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Do I need to take my weight off the bike to lock out the suspension?

I've recently bought myself a new mountain bike (my first since my schooldays...) and it has front suspension with a lock-out function. Suspension is new to me and I'm not sure how to use the ...
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7answers
9k views

What tint colors are most useful for cycling sunglasses?

There seem to be a lot of different lens options for sunglasses, and there must be objective differences. For example, I've seen golf lenses advertised as filtering out blue light to improve reading ...
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2answers
4k views

7 speed to 8 or 9 speed cassette change

this is my first time here and i am new in the bike sport. I have a mtb for a month now and i usually use it for road trips with some dirt intervals. It has a 7 speed shimano cassette (14-34) and on ...
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4answers
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How to care for a steel frame?

I'm considering getting a steel frame to upgrade from my aluminum xc bike. As it will be my first steel frame I'd like to understand if there is more after ride care required than my current bike. ...
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3answers
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Should i get a hydraulic or spring type rear shock on my full suspension mountain bike?

I have not bought one yet, and i am very new to the sport. The type of riding I will be doing is dirt jumps(rather large ones), and rugged trail riding. I used a BMX for these things previously, which ...
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2answers
536 views

Extend drop bars with additional positions

I have my touring bike set up with drop bars, very similar to this: However, after riding all day for a few days, I tend to miss additional position(s) to avoid minor annoyances such as "numb ...
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3answers
4k views

How long will a battery last in a Garmin GSC 10?

My relatively new Garmin GSC 10 Speed/Cadence unit has started losing connection to my Garmin 500. I'm assuming that the battery is running out, since I'm still using the original that came with it. I ...
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2answers
2k views

I need help on how to make my bike faster [closed]

Hi Just wanted to ask how to make my bike faster. Do I change the front chainring to a larger one, if so do I have to get a whole new drive train or can I just get another shimano large ring. Can I ...
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1answer
216 views

What should I do about salt in V-brakes?

I've been riding a lot thins winter in spite of unusually snowy, icy, and slushy conditions. While I know how to lube and clean my chain and can deal with other accumulated filth, I'm having trouble ...
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2answers
368 views

Are flat handlebars stable at high speed?

I live in a mountainous area, and so there are lots of opportunities for descending at high speed. I currently have a bike with drop bars, and when in the drops, I feel very stable doing this. I am ...
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3answers
3k views

Are tow-hitch bike racks legal? [closed]

I am considering buying a tow hitch and bike rack for my minivan to transport a few bikes for an upcoming vacation. I've read a few reviews of these bike racks, and many folks have said that their ...
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1answer
202 views

5 Month old bike, pedals and brake issue

got a Merida Matts 40-D bike in September/October, now I'm having some issues and need some help fixing them. Bearing in mind I've had this bike that long, I didn't start riding it until mid October ...
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3answers
2k views

How much smaller frame is ok?

I'm looking to buy my first MTB and I had an online calculator tell me to get a 17.5". My measurements are height: 177cm and leg 76cm. Thing is, I found a bike that I REALLY want, but it's the last ...
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2answers
94 views

Freewheels frequency in 2012?

I would like to know for some future works on my bike whether I have a freewheel or a cassette? I will look at the bike in itself, but just for a little heads-up: my bike is a 2012 FX 7.2 (Trek). In ...
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1answer
147 views

Rear derailleur speed number interchangability

I have a bike with an 8-speed cassette and would like to switch to 9-speed cassette. Can I keep my rear derailleur? which is a Shimano Alivio one? I understand the indexing might mess up this, but I ...
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2answers
807 views

10-speed chain too short, can I add links?

I purchased a new KMC DX10SC 10-speed 114 link chain to replace my worn out chain. I'm running a mountain triple and it seems that The chain is slightly too short at it's full length. I can't get in ...
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1answer
364 views

Would a 53 cm track(cinelli mash bolt) frame fit a 6'0" tall guy? [duplicate]

I want to buy a friends but I'm not sure it will fit me
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2answers
904 views

Are aluminum or steel chainrings more resistant to bending?

