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What's the safest way to turn left from a right-side bike lane?

(United States road configuration and customs here. Sorry, those of you who drive on the left!) On my trip home, I use a bike lane near the right side of a very busy one-way arterial street; there is ...
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7answers
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How many miles of riding require the same effort as one mile of running?

A co-worker and myself are having a friendly bike / run contest. What is a good ratio for miles ridden vs. miles run? I know it depends on pace. But I'm curious what a generally accepted range of ...
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What caused my cycling shorts to get damaged during washing?

On a ride yesterday, I noticed a spot on my shorts where the fabric felt rough. After washing, the problem became much worse, and there are major areas of damage on both the front and back of the ...
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2answers
551 views

Converting crankset from 28-38-48 to 30-39-53

My current front setup is a 28-38-48 crank with Deore XT shifter & derailer. In addition to a FD-443 and top/bottom-pull converter, what else will need to be purchased for proper shifting? Also, ...
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3answers
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Where are my barrel adjusters for my shifting cables?

I have a Devinci Caribou I and I was trying to adjust the front derailleur. I got the top and bottom stops adjusted right, but it seems that it doesn't downshift correctly from the biggest cog to the ...
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6answers
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What is the simplest way to lower the gearing on my touring bike?

I have a 2004 Jamis Aurora with a 52/42/30 triple and an 11-32 cassette in the back. 30x32 (25.3 gear inches) being the lowest gear is frustrating for the hilly terrain where I live (e.g., 7% grade ...
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3answers
518 views

Is it possible to use road-style brifters with an internal gear hub?

I have a touring bike with road-style Shimano brifters, which I love. I'm also very intrigued by internal-gear hubs, but these hubs seem to focus on rotary or push-button shifters. Is it possible to ...
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1answer
2k views

Hydraulic disc pads binding on disc

I took the front wheel off my mountain bike and the hydraulic disc pads closed. I’ve opened them back up and replaced the wheel. However, the pads seem to now be closing up all the time and binding on ...
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1answer
272 views

Replacing 'cone nuts' on a damaged coaster brake

I'm attempting to refurbish a bike that I was given, it has a (not sure what brand) coaster brake, which according to sheldon brown's site has a peculiar kind of cone nut. The wheel might be 10 years ...
3
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1answer
422 views

What is the diameter of Lizard Skins Logo and NorthShore grips?

Those two grips are thicker than usual grips, however so far I cannot find what is the diameter (external) of them (Dual Compound version for both). Maybe we have some owners of them, who would will ...
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4answers
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How do I know if it's worth restoring my bike?

I found myself in need of a bike, but buying a new one is out of the question. So two possibilities remain: buy a used one for a low price; fix one of my old bikes. But here comes another problem ...
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4answers
368 views

What to Look for In a Fixer Upper

I have decided to buy an older worn down bike and fix it up as my commuter. What things should I look for? I know I should check the frame for rust. But, that's about it. For example, is it easy ...
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2answers
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I assambled rear wheel hub, but now rear wheel is not turning freely

I disassambled/assambled rear wheel hub, but now rear wheel is not turning freely, what have i done wrong?
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3answers
296 views

What features should I look for in a cool helmet?

I have a Bell Metro helmet. It's fine but even with all the holes, it is very hot. It also causes skin irritation on my forehead and causes (sorry people) pimples on my scalp. Are there specific ...
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2answers
117 views

How can I find inexpensive salvage repair (frame) parts?

I've got a 2008 or 2009 Titus X. I cracked one of the struts (probably the wrong term) in the rear suspension triangle. I'm hoping I can find a salvage part (still waiting to see how expensive a new ...
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2answers
2k views

How to replace broken chainring that is missing a tooth

I was going to ask if I need to replace it but I'm certain the responsible answer is yes (comments welcome). How do I find and replace the outer chainring? Specifically find the right model or ...
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3answers
996 views

Good Gloves to Prevent Ulnar Numbness

I recently noticed that towards the end of my 6.4 mile ride to and from work, my hand and arms began to numb. A friend recommended I try cycling gloves, so I purchased these from Amazon. They do ...
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5answers
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Does an SPD-SL AND SPD compatible pedal/shoe exist?

