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Disk brake brakes work poorly after annual maintainance

The disk brakes practically don't brake anymore. If I pull the brake lever as hard as I can, the wheel still turns if I push the bike forward. Is this normal? Do they need a "brake in" period? ...
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How to correctly use an Avenir Airsource One bicycle pump

I have an Avenir Air-Source One pump that keeps popping off while trying to inflate the tires. can someone tell me how to correctly inflate the tires, without the pump popping off?
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How to judge BB height visually and the effect on handling?

Is it possible by viewing a bike frame to tell roughly what the handling of the bike is going to be? This current question is about bottom bracket height in the above mentioned respect. I have ...
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Don't integrated headsets wear out, ruining the frame?

I came upon this marvelous explanation of headset types. However, this got me wondering. Isn't the role of the headset cups similar to that of the derauler hanged - to not waste the frame as soon as ...
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Should or can I (car) wax my frame?

Having spent the whole summer taking a bike apart, painting it and now in the process of building it again, I was thinking about waxing it. I want the finish to last as long as possible, after all, ...
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1answer
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Fox Float RP2 rear shock problem - soft run and hiss sound on first 5-10% of travel

I might have a problem with my Fox Float RP2 rear shock (Giant Reign, 150 mm of travel, bike & shock only 6 months old). When pumped to 200 psi, the shock has a considerably soft run and is making ...
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2answers
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Forward thinking for riding through winter

Yes I know it is mid-August and Winter is not here yet, far from it. I am just thinking way forward on how I will be able to do my daily 18 km commute in the Winter weather of Paris (yes, it's not a ...
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Why are roadies concerned about weight?

I have never ridden a road bicycle, so this question is probably silly (and a duplicate). Still: Assumptions: Road bike Riding fast, 30km/h nominal Few and gradual corners No abrupt stops (i.e. no ...
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Why the narrow wheels on comfort bikes?

Assumptions: With city bikes (comfort bikes, like the one on the picture below) weight is not a priority for the design. City bikes use narrow tires For the same pressure, a narrow tire exhibits ...
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How to fix/prevent blocked cleat bolts

I've had my SPD touring shoes for about seven years. The cleats are the originals and are now quite worn and I noticed recently that one of them (not pictured) is at a rather wacky angle that can't be ...
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1answer
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Fort bicycles company from Czech Republic: Where are the steel frames? Company renamed?

There is or was a company from Czech Republic that produced steel frames and forks. The name of this company is or was Fort. Why can’t I find anything about this company or their steel frames and ...
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1answer
370 views

cheap bike tools or “can I just use generic hardware store tools instead?”

I want to maintain my bike. There a number of tools which are very specific, which also cost a lot of money. I have an old road bike which uses a freewheel. The freewheel remover cost me something ...
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2answers
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Fork slider caps worn out. Replacements?

I have this fork and the plastic slider sleeves have worn out. Can I purchase replacements. The service manual says those are among the "wear-and-tear" parts.
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2answers
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Upgrade my Rear Cassette from 12/25t to 11/28t

I have a Specialized Secteur 8-speed road bike with a Shimano HG850 12/25t rear cassette running on a KMX Z type narrow chain my crankset is a 52/42/30, I have done about 2,000 miles so it's probably ...
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smaller wheels on big bike to reduce height

I have a SEKAI sprint 1000 bike which is a tiny bit big for me as I have problems reaching with my feet to the ground. The existing seat is already down to the lowest level so can't reduce the height ...
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1answer
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How do I tell if jockey wheels need overhaul or replacement?

I am refurbishing a bike and am deciding how much to clean out the rear derailleur. It's in pretty good shape. But after I take off the chain, I tried spinning the jockey wheels with my fingers ...
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4answers
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Edit gps recorded track

I'm using Garmin Fit for my phone. On a long ride my phone went out of power and didn't manage to record the last of the track. I've uploaded the first part of the ride to Garmin Connect and can ...
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1answer
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What Are the Widths of Shimano 8, 9, and 10 Speed Cassettes?

