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How do I prevent disk brakes from squeaking in the rain?

When I got my new bike with disk brakes, I thought that they would perform much better in the rain. While this is true, they still squeak quite loud in wet conditions, which is quite annoying. Is ...
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Recommended budget waterproof jacket

I'm a bit baffled by the large choice of cycling waterproof jackets. Could someone recommend me a good budget waterproof jacket? A bit more information: I mostly ride off road About £70 (approx 112 ...
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Patch or replace tube?

Is it worth patching a tube on a mountain bike, or just replace it with a new one? There are a lot of 1/2" - 3/4" thorns here in Texas, and I use 26 x 1.95 tubes. Any particular patch type/brand ...
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How tight should a fixie's chain be?

I ride an SE Lager fixed. How tight should the chain be and what is the best way of measure it? I have a chain tug so I can be pretty accurate in dialling in the right amount of tension. I don't ...
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How to make the most out of daily commute?

I have heard that bicycling is a great form of cardio exercise. I bike to and from work everyday and the whole way everything is flat. I am not sure what the best way is to make the most out of the ...
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Bicycle innovations in the pipeline?

The (road) bike I bought 25 years ago is very similar to my current bike. (The derailleur on my new bike adjusts exactly the same way). The materials of my current bike are vastly different than the ...
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Why don't brakes come with 'Safety Levers' any more?

It used to be very common to see bikes with dual pull brake levers (if that's even the right name) as shown below. However now it seems almost impossible to find brakes like this. Even finding a ...
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What is a good camera arrangement for city riding?

I would like to have continuous camera coverage while commuting on city streets, in order to have evidence in any collision. I have been experimenting with an ATC3K mounted on the pannier rack, ...
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Which states or countries have stop-sign-as-yield laws for bicyclists (Idaho stop law)?

In Idaho (PDF), bicyclists are allowed to treat stop signs as yields, and red lights as stop signs (essentially; see the actual law for details). This seems like a very reasonable approach, balancing ...
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Theft deterrents (in addition to locking up a bike)

Besides locking a bike up properly, are there other deterrents against theft (such as engraving) that make a bicycle less attractive to a potential bike thief? UPDATE It was stolen. :-(
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Is fluorescent clothing effective?

I read recently that fluorescent clothing was not effective at all at night. If this is the case, how effective is it during the day, and should I stop buying tops that are fluorescent to use on my ...
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What are some alternatives to fruitlessly ringing my bell at a motorist?

I doubt that motor-vehicle drivers can hear the "ding" sound that a bicycle bell makes. What are some better alternatives?
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How to carry a concealed firearm on a bike?

For those of you that happen to cycle through rough neighborhoods and are able to do concealed carry of firearms... Wondering what you wear to conceal them that works well while cycling. Obviously ...
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DIY Painting a Bike Frame: Is it possible?

I have painted a couple bike frames (think really cheap garage-find rebuilds) with varying degrees of failure. Can you help me correct/fill in the missing pieces of my frame painting process? ...
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3answers
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How do bicycle power meters work?

What exactly are they measuring? How do they measure it? What are the implications of the different approaches on accuracy / speed of getting a good measure? It would be helpful if someone could ...
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2answers
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Are anti-pollution masks effective?

In Toronto when the temperature goes above 30 degrees Celcius (90 degrees Farenheit), for a few days and without wind, there is smog. I find the smog irritates and makes it difficult to breathe in ...
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9answers
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How can I charge my phone while cycling?

I have an HTC Hero, which is a great phone, but the battery life is pretty poor if I'm using the GPS and music player on it as well. The phone uses a mini-USB connection for charging, and I have a ...
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2answers
685 views

What's the best technique for removing a tyre from the rim?

This question talks about fitting a tyre back onto a rim, but I'd like to know how to get the tyre off in the first place. Especially if the tyre is very tight, or the dip in the middle of the rim ...
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4answers
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Removing a stuck pedal

I'm sure this question must have already been answered somewhere here, but it doesn't show up in any search results I make... I'm changing the pedals on a 40 year old bike. Pretty sure the pedals are ...
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4answers
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Is it safe to remove “lawyer tabs” on a carbon fork?

Is it safe to file off the "lawyer lips" - the little tabs on the end of the fork dropouts - on my carbon road fork? What about cyclocross forks? I've heard it's "common sense" to remove them...
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How to make studded tires

Has anyone ever made a set of studded tires? What did you use? I read about a method somewhere but I cannot recall where. I heard that you can: Drill/make a small hole through the tire Screw a ...
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Does the inner tube affect the maximum PSI?

If I have road tires that have a recommended pressure of 110 PSI and maximum of 120 PSI can I safely pump my tires up to that level or does the inner tube effect the maximum? I currently have the ...
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8answers
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Brooks B-17 isn't breaking in, how to accelerate the process?

I have two bikes with Brooks B-17 saddles on them: My full-frame touring bike: The saddle has a nice patina of age, having been used for several tours and some commuting. My Bike Friday Tikit ...
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I'm going to take my bike with me on a plane. Do I really need a special bike travel bag to have it transported safely?

