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Is it bad etiquette to ride road bike through a small residential area?

Is it considered bad etiquette to ride a road bike through a small residential area? Not talking about a cheap bike and riding on the sidewalk but a nicer road bike at a decent pace. I don't want to ...
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odd noise on new disc brakes

After 200 miles on my LaPierre X Control 229 equipped with basic Avid hydraulic disks, I can hear the front wheel disk ventilation slots grinding through the caliper when I brake moderately! (Shimano ...
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difference between rack mounts and fender mounts?

is there a specific way that bike builders build mounts/eyelets for racks for panniers and eyelets that hold fenders? I'm specifically thinking about eyelets on the rear dropouts. I know that if a ...
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1answer
360 views

How can I mount a 25.4 mm seat-post on a frame that needs a 27.2 mm seat-post

My bike has no rear suspension. So I thought of putting a suspension seat-post on it. Unfortunately the only suspension post available in my city is a 25.4 mm one. I have added some scrap metal to fix ...
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Can a 120mm fork be mounted on Specialized Myka?

I have this fork available: RST Gila T8 (120mm travel option). The 80mm XCT fork on a 2-year old Specialized Myka is getting worn. I am considering installing the fork. Here it is explained that ...
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1answer
173 views

Figures on accidents involving cyclists where motorists are using cell/mobile phones

I am trying to get hold of some figures for accident rates where either, ideally just cyclists or, just general road users & pedestrians, are involved in accidents (or reported near misses) ...
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1answer
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Spoke Tension Guidelines

Generally what should the tension be for spokes in wheels built up from scratch? For the front wheel? Should the tension be different for drive-side/non-drive-side spokes in the rear? Should tension ...
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How to replace old style cotter-pin bottom bracket with a modern one?

I have an old 1950's English bicycle with cotter-pin style bottom bracket like this: I find the cotter pins fail fairly regularly and are hard to replace correctly. I was wondering if it's possible ...
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Minimum mountain bike trekking/touring equipment

Consider a one week trip in nature, with bikes. Daily routes are to be about 60km with 2000m total elevation change per day (climb, then descend). The group is of 2-5 people. Weather is summer (maybe ...
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Name in English of different parts and tools

What is the name in English of the part that has a set of dented wheels and goes attached to the center of the back wheel of a bicycle? What would be the name(s) in English of the tool that allows ...
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331 views

Rubbing disc brake caliper

Finally I bought my new hydraulic disc brakes (Shimano M-446) and installed it on my bike . It was a little difficult to adjust the calipers , because the space between the pads is smaller than on my ...
3
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7answers
429 views

1980's bike vs New(er) Models? (Should one stay with an ancient bike?)

I have been cycling on a Centurion Pro Tour that was constructed sometimes in the 1980's - probably late 1980's, but still. It works great. It coasts downhill far faster than my hybrid, it doesn't ...
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1answer
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How do I remove a bottom bracket?

I have managed to remove the threaded locking mechanism of this bottom bracket. However, I can't get the bracket out. I have tried to just bang it out, but it doesn't move. I don't know what else to ...
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1answer
366 views

remove “wrench force” floor bike pump from the schrader valve

It is embarrassing for me to say the number of tubes I have destroyed removing the chuck. Are there techniques or adapters I am missing? Or do I have a defective chuck?
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1answer
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Protecting carbon bike frame after a small chip?

My bike frame is carbon and it recently got a small chip. It's about the size of a pinky fingernail in size. Should I do anything to treat the chip to help prevent it from getting worse? Here's a ...
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High-quality commuting bike with “women's” frame

My wife wants a high-quality commuting bike (riding almost an hour each way five days a week). However, she wants it to be compatible with skirt-wearing and, as a result, refuses to have a frame with ...
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3answers
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Should I avoid sitting on top tube on my carbon bike?

In another bicycle discussion forum I encountered a thread about possibility to damage carbon frame by sitting on top tube while stopped. I see some sense in it, as generally tube walls are a lot ...
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How bad is this fire damaged alloy frame?

