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Install hub dynamo on new cyclocross

I'm buying a Cannondale CAADX 105 Disc and I'm planning on installing a hub dynamo, perhaps an SP PD-8. 1.) I haven't done this before, but judging by what I have seen on YouTube: Get the new spoke ...
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How to build a Camping trailer, and riding across country with it

I'm trying to build a camping trailer for my vintage Schwin Le Tour. I want to ride my bike across country and camp in this the whole way. I was wondering if anyone has done this before, and if anyone ...
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Replacing chain without chain rivet tool

Are there any tricks to get out the bolt of a chain without a chain rivet extractor? like with tools found in a common household?
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Did i buy the wrong derailleur? (mech hanger/direct to frame)

I'm a total newbie with bike repair and I can't figure out this hanger/direct to frame business. Googling doesn't help much. Here is a picture of the current derailleur and the new one I bought. The ...
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Do single speed/fixed bicycles come with machined rims?

I recently purchased a Masi Fixie Riser with a flip/flop hub (gearing on both sides) and brakes, but the rims aren't machined. Is this common on $700+ single speeds?
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of press fit bottom brackets compared with threaded?

Many standards for bottom brackets have been gaining popularity recently such as BB30 and PF30. What are the benefits of these press fit systems over the threaded system that has prevailed for ...
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Singlespeed chainline adjustment

I have replaced the freewheel on my bicycle with a singlespeed. However, the chain line appears to move inwards from the rear to the front. picture I have measured the rear frame spacing as approx. ...
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I keep breaking the tips off my presta tube stems

I can't pinpoint what I'm doing wrong while inflating my tubes. I use presta valves and have a "Joe Blow" Topeak pump. I put the tube stem at 12 o'clock, I unscrew the tip of the tube stem (but not ...
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Why some companies stop supplying frames to pro teams?

Nowadays TIME hardly sponsors professional cycling teams at least with their frames, and I feel others like LOOK, De Rosa or Cervélo are also leaning away from it. Why it happens? Do they think their ...
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What's the logic behind this chain length estimation method?

I know of several methods of sizing a chain for a bike: As many links as the previous chain. Small-small. The RD should be barely expanded, the chain nearly rubbing against itself roller-cogs. The ...
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Puddle of oil when left up side down

The other day I left my mountain bike upside down overnight as I was changing a tyre. The next morning i had a puddle of what seem to be oil next to the handle bar. Does anyone have an idea where is ...
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Will slightly slimmer seatpost make a difference?

I have an old Peugout bike that needs a 23.8 (to the best of my measuring abilities) seat post. I can't find such a seatpost in all the obvious shopping places, but I did find a 23.4mm one. I'm just ...
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Is there a 3rd party tool to create a heat map of all activities in a specific area? [closed]

I'm familiar with Jonathan O'Keeffe's Strava Multiple Ride Mapper (tied to the Strava API) but I'm interested in mapping all activities in a certain geopgraphy, not just those I've done. My goal is ...
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Bike chain too long?

Recently, my road bike's chain got cut, so i took it for replacement. A new chain was inserted and the shifting had a good transition. However, when i shift on the harder gears, i hear "crack crack ...
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Difference between 3 campy 80mm deep section wheels

Currently, three 80mm wheels are listed in Campagnolo's websites, but I can't fully see what's exactly the difference between them. BORA ULTRA 80 BULLET ULTRA 80MM BULLET 80MM I guess BULLET 80MM ...
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Tire upgrade from 22“ to 26”

I am looking at purchasing a used Specialized Rockhopper with an XL frame. Everything is exactly what I'm looking for on this bike with one exception...the tire size. It currently has 22" tires/rims ...
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Should I replace both wheels/rims if I convert the front to a dynamo hub?

The title mostly says it all. Is there a reason to or a reason not to replace the back wheel or rim if I replace the front wheel to get a dynamo hub? The only reason would be aesthetics, to keep the ...
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Bicycling 36 km per day in city traffic is feasible?

I am planning (still in planning phase since last 1 month :( ) to use bicycle as my commute to and from office. My office is around 18 km away from my home. Almost half the road will be full of ...
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Giant Overdrive 2 fork replacement

I have a 2014 Giant Trance with an Overdrive 2 tapered steerer (1-1/2 - 1-1/4). As we know, the standard tapered steerer is 1-1/2 - 1-1/8 inch. I want to replace my OEM fork (Fox 32 Float Evolution ...
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Alternatives to ordinary fenders

I ride a fixie and fenders just don't look good on it. Rear fender is ok, but there is no way I'm installing such a monstrosity on the front wheel. Are there any alternative out there that don't make ...
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Chain link jams after reassembling the rivet [duplicate]

I bought a chain riveting tool. Here is how it looks like: It works fine, I was able to push the rivet out of a test chain. But faced an unexpected difficulty: after I restore the rivet to it's ...
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Is there a cheap touring bike that is as light as a road bike

I want a touring bike that is as light as a road bike - basically I want a road bike with a touring bike geometry - ie around 10 or 11Kg, excluding pannier racks, and other add-ons. My price range ...
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How to avoid running over animals whilst cycling on a canal at night?

I commute on a towpath in Hertfordshire, England and there is ample amount of wildlife about. During the day it's fine, I can see ducks, squirrels and rabbits in time and slow down if I need to. ...
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Does riding bicycles reduce sperm count? [duplicate]

I have heard this many times before. Is there scientific evidence for this fact? Or have any of you come across this in your lives?
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Replaced chain, bike makes grinding noise?

Recently, I started going to a community bike shop to learn how to maintain and service my own bike. Ever since I changed the old, worn-out chain to a new chain with a master link, I've been ...
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Problems with Edge 510 Cadence/Speed Sensor

I have been looking online for a while on how to fix a bug with my Garmin Edge 510 Cadence/Speed sensor but no luck, and now I'm indoors training it's more important that it works (so I can get ...
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Cygolite Expilion Battery Replacement

Did anyone take apart the replaceable battery of the Expilion headlight? I assume it contains a 18650 like battery, but some have a protection circuit built in and some not. Any knowledge about the ...
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How to get over anger at inconsiderate drivers

Fortunately, I have very few strongly negative interactions with cars (most people generally seem to respect the way I ride), but those that do stick with me for a while. The scenario is almost ...
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Should I grease press fit attachements?

When two parts are press fit together (e.g. headset cup & head tube, crank arm & bottom bracket, etc) is it proper to grease the surfaces that will fit together, or not?
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Key Stuck in bike lock!

My key has snapped off in my bike lock and I'm wondering if bolt cutters are going to do the job and if not what else will? Its this lock that I have:
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Why is my fixie so very hard to pedal?

I recently got a fixed gear bike and I rode it about 5 times. I live in an urban part of the city. I've never rode a fixie before or know much about bikes in general and I knew it would be difficult ...
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How do i fix my v-brake with some part twisted?

Here's the pictures I did a lot of searching on the youtube about the fix but couldn't find as i don't know what that part of the bike is called.Its seems to me as if i need to buy new ones ...
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what make and model is this bike please?

Please help me identify this bike, I have looked in a multitude of places and come up with nothing. It looks to be a beach cruiser.
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How to transport bulky things on a bike

I am a hobby musician and would like to transport my instruments on my bike because there are just a few parking lots and it is too far to walk. Is there a good and save way to carry a trombone, ...
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Changing '75 international to clip in pedals and shoes

I have developed foot issues because my stiff insoles don't do me much good on the bike, especially if I stand to go up hills. So I think I need to switch to clip ins with good stiff shoes (Bont ...
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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? [closed]

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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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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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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