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Remove front derailleur without breaking chain

I recently purchased a Diadora Orbita bike from SportChek. As I was riding it my front derailleur got bent and now I can't use my pedals. So, my question is, can I remove the Shimano FD-TY18 front ...
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23 views

Gears for Hero Cyclone

I have a Hero Cyclone bicycle that is a single speed. Can I add gears to it? If so, can anyone suggest me a good gear?
2
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2answers
50 views

Road Brifters with MTB Derailleurs

I've just bought a lovely Surly touring frame and I simply stuck all of my mountain bike components on it. That means I've retained a flat handlebar. I'd really like to stick drop bars on though and ...
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3answers
4k views

It it impolite to “informally” join or draft a group of cyclists?

On a recent Sunday ride on a country road, I was slowly overtaken by a group of (5) guys on carbon-fiber road bikes. They were "proper" road cyclists, if you know what I mean. When they passed me, I ...
6
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1answer
77 views

What is meant by “inches of travel”?

I am in the market for a mountain bike, and have been reading some mountain bike magazines for info. They mention particular models as having particular "inches of travel". What exactly does this ...
0
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2answers
70 views

Renovating bike, are there addon to make the rims look thicker? [closed]

I have an older road bike and I am looking to renovate it. The rims on my wheels are pretty thin, and I very much like the look of deeper rim wheels. Can I produce this effect without buying new ...
7
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3answers
102 views

How to secure and transport panniers when on foot during a bike trip

Context I would like to go on a solo two weeks bike trip in Europe (mid & east). I am planning on camping (with a 2 person tent), so will not go to any hotel. This means that I will be buying ...
3
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2answers
44 views

Disk brake pads too thick?

I have an old Magura Julie disk brake. It seams that new pads are too thick for the brake. I already tried 2 different types. But when I insert the new pads the gap between the pads is completely ...
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0answers
77 views

How do I repair a broken chain on my old BMX bike?

I have an old bmx and my chain broke yesterday. I bought a new chain from WalMart. It is 300 links for 1 speed but I don't know what is the bmx speed (gear); it was rusted but I fixed it up. I left ...
1
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1answer
35 views

What can my Shimano BR-M445 caliper be replaced with?

I have a Shimano BR-M445 disc brake caliper that has decided to give up on life, so I need a replacement. It seems like the BR-M445 is no longer produced, so are there other calipers that can replace ...
2
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1answer
65 views

microSHIFT on front gears, how does it work?

Firstly, I do apologise if I don't get all the terminology correctly but I hope I'm still clear. We bought a second-hand 18-speed bike that has a front gear system that I've not encountered before. ...
1
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1answer
51 views

How to find the cage length of a rear derailleur?

I need to replace my rear derailleur. I've been looking at a few ones on eBay, however, my issue is that the seller does not know the size of the "cage". Specifically, I have a Shimano Tiagra RD-4400 ...
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0answers
77 views

Help me ID this bike

I purchased an old bike and I can't quite find out which brand and model it is. I know it has an Aluminium Kinesis frame , which is pretty light . The bike weights about 9,5kg with the bottle holders ...
0
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1answer
55 views

What to look for in a (Cheap) MTB headlight for night trail riding [closed]

I'm wondering what to aspects to look for when buying a mountain bike headlight is for night riding on the trails. I have never bought one before, but I'm hoping to spend at most $50, is it possible ...
1
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4answers
161 views

Which option; cx bike or mtb and road bike? [closed]

I've done my research and i've narrowed it down to 2 options for me Option 1: buy a low-end cyclocross bike for $1200 or Option 2: buy a low-end road bike for $800 and a low-end mountain bike for ...
0
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1answer
40 views

Pedal thread gone SRAM 150/100 chainset - what can be done?

I recently bought an Eastway FB3.0 road bike (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/eastway-fb30-2014/) for commuting and the pedal thread has gone on the right hand pedal. Am I right in thinking the only solution ...
15
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2answers
201 views

Are MIPS helmets actually any safer than standard helmets? Independent Research?

