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How to determine tyre pressure for trail descents?

I ride XC for recreation: trails, dirt roads, gravy roads, some rock beds. The bike has a hard-tail frame with, 80mm travel fork and 2.10 inch tires. I have noticed that pumping the tires a lot makes ...
4
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425 views

Is there legal recourse to drivers passing too close?

I'm a daily commuter on my road bike. I commute into Manchester NH. Over the years drivers seem to have gotten better and better at passing me safely. I attribute this to the following: Me learning ...
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1answer
526 views

Shimano Ultegra Bottom bracket replacement with Dura-Ace

The bottom bracket on my Van Nicholas Astraeus is a creaking when going up hills. It's already been tightened recently, yet seems to creek more and more lately - probably due to the mileage (many, ...
3
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3answers
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How do you make the handlebar stem straight?

I adjusted my stem height the other day, and since then, the stem hasn't felt straight. I've attempted to straighten it a few times, but because I'm just eyeballing it, the handlebars don't quite seem ...
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4answers
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How much do components really matter for a non-competitive rider?

I do not ride competitively, but plan on doing some longer distance rides (+30 miles). I've read that better components are lighter, run more smoothly, and last longer. Out of those three categories, ...
2
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1answer
481 views

What tool is needed to adjust this headset on a children's bike?

My daughter's bike has a threaded headset, and I don't know what tool I need to adjust it. As you can see from the picture, there are the following parts in the stack: a knurled ring, which ...
1
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1answer
298 views

rebuild shimano wheel

I've dented the rim on my Shimano WH-RS-10 rear wheel. I found the tech doc pdf. I've had wheels rebuilt before but always with rims that were available to consumers. I can't find any place that sells ...
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3answers
2k views

What tools are required to replace a spoke?

When out riding at the weekend, for the very first time, I managed to break a spoke on my wheel. Because I've not done it before, and I want to get back out on the bike soon, this time around I am ...
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4answers
587 views

How to choose the right Citi Bike?

It's 2013, and bike sharing has finally made it to New York City. Of course, the branded cruisers aren't the most speedy bikes on the road. They weigh a whopping 45 pounds, and their third gear - ...
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4answers
499 views

Quick release saddle bolts?

I need to find a way to easily remove the saddle on my folding bike. Solutions from Zefal (Lock & Roll) or Pitlock/PinheadComponents/AntiVandale aren't usable because they're meant for regular ...
3
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2answers
267 views

Are front and rear tires on BMX bikes interchangeable?

what is the difference between a front tyre and a back tire and would it matter if they was both front tyres or both back tyres on a BMX bike?
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When is using a suspension fork worth it?

I've recently picked up biking again since my childhood years, so I'm quite the newbie. I've figured out most of the features I'd need so far but I'm at a loss at this one. Why would you pick front ...
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2answers
667 views

Ouch, I'm really sore. Should I take a break for a while? How long?

I was in to cycling quite a lot in high school, but was unable to and/or really lazy in college. I've been getting back into cycling lately, doing a 65 miler two weekends ago, a 25 last weekend, ...
1
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1answer
196 views

Campagnolo master link won't fit

I bought a Campagnolo master link (this one) for use with my Campy 10 speed chain. When it's not on a chain, it joins up and clicks into place and all is well. However, when I try to fit it around ...
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8answers
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Why aren't average speeds computed over distance?

Average speed is computed so that average speed = total distance / total time. This means that if you go up a hill, which takes a long time, your average speed drops. This isn't regained on the ...
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1answer
149 views

I'm worried about my derailleur snapping. The chain isn't running around the bottom pulley, it's running next to it

I'm worried about my derailleur snapping. The chain isn't running around the bottom pulley, it's running next to it, scraping against the bottom pulley and the frame. When I change gears it makes a ...
0
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1answer
173 views

Crankset for SRAM Apex Groupset

I have SRAM Apex Shifters, FD, RD, and Brakes. Can I use a SRAM Force BB30 Crankset? Thanks Paul
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1answer
172 views

Can I rotate cleats between left and right shoes? [duplicate]

If one foot's cleat wears quicker than the other due to riding style, is it a good idea to switch them after a certain time to extend the lifetime of the pair?
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3answers
344 views

What causes uneven wear on cleats?

