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Building bike from scratch: why more expensive than pre-built?

I was going to ask about the pros and cons of building one's bike from scratch, but I came to the conclusion that I'm not going to do it (asking and building). Now my question is: why is it (usually, ...
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2answers
51 views

Cassette & Crank combo for commuting

Okay so I've been reading about gear ratios and what not all morning and I can't make any sense of it. Some of it is registering but it's still kind of over my head. I'm ordering a Tiagra group set ...
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0answers
49 views

Grinding on a new “Old Fashoined” bike

I have an "Old Fashioned" Looking new bike, a cruiser with a single gear. It pedals very smooth, but when I stop pedaling, I hear what can best be described as a grinding sound. When I pedal again, ...
1
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1answer
80 views

Touring Drivetrain Dilemna

I own a 2015 Specialized AWOL Elite and love it except when I am fully loaded and lumbering up a pass. I'm looking for a way to get more range without completely replacing my drivetrain. This ...
0
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0answers
54 views

Older mountain bike

I have an older mountain bike. I need to change the rear skewer so I can use an indoor trainer, but I don't think there is one. What do I do?
5
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2answers
260 views

What is the benefit of fat tires on pavement?

This year in my area, I've seen a lot of people using fat tires on paved bike paths and roads, when there was no fat bikes before. I also see a lot of these bikes in grocery stores. It is summer, so ...
0
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1answer
124 views

Can a beginner cyclist commute ~40km (round trip) to school/work by bike?

I know this kind of question has been asked several times here (I've read those already), but I'm still uncertain and I have a few other questions. I hardly ride bicycles. I've gone night cycling for ...
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1answer
21 views

SRAM Cassette on Campy Wheels

I wrecked my current wheel set in a crash and am considering purchasing a set of Campy Hyperons from a friend. AFAIK the wheels are stock and haven't been tweaked in any way. I would like to know if ...
1
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1answer
44 views

Have some new parts on hand but need new frame - frame swap reasonable? or sell and purchase new bike?

Purchased my first "decent" bike, a Motobecane 700HT about 5-6 years ago as a 'gateway drug' of sorts for myself to get into XC biking. Ended up using it for commuting for a few years as well. Over ...
8
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1answer
83 views

Is it possible to find the actual GPS coordinates of roads, rather than the surface they're on?

I'm planning to do a bike trip, and it would be useful for me to know how much of actual climbing I would have to do. I wasn't quite sure to post it on travel.se or bicycles.SE, as it's also partly ...
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9answers
2k views

Why are so many technical aspects of cycling so subjective? [closed]

I come from an Engineering background and I have a strong interest in science. It has always struck me as odd how so much of cycling is so very subjective. As an example, though this is by no means ...
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0answers
47 views

How do I get rid of weird rubbing noise on my cx bike?

Recently I got the Giant Revolt 3 and have been riding it for a few days now. I have lately noticed that there is some rubbing noise when I apply the brakes. If you look at this picture (might be a ...
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1answer
44 views

Fort Frame head tube cracked

I have raced my Fort Bike for some time now. The head tube holding the forks has split /cracked open. What do I do now, who do I contact ? Dennis
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2answers
68 views

road bike to road bike with mountain bike fram with full suspension

I currently own a specialized sirrus comp, and I was wondering if I could swap all the parts on that bike other than the frame to a demo 8 frame with 200mm of travel. If it is possible to add full ...
0
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1answer
43 views

First stage post-rest day in the Tour

One of the things that has come up in reports during the first rest day in the Tour de France this year is that the first mountain stage, especially following the rest day, is a shock to the legs. ...
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0answers
55 views

Bottom Bracket Compatability Question

Good afternoon all! In previous questions, I've mentioned that I intend to rebuild my 2000 Trek 7700 Multitrack. Well, I'm beginning by replacing the bottom bracket. According to the spec sheet I ...
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1answer
69 views

MTB Cassettes- are they universal to wheels

Are cassettes all standard as fare as fit on the wheel? For example, can I can swap out a new Shimano for my old SRAM without looking at specifications for fit?
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1answer
24 views

Secure front fork when mounting on roof rack

I would like a way to secure my front fork/handlebars so they are always pointing directly forward when I load my bike on my roof rack. It makes it hard to get the fork on the fork mount when the ...
0
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2answers
55 views

How can I fix my back wheel's wobbling?

