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Formula to calculate Single Speed Chain Length from Chainring Size, Cog Size, and Chainstay Length

I've seen formulas to calculate chain length for multi-speed bikes, but I need something for single speed. Example: 42T Chainring 17T Cog 406mm (16") Chainstay Length The answer in this case should ...
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Rear brake rubs against the tire

I just had my rear tire replaced at an -- admittedly shady -- bike shop, and now the upper part of the rear brake is rubbing against the lower part of the tire: The yellow dust on the picture ...
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Allen Coggan Table - Formula for a best fit to time frames

I'm sure lots of people are familiar with the Allen Coggan Relative Power table that then relates your 'score' to what category rider you are. My question is that given rides/segments/hill climbs are ...
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Bike type suggestion for packed limestone trails

Sorry, for the beginner question. Where I live (Ontario, Canada), I am lucky enough to have a number of packed limestone trails (former railways). Those are fairly flat and great for bicycling. They ...
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Cycling communities organized rides in Leipzig , Germany

in my country Dudes usually gather and make some Cycling groups , they usually organize rides during weekends periodically. i'm planning to spend some time in Leipzig, Germany this summer and i know ...
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Rim width / tire section tolerance?

I have a Mavic Open Pro rim in 700 diameter. The manufacturer recommends tire widths between 19 and 28 mm : http://www.mavic.com/en/product/rims/road-triathlon/rims/Open-Pro How strict is this ...
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Brakes contacting wheel after reattaching

I removed the rear wheel (quick release) from my Trek bike to install a bike trailer hitch. After replacing the wheel, the brake pads are rubbing. I did over-tighten the wheel when I first put it ...
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Is it ok to use a 9spd link on a 10spd chain?

I accidentally broke the master link (a.k.a reusable missing link) on my 10psd KNC x-10 chain. Since I only had a SRAM 9spd replacement link, i used that to connect the chain. I rode 30 Km without any ...
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When is a child ready to switch from scooting to pedaling?

Last year, we bought a child-sized bike and removed the pedals. My three-year-old has been using it as a push bike (a.k.a. balance bike, run bike, or scooter) and learning how to balance. The plan is ...
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Is cycling better than walking to lose weight?

I want to lose weight. I commute to my office daily by walking 3 kilometers. If I buy a bicycle and use it for commuting (total 3 km daily), would it be better than walking?
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Shimano Alivio with Sora compatibility

I have Giant Defy 3 2012 and I want change handlebar from drop down to straight. I wonder if I can use Shimano Alivio M430 3-9 shifters with my front and rear Sora derailler. Thanks for advice
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Chain guard for a belt-drive bike?

So this morning I'm riding to work on my shiny new tourer, when my trouser leg gets caught in the Gates belt drive. Not good! I'd rather not go the leg-strap route if I can avoid it, which leads me ...
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Can a 10-speed mountain bike chain be used on a 10-speed road bike?

I would like to use a Shimano Deore XT Chain CN-HG94 on my road bike. Are there any differences between roadbike chains versus mountain bike chains that prohibit this? Sample Road Bike Chains: Dura ...
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How to ride to work without sweating?

I'm planning on commuting by bicycle to work in hot Montreal, though this question is probably relevant to anyone who bikes to work in a city with temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees ...
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What torque for caliper brakes onto carbon-alloy forks?

I've recently got a new bike with a Kinesis DC07 carbon/alloy fork. This comes with deep-drop calliper brakes (Shimano R451 Dual Pivot). The first time out I bumped one of the brakes and it twisted ...
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5answers
365 views

Is a Racing-Bike making creaking noises a sign of equipment damage?