A friend just told me about a relatively new bike helmet technology that reduces torsion (rotational) stress in a bike accident. My wife is a speech therapist (and I write speech therapy software) so ...
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0answers
63 views

SPD-SL pedals uneven wear

I have been riding my road bike for about 10k km on those pedals (shimano ultegra spd-sl) and it just so happened that the left one is now worn much more than the right one (check out photos). You ...
4
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1answer
55 views

Electric bike: Do I need display?

I'm planning to buy an electric bike kit. However, I don't really like adding the display for aesthetic reason. However, the display (either LED or LCD) has function on/off and low/mid/high power on ...
1
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2answers
107 views

23 mm combined with 25 mm tyre in racing

I met a guy who mixed 23 and 25 mm for his front and rear tyre respectively. Now thinking about it, I believe it's a pretty good idea since the rear wheel bear more proportion of the rider's weight. ...
0
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2answers
54 views

what is the biggest chainring I can put on my mountain bike?

I am going to do a 'gravel grind' ride with lots of elevation gain and want to be able to keep up with the cyclocross bike riders. From what I understand they have 46/36 chainrings. My mountain bike ...
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0answers
46 views

What bike have i found i have no clue ?

Right i was on holiday in france & spotted what looks to be an old school BMX under a whole pile of old broken bikes at a flea market with MBK on the frame & stock & seat & has Oddesy ...
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0answers
30 views

Springy Rattling noise on new bike

I have recently bought a boardman pro 29er from Halfords (cycle to work). I like it and I'm enjoying riding it for the most part however there is a noise. Whenever I'm in a high gear (largest front ...
1
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1answer
65 views

My brakes rotate around after I tighten them and other v-brake questions

I recently purchased the long type of v-brake pads from Disco Brakes at Amazon. These are the ones with the tail. My original brakes were the simple shorter kind, installed as small ...
1
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0answers
62 views

Am I unscrewing my pump incorrectly?

I just bought a new mini pump (with a foot-stand and pressure gauge to get up to about 100psi), however, in order to get a good seal you have to screw the pump-head onto the valve. The issue is, ...
0
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1answer
60 views

exercise alternative to biking and upper body excercise [closed]

any alternative exercise to biking during when raining ? I have been fortunate enough to solve my insomnia with biking...something with it seems to connect and works well to solve my ages old problem ...
0
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2answers
72 views

Bike won't shift into 2 largest rear cogs (lowest gears)

I replaced the rear derailer on my bike after Schwinn sent it to me. The old one had a bent piece. I can't shift onto the largest 2 rear gears. I set the shifter to the lowest setting, but the chain ...
0
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1answer
46 views

pedal crank moves and tries to slip off the axle

I changed the bottom-bracket in my mountain bike two years ago, the problem was that the bolt on the crank on the non-drive side was continuously getting loose, to the point that I had to stop and ...
1
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1answer
47 views

Is Sram PG850 cassette a substitute for Shimano TZ31 freewheel?

I need your advice. I have a Giant Escape 2014 UK model bike and it's time to change the chain and the original cassette/freewheel, which are worn out. My question is, if I get this Sram PG850 ...
15
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7answers
3k views

What is the purpose of landing on the rear tire?

Throughout the entire Kranked series, riders are doing insane jumps and drops. What puzzles me is that, despite beginner advice to land both wheels (nearly) simultaneously, about half of the landings ...
0
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1answer
71 views

Moaning Disc Brakes?

My Disc brakes have been shuddering all day (been riding most the day). And when I say moan, I mean like I can feel the bike shudder up to my rear end. I tried the trick where you rub mud on them and ...
2
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3answers
86 views

Full Suspension MTB or just a new Frame

Currently I have a hard tail that I love, but I know that as I get more into mountain biking I'm probably going to want to upgrade. But I'm still pretty new to the trails. I'm wondering which you all ...
8
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4answers
362 views

Why are my wrists the first part of my body to start aching during a long ride?

