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Chain brushes derailleur

I just got my ever first road bike, Revenio 3.0. I'm so excited. Already got my ever first road bike injury as well - those damn cleats are hard to unclip, springs on those shiny new pedals are too ...
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Just found a vintage Sears & Roebuck 'Ted Williams' Free Spirit 3 wheeler. Can I modernize it?

It's been in my girlfriends back yard for years and I'm under the impression that it's a pretty uncommon bike because I can't find any information on it. Her stepfather spray painted a camo pattern on ...
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Do I have all needed for flip flop swap

Forgive my ignorance, but I have a 2011 Bianchi Pista that I've always ridden fixed. I knew that it had a flip flop hub, but now that I'm looking at it, it appears that I need to actually buy a ...
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Suitability of Giant Aero RS2 for occaisonal on-road mountain trips

I'm planning to buy a bike for use only in summer, mostly on 100% flat terrain (being The Netherlands). However, I would also like to be able to use it as a packing mule and go into the mountains for ...
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3answers
302 views

How do treads affect traction?

I've read that treads don't affect traction very much. This is why NASCAR cars have smooth tires. But, the road is not clean. They say you can't hydroplane on a bike, but what about a thin patch of ...
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627 views

What are some good films about cycling?

Can you recommend high quality cycling-centric films? Can you recommend good sources (e.g. publishers, distributors, vendors etc.) to locate these films?
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Armadillo's or Kevlar Inserts?

So, I've had at least two flat tires on my way to work. Therefore, I'm tempted to splurge on a pair of Specialized Armadillo's (not the elites...) However, I am not a particularly skilled rider. I ...
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283 views

“Quick Fix” Tyre Repair Spray Cans

I saw this in my local supermarket, as they are having a cycling event on at the moment. I was thinking this would be quite useful if I had a puncture away from home, the car or bike repair shop, or ...
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How do I keep a bike feeling “new”?

I think there is a subjective feeling of "newness" to a bike which is straight out of the box. What is it mechanically and aesthetically that creates that? What can I do to prolong, preserve or ...
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How many years an aluminium frame lasts in a touring bike?

How long does an aluminium frame lasts in a touring bike? [Removed extra questions to be clear.] Background So far I preferred aluminium vs. steel for many reasons, but if steel lasts ...
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4answers
533 views

Mountain bike tires vs. road tires - from crushed limestone to pavement

I've had my mountain bike for three summers now and I love it. I bought it for the ability to ride on different terrains and build endurance. Since my primary goal is weight loss and cardiovascular ...
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1answer
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Installing handlebar

I've bought a 25.4 mm bullhorn for my fuji feather 2013, and I tried to install it.Then I've realized that my quill stem is for 26 mm handlebar. Are there any ways to install 25.4 mm handlebar into 26 ...
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What can I use for a DIY cable end?

I am in a pinch and need something to crimp onto the end of my brake cable to stop it fraying. There aren't any hardware shop's nearby and its a long way to the nearest bike shop. Any household ...
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1answer
133 views

Mountain bicycle miles convert to road bicycle miles

Recently I rode 26 miles on my mountain bicycle on a dirt/rock mountain trail. How far could I ride on a road bicycle? I was thinking of riding in a 100k and wondering if my fitness from a mountain ...
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2answers
210 views

Are some tires safer than others?

I bought a Bell Road tire from Walmart. Since I haven't exactly had great luck with Walmart bicycle products, I looked up the reviews... not so great. In their defense, they are 1.375, not 1.25, but ...
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3answers
193 views

Do expedition bikes offer advantages over standard touring bikes?

I have seen a few bikes marketed as "Expedition Bikes". They seem to be designed for the purpose of touring off-the-beaten-track. Typically they have 26 inch wheels and either butterfly or flat bars, ...
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2answers
188 views

Will Slick Tires Work for a Mountain Bike Ridden by a Heavier Rider?

