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Do helmets go out of style and get discontinued by manufacturers?

Issue: My head is on the smaller side, so all "universal adult" helmets don't fit me. I've been to a couple LBS's recently and tried on just about all their helmets, from most of the popular brands ...
10
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499 views

Crate of beer as cargo

I recently bought a two wheel cargo-trailer without suspension, and I am quite happy with it. My main issue is that it gets incredibly loud when carrying a crate of beer, especially an empty one. Is ...
4
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3answers
699 views

Clacking noise as right crank goes 'over the top' once per revolution

Every time the right pedal goes over the top I get a single clack noise with a little more 'travel', a point where the bottom bracket moves without any resistance, from that point in the rotation. I ...
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1answer
199 views

Buying a bicycle [closed]

I'm looking for a bicycle to commute to work (<2 miles), do groceries (~2-3 miles), go to school (~8 miles). Would this be a good bike for that? (one of the cheapest bikes on bikesdirect.com)
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4answers
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What are the main differences between road saddles and mountain saddles?

There are thousands of saddles out there. Some are designated as road saddles while others are mountain saddles. However, the marketing copy does not seem to describe the difference between the two ...
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3answers
263 views

Storing an inner tube

I got a spare inner tube with my bike, which is good. I checked how it was packed and found it was sticking somewhat when I pulled it out of the box, which I can only imagine is bad. Would it be ...
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0answers
136 views

Helmet to reduce sweating [closed]

Can someone recommend a helmet that in the price range of 40-100$ that can be bought in the united states on amazon that has the following features: removable pads so that they can be washed bonus ...
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How to clean white handlebar tape?

I have bought not so long ago (about two month) brand new and the shiny white from my handle tap have become pretty dirty: I am tempted to just change the tape to another color - that would be ...
4
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5answers
895 views

Why did the bike shop put grease on my seatpost?

When I bought a new bike my LBS put grease on the part of the seatpost that inserts into the frame. Why is this? Surely it can't seize?
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5answers
426 views

You just had an accident, what's next?

This question pretty well covers what to do when you collide with a vehicle. But how do you best handle the following situations: You are a biker and you hit a pedestrian You are a biker and ...
3
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2answers
714 views

Do bar-ends with brake levers exist?

I'd like to have those upward bar-ends, but with brake levers attached. It's pretty hard to explain without a picture, but I hope someone understands what I'm looking for. Does anything like this ...
1
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1answer
283 views

34.9mm front derailleur on steel frame?

Can I fit a 34.9mm front Shimano derailleur on my steel frame? I understand that steel frames are narrower. However, is there some sort of adapter that I can use, or can I even wrap the frame around ...
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2answers
2k views

Best bike for neck in straight position?

What is best bike for person with neck problems ? To be more specific, problems in inclining and looking up - I feel good when I am in straight vertical position. (for example, for long reading I use: ...
4
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2answers
181 views

Can I swap the lock out on one suspension fork for the remote lock out on another?

Both forks are rockshox. One has lock out, the other has remote lock out. Can I swap them around, and is it easy or are any special tools needed?
3
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1answer
154 views

What tricks do you use to avoid damaging cables when adjusting the gears?

I was trying to adjust gears, and being my first time, I ended up damaging the cable. I mean that I "smashed" it, the threads became apart, and it was dangerous to deal with it. I replaced the cable, ...
6
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3answers
1k views

Do tubeless tires offer significant benefits for a cyclocross bike?

I've been using tubeless tires with great success on my mountain bike for a year or so, and the time is here to replace the wheels on my cross bike. I was thinking of getting another pair of stan's ...
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12answers
30k views

Is it better to have a slightly big or slightly small bike?

I'm planning to buy a Scott Speedster S30 (This is my first road bike) and I'm looking at the size chart. I'm around 177 cm tall, and this fits exactly in between the M and L section. Just wondering, ...
3
votes
1answer
502 views

What can be used to replace a Shimano 105 5600 long-cage derailleur?

