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Is a 3-bike rack needed for two bikes?

I've been looking into getting a trunk-mounted bike rack for two bikes. However, I've heard a few people say that I actually need a 3-bike rack because there isn't really enough space on a 2-bike rack ...
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5answers
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How do I keep my seat from tilting back?

When I first got this bike, I got the saddle adjusted almost perfectly. Recently it slipped back (so that the nose sticks up). I loosened the bolt under the saddle, tilted the saddle back into the ...
10
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5answers
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How to fix new chain that switches gears when pedaling backwards

I just recently replaced a chain that got incredibly beat up in the winter (it was rusted, and practically stiff when I removed it.) I removed links from the new chain to match the length of the ...
13
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4answers
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700 wheels on bike made for 27" wheels

I just bought an older road bike with 27" wheels. I am curious if I can mount 700 wheels (typical road size) on it. Has anyone ever done this? The main reason I am interested in doing this is so ...
5
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2answers
599 views

Which Phil Wood bottom brackets are compatible with Shimano XT cranks?

As far as I can tell just the Outboard BB is.
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1answer
285 views

Where do you sleep while on tour? [closed]

Where do you stay when you are on tour? Hotels? Campsites? Stealth Camping?
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4answers
810 views

How to best determine if a bike will fit without riding it

I would like to get a Surly Cross-Check but the local bike shop doesn't stock them. They have suggested a 56cm, but I am concerned about the top tube length (I am more legs than torso). Are there ...
8
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1answer
625 views

How do I change my disc brake pads?

How do I change my disc-brake pads? How do I avoid letting the fluid out?
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12answers
14k views

What are the disadvantages of “puncture proof” (or puncture resistant) tires?

Some people refer to tires that are more resistant to punctures as "puncture proof" tires. For example: Specialized All Condition Armadillo Tyre Even though these tires are not really puncture proof, ...
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61answers
41k views

Terminology index - a list of bike part names and cycling concepts

This question and its answers list the names of bike parts and cycling concepts. Some Rules Make sure you only put one term per answer! Try to include an image if applicable Include sources that ...
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2answers
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Why the heck are cleated shoes called clipless?

Clipless shoes are the ones with cleats and clips on the pedal that the cleat clips into. So why in the world are the called clipless?
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1answer
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How do I disassemble my headset? How do I know if I need to replace it

I just bought a cheap frame off craigslist because I want to build myself a fixed gear bike. When I turn the fork, it feels like there is sand in the bearings. How do I go about taking the headset ...
12
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5answers
513 views

Lock for extremely frequent use

Are there lock products out there specifically designed for easy handling when locked unlocked dozens of times a day? I'm using a normal, chain-based lock at the moment and I'm annoyed because I'm ...
14
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6answers
2k views

What are some good exercises to prevent knee pain?

About four or so years ago, I hurt my knee on a fairly long ride (~150km or so). It was really my own fault, as I hadn't been training regularly, and I pushed myself a bit too hard. By the time I ...
5
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1answer
157 views

How do I make sure I'm sitting straight on a recumbent?

I have recently taken up cycling a recumbent (an Azub Eco). My pereneum thanks me, but immediately after a ride I feel a bit lopsided (more than usual). I presume I'm not sitting quite straight on the ...
23
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2answers
858 views

How to wash a bike properly? [duplicate]

I use my bicycle in a typical urban commute setting. No extreme MTB, but it still accumulates some dust and grime. How should I wash my bicycle?
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1answer
1k views

Effect of Rear Derailleur Cage Length

What effect does the length of the cage on a rear derailleur have on bike setup/shifting?
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4answers
5k views

How can I get rid of I.T. Band pain caused by cycling?

I have struggled for a while with Illiotibial Band pain or Illiotibial Band Friction Syndrome when cycling and running, here are some of the things that I have done to get rid of the pain: When it is ...
14
votes
2answers
954 views

How to prepare a frame for a new paintjob

I want to have my bike frame repainted. What should I do before I give it to the paint shop? How would they like to have it prepared?
8
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3answers
3k views

What kind of maintenance does a shimano dynamo hub need?

I have a shimano dynamo hub on the front of my bike. Does it need any special maintenance, or maybe it needs just a little synthetic grease once a year, like a normal front hub?
20
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9answers
1k views

Where to find good bicycle maintenance info?

If there is a good book what would it be? I'm pretty sure I can find stuff on YouTube (any particular user?). Any blogs out there?
7
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1answer
332 views

How to make my wife's bike lighter? Is it worth the cost?

We inherited a Huffy Stone Mountain 26" mountain bike. We live on the 3rd floor of a walkup. It is quite difficult for her to carry the bike up and down the stairs. It has a fork with a spring ...
16
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5answers
2k views

What is a good small bicycle bag to store your gear and/or personal things?

I'm looking for one that attaches to your bike and easily detaches so you can take it with you. I usually ride with a small Timbuktu messenger style bag (really small, it's about the size of a large ...
13
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2answers
965 views

When to change disk brake pads

I was wondering how to tell when your disk brake pads need replacing. My front seems to be not stopping as quickly as it used to, or as I would like. I know this could be road grime build up, but I ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

What racks will fit on a Pugsley?

So I have a Surly Pugsley which I love dearly. I want to add a rack to it so that I can do simple "grocery getter" tasks on my way to and from work, but I'm afraid that standard racks will not work ...
13
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8answers
1k views

How can I pedal in circles?