I mash a lot and wind up killing chainrings. I later find that my chainring warps at the midpoint between two chainring bolts. Usually my first sign that something is wrong is my chain pops off or ...
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2answers
891 views

Why do shock pumps use a Schrader valve?

After reading this question and answer, I was surprised to learn that most shock pumps use a Schrader valve. My mountain biking days are a distant memory, so I'm not well acquainted with the type of ...
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3answers
671 views

If I replaced the fork on my cyclocross bike with a track fork, what would be the effect on the bike geometry?

If I replaced the fork on my cyclocross bike, surly cross check, with a track fork, what would be the effect on the bike geometry? What would be the effect of the modified geometry on bike handling. ...
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4answers
2k views

BMX stem slipping; how to stop?

I recently bought a BMX bike that currently has all stock parts. Recently, with the school and weather, I haven't been able to ride it that much. Anyways, when I picked it up from the shop, the bars ...
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2answers
2k views

Can I use a shock pump to inflate a tube?

I know that shock pumps are meant for high pressure applications so that they can withstand high pressures needed by suspension shocks. However, can I use a shock pump to inflate my tire in a pinch ...
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1answer
176 views

What type of valve do shock pumps use?

Do all shock pumps use a schrader valve? I've just taken a look at a couple of product listings and found no mention of the valve type. I guess that might be to avoid people buying those pumps for ...
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1answer
196 views

My hydraulic MTB brakes squeal after I cleaned my bike

My hydraulic MTB brakes stated to squeal after I washed my bike why?
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5answers
317 views

What subtle factors affect performance in unsubtle ways?

As a non-professional biker who commutes on a bike daily I've been noticing that some factors that I didn't think would make much difference in how fast I go or how quickly I get tired have a much ...
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1answer
2k views

Using WD40 for cleaning (not lubricating..)

I plan on cleaning/re-greasing my rear derailleur this weekend, something I've never done before. I watched a video on youtube.. the guy wiped it clean first, then used a spray lube (dry I assume?!) ...
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2answers
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Road bike for a 10 day trip in the Pyrenees and French rivera and other questions

I am planning a 10 day trip covering roughly between 500 and 600 kilometers, starting in the Spanish Pyrenees and finishing in Nice. What kind of bike do you recommend me for such a trip? Obviously ...
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2answers
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New Chain causing skipping on cassette - will this work itself out or is it unsafe?

I just installed a new chain on my 2002 Trek 2200 Road Bike. The old chain was a Shimano 9 speed that I installed 18 months and about 5000 miles ago. It had stretched modestly and was full of winter ...
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3answers
188 views

getting in and out of shape [closed]

I was recently really sick and stopped biking for about 2.5 weeks. Before that I was biking 10 miles per day for about 2 years. Since getting better I've been biking 10 miles per day for about 2 ...
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3answers
172 views

Leak only inside the tire

I have a tube with a Schrader valve, previously repaired (twice). I needed to use it, so I inflated it by hand until it ballooned to 2x the size, search for leakages in water (valve too) and let it ...
5
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1answer
337 views

Can I flip my worn chain to extend it's life?

Assuming my chain is showing that it's worn and getting close to needing replacement due to chain 'stretch'. I know you can flip single speed chainrings to extend their life when they become worn. Can ...
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7answers
5k views

Does any rental car company offer bike racks?

We are hoping to take a self guided trip in Wisconsin. We would like to rent bikes there, but can't find a rental car with a bike rack available. Any ideas?
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1answer
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Ladies Western Flyer [closed]

I have a great vintage Western Flyer, Ladies bike, that I am trying to find a few parts for. I need to replace the rear Altenburger Synchron brake and I want to replace the seat and pedals back to ...
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2answers
2k views

What is a better gearing combination for downhill?