I have a Fuji CCR3 with a triple in front, 9-speed casette in back. It came with a Shimano 105 5600 derailleur, but no local shops stock those. I've also been told that the 5600/5700 are 10-speed ...
6
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3answers
279 views

Saddle bag for food container

I have a ~2 mile/~20min cycle to work and currently take a rucksack with me that generally only contains my food for the day in a standard take-away container measuring about 17cm x 12cm x 4cm give or ...
22
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1answer
499 views

'safety dot' on rims

My Araya GP-710 rims have a sticker that says 'safety dot' with arrows that point to little dimples in the rim -what are they for ? Dimple not visible in pic, but are on the rim
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2answers
3k views

Is it possible to repair a dent on an aluminium frame?

I have Centurion Cyclo Cross 4000 bike. Recently I got into an accident with a car door. As a result I have a significant dent on my frame(see the photos below). I have two questions: Is it ...
11
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4answers
2k views

Is it legal to pass a car on the right when that car is turning?

So I've been poring over the bikes SE, and as a recreational biker and an automobile commuter, I'm naturally most interested in topics addressing how bikes interact with automotive traffic. In one ...
16
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1answer
905 views

Relative efficiency of different commute bike setups

My interest is in long distance commuting (e.g. more than 50 km a day) and the relative efficiencies of different commute bike setups (e.g. drop bars vs flat bars, fenders vs no fenders, panniers vs ...
3
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1answer
568 views

Campagnolo QS Front Derailleur/Shifter Compatability

I have older Campagnolo Chorus 10-speed shifters. They are marked 'Carbon BB System'. I am replacing my front derailleur and have a spare 10-speed Record QS front derailleur. QS stands for Quick ...
6
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3answers
12k views

Correct riding position on a road bike

I've been riding my bike for a while it's a 55cm square frame. I recently used the online calculator on competitive cyclist. It told me I'd need a seat tube of 53 and top tube of 57cm. So I'm riding ...
4
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2answers
3k views

Do Shimano Nexus hubs lose efficiency as they get older?

I ride a 5 year old commuter bike with a Shimano Nexus 8 internal hub gear, that's done about 20,000km. I'm not sure if I'm imagining it, but it seems like my bike has lost a considerable amount of ...
4
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1answer
783 views

Putting wider wheels on a hybrid bike

I've recently had a bike donated to me by a friend so I can start commuting to work. It's a hybrid style bike, and uses 700x32C tyres. My ride to work is along a pretty bumpy, muddy canal path and my ...
2
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2answers
500 views

What can cause vibration and noise from the chain?

I just replaced my front cogs and back sprockets with new ones (I didn't use a torque tool or replace the chain). I also replaced the sealed bearing bottom bracket on my pedals. The old bearings were ...
1
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2answers
6k views

How do I install a bike seat clamp properly?

I recently moved, and had to take off the seat to my bike while I moved. I was surprised to find when I arrived and settled that I couldn't find the clamp to my bike seat. I managed to find a new bike ...
4
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2answers
330 views

Velodrome atmospheric conditions

During the Olympics the commentators made a big deal about the need to maintain very specific atmospheric conditions in the velodrome, including having airlocks to enter and exit the building. They ...
6
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2answers
1k views

Rollers for long-wheelbase/mountain bikes

I was recently made aware of the idea of bike rollers. I do have an exercise bike, but this looks like it may be a much better bet because you get to practice your riding skills as well (and looks a ...
4
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4answers
4k views

Why are there almost no bikes with a single chainring?

Bikes with two or three chainrings are the norm, and then there are singlespeeds, but except for kids' bikes, you see almost no stock bikes with a single chainring in front but a cassette and ...
3
votes
1answer
278 views

How much does nipple choice affect wheel weight/stiffness?

Would I be a fool to replace the nipples on a Dura Ace 7900 C24 wheelset with a set of DT Swiss anodised alloy nipples, in the interest of aesthetics? I want the bike to look nice, but don't want to ...
7
votes
1answer
619 views

The pros and cons of crank self-extractors

I'd like to know more about the reliability of self-extracting crank bolts, but haven't found much information on how they perform (or how they don't). My interest stems from touring and ...
0
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1answer
1k views

Will an Ultegra bar end shifter work with MTB derailleurs?