I've owned a Trek 3500 bike (shown below) for 2.5 years now and I like it very much. My bike has the same specs as under the link. It has the XL frame size and 26" wheels with Bontrager AT-550 ...
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1answer
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Release brakes Giant OCR4 2006

I like to put 28c size tires on my Giant OCR4 2006 (which I second-hand bought recently), but these old Tektro brakes don't have this useful release switch modern brakes have. I tried loosening the ...
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2answers
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I need to change my fork after having an accident with my bike

I need help as I need to change the fork for my bike (Ridgeback Speed 2013 Womens Hybrid Bike) I live in London and I went to few shops but in all of them they need to order the fork and it will cost ...
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1answer
99 views

Help Identify This Bike

This bike was given to me from a elderly lady who no longer wished to own it. Other than a columbia I have no idea what year or model. There seems to be no serial numbers from which I can see on ...
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2answers
107 views

Pannier for MacBook Pro 15 retina?

I'm commuting with a backpack, and I don't like having the weight of my laptop on my back for the whole commute (30 minutes). So I'm looking to buy a pannier that I can easily take off when I get to ...
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1answer
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Stuck front derailleur

On a ride recently my front derailleur seems to have gotten jammed. The levers wouldn't index and the derailleur itself wouldn't budge. After continuing the ride for a bit, the problem went away on ...
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3answers
85 views

Warranties on cycling clothing in the event of a crash?

I recently destroyed the clasp on my pair of Fox Head Demo shorts while riding this weekend (don't worry, I'm OK). Do cycling clothing brands/companies offer any sort of warranty on their clothing for ...
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8answers
407 views

Polite/Proper Way To Notify Pedestrians and Bicycles [closed]

A question on a bell had a lot of comments on how to notify pedestrians. How do you notify a pedestrian you need to pass? How do you notify a bicycle you need to pass? I imagine this will be ...
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1answer
60 views

Help with pairing the right headset to a new 3T fork

I recently purchased an Aventon Mataro (http://aventonbikes.com/track/) frame and a 3T Funda Pro with tapered fork (1 1/4' - 1 1/8' 1.25 ). I've been trying to figure out which headset I need to fit ...
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3answers
271 views

Are the Shimano BR650 brakes really Ultegra spec?

Many ebay and other online vendors advertise the long-reach Shimano BR-650 brakes as being "Ultegra" series. However, looking at them they don't seem like they are top-of the line or really all that ...
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2answers
78 views

Recommendation for lightweight pedals for use with SPD or without [closed]

Are there any nice looking and lightweight pedals meant to be used with or without SPD shoes? Would be nice to be able to ride even without my special shoes, but not if such pedals look bulky and ...
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4answers
246 views

Are 32mm tires ideal for a fast commuter bike?

I am considering a faster bike to replace my XC for commuting. I am thinking hybrid/cross/road bike with wider tires. My question is whether 28mm tires are enough or if I should go with 32mm like Trek ...
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1answer
181 views

Titanium frame: using copper grease

I just took home a shiny Van Nicholas Amazon frame. The bike shop provided me with some copper grease and told me to apply it on the bottom bracket, otherwise the frame would suffer from "cold ...
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1answer
116 views

Will carbon fork make a huge difference when commuting?

I am considering a hybrid commuter bike, in particular I like Specialized Sirrus Elite Disc. This model however does not sport a carbon fiber fork. Only the more expensive model does, which I do not ...
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0answers
55 views

How To Get Started With Hand Cycling

I sustained a knee injury about a year ago and it's looking like I won't be biking anytime soon. I thought that a good alternative would be to get into hand cycling. I am having a hard time finding ...
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1answer
112 views

Crunching/grinding chain noise

I repaired a puncture in the back wheel of my bicycle and had some trouble re-attaching the wheel to my bike. I finally did it but now the chain makes a terrible crunching noise when i pedal forward, ...
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1answer
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Vintage Campagnolo hood

I'm looking for a Campagnolo hood like the one in the photos below. Will the newer ErgoPower hoods fit? If not, what should I do?
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Chain guide/tensioner for 2011 Giant Reign 2 (Press Fit)

Can someone recommend a chain guide/guard/tensioner that will be mountable to a 2011 Giant Reign 2 which has Shimano Press Fit and 3-ring crankset? The best I could find is: Kore Chain Reactor - ...
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1answer
148 views

problem in gear shifting

I'm using a 21 speed bicycle,the problem is I'm unable to shift the chain to the smallest derailleur(rear)...the shifters are thumb press type there's no problem in pressing the shifter...when ...
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1answer
74 views

Do tire / tube / valve combinations that don't leak air exist?

