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How to get over anger at inconsiderate drivers

Fortunately, I have very few strongly negative interactions with cars (most people generally seem to respect the way I ride), but those that do stick with me for a while. The scenario is almost ...
4
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3answers
109 views

Should I grease press fit attachements?

When two parts are press fit together (e.g. headset cup & head tube, crank arm & bottom bracket, etc) is it proper to grease the surfaces that will fit together, or not?
1
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6answers
110 views

Key Stuck in bike lock!

My key has snapped off in my bike lock and I'm wondering if bolt cutters are going to do the job and if not what else will? Its this lock that I have:
6
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4answers
2k views

Why is my fixie so very hard to pedal?

I recently got a fixed gear bike and I rode it about 5 times. I live in an urban part of the city. I've never rode a fixie before or know much about bikes in general and I knew it would be difficult ...
1
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1answer
57 views

How do i fix my v-brake with some part twisted?

Here's the pictures I did a lot of searching on the youtube about the fix but couldn't find as i don't know what that part of the bike is called.Its seems to me as if i need to buy new ones ...
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1answer
81 views

what make and model is this bike please?

Please help me identify this bike, I have looked in a multitude of places and come up with nothing. It looks to be a beach cruiser.
5
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2answers
251 views

How to transport bulky things on a bike

I am a hobby musician and would like to transport my instruments on my bike because there are just a few parking lots and it is too far to walk. Is there a good and save way to carry a trombone, ...
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2answers
33 views

Changing '75 international to clip in pedals and shoes

I have developed foot issues because my stiff insoles don't do me much good on the bike, especially if I stand to go up hills. So I think I need to switch to clip ins with good stiff shoes (Bont ...
2
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2answers
166 views

Should I restore my old mt-bike for winter commuting (and for wife to ride with me) or throw it away?

One year ago I moved to Boston and my father-in-law gave me his old Specialized mountain bike. He is a road bike guy so this bike was left aside for the longest time. It was in a decent shape. The ...
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3answers
83 views

Is there any use to motor pacing for people in the cat 4 to cat 2 range actually useful?

In the local cycling club some people are keen on racing but are no higher than cat 3 in the events that they can enter and the power that they produce. The general consensus is that motor pacing ...
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4answers
246 views

What are the practical limitations of a road bike compared to a mountain bike?

I grew up on a big box store mountain bike. I want to get a road bike for my commute, but I'm curious about the limitations I'll experience. I know the benefits of a road bike: lighter weight, less ...
0
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1answer
86 views

what should I do when single track gets narrow

There are some trails I ride on regularly and I've seen many people go each way. A few times the single track gets very narrow and I was wondering what should I do when I see a biker coming towards ...
0
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1answer
205 views

Does anyone know what kind of bike this is?

I found this bicycle a while back and have been planning on either fixing it up (if it's worth it) or selling it. All I have, really, is the frame. I haven't been able to find out exactly what it is ...
3
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1answer
463 views

How big can I drop safely on a mountain bike

I have an 80 mm front shock (fork) and the back shock says it's 3 inches. What size jumps can I do without ruining the bike or shocks?
0
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1answer
58 views

Front Derailleur Tuning Question

I've installed new front derailleur (Shimano Tiagra) on my bike and I spent embarrassingly lots of time trying to adjust it. Yet still I think I have a problem with it. For me it seems too tense. You ...
0
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2answers
93 views

cars and scooters in a road bike race

I see this a lot in videos from road bike races. A lot of rider team cars mixed with the road bikes doing the actual race. What is the matter with that? What do they do? Also, don't the riders inhale ...
0
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1answer
69 views

Is anyone really convinced of ANT + technology/benefits? [closed]

I want to replace a computer with a new one (triple wireless) cadence, HR and speed but am in two minds as to if I should get a comp with ANT+. They seem more expensive and for what I will use it for, ...
1
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1answer
66 views

How much can a 700x23 inner tube stretch?