I am soon going to buy a pair of pedals (and new shoes of course) for my road bike (mostly used for commuting, and short-ish rides (40-50 miles/80Km). Most important to me is being able to walk in my ...
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1answer
488 views

rear Derailleurs of 7 speeds for road bike?

Hello everyone I recently broke my Derallieur in my Road bike and I am planing to get a new one online but I dont know exactly wich one to get is for the rear Derailleurs of 7 speeds. thanks
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373 views

How to train for a long tour?

Recently my interest was piqued with a very long tour: http://tourdivide.org/ Being time constrained by an 8 hour job, how does one train for a ride that will require 160 kilometers (100 miles) per ...
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5answers
1k views

51cm top tube too small for someone who normally cycles frame with 55cm top tube?

I'm looking to buy a second bike and have found a really nice frame. The bike I cycle at the moment, which fits me perfectly (I am 5'11" (180cm)), has a 55cm top tube. The frame I'm looking at has a ...
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3answers
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What purpose do the rubber 'hairs' have on new tyres?

Up close you can see at least three 'hairs' of rubber from this picture from the side of my tyre: Why do they exist? I've heard they are just a bi-product of the manufacturing process.
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2answers
256 views

Protecting yourself from briars / brambles / jaggers while mountain biking

Riding in the northeast US, I find myself encountering a lot of overgrown mountain bike trails in the spring. Many of these trails are bordered by briars / brambles / jaggers. I can't totally avoid ...
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3answers
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Best practice for patching snakebite pinch flats on skinny tubes

So, I tend to run 700x23c or 700x25c tires on my commuter bike. Sometimes I'm lazy and forget to check the air pressure and inevitably get a pinch flat when I hit some stationary object, pothole, or ...
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1answer
664 views

New shifters: is Acera SL-M360 a good buy and how much better is SL-M310?

I was going to buy the Shimano Acera SL-M360 (but now the shop only has the SL-M310 ones), so I wanted to double check if it's what I'm actually looking for. I just want them to last long and do their ...
0
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1answer
168 views

How to buy machine-built wheels for a touring bike?

I may be in the market for a wheelset for my touring bike, a 2004 Jamis Aurora. I know very little about buying wheels; what are the things I should consider? I don’t need anything fancy, and I’d like ...
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7answers
405 views

Should I be wearing sunblock?

I spend the vast majority of my time inside, so I would like to start getting into cycling. I rode up to the beach a couple days ago and got some slight sunburn. I personally don't mind sunburn all ...
4
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2answers
868 views

What electric bikes are for sale in the US, and how good are they?

I am interested in purchasing an electric bike but am puzzled as to what brand is best. It seems as though most companies are importing their products from China, which is great because they are low ...
6
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5answers
351 views

Sunscreen for Riding

What type of sunscreen is best for long road rides? I'm thinking sweatproof, non-greasy, non-smelly. Ideally it would be a 'low risk' and 'safe' according to something like the EWG or Good Guide, ...
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3answers
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How do I prevent STI shifter cables from blocking access to my Randoneering Bag or Handlebar bag?

I've got drop bars with Shimano Tiagra STI shifters and want to use a Rando Bag on my small front rack or a handlebar mount bag. Currently the shift cables jut out between the drop bars and hit in to ...
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3answers
2k views

Bottom bracket is ticking

Recently my 2008 Devinci mountain bike sounds like it's ticking when I push down on my left pedal on a usual rotation. When I turn the bike over and go through rotations, I can't get it to tick. ...
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4answers
778 views

Babies on Bakfietsen: How young is too young?

When is it safe to transport a baby on a bakfiets? How does one know when a child is old enough for this? By "safe" I mean, protecting the child's brain from damage due to road vibration, pothole ...
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4answers
2k views

Can I use gear oil on my chain?

I don't have any chain oil right now, but I have some gear oil left over from working on my car. Would it be an effective chain lubricant? It's listed as 80W90, but reading the Wikipedia article ...
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1answer
760 views

How bad is cross chaining?