I find my right cleat is wearing a lot quicker than my left one. Usually I start with the left cleat in the pedal and then click the right one in while pushing off. Is the action of inserting the ...
1
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2answers
80 views

How can I maximize the lifetime of my cleats

I'm using look kéo cleats. My right one is much more worn down than the left one. Almost to the point where I don't think it will have any edge showing on the front lip. I do walk in them a bit, but ...
6
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3answers
321 views

How to properly ride over ripples on gravel roads (washboards)?

On certain back-country gravel roads, a combination of erosion and tire-tread seems to create these 4-inch ripples that can repeat for long stretches of the road. Riding over them at any speed at all ...
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3answers
601 views

If I attached a “pointy” pool noodle to my bike, would it make me safer even from sadistic drivers?

A few sources suggest that mounting a foam pool noodle on the back of your bike can help stop drivers from passing too closely. Such noodles are available at my dollar store, unlike spring-loaded bike ...
0
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1answer
96 views

Chain doing noises… what to do?

I have a city bike with a 3 gear hub on the back. From some time now, from time to time I hear (I think) the chain clicking/cracking (noise) specially when going up a ramp. Initially I though it was ...
3
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1answer
173 views

How to do a bike fit?

Here on bicycles SE I often read questions about right sizing of a bike, how you should sit on a bike, what to do when some part of your body hurts etc. I also came across the answer Go to a local ...
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5answers
1k views

How can I prevent cars from passing me too closely?

Recently, a driver buzzed by me, leaving just a couple of inches between my handlebars and his car. It was very scary. In general, how can I prevent cars from passing me too closely? Please cite ...
9
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3answers
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What is the benefit of a larger disc rotor?

What real benefit does having a larger rotor give to braking performance? Additionally is my assumption correct that you callipers don't actually change in size, just the rotor and the adapter need ...
2
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1answer
293 views

Spoke nipple broke, should I replace more than one?

I had a spoke nipple break on my rear wheel, the threaded part broke off right where it enters the wheel. The nipples appear to be aluminum alloy, which I believe are not as durable as brass nipples. ...
6
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4answers
284 views

Concerns with different brake types for the front and the rear wheel

I'm considering adding a disc fork to my surly cross check and using some avid bb7 road brakes for the front. I've got tektro road levers on drop bars (outfitted with retroshift shifters) I've got ...
4
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1answer
700 views

What is lever throw and cable slack?

In a guide for adjusting Avid BB7 mechanical road disc brakes, it said: Only use the barrel adjuster at the brake lever to adjust for cable slack. For lever throw, use the outboard adjustment ...
2
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1answer
232 views

Bicycle Geometry 101?

Are there any resources or books that discuss bicycle geometry? I am looking for resources that would allow to get a rough idea of how relaxed or aggressive a particular bicycle geometry is, by ...
6
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1answer
7k views

What does the “c” in bicycle tire size mean?

For instance, in some cases I will see a particular bike tire listed as available in 700x25, 700x25c, 700c x 25, and 700 x 25mm. (Just picking out a number here, it could be 23, 25, 27, etc.) What, ...
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2answers
1k views

Mountain bike crankset chainring compatibility

I have a Shimano Deore LX crankset. I would like to replace the outer chainring. What manufacturer chainrings are compatible with my crankset ? My outer chainring takes all of the abuse, due to ...
2
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1answer
115 views

Avoiding road tires which collect grit

One of my tires (the front) was replaced recently, and I notice that it picks up grit (i.e. tiny, sand-sized debris) much more easily than the cheap stock tire (still on the rear) that came with the ...
3
votes
1answer
111 views

How to find a durable lock mount?

I've had one Kryptonite D-lock for the last two years, and it's worked great. I typically don't ride with a pack, so I've used lock mounts (this kind) to keep it secured to the upright on my bike. ...
0
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3answers
596 views

Twisted front tyre

After fixing a front wheel puncture and refitting the inner tube and tyre I noticed that the tyre was slightly twisted on the wheel rim. I put the wheel back on the bike and spun it to make sure the ...
6
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1answer
388 views

Is there a significant difference between the new all-mountain/trail and classic cross country helmets?

