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Rim compression after tire inflation

I trued my wheel yesterday a bit, since many spokes lost some tension. Once I finished, all spokes were quite rigid. Then I put the new tire on and as I was inflating it, I heard the spokes loosen ...
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If I am using Bar End Shifters, is there a compelling reason to change the old brake levers?

I have old dull aluminum break pulls on dropbars with suicide levers. The new brakes are Tektro long reach. Should I change the levers? If so what is a good quality/price lever to buy?
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Foot pain with cleated shoes

I have cleated shoes. My feet do a lot of work floor miles and get I pain in ball of my foot. I feel like the cleat is pushing on the ball of my foot. I was considering changing the shoe liner; ...
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I've decided on Bar End Shifters for my Vintage tour bike rebuild. I think I've got it down to these. Any reason to choose one or other?

The contestants: Shimano SL-BS64 Ultegra Bar End Shifter Set (8-Speed) and Dia Competition Grand competition ENE bar end control. Seem fairly similar and both well loved. I'm aiming at pairing ...
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Can I add 3rd chainring to a an old Sugino double?

I have a vintage (165mm-Crnk) Sugino 40/48 on here now, but am looking to add some gear range for up hill with med-sm load. I have a Tiagra short cage RD and a Sora double FD. I am friction shifting. ...
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Will this fork fit? HELP!

I have an old Marin Pioneer Trail XC Mountain Bike. I would like to get this new fork. Will it fit/work with/on my bike? http://www.rst.com.tw/en/ProductInfo.aspx?PID=29 Thanks
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Hitting bumps on a locked out suspension fork

I just bought a mountain bike with a Suntour XCM fork with lockout. Being a BSO rider, this is my first ever bike with a lockout on the fork. I will be riding trails, but most of my riding will be in ...
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Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?

I'm starting to keep track of how far I ride on paper and while it's nice to have the data, I'd like to know how different rides stack up. I have one path I like to take which is really flat and goes ...
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Cyclocross vs road bike

I am thinking about getting a new bike. I have a MTB but I am sort of petrified of road riding (cars pass way too close). I have found a nice Specialized Cyclocross bike. I wanted to have a bit ...
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Fitting a CycloTricity E kit to a Sirrus Elite

The instructions are clear and accompanied by photographs of the procedures. However in attempting to fit the motor wheel into the forks of the Sirrus I find that the motor spindle is wider than the ...
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Best way to connect a wagon/ hitch

I welded a wagon for a bicycle. What is the best way to connect it so there will be free movement, but it will stay strong
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Rear Tire 'Wobble' After Tire Change

I have an old huffy 26 inch mountain bike. I changed the tire a couple days ago and now it has a pronounced wobble (side to side movement, not at the axle). Its like its misaligned somewhere but ...
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Loose Handlebars

I recently got into a small bike accident and the handlebars became loose. It seems to not be in sync with the front bike tire. I tried to tighten the headset and locknut, nothing seems to work. I can ...
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I'm evaluating how to best match a new handset and rear wheel to a vintage rebuild

My first bike after move to Japan. Picked up an old 520 Cro-MO frame by Tsunoda - Grand Prix , minimal rust and decent paint. It had some old Suntour VX derailleurs, aluminum-far-too-narrow drop bar ...
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Torque wrenches

How do I determine the torque required for different bolts, etc.? I am new to the world of torque wrenches and have not purchased one yet. I am suffering from chronic loosening of the left side crank ...
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What does this road sign mean?

Every day on my way to work (in the UK) I pass a road sign that I don't recognise (reproduced below). My gut instinct is that it's a bridge of some description but it's on a normal ...
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Shimano Alivio M4000 vs Altus M370 shifters

I'm planning to upgrade my shifters to Alivio M4000. My old shifters are Altus M370. My question is will this make a significant differrence on my shifting? I'm running Altus M310 FD with Alivio M4000 ...
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Can you inflate a completely flat tire?

I haven't used my bike for almost a year and I need to start riding it again, but it appears I have a flat tire. I don't think there's something wrong with the tube cause I haven't used it for a ...
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Bicycle Frame: anodized Aluminium?

I need help with identify what materials is this frame I need to know if this is indeed aluminium? (weight 1.2 kg for 15 inch frame hybrid, is not ferromagnetic). If it is, why would it have a ...
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8 speed free wheel with single speed crankset

I would like to change my bike setup. I have a 8 speed freewheel and a 3 chainrings crankset and I would like to add a single speed crankset in front (around 50 teeth) because I am not using my front ...
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Race Face Crank/Chainring Compatibility

I have a Race Face Evolve DH crankset which takes 104 BCD chainrings. However, I pulled a 104 BCD chainring off a Shimano Acera Crankset and the rings don't interface properly with the Race Face ...
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Shimano RT66 Rotors on Tektro Auriga

I'm thinking of changing my original Tektro Polygon rotors to Shimano RT66 rotors. Both use 6 bolts and 160mm size. Is this will be fine with my Tektro Auriga brakes? And will changing the rotors ...
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inner tube length size question

So I bought a used road bike from WI recently. and just a couple days ago i got a flat. I took out the tube wanting to patch but saw that it was all patched up. So i decided to just buy a new on. the ...
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Pedals feel like they are too far back

I bought a cheap bike to ride around the driveway/neighborhood with my kids. It feels like the pedals are right underneath my butt rather than just in front. Makes for not so comfortable position. ...
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Standing vs. high rpm for acceleration

I've been working on my cadence for several months now, and I feel like I've gotten to the point where I'm more comfortable using high cadence instead of standing up when I want to accelerate hard. ...
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Preload Adjuster Use on SR Suntour XCM

I've got an SR Suntour XCM HLO 27.5" 100mm travel that comes with my bike. It has preload adjuster on the left and lock on the right. What I wonder is how to properly adjust the fork ...
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Speed and distance for a beginner

I'm 26 and haven't ridden a bike since I was 15. I decided to start again and purchased a nakamura crossland, last Saturday, to get back into action. Last Sunday, I did 17km in 50 minutes on a mostly ...
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Expanding the range of capabilities of a gravel bike

I'm a believer in having just one bike that i can use for anything I do, mostly club rides and light touring. I currently have a Giant Defy 1 with 28c tires, but am intrigued by the new gravel grinder ...
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What is the second thread on the crank for?

