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Recommendation for lightweight pedals for use with SPD or without [closed]

Are there any nice looking and lightweight pedals meant to be used with or without SPD shoes? Would be nice to be able to ride even without my special shoes, but not if such pedals look bulky and ...
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4answers
179 views

Are 32mm tires ideal for a fast commuter bike?

I am considering a faster bike to replace my XC for commuting. I am thinking hybrid/cross/road bike with wider tires. My question is whether 28mm tires are enough or if I should go with 32mm like Trek ...
5
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1answer
152 views

Titanium frame: using copper grease

I just took home a shiny Van Nicholas Amazon frame. The bike shop provided me with some copper grease and told me to apply it on the bottom bracket, otherwise the frame would suffer from "cold ...
4
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1answer
99 views

Will carbon fork make a huge difference when commuting?

I am considering a hybrid commuter bike, in particular I like Specialized Sirrus Elite Disc. This model however does not sport a carbon fiber fork. Only the more expensive model does, which I do not ...
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0answers
45 views

How To Get Started With Hand Cycling

I sustained a knee injury about a year ago and it's looking like I won't be biking anytime soon. I thought that a good alternative would be to get into hand cycling. I am having a hard time finding ...
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1answer
82 views

Crunching/grinding chain noise

I repaired a puncture in the back wheel of my bicycle and had some trouble re-attaching the wheel to my bike. I finally did it but now the chain makes a terrible crunching noise when i pedal forward, ...
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37 views

Vintage Campagnolo hood

I'm looking for a Campagnolo hood like the one in the photos below. Will the newer ErgoPower hoods fit? If not, what should I do?
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0answers
25 views

Chain guide/tensioner for 2011 Giant Reign 2 (Press Fit)

Can someone recommend a chain guide/guard/tensioner that will be mountable to a 2011 Giant Reign 2 which has Shimano Press Fit and 3-ring crankset? The best I could find is: Kore Chain Reactor - ...
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1answer
141 views

problem in gear shifting

I'm using a 21 speed bicycle,the problem is I'm unable to shift the chain to the smallest derailleur(rear)...the shifters are thumb press type there's no problem in pressing the shifter...when ...
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57 views

help me find out what bike I have

The serial number is on underside of crank, it has GT stickers, steel frame, and has other GT parts on it, but serial number does not match anything when I search in the GT bicycles website. It is an ...
2
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1answer
70 views

Do tire / tube / valve combinations that don't leak air exist?

I'm not clear on why tire pressure decreases over time. I understand that air escapes through the tube. Possibly some leaks through the valve too? In any case, do tire / tube / valve combinations ...
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1answer
99 views

What exactly happened to my rear derailleur?

I had installed my front derailleur and was adjusting the high/low when I noticed my rear derailleur was hitting the spokes of my wheel. Suddenly, I saw a screw pop out and then my derailleur popped ...
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145 views

What is the relationship between tyre pressure and weight?

To give an example of what I'm trying to understand: To accelerate to a given speed or maintain that speed with a tyre pressure of e.g. 100PSI requires a certain amount of energy. If that amount of ...
4
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3answers
774 views

Analysis of Stages high-speed data

A while ago Stages added a new feature to their power meter: High Speed Data recording added to capture pedaling force (kgf) and torque (Nm) 64 times per second for post ride analysis (.csv ...
5
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1answer
312 views

Used-bike: How much to reserve for repairs/upgrades of total budget?

Let's say I have 500€ to buy a second hand bike. How much of that budget shall I keep for repairs and upgrades, and how much shall I spend on the bike itself? Of course it depends on the condition ...
4
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2answers
208 views

Knee feeling after long ride with road bike

During the last 2 months, I rode on my road bike for a few times (about 7 times) a way that is about 60 km (37.282 mi) long. Two days before, when I did this ride, after the midst of it, I started to ...
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0answers
70 views

Peculiar feel when pedaling

I ride an early 90s Scott Unitrack CST with the original Shimano Deore drivetrain it came with. Same as this one. When pedaling, the right pedal has a peculiar feel like a sudden inward jerk at a ...
1
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1answer
80 views

Shimano R500 or Alex ALX-295 - Which Are Better?

