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Should I restore my old mt-bike for winter commuting (and for wife to ride with me) or throw it away?

One year ago I moved to Boston and my father-in-law gave me his old Specialized mountain bike. He is a road bike guy so this bike was left aside for the longest time. It was in a decent shape. The ...
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Is there any use to motor pacing for people in the cat 4 to cat 2 range actually useful?

In the local cycling club some people are keen on racing but are no higher than cat 3 in the events that they can enter and the power that they produce. The general consensus is that motor pacing ...
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What are the practical limitations of a road bike compared to a mountain bike?

I grew up on a big box store mountain bike. I want to get a road bike for my commute, but I'm curious about the limitations I'll experience. I know the benefits of a road bike: lighter weight, less ...
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what should I do when single track gets narrow

There are some trails I ride on regularly and I've seen many people go each way. A few times the single track gets very narrow and I was wondering what should I do when I see a biker coming towards ...
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Does anyone know what kind of bike this is?

I found this bicycle a while back and have been planning on either fixing it up (if it's worth it) or selling it. All I have, really, is the frame. I haven't been able to find out exactly what it is ...
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How big can I drop safely on a mountain bike

I have an 80 mm front shock (fork) and the back shock says it's 3 inches. What size jumps can I do without ruining the bike or shocks?
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Front Derailleur Tuning Question

I've installed new front derailleur (Shimano Tiagra) on my bike and I spent embarrassingly lots of time trying to adjust it. Yet still I think I have a problem with it. For me it seems too tense. You ...
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cars and scooters in a road bike race

I see this a lot in videos from road bike races. A lot of rider team cars mixed with the road bikes doing the actual race. What is the matter with that? What do they do? Also, don't the riders inhale ...
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Is anyone really convinced of ANT + technology/benefits? [on hold]

I want to replace a computer with a new one (triple wireless) cadence, HR and speed but am in two minds as to if I should get a comp with ANT+. They seem more expensive and for what I will use it for, ...
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How much can a 700x23 inner tube stretch?

I recycled my dad's road bike (about 20 years left in storage) so I bought a complete set of new wheels. "Good" hubs and rims, not quality brand though but I've been told they're good and that's what ...
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How do I fit this pair of chain tensioners on my single speed bike?

I have these chain tensioners: How do I install them correctly on my single speed bike? Do they go on the inside or outside of the frame? My dropouts look something like this: Apologies if the ...
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Can I use Edge 510 as an indoor trainer computer

I'm setting up for the winter (yes it's only October, this is Sweden). I need to set up a speedometer for my rear wheel while I use the turbo trainer, I have a Garmin Edge 510 with cadence sensor, and ...
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Should I buy a 6ku fixie, or keep scouring craigslist? [on hold]

So I'm in the market for a new bike, because my mountain bike got stolen. I don't want to spend more than $300. I want something fast and agile. I don't care if it's comfortable or if it looks good. ...
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dual pivot side pull brake shoe touches wheel rim. How do I fix it?

Based on http://sheldonbrown.com/calipers.html what I have on my front tire is the "Dual Pivot Sidepull" type brake. The right brake shoe touches the wheel without having to actually apply the brakes. ...
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Giant Roam 3 alternative [on hold]

I'm considering to buy a bike. Primary use will be to go to work, but intent is also to use it for off-road some times. After a little searching the web I found that one option might be the Giant Roam ...
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Cyclocross Tire Pressure

I have never raced before but there is a cycloycross race a mile from my house this weekend. Course has a fast bumpy downhill. On my mountain bike with fixed carbon fork and tubeless at 40 PSI ...
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Gear to protect against hand injury in a crash

I commute to work a few miles on my bike in the city. Today someone walked out in front of me and I squeezed the brakes too hard and went over the handlebars. I suffered a mild elbow fracture ...
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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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GMC Denali - quality? [on hold]

I'm in the market for a entry level road bike. I'm 6 foot, about 200 pounds (with backpack) and will be commuting each day about 5 miles. I also like to ride recreationally. The easiest way is to ...
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Catastrophic failure

My rear wheel suddenly became loose in traffic today. It is completely off axis. The axle looks fine from the outside. I remember being told something about loose cones. Should I bother to repair ...
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why do left shifters switch chainrings and right shifters cogs?

Can that be changed? Is it just convention? Is there any commercial bike that comes with a left-shifter that switches cogs?
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What is the use of GPS/Elevation on Bike computers

Can any one let me know what is the exact use of GPS/Elevation on Bike computers (EDGE 500,510 or TIMEX 2.0)? I ride with a SIGMA BC 16.12 (with CADENCE) and POLAR HRM. I check my elevation using ...
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what's a good microUSB bicycle light that works with an external battery pack? [on hold]

I have started to look at replacing my bicycle lights with something brighter. I already have a few LiIon battery packs that come with most small solar panel chargers. microUSB power in, 2x ...
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Building a bicycle using a service [on hold]

I want to build a bicycle but I'm lacking the facilities to do a paint job etc at my place. I want to use an online 'build a bike' website but one that offers a great selection o colours, accessories ...
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Carbon fibre vs aluminium for racing

I've been commuting on a mountain bike these past 3 years. Now I want to get into road bike racing. Is it worth saving up money over a few months for a carbon fibre bike? Or should I just go and buy a ...
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Decal or paint?

