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Changing freewheel singlespeed cog

I bought a Soma flip flop singlespeed and the free side cog is a piece of junk. I've ordered a White Industries freewheel cog to replace it and my question is, how is this done and what tools are ...
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Should rotors have no rub at all?

I just installed a new front disk brake and the rotor rubs a bit once per rotation. If I take the rotor off and place it on flat surface, it seems totally flat but once installed I can see/hear it ...
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Removing suspension from a bike [duplicate]

I'm looking to do a bit of light touring and want to outfit an old mountain bike to be up to the task. But most of the bikes I'm looking at have some crappy/mid-range suspension on them, which – to my ...
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How much does non-ideal frame size matter?

I have an opportunity to buy a barely-used Allez Elite for a very small amount of money (around $100). However, its frame size may be slightly different than the "ideal" size for me. If this ...
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Rebuilding a rear wheel

My rear hub is damaged. I have not yet inspected the source of the damage, but the wheel is moving sideways when rotating (a LOT), plus I rode it like this for about 35km. Therefore, I find it ...
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333 views

What parameters are important when replacing a rear hub?

My rear hub is damaged. I have not yet inspected the source of the damage, but the wheel is moving sideways when rotating (a LOT), plus I rode it like this for about 35km. Therefore, I find it ...
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Can I use an old cog for my new hub?

I have an old wheelset with a 16T cog. It's currently a 120mm flipflop hub, and I'm going to be replacing it with a 120mm coaster. The coaster hub that I want doesn't come with a 16T cog (only 14, 15 ...
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Broke the lid cover of my Shimano Deore combi hydraulic brake reservoir. Repair options?

Crashed. I thought I escaped unscathed but turns out I broke the plastic lid and from a vintage bike there's no one selling the entire combi levers or just the lid itself. (in shops locally, I saw on ...
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U/D lock or folding lock?

I have the black mounted lock you see below, and would like to buy a U/D lock or folding lock, so the bike can't be moved. I would prefer a 12mm wire where one end goes into the mounted lock, but many ...
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I broke my rear axle, apparently it's an old style. Is it easily replaceable?

My rear axle broke so I took my bike into a shop to see what they suggested. I had read a few posts that had said it should be fairly easy to replace the axle. The guys in the shop said that because ...
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345 views

Is it a good idea to buy a 7-year-old MTB?

I'm a single speed rider and I'd like to buy an MTB. My main purpose for MTB is hardcore forest riding(rocks and little downhills). I thought of buying an used one and I saw today Marin Rock Springs ...
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What's a safer alternative to a flag for marking special bikes?

Every year I marshal a family ride organized by my local cycling campaign. As it's targeted at people who don't cycle long distances, the main job of the marshals is to offer help to people with ...
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Cheap Carbon Fiber Wheels

Right, I guess inserting where they're made in the title would be a little politically incorrect but essentially the link below would give you the exact product that inspired the question :- Cheap ...
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153 views

Bicycle keeps 'skipping a beat'

Bicycle keeps 'skipping a beat', especially when I exert more force, or go uphill. I don't know what you call this. What is the problem and how can I resolve it? Lubricating it helps get rid of the ...
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Is it rude to take the lane, then filter when encountering congestion?

In the city I live in, there's a lot of two lane roads. I feel much more comfortable taking the lane, as to not have a car come up from behind and clip me while overtaking. However, when I ...
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Interrupter (cross) brake lever cable guide wedges?

Interrupter brakes require the brake cable to angle away from the bar to meet the lever at the proper point as shown in the picture below. You can see the handlebar tape doesn't carry on closer to the ...
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209 views

How important is a heart-rate monitor?

How important is a Heart Rate Monitor when cycling for weight loss? I have an old Everlast HRM watch, but it cannot display the average HR after a workout. I am using RunKeeper to track my rides and ...
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635 views

Bent freewheel axle in less than 200km

I am trying to understand if the problem I've got falls into a common problem for freewheel hubs. After googling and reading, I am still not sure if there is only this factor to what has happened. ...
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1answer
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Sram T3 cracks when pedaling, but it works, in all three gears.The bike is three years in use

My rear hub SRAM T3 cracks when pedaling, but it works, in all three gears.The bike is three years in use.What shoud be done, and how urgent is the problem? I think it's something with the rear hub ...
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maintenance schedule tracking software

Can't seem to find software to track maintenance i do / is due on bike(s). I just want to enter when i changed the chain/casette on bike A, then track how many km ive gone with it. Distance could be ...
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1answer
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Allez vs Secteur [closed]

I'm buying my first road bike. I don't plan on racing, but riding long distances, and comfort is one of my top priorities with quality. I tried a 58 Allez in my local shop and it felt like a dream but ...
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1answer
585 views

shimano 14-34t megarange casette not shifting to first gear

I bought a new deraluier and it wont shift to the first aka largest aka closest to the wheel / dropouts gear its about two inches too high. So it (the deraulier) knocks into the largest easiest cog. ...
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How to practice SPD release in very steep uphills?

Some time ago I got SPD pedals for my MTB. When going downhill or rather flat these pedals are awesome. However, I have problems using them on sharp uphill with roots/rocks. Because it's steep, I ...
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Shimano Compatibility

I'm quite new to upgrading parts, and trying to put together a Cyclocross / Touring bike and getting quite confused about compatibility. Can I use 10 speed Tiagra Sti shifters with triple Deore 10 ...
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RevoShift Friction: shifting to the largest gear takes a lot of force?

My wife's bicycle has Shimano Revoshift shifters, and while the right (rear) one works fine, the left (front, Friction) has been problematic for a while. Originally, when we bought the bicycle, the ...
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1answer
550 views

What is the lifespan of a typical road tire?