Accepted wisdom is that is bad and that we should never do it. However, most of us set up our bikes so that we can run any gear combination. Invariably, I'll occasionally look down and see that I'm ...
2
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2answers
301 views

Are there any 'anti-fly' masks on the market?

I keep swallowing flies, because I'm mostly cycling along a canal. I'm cycling quite hard, and mild hayfever means that I can't just breathe in through my nose. I've bought a 'buff', but I'm getting ...
3
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1answer
634 views

Converting a short cage derailleur to a long cage derailleur

Is it possible to convert a short cage derailleur (for example the huret svelto) to a long cage derailleur by just taking the lower cage and replacing it by a longer one?
3
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1answer
292 views

Short cage derailleur: how to find out maximum sprocket differences?

I'm building a kind of new bike and would like to put a triple or compact crankset on it. I've still got this NOS huret derailleur set (front, rear and shifters) laying around which would match the ...
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4answers
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Sources of vibration at high speed in and around rear wheel

I’m experiencing vibration somewhere in the rear half of the bicycle when descending at high speed (say more than 30 mph), and I haven’t been able to pinpoint the cause. Everything looks fine, ...
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2answers
875 views

iPhone ANT+ bicycling apps that can import a GPS track?

Does anyone know if any of the popular iPhone ANT+ bicycling apps have the ability to import a GPS track? I'd like to start exploring some of the local trails/routes a bit - I've got .gpx tracks for ...
2
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1answer
7k views

How to adjust Avid Elixir 1 hydraulic disc brakes?

I have a Trek X-Caliber and the rear disc is rubbing a little. So I want to adjust the brakes so it doesn't rub and make things a bit easier of course. I see many videos about brake adjustment but ...
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2answers
2k views

Can a Shimano Alfine 8 speed be reduced to 120mm hub spacing?

I would like to buy a single-speed bike that happens to have 120mm hub spacing, and add the Shimano Alfine 8-speed hub. That hub, however, seems to have a 135mm spacing. Can the 8-speed Alfine hub be ...
5
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2answers
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How do I translate this tire description into English?

On my tire is printed the following: 25-622 (28 x 1.00 - 700x25c) 6.8-8.0 Bar, 85-115 psi I think I know what some of this means but am not sure. BTW, this came standard on my 2012 Cannondale ...
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5answers
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Not sure about using a Co2 Cartridge

I have a road bike (Cannondale Synapse Alloy 6). I bought it this past March. In addition, I purchased an inflator. It came with, I presume, a 16g cartridge. I haven't had the need to use this yet. I ...
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3answers
168 views

Why do I ride so lousy after a tour?

I'm a male, 44, "fast" (?) recreational cyclist, who has been doing week long -- mostly 50 to 80 miles/day -- tours for about 15 years. While I love touring, I have come to dread the aftermath . . . ...
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3answers
751 views

Noise from crankshaft spindle and then the pedal falls off

In the last 6 months I have been getting really bad noises, creaks, clunks, etc coming from somewhere around the spindle connecting to the crankshaft. Every time I put pressure down on the left hand ...
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3answers
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Which Crank Brothers cleat do I need?

I ride these pedals: which came with these cleats: Now I see that Crank Brothers are selling their "Premium" cleat: I'm ready to replace my cleats. Is the premium cleat compatible with my ...
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6answers
617 views

Need advice on choosing the right folding bike

I'm looking for a bike for about half an hour of use a day in town. Don't have room in my flat so it will be a folding bike, and it has to cost less than £200. I consider buying this one Is it a ...
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3answers
335 views

Prescription Sunglasses for Cyclists

I'd like to get some quality prescription sunglasses for cycling. Can anyone make some suggestions on a brand they like? Thanks very much.
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1answer
304 views

Which disc brake pads do I need

I have Tektro Aigura Sub disc brakes and the pads need replacing. The only pads for this make I could find online were discontinued. Do I need to get the same make, and if not how do I know they'll ...
0
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3answers
662 views

Hybrid recommendation (tight budget)

I'm looking for an entry-level hybrid bike to ride on weekends. My budget is ~£230, I been looking on ebay, amazon, halfords.. Those two look good to me for the moment: Forme Brute from Ebay Viking ...

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