Can someone tell me whether the visible part of the logo on the frame is a decal or a pain directly on the frame? If it's a decal, then where can one get a custom decal with a metallic finish? If ...
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Rear shifting - Unable to shift to toughest gear

I was adjusting my rear shifting following the advice in this video: ...
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Is it possible to have a cover over your chain,cassette,derailleur and cogs to avoid regular cleaning?

i was searching online for a product online but couldn't find anything.There are a lot of people creating new stuffs on crowd-funding projects like on kickstarter. I was wondering if if it is possible ...
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BTWIN FC5 Road bike [on hold]

I am seriously considering to buy this road bike ... what u think About this Btwin FC5 Carbon Road Bike....It's Worth it...or Not... Btwin FC5 iam from india this bike BTWIN FC5 is available in ...
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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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Can´t remove BMX stem top cap bolt (won´t loosen)

I was trying to remove the handlebar and stem of my bike in order to be replace them. The bike has got a BMX stem and the top cap bolt is spinning freely in both clock and counterclockwise. Any idea ...
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Squeaking / Chirping while pedaling [duplicate]

I have a 2009 Specialized Allez Sport C2. When pedaling (actually only under load, not when just turning the crank while it's on a stand) the bottom bracket squeaks or chirps. I first thought it was ...
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What causes the rear hanger to snap off?

I have a Specialized Allez Elite road bike, purchased brand new in June this year. So far I've covered around 300 miles in total on it. During my ride yesterday, as I was going up a slight hill, I ...
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Is it possible to serivce Specialized Brain suspension systems at home?

I like to do all my own work on my bike, and with other forks and shocks I've had, I've been able to find the necessary service manuals and specialty tools to overhaul the systems myself at the end of ...
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2015 Time Collection

I'm a usa cycling road racer and I recently won a Time ZXRS frame in a team raffle. I'm very excited, and I know this makes me sound really spoiled, but every time I've looked on the Time website I ...
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How often should I lube with Pedros Ice Wax? [duplicate]

I'm a usa cycling road racer. I just got a recommended lube Pedros Ice Wax. I ride about 100 miles a week. How often should I lube my chain with it and how often should I clean it?
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First cyclocross race - strategy

Next weekend there is a cyclocross race at a park near my house. My first organized bicycle race ever. I would like advice / links on strategy, rules, and protocol. I am over 50, in good bicycle ...
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First cyclocross race - how to choose and set up the bike

I have never raced but there is a cyclocross race at a park near me next weekend. All it said is some sand and some drop offs. I would like some advice on selecting a bike and setting it up. I ...
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Can I replace only the smallest cog on my rear cassette?

I currently have a 12-30t rear cassette which needs replacing. While I'm at it, I really want to switch to an 11 tooth to get the extra 9% in top speed. But the problem is, even the most expensive ...
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What are the safety concerns of a high vs a low mount trailer hitch?

When you google for images of (canoe & bike) you find two basic solutions to towing a canoe with a bike. A traditional axle mounted tralier is modified to have a tongue long enough to ...
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will increasing cadence ability hurt my climbing strength?

I tend to spin rather slow when I am riding. 50rpm is a comfortable rate for me to spin for as long as I want to ride. 90rpm seems to be the rate at which I expend maximum power... I can't spin this ...
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Can I use any pump to fill up shock?

So I have a Fox float shock (a standard air shock) and I was wondering if I could use a regular tire pump or do I need a special shock pump to fill it back up? Also, are there side effects of using ...
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Recovery after long ride

I biked the longest I have in my life; my previous record was one 12 mile ride, but today I went ~36 miles on my MTB. Should there be any steps I take to recover myself? Also what things should I ...
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Can lock on grips go with carbon fiber handle bars?

How prudent is it to install lock on grips onto carbon fiber mountain biking handle bars? Are there some grips that will work and some that won't?
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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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Can't remove lockring

Have been trying to get the lockring removed from my cassette so I can replace it with a spacer kit and one sprocket (singlespeed conversion). I managed to get it loose, although the wrong way - so ...
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can i use a 700c tire (Gatorskin 700c x23) on a 650 wheel

I am thinking of getting some Velocity Rims that are 650c but I am wondering if I will be able to use my 700x23c Gatorskin tires on them? Also what do you think about 650c wheels pros and cons. ...
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Axle flex under load normal for freewheel hub?

When using a freewheel'd hub is it normal for the drive side of the axle to flex a little bit? I replaced the kickstand on my bike and the new one sits closer to the rear tire with about 2 mm ...
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Shimano Sora vs higher range brake pull ratio

I've just upgraded my commuter bike (old Trek 370) to the replaced components from my main road bike (originally 09 specialized allez - new head and handle) and found the brake calipers aren't long ...
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presta valves new to me how do I inflate [duplicate]

I wanted to know if I can use a air pump from a gas station or do I need a bicycle pump because I've never seen these valves before until now.

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