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71 views

Are new Shimano shifters compatible with old 600 Arabesque derailleurs?

Does anyone know if I can use new gear shifters, especially integrated road bike shifters, with vintage a Shimano 600 Arabesque rear derailleur? Will the pull ratio of the shifter and derailleur ...
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2answers
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Why is it important to keep equal number of turns when building a wheel?

My first wheelset build here. I am following Sheldon and this guy. They both stress very much to tighten the nipples to an equal length, for example just as the spoke threads stop showing, and the ...
6
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298 views

Tips for having partner drive support.

I am hoping to get some tips and suggestions for having a partner drive support for long rides (training or touring). Is it best to plan spots that they will meet you and can get to your location of ...
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65 views

Can I replace a QR spike with a normal solid axle?

Hi I have an old 28" bike that has at the moment quick release spindles. I want to slot in a set of normal axles, with good old thread and bolts. I have crashed twice because the front wheel hasn't ...
2
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1answer
87 views

Gearing on drivetrains

I am running a tiagra compact 50/34t front with a sora 12/32t rear, I am still finding the long steep hills a problem, is there a alternative available without going tripple. IE lower front chain ...
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2answers
97 views

Is there a way to merge tracks within a GPX file?

I have GPX files for local MTB riding areas. In each area picture several connected loops composed of between say 6 and 12 named trails. In my GPX files all of the trails are individual tracks. Its ...
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2answers
198 views

Is it normal for the chain to slip in an 'extreme' gear?

My bike's recently been in for a service so afterwards I checked that all the gears are shifting and working properly. As part of my testing I put some power through the cranks in the photographed ...
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3answers
209 views

Difference between road & mountain drivetrain

Basically MTB and road bikes have different brand parts (like deore / XT; Sora / Utegra etc). What are the main differences between the 2 types, that will make it incompatible? Are there things ...
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1answer
61 views

Buying mudguard and pannier together vs separately

I need to get new fenders/mudguards, and I also need to get a pannier rack. As I understand it, these can sometimes be bought as one unit, they can obviously be bought separately, and I am not sure ...
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1answer
44 views

Can I fit a 105 crank arm (stages) to a Claris 2400 crankset?

I currently have a Specialized Secteur with a Shimano Claris 2400 crankset (compact). I'd like to buy a Stages power meter but they do not sell Claris crank arms. Can I simply put a 105 crank arm on ...
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3answers
180 views

Does the rear tyre carry more weight than the front tyre?

As I'm riding my bike, it looks as if the rear tyre is carrying more weight than the front tyre: The rear tyre looks more squished downwards, even though both are equally well-inflated. This I think ...
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2answers
105 views

Can I change my 7-speed rear derailleur to an 8-speed?

I bought a 2013 Cannondale Quick 6 Hybrid for my daily commute almost exactly a year ago, and I'm looking to give it some upgrades. It currently has a 7-speed Shimano Altus derailleur, and I was ...
2
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2answers
79 views

How are hub dynamo lights wired and why does a rear light cause the front to come on?

I have a bike with a Shimano hub dynamo, a B&M Cyo switched LED front (LED) light, and a B&M D-Toplight rear (LED) light. With the rear light disconnected, things work as I expect: When ...
2
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3answers
186 views

Is it safe to go over roots at high speed on a cross-country bicyle?

I have an average cross-country bike (Cube AIM), with stock parts on it. I have no problems descending at high speeds on a rocky road/singletrack. But when I have a long, steep descend with big ...
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3answers
181 views

Hill riding: What gears are usually the most comfortable?

I've read this and this and I understand the good ways and the bad on how to ride up hills. In fact I consider myself a good hill climber (roadie), but some of the guys I ride with are beating my KOMs ...
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3answers
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I just replaced my cassette, do I need replace the 2 month old chain?

I replaced both my cassette and chain in July (2.5 months ago). For some reason my chain started skipping when I was in the smallest cog in back. I took it to a shop, they could not find anything ...
1
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1answer
41 views

Changing Frames

I just had a crash and wrecked my Cube hardtail mountain bike. Can I put all the parts, wheels, Reba Rock Shock, Shimano gears etc off my hard tail on to a full suspension frame?
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1answer
59 views

What causes brakes to perform worse when the bike is loaded?