I was hoping that someone could provide me with the precise Shimano road-bike 8, 9, and 10 speed sizes for the following: Cassette Spacer Width Cog/Tooth Width Maximum Chain Width
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2answers
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Does ProPedal on FOX RP2 rear shock wear out when on during downhill?

Yesterday I forgot to turn off ProPadal before quite nasty downhill ride on my Fox RP2 rear shock (riding Giant Reign 2011) - I can imagine this makes no real harm to the shock but think there can be ...
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3answers
256 views

Compact gears and chains

Wanting to know if you can use a compact crank and also use a compact cassette , I have placed both on my bike but the chain seems to be at the extreme when placing the chain in the smallest gear and ...
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2answers
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How does a chainstay length affect a mountain bike performance? (wrt: 26", 650B, 29r)

The trade offs for 26" through to 29" with respect to rolling resistance, contact patch, obstacle rollover, etc... have been well discussed. However, it occurs to me that as the rear wheel gets larger ...
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4answers
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What are the disadvantages of more suspension travel?

Having some suspension travel is always nice, but what disadvantages are there for the bikes handling as the travel increases? This question applies to both to full and front suspension bikes.
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1answer
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Difference between high and low pressure air springs?

I've just been adjusting the spring pressure on my Rock Shox SID XX fork and then adjusted my Manitou Minute Expert because I had the pump out. The SID has the solo air spring and needed 115psi and ...
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0answers
119 views

Smartphone racing bike mount [closed]

I have a Samsung S Advance smartphone, and I want to mount it on my racing bike. The only bike mounts I can find are either iphone mounts, or a few universal bike mounts, but these are all too small ...
4
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1answer
383 views

Is it OK to bunnyhop on a Kona/Fastrax AF2 while in Lockout Mode?

I recently got a Kona Tanuki 2012 bike that sports a Kona/Fastrax AF2 Rear Shock. Sometimes while on the road I miss bunnyhopping over things. Is it wise to lockout the Kona/Fastrax AF2 Rear Shock ...
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1answer
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Upgrade/Replacement options for Cannondale Headshok DD50?

I have an older Cannondale that I love. It's an F600 comp (the special edition one in pumpkin orange), with a DD50 front shock. The problem is that the DD50 is WORN as all heck. Even when locked ...
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5answers
6k views

Tips to Alleviate Hand Soreness

I've recently switched from a hybrid with straight bars to a touring bike with conventional drop bars. My commute is just over 5km, and my palms have been getting very sore just below my thumb. My ...
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3answers
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Crankset replacement

I have Exage 300 lx crank 48,38,28 Crankset. It is also Biopace. I would like to replace it since it is worn out. What current model from Shimano is a suitable replacement? regards
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1answer
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Replacing a road bike frame [closed]

I have a 2002 Calfee carbon fiber frame, with aobut 45,000 miles. If I replace it with a new one, what improvements can I expect? I have no complaints about the frame, other than a poor paint job.
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3answers
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My stem keeps moving side to side even thought I tighten it

I just got a new Demolition Stem.I tight it with all my force And It keeps slipping side to side Like it doesnt match with the fork lined up And whenever I check it its fine but after a while it is ...
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3answers
674 views

Why did my tire just blow up?

I finished a 2 hour bike ride outside today, and I parked it next to the wall in my kitchen after I got home. 3-4 hours later... all the sudden the front tire just "blew up". What happened? Thanks!
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6answers
3k views

What is considered a good “safe biking distance” to bike to work?

I'm curious about what is the maximum distance you can live from work so that it's a reasonable biking distance. I am interested in biking about 30 minutes to work. It would be about 5 miles away. I ...
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3answers
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What Supporting Muscle Groups Should Be Strengthened?

Various sites recommend a variety of exercises to strengthen a cyclist's core (back and upper body). bicycling.com recommends aerobic type exercises with an exercise ball. t-nation.com recommends ...
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5answers
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Why the penny-farthing?

