts?

From what I've seen, the last couple of years saw a new product type come into light, and since its inception it has started to appear on bikes (such as this one, this one, or this one) as a stock ...
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What kind of brake pads for Dia Compe centre pull brakes

I have some Dia Compe center pull brakes shown below. I was wondering what the best type of brake pads are to use for these brakes. Looking around at pictures on the internet, many people use ...
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What kind of bicycles do they ride in the Tour de France?

I've been looking at a lot of the coverage of the Tour de France. All of the attention is on the cyclists, and no attention whatsoever on the cycles. Even in photographs or videos, they are so far ...
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What are those washers for?

I recently serviced my FH-RM66 and was surprised to find that the cones have a couple of washers in the middle. The cones are monolithic, so the weashers can't be holding it together or absorbing ...
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Replacing Tiagra 9-speed shifter with 9-speed 105 or Sora shifters

So my handlebars were stolen from my Salsa Casseroll the other night, levers and all. (Argh.) The bike has a Tiagra 9 speed triple drivetrain, and Shimano discontinued Tiagra 9 speed hardware, leaving ...
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Where to buy 2005 Shimano 105/Ultegra brifter hoods? [closed]

I have a 2005 Trek 1500 WSD road bike with original Shimano 105 STI brake/shifter levers. I'm looking for replacement hoods for the brifters because the originals are wearing out. I believe the ...
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Are there tugnuts made to fit forward facing horizontal dropouts?

Are there tugnuts meant to fit forward facing horizontal dropouts such as those on a Surly Cross Check, All City Space Horse, or Salsa Cassaroll which won't block rack and fender bosses and keep wheel ...
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Which sites in the UK are available for selling older / vintage bike components? [duplicate]

I've got a vast selection of old bike parts collected over years by my dad, but I know that most of them will be lost in the ether posted on eBay and need a specialist audience. Where in the UK / ...
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What Type of Brake Pads Should I Look For?

The brake pads on my bike have worn out, so I ordered a new set online, and after I spent a lot of time trying to adjust them, I noticed it won't work as they're not long enough to grip the rim when ...
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Who else makes H-bar Loop Handlebars?

Jones makes a great pair of touring handlebars with a loop for mounting lots of accessories, but their prices are a bit steep ($120-$425). I'm building a mountain touring bike and I've been trying to ...
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Is the XTR Di2 battery compatible with Ultegra Di2?

I'm considering installing an Ultegra Di2 groupset on a small road bike. The space below the water bottle bosses is too little to install the regular road Di2 battery, but the XTR SM-BTC1 Di2 battery ...
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What are the 'parts' to a mechanical disc brake set?

So there are rotors, pads, brake lever, brake cable...I just want to make sure that if i buy brakes I can get all the parts and I'm not missing anything.
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Matching color bar tape to replace dirty white tape? [closed]

My father has one a Trek 4.3 Domane from 2014 with white bicycle tape that is very dirty now and could use to be replaced(christmas gift for him). What color tape/product should I get that will still ...
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Saddles and Bent Metal Rails

Has anyone else had issues with bent (slow deformation over time) metal rails on the saddles they have used? I previously had three or four saddles that all ended up tilted over to one side and ...
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What's the performance difference between a front-load and top-load bike stem?

I recently bought a bmx and after doing a few tricks on it, the front-load stem became loose enough for the bars to slide forward (they rotated towards me about the point the bars were connecting at ...
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Use of Shimano long-reach calipers with “New Super SLR” brake levers/shifters

So my bike has Shimano Tiagra ST-4600/4603 brifters (it's a triple) but is fitted with long-drop BR-R451 calipers. In theory, these should be incompatible because of the change in cable pull ratio, ...
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Dia Compe Brakes for 1991 Bridgestone RB-T

I have a 1991 Bridgestone RB-T. This bike has passed through many hands so much of the stock parts are gone. The original Dia Compe XCE brake arms have been replaced by Dimension canti arms. My ...
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upgrading components on replacement?

Is it practical (or is there any reason not to) upgrade components on a bicycle when they are replaced? For instance, I've got a 10 speed cassette on a tour bike that needs to be replaced. The bike ...
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What initial improvements can I make to a Schwinn Sidewinder?

I bought a Schwinn Sidewinder from Walmart last night in a desperate attempt to get some exercise. I took it home and rode intensely for an hour, it was fantastic! I may be wrong, but I see bicycles ...
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What are the benefits of external bottom brackets?

