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How do you remember which rack you have left your bike in?

I have more than once had to spend time looking for my bike at the station, what’s your method to remember the rack you put it in? Do any town have a system of numbering or labelling the bike racks ...
3
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1answer
446 views

What are the rules about take a bike on the London Tube?

Can I take a bike on the Tube (underground) in London, if so how much does it cost?
5
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1answer
145 views

How can I rent a bike in Paris (France) for a short time?

Is there a system in Paris that will let me rent a bike to get across town, if so how does it work?
26
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14answers
7k views

I wish to get fit, therefore should I have a heavy bike?

A lot of people seem take up cycling to get fit, and they'll talk about how light their bikes are. However, as I understand it, a heavy bike uses more energy to pedal it. Should someone that wished ...
5
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1answer
343 views

What is a “Boris bike”?

They are black and blue, are not light, however what is one? Have you had any experience of using one?
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4answers
3k views

Bent front sprocket

My chain just started to slip off my front gears and it happens within a minute of riding. I discovered that the middle sprocket is bent. This leads me to my questions: How much should a LBS charge ...
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5answers
4k views

Suggestions for outdoor commercial (security/parking) stands

I'm looking for suggestions for space efficient stands for parking multiple bikes. A sports club (not cycling) for which I sit on the committee is looking to solve a bit of a problem. At the moment ...
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3answers
2k views

Mountain bike — exciting after-market parts, modifications or paint jobs

I have a Specialized Stumpjumper Comp FSR from 2009. My previous bike was a mean-looking matte black Cannondale Jekyll 1000 with a Lefty fork. Now I've got this vanilla, grey boring looking bike that ...
16
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5answers
727 views

Does anyone still use the old Brooks-style saddles?

About 30+ years ago I bought my first road bike. It had an old (used) Brooks leather saddle on it, whose design probably dated back to 1900 AD. To anyone who hasn't seen these, they look like a ...
18
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8answers
14k views

How can I clean sand off my bike chain?

Recently went for a ride in the forest, there were sections of sand and I can clearly see sand on my bike chain now. How can I clean this off effectively? There are chain cleaning "machines", but ...
10
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4answers
7k views

How often should I clean my bike?

How often should I clean my bike? I've used it several times over the summer, but only once in muddy conditions, should I clean it after every ride or once per quarter?
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9answers
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How do on-road mountain bike speeds translate to road bike speeds?

When cycling on roads on my mountain bike, I generally get around 10-12 miles per hour on a flat surface. What sort of speeds can I expect to get on a road bike?
13
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11answers
32k views

What is the point of pedal straps?

What is the reason for pedal straps? They look as if they are more awkward and I can't see what the benefits are. I can't remember the last time my feet slipped off my mountain bike, so why would ...
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15answers
17k views

Why are disc brakes rare on road bikes?

Window shopping for road bikes, can't see many that have disc brakes, any reason for this?
12
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2answers
299 views

What should I look for when purchasing a helmet?

I dont actually own a cycling helmet, but I'm thinking its probably a good idea to get one! I want to buy one from the internet (mainly because its cheaper than stores), but what do I need to look ...
5
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3answers
478 views

Are reflectors mandatory by the UK highway code?

I bought a set of mudguards recently, the rear one attaches onto the seat post. I have a red reflector that also attached onto the seatpost, so if I have both the seat has to be too high and only my ...
24
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4answers
20k views

How can you recognise a quality steel frame?

I'm looking to buy/build a road bike and I would like it to: last 100 years have a low environmental cost As I'm not interested in shedding grams (a diet would be more helpful for me), I'm leaning ...
9
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1answer
74 views

Where can I look up voting guide for better bike infrastructure?

All I care about (my #1 issue) is getting better separated bicycle infrastructure (kid, old-person etc friendly) to southern California. Specifically for upcoming election and especially for local ...
14
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4answers
18k views

How do I know when to replace my bottom bracket?

With out completely removing the cranks and bottom bracket, how can I tell when it's time to replace my bottom bracket? The current symptom is a slightly 'rough' feeling when I pedal. It's not ...
12
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3answers
4k views

Why would one put tennis balls in the spokes?

I see this once in a great while around the city: two or more tennis balls stuck inside the spokes, right up against the hub. It usually seems to be on older-looking mountain bike commuter/beater ...
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5answers
1k views

Pros and cons of auto bike rack types

I just bought a car and my girlfriend has a similar car. We don't really want to scuff up the cars with the types of racks that use pressure points on the trunk. Neither car currently has a hitch at ...
5
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1answer
940 views

Swapping STIs for barends — what issues are likely to arise?

I'm planning to swap shifters and brake levers from one bike to another. One bike is a randonee with STI brifters, and the other is a Surly Long Haul Trucker with barends and separate brake levers. ...
38
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4answers
4k views

Building from scratch vs. buying new

What are the pros and cons about building a bike from scratch vs. buying it new?
4
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4answers
707 views

Good books on mountain biking

What books do you know about learning mountain biking.
7
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2answers
2k views

Needed training time or speed for each category of racer

What type of training time or average speeds are needed to qualify for each category of racer? I realize that it can varry based on a hilly or flat route so lets assume a time trial of 40km that's ...
14
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3answers
2k views

At what age/stage should my child be at before I start using a child seat?

Does anyone have any experience or references on when it is ok to start putting a child in a bike child seat/carrier? I am aware that our child will need some extra neck strength to not bobble around ...
19
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3answers
2k views

Winter maintenance before putting bike in winter storage?