Assuming no accidents, cuts, or other major traumas, what is the useful life of a typical decent-quality (maybe a Schwalbe Marathon as reference?) road or commuting tire, measured in distance traveled ...
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Direction of chain whip

Is there an easy way of working out which way round to apply a chain whip to a cassette for its removal? I've taken plenty of them off in my time but always end up having a couple of tries at it ...
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Dual position air, solo air, coil, rebound: what do they mean about forks?

Lyric is available as Dual Position Air/ Solo Air / Coil. What do those terms mean generally? My speculations are leading me nowhere. If Dual Air means no hydraulic cylinder, how can the fork have ...
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1answer
652 views

Can you take apart rear derailleurs, and how do you put them back together again?

I recently took apart my rear derailleur as it was on a 10 year old bike and really old and stiff. So I thought I would unscrew both jockey wheels and clean them, they had a silver bit either side, ...
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what is the difference between a freewheel and a hub

I think these are both just types of casssetes, one all the rings come apart, and the other its just one big piece all welded together. Can someone please tell me what the difference is.
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How can I get a bike mechanic certification/where can I learn to be a bike mechanic?

I'm interested in becoming a bike mechanic in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. I'm hoping there's an industry body which runs courses to certify bike mechanics. I'm really hoping it's not just ...
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Slipping when pedalling

I have a repair question. I am experiencing some slipping when I pedal, once-per rotation, however, it is not the normal chain/gear skipping that I have read about most of the time. The bike is an old ...
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3answers
375 views

Multiple Bluetooth Smart sensors for bike?

I just bought a Sports Tracker Smart heart rate monitor that communicates via Bluetooth. Then I saw the cadence sensor that also measures speed and distance plus it communicates with Bluetooth Smart. ...
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1answer
593 views

Old 6 speed casette on a new modern wheel

I've had this old Batavus sprint bike sitting in the shed for years, and recently got into road racing. So I've bought a newish used modern road race bike and recently upgraded it's wheels. Since the ...
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2answers
220 views

Do bikes require a specific brake type?

I have a old bike of mine that I want to fix up for my younger brother. I don't know the brand, it just says Shogun racing on it (I haven't used it in ages and it was a gift.) It had the factory ...
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3answers
592 views

Bike Speedometer Accuracy [duplicate]

What factors should one look for when purchasing a speedometer? Does wired vs wireless or anything else factor into its accuracy?
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97 views

Funky Rear Axle. Need help Identifying

I recently bought a Globe Work 2, and I'm digging it, but I'm at a loss for what is going on with my rear axle. I took a couple of pics (below), so I'm hoping someone can tell me what I've got. ...
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1answer
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Rotating 2 chains on one cassete

I clean my chain on the bicycle, mostly because taking it off for a bath, drying, etc seems to take more time than I have. But maybe I could use 2 chains in rotation, I would take one chain off, ...
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1answer
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Are cross brake levers with compact drop bar redundant?

I currently have traditional drop bars and cross (interrupter) brake levers. I like the interrupters and use them a lot. But I'm going to get a compact drop bar (FSA Omega Compact bar on order), and ...
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2answers
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Dropped the Wedge of a quill stem in the head tube

Trying to remove a seized quill stem and did a beginner's mistake of removing the stem bolt. I could not thread back the bolt. Is there a better way to thread back the bolt to the wedge for me to ...
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1answer
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assembling brackets and front crankset: how many spacers and orientation

Recently I bought a Bull's Black Adder 1 26 Inch frame and quite some time ago got a present Shimano Deore Lx FC M-583 crankset (brackets included). I know they are not a perfect match, but still ...
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1answer
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handlebar under-tape (extra layer)?

I'm going to be re-taping my bars for the first time soon, and I was thinking about a putting an extra layer of tape for just slightly increased diameter and padding. I have big hands, but I don't ...
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How to measure chainring / cog wear?

Other than attempting to estimate whether a chainring or cog is worn and needs replaced by eyballing it, is there any way to measure the wear on chainrings or cassette cogs so you can determine ...
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Does a rear wheel work up front?

Assuming that the wheel will fit in the drops, will a rear wheel (minus the freewheel/cassette) work for a front wheel? What kind of problems could this present? I happen to have a spare back wheel ...
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1answer
127 views

Canyon Yellowstone 4.0 suitable for women?

About a year ago I bought a Canyon Yellowstone 4.0, just after moving to Germany. I found it was a relatively good bike for the money, I've had a great time on it and I use it mainly for getting ...
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1answer
299 views

Unicycle touring — how common?

A couple of days back, on our way to California (in a car), my wife and I passed a unicyclist going the other direction, uphill, on a fairly challenging section of Route 66. (I think we were in ...
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Does the age of brake pads make any difference?

I recently changed my brake pads with some new ones that have been in my shed for years. They are not packaged, but as I am in the UK, which has a very variable climate. The shed gets very hot and ...
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Will increased weight make me go downhill faster?

I have had this question for a while. I want to know how I can get down a hill as fast as I can. So, I was wondering if increasing the weight of a bike increases the speed on downhill stretches, or ...
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486 views

When to lube a chain?

Should a chain be lubed each time after riding in the rain*? What about a 100km mudride (occasional water up to the hubs)? Should I stop in the middle of the ride to re-lube the chain? If so, is it ...
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Disk brake squealing after bike shop changed my pads. Is it enough reason to ask them to re-service (for free)?

I recently took my bike to the shop, since it started making a weird metal on metal (not squeal, just hard brushing sound). After checking it out the saw that the back brake pads where really (REALLY) ...

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