I have a set of Shimano R500 wheels on my current road bike, but have just upgraded bikes; the new bike comes with the Alex ALX-295 wheelset (they come on a Specialized Roubaix). Lots of the roads ...
2
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3answers
128 views

MTB with Road crank

I would like to put an Road crank on my MTB, I basically only use it for commuting and I all the time find myself in the highest gear, 42/11... Is it possible to exchange my Shimano Deore HT2 crank ...
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2answers
106 views

What will I need to consider when modernizing a pre-1990s steel frame? [closed]

I'm in the process of upgrading a well loved 1970s steel frame from a downtube shifter system to a modern 'brifter' system. Through this process I've had to look at many disparate sources to get ...
3
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2answers
117 views

Compatibility Look-Keo/Look/SPD-Sl Plates & Pedals

i got some old Look Road Pedals (see picture). Now i found plenty of Cleats for cheap, but they all are for either Look Keo, Delta or SPD-Sl. Are those compatible? Did anything change from the old ...
3
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4answers
242 views

Why top touring bikes have no suspension forks?

I'm in the search for a new long distance touring bike, and I'm surprised that most top models have no front suspension (IDWorks, Tout Terrain, Koga, etc.). It looks like front suspension is a rarity ...
2
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2answers
110 views

Frame differences between 700c and 29er?

Before you answer: no matter what bike I would change tires to 2" slick front, 2" semi-slick rear, so in other words, tires in this question does not play role (now I have 26" MTB and I use 2.35" to ...
2
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4answers
190 views

How should I transport Cannondale Bad Boy 5 INSIDE a BMW 4 Series Coupe?

So, I have a Cannondale Bad Boy 5 and I'm LOVING it. I'd like to understand how to transport it. I have 2014 BMW 4 Series coupe. Even though I folded back seats (to maximize trunk storage), bike ...
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2answers
52 views

Hydraulic brakes feel loose

I have a bike with Avid hydraulic brakes. The levers feel loose and at the end of pushing it, there is a "soft" feeling (like when V-brakes pads aren't adjusted properly). As I understand, it's air ...
4
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2answers
243 views

What is the effect of changing length of crank arms?

There are some length options for the crank arms - like 170mm, 175mm. What is the difference for the rider? In which way does it effect the commute? Tried looking at Selecting the right crank ...
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1answer
56 views

Specific 10 speed chain models that work well on 9 speed Shimano rear drivetrains

I maintain several 9-speed (rear cassette) road bikes (Giant OCR 1/2/3, Tiagra and 105 from 2000-ish era) and one 10-speed rear cassette 105 road bike, made in 2007. I'm trying to find out if I can ...
3
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0answers
65 views

Trek 1.1 Derailleur Hanger

I've got a 2011 Trek 1.1, and my derailleur hanger broke in a crash a few weeks ago. I've tried both a number 5 and number 6 hanger, which are what WheelsMFG has listed, but neither seem to fit. There ...
1
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1answer
32 views

Chainring Compatability

I've recently purchased a - 2nd hand - downhill bike which runs an 8 speed drive-train. Some components could do with an upgrade - specifically the shifter which is damaged. I have all of the ...
3
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2answers
77 views

Are Claris(ST-2400) shifters drop-in replacements for St-2300s?

I've got 2300s on my bike. I don't much like the little thumb levers. I'd like to upgrade to Claris shifters, but I need to minimise the costs. Can I just change the shifters? They're both 8 speed ...
3
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4answers
149 views

How do I get rid of odor from cycling shoes?

So I have a pair of: Diadora X-Country 2 MTB Shoes (pic below) How would I go about cleaning them, primarily to remove odor? I am tempted to put this in the washing machine- but the cleet is totally ...
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2answers
60 views

FSA Omega MegaEXO Press fit BB 19mm removal (non standard BB86)

Has anyone removed a 19mm spindle (Omega) Press fit bottom bracket without destroying it in the process? I have watched http://www.fullspeedahead.tv/video/7006668/installation-of-megaexo-crankset-on ...
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2answers
142 views

Why has my ride changed?

The bike is a Specialized Camber 29, about five months old, from a shop about 220km away. Something feels different in my ride, and I'm wondering what it is. the rear goes sideways in sand much ...
2
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2answers
93 views

Larger cassette options on a compact set up?