The penny-farthing was the standard until the diamond-frame "safety bike" was "invented" and revolutionalized the world of bikes. It seems to me strange to have to "invent" to put the same size of ...
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3answers
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Why would a bike computer calculate distance accurately but average speed inaccurately?

My otherwise reliable non-GPS bike computer calculates an extremely inaccurate average speed for my morning commutes. After my ride this morning, I read the following values from the display (units ...
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1answer
608 views

Storing spare tube under saddle bag

The saddle bag I own has two elastic loops on the underside. From reading this question on long-term storage of tubes I can see tubes don't like changing temperatures (not really a problem in Ireland ...
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1answer
134 views

Is it okay to use mismatching tires? [duplicate]

I own a Vittoria Rubino Pro Slick 700x23 and a Conti GP4000S 700x25. What do you guys think about: mounting different tires on a bike? which tire should go where? The Vittoria has around 200 miles ...
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3answers
503 views

Do wider tires wear better?

I'm interested in road bike tires and how width affects how long they last. It seems common-sense that a wider tire would wear better, as there's simply more of it to "spread" the wear, but I'd like ...
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4answers
5k views

Will I notice the benefits of changing wheels?

I've got a 2010 Specialized Tarmac Comp. The wheels are Mavic Aksiums and are pretty well known to be dam heavy (but sturdy) I'm seriously considering swapping them for something like Fulcrum Racing ...
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1answer
324 views

Can I install an 8 speed sturmey archer hub on a dahon folding bike

Can I install an 8 speed sturmey archer hub on a 6 speed dahon folding bike ?
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4answers
3k views

Tri-bars/Aerobars on Mountain Bikes

I am trying to work on endurance in the hopes of one day touring the GDMBR in a reasonable amount of time and after watching Ride the Divide, I noticed a lot of the riders are using aerobars. When I ...
0
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1answer
230 views

Bought slightly too big outer tube - options?

I've had good experience in the past with riding a racing bike with cross-bike outer tube (grip, protection against flats) in the city. So I bought similiar outer tubes again for my new racing bike. ...
3
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1answer
418 views

Disc brake pad and rotor compatibility

The SM-RT53 rotor should be used together with resin pads. If it is used with metal pads, the pads will wear out very rapidly. from Shimano BR M-416 disc brake manual How do I know if a rotor ...
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4answers
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Disc brake rotor size and forks strength

I have been told that every fork has a maximum rotor size characteristic. For example, for my $75 Suntour this is listed as 185mm. The explaination that I have been given for this limitation is that ...
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3answers
269 views

Safe saddles for men's health

As a continuation to Why is it important to have good saddles? I would like to know: Are there non-expensive saddles that are safe for men's health that you can advise. A slightly different question, ...
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1answer
1k views

loose brake calipers

I have some dia compa ac 500 brakes on an old road bike. While the calipers are installed on the bike, with everything tightened, I can move (rotate) the calipers side to side with my hand. I've ...
3
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1answer
672 views

Can't change into the largest sprocket on rear derailleur

I bought my first road bike recently, and I've noticed I can't change into the largest cog/sprocket on the rear derailleur because when I pull the shifter the chain is pushed into the side of the ...
8
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5answers
677 views

Fix / clean or throw away tire with 30+ thorn punctures?

I recently rode through a horrible thorn patch. I came out with 2 flat tires. Upon examination, I found that the tube was punctured in 10+ places. Throw away. The tire has 30+ small thorns in it. ...
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1answer
285 views

Are New York pedestrians allowed to use bike lanes? [duplicate]

In NYC, some street bike lanes (specifically, one on 8th avenue in midtown) are typically full of walking pedestrians. Is this legal? (e.g. are the pedestrians doing it actually jaywalking or ...
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2answers
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Is there an (un)official rule about twisting back a seat on broken bike for CitiBike or other shared bike programs?

"don't pick a bike if its seat is twisted around backwards. That's a sign that a previous rider found the bike busted." -(from SamtheBrand's answer to How to choose the right Citi Bike? ) Can ...

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