I got this Shimano Ultra groupset bike for free, all I need now for it is shifters as the carbon and rubber melted in them and the original seat. But now I am wondering if I can get away with it, I ...
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2answers
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When to replace rear derailleurs

What is the typical life cycle of mid-range rear derailleurs assuming no accidents? More precisely, what's the average mileage after which it's better to replace it rather than doing tuning all the ...
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2answers
556 views

Whats the difference between a cyclocross and cyclocross-commuter

Could someone please tell me the key differences between the what people would call a cyclocross bike and a cyclocross-commuter? I have seen people saying bike x is not a true cyclocross bike etc.
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1answer
300 views

Frame that takes 700x35

I'm looking for a new frame. My only requisite is that the frame should be able to take 700x35 wheels (the type of wheel I want). How can I know if a frame is suitable or not for these kind of ...
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2answers
611 views

Steering in pivoting boom front wheel drive recumbent bike

I am a student pursuing BTech from new delhi. I am undertaking a project in which I am required to build a recumbent racer bike and then compete in a race. Last year, I built a rear wheel drive ...
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3answers
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Is there a polite way to take the centre of the road without antagonizing motorists?

The city I live in isn't especially well designed for cycling. There are some streets with parallel parking on the sides, and in this situation it's safer to ride in the middle of the lane as to ...
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4answers
760 views

Tough road or touring frame/bike

I recently had my bike destroyed by a car. I love cycling, and since I'm no longer a research fellow, I'm considering replacing it with a bike with great longevity (N.B. I know that until a process is ...
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1answer
778 views

Replacing SRAM Red chain set with Ultegra - bottom bracket?

I have a cyclocross bike with an Ultegra 6700 chainset and a road bike with SRAM Red. I'm looking to get a Stages Ultegra power meter (left crank arm mounted) that I can swap between both bikes. This ...
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3answers
640 views

MTB with gears or non gears, suspension or non-suspension for stunts?

I am planning to buy an MTB for learning stunts...(BTW my family wont allow me to buy a BMX because of its height). So my question is shall I go for MTB with front suspension or not and with gears or ...
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2answers
97 views

What is the convention for highlight colors on cue sheets?

I've noticed on group rides that some cyclists highlight turns and other information on cue sheets in different colors. Is there a universal convention for the colors used? (e.g. blue for left turns, ...
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5answers
909 views

Mystery grease source - Alfine 11, Gates Belt drive, Shimano bottom bracket

I have a 2012 Spot Acme and it's been great, everything is still smooth and working well into its second winter. However I picked it up to bring it into the office a week ago and noticed grease all ...
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3answers
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Shifting can't keep up with my acceleration

I noticed that when I really give it hell after stopping or riding slow (I do that all the time on commute), I have to shift two gears at a time in the lower gears, to keep up with my acceleration. I ...
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3answers
170 views

Will These Bike Racks Fit a 2002 Citroen Berlingo?

Could someone please advise me as to whether either (or both!) of the following bike racks will fit on the back of a 2002 Citroen Berlingo? 3 Carrier with Clips 2 Carrier without Clips ...
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1answer
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How to protect yourself from pollution in city cycling

I live in India and have been commuting to office daily on cycle for nine months now. I have developed a permanent sore throat and my skin has also deteriorated because of pollution. I bought a neo ...
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4answers
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Why doesn't Shimano use shadow technology on road derailleurs?

Shimano has been using their 'Shadow' technology on their high-end mountain bike rear derailleurs (> Deore) for many years. In addition to the benefit described in the images below (from here), ...
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2answers
571 views

Upgrade suspension on hard tail MTB

I have a Suntours xcm (spring 80mm) on my hard tail. I drive more frequent and more pretentious. So I consider to upgrade my fork. How can I tell if I need a better one? What can a good air-suspension ...
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3answers
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would you use vo2 max intervals increase your functional threshold power using a power meter?

