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Hub grease, white grease, red grease or buy grease?

As i'm going to overhaul my hubs, i'm looking for the right grease for the job. The easy way would be going to a shop and buy some dedicated grease. But searching through my garage, I found that i ...
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Brompton: where to find the higher supply of second-hand bikes in UK, or anywhere in Europe? [closed]

We are 2 french hitchhikers looking for 2 second-hands brompton folding bike (M6R, black). We are ready to hitchhike to get them anywhere in UK, Belgium, NL or Germany for a "reasonable" price. ...
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torque specification on headset

I was wondering why there is a torque specification on the steer tube end of the stem for mountainbikes. The torque specification that goes to the handlebar is reasonable, after all handlebars are ...
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134 views

Breathable backpack [closed]

I carry a 15" laptop, headphones, tablet and other misc items in my backpack during the bike ride. This makes me sweaty in the back. Are there 'breathable' backpacks specifically meant for bike ...
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2answers
99 views

Suggestions on learning to use Rollers

Last year I bought some Kreitler rollers and used them somewhat. The biggest problem I have is starting. I have 4.5-Inch Kreitler Alloy Rollers with Killer Headwind Fan Drums. Does anyone have a ...
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Is wear on this derailleur pic normal?

I have had issues with noisey drivetrain and inconsistent shifting despite indexing adjustment. I have found wear on the top jockey wheel cage, is this normal or should the chain not rub here? Does ...
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1answer
69 views

Suggested tire pressure for an “overloaded” bike

I've got very old (10+ years) Author Mystic bike. It has 26" x 1,95" tires with suggested pressure set to 2,9-4,5 bar. Currently I have inflated them to 3,4 bar. I'm around 120 kgs and riding on such ...
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Does hub diameter or hub size have a notice able effect on the aerodynamic performance of a wheel set?

If you were to change the rear hub on your hypothetical or real zipp 808 wheel set to a large diameter internal gear hub like a shimano alfine or a rohlhoff hub would there be a measure able aero ...
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52 views

Brake lever grips

I have a Merida Matts TFS 600 and it has steel brake levers. As I have been all my life used to a plastic levers, I utterly dislike the feeling of the steel. I would like to know if is possible to ...
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Hookless rim benefits

I'm in a market for new 700c road wheels and noticed that, in addition to usual clincher and tubular, some companies sell rims in hookless variant. They don't seem to be significantly lighter compared ...
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Netherlands: where to buy cheap bikes? (Police autions, cheapest towns) [closed]

We are a french couple visiting the Netherlands (starting tomorrow) by bike. We have few questions: are there specific places / city where we have better chances to find cheap bikes ? (except ...
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Why do spokes break?

From reading another thread I'm pretty sure a spoke snapped on my way home. The bicycle was fine and then right after turning left the rear tire came un-centred and started rubbing against the frame ...
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1answer
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Do chains on single-speed last longer than those on geared bikes?

I have a Jamis Beatnik (love) and ride on the single-speed side of my hub. I'm wondering - derailleurs seem to me like they might 'stress' the chain (even if only slightly) more than single-speed in ...
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How did cyclists get over curbs before BMX era?

There were curbs before 1970s, right? I wonder whether everyone had to dismount or dramatically slow down before curbs until bunny hop and wheel lift became popular, I guess, in 1970s among first ...
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1answer
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Got two bikes, one of them is more exhausting to ride, what can it be?

I have owned a bike for many years, it's a cheap one but it's perfectly fine. Recently, I've bought a bike for my girlfriend, second hand from someone quite clueless about bike maintenance. Mine is ...
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1answer
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If I use an 8 speed bar end shifter with the TT bar on my Allez, will I need to change any other parts of the drive chain?

My current bicycle is a 2013 Specialized Allez C2. It has an 8 speed rear cassette. I'd like to put in a TT handlebar. It's a given that I'll have to change the brake levers, as well as the shifters ...
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95 views

Will bending the seat post two inches forward cause any unforeseen structural issues?

