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Should I stick with my Stolen (brand) BMX or should I build my own bike? [closed]

I live in Greece and I am 13 years old. Recently I found a Flatland frame and thought about building my own bike. Should I build my own bike or should I stick with the Stolen BMX I already have? I ...
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What year is this Specialized Stumpjumper FSR?

I'm interested in buying this, but was curious as to what year the frame is? Any help would be much appreciated.
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1answer
76 views

Should disc brake rotors be removed when packing bike for travel?

I've been looking at a few tutorials on packing a bike to take it on a plane, and most of them make no mention of disc brakes. One did specifically mention disc brakes, and recommended taking the ...
2
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0answers
31 views

Are there any Male to Female DI2 wires / exetensions?

I know you can use a junction port (ie: SM-JC41 Internal Junction Box B) for this, but are there any Male to Female extension cables? Root Cause: R600 to 5 port junction for a TT setup near the base ...
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2answers
84 views

Will two spacers between the cassette and the hub effect the chain line?

So I have a set of custom wheels (White Industries T11 hubs) and when the cassette is correctly fastened to the hub with the single spacer provided the cassette cogs can be moved in the direction ...
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2answers
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How many spacers I can put on a Shimano hollowtec 2 BB for a 68 mm BB shell

My bottom bracket shell is 68 mm English thread. I put a 1 mm spacer on the drive side BB to move the chain rings further away from the frame, so to prevent the chain rub against the inside of the ...
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1answer
47 views

Missing lock nut part

Not sure what to call it, but a couple of my wheels are missing the grippy washer thing that sits on the lock nut. They seem to be attached to the lock nut to begin with, but they just fall off after ...
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What type of grease to use as general purpose bearing lubricant? [duplicate]

Lithium grease, white litium grease, graphite grease, carbon grease, SRAM`s Liquid O-ring. And those are only the types of greases I have heard about. What type of grease would be suitable for ...
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Specialized Brain problem

I have been searching for a while regarding a problem with my Specialized Brain. Here is the story.. I bought a 2008 Specialized Stumpjumper Expert 2nd hand and immediately noticed air in the shock. ...
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1answer
50 views

Alleviating pressure from coccyx with padded shorts

I recently started biking again after 5 years. However, I had endured unusual coccyx pain when I had a longer than usual ride (~11 miles). I even had my skin chafed/torn where the tailbone meets the ...
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2answers
73 views

22 to 11 speed conversion?

I have a bike equipped with a SRAM 22 speed groupset (hydraulic) and was thinking about converting it to a 1x11. I like the simplicity of the 1x11 system and the potential weight savings from removal ...
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3answers
284 views

Does cycling make one's knees stronger?

I'm wondering if riding hard strengthens the knee or causes degradation? I exercise regularly and am in solid physical condition. When strength training off of the bike, I do a lot of leg work ...
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138 views

Rear wheel rubs frame/cage while pedaling standing up

I've heard (and noticed) the rear wheel rub on the frame and front derailleur cage when pedaling standing up. The frame shows some paint wear at one spot. And, in the lowest gear, if I crank hard, I ...
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157 views

Period of adaptation between a mountain bike and a road bike

I am a casual rider and I am starting to consider switching from a mountain bike to a road bike. My main concern is that I don't ride enough to adapt to a road bike and thus is not worth the switch. ...
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Fork damper circuit reconditioning

I have a rockshox Dart II from 2007. I have recently rebuilt it for the first time in 9 years as it had basically locked up, and not so surprisingly given its neglectful treatment, its still not ...
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3answers
208 views

What is the best way to approach train tracks?

I commute on my bike through an industrial area and cross many train tracks. They very in degrees: most are perpendicular to the road, but some have a very low angle. This question is two part: ...
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4answers
879 views

Do certain makes/models/types of bikes get stolen more than others?

I was reading this article on the most commonly stolen cars, and having my bike stolen recently, I got to thinking: do certain makes/models/types of bikes get stolen more than others? My bike was a 15 ...
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4answers
763 views

Why aren't hub/drum/roller brakes suitable for touring?

