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Good Brands for Front Pannier Rack on Suspension Forks [closed]

I've heard people talk a lot about Old Man Mountain racks. What other options are there? Roughly speaking, in your experience, how do they compare? I'm specifically interested in this for touring ...
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Difficulty & Value of replacing suspension forks w disk brakes (for Touring)

I need to replace my front suspension forks with hard forks (no suspension). My bike has disk brakes, a dynamo (that seems to attach to the wheel hub), and mud flaps. Are these sorts of things easily ...
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Can you attach front panniers to shocks?

I'm going on a bike trip and need the extra storage supplied by front panniers. But my bike has front suspension. I can replace the fork with a solid one but that will increase my costs. Is it A) ...
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What is the measurement in inches of a XL frame?

What is the conversion of a (XL) frame to it's measurement in inches?
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1answer
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Can you identify this cheap single speed bike?

Is it worth $250? Seller says he bought it for $350 from a bike shop. It's got no visible decals from the pictures...
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Bike type xc ht or cx? [closed]

I am a newbie on bikes and i want to buy one. I want to buy a bike that i can cover some small city road distances ~30km daily with comfort and to be able to go on some mountain trails when i got time ...
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Tool for shimano bb-un26 Bottom Bracket

What tool do i need to dismount a shimano bb-un26 bottom bracket? Will a Park Tool BBT-22 work?
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Is this a good bike light? And should I give these people my money?

I was was checking out this bike light. It looks good enough for me. I (rarely) get lost on trails around dusk, but more importantly I commute - a lot by bike. I really just want to be seen. What ...
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Ask for Recommendation for Biking Outfits

I am thinking about start cycling other than just riding it around school. I want to make myself look professional. Do you have any advice for me? I don't really know what kind of outfit is suitable ...
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How to keep my bike safe around campus? [duplicate]

I am a new student in the US. I noticed that a lot of bikes were left with only a tire locked on a post. Therefore, I usually locked my bike on the water pipe outside my apartment. I put a U-lock ...
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Why does my bike crank creak and come loose?

I recently purchased a Trek FX 7.2 and about 2 weeks after purchase I was riding and I noticed a creaking sound and shortly after the crank fell off. I brought bike back to where I purchased it and ...
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Lightweight aluminum frame transported via trunk rack

I've been riding steel for a while now and recently added a CAAD10 to the fleet. I am planning on taking it with me on our upcoming vacation. I have a Thule gateeway 2 (trunk rack) that I've been ...
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Schwinn Phantom removing spring fork connector from the steerer tube

Is the cast steel spring fork connector that contains the keyed lock threaded on the steerer tube or is it a press fit? I note the bottom head set bearing cup is just a slip on fit vs, the top which ...
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Bicycle Components: What's The Real Difference?

I am buying my first 'real' road bike soon and am comparing the Shimano Ultegra vs. the 105. I have read through their websites and marketing literature. What does the semi-vast price difference do ...
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Which Mountain Style Shifter for Early 90's Shimano 105?

Converting early '90's Trek 1400 from traditional road bars to a flat/straight mtn bar. Converted V-brakes over to use Deore brake levers. Works well. Need to get the shifters up to the bars, ...
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how to chose the right frame size for touring bike?

I am going on a two week bike trip with a friend and I can only afford a second hand bike. My concern is that I will wind up buying a bike that I later discover was the wrong size for me. I know that ...
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151 views

Bike left out in triple digit heat

I've recently relocated to Arizona. The place I am currently staying has no indoor storage for my bike, so I have to leave it outside, all day, every day, baking in this ridiculous 100+ degree ...
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Noticeable clicking from crankset or bottom bracket

A few days ago I began hearing a clicking noise coming from the crankset and I can also sense a slight hitch when the right crank is at its upmost position just when it's about to go down. The ...
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How to get a lower gearing

My trusty old CF racer was stolen the other day, and I'm looking for a replacement. I saw this bike at PlanetX and was intrigued. It's a full carbon bike with (last years) Ultegra components for a ...
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54 views

What is most similar to a Specialized Avatar seat, a Romin or a Toupe?

My Specialized seat, an Avatar 143 was stolen off my bike. I'd like to upgrade it with something lighter. What is Specialized's most similar saddle to the Avatar, their Romin or the Toupe?
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What's the point in a freewheel/cassette with incrementally sized rings?

Pictured is a freewheel with 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20 tooth sprockets. What I don't understand is why such small increments are worthwhile. Surely the point of having gears is the variance that they ...
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2answers
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Changing from 5 to 6 cog freewheel on 1986 Stumpjumper-Sport

Refining a prior posted question. 15 speed 1986 Specialized Stumpjumper-Sport has original 5 cog freewheel, 14-30. Original Analog shifters. Biggest cog needs replacement. Individual cogs are no ...
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can you put a shimano XTR M980 175mm stage power meter on a XT M785 175mm setup?

I would like a stages power meter on my set up but cant figure out if the bottom bracket sizes are correct and if even the new crank will fit at all?
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Is this a stunt or a useful descent technique?

In many mtb movies about the style "Downhill" the riders casually twist their fork and front tire at jumps, such as here and here. Is this a stunt for "cool points" or does it aid in stability/speed ...
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Carbon Fiber vs. Aluminum [duplicate]

I am a new cyclist who is on my 2nd year of biking. I bought a cheapo Schwinn MTB at Walmart to start with but now I want a real road bike. I currently have $2k saved up and am looking into a ...
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How to keep a huge cargo bike safe in the city?

