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Is my derailleur hanger too bent?

I bent the (steel) derailleur hanger on my 9spd cassetted (steel) Bianchi Volpe about 1.5 yrs ago, and I just did it again, but worse. This time the derailleur got sucked into the wheel and really did ...
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When to buy an enduro bike: autumn or spring?

At what time of year can I buy a bicycle for the best price? Here is some more information for my specific case. I live in Bulgaria, and as the bike needs to be tested, purchasing from abroad ...
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Carbon cranks care?

I have carbon cranks (SRAM S-2200) on a new bike. The side is quite protected but the bottom part, where the pedals are fitted, is not. Hitting rocks on the bumpy road is sometimes inevitable. How ...
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Any tips for aligning fenders?

I recently bought a used trekking bike (Focus) to commute to work in Berlin. It's a great bike, and now that the weather is a little wetter I'm finding that the fenders it came with aren't quite ...
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Left pedal coming loose

On my bike, which I just built out of spare parts, the left pedal seems to constantly be coming loose. It seems to come out about 5m every time I ride ~10km. It's an old cotter pin crank, and the ...
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Source for statistics from pro cycle races

I've been searching all over the web for statistics from bike races, starting with the Tour de France because it is the largest. Stats I have been able to find include each stage's winner with their ...
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XTR Shadow Plus derailleur soft setting?

XTR Shadow Plus derailleur has a switch between a hard and soft chain tension. The difference is hardly noticeable when shifting. Is there ever any good reason to use the soft setting when the hard ...
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Alternative options for Trek FX 7.1 brakes

Around four months ago my parents bought me a Trek FX 7.1 for my birthday while I was at work. At first I was fairly excited and happy with it over my old Supercycle which served me well for the past ...
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Difference between Cyclocross, Touring, and Road Bikes?

My question is "What is the difference between Cyclocross, Touring, and Road Bikes? Also what are their intended uses (their place in the cycle 'community'?)" I have looked at What is the difference ...
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Are BMX threaded headsets and other threaded headsets interchangeable?

I want to buy a threaded headset for an old road frame that takes 1 inch threaded steerer tube / headsets. I see headsets for sale online that are labeled as "1 inch threaded BMX headset". Is there ...
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1answer
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Recommended settings for Specialized Brain with respect to durability

I am seeking the right combination of shock pressure vs. Brain threshold settings for new Stumpjumper Elite (with Specialized Brain inertia valve) with respect to durability. Are there any ...
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What accessories do I have to add to my bike so that I may commute during rainy weather?

I have a hybrid (Schwinn Sporterra) which I use for commuting except when it rains. The main problem of riding it during the rains is the dirt that gets spewn all over, esp over the drive-train. ...
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285 views

S shaped down tube (MTB)

Are there any advantages of S shaped down tubes over the traditional ones on MTB? For example: what do you think of this design? Jamis Exile Comp 2013
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Leaking Slime inner tube valve after opened for first time since install

I put some extra air in my rear mountain bike tyre yesterday. It uses the SLIME inner tube. It wasn't flat nor had a puncture, I was just topping it up to make the tyre a bit harder. I cycled to work ...
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291 views

What chain is this?

I have a Viking Torino 21 speed road bike. The bike has Shimano Sora derailleurs. The chain is in need of replacing but I don't know what chain to buy. Here is a photo I have taken of the current ...
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What's the deal with compressionless brake cable housing?

Ok folks, I'm confused and in need of advice. On my commuter (touring) bike, I just upgraded my BB5's to BB7's. In the process, decided/realized that I also need to replace my cables and housing ...
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Disc brake break-in?

Just got a bike with discs (BB7). The feel of the braking is so-so on the first ride (5km commute from LBS to home). I think the cable for the rear needs a little tightening. But even so, I don't ...
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2answers
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How to wash a hydration pack (not resevoir)?

What's the best way to wash the pack part of a hydration pack (not the resevoir/hose)? Is it just like a back pack: cold water and a little detergent with air/tumble dry low?
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1answer
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Chainring offset - chainline - of Alfine vs. Ultegra/Dura Ace

I have a bike with Alfine 11 and belt drive. I think I could use a 175mm crank, certainly a 172.5, rather than the 170 Alfine comes in (height 6'1" frame size 60cm) and going a little lighter and ...
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1answer
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28er Mountain bikes

I was looking for some off road mtb 28" tires and couldn't find anything suitable . There were only some tires for road or hybrid bikes .Then I started looking for 28er mtbs and could't find anything ...
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What to look for in a Messenger Bag

For the purpose of work commuting, what are the features that one should look for in a messenger bag? Size of the bag? Strap configuration? Color/Design? Not looking for specific product ...
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SRAM Rival front derailleur throws chain to the outside, even after professional adjustment

TL;DR: if you have a SRAM Rival front derailleur I'd love to know if yours looks "funny" like mine does--it's described in bold. I have a SRAM Rival groupset (from late 2011), including front ...
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1answer
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Roadmaster Chromium Edition rear wheel falls off

I've not really maintained a bike since I was young (loooong time ago) and just got one second hand but the rear wheel slips off on hard uphill rides? Im sure its something simple so sorry if its a ...
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What to look out for in a second hand bike buy [duplicate]

I am looking into buying a second hand bicycle. What should one look out for (frame and component wise) when buying second hand, both for hardtail and full suspension xc/all mountain type bicycles?
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What's a good, reliable mountain bike drivetrain (1x10?)

