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What happened to 69ers?

For a year or two, I remember there being a pretty big buzz around 29" front wheel, 26" rear wheel mountain bikes. They seem to have fallen off the face of the earth. What happened?
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How to cope with boredom whilst cycle touring? [closed]

I went on a long cycle tour before and I found myself getting bored whilst I was riding at some points. E.g. on monotonous main roads, and areas with not much scenery or people to stop and talk to, or ...
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What bike for a long distance tour. What to change on current set up?

This is my current set up. I am thinking of upgrading and changing some parts. Particularly I am interested in making the overall bike lighter, and the ride more comfortable. Steel frame (kona ...
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Solutions for a slightly loose crown race

For a bike I'm building, I had my headset crown race press fitted to my fork crown by my LBS, along with my top and bottom cups into the headtube. The crown race was loose such that I could rotate it ...
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4answers
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handlebar setup/selection to mitigate wrist pain on multiday rides

On my first multi-day bike tour the only physical trouble I had after a several long days on my bike was pain in the wrists. My current touring bike setup has drop bars with a long fork. I chose the ...
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3answers
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Is it safe to use a spacer that reaches above the steerer tube?

I have a spacer that reaches from the top of the stem and over the top of the steerer tube. I am able to lock it down with the top cap, but I was wondering if it is safe to ride like this, or if I ...
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4answers
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Can too many electolyte supplements be dangerous?

I know riding and drinking only water can potentially lead to dangerous Hyponatremia or minor issues like muscle cramping. So I often supplement with electrolyte pills in my water like nuun or ...
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Safety Bike Tail Light with Directional Signals [closed]

I am a urban rider that I ride locally on a regular basis but I am always concerned about fighting with cars on the streets. When I traveled aboard last year I ran into a manufacturer who has a tail ...
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1answer
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Looking for components needed to route 3 cables on top of toptube for cyclocross bike

My bike is setup for cable routing under the downtube. I would like to route my rear brake, front derailleur, and rear derailleur cables along the top tube of a bike I plan to use for cyclocross to ...
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3answers
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Shimano Hollowtech left crank arm getting loose

After 2 years of good use, left crank arm on my FC M542 crank set has started to get loose quite often (cca 500 km). It is usually indicated first by few now an then click-clanks somewhere in the ...
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3answers
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Do brake hoods come in different sizes?

I have a Ribble Sportive Carbon road bike. The brake hoods are much smaller than most other bikes whihc makes them much less comfortable than other bikes (Scott, Specialised etc.) Can I just replace ...
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1answer
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Can I add gears on a bmx?

Just asking if it is possible. My friend added gears, but won't it damage the look or my cycle?
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1answer
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How to lace up a mishapen brooks?

I have a brooks saddle that has bedded in, slightly out of alignment so that one side is lower than the other. I have heard that it is possible to 'lace up' the saddle in order to retain its shape? ...
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4answers
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Going on a long distance bike tour: what kit do I need?

I am going on a long distance bike tour and I am looking for advice as to the kind of equipment / bike set up I should use? I don't have a huge budget so what are the absolutely critical aspects I ...
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1answer
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Second wheel set for winter

I commute every day on my trekking bike and when it is snowy/icy, I replace my normal tires with some studded tires. The studded tires are ace, but replacing the tires is a real pain in the ass. So ...
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Fixed gear Biking, how to ride properly?

I Have been riding bikes since I've been 6 years old, and I don't mean riding up and down the street - I mean touring with my sisters for 10-20 Km. Later on, I really got into Downhill. Over time I ...
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Bicycle lights- Indicating in the dark

I am a product designer and am currently working on a bicycle lighting project and would really appreciate your valuable feedback. In England, turning left on a bicycle is not really a problem as ...
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5answers
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How to avoid turning the spokes while tuning the wheel

When I tried to practice tuning my wheels, I found my spokes turn with the nipples. I tried to drop some lubricant on on the nipples, but I had the bike for two years now and there are a lot of dust ...
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2answers
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How can i calculate the power in watts on an indoor trainer

I am trying to calculate the power needed to hold a steady speed on an indoor trainer, so as I can train using power in watts. I set the bike up and put the crank at 90 degrees, then put a weight of ...
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1answer
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conversion to rigid fork

Is it possible to put a rigid fork onto a 120mm travel hardtail without upsetting the handling? I used to ride a Kona P2 fork on a 96 AA frame, which I suppose was designed for a max. of 100 mm ...
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1answer
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Why does my right Achilles hurt when I use my Sidi S Pros

My right Achilles has been hurting when I ride with my $300 Sidi S Pros, which I bought a few months ago. I don't want to waste my money by not wearing them when I ride. How can I fix my pain in my ...
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6answers
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need cycling eyewear, but fogging is a big problem

I'm commuting in temperatures ranging from -10 to -25C without windchill factored in. I have a typical pair of interchangeable lens wrap around cycling glasses. I find that they, without fail, ...
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2answers
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Had the front derailleur adjusted, now it feels like the rear is skipping

Here is the short version. I'm all for adding more once I know what that more is to help answer said question. I work on the road. I take my Felt ZW75 ...
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Is the Suunto Ambit compatible with the Bontrager DuoTrap Digital Speed/Cadence Sensor?

Bontrager DuoTrap is ANT+ compatible as well as the Suunto Ambit (with firmare 2.0 or greater). Since it's not possible to find any proof of concept on the internet (specialized sites, forums, ...
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1answer
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Tubus Rack Compatibility on a 29er With Discs

I have a Trek 520 with a Tubus Tara rack on the front and a Tubus Cargo (not the newer Evo model) rack on the rear. I'm thinking about trading in the 520 for a 29er with disc brakes, probably a Salsa ...
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1answer
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What's the smallest travel case for a full suspension 26er?

