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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Seat Stay Replacement - Bridgestone MB-3

I am working to restore my first mountain bike frame, a "vintage" 1993 Bridgestone MB-3. Early on, I swedged the left seat stay so that it buckled a bit & rotated about 15 degrees inward. I have ...
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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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Where to buy 2012 SE Lager parts? [closed]

Two years ago, I got hit by a car. I was fine, but my bike's fork and front tire were destroyed, so I got a new bike. Now this bike has been sitting outside for 2 years. If I wanted to replace ...
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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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what makes a good entry level road bike?

I've been riding a mountain bike for years, but I prefer to go longer distances on paved ground, so I think a road bike would be better. When I ask what is a good bike, I don't need brands/models - ...
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Replacement of cup that holds bearings on huffy beach cruiser

I have a 1980 Huffy "Good Vibrations beach cruiser which has been in parts for a little while. I was able to find and put back together everything except I am missing one of the metal cups which are ...
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Low-height rear rack for Bike Friday New World Tourist folding bike [closed]

I'm looking for a rear rack for my Bike Friday New World Tourist (20" wheels). I've come across a bunch of rear racks like this one that sit high above the wheel. But I'm searching for one that is not ...
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Shimano Chainring Compatability

In my previous question we determined that I probably need new chainrings. I was/am planning on replacing the chainrings, and leaving the original crank. Now this bike is running Shimano 105 FC-5600 ...
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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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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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Do shops that sell used bikes normally also sell used parts?

Background I'd like to buy some used bike parts. I don't want to shop online. I'm not very good at bike repair. I want to ask the seller if the part is the right shape and size to fit my bike. If ...
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Tightening a nut too much

Often guidance will be given to tighten a nut to "20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm)" or something along those lines. What's the best way to ensure you tighten things up, but don't over-tighten? Is there any way ...
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Can pedals not fit the crankset?

I just ordered and received my bike with FSA Tempo CK-200 crankset and Shimano Saint MX80 pedals (really good deal). Just received and it seems that they do not fit with crankset! The spindle on ...
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How easy is it to remove a seat with a dropper post?

I recently got a shop to install a dropper post on my mountain bike and just now realized that I have to take the seat off in order to fit it on a car boot rack. Is it straight forward to take it off ...
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Is it possible/sensible to add a suspension fork to an old mountain bike?

I have a ~1993 Giant mountain bike. It's not great, but I am a very new and casual rider. The bike has a solid fork and it makes for the predictable rough trail ride. The trails are generally ...
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Why would one ever buy a 12-25 cassette when an 11-25 is available?

I was looking at purchasing a new cassette and chain. Looking at the available cassettes for SRAM components, there is a big variety of sizes available: 11-23: 11-12-13-14-15-16-17-19-21-23 11-25: ...
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Building from scratch vs. buying new

What are the pros and cons about building a bike from scratch vs. buying it new?
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How can I protect components from being stolen off my bike?

I had my bike locked up properly so that the frame and wheels were secure, but somebody stole the 8 speed and handlebars off of my bike. I don't understand how this can have more than a $10 resale ...
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Are there any parts I should replace on my SCOTT Metrix 20?

I've recently bought the SCOTT Metrix 20. I'm usually having 3 road trips per week of 30 km / 18 miles. My goal is a total of 3500 km / 2200 miles per year. Question: Are there any obviously weak ...
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What Threadless adapter should I use?

I want to replace the quill stem on my Roadbike with a Threadless head post. The measurement shows about .8 inches. Does a 1 inch adapter mean it is converting to a 1 inch diameter or does it mean ...
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High-end components [closed]

I'm wondering if anyone knows of any high-end components that are like Paul components. Not the pro-peloton stuff like SRAM and Shimano, but the, dare I say hipster components. I'm looking for ...
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Cannondale Trail SL 3 component upgrades

I have a 2013 cannondale trail SL 3 and some parts have been worn and look beat up so I'm planning to replace them. I was wondering if I can use a 10-speed rear derailleur on a 9 speed cassette and ...
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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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Label the bike parts [duplicate]

I guess this is probably the most stupid question asked on this community but I want to know about all the parts of a bike. I am a non-native English speaker and am finding it difficult to understand ...
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Bolts for Fox Float RP2

I saw my bolt was loose on my mountain bike, so I turned back home, but ended up losing it along the road. I had to walk the bike home because my rear shock (Fox Float RP2) to my bike (Gary Fisher ...
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3- 5 gear special gearset?