I have a road bike that I want to bring with me to the place I will be flying to. I know that there are bags that are designed especially for this kind of situation: the bike travel bags such as the ...
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2answers
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Hydraulic Disc Brakes Maintenance

I have Hayes Nine hydraulic disc brakes on my mountain bike. I have recently replaced the brake pads and after that it seems that the pads are almost touching the rotor. How can I adjust it? I have ...
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6answers
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Recommendations for inconspicuous helmet-mounted video camera

I'm looking for recommendations for a good, water-proof (or at least weather-resistant) video camera that meets the needs of recording general commuting rides. Some desirable attributes are: Several ...
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5answers
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How can I prevent cars from passing me too closely?

Recently, a driver buzzed by me, leaving just a couple of inches between my handlebars and his car. It was very scary. In general, how can I prevent cars from passing me too closely? Please cite ...
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8answers
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What can I wear in the cold weather to be able to bike to work (where I don't have a shower)

I've already read the answers to this question and learned a lot! But my question is a bit different, I bike to work almost everyday, not a long ride, a few miles, a bit hilly a bit road side... ...
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6answers
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How can I find the right size road bike without a test ride?

I am going to buy a road bike. I am considering a Trek 1.2. I used the Competitive Cyclist Fit Calculator to find the size of bike that fits me. Inseam: 80.5 Trunk: ...
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2answers
287 views

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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Shimano 105 early- to mid-1990s SLR groupset on eBay worth it for 70s SuperCycle rebuild?

Is the below groupset a good value for this frame? I picked up a vintage SuperCycle Medalist frame (I'm guessing 1970s) and am looking to make a comfortable but capable bike for commuting and ...
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10answers
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Why do cyclists shave their legs?

Why do cyclists shave their legs? Is it because of wind resistance?
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7answers
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Why is it easier to follow a cyclist up-hill

Watching the Tour de France on TV I notice that the riders like to ride close behind other riders when going up a steep hill. I understand that rider can benefit from a slipstream on the flat ...
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Broken glass on the bicycle path, what to do?

Often I find myself driving with my racing bike on the dedicated bicycle lane in my city. The problem with these bicycle lanes is that there is a lot of broken glass (once every few kilometers). ...
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5answers
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How can I improve my pedal stroke?

I know a part of biking endurance and speed come from having a perfect pedal stroke. What should I do to improve my pedal stroke?
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Can your rims wear down from too much braking?

I have a question about rims based on information in another question. The person asking states that he doesn't want his rims wearing down. Is this really a problem? Assuming you don't wear the ...
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4answers
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How bad is road salt for my bike?

I took my mountain bike out yesterday in the snow. Did some hills around town, riding through slush and puddles, and all sort of dirt/mush/ice/snow. I gave the bike a pretty good wipe-down after the ...
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3answers
295 views

Submitting road data to Google

I have really enjoyed Google Maps cycling directions but find it lacking a lot where I live. I really want to update the maps with new/better information but I don't know the what, how, or where. ...
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6answers
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Does this chainring need to be replaced?

Here is a closeup of my triple: All three rings are Shimano Ultegra and have never been changed. They probably have at least 12000+ km on them. I've been pretty good about changing the chain ...
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10answers
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Protecting quick-release seats and wheels from theft

I have to say I am not a fan of quick-release, especially for seats. I do not need to raise and lower my seat nearly enough (almost never) to justify the annoyance of having to take my seat with me or ...
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Bailing out with SPD pedals on a mountain bike

I got a new mountain bike a year ago, with SPD pedals. I'm OK with these on a road bike (that I don't normally crash), but on a mountain bike when I crash I usually can't jump off the bike like I used ...
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1answer
648 views

How can I tell which road bike components/groupsets are better?

Shimano has new models of their groupsets every year but the lines generally keep the same names. This makes it difficult to figure out what year/version a particular bike has. Is there an easy way to ...
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4answers
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Can I just change straightforward wheel axles to QR skewers?

I've just bought a second hand road bike which doesn't have Quick Release Skewers. Can I just buy a set of QR Skewers and fit them? Are they a standard size? Are there any gotchas waiting to bite ...
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7answers
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Are runners or pedestrians allowed to use the bike lane?

This morning on my commute I encountered a runner in the bike lane I was riding in. This irked me because: The bike lane was on a busy street, with three lanes of motor vehicle traffic in each ...
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2answers
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Problem with chain `skipping` (but not trying to shift)

I have two bicycles that suffer this problem, both pretty heavy frames (one a ladies, Hollander bike, and the other a man's commuter) - both have correctly adjusted Derailleurs which don't produce any ...
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5answers
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What should I consider when buying a respirator?

I'm using my bicycle to ride from home to work and back. Now I face a problem that the air is not so clean: dust, car exhaust etc. So I'm thinking of buying a respirator (i.e., an anti-pollution ...
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5answers
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Reduce Resale Value to Avoid Theft? (Uglify)

"Uglify your bike" was mentioned here as a theft deterrent. I have a 20102009 Canondale F3 and I'm thinking about locking it up in Manhattan from time to time. I think that Uglifying will help. ...
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Why not place the cleats further back on the foot?

I've found a number of articles saying there is no advantage in having the cleat under the ball of your foot as opposed to further back towards the arch. The reasoning is that the calf muscle is not ...
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How to inflate a tire with a Presta valve?

My new bike has these thin tires with a type of valve I haven't usedbefore. I searched online and found out it's called a Presta valve, and it's pretty common and popular. I'm finding it annoying and ...
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1answer
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What is the purpose of the channel in my seat?

What is the purpose of the channel in my seat? Is it just for comfort or does it have some medical benefits?

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