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Over-tightening a BB

I just installed an external bottom bracket (Hollowtech II type) on my steel bike. The manufacturer (Sugino) prescribes a 40-50Nm torque. I own no torque wrench, so I just wrenched it on pretty tight. ...
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1answer
63 views

1st road bike; wary of no-name parts? [closed]

About to buy my first road bike. I keep things for a long time, so won't be upgrading the frame in 2 years. I will ride 2-3 time weekly, 15-40 miles each time. I'm deciding among three options: ...
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200 views

Does riding a cyclo cross bike carry a large aerodynamic penalty when compared to a road bike?

During club rides I find myself getting dropped by riders with the same weight and power but the main difference is that they are riding road bikes and I am on a cyclo cross bike (with road tyres and ...
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0answers
43 views

Bumpy ride. Is it the casing or the inner tube?

I pumped a new tube to about 80 psi (I missed that on the casing the recommended pressure is 100 psi). On the ride immediatly, I hit a very small kerb harder than I wished and after I noticed that my ...
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2answers
56 views

Fat tire vs regular mountain bike in mud

Looking to see which one is better suited for me. Mid 50's outta shape and heavy and need the exercise. Will be checking cows and fences. This is mostly flat pasture and hay meadows with lots of ...
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3answers
91 views

Is the plastic piece between the seven gear sprocket and the spokes hard to replace, and how?

I was given a 21 gear mountain bike as payment for some work I did for a neighbor which had been in his backyard for about a year. Though it cleaned up very well there is one part I would love to ...
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1answer
67 views

How do I know I should replace the chain? [duplicate]

I have been riding a folding bike in the past. I have never replaced its chain. Recently, I have bought a second handed road bike for $500. I am afraid of the chain breaking suddenly. How do I know ...
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0answers
50 views

what model is this kuwahara?

hi all, can anyone identify this bike, and is it worth fixing up? everything seems great on it - oiled and cleaned just about everything, just waiting new cables and tires/tubes... it says kuwahara ...
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7answers
457 views

How Can A Faster Rider Aid A Slower Rider On A Long Ride?

For the context of this question, two people are trying to get from point A to point B (and back) where the only viable means of transportation is bicycle (and a tandem bicycle / electric bicycles are ...
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2answers
33 views

needing new front suspension

I have an old Schwinn sidewinder 2.6 mountain bike. I'm starting to get into better trails and I want to upgrade my front suspension. It has the standard 1-1/8 steering, but its a threaded shaft. Does ...
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1answer
35 views

Changing to rigid fork on C-dale Killer V 900 w 1.5

I have a 90s era Cannondale Killer V 900., Believe it has the Headshock fork with the shock directly below the headset. I am converting the bike to an electric commuter (please dont hate me or just ...
1
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1answer
34 views

Shimano XT-Alivio compatibility

I am going to buy a Shimano XT rear derailleur, but currently I am using Shimano Alivio M4000 shifter. I would like to know if these two components are compatible?
2
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1answer
50 views

How to remove spoke twist

I just built my first wheel following the excellent ebook from Roger Musson. The build turned out great, but as hard as I tried, I couldn't master the technique to eliminate the spoke twist. I've ...
2
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4answers
763 views

How to fix a sluggish bike?

I just bought a used mountain bike, and it seems to be slow. Pedaling seems like very hard work, and at a normal casual pedaling rate, I can only reach 4-5mph. If I pedal like I'm being chased by a ...
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1answer
52 views

unknown make model and year

enter image description here! Can someone please help me identify this frame? I have tried searching the net for same lugs design but I can not find anything that is similar to the lugs of this ...
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1answer
35 views

A gap in the hole when inserting JIS square BB to a Truvativ Crank

I push the BB inside a crank hole without any tool but I expect a few milimeters gap. The Truvativ crank definitely uses JIS interface, but the question is: DOES the gap make any problem? or is it ...
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4answers
77 views

bike grease got on my wall. best way to get it off?

white paint on drywall. black bike grease. whoops. what are you tips and tricks for getting it off the wall/paint
2
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2answers
316 views

Exposed cord on bike tire - replace?