I've got a Dutch town bike with Shimano IM80 roller brakes. They're brilliant. Maintenance free, clean, and effective. I've been looking at getting a long range touring bike for an initial 3 month ...
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1answer
42 views

Easiest way to remove a chain master link / masterlink

When I'm breaking a chain with a master link (to remove the chain from the bike), usually I can do it with my hands by pushing the links together until the master link comes apart. But sometimes it's ...
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1answer
92 views

Mud buildup at the chinstay near FD

General question: The rear tire of my mtb runs too close to the chainstays. If the trail is even remotely muddy, the mud buildup on the chainstay clogs the front derailleur and the chain begins to ...
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1answer
54 views

Converting 80s bike to indexed shifters

I've just bought an early 80s steel framed bike with unindexed stem mounted shifters. As I plan to use the bike for commuting, I'd like to change the rear mech to use trigger shifters. I'm not so ...
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2answers
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Ksyrium Equipe wheels any good for Cyclocross?

Just got a pair of Ksyrium Equipe with a second hand Sworks Tarmac. Thinking of putting them on my Ridley for some Cyclocross action. Has any one used these wheels for this purpose before? I have use ...
3
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1answer
45 views

Campagnolo Record C9 / Shimano CS-HG200-9 incompatibility

I drive cheap Shimano cassettes together with Campagnolo Record C9 chains. Yesterday I installed a new C9 and a CS-HG200-9. But the chain sort of slips over the sprockets, not unlike really worn ...
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1answer
35 views

Bottom bracket length without knowing front chainline (fixed gear)

I'm wondering if I can find the right bottom bracket axle (or spindle, whatever it's called) with knowing my crank model (Gipiemme Dual Sprint, Velobase says BB should be 113mm) and rear chainline (I ...
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5answers
668 views

What is the easiest to upgrade my chainrings from a double to a triple?

I have a 2007 Specialized Tarmac Pro Double and I need some better gearing. I am doing more hill climbs and I feel that I need at least two lower gears than I already have. What would be the most ...
4
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3answers
156 views

Fundamental principles of tire friction for off-road biking

This is a two-part question. I've been watching various videos and getting various advice about mountain bike cornering. My impression is that all of the advice cannot be true, because the advice, ...
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2answers
72 views

One crank arm won't come off

First time taking the cranks off. The bolts, chinrings and drive side came out easy. Left is stuck. Should I open, pull or do something particular for it to come out?
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1answer
63 views

Short vs Long brake pads (with v-brakes) on road bike rims at high speed

Would v-brakes with the normal v-brake long pads (as opposed to shorter brake pads) on road rims exhibit any problematic behavior going downhill at speeds of 50 mph? I am concerned that the longer ...
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2answers
213 views

How is Sir Bradley Wiggins 3D printing his titanium handlebars?

I just read an article about how Sir Bradley Wiggins is going to try to break the 1 hour distance record soon. In it they mention One of the unique new features is a set of 3D printed titanium ...
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2answers
297 views

Can I replace a middle chain ring with one with different number of teeth?

I recently upgraded my wife’s bike with a Shimano XT triple crankset. The number of teeth is 44.32.22t. However, the middle chainring on the recent XT crankset is carbon-reinforced, and I’d prefer not ...
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2answers
86 views

How do I determine parts for my bike and where to source them (new)?

Do bike shops have specs guides or manuals to know which (eg: integrated headset bearings) parts to use on which bikes? And where do they source said parts (other than from the bike mfr)? And most ...
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1answer
42 views

Dropout check/Components check Help a boy live his coaster dream!

