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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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1answer
167 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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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 ...
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2answers
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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 ...
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347 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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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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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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773 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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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
759 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 ...
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2answers
299 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 ...
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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?
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291 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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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
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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 ...
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1answer
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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303 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 ...
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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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1answer
616 views

Is there a specific grease for titanium frames?

I have recently rebuilt my road bike on a second-hand Seven Cycles Alaris titanium frame. I used a fairly standard hydrophobic grease throughout but I have been told I should use a titanium-specific ...
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Do I need to replace hydraulic fluid in my brakes?

I've had my bike (GT Avalanche 1) for maybe four or five years now. I've changed the pads once, removed and cleaned all parts on the bike a few times now, but I've never touched the brake fluid. ...
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3answers
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Why is my chain riding up and skipping teeth on the freewheel?

Due to a number of reasons, I would like to keep my freewheel at all costs (It's a Sachs freewheel, the bike has all sorts of more 'vintage' components, and they're hard to come by). From reading all ...
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1answer
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How do I prevent play in the steering post?

I recently changed my handlebar stem to an angle-adjustable variety and now there is a little bit of play in the bar coming up from the front suspension through the frame, onto which that stem is ...
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7answers
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What can women do to get comfortable in the saddle?

I am fairly new to cycling and have a road bike which I am really enjoying but I cannot get comfortable in the saddle. Not so much bum bones, but lady bits! Any suggestions?
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2answers
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How long should I expect handlebar tape to last?

I assume that if handlebar tape is grimy, torn, or peeling, it should be replaced. How long should I expect handlebar tape to last before it needs to be replaced? How often do most cyclists replace ...
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1answer
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Are there any disadvantages to running a stainless steel bike chain?

We are currently using KMC Z51RB rust resistant chains on our bikes, a competitor has started to use stainless steel chains. Does anyone know the advantages and disadvantages of using stainless steel ...
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What type of saddle doesn't hurt the pelvic bone?

I have been having issues with my pelvic bone when riding my bike. I have a very good bike, and the saddle is wide, but after riding 10 minutes my pelvic bone kills me to the point that I have to stop ...
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1answer
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How can I adapt my pedals to account for a difference in leg length?

I have a leg length difference of as much as 1cm due to a non-biking accident. Adding padding to my shoe doesn't help. A friend recommended that I get pedal stacks (and a longer bolt) to my SPD-style ...
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1answer
334 views

Will a track wheel work with the dropouts on my frame?

I've got an old 7 speed steel frame. I've ordered a track wheel with a spacing of 120mm. My frame has correct drop outs for it, but does it have the correct spacing? If not, what are my options? ...
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2answers
246 views

Where to get the short wire of the cantilever brake?

I was riding my bike and rear brake fell apart. As a result I lost the short wire of the cantilever brake, or at least that what it seems to be called. Where can I buy that short cable please ? Here ...
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Why doesn't “butt soreness” affect serious cyclists?

Over time, my seat (butt) has been broken in by my saddle. I don't have a callus, and nothing obvious has changed. Physiologically, why doesn't riding cause seat soreness anymore? On the flip-side, ...
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1answer
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Why does a decimal sized 26“ tire fit my rims but a fractional sized 26” tire doesn't?

I'm replacing some 26 x 2.10" mountain bike tires that I have on my bike with some thinner 26 x 1 3/8" road bike tires for commuting, however somehow even though they both say that they are 26" the ...
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2answers
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Is there any reason to keep original drive-train components together until they can all be replaced?

I broke the master link in my chain a while ago and my LSB told me it was because I wasn't cleaning/lubricating my chain often enough. The chain had experienced more wear than it should have as a ...
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I need help replacing my bike's tube

I recently popped the tube in my front tire and need help replacing it. I don't really know very much about bikes or the assortment of numbers on tubes, tires, and wheels. Here is what I do know: The ...
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2answers
487 views

Replacing a Force Chainring with a Red

Is it possible to replace a compact 50T chainring from my Sram Force set-up with a 50T Red chainring, they both have the same 110 PCD so I don't see a problem, does anyone know if I'm wrong? Thanks
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How can I fit 6 bikes on a hitch rack?

How can I fit 6 bikes on a hitch rack for my Toyota Sienna van? Thank you!

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