The gash is about 3 inches long. Should I toss the tire or should I keep it?
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3answers
74 views

Pull Inexperienced Tandem Stoker?

Is it feasible for an experienced single seat cyclist to serve as captain of a tandem bicycle and effectively "pull" the stoker behind as if the said stoker was riding in a trailer? It's understood ...
1
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5answers
143 views

Force open a U-lock

I have a kryptonite key opening u-lock, opening the lock had recently bocome stiff. But now the bike is locked outside and I can't turn the key the whole 180 degrees, only 90 degrees. It won't open. ...
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76 views

Can there be a stack exchange for casual, rural bike riding and remote touring free of the fanaticism of professional bike riders? [closed]

No doubt this bike stack exchange is extremely useful for many types of questions and answers. But I think it is also heavily skewed in perspective against many people who are interested in ...
4
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1answer
95 views

What is “crank preload”

I'm in the middle of swapping my BB30 cranks from stock FSA Gossamer to a (shorter length) SRAM BB30 "IA" S950. The S950 has a "crank preload" adjuster on the NDS which the spindle is also attached ...
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6answers
216 views

Is it possible to remove wheel without loosening the (V) brakes

I have a mountain bike with V-brakes and every time I get a puncture and need to remove the wheel to replace the inner tube, I have to use a hex/Allen key to loosen the brakes, otherwise I can't pull ...
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1answer
41 views

DIY: what material to use as DIY shim seat post?

Seat tube shim adapters are quite expensive, what kind of material do you recommend as a shim? I have seen in a thread some guys talking about home made shim: paper tape alloy drink can as a shim ...
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2answers
75 views

Do I need to chase a thread before installing a bottom bracket on a new frame?

Currently I'm building a new Surly Cross Check, and it needs a 68mm BB (english threaded). Furthermore, I plan to use a cheap $15 shimano BB with JIS square tapered interface, nothing special. Do I ...
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1answer
77 views

Trying to figure out the Brand/Make of this bicycle?

Got this from a friend hand-me-down style. Got some work to do on it to make her roadworthy. But it's been painted, and I can't see a logo or name on it anywhere. Steel Metal Frame. That's about all ...
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3answers
1k views

What do you wish you knew you before you bought your first nice bike? [closed]

I am planning on purchasing my first nice bike ($500-$1000, nice to me is not a walmart bike) and am cautious due to the Dunning Kruger effect. I have never had a bike not from walmart before, and ...
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2answers
172 views

Replace chain at 0.5% wear, or 0.75% wear?

Why do chain wear indicators have an indication for 0.5% wear and one for 0.75% wear? Are both measurements included because there is some personal preference from mechanic to mechanic, or rather are ...
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2answers
57 views

How to work around a high seatpost?

So I bought this old bike but realized that its seatpost is stuck and high. When I ride I feel uncomfortable because it's slightly too high for me. Also I realized that it's really difficult to fix ...
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3answers
123 views

Convenient bike-security measures for rural, small-town, and remote-touring environments [closed]

I originally titled this question as "I'm looking for a convenient absolutely fail-safe automatic lock that works all the time". But, judging by some rather cold responses, that title seems to be ...
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0answers
79 views

How to remove a stuck seatpost?

I bought an old bike. However there is one problem with it. The seatpost is stuck and I can't take it up or down ... and it's too high for me that my back hurts. It seems that the old user made it ...
0
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2answers
71 views

Remove paint from the head tube

I'm planning to build a new bike from scratch. Part of that is buying a new frame, and possibly facing/reaming it. That's actually the part I'm scared of the most. Fortunately, the brand I'm ...
0
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1answer
54 views

What variables are considered when determining wheel size and how do they affect these variables?

What variables are considered when determining wheel size from a theoratical perspective and how do they affect these variables? I noticed that city bikes tend to have smaller wheel sizes, whereas ...
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2answers
40 views

Pain on pinky toe joint from cleat setup?

