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for a single-speed conversion, is it always necesary to change bottom bracket?

I want to convert my old raleigh, which has 3 chainrings on the front, into a single-speed. Do I have to replace the bottom bracket? I keep hearing conflicting things. Thankyou.
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Will a road brake lever work with a v-brake?

I'm planning on changing my commuter handlebar to a drop handlebar. As the diameters are different, I need to know if the new brake lever will work with the existing v-brakes. (My intention is to ...
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1answer
535 views

Are these Xero Lite XSR-3 Wheels suitable for cross riding / racing?

I have a set of Xero Lite XSR-3 Wheels. I tend to ride dirt, gravel, and some singletrack on my cross bike and sometimes some cross races. Would I be able to swap this wheelset on to my cross bike ...
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4answers
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Badly rusted suspension fork

I have a $300 MTB used for commuting. It has been three years now, and the rain and snow have said their word. Two weeks ago I disassembled the fork and spent a good one hour with the sandpaper, ...
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1answer
352 views

Do I need better “springs” on my disc brakes?

After 20 years commuting on old/cheap bikes, I finally evolved up to a nice solid touring rig with cable disc brakes (Avid BB5). I love the bike and the brakes. They're much easier to maintain, ...
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2answers
1k views

Cannondale Bad Boy SS conversion

I'm interested in converting my Cannondale Bad Boy 2011 into a single speed bike. I found somebody who's done it on a Bad Boy 2008 (there), and somebody else who's done it one a more recent model ...
1
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1answer
767 views

Mixing 9-speed Tiagra and 9-speed Deore XT

I currently have a road bike with the following setup for the gears: 9-speed Tiagra front and rear derailleurs, Sora shifters, all from 2009: 30/39/52 Crankset 11-25 Cassette. I need some more low ...
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2answers
1k views

Can I run rim brakes on a disc rim?

I'm trying to buy a front wheel which will work with both disc and rim brakes so that I can use it on my cross bike (with rim brakes) and my mountain bike (with disc brakes) with a dynamo hub to power ...
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6answers
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Lock my bicycle on busy or quiet places?

When I lock my bicycle I try to lock it on quiet spots, usually on street racks situated on secondary streets. I think it will be less visible so it will attract less looks. On the other hand, if a ...
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2answers
254 views

Cycling on Manchester Metrolink tram routes

I have been looking around for information on this topic but can't find anything definitive. The tram routes through Manchester city centre are for trams (obviously), but it seems public transport ...
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3answers
677 views

For a complete beginner, what bike would you recommend?

I live in a tiny apartment on the 4th floor, narrow stairs and no elevator. I'm looking to buy a bike, and planning to put in 50-60 miles a week at least. Could you recommend a bike in the 300-350$ ...
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3answers
217 views

Choosing mudguards for carrying a bicycle in a small lift

I am in need for mudguards for a bicycle I bought. Here is a link to the bicycle's description: Speeder i8 The bike is a flatbar road bike, with an internal hub and roller brakes. The bicycle is ...
5
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1answer
116 views

Can I replace a 9spd freehub with a 7spd one?

On my commute this morning I established that my freehub needs replacing. There's obviously something wrong with the ratchet mechanism, because it intermittently refuses to engage. My existing setup ...
5
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1answer
2k views

Rear dropout adjustment screws on fixed-gear conversion

I have a Surly Cross-check that I absolutely love and adore to pieces. I've also converted it from a geared bike to a fixie and am wondering if I still need the adjustment screws (see picture, in case ...
2
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4answers
207 views

Saddle for beginner rider!

I havent ridden a bike since I was a kid. And now I just purchased a second hand one to go to and from work and I found the seat like sitting on a block of wood. It was horrible! What is the best seat ...
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1answer
264 views

Right crank arm feels uncomfortable

After a loose bottom bracket and some prevailing knee pain I have made a few adjustments to the bike. I have managed to greatly reduce the pain in my left knee but the right still has some pain. I ...
2
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1answer
705 views

Can you add oil to a hydraulic disc brake reservoir without bleeding the brakes?