1.) This is a 1989 Cannondale SM2000, is that a good derailleur? 2.) Will these dropouts suffice for a coaster brake? What if I over-shorten the chain? Do-able?
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Riding and weight loss [closed]

I previously read a post about weight loss and cycling, where the response was a link to another forum with lots of before and after pictures. Does anyone know that link? I did run a search before ...
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1answer
21 views

brief pain and swelling in hips during intense movement [closed]

Description: A brief painful, hot sensation, and swelling in hips. I can refer this as "overheat" as it will disappear if I rest my leg for few seconds, or very slow pedaling. When it disappear, it ...
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1answer
44 views

mix left shifter and font derailleur of different speed

I have a Shimano 5700 front derailleur and 5700 flat bar shifter (left) but for some reason I can't use the FD on my frame (too narrow, my driven train is 9 speed). After lot of research some people ...
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4answers
164 views

What do I grease and what do I lubricate?

I always thought grease was a means of lubricating, but based on the reading I've been doing here it seems they are different things. So now I'm wondering, what parts should I grease and what parts ...
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2answers
50 views

Automotive brake grease

There are a lot of questions related to using automotive grease on bikes. The answers seem to be split between "well, at least you are greasing your bike" and "use the right grease for the job". This ...
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1answer
60 views

Changing the wheels on a hybrid giant escape

I have a spare set of Giant SR2 wheels lying around and I was thinking about buying a Giant Escape 3 and changing the wheels over. Would there be any issue with doing this? Cheers!
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1answer
61 views

Chain Replacement

I'm having a hard time finding an appropriate replacement chain for my bike. Its a 21 speed, Wal-mart brand mountain bike. My local bike store has chains that were up to a 10 speed. I know I need a ...
4
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1answer
60 views

How to use Garmin's battery more effectively?

I've bought a second hand Garmin Edge 800 for a while ago. So far, I'm nothing but delighted about the device and the battery life. However, since I have to plug it in in order to upload my rides, it ...
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1answer
43 views

Adjustable stem issue

Hello I have a quill adjustable stem on a Raleigh Royale. (The bike is an absolute dream to ride, wonderful seat and great gearing) My issue is that the handlebars wobble, both front and back and side ...
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2answers
119 views

Can I change my bike's frame?

A failed stealing attempt left my Bianchi Via Nirone 7 road bike with an ugly damage to the frame. The bike is still in place, and it hurts me every time I go to the bike shed. They removed the front ...
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1answer
23 views

Giant Glory size

Hi my friend found an Giant Glory 2 2013 large for a good price. He is 180cm tall and the recommendation for the bike is 185cm+ so my question is will he be able to ride it or will it be too big?
2
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1answer
54 views

Problem setting up Shimano 5800 levers for the first time

This is my second attempt to setup a Shimano 5800 groupset from scratch. The problem on both bikes has been that downshifting worked to a point, but upshifting never works. The process isn't detailed ...
2
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1answer
133 views

Brake hard on new cycle

I saw someone after buying a new bicycle (a hybrid), pulled the brake as hard as he could for few seconds and dragged the cycle along while braking like that, 1 brake per centimeter. Why did he do ...
2
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2answers
95 views

Can you trim rim tape once installed?

I installed my rim tape then noticed was too wide so I trimmed it with a razor knife. Would this have caused any damage to the rim bead?
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2answers
63 views

cannondale cadd10 105 crankset replacement

I had a terrible crash on my Cannondale CADD10 105 (11spd) and wrecked the crankset (the bigger ring bent). It is FSA Gossamer Pro, BB30, 52/36 from the website. Is there an identical one available ...
4
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1answer
230 views

Difference between UD, 3K and 12K carbon finish?

What does UD, 3K, 12K carbon mean and how do they differ?
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1answer
109 views

What tools do I need to carry when riding tubeless?

I'm thinking of getting a pair of tubeless ready wheels for riding on the road. I've never ridden tubeless and was wondering what tools and equipment I need to carry to fix a flat? Normally, while ...
3
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1answer
67 views

Shimano 105 front derailleur cage won't move at all

Got a brand new shimano 105 FD double. I put the chain on the small ring and when I adjust the limit screw the cage can't go towards the frame enough so that the chain can't go to the largest rear cog ...

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