I recycled my dad's road bike (about 20 years left in storage) so I bought a complete set of new wheels. "Good" hubs and rims, not quality brand though but I've been told they're good and that's what ...
4
votes
1answer
270 views

How do I fit this pair of chain tensioners on my single speed bike?

I have these chain tensioners: How do I install them correctly on my single speed bike? Do they go on the inside or outside of the frame? My dropouts look something like this: Apologies if the ...
2
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2answers
135 views

Can I use Edge 510 as an indoor trainer computer

I'm setting up for the winter (yes it's only October, this is Sweden). I need to set up a speedometer for my rear wheel while I use the turbo trainer, I have a Garmin Edge 510 with cadence sensor, and ...
0
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1answer
44 views

dual pivot side pull brake shoe touches wheel rim. How do I fix it?

Based on http://sheldonbrown.com/calipers.html what I have on my front tire is the "Dual Pivot Sidepull" type brake. The right brake shoe touches the wheel without having to actually apply the brakes. ...
3
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2answers
98 views

Cyclocross Tire Pressure

I have never raced before but there is a cycloycross race a mile from my house this weekend. Course has a fast bumpy downhill. On my mountain bike with fixed carbon fork and tubeless at 40 PSI ...
12
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3answers
708 views

Gear to protect against hand injury in a crash

I commute to work a few miles on my bike in the city. Today someone walked out in front of me and I squeezed the brakes too hard and went over the handlebars. I suffered a mild elbow fracture ...
3
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1answer
116 views

First Cyclocross Race - Riding a Mountain Bike

I'm participating in my first ever bike race this weekend. It's a cyclocross race, and I'm riding a full suspension mountain bike, because I started looking into races late this season and a fully is ...
1
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2answers
148 views

Catastrophic failure

My rear wheel suddenly became loose in traffic today. It is completely off axis. The axle looks fine from the outside. I remember being told something about loose cones. Should I bother to repair ...
1
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1answer
95 views

why do left shifters switch chainrings and right shifters cogs?

Can that be changed? Is it just convention? Is there any commercial bike that comes with a left-shifter that switches cogs?
0
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5answers
148 views

What is the use of GPS/Elevation on Bike computers

Can any one let me know what is the exact use of GPS/Elevation on Bike computers (EDGE 500,510 or TIMEX 2.0)? I ride with a SIGMA BC 16.12 (with CADENCE) and POLAR HRM. I check my elevation using ...
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votes
1answer
44 views

Building a bicycle using a service [closed]

I want to build a bicycle but I'm lacking the facilities to do a paint job etc at my place. I want to use an online 'build a bike' website but one that offers a great selection o colours, accessories ...
2
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3answers
125 views

Carbon fibre vs aluminium for racing

I've been commuting on a mountain bike these past 3 years. Now I want to get into road bike racing. Is it worth saving up money over a few months for a carbon fibre bike? Or should I just go and buy a ...
1
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1answer
80 views

Decal or paint?

Can someone tell me whether the visible part of the logo on the frame is a decal or a pain directly on the frame? If it's a decal, then where can one get a custom decal with a metallic finish? If ...
0
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3answers
59 views

Rear shifting - Unable to shift to toughest gear

I was adjusting my rear shifting following the advice in this video: ...
1
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1answer
108 views

Is it possible to have a cover over your chain,cassette,derailleur and cogs to avoid regular cleaning?

i was searching online for a product online but couldn't find anything.There are a lot of people creating new stuffs on crowd-funding projects like on kickstarter. I was wondering if if it is possible ...
0
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0answers
56 views

My bike won't shift out of 7th gear in the back

My bike is stuck in 7th gear. The front three gears shift fine, but the back does not. It shifts fine when no one is on it, but as soon as you put weight on it, it no longer will shift.
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1answer
42 views

Can´t remove BMX stem top cap bolt (won´t loosen)

I was trying to remove the handlebar and stem of my bike in order to be replace them. The bike has got a BMX stem and the top cap bolt is spinning freely in both clock and counterclockwise. Any idea ...
3
votes
1answer
51 views

Squeaking / Chirping while pedaling [duplicate]

I have a 2009 Specialized Allez Sport C2. When pedaling (actually only under load, not when just turning the crank while it's on a stand) the bottom bracket squeaks or chirps. I first thought it was ...
0
votes
1answer
74 views

What causes the rear hanger to snap off?