Is it possible to add oil to the hydraulic disc brake reservoir to increase the stiffness of the lever, without bleeding the brakes?
5
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1answer
216 views

There is a lip on my brake pad from bad positioning. Can I remove the lip?

One of my bikes had the brake pads positioned poorly and they developed a pretty pronounced lip where the pad hung off machined braking surface on one side. The bike is using cantilever brakes. These ...
4
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2answers
617 views

How deep does a quill stem need to be inserted?

I have an old road bike with a quill stem and I want to raise the stem. After raising it to where I want it, the stem has about an inch between the high end of the expander nut and the top of the ...
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1answer
4k views

What features of a mountain bike's geometry gives it different characteristics?

When you see descriptions of mountain bikes they are usually described as XC, trail, enduro etc. and have different geometries based on what sort of category they fall into. What are the defining ...
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2answers
696 views

How to choose between a race bike like a Madone and a classics bike like a Domane

I ride regularly for exercise in New York City but do not race. I currently ride on a steel frame that handles the rough roads easily. I want to buy a carbon bike and am torn between a "classics" bike ...
3
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1answer
146 views

Inline trailers

Anyone know of a bike trailer that is narrow (like a BOB Yak) for kids? We have a co-pilot trailer, but the width is pretty wide, often maxing out a sidewalk making it hard to pass or be passed. We ...
4
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2answers
999 views

Is it worth converting a steel frame Trek Roadie to a Cyclocross?

I have a Trek Elance 330 from the 80s and love it! However, I find myself needing something that can handle fire roads (gravel jeep paths) and am wondering if it is worth the effort. Also, if it ...
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1answer
301 views

Does stripe in Selle Italia saddles form a channel?

NOTE -- I am NOT asking about saddles with hole (cutout). Some saddles from Selle Italia have very distinctive stripe, take for example Selle Italia SL: The question is -- does such stripe form ...
3
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2answers
995 views

Is a pad spacer needed when installing disc brake pads?

I need to replace my disc brake pads on my Shimano XT brakes. This seems like a pretty straight forward procedure, and I have all the tools needed except for the pad spacer. Do I need this to install ...
4
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7answers
4k views

What type of shoes should a commuter/road biker use?

I have a hybrid bike that I use for commuting (8k round trip to work). Currently, I wear low-backed converse shoes when biking. I've been biking for about 5 months. After the first 2 months, I ...
0
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0answers
94 views

Is there a widely used service to report bike theft? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are bicycle registration websites any use for recovering stolen bikes? Or to say, a website where stolen bikes could be reported and anyone could check if for reports of ...
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4answers
2k views

What's special about bicycle socks?

I do understand why I'm wearing cycling pants all the time. I'm totally used to the pockets in my back of my jerseys and jackets. I understand where my gloves and helmet help. And I could continue ...
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1answer
269 views

Storing bike outdoors [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to store a bike outside and still avoid rapid decay? I'd like to store my bike on the balcony. I use it daily and don't mind lugging it up the stairs but I'm tired ...
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2answers
642 views

Are there LED based dynamo powered lights suitable for night time MTB riding on singletrack?

Are there LED based dynamo powered lights suitable for night time MTB riding on singletrack? Likely they would need to have: High Brightness, likely 500 lumens or better. Not sure how that translates ...
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2answers
744 views

What is this cable/hose management clip? (picture)

I've purchased a RockShox Reverb seat post, and its come with these delightful little Cable/Hose clips. Since my bike frame only comes with built in cable clips for the brakes and shifters, these ...
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2answers
575 views

Will a Miyata 912 be able to take wider tires/bicycle racks/fenders and still handle well?

I've found a Miyata 912 going for $300 on Craigslist. From what I've read, it should be a 1970-80s road bike on the high end but supposedly built quite strongly. I'm looking for a bike to commute to ...
4
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3answers
229 views

Disc brake freezing at end of ride

At the end of my last ride the back brake started rubbing hard on the disc. It almost feels like the brake cable had popped out of the lever. The bike is relatively new to me, and I am not very ...
8
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2answers
632 views

What are the main improvements in suspension technology in the last 10 years?