I'm thinking about switching my Salsa El Mariachi 29er mountain bike from singlespeed to gears. I love the reliability and simplicity of the singlespeed, but I've been doing more rides that involve ...
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Hydraulic Brake Loud Noise and Vibration

I have a shimano br-m446 installed in my MTB, i recently replaced it with new pads, my problem is that it is squealing so bad, with a mild to moderate vibration during braking in downhills. and it's ...
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Should I wait for clear views of the sky before turning on my Garmin Edge GPS?

I have a Garmin Edge 200 GPS unit. I commute from the center of Melbourne CBD, where there are many tall buildings and not a good line of sight to satellites. I park in an underground garage, so there ...
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Odd Sound Coming from my new Cassette

I had a new Shimano 105 cassette and chain put on my bike by bike shop. When I exceed 25 mph without pedaling, I get loud screeching sound (and feel some gripping), when I pedal it clearly goes away. ...
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Compatibility for old Sram 7-speed shifter

A buddy asked me to fix his bike. The shifter is broken. It's an older bike with a Sram SRT300i-71 shifter. I found an exact match on that is fairly cheap on ebay, but I also found a similar model on ...
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Getting the hub logo facing the valve hole?

I have built a number of wheelsets and always struggle to get the hub logotype "upwards" and faces the valve hole in my rim, so that it aligns with the tire logo. Instead of getting it right the ...
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Tandem team with large height disparity - possible?

My wife and I would like to start riding tandem. I've been reading about it and am worried that we are not physically eligible. She's 165cm, I'm 195cm... I've considered buying a baby trailer and ...
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1answer
284 views

Giant anthem x4 26er for single track

I can get a giant anthem x4 26er for a decent price but was wondering if it would be suited for single tracks, trails and steepish rocky dirt track descends? Also, is the anthem a good climber?
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Front derailleur won't spring back to lower gears

The front derailleur on my mountainbike sometimes gets stuck in high gears. When this happens and I want to shift down I can nudge it a bit with my foot and it will spring back to the lower gear. I ...
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Which spokes should I get for an Expresso Coaster Brake with a Velocity Deep V 700c

I'm working on my first coaster project with an old 700c frame which I want to make really clean using an Espresso Coaster Hub. http://www.espressowheels.com/griptape.html Rear black coaster brake ...
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1answer
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How do I stop my rim brakes making making a squeaking/squealing sound?

I bought a Schwinn Frontier Sport few months ago and started riding happily. After a few weeks my front rim brakes started creaking. It's so annoying in public places. My rear brake doesn't produce ...
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Bike repair costs

I just started college and though it'd be nice to have a bike to get around and was looking at my mom's old road bike, but it definitely needs some work. It's a Fuji VALite 1769 frame with Suntour ...
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Can you use a SRAM 10-speed Powerlock with a Shimano chain/drivetrain?

I just bought a pair of SRAM Powerlocks for 10-speed chains. The packaging says that they can only be used with SRAM chains. Will anything nasty happen if I use it with a Shimano chain and cassette?
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Why did my tire explode?

Been running a set of quite nice slicks at 120-140 PSI for a couple of months. Might have done 400-600 km on the bike in that time. Tonight the rear tire exploded while the bike was sitting in my ...
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top tube angle on steel and carbon road bikes

You generally see the top tube on steel bikes being parallel to the ground, whereas on a lot of carbon bikes it's angled. Why is that? (my observations are obviously limited, but it seems like a ...
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Pinch flats: hardtail vs full suspension. Differences?

I ride a hardtail, and I wonder if a full suspension prevents pinch flats in the rear wheel. I don't get pinch flats; but I want to know what to expect from a hardtail vs full suspension. I'm a heavy ...
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1answer
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Mountain vs. Road 10 Speed Drivetrain Compatibility

I'm modifying my CX bike to double as a lightweight tourer. I'm currently running a 1x10 SRAM Force/Rival drivetrain. I'd like to replace my single front chainring with a "mountain double" to ...
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1answer
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How to safely remove pump chuck from Schrader valve

I just pumped up my tire, and then ripped off the valve when trying to take the chuck off, and consequently the air. I've learned that I shouldn't twist when trying to remove the chuck, but what else ...
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1answer
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Bicycle Computer Mount for Small Diameter Handlebars

I have a steel bike with handlebars that are about half as thick as today's bikes. Where can I find a computer mount for these bars or should I just use some type of spacer? Thanks!
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Installation of a shorter stem

I want to install a shorter stem onto my mountain bike, can I just swap them out or will I need to get the star nut replaced or reset?
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3answers
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Does the value of an old bicycle depreciate if old tires replace with new ones?

I have a 1969 Columbia Newsboy Special that I have had for many years and I have never replaced the tires. Got the bike out of the garage and pumped up the tires to ride and the front tire poped. Rear ...
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Long Distance (~30mi) Bag Use

I do realize this question is asked a lot and I have looked around but I find my self still struggling with it, for that I apologize. Recently I decided to commute to work and so I bought a Giant ...
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Best type of headphones while riding

I'm starting to commute on my bike soon and was looking for suggestions or advice on what type of headphones I should use to listen to music while riding? I am aware of the dangers of listening to ...
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1answer
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Unknown bike parts

I just purchased a bike online and recieved it yesterday. It has a few parts that I was hoping someone could help identify. I'm not sure what any of these are, but the two rings are metallic: I ...
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Can one replace double chainrings with a singlespeed chainring on the original crankset/spider?

I have an 80's Peugeot steel-framed racer that I want to convert to singlespeed/fixed. It has a standard square-taper BB with a double chainring chainset. I can see the chainrings are removable from ...
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1answer
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GT Chuck 1.0 component transfer to full full suspension frame

I own a GT chucker 1.0 but want to upgrade to a full suspension. Would it be posible to transfer all the components (fork, wheels, disc brakes, crankset, drive train) to a full suspension frame ...

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