On my single speed bike--a POS J Fixie Cafe CF from BikesDirect--has an issue with its back wheel. The wheel wobbles 1cm back and forth when pulled/pushed from side to side. The freewheel has been ...
1
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1answer
68 views

Weird gear ratio for a couple of seconds after crash

Just yesterday, I was riding my mountain bike along a sidewalk and out of nowhere hit a stop sign pole mounted in the middle of the side walk… I guess that’s what happens when you get too preoccupied ...
1
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0answers
41 views

The blogs of Tour de France participants?

Here's a question that's sure to be closed, but everyone will want to see the answers to... :-) Do you know of any blogs, current or past, of riders participating in le Tour de France. Blow-by-blow ...
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3answers
60 views

Website with bicycle only paths in Europe?

Does anyone know of a website that has a map of bicycle paths in Europe that are bike/walkers only, i.e. no cars?
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My 20 inch BMX bike

It has an "a" then under it an inverted "a"... can you help me identify the brand? It's a 20 inch BMX bike. It doesn't have the normal size cranks; they are about half the normal size. I tried ...
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0answers
57 views

Best road bike under £350 [closed]

So I am looking to get my first road bike and don't really want to spend much more than £350. I had been looking at the new Broke Five Bike which is a pretty simple 5 speed bike and is coming out ...
2
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2answers
113 views

Thinner tires for my Mountain Bike

I know little about all of this, so, go easy on me. I've got a mountain bike, fairly light in weight and rarely ever used for anything other than road use. The current tires say 58-559 / 26x2.35. Is ...
1
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1answer
49 views

Attempting to Rebuild a 2000 Trek 7700 Multitrack

I have/love my old Trek 7700 Multitrack, but it's fallen into some disrepair over the years including being in a flood (thanks Hurricane Sandy!) I've been told by my LBS that it's not worth ...
0
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0answers
34 views

Shimano Nexus 7 speed IGH, high gears tight shift

I have the popular Shimano, Nexus 7 speed, internal gear hub. After removing the back wheel to replace the old tire, I've found that changing gears especially from 5 to 6 and 6 to 7 (especially the ...
1
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1answer
75 views

Cycling without clipless pedals and groin weakness

I've been cycling long-term in hills and over the last few years without clipless pedals. Over time I have found the hills to be easier to climb, but have noticed a dramatic decrease in my running ...
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2answers
119 views

What is the difference between a road bicycle tire size 700 x 23c and I 700 x 23 [duplicate]

I've been riding road bikes for years but really wasn't too aware that there appear to be two different tire sizes, for example a 23C and a 23. ( 700 x 23. And 700 x 23c )
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1answer
38 views

Looking for a high resolution image of a 2004 Cannondale Scalpel 900 Black XC Bike [closed]

I'm looking for a high resolution image of the 2004 Cannondale Scalpel 900 Black bike. Preferably with a Lefty fork. It looks like this: This is the highest resolution image I can find, 640x371 ...
2
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1answer
71 views

Is wheel dish important?

It makes sense that ideally a wheel should be dished well (close to centered), but what are the consequences of a wheel being out of dish but otherwise true?
0
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1answer
29 views

Finding Geometry Information for Vintage Frames

I'm thinking about buying a vintage ('80s or '90s) frame for a 650b conversion. In my dreams I'm hoping to find a big frame (60+ cm) with long chain stays that was built for center pull or side pull ...
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2answers
288 views

Will I cause any damage with a mismatched wheel set?