I adopted a thoroughly abandoned Univega Super Strada from somewhere in the '80s or '90s. It has Shimano caliper brakes in good condition with pads that are worn but still have plenty of the indicator ...
0
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1answer
75 views

New wheelset, spokes losing tension

I recently got a new wheelset Reynolds Solitude from a friend. He bought a new bike and it came with these wheels so he sold them as take-offs. They have internal spokes. I have one problem with them ...
0
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2answers
166 views

What is the hazard turn signal?

I know the other turn signals, but what if I need to flash the hazard? On a car it is both turn signals, but on a bike stretching both arms is stupid.
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1answer
111 views

Can anybody recommend a bike for year round commuting [closed]

I wonder if anyone has any advice or ideas on bikes that I could consider for all year round commuting to and from work. My commute is a 20 mile round trip on a mixture of rural and urban roads. ...
0
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0answers
29 views

I haven't ridden my bicycle in years. What basic maintenance should I check before hopping back on? [duplicate]

My bike has been sitting in a garage, untouched, for around 4 years. I recently grabbed it and brought it to my new house, and want to get back in the habit of riding. What basic things should I check ...
13
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4answers
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Should I use lights in foggy conditions?

Today it was foggy, visibility was only slightly reduced, I already wear a high-vis on my bike but I am wondering if it is still worth me using my lights or is that overkill?
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2answers
77 views

Do I need a chain guide or bash guard to convert to a single chain ring?

I want to convert an old 12-speed into a 1x6 for urban commuting. I'm hoping to keep one of the existing chain rings at 42T and use washers on the chainring bolts or replace them with single speed ...
2
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2answers
70 views

How much does number of gears matter for a front derailleur?

I need a low clamp 2x10 front derailleur. As it turns out to be a challenge to find locally, I begin to wonder How important is the rear gear specification? What is I get 2x9? How important is ...
2
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1answer
61 views

Can I swap my fixie frame and still keep all my old components?

I would like to change the frame of my fixie, it's too small for me now. It's a PureFix Bravo 50 cm, these are the specs. I would like to change the frame for a bigger one, a 54 or 58 cm one. Is it ...
0
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1answer
64 views

My chain came out of dérailleur frame, but gap seems too small, am I misunderstanding something?

So the chain came off my bike on the way to work this morning, but when I tried to put it back on, it seems like it has also come out of the dérailleur frame, but the gap where it seems to have come ...
1
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3answers
96 views

Neck pain after BG Bike Fit?

I did the smart thing and went in for a bike fit 3 weeks ago. I had some serious pain in my hands which has since been essentially resolved. Now, in the drops and at the hoods, I get pretty wretched ...
2
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1answer
187 views

What are the advantages of 4 arm cranks for road bikes?

Are 4 arm cranks the future for road bikes? What are the advantages?
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28 views

muddy fox “ ” Rebel" [duplicate]

Can i change my muddy fox rebels rear brake for a disc brake? It doesn't seem to have the mounting bit on it but I have seen that you can get some that screw into the couple of holes in the frame. Any ...
1
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3answers
88 views

Reuse oversized hardtrail frame to build a commuter bike? [duplicate]

I have a spare hardtrail frame which is too big (20.5") for me (5'7") for riding trails. Would it make sense to build a commuter bike for me as road/touring bike frames are generally larger than MTB? ...
0
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4answers
125 views

Bike too big for me

I bought a bike online based on a recommendation that a 56cm frame would be ok for me (I am 5ft 10, with 30" inside leg). However I think it is slightly too big. I have to lean forward a lot and my ...
2
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1answer
77 views

youth racing. 11 speed 16 up cassette

I have been looking around and I cannot find anywhere that sells a cassette with a 16t top gear that is shimano 11 speed compatible. Junior racing requires gear limits and I was hoping to find ...
12
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7answers
341 views

Is it good practice to wave following cars through when safe?

When I am being followed by a car that is unable to safely overtake, I would normally take the lane and adopt primary position as recommended, making an obvious move to secondary position once it is ...
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1answer
28 views

Apollo Highway Brake Discs ? [duplicate]

can i add custom disc Brakes to the front at all ? Bike info here http://www.thebikelist.co.uk/apollo/highway-700c-trekking-hybrid-bike-2010 Thanks
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0answers
52 views

How to recognise a 6-speed freewheel compatible hub?

