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How can I move the handlebars on a mountain bike close to the rider without affecting handling and control?

I recently finished building up a mountain bike, with the help of a friend. My initial rides - a few miles, nothing too extensive yet - revealed that I need to move the handlebars a bit up and back ...
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Why is my drivetrain so noisy after replacing the chain?

I ride an SE Lager fixed. On the 30th of May this year I did a bit of an overhaul, replacing the rear cog, chain, wheels, tyres and brake pads. I measured the chain last weekend and discovered that ...
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How can I adjust for uneven brake wear?

Well, my problems with brakes have turned out to be not an issue with pad longevity at all -- see the following picture: Note how the one pad is excessively "toe-in" worn. Here's a picture of the ...
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How to practice jumping over cars with disc brakes and SPD shoes?

This question here raises a sub-question, to avoid accidents. I am looking for some safe ways to practice jumping over cars. I use SPD shoes and disc brakes because I have noticed that I can burst ...
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Affordable GPS with maps?

I have my eye on the Garmin 800. It looks fantastic, but alas I can't afford it right now. I would like a gps / cycle computer that would work well in Europe with maps. What are my options? I want ...
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What tactics other than 'setting an example' successfully encourage friends/family/others to become cyclists? [closed]

We all know the scenario - you buy the girlfriend a bike, you spend a day servicing a friend's bike, you give an old bike to someone in the family or you spend time in the LBS helping a friend get a ...
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Best brake pads for long distance travelling?

Me and a friend of mine are going on a long bike trip (which will take us a month) and we're finetuning our bikes for this. We will be bringing about 14kg of luggage each, only riding on paved roads ...
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Which size spoke tool. Currently size 14

I have this spoke tool. The number I use on this tool is 14. I use it on a hybrid mountain bike. . I want to get one which is easier to use but I do not know which size. Here are the available ...
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Do I need a Blackburn bike rack for my CoPilot Limo kids seat, or will the vintage Schwinn rack do?

I was given a CoPilot kids bike seat and the instructions say that it requires a Blackburn EX-1 rack. But will my Schwinn bike rack do the trick, safely?
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How to straighten a bent derailleur hanger?

I've bent (again) my derailleur hanger. It's a replaceable hanger but for this summer I can't get an original one and I know that the non-original one I can get is made in a harder material and could ...
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Mountain biking: How to ride in mud?

Any one have any tips for riding in mud, and lots of it? I am talking about mountain biking. Update I am doing a race on Sunday, and it rained all week, and there's a chance of rain during the ...
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Why would semi-solid fork make whizzing sound?

Alert the semi-solid fork is probably not the right terminology, it shows that I don't know 100% whether the work has some sort of inner suspension. My bike is almost this one but I feel there is ...
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what size can be the nuts holding the front wheel?

I am trying to install a front wheel in a bike - the axle of the wheel is threaded, but I have trouble finding out what size thread it is, and what nut can go on this. The size of the thread on the ...
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Can I use a mountain bike to go bike touring?

I'm planning on going bike touring in S.East Asia. I've been planning which bike to get. Companies like Thorn offer custom made bikes (specially designed for adventure-style cycle touring), but they ...
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Hub rebuild - cone dust cap conflict, hub integrated vs pressed on cone?

I had to rebuilt the rear Joytech hub on my 2008(ish) Schwinn High Timber after I broke the axle: My hubs have a integrated dust cover which consists of a rubber diaphragm that is pressed into the ...
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diference between 170mm 172mm 175mm crank arm length on road bike [duplicate]

What is best for which use, advantage, or application, especially for climbing.
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Why use 54T (or bigger) chainring?

In time trial races, I see people are using these big chainrings. Is 50/11 combination doesn't give enough top speed? What's the real advantage? I can only think of the negative, which is it makes the ...
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Where can I find touch-up paint?

I need grey touch-up paint for the headtube on a 2014 Whyte T-129s. How can I find out which colour exactly to buy?
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My SPD shoes + cleats won't clip in to my SPD pedals

I purchased some touring shoes (Giro Republic) that support a two bolt cleat. I opted for a standard, popular Shimano M520L pedal with matching cleats. I installed the pedals, loosened the tension on ...
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Is it a good idea to buy a 7-year-old MTB?

I'm a single speed rider and I'd like to buy an MTB. My main purpose for MTB is hardcore forest riding(rocks and little downhills). I thought of buying an used one and I saw today Marin Rock Springs ...
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Making bicycle semi-motor powered

Is there any way that I could easily and affordably (under $US200) add a motor to my bicycle, so that it would move both by my pedalling and with the help of the motor?
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Use of Shimano long-reach calipers with “New Super SLR” brake levers/shifters

So my bike has Shimano Tiagra ST-4600/4603 brifters (it's a triple) but is fitted with long-drop BR-R451 calipers. In theory, these should be incompatible because of the change in cable pull ratio, ...
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What is the matter with this Shimano disc brake lever?

I got the BR-M445L + BL-M505L a month ago. I am new to hydraulic disc brakes, so I can't tell if there is any problem with air in the system or other problems. Asked a mechanic and he said the brake ...
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How can I fit a tapered fork to a 1 1/8 semi-integrated/zero stack head tube?

I have a 2004 Giant VT frame with a zero stack / semi-integrated headset. It currently takes a straight steerer threadless fork. Is there any type of headset I can put on so I can fit a tapered ...
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How do I clean my bike in winter?

How or where do I clean my bike in winter? I live in Michigan, USA and winter can be very harsh, along with the added salt used for ice removal. I am not commuting or anything, just occasionally ...
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How tight should a threaded BB be?