I recently got SPD cleats for my road bike and have watched a number of videos and read articles on how to set them up as best as I can. I seem to have them set where I can comfortably pedal with the ...
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1answer
49 views

Visual inspection of wheel hub

I need to build a new bicycle (others are gone, stolen :( ). Good thing is, I have two spare wheels of decent quality in my basement. These old wheels took quite a beating though, when I was younger. ...
4
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1answer
133 views

What kind of portable pump should I carry when riding on a fat bike?

However, I just got a fat bike with 4.5in tires. I know that my portable hand pump takes a long time to pump mountain bike tires due to it being optimized for high pressure / low volume. What type of ...
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1answer
56 views

From Delft to Rotterdam - Hard?

If anyone has done this before, I would like to know whether a bicycle ride from Delft to Rotterdam is hard (approx 15km). I don't know what to expect since the Netherlands is flat, but still. ...
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5answers
103 views

Giant Cypress Upgrade

I have very little knowledge when it comes to bicycles and how they work. With that being said, I have a Giant Cypress Hybrid. It is a great bike for the most part. I'm looking to get a little more ...
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0answers
77 views

Refurbishing mountain bike - left standing for couple of years

I've a Marin Rocky Ridge (2007) that I'd like to give a bit of an overhaul/refurbish as it's been left standing for two years or so. I'm just looking to know where would be common areas that would ...
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2answers
122 views

Is threadless a noticeable difference from threaded headset setups?

I'm considering replacing my threaded aluminum forks, threaded headset, steel threaded stem and steel handlebars with threadless carbon forks, threadless headset and integrated carbon stem and ...
1
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3answers
227 views

How difficult is the switch from flat to drop bar?

I've ridden with flat bars for more than 10 years, both freeride and commuting. Now I'm considering switching to a road bike with a drop bar for commuting. I went to a shop and tried a couple of such ...
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0answers
67 views

Wheels keep getting buckled

I have a touring bike with one side-bag on the back frame. On average I cycle 60 miles a week. How often do I need to buy new wheels? As of late I keep buckling both wheels. Can anyone please help ...
0
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1answer
106 views

Will I break my Dahon Mu Uno?

I weigh around 220 pounds, the weight limit for the bike is 230 pounds, part of my regular ride is a long stretch of compacted gravel, I tend to thrash along being used to riding a mountain bike and ...
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5answers
390 views

Peer pressure in road cycling [closed]

Or how does one fall into the road cyclist prototype. I'm talking mainly technology obssesion, spandex wearing and clipless shoes. I start this thread because since riding in a group, I'm questioning ...
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1answer
90 views

Attack position

I stumbled upon this gem recently. They explain that the most basic skill is the attack position. Here is my understanding of their teaching: Standing and not on the saddle. Center of gravity of the ...
3
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3answers
133 views

What are the good ways to maintain the bicycle while raining season?

I have a bicycle. I ride it everyday because it was my primary vehicle. When I was going to campus or another places, I used it. Currently, the raining season is on my country. I would like to keep ...
6
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2answers
264 views

Eco friendly Bike cleaning

What is the most eco friendly way to clean your bike? I want to use a degreaser and other cleaning solutions that are biodegradable.
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1answer
74 views

QR vs solid axle for freewheel hub

I've heard a lot of folks complaining about freewheel hubs getting bent axles. I have a rigid BSO with a solid rear axle that I occasionally pound on local trails. I've never gotten a bent axle. ...
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2answers
82 views

How to fix gears on a Kilimanjaro bike

I've just bought a Kilimanjaro bicycle for cheap. One reason it was cheap, I expect, was the gears system. It's only partly functional, and I don't understand why. I would go to the bike shop with it, ...
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2answers
100 views

Unbending Derailleur hanger

Reading this article at park tool, it looks to be lacking some information, and here are my questions (some of them maybe pretty silly): Why the bike should be "with the wheels level as the bike ...

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