Questions referring to the process of replacing current components and frames with newer, better versions

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How do I bring an old bike up to speed?

I'm an adult that is new to biking due to a triple whammy of a childhood aversion to effort, my family moving to a town on the side of a mountain with steep roads, and my bike getting run over by a ...
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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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Suggestions for progressive upgradation of bike

I have one bike, which is pretty cheap. It's a Mid-Level Mountain Bike of Motache (I tried to find a picture but, no luck). But, now I want to upgrade this bike progressively and change it into High ...
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I find that I'm always in my highest gear. What options to I have to re-distribute the ratios to a more useful range

I have three gears in the front and 8 in the back, but I always use the highest gear (I live in a flat place) I might drop down one or two gears occationally but this is only a small fraction of the ...
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Most effective upgrades on Road bike

Earlier this year I purchased my first road bike (a 2013 - Felt F75). I had never really ridden before, so I didn't want to spend too much money up front not knowing how much I would actually ride. ...
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Straight-pull spokes - worth it?

Straight-pull spokes have been around for awhile on MTB wheels, but mainly just on very expensive wheelsets (Mavic Deemax for example). Recently the better wheel component manufacturers have been ...
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Why would higher fork contribute significantly to breaking the frame?

When I recently cracked my frame near the headtube, every bike shop that I went to, asked me explicitly "Did you put a longer travel fork?". Putting aside that apparently fork travel and fork crown ...
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Custom bike to offer smoothest possible ride on bad roads

So, I am in a peculiar situation - due to an injury, shaking in any direction leads to pain and my condition is improving very slowly. I'm looking to find/customize a bike so that it offers me the ...
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upgrading an old bike gears and shifter

I don't have a whole lot of knowledge on this, but here goes. I have an old Murray Ultra mountain bike (prob. 15 yrs.+). It is a 15 speed bike, with a 5 speed freewheel. The whole Shimano system is ...
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Are older road bike parts compatible with newer standards? How do older and newer bikes match up performance wise?

I'm a big mountain biker and looking to get into road biking. However, I don't want to drop $1,500 on a new or relatively new road bike without being sure I'd want to stick with it. Anyway, I found ...
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Choose medium or long cage?

I am upgrading (or downgrading ? :P) my MTB to 1x, currently on compact 2x10. I will be changing chainring, derailleur and cassette. I will get 11-42 Sunrace MS3 10-Speed Cassette. Also Shimano XT ...
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What type of brake is this?

Update - As Daniel pointed out in the comments below, this is an unusual type of roller cam brake that is fixed to the fork using a single bolt through the fork rather than cantilever fixings I have ...
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What do I need to know when replacing my cassette?

I'm looking to replace the cassette on my bike with a smaller version, as I find I'm only ever using the top ring of my chainring (except once recently during rain-ageddon). What do I need to know ...
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Tools needed to perform groupset overhaul

I'm looking at buying the new Shimano 105 5800 equipment for my bike. It is a 2010 Specialized Allez (Sport Triple) and still has its basic Sora components that it came with. I asked my local bike ...
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Looking to replace 700c tires with mountain bike like tires

I have a scott sportster 55 2012 with araya 700c tx 733 tire rims. The bike comes with disc brakes , so there's a good amount of room above the tires on the front & back. Can I replace my skinny ...
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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 are the possible upgrades for a 40-year-old Bottecchia 10 Speed?

I have a 40 year old Bottecchia (entry level model) that I took for ride yesterday after letting it sit for 20 years. Just inflated the tires and oiled the chain and off I went. The tires and brake ...
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Are Claris(ST-2400) shifters drop-in replacements for St-2300s?

I've got 2300s on my bike. I don't much like the little thumb levers. I'd like to upgrade to Claris shifters, but I need to minimise the costs. Can I just change the shifters? They're both 8 speed (...
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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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Adding front derailleur vs upgrading the rear one on a (ladies) bicycle

What I want to achieve is going from having some gears to having more gears. To be more specific I would like to get more gear ratio range in both low and high end. First of all I tried to look for ...
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How do to determine if an adapter is needed for disc brakes and rotors?

I have an old older (not too old) bike that already has disc brakes, but I would like to replace them with a totally new set and new rotors. How can I determine if a given replacement (caliper and ...
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upgrade from MF-TZ21 to 7 Speed cassette freehub

I'm trying to save costs so I want to upgrade to 7 speed 11-28 Cassette to keep the same shifters, dealer says I need a new Freehub, new 7 Speed Cassette, new chain AND NEW DISC BRAKES, why do I need ...
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Upgrading crankset on mountain bike - what are my options

I have a cheap old rockrider 5.0 mountain bike also known under the btwin brand. Bit by bit I'm trying to improve it's performance as a road commuter bike. So far I've changed the rear wheel to a ...
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Are road caliper brakes usually compatible with any model of lever/STI shifter?

I have a Specialized Allez 16 (2011) road bike with Shimano 2300 STI shifters and no-name brand caliper brakes. The brakes have always felt a bit mushy despite my best efforts at adjustment/replacing ...
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Upgrade cranks, chain, gears on a Carrera Vengeance MTB

I have a Halfords Carrera Vengeance 2011/12 bike: Carrera Vengeance Mountain Bike 2011/2012 The Carrera Vengeance Mountain Bike will have you powering up steep hills and across rugged trails in no ...
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Alternative options for Trek FX 7.1 brakes

Around four months ago my parents bought me a Trek FX 7.1 for my birthday while I was at work. At first I was fairly excited and happy with it over my old Supercycle which served me well for the past ...
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Will a 9-speed Tiagra shifter work with a 9-speed cassette and a 10-speed Ultegra derailleur?