I need to change the freewheel and the hub on my road bike and have been looking for a suitable replacement. I wish to keep my rim so I will rebuild the wheel. Also, I want to stay with a 6 speed ...
0
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0answers
58 views

Are parallel v-brakes fixed distance? [Avid Arch Rival 50]

OK, this is naive question, but I have to be 200% sure :-) If you compare the regular v-brake against parallel v-brakes as Avid Arch Rival 50: the one thing which is always ignored is the way you ...
2
votes
1answer
75 views

How to select the fenders for my bike

I inspected the tires of the bike and found their size: 700 x 40 - 28 x 1 5/8. Which probably means, that the diameter is 28 inches and the tire width is 40 mm (I measured with a ruler). I found, ...
0
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1answer
91 views

What could cause an inflated tire to be “untrue” on a true rim

I just bought a new set of tires (Continental UltraRace 25-622 700x25c) for my bike, which has rims Rigida 28 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/8 - 700c. When I inflate the inner tube (both a Schwalbe 28" 18/28-622/630 ...
2
votes
2answers
81 views

How can you remove the interrupter (top bar) levers from the Giant Avail 5?

I'm looking to gain a little extra space on my handlebars and I do not use these brakes, so I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to remove them. The spec is: Brake Levers Shimano 2300 w/ ...
2
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1answer
54 views

Replace hub from old cassette to new fixed

I have an old mavic race rear wheel where the hub is rusted, but the spokes and rim is in prime condition. Thinking about changing just the hub (reusing spokes) to a fixed flip-flop to use the wheel ...
0
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1answer
54 views

Pedal bearings (friction and spinning)

My wife recently upgraded her pedals to LOOK carbon and we were very nicely walked through all the different types of pedals from $100-$400. I was amazed to see how hard it was to spin the cheap ...
2
votes
1answer
112 views

How do I choose a light GPS device supporting Strava? [closed]

Up til now I have ridden with Strava running on my mobile phone sitting in a special mobile phone holder which sits up on my handlebars. Now I am looking for a better solution, both more aerodynamic ...
5
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2answers
612 views

Foot position on pedal

I regularly race Duathlons and Triathlons. When I am off the bike and running my calves are like rocks for the first mile. I have been told to try to flatten by foot and not "Point" my toes down. I ...
1
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1answer
67 views

How do I go about choosing a bike for commuting? [closed]

I am absolutely lost in the world of bicycles! I have long ridden a MTB, but now I am a good 16kms(10+ miles) away from work.(where I wish to commute too) and i just need more speed. I'm confused by ...
0
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1answer
48 views

Problem with changing to high gear on the front derailleur on my new Bianchi Spillo Rubino Altus Rigid

It's a 24 speed bike with 3 gears on front (Cranks PROWHEEL 48/38/28T) and 8 on the rear. I rode it today and when I was moving the front gear to 3 to move the chain to the large ring I have to press ...
2
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4answers
116 views

Are there any permanent solutions for holes smaller than 1cm on outer tyre?

My road bike tire is damaged because of some biketrap I fell into. After a month I got a flat while riding. I found this hole at the damaged area while repairing the puncture on inner tube. After ...
2
votes
2answers
93 views

Maintenance for a single speed bike

I love biking. And I also love maintaining my bikes. This is the first time I've gotten a single speed road bike, specifically this one. My question is, for maintenance purposes, what should I look ...
4
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2answers
106 views

Hub grease, white grease, red grease or buy grease?

As i'm going to overhaul my hubs, i'm looking for the right grease for the job. The easy way would be going to a shop and buy some dedicated grease. But searching through my garage, I found that i ...
1
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1answer
52 views

Brompton: where to find the higher supply of second-hand bikes in UK, or anywhere in Europe? [closed]

We are 2 french hitchhikers looking for 2 second-hands brompton folding bike (M6R, black). We are ready to hitchhike to get them anywhere in UK, Belgium, NL or Germany for a "reasonable" price. ...

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