Pretty soon, I plan to replace the bottom bracket on my early 90's Sakae Litage road bike. It takes a standard, English-threaded bottom bracket. Right now I think it contains loose bearings--I was ...
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Pros and Cons of 29 "wheels [duplicate]

I have an 29" LaPierre Hardtail. What is the difference between 29" wheels and smaller ones? I'd like to know this not only for single trails but also on the road and / or downhill trails.
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Does it matter where you buy the bike?

You can buy the same bike at different stores (see for example the Schwinn Discover, here, here, and here). Does the place where you buy the bike from matter in terms of what parts they put on it? Or ...
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Difference between road & mountain drivetrain

Basically MTB and road bikes have different brand parts (like deore / XT; Sora / Utegra etc). What are the main differences between the 2 types, that will make it incompatible? Are there things ...
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Disc brake pad and rotor compatibility

The SM-RT53 rotor should be used together with resin pads. If it is used with metal pads, the pads will wear out very rapidly. from Shimano BR M-416 disc brake manual How do I know if a rotor ...
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How much does number of gears matter for a front derailleur?

I need a low clamp 2x10 front derailleur. As it turns out to be a challenge to find locally, I begin to wonder How important is the rear gear specification? What is I get 2x9? How important is ...
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Can I swap my fixie frame and still keep all my old components?

I would like to change the frame of my fixie, it's too small for me now. It's a PureFix Bravo 50 cm, these are the specs. I would like to change the frame for a bigger one, a 54 or 58 cm one. Is it ...
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How to determine what FD is compatable with a hard-tail MTB frame?

I have a Dartmoor Hornet frame and am attempting to install an SLX 2x10 groupset. However the deralleur is FD-M676, which appears to be 'high clamp'. It is not evident from the pictures, but the ...
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Buying first hybrid bike; better to put $ into components or disc brakes?

I'm looking to replace my 2008 comfort cruiser with a fitness style hybrid. My budget allows for maxing out at $500 (on the new fitness hybrid bike itself). I ride rails-to-trails with the kids, ...
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How do I know the model of my Shimano Torney SIS Index Rear Derailleur, I have a Vertical Henox T3 bike?

I had a vertical henox t3 bike which I hadn't ridden in a long time I changed gear and the derailleur bent into the wheel spokes and the derailleur is now bent and doesn't work properly. The ...
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Old Kalkoff cross bike, worth restoring or not?

I just acquired a used 21 gear old Kalkoff cross bike (cant even find correct model name). The frame and most expensive parts seem intact, so I was just wondering if it would be cool and inexpensive ...
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Whatever happened to solid bike tubes?

As a child I had solid rubber inner tubes in my bike. They were a pain to get on but after I never had a flat again! Now I've recently started biking again and have had two flats in two days, each ...
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Selecting the right crank length

What is the best way to determine the correct crank length for my height and more specifically my leg length?
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White bike components

I would like to simplify the colors on my bike using white on components above the top-tube (saddle, seatpost, stem, cyclocross brake lever, LED lights, grips). I am having a hard time finding a ...
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What do I have to know, to replace my hydraulic disc brakes with new ones?

I want to buy a new hydraulic disc brake for my old mountain bike, which already has a disc brake. As I am very far away from any bicycle shop I want to buy the parts on the internet. The shipping ...
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Is it possible to run standard mechanical shifting on a Scott Foil Premium frame?

The Scott Foil Premium is the highest end frame available from Scott Sports, and it is designed to run an electronic drive train, routed internally. The original reports were that this frame would be ...
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No Tourney or Altus parts on Shimano website?

Why are there no Tourney or Altus parts on Shimano site, only Acera? http://bike.shimano.com/publish/content/global_cycle/en/us/index/products/mountain/acera_9-speed.html? Did they stop producing ...
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Building a city/trail bike with a CX frame, what should I consider? [closed]

What would be a good build for a 80% city / 20% trail bike? I recently purchased a Cinelli Mash CXSS frame, I will be mainly riding in the city but wanted to also take it to the trails every couple ...
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Replacing a shifter

One of my plastic shifters broke and I am looking for a replacement on the internet. How do I know whether a replacement will fit my handlebar. Are all handlebars the same size?
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Bicycle Components: What's The Real Difference?

I am buying my first 'real' road bike soon and am comparing the Shimano Ultegra vs. the 105. I have read through their websites and marketing literature. What does the semi-vast price difference do ...