I couple of years ago I switched from using a normal pedal to using a clipless pedal. It takes a little while to get used to. Now, to be able to use it optimally I need to learn how to pedal in ...
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7answers
11k views

What's the efficiency of hub gears compared to derailleurs?

What's the efficiency of hub gears compared to derailleurs. I know that hub gears are not as efficient, a part from being heavier, how much will I loose in performance if I use hub gear?
16
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5answers
609 views

How do I align a wheel?

I broke a couple of spokes on my wheel, now it's all bent, how can I align it back again? What kind of tools do I need to do a good job?
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13answers
23k views

How can you speed a road-bike up?

So, I have an 80's raleigh bike, reassembled from spare parts. I'm wondering what the best way to get more speed out of the bike is. Wheels? Gears? Lighter gear? Different pedals? I'm rather fond ...
8
votes
3answers
945 views

How tight should my chain be?

I recently put new tires on my bike, and in so doing, removed and replaced the wheels. It seems that now my chain has more slack in it than before, and if I pedal backwards while in the smaller cog ...
6
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3answers
2k views

Convert fixed gear to coaster bike

I want to convert my fixed gear 700c bike (raleigh rush hour) to coaster break bike. Can anyone recomend the best way to do this. Can anyone recomend a good coaster rear hub or coaster rear wheel?
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4answers
7k views

How do I get my brakes to stop squealing [duplicate]

I've tried sanding them down just a bit, cleaning the brake surface on the wheels, and this does stop them from squealing for a day or two, but it always comes back. I'm using Kool-stop pads if it ...
34
votes
6answers
70k views

At what time of year can I buy a bicycle for the best price?

Is there a month when new models come out and dealers discount stock like with cars? Do they raise prices in the spring and lower them in the winter?
18
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20answers
895 views

Bike sharing services and systems

What are some bike sharing services out there? I know that there have been some in Europe. Here's wikipedia's entry. This is one that I heard of recently in NYC. ...
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12answers
12k views

What is a good iPhone app for bikers?

There are tons that are out there for recording routes, and such. There's also the physical mounting. Is the iPhone actually good/useful for bikers?
23
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4answers
810 views

Basic toolkit for bicycle maintenance

What should be in the basic toolkit for someone that wants to maintain their own bicycle? I'm looking for something for your average day to day maintenance and tools that I will get the most use out ...
8
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1answer
1k views

Chain clicks when the back wheel is in highest and lowest gears

When I have my back wheel gears in either the lowest gear or highest gear, my chain clicks as I peddle. How do I fix this?
8
votes
2answers
470 views

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 ...
17
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12answers
657 views

Where can I find local bike routes?

Where are the best places to find bike maps with local routes and trails? Places I typically reference when searching for this includes: Most local bike shops (LBS) have local maps available or for ...
5
votes
2answers
318 views

What parts do I need to upgrade my drivetrain?

I have a Cannondale M300 with a 7-speed drivetrain. The parts are fairly worn and I am considering converting to a 9-speed as 7-speed components are getting harder to find. What parts do I need to ...
14
votes
6answers
22k views

When should I use lockout feature on my fork?

I have a trekking bike with a 63mm fork which has a lockout feature enabling the control of the suspension. Can you explain when should I lock the fork, in what position and why? One obvious example ...
34
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8answers
4k views

Best bike lock

I recently lost the keys to my lock and had to borrow a bolt cutter to free my bike. It was a bit of an eye opener to realise a) just how easy it was for the bolt cutters to cut through my D Lock ...
5
votes
4answers
5k views

Quiet and strong chain recommendation for fixed gear commuter bike

I went through a couple of chains on my fixie bike, but I was not too happy with any of them. Basically they seemed pretty noisy when more pressure was applied where cycling. Could you recommend one ...
28
votes
5answers
29k views

How often should I lube my chain?

I ride less than 200 miles a week, and I'm at about the 200 mile mark on my new road bike. Most of my riding is done on the road in an urban city, so there is a lot of odd, unnatural debris. My LBS ...
11
votes
2answers
6k views

Hydraulic Disc Brakes Maintenance

I have Hayes Nine hydraulic disc brakes on my mountain bike. I have recently replaced the brake pads and after that it seems that the pads are almost touching the rotor. How can I adjust it? I have ...
16
votes
5answers
58k views

What are the differences between “clincher” and “tubular” tires?

What are the differences between "clincher" and "tubular" tires? I'm just a casual road cyclist at this point and don't put any more than 200 miles in over the course of the week. I'm looking to ...
27
votes
13answers
114k views

Creaking from cranks/spindle. How to fix?

Recently the cranks on my bike started to creak. I checked with my usual "bike-bible" Park Tool. They recommended dis-assemble, lubricate, re-assemble. So I did that. Remove cranks. Remove spindle. ...
16
votes
1answer
785 views

How can I tell which road bike components/groupsets are better?

Shimano has new models of their groupsets every year but the lines generally keep the same names. This makes it difficult to figure out what year/version a particular bike has. Is there an easy way to ...
12
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3answers
3k views

What are the advantages of investment casting?

I'm starting to see more and more frames using investment casting for head tubes, drop outs, seat tubes, etc. Such as the new WTP c.r.e.a.m. frame . It looks nice, but I'm suspect on how much more ...
6
votes
4answers
285 views

Why does my road bike come with only one valve adapter?

My front tire has the skinny valve (I believe it is a Presta) and so does my rear tire. But my rear tire also has a screw-on piece that goes over the valve which I believe to be an adapter. Do they ...

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