My current bicycle is a 2013 Specialized Allez C2. I'm thinking of using a conduit bender to bend the angle of the seat post two inches forward. A conduit bender can bend one inch for every 3 inches ...
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1answer
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What needs to be changed if I put in a larger chainring?

My current bicycle is a 2013 Specialized Allez C2. It has an 8 speed rear cassette. If I swap the current chainring (50/32) to a larger one (52/36 OR 54/39), other than the chain itself, what else ...
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118 views

How much should the front wheel flex

I recently changed the speedometer on my bike, and had some problems to adjust the magnet on the spokes as well as the sensor. (The spokes are flat, and the magnet that came with the sensor was ...
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0answers
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Changing hubs on wheel

I just picked up a Manitou Tower pro fork to replace the Suntour XCT and it's a 15mm thru-axle wheel mount, which means that I need to replace the hub on my wheel since it's a 9mm QR. I am unsure of ...
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2answers
95 views

British Cycling Attire [closed]

How can I find the correct outfit for a British Cycling event? http://www.abcetour.com NO sign-up, NO fees, NO lycra, just wander in! I am strictly a Lycra guy... now what will I wear? ;) But ...
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3answers
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New Trek 1.5 wheels need to be trued after 2 rides, normal?

I took my new Trek 1.5 out for 2 spins after I got it and the front wheel is running a few mm off true. The back is too but it isn't that bad. I rode it approx 35km. I stupidly didn't check the ...
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0answers
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Trek T-900 Tandem rear hub

I have a Trek T-900 tandem that I bought used. It's probably about 12 or 13 years old. I'm having some rear hub issues with it, but I can't identify what hub it is. Trek's website and other ...
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Adjust Rear Derailleur

10 speed Ultegra CS 6600. When I march up and down the gears on the stand it shifts fine. If I test it on the road and march up down the gears it shifts fine. But on a ride if I have been coasting ...
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Cross bike brakes

I am looking at cross bikes to keep me cycling through the winter. http://www.nicholsons-cycles.co.uk/product/focus-bikes-mares-cx-3-0-disc-105/49669 I like this but am worried about the brakes - I ...
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1answer
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How To Choose A Proper Sprocket Combination For A Road Bike Cassette?

I guess you have to have at least a couple of cassettes in your arsenal for different occasions. Can anyone please advise on how to choose a proper cassette depending on a trip. What can influence the ...
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Shimano DA9000 polymer cables

It's time to replace my shift cables on my road bike and I'm thinking of spending the extra and investing in Shimano Dura Ace 9000 polymer cables. Has anyone experience of these? I'd appreciate your ...
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3answers
110 views

Minimal gear for dry winter riding in the city

New bike owner here. I ride everyday in the city for errands and eating out as long as it doesn't rain (I don't like riding in rain). As winter is approaching, I'd like to find a bag of some sort that ...
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Where can I get U.S. size 15B SPD clipless shoes?

I want to get some large clipless shoes for an indoor stationary cycle at my gym, which I presume uses SPD. I wear a U.S. size 15B and it is difficult to find shoes that long, let alone with a narrow ...
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How to determine what FD is compatable with a hard-tail MTB frame?

I have a Dartmoor Hornet frame and am attempting to install an SLX 2x10 groupset. However the deralleur is FD-M676, which appears to be 'high clamp'. It is not evident from the pictures, but the ...
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Tried to replace bicycle brake housing. Broken cable?

I was attempting to replace my stock front v brake to a better aftermarket v brake everything went ok until I tried to test it and the brake cable end, the one that connects to the brake lever, will ...
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1answer
117 views

what benefits do tubeless tyres bring to a 29er trail mtb?

I have a 2014 Whyte T-129s and am considering converting the tires to tubeless. They are already 'tubeless compatible', so this should not be prohibitively expensive, but I am wondering whether this ...
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1answer
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maxle lever is very loose

I have a Whyte T-129s and the lever on the maxle is now very loose when putting the wheels back on. It no longer holds in place - is it possible to fix this?
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Old bike - what can I use for crank replacement?