I have an english-thread, octalink Shimano bottom bracket, and a new frame. The frame has been faced before painting. I am not sure the BB is compatible with the frame. When trying to install the ...
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Front derailleur won't spring back to lower gears

The front derailleur on my mountainbike sometimes gets stuck in high gears. When this happens and I want to shift down I can nudge it a bit with my foot and it will spring back to the lower gear. I ...
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Do headset and frame metals need to match, or will a steel/aluminum headset get stuck on an aluminum/steel frame?

Will a steel headset get stuck on an aluminum frame bike? Will an aluminum alloy headset get stuck on a steel frame bike? I am not asking about carbon frames, by the way. I ask because I have seen ...
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Where can I get a Job that involves bicycles? [closed]

I was wondering if anyone knows any job or if you could advise as of what I could do to obtain a new job that involves bicycles?
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Upgrade my Rear Cassette from 12/25t to 11/28t

I have a Specialized Secteur 8-speed road bike with a Shimano HG850 12/25t rear cassette running on a KMX Z type narrow chain my crankset is a 52/42/30, I have done about 2,000 miles so it's probably ...
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What Are the Widths of Shimano 8, 9, and 10 Speed Cassettes?

I was hoping that someone could provide me with the precise Shimano road-bike 8, 9, and 10 speed sizes for the following: Cassette Spacer Width Cog/Tooth Width Maximum Chain Width
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Repairing a Crimped Titanium Frame

I have a Van Nicholas Astraeus Titanium bike, and recently had problems with removing the seatpost. The aluminium shim oxidised itself to my frame. I took it to the bike shop, and in our efforts they ...
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What could be the reason for chain skipping

My chain is skipping only on the smallest sprocket, and it skips with every crank turn. The chain is not stretched. Also, chainrings are almost new. Could this freewheel be the reason, it doesn't seem ...
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How to prevent the derailleur cable fibres getting all over the places?

My bike is only 7 months old, but the front derailleur cable fibres are becoming loose i.e. the individual thin metal fibres twised together to form the cable are loosing out. I think I have lost the ...
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Minimum mountain groupset hard enough to resist abuse

I'm looking to upgrade my mountain bike and I would like to get something better than I have, if justified. I've never ridden any groupset better than alivio/deore, which work ok for me and have ...
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How to setup triple front derailleur with a double crankset

I want to use my front derailleur which is a tiagra on a 3x10 speed setup with a compact double crankset making it a 2x10 setup. What is the proper procedure for setting up the triple chainring ...
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10-speed chain too short, can I add links?

I purchased a new KMC DX10SC 10-speed 114 link chain to replace my worn out chain. I'm running a mountain triple and it seems that The chain is slightly too short at it's full length. I can't get in ...
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What type of valve do shock pumps use?

Do all shock pumps use a schrader valve? I've just taken a look at a couple of product listings and found no mention of the valve type. I guess that might be to avoid people buying those pumps for ...
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Shimano shoe size

I am riding clipless with the MT43 shoes I bought at my LBS. They are great,... when it is not cold outside... and now it is cold outside... and my toes are freezing. I was thinking of getting Shimano ...
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Do I need better “springs” on my disc brakes?

After 20 years commuting on old/cheap bikes, I finally evolved up to a nice solid touring rig with cable disc brakes (Avid BB5). I love the bike and the brakes. They're much easier to maintain, ...
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Bicycle slipping gears on middle sprocket gears 4-7

I see lots of questions on gears slipping but not sure it's the same as what I have. Out of 21 gears I only have problems with 4 (middle sprocket (2) on left shifter gears (4-7) on right shifter). ...
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How to determine size of freewheel?

My previous question was: How to take apart this rear BMX hub? How do I determine the size of my freewheel to replace it? I have seen on bicycle sites that a freewheel comes in sizes like 14t, 16t, ...
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What's a good setup for an experienced but rusty cyclist training for his first triathlon?

I've got my first (sprint) triathlon coming up at the end of July. I need a bike to train and race on. I'm comfortable on both road and MTB style bikes, but haven't ridden on either in several years. ...
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Why does a 28 1/3 tyre fit, when a 27 1/4 tyre is too big?

I've just bought these rims off eBay: ...
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Difference between Shimano HG51 8-Speed Cassette and Shimano HG50 8-Speed Cassette

Can anyone tell me the difference between Shimano HG51 and HG50 8-Speed Cassettes? I can't find any information online about this so was hoping someone might be able to help me. I am looking to ...
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Kickstand compatible with 2011 TREK Utopia

Will a kickstand fit on a 2011 Trek Utopia? I'm told the standard that bolts in near the front gear won't fit and I read that the one that mounts near the rear axle won't work with disc brakes.
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Feedback on Bern Helmets for winter

I was thinking about picking up a new helmet this afternoon. My current helmet: Has had a few accidents Isn't very warm in the winter. Doesn't have great clearance for ski goggles. I was ...
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Getting a cycling saddle that fits

I'm thinking of getting a new seat on my exercise bike How can I ensure that the seat will fit? Are there different types of fitting? How many types? My one the bike seat involves 2 hexagonal bolts ...
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How do you wrap a bicycle frame with used inner tubes?

What is the best way to wrap a frame with bicycle inner tubes? The bike is an aluminium framed MTB with suspension (rather than a roadie-courier bike that usually gets subjected to such treatment). ...
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Best Bike Rack for Honda Pilot?

I own a Honda Pilot and looking for the best bike rack that will allow me to hang the bike on the back of the pilot but possibly still open the door. 99.9% of the time we haul the bikes on my pickup ...

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