As described in this blog post below: http://www.training4cyclists.com/threshold-power/ Example: 3 x (3+3min) at VO2max / recovery. If you use a heart rate monitor, your heart rate should be above 95% ...
2
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1answer
452 views

Riding bicycle without using seat

I've almost always rode on a BMX, so I've never been sitting while riding because of how low the seat is.Now I've had a chance to try out a more normal bike but I found sitting on the seat to be very ...
2
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2answers
378 views

Why and how much is riding big-chainring-frong small-cog-rear a negative practice?

A friend of mine is riding consistently in largest chainring front and smallest cog rear. The corresponding teeth counts are respectively 44 and 11. The bicycle is an Acera-level mountain bike with ...
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1answer
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Obtaining the optimum chain line

Ok I have a number of variables at play here and I'm trying to obtain the best chain line possible this is on my polo bike so not super important but if there is a way I can do it I'm willing to put ...
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2answers
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new tires for schwinn phocus 700C

Was wondering what heavy duty tires someone would recommend. I have been using stock tires and they have blown a leak a number of times in the last six months. Love the bike, just want more sturdy ...
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2answers
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How do you install a bicycle pedal without a wrench?

My bicycle pedal fell off today while riding to work. I don't have a wrench at work. How can I install the pedal again so I can safely ride home?
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1answer
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What does vulcanizing solution in patch kits consist of? Can I buy it?

I have a pile of old patch kits for inner tubes that are complete except for the little tube of "vulcanizing solution" that comes in patch kits. With time, these tubes crack, or have a cap fail to ...
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Do I have too much chafer strip showing after fixing a puncture?

I have had two innertubes explode on me on my bicycle, on the same wheel and tire. The first time I was inflating my inner tube after aquiring a puncture. On this occassion I was pumping my tires ...
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Is it possible to ride 18km everyday for a beginner?

I decided to ride to my university which is 9km away from my home and it is placed on a foothill. I guess the route is 5degrees uphill steep. I have ridden short routes before but not as long as 18 ...
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0answers
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Extra screw after removing front wheel (plus enclosed hub brakes)

My partners bike, a Pashley Princess Sovereign, had a flat front tyre, and whilst I was out a friend came to have a look. He removed the front wheel (detaching the brake, a fully enclosed brake hub), ...
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1answer
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Will this crankset fit my bottom bracket?

I've got a 2004 Trek 4300 that I need to replace the crankset on. I was able to look up the bottom bracket size here and see that it's a 73x122.5. I'd like to buy this crankset but I'm not exactly ...
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4answers
322 views

What is the best way to stop and restart at a stoplight?

Since your feet should hardly touch the ground when the saddle is at optimal height, what is the best approach to stopping at a stoplight and then quickly re-starting when riding in traffic.
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4answers
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Does anyone sell a direct-drive recumbent with no handlebars?

This document well describes the benefits of a direct-drive recumbent. Is there any carbon-frame recumbent, commercially available, that implements all its recommendations. And what are the pros and ...
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Has a bike been made with a rear derailleur above the chainstays?

The question title pretty much sums it up, but has a bike with an alternate drivetrain style like this been made? This would mean a derailleur mounted essentially upside down with the tension pushing ...
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2answers
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Single speed crank compatibility

I am attempting to build a single speed bike for commuting from various spare parts. I'm unsure of what kind of crankset would be compatible with my frame. I have read from a couple sources that I ...
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1answer
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What went wrong with my bottom bracket spindle length calculation?

Here's the facts: My bike frame requires a 70 mm Italian threaded bottom bracket I'm going to use a Nuvinci N360 IGH which requires a chainline of 49 (± 0.5) mm. I have Andel fluted cranks, which ...
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3answers
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How to protect rear derailleur while mountain biking?

I am a college students, and I live right next to an amazing rocky area (picture below), I bike every day, and while I am getting much better and more confident I still take a pretty hard fall every ...

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