What kind of maintenance should I do before putting my bike into storage for the winter? Are there any special considerations for storing it? Does temperature matter? If it's hanging on the wall ...
46
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7answers
48k views

Can I ride home with a broken spoke?

I noticed a wobble in my back wheel while commuting in this morning. Broken spoke. Is this a problem that I should take care of before my 7 mile commute home, or can I pick up a spoke and repair it at ...
17
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3answers
11k views

What's the rubber tube in my puncture repair kit for?

I've got an old school puncture repair kit, the type with glue and patches. As well as the sandpaper, patches, 'vulcanizing fluid' and instructions, there is a 2.5cm long, 3mm wide, beige rubber tube....
8
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1answer
121 views

Online stores which stock larger cycling gear?

I'm trying to find a source to purchase large-sized bicycle gear. I'm having a hard time finding all sorts of gear. I've been looking for padded mountain bike shorts, but can't find anything that ...
15
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13answers
583 views

What tips do you have for making temporary “get me home” repairs?

I do some mountain biking in remote parts of wales. I usually carry a minimal tool kit: pump, spare inner tube, and multi tool. I'm wondering if you have any temporary 'get me home' repair tips I ...
12
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7answers
368 views

Off road lights

I've started really getting into mountain biking over the past few months and I'm keen to carry on riding through winter, preferably after work as well as at the weekends. To do this I'm going to need ...
13
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2answers
3k views

How do you adjust the set-up of road bike brakes for women with small hands

My girlfriend has recently bought her first road bike. While the frame size is pretty much spot on and comfortable for her, she finds that the brakes are difficult to use and she ends up with pain in ...
20
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2answers
5k views

How to store bikes inside a house or unit with limited internal space?

Between my girlfriend and myself, we have 5 bikes of which 3 would ideally be stored inside (the two road bikes and my duallie). However, my house is a relatively small terrace house which doesn't ...
12
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4answers
8k views

do DT Swiss 240 hubs need proprietary tools to maintain them?

the bearings in my DT Swiss 240 hub appear to be shot, I have the toolkit for and am used to maintaining Chris King hubs but I wonder if I have to get special proprietary tools for the DT hubs as well?...
15
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12answers
7k views

How can bum / testicle / inner thigh pain from a saddle be prevented?

I occasionally commute a 50miles round trip and by the end of it, things are usually not feeling very good down below. I've tried a couple of different saddles, but they both gave me problems. One ...
18
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5answers
3k views

How do I cycle up steep rocky ground?

When mountain biking with my friends, we sometimes end up tackling a severe up hill over rocky ground. I usually find I end up putting a foot down first. I'm not sure what's going wrong. Sometimes my ...
18
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4answers
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what benefits does a road bike give over a regular mountain bike for casual cycling?

I'm a casual cycler, for recreation. I have a carerra kraken, MTB with front suspension and wide tyres. I use this for forrest trails and local back roads cycling (normally do a 15mile or 30 mile ...
22
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1answer
12k views

Road bike carbon fiber frame life span

I have read in several places that the carbon fiber has a shorter life span than the aluminium, and i was wondering just what would it be. I am not referring to accident related failures of the frame....
4
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1answer
718 views

Gary Fisher Kaitai suffers from handlebar wobble at moderate speed with 10lbs on rear rack

I have a Gary Fisher Kaitai, their low-end hybrid. I use the bike for commuting so I have a rear rack and typically carry between 5 and 12 lbs back there. When I get up to moderate speed (10-15mph)...
12
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3answers
2k views

Do mountain bikers yield to hikers?

I've seen rules and graphics online that basically say that bikers are to yield to hikers. Is this the generally accepted rule, and if so, how do you define "yield"? Background The areas I normally ...
0
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1answer
297 views

Will the topeak FX & RX mudguards fit a Carerra kraken?

I have this bike Will these mudguards fit OK? I don't know much about fittings, but there is a picture on the bike link.
18
votes
4answers
23k views

What height should drop handlebars be - relative to my saddle?

I've done most of my cycling with flat handle bars on a mountain bike. I'd like to start commuting to work though and am considering getting a road bike with drop handle bars. The thing is though, I ...
5
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2answers
1k views

Carbon Fibre Mountain Bikes

Has anyone had experience with carbon fiber mountain bikes? I'm still skeptical as to how robust they are. Is it true that a scratch will make the frame useless? And Trek has this process called OCLV ....
6
votes
3answers
7k views

How do I get rid of this clicking sound in the back wheel?

Difficult to diagnose, I know. Basically, I bought a single speed Schwinn a few months ago, and after riding it for a couple of weeks it started clicking in the back wheel somewhere. I've taken it ...
22
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11answers
604 views

Safely overtaking pedestrians

When riding on bike paths or mixed-use paths, there are usually pedestrians walking along them as well. Pedestrians tend to be somewhat unpredictable; they may suddenly turn around or step to the side....
32
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7answers
8k views

What clothing is best for wet weather/cycling in the rain?

I tried wearing a raincoat to keep out the rain, but find I get hot and sweaty inside. So my question is, what clothing do you find works best for you when cycling in wet weather? Thanks.
21
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5answers
2k views

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 ...
6
votes
12answers
602 views

Bike touring/camping tip(s)

I have a tentative first-time bike touring/camping trip in the planning stages and working out my set-up. I have a good idea of the essentials. My question is especially directed to those who have ...
6
votes
5answers
5k views

What are the accepted hand signals for cyclists in the UK?

see also "What are the accepted hand signals for cyclists in the US?"

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