So, a while back when I was rebuilding my vintage Shogun 6-speed, I realized that I only use 2- 3 gears on my commutes to and from school, crew, and other daily rides. The next day, I went to my local ...
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Planning on building a fixed-gear/single-speed from an old Schwinn World. What new parts will I need?

I think I want a flip flop hub, to keep my options open. If I get one off amazon, do I need to buy a freewheel and fixed-gear cog as well, or will those come with the hub? Also, does the hub have to ...
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Stuck Bottom Bracket

I have an 80's Fuji bike and It's definitely well past time to replace the bottom bracket. The adjusting cup came off fine, but the crank side cup is super stuck. I've tried stacking lockring washers ...
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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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Would Putting BMX Bike Brakes on my Road Bike be Ok?

I am a bit of a bigger guy (260lbs) and I'm not too confident with riding my bike at higher speeds just yet. Mainly because I feel as though my brakes, (Stock V brakes that came with my Specialized ...
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Long Quill Stem?

I picked up a used mid 1990s Serotta Colorado CSI (lugged steel) bike. It is a size 54L which in Serottas from that era means it has a 54 seat tube but a 55 top tube. The size was not intentional, it ...
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Controlling the state of bicycle components

I tried to formalize the maintenance of a bicycle. Every component must be periodically checked using the following algorithm: Begin 1: Wait for appropriate time Measure the component wearout ...
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Where can I find replacement screws?

I have a handful of rusty screws on my bike; where can I find such small parts?
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Have some new parts on hand but need new frame - frame swap reasonable? or sell and purchase new bike?

Purchased my first "decent" bike, a Motobecane 700HT about 5-6 years ago as a 'gateway drug' of sorts for myself to get into XC biking. Ended up using it for commuting for a few years as well. Over ...
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How is stem length (reach) measured?

How is the length of a stem measured? Where does the measurement start and finish?
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Convert old road bike to comfortable commuter

I have an rather old road bike, that I'd like to convert to a comfortable commuting bike. The bike should be used for everyday commuting (< 5km) and occasionally day tours. I'd like to keep the old ...
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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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Upgrading Cube Aim 29 2013

I'm thinking about upgrading my bike Cube Aim 29 2013. Current configuration described here. The bike is completely ok for short rides, but for longer rides doesn't feel comfortable. So I'm going to ...
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Why are foot-long pedals not widely used?

A lot of effort and resources go into making cycling shoes stiff, presumably to keep the foot in a suitable shape and spread the force across the sole. It seems like it would be possible to achieve a ...
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Is a long, high angle stem safe to use with a carbon steerer?

I purchased a hardly used road bike someone else had built up for a deal a few weeks ago, and am a bit disappointed with the fit - it's fine for rides less than a couple hours, but too aggressive for ...
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Upgrade my Globe Vienna for commuting and distance riding, or look for a new bike?

I've been cycling for about six months now, and am looking to get into some distance cycling and want to get my speed up on my commute. I currently ride a Globe Vienna and was wondering if it was ...
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Equipping a commuter bike

My commute is a bit over 5 miles each way through the city. It's not that long a commute; in traffic, it takes about 35 minutes door to door, and I'm never far from public transit that I could use in ...
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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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Why is a proper road bike pedal preferred for road bikes?

I've been riding road bikes for a couple of years, but with mountain bike pedals, I've been thinking about switching over to a road bike pedal, but what's the reason? Is the performance improved or is ...
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3 Speed Front Derailleur can't reach small gear

I bought a new frame and put my old Campagnolo Racing T components on it. The seat tube has a diameter of 35mm and I use the Campagnolo 35mm clamp for the Racing T derailleur. The problem is the ...
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What size Mr. Tuffy Liner should I buy for my 24“x1.95” bike tires?

Mr. Tuffy size chart is here: http://www.mrtuffy.com/sizes.html My tire size is 24"x1.95". If I go by tire diameter, I should go with Mr. Tuffy's Blue liner which fits 24"x1.375". If I go by tire ...
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How do I determine parts for my bike and where to source them (new)?

Do bike shops have specs guides or manuals to know which (eg: integrated headset bearings) parts to use on which bikes? And where do they source said parts (other than from the bike mfr)? And most ...
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How much do components really matter for a non-competitive rider?

I do not ride competitively, but plan on doing some longer distance rides (+30 miles). I've read that better components are lighter, run more smoothly, and last longer. Out of those three categories, ...
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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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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?