Last Sunday I noticed that my bike makes creaking noises (similar the hull of a ship, but on bicycle scale - imagine a rat making the sound "creak"). It seems to me that this is related to stressing ...
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202 views

Continuous Peloton

Is it possible on a short enough circuit with enough riders to create a peloton that extends all the way round the circuit. Even in a single line? Lets assume the riders have a professional level of ...
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Running one wheel with clincher and one with Tubular

I have a carbon clincher wheelset and am looking to get a disc wheel, but don't want to spend the money for the clincher version. Would there be any foreseeable issue with running one wheel with a ...
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Is there anything I can do to prevent snakebites (pinch flats)?

Riding in an urban setting, I've lost two tubes in the last week to snakebites, and it's easily the most common way for me to get a flat. I've got Gatorskin treads, which help prevent standard ...
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What is the braking (stopping) distance for bicycles?

A vehicle driver must keep enough braking distance (aka stopping distance) between him/her and a vehicle in front in order to avoid collision. It depends on the driving speed. What is the braking ...
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1answer
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Is it possible to date Shimano components?

I have heard that Shimano releases an updated or redesigned component line about every four years. The old technology then passes down to the less expensive product line. If this is true, theoreticaly ...
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Metallic vibration sound while cornering - hybrid/CX tires

I ride a Surly Cross Check with stock everything. When I take a corner quickly on asphalt, I hear what sounds like metal vibrating, seemingly coming from the area of my front wheel. I'm used to ...
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What is the difference between race/road and cx bikes?

The only differences I know is that road bikes are often lighter and uses different set of brakes. But what else are the main differences?
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BMX gearing - for road / commuting

I have a 2010 Haro Pro Race, which I bought for commuting and general tomfoolery. I commute on it 2 miles a day, and I want to be able to go faster by changing the current single-speed gearing ...
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Is there a reason why one's calfs would ache on a Turbo or Spinner, but not when riding on the road?

I'm not on my own on this one as at least two other people in my Spinning class suffer the same: when Spinning or on the Turbo Trainer, I can feel pressure on my calf muscles after a bit of time ...
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Grand Tours - Total Ascent (By stage, particularly the giro)

I'm looking for information on stages of grand tours, particularly the upcoming Giro. I can find details of total distance by stage, and the amount of ascent on the key climbs of a stage, but I'm ...
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A bike for city commute - disc brakes, bar-end shifters, tires

I'm planning on buying a bike for city commute. My commute to work is approximately 12km (7.5 miles) one way. I live in Vancouver which means: I'll be riding in rainy weather frequently. I'll be ...
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757 views

Will a bike stand that holds one wheel damage my bike?

I have a similar bike stand to this at home: I'm happy putting my wife's and my commuter in it but worried that it will damage the wheels of my XC bike if left in there for long periods. Can wheels ...
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Upgrading my cockpit- brakes, stem and bars for longer reach

I want to upgrade my cockpit so that I have a longer reach. I currently use it as my city bike. Its an old vintage HR bates frame. Currently the stem is a little short. I want to change the bars - ...
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2answers
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Cannot raise V-brake blocks high enough to align with wheel rim

After adjusting my V-brake blocks to their highest setting on the lever, they still do not align with the wheel rim (they sit half on, half off). Is there any thing I can do about this, or is it an ...
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Why are single-speed bikes with disc brakes hard to find?

I've been looking around for bikes (decent frame & components), and find that hybrids do have disc brakes (hydraulic), but are never single-speed. While single-speed bikes typically have ...
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2answers
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Should I sell a custom built mountain bike as a full bike or break it into parts?

I have a bike that I have built up over the last few years. It's a good bike and works as it is, with a good quality components. However, I want to sell it. Is it best to sell it broken down as parts ...
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1answer
248 views

Rear Derailleur Curled Up

I recently bought a bike for the first time in 10 years and after riding it for a couple of days the rear derailleur curled up like an insect ready to die. Is there any way I could fix that or am I ...
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How do I tighten up my headset?

I've got an old bike with a quill stem, and the headset arrangement has a nut, and a textured lock ring. I presume I should tighten with a combination of a spanner and mole grip. Is a mole grip the ...
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1answer
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How do I remove the freewheel side of a flip flop hub?