My son's race bike currently has a mixture of components... A 9-speed 14-25 cassette (juniors race cassette), Tiagra shifters, 105 rear derailleur, Tiagra triple front derailleur and Tiagra triple ...
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Which component upgrades for longer rides

I have a Giant Escape 1 (2016) which I use for commuting to work and back. It is fitted with Altus level kit. I was considering taking my bike on holiday with me to get in some longer rides, perhaps ...
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Upgrading cheap “cruiser”-type bike for commuting

My current bike is this one: http://www.amazon.com/Avalon-26-Mens-Cruiser-Bike/dp/B00BF0DDRG To disclaim, I don't know very much about bikes, and I'm trying to get more into bikes for commuting and ...
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Upgrading Bicycle Gearing

I have a Raliegh falcon touring frame, which I've been upgrading gradually as it's in good nick, putting modern componants on it. I've got to the point where the next thing I need to do is upgrade ...
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upgrading components on a Brava late 80 early 90

I want to switch to STI gear shifters for this 7 speed bianchi brava, that has sun tour components. I know that sun tour is not compatible with Shimano. I also would like to upgrade wheels, etc. ...
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How to upgrade a dust cap?

For all you mechanics out there I am sure you hate these things. Dust caps are the bane of my existence. They are cheap and bend easily. I want to get a better sturdier one for a bike I am working on. ...
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Is it possible to use a 9 speed rear shifter with 11 speed cogs/cassette? Is there a disadvantage?

I'm new to biking and I plan to upgrade my bike, but with limited funds I can only upgrade the wheelset and cogs(cassette). Is it okay if I add the 11spd cogs but my shifter is only 9 speed (limited ...
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Can I Upgrade shimono Ultegra 9 speed 12-27 cassette

I have a 2009 Trek 7.7 FX with Ultegra 12-27T cassette, 50/39/30 Front triple. I want to upgrade the rear cassette to give better hill climbing gears. Can I fit an 11-34 Rear cassette and if so what ...
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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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XC upgrade plan

I've got a GT Avalanche 1.0 (it's 26" hardtail - so I think this question can be useful not only for me) and I like it. But now I can afford some upgrade. My goals are: Reduce friction loss - I ...
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Replaced Shimano Bottom Bracket, now front derailleur won't shift to largest gear

OK, so in my quest to get my old Trek 7000 ZX MTB running again after a long retirement, I am having an issue with replacing the bottom bracket. The bike came with a Shimano LP25 that is marked BC 1....
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Shifter Options for 105 3x9 upgrade

I am in the process of upgrading my road bike from 3x9 Sora FD/Tiagra RD with Sora shifters to 3x9 105 FD/RD. Any suggestions on shifter upgrades? Derailleurs have been replaced, have new SRAM 9spd ...
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9-speed system to 11-speed drivetrain upgrade?

I am currently upgrading my bike from a 9 speed to an 11 speed system. I am currently using shimano 105 components and will continue to use them within the new system. Current bike has a shimano 105 ...
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Upgrading SLX brakes, do I also need SLX rotors?

Gearing up for my first big upgrade and recently bought a pair of Shimano SLX brakes for both my (2009 Gary Fisher Piranha) and my wife's (2011 Trek 6000 WSD) bikes. I'm just wondering if it's worth ...
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Can I upgrade cassette without replacing rear derailleur?

On my road bike, I have an old 8 speed Shimano 600 Cassette like this: I'm not 100% sure about tooth count on each cog, but I think it's something like: 23, 21, 19,17,15, 14, 13,12 (probably?) I'm ...
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Brake levers for Dia Compe centre pull brakes

I'm looking at replacing the brake levers on an older road bike and was wondering if the cable pull ratio for the old Dia Compe center pull brakes pictured below is compatible with new road brake ...
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I'd like to upgrade my SRAM cassette, but confused by options

I have this bike: http://www.cxmagazine.com/blue-bicycles-norcross-al-cyclocross-bike-review, with a 48/34 chainring and 11-26t cassette. I'd like to add some lower gearing. SRAM offers at 11-32 ...
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Can any crankset be used?

I have a road bike (2013 Schwinn Tourist) with a sealed bottom bracket (107mm spacing) with a square taper and triple chainwheel (48, 38, 28) assembly that is one of the inexpensive riveted types. I ...
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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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What will I need to consider when modernizing a pre-1990s steel frame? [closed]

I'm in the process of upgrading a well loved 1970s steel frame from a downtube shifter system to a modern 'brifter' system. Through this process I've had to look at many disparate sources to get ...
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Caliper drop for bike conversion

I'm trying to work out if my current brakes are long enough to work with 700C wheels (ie 622mm rim), rather than 630 (27"). The question I have is, will the wheel sit at the same point in the dropout?...
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Upgrading Groupset: Old to New

First time here. Am thinking of upgrading my '86 Schwinn Peloton's brakes, shifters, and derailleurs with lightly used indexed Tiagras including brifters. I ride the bike so much that I really want ...
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Compatibility issues with upgrading a 1991 1400a Miyata Road Bike

I've only just started getting into bikes recently, so i'll try and be as accurate and succinct as possible. Apologies in advance if I confuse anyone. I want to upgrade the wheels and crankset on my ...
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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 ...