Most riders seem to say it's their groin, neck or lower back that starts hurting first after a decent distance has been ridden. For me it is my wrists. I have no history of wrist pain (strains, ...
0
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1answer
63 views

Tyre popped when going from 26 x 1.95 to 26 x 2.125

My wheel had 26 x 1.95 tyres. I bought 26 x 2.125 thinking it would fit. While fitting the new tyre, it bulged outside at one location and the tube also came out for about 7 inches. The tube is the ...
2
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0answers
43 views

Downhill bike build [closed]

What frame should I choose for free-ride / downhill between Kona Stinky and Specialised Big Hit? I am a hobbyist downhill-er / free rider with average height 1.68 meters and 67 kg. I am asking your ...
0
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2answers
72 views

Mechanism to draw rear wheel back and tighten chain stuck; oil not helping, what's next?

I have a bicycle with an internally geared hub (Rohloff). To tension the chain, I loosed the attachment of the rear wheel (dropouts), draw back the rear wheel, and tighten the attachment again. ...
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2answers
137 views

Mountain vs Road

I mountain bike on a hardtail I got about 3 months ago. I love it, but am wondering If road bike is a good investment as far as training. I want to take things beyond just mountain biking a handful of ...
4
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2answers
130 views

What is mysteriously slicing the inside of my tubes?

For about the last year, I've had a problem keeping my bike on the road. Originally, my rear tube went flat when the tire was punctured by an office staple (don't ask me how a regular office staple ...
2
votes
1answer
159 views

What is the actual size of a 26x1.5/2.2 tube?

I've got some spare Specialized "Airlock" inner tubes that are size 26x1.5/2.2. That means 26 inch rims, but what does the 1.5/2.2 mean? It fits 1.5 to 2.2 width tires or something else? Curious what ...
0
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3answers
116 views

Is klunking the father of mountain biking?

Is attacking downhills with coaster brakes where the sport of downhill mountain biking originated? Or did mountain biking and klunking grow up side by side?
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2answers
39 views

Replace a double ultegra crankset for a triple ultegra crankset. Is that possible?

I would like to exchange a triple Ultegra crankset on one road bicycle to another bicycle with a double Ultegra crankset. Is that possible?
4
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0answers
77 views

Should flywheels on stationary trainers be replaced periodically to avoid catastrophic failures caused by fatigue?

I have owned a Computrainer stationary trainer for 20 years and recently had the flywheel shatter, sending shrapnel through the walls and ceiling of my basement, as well as into my hamstring. Should ...
0
votes
1answer
156 views

What bike have I bought?

Can anybody help me identify this bike? It's a Claud Butler with Reynolds 531 steel - that's all I know.
0
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5answers
219 views

Training Advice for Road Cycling

I'm trying to get into cycling. I have a Forme Longcliffe 3.0 2013 and shoes and cleats. I want to get quicker and build my endurance. I do 6 miles (10 km) in 22:51 and average 15.4 mph (26 kph). ...
0
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2answers
21 views

Trying to find Derailleur hanger for Triace A310

As you can figure out from a quick google search, this bike almost does not exist. Finding info for this bike has been near impossible. If you can direct me to any info about which hanger I need to ...
0
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1answer
44 views

Campagnolo Ergopower inaccurate shifting on high and low cogs

I replaced the G-Spring and G-Spring carrier on my 9 speed Chorus Ergopower. Now it is shifting better and the clicks are sharper, but I can't adjust the derailleur to shift good on all gears good. ...
2
votes
2answers
48 views

How do I get the pads out of my Avid BB7 disc brakes?

I have never been able to remove the pads from my Avid BB7 brakes. It seems to take too much force to get them out, I figure I missed a step somewhere, or I'm doing something wrong. I can't figure it ...
4
votes
2answers
113 views

What's different in women's specific chamois cream?

What's the difference between regular chamois cream and women specific chamois cream? If my partner also rides, are there disadvantages to both male and female users sharing the women specific type?
3
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4answers
163 views

How to estimate price of an old CrMo frame?

So it happened. My old good CrMo friend got hit by a car and the blow was heavy enough to affect the whole frame. Now the car driver is expected to pay back the expenses but I am not sure how to ...
0
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2answers
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Rim seems to be shedding metal chunks

I have rim brakes on my mountain bike that's outfitted for urban duty. Two weeks ago, I noticed that my rear brakes were weaker and louder than normal. I found that, although my pads still indicated ...

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