How much has bicycle suspension technology evolved in the last 10 years? I am thinking about both rear and front suspension. What have been the major breakthroughs that all bicycle manufacturers are ...
2
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3answers
5k views

How to stop handlebar from creaking

Ever since I bought my hybrid bike the handlebars creak. It is worse when torquing them such as climbing a hill, but just shifting my weight on the bars will make them creak. The problem gets much ...
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1answer
193 views

Gary Fisher 09 Cobia - Handlebar Upgrade

So I bought this bike used, and it has incredibly narrow handlebars. I don't like the feeling of things being so tight, and I'm looking to replace them. Also, I think my bike fit is a little off (I ...
11
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2answers
838 views

Does pedaling while standing damage my knees even if I don't feel pain?

I am in my mid forties and ride a seven speed cruiser or maybe mountain bike. I enjoy pedaling while standing, and I don't really care about speed or efficiency. When there is even the slightest ...
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3answers
2k views

Must cyclist yield to car turning right across a bike lane into driveway?

While riding in the bike lane on a four lane street in Northern California, a car passed me on my left, stopped in the right-hand lane twenty to thirty feet ahead of me, and signaled to turn right ...
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2answers
297 views

Cadence meter for the Shimano Ultegra Flight Deck 5601?

Is there a cadence meter available for the Shimano Ultegra Flight Deck 5601? Or is there a good alternative option for measuring cadence without changing the flight deck setup?
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2answers
795 views

Attaching crank arm with Shimano SLX M660

Firstly, apologies if this question has tones of frustration, my new crank set and bottom bracket has never been installed correctly, so I am going to do it myself. Should the drive spline on the ...
2
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1answer
304 views

What is a modern equivalent to “fir el 201” rims

What is a comparable modern-day rim to these "fir el 201" rims? I believe they came stock on a 1996 Bianchi Eros. I need to replace the rims, and I am trying to gauge the quality that I am used to ...
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2answers
433 views

Laws applying to Homemade Tricycles

I am a freshman in high school who is planning to build his own recumbent tricycle. However, I would be very disappointed if my creation was illegal to ride on bike paths and sidewalks. I have ...
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2answers
3k views

What does “modulate” mean when referring to brakes?

Often in a review of brakes, or an article talking about braking the author will use the term "modulate." E.g. "The brake modulates well" or "Modulate your front brake." What exactly does this term ...
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1answer
1k views

DBS 10 Speed Conversion - Bottom bracket?

I have dismantled and thrown away the old parts of this DBS 10 Speed bike I'm converting to a fixed-gear. Yesterday I received a 48T Espresso crankset, but now I wonder which bottom bracket to get. ...
6
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1answer
301 views

The Scope Of The Lance Armstrong Doping Scandal

I know that Lance Armstrong has decided not to fight the allegations of his doping; while technically not an admission of guilt - he is being sanctioned/punished for doping. I've also read that ...
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2answers
3k views

Is my bike fit a problem, I'm experiencing achilles tendon pain?

My calves are super tight when I finish my ride, and my Achilles are sore for days after a 20 mile rolling hill ride. Could it be that my seat height is too low? If not, what could be the root cause?
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3answers
7k views

How do I change my single-speed to a fixed gear?

I've been biking on single-speed for a few months and would like to play around with a fixed gear. I've heard of a flip-flop hub, but I'm not sure exactly what it is. And without any fellow bikers - ...
0
votes
1answer
820 views

How to avoid or reduce back-pain by adjusting the handlebar and seat of 19.5" MTB?

I'm 6' 3" long, having 45 inches of waist-Toe length. I bought Trek 3500, 19.5" sized frame bicycle two months ago. I've been experimenting with the handlebar and seat positions(Forward n Backward) to ...
4
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1answer
306 views

Should replacing the rear derailleur on my 80s road bike with a Campy Nuovo improve shifting?

I'm considering replacing the Simplex SX410 derailleur for a Campy Nuovo Record on my early 80s Mercier (6-speed cassette). Reason being that there has been for several years now a problem shifting ...
7
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6answers
13k views

Choosing the right wheel size in my cycle computer

I have bought the Campangolo Khamsin wheelset, and now I would like to set the right wheel size in my Trek Incist 8i cycle computer. Before I do the custom wheel setting, I would like to know what ...

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