I have a Specialized Allez Elite road bike, purchased brand new in June this year. So far I've covered around 300 miles in total on it. During my ride yesterday, as I was going up a slight hill, I ...
4
votes
1answer
71 views

Is it possible to serivce Specialized Brain suspension systems at home?

I like to do all my own work on my bike, and with other forks and shocks I've had, I've been able to find the necessary service manuals and specialty tools to overhaul the systems myself at the end of ...
0
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0answers
43 views

2015 Time Collection

I'm a usa cycling road racer and I recently won a Time ZXRS frame in a team raffle. I'm very excited, and I know this makes me sound really spoiled, but every time I've looked on the Time website I ...
0
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0answers
22 views

How often should I lube with Pedros Ice Wax? [duplicate]

I'm a usa cycling road racer. I just got a recommended lube Pedros Ice Wax. I ride about 100 miles a week. How often should I lube my chain with it and how often should I clean it?
2
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3answers
128 views

First cyclocross race - strategy

Next weekend there is a cyclocross race at a park near my house. My first organized bicycle race ever. I would like advice / links on strategy, rules, and protocol. I am over 50, in good bicycle ...
0
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3answers
122 views

First cyclocross race - how to choose and set up the bike

I have never raced but there is a cyclocross race at a park near me next weekend. All it said is some sand and some drop offs. I would like some advice on selecting a bike and setting it up. I ...
0
votes
1answer
84 views

Can I replace only the smallest cog on my rear cassette?

I currently have a 12-30t rear cassette which needs replacing. While I'm at it, I really want to switch to an 11 tooth to get the extra 9% in top speed. But the problem is, even the most expensive ...
2
votes
1answer
51 views

What are the safety concerns of a high vs a low mount trailer hitch?

When you google for images of (canoe & bike) you find two basic solutions to towing a canoe with a bike. A traditional axle mounted tralier is modified to have a tongue long enough to ...
3
votes
3answers
127 views

will increasing cadence ability hurt my climbing strength?

I tend to spin rather slow when I am riding. 50rpm is a comfortable rate for me to spin for as long as I want to ride. 90rpm seems to be the rate at which I expend maximum power... I can't spin this ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

Can I use any pump to fill up shock?

So I have a Fox float shock (a standard air shock) and I was wondering if I could use a regular tire pump or do I need a special shock pump to fill it back up? Also, are there side effects of using ...
1
vote
2answers
152 views

Recovery after long ride

I biked the longest I have in my life; my previous record was one 12 mile ride, but today I went ~36 miles on my MTB. Should there be any steps I take to recover myself? Also what things should I ...
2
votes
1answer
49 views

Can lock on grips go with carbon fiber handle bars?

How prudent is it to install lock on grips onto carbon fiber mountain biking handle bars? Are there some grips that will work and some that won't?
2
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2answers
106 views

upgrading components on replacement?

Is it practical (or is there any reason not to) upgrade components on a bicycle when they are replaced? For instance, I've got a 10 speed cassette on a tour bike that needs to be replaced. The bike ...
0
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2answers
62 views

Can't remove lockring

Have been trying to get the lockring removed from my cassette so I can replace it with a spacer kit and one sprocket (singlespeed conversion). I managed to get it loose, although the wrong way - so ...
0
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5answers
153 views

can i use a 700c tire (Gatorskin 700c x23) on a 650 wheel

I am thinking of getting some Velocity Rims that are 650c but I am wondering if I will be able to use my 700x23c Gatorskin tires on them? Also what do you think about 650c wheels pros and cons. ...

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