I want to travel with my full suspension 26er MTB. It seems like I should be able to pack it pretty small since the largest part of a road bike is usually the frame itself. If I can unbolt the frame ...
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Is 650b a better platform than 26“ or 29”?

I have seen more and more reference to the 650b (27.5") mtb wheel size. Whilst I don't see any need for a new standard, does anyone know of any benefit to have a 27.5" wheel over a 26" or 29"? While ...
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2answers
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Drop-Downs on Fixie

Does anyone know if using drop-downs on a fixie every becomes problematic. I just bought a rather heavy drop down bar set; I go back in forth between single speed and fixed. I love riding with them ...
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2answers
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Mounting a 7-Speed Cassette on an 8/9 speed hub

I asked an earlier question regarding putting modern road wheels on my old steel frame. After clarifying a few things the main issue to me is the number of gears on the freehub. (The freehub I'm ...
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2answers
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I can't sit on my sit bones

I'm 195cm and 80kg. For as long as I can remember, I haven't been able to sit on my sit bones comfortably. In hard wooden chairs I slouch or lean far forwards. Plastic seats, such as on a metro, are ...
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Are there any scientific studies proving the benefits of clipless pedal systems?

Have there been done any scientific studies that proves that clipless pedals actually improve pedaling efficiency etc. over flat pedals? Clipless pedal enthusiasts are quick to say that you must use ...
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Where to mount a headlight if the handlebar is obscured by a basket

I have a permanently mounted basket in front of the handlebars (because I have a child seat on the rack in the back). I also have a headlight on the handlebars (this one, if anyone cares). If the ...
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Do shops that sell used bikes normally also sell used parts?

I'd like to buy some used bike components. I don't want to shop online. But I don't want to have to travel too far to make my purchase. Do bike shops that sell used bicycles normally also sell used ...
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Chart for bicycle component quality?

I'm not very familiar with all the different component groups available and wondered if there's a chart that ranks their quality (or price). So I'd know that Shimano 105 is the same level as SRAM ...
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Can you put a kickstand on the righthand side?

Kickstands are always on the left, likely because gears occupy the righthand side. Has anyone had success with installing a kickstand on the right side? After using my left-side pannier routinely ...
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Shimano shoe size

I am riding clipless with the MT43 shoes I bought at my LBS. They are great,... when it is not cold outside... and now it is cold outside... and my toes are freezing. I was thinking of getting Shimano ...
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Brake lever seizing up from cold

I have perfectly ordinary standard-pull brake levers on my bike. When the temperature gets below 20F or so, the left-hand one seizes up, not wanting to pull, and not braking well if I force it. Once ...
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Reflective tape instead of rear reflector

I currently have not enough room on my seat post for a saddle bag, rear reflector and a rear light. My question is if replacing the rear reflector with reflective tape on the saddle bag would be ...
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Snapping master links

I have a 3x9 gearing installed and I've noticed that the chain broke, by failure of master link, twice within 25 km. Interestingly, the failure was perpendicular to the direction of motion: What am I ...
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2answers
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Suggestions for buying a bike for commuting

I've decided what kind of bike I want (light hybrid with straight handlebars), but have no idea how to chose a brand/model. What questions do I ask at the shop? Which brands are good? Am I paying too ...
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Replacing rear coaster brake wheel on 1959 Roadmaster

I have to replace rusted/'bent rear wheel with coaster brakes on my 1959 Roadmaster. I have found on Amazon the same size (24 X 2.125) new rear coaster brake wheel. Will it fit? What parameters I ...
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Approximately where is the center of mass of a mountain bike?

Take a "standard" multipurpose bike like this one: http://www.islabikes.co.uk/bike_pages/beinn29.html (Weighing 12.2kg) I'm conducting a physics investigation, and for this I need to know the ...
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More freehub removal problems.

So helpful folks here helped me get the cog and lockring off, and now I'm stuck with this. I looked on Park's website again for "removal of freewheel" help, but mine didn't fit with any of the ...
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Fixed gear wheel hard to spin

My wheel feels harder to spin than usual. I just put new tires on, and at first I thought a tire must be rubbing, but that's not the case. Seems like the hub might just be gunked up inside, but I'm ...
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3answers
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How accurate is Google Earth

I always use Google Earth to plan my cross-county routes. Lately, I have begun to ride long distance trips (over 70 kms). Checking my bike computer against Google Earth I have noticed consistent ...
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How to prevent ice from clogging the cassette?

I've commuted on a bike in winter for 13 years now, but never as far as now, that is 30 km daily. I have a problem which I never experienced before. In temperatures close to 0C and on paths covered ...
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Shimano compatibilty problem

I have a hybrid bike which has dropped handlebars with Shimano Tiagra dual brake/gear levers. The front mech is a Tiagra triple ring and the back mech is Shimano Deore XT (9 sprockets) I have ...
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Do all stems have the same stack height for the steerer tube clamp?

Does the height of the steerer tube clamp differ between stems, or is there one standard height used on all modern mountain bike stems? In my particular case I want to replace the stem on a mountain ...
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2answers
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Could rubber parts on bike rack damage the rear shock?

I have Specialized Stumpjumper Evo FSR and as all the FSR frames its' shock is underneath the top tube. Now the issue that the only option to put the bike on the rack is to put the shock shaft on the ...
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How to protect myself when falling off the bicycle

Today was rainy in Palo Alto and I was driving home in bike lane. My bike slipped and I felt off my bike in a part of bike lane that was made of concrete instead of asphalt(here). I didn't injured and ...

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