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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....
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1answer
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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 ...
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13answers
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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 ...
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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 ...
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2answers
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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 ...
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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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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?...
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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 ...
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5answers
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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 ...
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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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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....
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1answer
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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)...
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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 ...
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1answer
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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.
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4answers
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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 ...
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2answers
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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 ....
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3answers
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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
606 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....
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7answers
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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.
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5answers
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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
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12answers
603 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
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5answers
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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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4answers
3k views

What hand signals work best for cyclists in the US?

I am looking for some guidance on what hand signals and strategies to keep me alive on the roads.
3
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8answers
11k views

What are the parts needed to build your own fixie?

I've always wanted to build my own bike and I figured that a fixie has the least number of parts. Please post one part per answer. Please explain what I should be looking for in the part. Also please ...
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4answers
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What is your favorite/preferred road shoe?

I recently purchased Specialized Sport MTB Shoe for my Dual Shimano pedals. Love the clipless pedals, but this specific shoe seems to rub/apply pressure to both my big toes after a long ride. They ...
13
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8answers
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Trailer hitch between a bike and trailer?

I want to make a bike cargo trailer. It seems to me that making the hitch will be one of the most difficult parts so I opened a separate question for this. How would you attach the trailer to the ...
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5answers
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How to make a cargo trailer?

This page is for a general answer and it consists of at least two main parts: personal experience and technical part. The technical parts are perhaps the two hardest parts. Has anyone attempted to ...
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4answers
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How to make studded tires

Has anyone ever made a set of studded tires? What did you use? I read about a method somewhere but I cannot recall where. I heard that you can: Drill/make a small hole through the tire Screw a ...
7
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3answers
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How do I stop my EBB (Eccentric Bottom Bracket) from creaking?

I have a '09 Felt Niner 29" SS with an EBB. After a thorough clean and reassembly of the BB the creaking will subside for a ride or so and then come back. Any suggestions? EDIT: the problem appears ...
3
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4answers
297 views

What pedals should I upgrade to for racing on the road and possibly track?

I currently have SPD pedals on all of my bikes. I've stuck with them so far as they worked relatively well and I couldn't justify having two types of shoes. I can justify two types of shoes now. ...
18
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7answers
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How to get the tyre back on to the rim easily?

What is the best/easiest way to get the tyre back on to a rim after removing it to fix a puncture for example? Some tyres can be really hard to get back on to the rim. I don't like using the tyre ...
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10answers
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When should cyclists use pedestrian facilities?

I generally try to ride in traffic as a vehicle, following the rules of the road, stopping at red lights, taking the lane, etc. In many urban areas, you are not allowed to ride on the sidewalk (...
16
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7answers
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DIY wooden bike rack — looking for plans

I'm planning to build a bike rack to store several bikes on the floor of my garage. Does anyone have plans for such a rack? We have a circular saw and a drill and the usual hand tools, but no router, ...
6
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7answers
736 views

What brands of repair stands are sturdy?

I'm considering getting a repair stand, used if I can find one. Aside from the obvious (Park Tool stands), which ones are well-made? I'd like to try and snag a good one on an eBay auction if I can for ...
21
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2answers
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What is the difference between folding bead and wire bead tires?

I'm shopping online for some new tires, and see that some models are sorted by folding and wire beads? What exactly does this mean, and do I need a special rim to support them?
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6answers
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How are the categories for climbs decided?

In cycle racing, there are five grades or categories for climbs - Category 4, 3, 2, 1 & Hors (Above Category or HC). How do they decide what is category 1 and what makes it so hard it is a HC?
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13answers
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Different kinds of Handlebars

What different kinds of bike handle bars are there? All kinds welcome, the common and the nameless. If possible include the pros and cons of the bar One bar per post
2
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1answer
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Where can I buy a Bianchi Pista Concept?

I would like to buy a Bianchi Pista Concept 2005...2009 like this one: http://velospace.org/node/24912 Where can I find this bike in London, UK? And what should I check before buy it? Also, How ...
7
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2answers
596 views

Are 26" racing wheels still being produced?

It seems like all new road and triathlon bicycles are being made with 28" wheels and I've found it almost impossible to get 26" wheels for and older tri bike. Are they still being manufactured?
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8answers
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Does the plastic cap on a Presta valve serve any purpose once fitted to a rim?

I can see the use of the valve cap on a Presta valve when the tube is still packaged (it obviously stops the valve puncturing the tube), but does it do anything except look pretty (or not) once you've ...
37
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8answers
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How long should a road tyre hold its pressure?

How long should a road tyre be able to maintain a pressure of around 100psi, and what factors are likely to reduce this time? Background: My tyre pressures are consistently dropping to around 60psi ...
12
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3answers
13k views

If I don't use a torque wrench, how do I tighten to the approximate torque? What can go wrong?

I don't think I can drop $50-$100 for a torque wrench right now. What parts of a bike are the most critical to get the torque just right? Is there a way to make sure the torque is ok without a torque ...
13
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3answers
41k views

Upgrading straight handlebars to drop handlebars

I have a two-and-a-half year old Giant FCR 3 (with a road-bike-like frame and thin tires; it's somewhere in the loosely-defined "hybrid" range) that I use to commute to work, twenty-five miles round-...
6
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1answer
1k views

Putting a front Derailleur on a carbon frame

Do you put anything under the clamp on the carbon to protect it? In the past I've tightened brakes on MTB handle bars to much and wrecked them so I'm wondering.
9
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1answer
169 views

What to look for in bicycle travel cases

My wife and I are taking a trip to Japan in several months and that got me thinking, what should someone look for in a bike case when travelling? I won't be taking one on this trip (not in the shape I ...
5
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2answers
672 views

Busted Dept store Mongoose Shifter - Scrap or Fix

My wife convinced me that we should buy bikes (2x$100.00) @ a dept store. I found a Mongoose (which I can remember used to be decent) and within 6mos I broke the bracket that holds the shifter in ...
26
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6answers
5k views

what makes a good entry level road bike?

I've been riding a mountain bike for years, but I prefer to go longer distances on paved ground, so I think a road bike would be better. When I ask what is a good bike, I don't need brands/models - ...
41
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8answers
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How to store a bike outside and still avoid rapid decay?

I've got insufficient space to store my bike inside. I fear however that it will rust away within a few years if I store the bike outside. My question is twofold: Will storing a bike outside be a ...
4
votes
4answers
3k views

Where can I find replacement screws?

I have a handful of rusty screws on my bike; where can I find such small parts?
4
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3answers
2k views

How to clean out the inside threads of a braze-on?

I'm installing a basket on my cruiser, and getting some of the allen screws into the fork braze-ons is rough going. It feels like there's dirt or grease inside the threads of the braze-ons. Forcing ...

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