I am trying to fix the problem with my bicycle where the left crank keeps unscrewing itself. The thread on which a serrated lock nut should keep the pedal in place is conventional (clockwise to ...
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Is Specialized brain something unique or are its variations common?

I am looking into getting a full suspensions mountain bike. Specialized touts the brain system and I'm wondering is this some unique technology they have or are at least more advanced at makining than ...
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What exactly are Quest bikes?

My wife has about 10-15 years old, but very rarely used (thus in quite good condition) bike with a large "Quest" label in place, where all other bikes has its brand name. By reading all the labels on ...
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How does the risk of a cyclist colliding with a vehicle vary with the speed difference?

In a recent answer I asserted Statistics show that the probability of a collision rises rapidly after the speed difference between two road users exceeds 20 kph (12 mph). So choose paths without ...
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OlderBike Newbie [on hold]

Just bought Specialized Low Entry Sport with 7 gears. Shimano Tourney Revoshift. Right shifter shows 7 speeds and the Left shifter only shows L and 2 - no 3. Is this correct?
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What can cause disc brakes not to react after keeping/moving the bike upright, then recover?

Recently, I experienced a strange situation with the Tektro hydro disc brakes on my hybrid bike (would the model be helpful here?): I carried it upstairs at a friend's place, and later moved it ...
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1answer
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Will degreaser formula 88 harm your tire?

I was using degreaser formula 88 and got some on my tire. I rinsed it off with some water and then the next day the tire had cracks and was faded. Will the tire get messed up ?
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Commuting on flat terrain/handle bar

For my new job I'll have to commute about 10 - 20km (6 - 12mi) each day (one trip) in flat terrain. Right now, I'm commuting 6km/4mi each day, with an elevation gain of 160m uphill to work. I'm ...
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Is it possible to get a light that is too bright?

This question is related to this recent question: Best ways to avoid getting hit by cars? I have a 750 lumens front head light - it's bright! Some of my riding buddies say it is too bright for the ...
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Short Pull Brake Levers

The brake levers on the bike for my son are too far apart for him to grab comfortably; can the lever be changed to adjust for his smaller hands? His bike is a Magna Hardtail with a linear pull system. ...
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Create the shortest route from A to B with an altitude penalty [duplicate]

I'm using the android app "Locus Pro". Before I've used a computer and created my first route with: http://geo.ebp.ch/gelaendeprofil/, converted it to GPX format with http://www.gpsies.com/convert.do ...
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Sora 9 Speed on Campagnolo Cassette

I have a wheelset with a Campagnolo cassette body. I want to run Sora 9-speed brifters with my wheelset. Will this work? I believe that it will because according to the information posted on ...
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Can an Alfine 11 replace a Nexus 8?

An online store currently offers the Dahon Curve XL with a Shimano Nexus 8 IGH (The Dahon site shows the Nexus 7 model). I'd like to replace it with an Alfine 11. Does someone know if the OLD (Over ...
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How do I find out what kind of bike I have if the serial number from the bottom of the frame isn't giving me any results [on hold]

I have searched the serial number from the bottom of the frame and it's saying no results
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What are the absolute essentials a cyclist should own? [closed]

Context: My bike shop includes free servicing as a standard with a new bike. I don't need such thing and live too far away. In lieu of waiver I can get €100 of stuff from the shop. Best bike problem ...
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4answers
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Bicycle maintenance notes, technical book: do you have one?

Well, I drive a car and I have a technical book (maintenance) and automatically I want to do the same for my newly bought bicycle. I would love to track repairs, maintenance schedules, changed / added ...
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How to avoid buckle wheel?

So I have been commuting to work on my bike for about 12 months. The route takes me over a mixture of asphalt and some rocky forest trails. Just last week, I managed to get my rear wheel buckle. It ...
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3answers
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Roads that look uphill feel flat and flat looking roads feel uphill. Possible causes?

There's a route I usually do that has some specific parts that look uphill but ride and feel as flat, and some parts that look flat but feel as uphill. Besides this being an optical illusion, which ...
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Best ways to avoid getting hit by cars?

When riding through city traffic, what are the best ways to increase the chance you are seen, given a bit of space, and are not touched by any vehicles?
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Electronic bike doesn't move?

I have Lianmei e bike. After recharging my battery, I had to go to some place and then when I pushed on the control handle, the bike basically doesn't move. When I push the control handle, I hear ...
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Finding better routes than bicycle apps suggest

Nowadays there are many cycling apps like Strava, etc. One useful feature of them is giving the shortest or lowest altitude change route between point A and B. Although they have that lowest altitude ...
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Group of Bikes: Is 3x1 an option?

I'm an RA for a dorm that is considering buying a number of bikes that would be owned by the dorm and lent out to students. I will be at least in part responsible for maintaining the fleet (about 10 ...

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