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Zerostack headset fit

I am looking to get a ZeroStack headset upper and have found the right size in terms of diameters. However, different models of headset reach different depths into the cup on the frame. Should the ...
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Recommendations for bike headlight…possibly running on AA batteries?

I realise this question has been asked before, but as far as I can tell the last time was over a year ago, so I thought it might be worth asking again in the light maybe of newer products being on the ...
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Should cassette “wiggle”

Recently My freehub broke and so I removed the cassette to replace the freehub and noticed, whilst off the bike, 4 of the remaining bolted together 8 sprockets wiggled (4 wiggled together but ...
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V-Brake levers for drop handlebars?

I would like to try the drop handlebar on my touring bicycle that has V-Brakes, and Shimano 9x3 speeds. Are there drop handlebar levers (integrated shifters would be great), that have correct pull ...
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Cable routing and why is there no optimum solution

This is a general question, regarding the routing of the cables of both brakes and derailleurs on a frame. I find it highly practical to mount all cables along the bottom of the top tube. This ...
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CB Roubaix upgrade to Shimano Tiagra - brake problems

I installed the new Tiagra brakes (4600) to my Claud Butler bike following the accompanying instructions. I've also installed new Tiagra levers. There is not enough adjustment in the brakes to allow ...
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New 26“ inner tube different size to old 26” inner tube

The new 26" MTB inner tube is much bigger than my 26" wheel (and old 26" MTB inner tube). I don't understand why. How to shopcorrectly for new tube? The bike is 1990s Raleigh mountain bike. Edit: ...
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Claud Butler Tandem - transmission issues

I'm in the process of stripping a SWB Claud Butler tandem so I can get it repainted. There are a couple of things I need help with.... a) Can you fit a front mech to the bike, and if so, are there ...
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What is a wireless crankset?

For example this (rather expensive) item: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/sram-srm-powermeter-pro-wireless-bb30-double-chainset/ What is actually wireless about it? Is this for a cadence meter? Wireless ...
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2answers
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How should I lubricate my Shimano freewheel?

I have a Shimano freewheel (MX-30) that came with my bike from new. Unfortunately the internals got all gunked up and it stopped working (never engaged and became free both ways). I have bought and ...
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What are some Routes to riding from Los Angeles to San fransisco?

I'm a fixed Gear cyclist and I'm trying to set up a big ride with a group of friends from Los Angeles to San Fransisco. I am aware this is not an easy ride but we are willing to go, but I'm not sure ...
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Mountain bike axle diameters

Out of interest I would like to understand the benefits of having a 15mm or 20mm through axle over a 9mm QR (and a 10mm vs. a 12mm TA on the rear). What difference does it make to the ride?
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Shimano chainring / crankset compatibility

I discovered a Shimano FC-2300 Crankset (175-mm 52/42/30T 8 Speed) for $62 on Amazon - is this compatible to replace my old FC 3301/3304? The longer story is I need to replace my Shimano chain ...
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1answer
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Why should the front wheel be more heavily loaded when touring? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Touring load weight distribution In reading advice for carrying cargo on a bicycle, whether for touring or otherwise, I see recommendations (such as here) that load ...
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Preventing rust in bolt heads

I have several bikes and use them more and more in bad weather. I have no problem with rust on the chain, but I am seeing little bits of rust in the various hex bolt heads on the bike. What can I use ...
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2answers
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Trying to build a bike, confused about fork/headsets/compatability

I have a fork with a 1" steerer tube, and a frame with a 1.5" head tube. The steerer tube is slightly short, and when inserted into the frame, is flush with the top of the head tube. The fork is ...
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1answer
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“Climbing” small steps in 23mm tires

Sometimes at a crossing, when one wants to turn right for example, the "new" street has a different surface and there is a small step (2-4 cm) to get there. These kind of steps are already ...
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What are some ways to keep biking when you have a car?

I used to ride back and forth from work for 16 mi. every day. I recently bought a car for snow rain and such, but it has killed my drive to get out and bike. I was wondering how other people integrate ...
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Is it possible to put a 700c wheel on to an old Raliegh road bike?

I've been using a trainer during the winter months and went out on my bike the other day and half way round I got a flat!!! I spoke to the bloke in a shop who said that using the bike on the trainer ...
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Small non-folding bike

Are there any small non-folding bikes, of relatively good quality? From what I see around, Brompton/Dahon produce only folding ones. Ideally, should be under 10 kg, and have a few gears (but single ...
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Higher cadence or lower cadence for long distance cycling

I am going to ride long distance like 200 km on my hybrid. I am not sure if I should pedal in a higher cadence (a lower gear, pedaling more frequently) or a lower cadence (a higher gear, pedaling less ...
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What kind of (cheap) chainrings can be used with a Deore CS-HG51 cassette

Will the Deore 590 be ok ? Any other alternatives ?
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Puncture resistant 18" tires?

I need to replace the 18" cheap Schwalbe iMPAC Streetpac 47-355 tires that came with my Birdy folding bike with puncture resistante tires. I almost never ride on country roads, so thinner tires are ...
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How should I train for a century while still commuting by bike to work?

I'm going to start training for a May gravel century at the end of March. This is my first century. I plan to follow this training schedule here: http://www.kintera.org/htmlcontent.asp?cid=54755. My ...
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How often should I change my bikeshoe cleats?