There is a new niche of "all mountain" helmets, like Fox Flux, POC Trabec, 661 Recon etc. They feature closed, rounded backward design, and claim to protect the brainstem better. I ride all-mountain ...
14
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2answers
992 views

Do helmets really lose their quality with time even if kept in package?

A friend of mine, who works as a sales manager in a good bike shop advised me to never buy a helmet that is older than couple of years, and the best thing to do is to buy the current model line, when ...
2
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3answers
443 views

Is it normal that the Abus Bordo folding lock rattles?

I have the latest Abus Bordo Granite X-Plus 6500 folding lock: It is cased inside a rubberized pouch that attaches to one of the bottle-cage locations: Very convenient, but sadly, it rattles ...
1
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1answer
260 views

Help to choose the right bike multipurpose bike

I spend about 45 mins everyday commuting (less than 2 miles) to work on a formal dress, shoes, carrying a backpack that consists of a laptop, charger and little more stationery (about 10-12 pounds, I ...
1
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2answers
4k views

How to fix a stripped pedal crank

The threads on my bike's pedal crank just became fully stripped and the pedal fell off, though the pedal itself is fine. Is there any way I can fix this without fully replacing the pedal crank?
2
votes
3answers
1k views

What does an expensive wheel have over a cheap wheel?

I'm looking to get a new front wheel at the moment for what is (supposed to be) an inexpensive commuter bike. My question is what's so good about a £100 wheel vs a £25 wheel? The cheapest option my ...
2
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2answers
286 views

Pain in the lower back and neck during cycling

I am new to cycling (road biking). When I bend my back to hold the handlebar and maintain a low position, to avoid head winds, I feel a pain in the lower back and neck. Is this normal? Do we get ...
4
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2answers
857 views

Reusable gloves for bike repairs?

I'm looking to degrease/lube the chain, adjust disc brakes, clean, etc. at home, but don't want to get my hands dirty. (Zinger alert.) Are there any special re-usable gloves for this kind of bike ...
3
votes
1answer
935 views

Will a 9-speed Tiagra shifter work with a 9-speed cassette and a 10-speed Ultegra derailleur?

My son's race bike currently has a mixture of components... A 9-speed 14-25 cassette (juniors race cassette), Tiagra shifters, 105 rear derailleur, Tiagra triple front derailleur and Tiagra triple ...
0
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0answers
73 views

What do I need to know before buying a bike off of Craigslist? [duplicate]

I know absolutely nothing about bicycles yet I need to buy one in the next 7-9 days. I really can't afford to buy one new and my price range is in the $100-$150 area. Craiglist is my best bet for ...
0
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1answer
379 views

Slow switching up higher gears

I have a fairly new MTB and I'm currently trying to tune the gears. Currently I can change down gears pretty smoothly I.e. 6 > 5 > 4 etc but going up the gears is slow for the chain to switch cogs. ...
6
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4answers
524 views

Is there a simple way to measure, record, and use wind resistance or tail winds?

Since moving to a new office where my commute is a bit longer I have been obsessively recording my cycle to work hoping to see a gradual improvement. (N.B. I've stored them on Strava but you need to ...
2
votes
1answer
587 views

Bike Pedal Falling Off

While riding her bike my daughter's pedal came off. It appears to be stripped. This has happened to her with a total of three bikes. What could be causing this to happen?
3
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2answers
2k views

why do my pedals keep turning when i freewheel?

I've had my bike up on a stand to give it a clean. As I was cranking the pedals to clean the chain, then let the pedals go, I noticed that when the back wheel was freewheeling it would start the ...
6
votes
2answers
871 views

How do you ride on a road that doesn't have a bicycle lane?

I live in Washington State and here the law states cyclists have the choice to ride on the sidewalks, bicycle lane, or on the road with other traffic. I usually just ride to school and back, which is ...

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