I'm not clear on why tire pressure decreases over time. I understand that air escapes through the tube. Possibly some leaks through the valve too? In any case, do tire / tube / valve combinations ...
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1answer
131 views

What exactly happened to my rear derailleur?

I had installed my front derailleur and was adjusting the high/low when I noticed my rear derailleur was hitting the spokes of my wheel. Suddenly, I saw a screw pop out and then my derailleur popped ...
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160 views

What is the relationship between tyre pressure and weight?

To give an example of what I'm trying to understand: To accelerate to a given speed or maintain that speed with a tyre pressure of e.g. 100PSI requires a certain amount of energy. If that amount of ...
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3answers
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Analysis of Stages high-speed data

A while ago Stages added a new feature to their power meter: High Speed Data recording added to capture pedaling force (kgf) and torque (Nm) 64 times per second for post ride analysis (.csv ...
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1answer
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Used-bike: How much to reserve for repairs/upgrades of total budget?

Let's say I have 500€ to buy a second hand bike. How much of that budget shall I keep for repairs and upgrades, and how much shall I spend on the bike itself? Of course it depends on the condition ...
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2answers
221 views

Knee feeling after long ride with road bike

During the last 2 months, I rode on my road bike for a few times (about 7 times) a way that is about 60 km (37.282 mi) long. Two days before, when I did this ride, after the midst of it, I started to ...
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0answers
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Peculiar feel when pedaling

I ride an early 90s Scott Unitrack CST with the original Shimano Deore drivetrain it came with. Same as this one. When pedaling, the right pedal has a peculiar feel like a sudden inward jerk at a ...
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1answer
111 views

Shimano R500 or Alex ALX-295 - Which Are Better?

I have a set of Shimano R500 wheels on my current road bike, but have just upgraded bikes; the new bike comes with the Alex ALX-295 wheelset (they come on a Specialized Roubaix). Lots of the roads ...
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3answers
142 views

MTB with Road crank

I would like to put an Road crank on my MTB, I basically only use it for commuting and I all the time find myself in the highest gear, 42/11... Is it possible to exchange my Shimano Deore HT2 crank ...
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2answers
113 views

What will I need to consider when modernizing a pre-1990s steel frame? [closed]

I'm in the process of upgrading a well loved 1970s steel frame from a downtube shifter system to a modern 'brifter' system. Through this process I've had to look at many disparate sources to get ...
3
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2answers
155 views

Compatibility Look-Keo/Look/SPD-Sl Plates & Pedals

i got some old Look Road Pedals (see picture). Now i found plenty of Cleats for cheap, but they all are for either Look Keo, Delta or SPD-Sl. Are those compatible? Did anything change from the old ...
3
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4answers
324 views

Why top touring bikes have no suspension forks?

I'm in the search for a new long distance touring bike, and I'm surprised that most top models have no front suspension (IDWorks, Tout Terrain, Koga, etc.). It looks like front suspension is a rarity ...
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2answers
129 views

Frame differences between 700c and 29er?

Before you answer: no matter what bike I would change tires to 2" slick front, 2" semi-slick rear, so in other words, tires in this question does not play role (now I have 26" MTB and I use 2.35" to ...
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4answers
246 views

How should I transport Cannondale Bad Boy 5 INSIDE a BMW 4 Series Coupe?

So, I have a Cannondale Bad Boy 5 and I'm LOVING it. I'd like to understand how to transport it. I have 2014 BMW 4 Series coupe. Even though I folded back seats (to maximize trunk storage), bike ...
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2answers
62 views

Hydraulic brakes feel loose

I have a bike with Avid hydraulic brakes. The levers feel loose and at the end of pushing it, there is a "soft" feeling (like when V-brakes pads aren't adjusted properly). As I understand, it's air ...

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