I've got one of those flip flop hubs, and I need to remove the freewheel side and either service or replace it as it has started slipping really badly. What tools do I need?
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1answer
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Ball bearings replacement for Windsor 4500

After riding my Windsor 4500 for about 2 years, I got some advice to replace the ball bearings for both tires before going on a long bike trip. I plan on replacing these myself. Could someone tell me ...
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2answers
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Minimum mountain groupset hard enough to resist abuse

I'm looking to upgrade my mountain bike and I would like to get something better than I have, if justified. I've never ridden any groupset better than alivio/deore, which work ok for me and have ...
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3answers
676 views

What does “claiming the lane” mean?

If one is "claiming the lane" does that mean: a) they simply ride on the street (i.e. on the left side of the lane in the US, Germany, France, ..) or b) they are riding in the middle of the lane, ...
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1answer
667 views

Chain guards for front derailleurs: Metal alternative to SKS chainboard?

Can anyone recommend an aftermarket, front-derailleur-compatible chainguard (along the lines of the SKS chainboard) that's not made of plastic? Maybe something like the one on the Marin Bridgeway ...
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3answers
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What factors determine stem length ?

Recently I went to a local bike shop to get a bike fitting advice. After taking body measurements, I was given a frame size recommendation. According to that, seat tube size, top tube size and stem ...
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2answers
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Watts per wheel on my cyclocross

I have a pair of Continental Cyclocross Race, 700x35c, folding for my Fuji Cross 2.0 cyclocross. I just bought a pair of Continental Grand Prix 24. I had a look at this study where different tires ...
3
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1answer
339 views

Does riding with suspension locked do any harm long term

I bought a Trek 4300 MTB a few months back as my main intent was to ride off-road on local dis-used railway paths. I've since moved house and my main use of the bike is now for my commute to work. ...
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1answer
206 views

Cycling fast - and brakes don't work - what to do? [duplicate]

I hope this doesn't occur to any of us, but it can. What must the cyclist do when he/she is cycling (too) fast and needs to stop or slow down immediately, but neither the front and rear brakes work ...
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5answers
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Are single-speed bikes better equipped to handle cog/chain wear?

I need to decide between a single-speed and multiple-speed bike. I usually ride multiple-speed mountain/city bikes in the highest gear anyway (around town). They're not intended for that, and doing ...
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5answers
497 views

Can fresh hot asphalt damage slicks?

Today I was riding with my road bike when I suddenly hit a patch of hot asphalt. The day before the one side of the road was already filled with a hard first load, so I didn't think much of riding ...
4
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3answers
266 views

What can I do to help me sustain frequent long-ish rides?

After nearly a year of commuting by bicycle to and from work 2-3 days per week, I have recently started cycling to work every day, 5 days a week, rain or shine. My commute is about 11-15 miles each ...
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2answers
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How do I align my front brake disk with the caliper?

I have manual Avid disc brakes. I took my front wheel off like I've done hundreds of times. When I put it back on the wheel is aligned properly with my fork, but the disc presses against one of the ...
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1answer
227 views

Can anyone identify this frame?

I've recently picked up a 'beach cruiser' frame from a local free-add site. It was claimed to be a Huffy, however I can't seem to verify this (I've emailed Huffy and I'm awaiting their response, and ...
2
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2answers
418 views

SRAM x9 3x9 with a 10 speed Shimano SXL FC-M660 Crankset

Ok so let's start this out by saying I have not a ton of money to work with, and really want to get my bike up and working with little cost as possible. I have friends that have changed out parts on ...
2
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2answers
201 views

How to avoid riding on a gravel on the road sides? + Riding through traffic lights

I'm commuting to work almost every day. The roads on my way are quite thin so I have ride on the edge of it. But there is usually some gravel and it's quite hard to ride on that especially when riding ...

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