The LBS doesn't have anything in stock to replace the crank on this bike : What is this type of crank and does anyone still supply them?
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4answers
508 views

Buying first hybrid bike; better to put $ into components or disc brakes?

I'm looking to replace my 2008 comfort cruiser with a fitness style hybrid. My budget allows for maxing out at $500 (on the new fitness hybrid bike itself). I ride rails-to-trails with the kids, ...
2
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3answers
80 views

Child bike seat usage when approaching max weight

I've been reviewing some of the options for commuting your kid around (bike seat, trailers, mid tails, long tails, etc) and am having a hard time determining the best option. My daughter is 45lbs ...
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CrankBrothers EggBeater 3 Rusted [duplicate]

I've had a set of new EggBeater 3 pedals for 1 month and the left pedal is rusted. I don't understand why only one of the pedals is rusted and the other is not. Is this common and is there something ...
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What bike is better 2010 Trek FX 7.5 or 2015 Trek FX 7.2?

My budget allows for maxing out at $500. The LBS sells the new 2015 Trek FX 7.2 for $450. I also found an excellent condition 2010 Trek FX 7.5 for roughly the same price. Assuming the used bike is in ...
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1answer
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Tubular Glue vs Tubular Tape

I'm looking into going for tubular tyres and I'm new to this part of the world. As far as I understand there are two main options to mount the tyre: 1. Tube Glue which kind of a pain in the ass ...
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2answers
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Bike Rack from Apartment's Underground Carpark Removed - Is building management liable?

My question is somewhat similar to Whole Bicycle Rack Easily Removed! Is the provider liable?, however, in this case, it was from my apartment's bike rack, which is managed. I live in an apartment ...
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3answers
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Single speed bike with child seat?

Are single speed bikes considered good bikes to use with child seats? I wasn't sure if the added weight of a four year old would make a single speed too hard to use. Will be using the bike on ...
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2answers
129 views

Can double chainrings be used with a clutch-type rear derailleur?

I've been reading up on Sram's CX1 1x11 cyclocross-specific group. It hinges on two technologies to minimize the potential for dropped-chains/chainslap. The CX1 clutch rear-derailleur keeps the chain ...
3
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3answers
170 views

What sort of bicycle helmet gives me better speed?

I am working to improve my segment times on Strava riding 10km to/from work. My average speed is 32 kmph, and over short segments (1km) I can set avg speed 44 kmph / max 49. Over the last year I ...
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1answer
114 views

Widest tire on a 23c rim?

Alright, I've seen this question around the web a bunch but the other questions are always including limitations and restrictions by brakes or fork/frame capabilities... So my question is, what is the ...
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1answer
99 views

Minimum width tire?

I'm in need of replacement tires, and am a bit lost as to what the minimum width tire is for my wheel. Measuring the wheel gives a rim width of around 1". I know the tire has to be wider than the ...
2
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1answer
143 views

New Chain and Cassette - If I am not racing does it matter?

I need to replace my chain and cassette and I am not sure what "level" I need to pick? I have SRAM RED and have never replaced my cassette or chain (Two years) I had brought my bike in for a tune up ...
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0answers
54 views

Stuck and stiff sora front derailleur

I have a used 2011 trek 1.2 compact road bike with a stiff Sora FD-3400 double front derailleur. Shifter seems very stiff, and when I shift above the second index (trim or third) by accident it gets ...
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5answers
2k views

Is front-suspension a false-economy for cheaper bikes?

I'm a 30 year old male looking to purchase my first non-department store bike. I haven't biked in more than a couple years. My use-case is 90% asphalt (inner-city, occasional low-speed highway) and ...
2
votes
3answers
132 views

How to destroy a LOOK pedal as it won't come off anyway

I've tried everything, from brute force, WD40 overnight, heat from a gas torch (trying not to damage the carbon crank itself), to using an extended arm for extra force. Nothing will remove this darn ...
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1answer
317 views

Is the frame material of Specialized AWOL Comp and Elite the same?

I'm looking at these to bikes: AWOL Elite AWOL Comp From the specs I can't decifer though if the frame material and/or alloy is the same on the two bikes? I know the frames differ in other ways, ...

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