Such as Shimano acera, deore; or SRAM X5, X4 etc... I'm thinking of adding this http://cyclingabout.com/index.php/2011/12/use-barend-or-downtube-shifters-for-bike-touring/ (handlebar and whatever is ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

How do I make a road brake lever work alongside a mtb brake lever

If I manage to get a dropbar on my mtb and want to use both the MTB brake lever AND the road dropbar brake lever (like the Tiagra STI, but no gear shifting)... Is it possible? Can they use the same ...
3
votes
1answer
950 views

9 Speed Road STI + MTB Derailleur

Apologies if this is is obvious or has been answered before. I'm looking at setting up a touring bike, using road STI levers (Shimano or equivalent, looking at Tiagra 3x9 or possibly the Microshift ...
0
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1answer
637 views

what should ibe the first thing i upgrade on my bike? [closed]

i have a specialized hardrock 2011. i want to improve the capabilities of my bike but am on a budget so cant get a new one. I would like to upgrade the fork, brakes or gears and im looking for ...
3
votes
4answers
2k views

How do I make a MTB shifter fit on a Road dropbar?

I'm about to buy a MTB, since we don't have cyclocrosses here in my country. I'd like to have a road dropbar, but can't spend money on a road shifter like tiagra sti. I know the mtb handlebars are ...
1
vote
4answers
971 views

Which foot to put forward when coasting or track-standing?

I am mostly concerned about track-stand here, because it requires much balance, so the question on "which foot to put forward" seems important enough. This tutorial says "stand up with your strong ...
2
votes
1answer
305 views

When Installing chainrings which are pinned, how should I orient the chain drop prevention pin?

I'm setting up a double crankset with a new front chainring which is ramped and pinned. How should I orient the outer front chainring with respect to the chain drop prevention pin? Should this line ...
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1answer
244 views

Brakes, rims or seatpole

I've recently changed my bike from a hardtail to a full sus. The only thing I could afford was the new frame. so new frame old pats :) now I have some more euros and a want to buy some new parts where ...
2
votes
1answer
235 views

What's the difference between a Gran Fondo and an Étape?

I guess you can include Century in the list too. Are they all just long rides or are they races? Do they have to be for time, or just fun? Some seem to be for charity.
3
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1answer
321 views

Experience with surfboard bike rack (or cart)

I want to make (DYS) a rack or cart for carrying a surfboard on my bike. The idea would be to have space for only 1 board and being able to go as far as 150 km. So it should be as light as possible, ...
5
votes
3answers
507 views

Is there a good way to clean brake hoods?

I just picked up an old bike with white brake hoods. They are pretty gnarsty, covered in a greyish brown layer of filth. I've tried a soapy rag and scrubber brush with elbow grease. It takes care of ...
6
votes
5answers
2k views

How can you recognize a department store bike?

You can obviously avoid department store bikes by buying from reputable local bike shops, but how can you tell whether a used bike is a department store bike? Are there any telltale signs? I have a ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

Can I replace the 32 mm tires on a Trek 7.3 with 35 mm tires?

When I bought a Trek FX 7.3 instead of the 7.2, the bike dealer told me that the tires were the same. They looked narrower, but I thought it was just that I was used to my other bike. I found out ...
7
votes
4answers
363 views

V-brakes during winter?

I'm considering some Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires so I can continue commuting to work during the UK winter ( -3°C to +8°C, with some snow and ice). However, I only have V-brakes. Are those brakes ...
0
votes
3answers
1k views

What kind of tail lights can I attach to the rear of my rack?

Every taillight I've owned has mounted to the seat post, but when I load my rear rack the seatpost light is no longer visible. Instead, I'd like to mount a light to the rear of my rack, which has a ...
5
votes
5answers
4k views

What initial improvements can I make to a Schwinn Sidewinder?

I bought a Schwinn Sidewinder from Walmart last night in a desperate attempt to get some exercise. I took it home and rode intensely for an hour, it was fantastic! I may be wrong, but I see bicycles ...

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