I've been thinking of getting a larger cassette for my bike to tackle hills better, and I'm just looking for some thoughts. I have a 2011 Honky Tonk ...
2
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2answers
63 views

how many spacers do I need for a 83mm bottom bracket and a 142x10 hub?

I have a Zee crankset on a 83mm bottom bracket (downhill bike). The Shimano manual says to use two 2.5mm spacers on the drive side, and one 2.5mm spacer on the non-drive side. However, this presumes ...
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Does it make you safer to use lights during the day?

My bike light, the Cygolite Metro 360, has a "Daylighting" mode which flashes very brightly and is intended to be used during the day. Similarly, many tail lights have flashing modes. Obviously one ...
3
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2answers
139 views

how long does it take to break in a brooks saddle (b17)

I'm going on a 2 week touring trip and looking to buy a comfortable saddle that will be make my rides pleasant and efficient. I have about a month to break in the saddle. How long should I spend ...
2
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1answer
66 views

Can I use a Suntour Cyclone GT Rear Derailleur for a 10 speed Campagnolo cassette?

I'm building up a road bike and have a wheelset with a rear hub that has a Campagnolo Chorus 10 speed cassette. The front derailleur will be a triple and I'm looking into the possibility of using a ...
3
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7answers
139 views

Prescription Cycling Glasses

I visited my optician last week and the time has finally come for me to start wearing glasses for driving. As a result of this I figure it is probably a good idea to start thinking about prescription ...
1
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1answer
66 views

Need help for my wheel size

If my tyre size is 27 by 1/4. what size of wheel do I need. I just bought a second hand road bike and will need to repair it. But one of my problems is what size my wheels are, 700c or 27 by 1/4.
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1answer
98 views

Fitting questions - Effective top tube vs horizontal

I'm stuck in understanding size tables of a bike. For example this size chart: Am I right in my thoughts? Effective top tube (ETT) is horizontal value so, it's B1 on the chart. BS is the length of ...
1
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1answer
44 views

Problem during installation of Rockshox Reverb Stealth product

I am following the SRAM official procedure on a very similar bike to the one reviewed. However, I am stuck at this part: unthread the hose from the remote's barb. I just can't. I am holding the hose ...
5
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1answer
319 views

Is it worth buying used bikes of old models?

I am going to buy a road bike, and my budget is about 1300$. And I'm faced dilemma: 1) new 2015 (next year) road bike, for example Merida (aluminum frame, shimano 105, carbon fork) 2) used 2009-2010 ...
1
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2answers
90 views

Advice on buying a new bike

I am looking to buy a new brand new bike but I'm not experienced at all with bike specs and quality and things to look out for etc. I have previously only had second hand really basic bicycles in my ...
1
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0answers
60 views

Serial numbers on bottom of a pedal crank housing from a 50s era Schwinn?

Can someone please explain what these three numbers mean on the pedal crank housing? I believe this to be the pedal crank housing from a 1956 Spitfire Ladies Bike. The Schwinn Serial reads M0D502 ...
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0answers
37 views

Allen Coggan power profile table for Cyclo cross riders?

If you were to create a power profile based on those seen in training and racing with a power meter by Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan. What would it look like a sprinter or an all rounder? To help ...
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5answers
150 views

Adjusting gear ratio

I currently ride a single-speed converted bike (vertical drop-outs). I like the ride but feel that when I'm going for high speed on the road, I'm pedaling too much. Currently running a 18T cog on the ...
0
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4answers
118 views

What are the most important accessories for a new biker to get? [closed]

I am a new biker and am going to be commuting to work on a hybrid. There are many cool accessories that help you carry gear, bike at night, track your rides, make adjustments and quick repairs like ...
2
votes
2answers
91 views

freewheel removal tool for Shimano MF TZ21

I have a Rockrider 5.1 cycle with a Shimano MFTZ21 freewheel. In order to remove the freewheel, I purchased the Btwin tool kit. But the removal tool provided in the kit does not fit on my freewheel. ...
3
votes
5answers
205 views

Is it worth it to get a bike computer with cadence?

I'm looking into purchasing a bike computer, primarily to track distance and speed. Is it worth it to go up a notch and get a computer that also tracks cadence? How accurate are bike computers at ...

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