I have been biking for transportation and pleasure the whole time I've lived in Chicago, and I'm familiar with the basics of locking up and storing my commuter bike. Yesterday I added a Yuba Mundo to ...
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1answer
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Lots of broken spokes on one bike, with different wheels

I have a commuting bike I've had for a few years, and as long as I've had it it's frequently broken spokes on the front wheel. Eventually I got sick of replacing them, put it down to a bad wheel, and ...
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54 views

Pain on the 5th Metatarcel and Cuboid

I have got a new set of clipless pedals and shoes. Hardly used it for some 15 rides. Whenever I use it I feel a pain on my left foot's 5th Metatarcel and Cuboid bones. There is no pain whatsoever on ...
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87 views

Can I modify the gearing on a 2009 Jamis Aurora?

I have a stock 2009 Jamis Aurora. I'm looking to modify my gear set-up to make climbing hills with large loads a little easier on my knees, as I constantly find myself wishing I had one or more low ...
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978 views

Why did the chain on my kid's bike slack after I changed his tire?

I changed the rear wheel on my child's bicycle today. Once I was done and put it back together, the chain is inexplicably longer; there is a lot of slack. How did this happen and how do I resolve ...
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The tire got flat the third day of changing it

I'm new to bikes. I got a used bike that had all the tires and tubes broken so I had to change them all. I changed the tires and the tubes completely two days ago, then I went cycling the next days. ...
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1answer
215 views

Garmin Edge Touring can't do car, walking, or straight-line routing directions?

I previously owned an Edge 605, and recently replaced it with an Edge Touring. One key feature which I can't figure out on the Edge Touring is Car or Pedestrian routing. On the 605 you could choose ...
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1answer
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Wobbling on Shimano Nexus 8

My rear wheel has a Shimano nexus 8 internal gear shift. i noticed some wobbling on the axis recently. that means there is a little bit of play when i try to twist the axis sideways respective to the ...
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246 views

Road bike or hybrid bike?

I am buying my first bike as an adult person and I am torn between getting a road bike or a hybrid bike. I will be using the bike primarily for transportation (I am a college student living in a city) ...
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Avoid problems with ratchet straps to fasten MTB shoes

With shoes like those shown below, when you adjust the buckle to the most tight position, the release handle is blocked (IMHO, this is due to bad engineering but cannot be changed.) Usually, this ...
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Giant Revolt 2 vs Giant Anyroad 2 drag/roll resistance

I own two bikes: Giant Revolt 2: http://www.giant-bicycles.com/uk-ua/bikes/model/revolt.2/17270/72372/#specifications Giant Anyroad 2: ...
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Can anyone help me identify this bike?

Frame number (bottom bracket) MC9008 1987 Cruiser style,26" rims
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1986 Stumpjumper Sport Cog Replacement

Original Shimano Deore components all around. Shimano MF Z012 5-cog freewheel. Biggest cog is 30 teeth is worn out, chain skips, and that cog needs to be replaced. Rest of cogs are ok. Are ...
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139 views

Adjust brake tension / stopping power

My CAAD9 is fairly slow to stop. I read that giving the brake pads more travel can help — ie: making it so that you have farther to squeeze. How can I do it with this brake setup?
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Front derailleur adjustment

I need some advice on properly adjusting the front derailleur (shimano -tourney) of my bike. I did watch youtube videos and stuff on the internet but was not able to adjust it properly. When I ...
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2answers
103 views

Is it worth separating your vo2 max wattage's on the flat and hill climbs in order to provide clearer goals during training?

My watts per kg on hill 5 minute hill climbs seems to be 30 to 40 watts higher than what I can achieve on the flat. This is where I get dropped the most often during group rides and races. My ...
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1answer
139 views

How can I tell if my bike has a freewheel or a cassette?

I bought a Frankenbike off Craigslist. It's a Specialized Rockhopper of unknown year, converted to a commuter, with shocks up front and V-brakes. I love this weird little bike and want to put a ...
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665 views

Pedaling not connecting right away

I ride a rather usual Merida hard-tail mountain bike. Recently I've come to notice that when I start pedaling (bike already in motion), it can take up to as much as quarter of a turn for the pedals to ...
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215 views

Am I required as a biker to use the bike lane on the right side of the road?

The following is a google maps image of a busy intersection I need to take during my commute: Traffic mostly comes from 2 sides: the South and the West. At the time I pass this intersection, there ...
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1answer
125 views

Should I repack the hub bearings on new wheels with quality grease?

The wheels in question are inexpensive ($100/pair) alloy wheels. If the answer is "yes", do you have an recommendations for grease? Currently I'm using "Finish Line Grease with Teflon" for most of my ...
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476 views

Why do Mountain Bike helmets have visors?

Visors seem pretty ubiquitous on mountain bike helmets, but not on road bike helmets. Why do mountain bike helmets have visors? What purpose does the visor have?
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1answer
74 views

What are criteria for a team to get UCI World Tour license for the next season?

I do not know much about this question, the only thing I have heard is that commentator on Eurosport mentioned a few times that UCI points one rider obtains are counted for the team which signed him ...
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444 views

How does a neck brace work?

I've done a bit of research but can't seem to find much information on how neck braces actually work to protect the neck. There are many views on whether they are actually effective in reducing ...
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194 views

Why use 54T (or bigger) chainring?

In time trial races, I see people are using these big chainrings. Is 50/11 combination doesn't give enough top speed? What's the real advantage? I can only think of the negative, which is it makes the ...
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1answer
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Shimano cleats, Exustar shoes: Which bolts to use?

I just got Exustar shoes and Shimano SPD-SL pedals with SM-SH11 cleats. Problem is, the cleat fixing bolts that were included with the cleats aren't long enough to bolt to the shoes. I'm wondering ...

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