This might seem like a silly question but I would just rather confirm. I recently bought a new wheel set to replace my front wheel, as I was in an accident. However, I was unaware that Id need special ...
1
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2answers
32 views

Mercier road bike - biggest tire/wheel possible on frame

I have a fixed-gear/single-speed (Mercier Kilo TT; http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mercier/kilott.htm#specs; http://www.cyclesmercier.com/geometry_tt.html) road bike with 700Cx23 tires; I'm ...
0
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0answers
41 views

Converting my Giant Roam 3 into more of a road bike, while keeping its hybrid identity? [duplicate]

I am not rich so the budget is as low as possible. I use my bike for pleasure mostly as I am still a teenager. Of course I want speed, so I was wondering how well it would work if I changed the tires ...
1
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1answer
104 views

Buying a new bike for under $1500 - best option for hard terrain on a budget [duplicate]

I am upgrading my bike which is exciting but I can't spend too much. Do I sacrifice carbon for aluminum if that gives me the option to go full suspension. Do I go for a solid carbon hardtail that may ...
3
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3answers
107 views

Do stocked tubes go rubbish over time?

I'm stocking tubes that I found in discount. One of my friends said that tubes get old over time. Do Butyl tubes do this? If it is true, what are storage tips for stocking them? And they came packed ...
0
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1answer
31 views

Which road shifters will work with Shimano Deore (M)610 Groupset?

I'd like to get the Shimano Deore 610 Groupset 3x10 but want to run drop handlebars with brifters (brakes & shifters combined) but it seems like this is almost impossible... I've been told by one ...
2
votes
1answer
73 views

Choosing a new chain

I am going to buy a new chain for my bike, and read the answers for this question: advantage of expensive chains? The accepted answer said, that there is no difference between inexpensive and ...
2
votes
1answer
67 views

Which Tern is suitable for a beginner commuter? [closed]

I live in Dublin, CA. I have a 5 miles commute each way from my house to my office. There will an upward climb on the way back home. Google map with biking route I am a beginner when it comes to ...
1
vote
1answer
57 views

Bike suggestions for a heavy rider

I'm a 5'10, 300lbs rider looking to get back on a bike after many years and many pounds. I owned a 1999 Trek 7700 Multitrack and road about 20 miles a day for many years before injuries, age and time ...
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2answers
52 views

Can't shift to small chainring

While riding yesterday I could shift into the big chainring, but to get back to the small chainring, I had to dismount and press on the chain with my hand (I'm not talented enough nor inclined to ...
6
votes
5answers
427 views

What is the necessary equipment on longer bike rides?

Let me provide some context to the question. I mostly cycle alone and cover distances in the range from 45 km to 65 km; depending on the route, these rides last from less than 2 hours to well over 4 ...
1
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2answers
39 views

Replacing a 38c tire with 30c

I recently bought an Azor Opa style bike with 28x 1 1/2" (700 x 38c) tires that I want to switch out with something slimmer. Would going down to 30c present a problem for my wheel perhaps?
5
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2answers
170 views

What's in this patch kit?

I have a patch kit (from Bike Hand) and it includes: Rubber solution Metal rasp Patches Along with the aforementioned supplies there are two small rubber tubes, hollow, and about 1cm long. ...
6
votes
3answers
281 views

Is the durability of more expensive chains better than cheaper ones?

Do expensive chains last longer? I get 300-400 miles using Wally World's $10 8 speed chains while riding off road or dirt. I monitor and replace the chain at close to 1 percent stretch. Would a ...
1
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0answers
65 views

Unable to find correct tire size

Recently, I had a problem with the back rim (the axis) and the guy who repaired just replaced the rim. After few weeks I tried to repair a flat tire, but I found myself unable to remove the tire to ...
1
vote
2answers
74 views

Psi for riding mountain bike on road

I.would like to know what psi should I be maintaining in the tires to ride a mountain bike on normal roads Thanks
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3answers
71 views

Chain skip happening seemingly at random with a new chain

My bike's a 24-gear trail/road hybrid, and I've had it for about three years (although I've been riding it much more lately than in previous years). For a long while, I've had an issue with chain ...
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1answer
52 views

Can I put a Tortec Epic rear rack on a 27" frame?

I'm reviewing racks for my newly re-built vintage tour bike. I have 126mm drops. I'm guessing I can just use spacers/washers to get the width lined up, but the it's listed as 26", so if there isn't ...

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