One of the tracks I've been riding recently is testing both my skill level and my bike. The track is a combination steepness and roughness that makes it significantly different to what I've previously ...
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4answers
668 views

Front Fork Bent After Crash

I had a little spill after stupidly riding in the dark through a park (my light had just broke the same day), and I didn't have enough time to react, leading to a head on collision at about 27km/h ...
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5answers
367 views

Riding w/ one hand

I have been riding a bike for years. There is one thing I never managed to do is to feel comfortable about letting go off the bars with even one hand. This is actually not exactly true, I can ride ...
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2answers
185 views

How to fit tt brakes

got a set of profile design bull horns and fitting an aero lever/tt brake. name this one how is this inserted into the handlebar and how does one adjust? Cheers
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3answers
13k views

Can you put disc brakes on road forks originally intended for calipers?

I've decided I want a disc brake, at least on the front, which seems a good enough reason to go bike shopping, but am I overlooking the possibility of fitting a cable pull disc brake to my current ...
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1answer
211 views

Thinking of getting a new chainset

I've decided to get a new chainset as my current 38T Nexus is giving low speeds with my Alfine 8 speed hub. I have my eye on the 45T Shimano Alfine chainset. Currently I have a square taper bottom ...
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1answer
1k views

Are v-brake pads compatible with cantilever brakes

I have a set of Avid Shorty 4 cantilever brakes, well two sets (front and back) and wish to upgrade the pads. These are centre pull, linear pull brakes and have brake pads which are mounted from the ...
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3answers
471 views

Saddle height vs absorbing drop impacts

Let's assume the following saddle heights: ultra low (bmx, DJ) low (slopestyle) medium high ultra high (XC) In videos on the internet we sometimes see pro DH riders riding with a medium to high ...
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2answers
1k views

How do I determine current value of a used bicycle?

I'm looking at purchasing a 2012 Trek Cobia from a private seller. The bike was about $1,200 new. The bike appears to be in almost new condition and contains all original equipment. The seller wants ...
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1answer
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Freehub has started slipping, what can I do?

I've just gone through the london winter and both my bikes now have a slipping freehub. Admittedly my mountain bikes' freehub is quite old and probably worn out, but I'm wondering if they are seized ...
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1answer
801 views

How does one test the freewheel?

What are the failure modes (symptoms) of a failing or failed freewheel? My understanding of normal free wheeling means the rear tire should rotate when the bike is moving and the pedals are or are ...
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13answers
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Do the benefits of clipless pedals out weigh any danger they may pose the rider?

As a newbie rider, I was asked by many experienced riders and bike shop experts if I was using clipless pedals yet? The implication was you are not really a serious rider until you are clipless, sort ...
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1answer
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How to separate ODI grips from lock on clips?

Are there any tricks to separating ODI grips from lock on clips. I'm worried that if I go at them with a screwdriver I'll end up damaging the clips.
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1answer
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Do my Shimano 7900 Dura Ace chainrings need replacing?

Basically today I had a bizarre suggestion; someone told me that my Dura Ace 7900 crankset (a 53 chainring) needs replacing because some teeth are worn from use. I ask myself, is that possible? I've ...
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3answers
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(V-)Brake pad lifespan

Just for the record, my rims are brand new (~800 km) and clean. I have a set of KoolStop salmon brake pads (actually 2 sets, .... well, front and rear). I installed them ~600 km ago and I already had ...
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3answers
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Gear up-shift not smooth

When I am pedaling hard and shift to a larger sprocket, the shift is not smooth or sometimes doesn't happen at all. Sometimes even double up-shifts don't work. There is no problem shifting when I test ...
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5answers
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Why do I always get punctures in my rear wheel?

I get probably five times as many punctures in my rear wheel as opposed to my front wheel. I run a good pressure and don't get obvious pinch flats. Does anyone have a logical reason why this could ...

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