I bought a pair of Shimano PDA600 SPD pedals along with a pair of cheap-ish Garneau Terra MTB shoes in early 2012. I wear them for my daily commute (approx. 18 Km) and semi-regular long distance ...
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Extend clearance for a 28mm tire

I tried upgrading to some 28mm but as you can see clearance is very tight. In some spots, the tire doesn't fully clear the brake (Tektro R350). The fork barely has enough clearance. Is it worth ...
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What are the differences between a mens and womens bike frame?

Why do women's bikes have a diagonal bar in the frame instead of a horizontal frame? Is this the only difference? Sorry if this has been asked (but I cannot find it by searching) and I also just ...
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Clipless pedals, saddle height and proper starting (and stopping)

I commute ~20 km a day and decided to give clipless pedals a try. I installed my cleats following a guide on the web: under the ball of the foot, very slightly behind to relieve the toes, especially ...
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1answer
657 views

Is there a certain size tube for my tyres?

When it comes to fixing bikes, i'm not to crash-hot. I can clean grime, oil the chain and put it back on if it falls off. However, when it comes to the inner tubes I usually rely on someone else to ...
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English vs Italian bottom bracket - chainline considerations

I'm planning a new build and for the first time, I'm working with a frame that requires an Italian bottom bracket. My question isn't specific to the build, but a general question about chainline. ...
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How to loosen cable tension in disc brakes

I have a Victory VEGASJACKPOT bike with cable disk brakes, and I need to loosen my cable tension. How do you do this? I've already done it all the way on the screw/knob by the brake lever. Thanks!
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Hydraulic Vs. Mechanical disc brakes

What is the difference between hydraulic and mechanical disc brakes? Are hydraulics more reliable? Or more powerful? All I know (I'm an amateur and a new user) is that hydraulics seem to get more ...
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Finding store selling SM-PD64 reflectors for the Shimano Saint PD-MX80 flat pedals?

I've bought the Shimano Saint PD-MX80 flat pedals. According to the user's manual, an optional reflector set is available for them. In Shimano's dealer's manual one can read that the reflector set is ...
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Can I use microshift bar end shifters with 9-speed deore lx rear derailleur and 10-speed cassette?

Can I use indexed 10-speed microshift bar end shifters (on retroshift levers) with 9-speed deore lx rear derailleur and 10-speed 11-36 cassette? If not, What rear derailleur would work with the ...
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Good pedal and shoe combination for summer touring

First off given that I will be sightseeing as well is it worth the extra weight to take a dedicated cycle shoe and a walking shoe or is the extra hassle of having something else that can go wrong not ...
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Replacing brake system on a bike

Is it possible to change the braking system from rim brakes to rotary. I want to replace them because I hate how after a while the pads wear out and I need to replace it so I think the rotary might be ...
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What sort of bottom bracket does a Trek 1.5 2011 take?

My bottom bracket is on its way out.. No longer getting smooth rotation even without chain attached. I was wondering if anyone knew what sort of bottom bracket the frame supports? I've googled but the ...
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What is an alternative hitch for the Re~Cycled bike trailer?

What is an alternative trailer hitch for the Re~Cycled bike trailer? This is the webpage of the trailer http://www.re-cycle.org/sites/re-cycle.org/files/Trailer.pdf The reason I don't like it is ...
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What is it called when you ride a bmx like a unicycle?

I was looking around a bit on YouTube and found a video for a footjam decade... which is pretty cool, in my opinion. However, in this video at 2:44 he rides the bike like a unicycle, straddling the ...
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Recommended handlebar style for short daily commute?

I am looking to buy a bicycle for a San Francisco city commute totalling 4.1 miles (about 6.6km) in each direction. My question is, what handlebar position (and riding position) would be recommended ...
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Things to consider when upgrading crankset

I am considering upgrading my crankset, or rather I am considering considering to upgrade it. I would like to gain a few teeth since I am permanently riding on the 48/13-15 making the 38 pretty ...
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What is the proper way to paint a bicycle?

I started a while back (maybe 2 years ago =p) restoring a custom-built tandem bicycle, and I sanded it down to bare metal and just used spray paint (Rustoleum I think, took the bike completely apart ...
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Advantages / disadvantages of freecoaster and cassette hubs

I've been reading a lot over the past few days about BMX, and last night I watched a few videos like this one. I have been seeing the words "freecoaster" and "cassette" around a lot, and I was curious ...
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What to look for when buying bicycles for children

I have young children (5 - 7 years old), and having taught them to cycle on some really cheap bikes, I am looking to get them something more road worthy with a view to cycling to school with them. (~1 ...
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Cheap alternatives to avoid tire punctures

If you head to Walmart and see the slime bike liners for in the tire to stop goatheads and small nailes from actually running the tire. Is there anything around the house or shed that can be used ...
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Is there much of a difference between flatland and park/street frames?

I am a newbie at biking, and I've been wanting to get into BMX for a few years, and I can now since I actually have some money. Primarily I've been wanting a 20" BMX bike with front and rear brakes ...
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Fixed (inside) front disk brake adjustment

I got a new bike for Christmas (12-25-12) and it is a VICTORY VEGASJACKPOT w/medium-travel front fork and full suspension. The front disc brake rubs against the inside pad (the one on the fork side of ...
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How can I tell if a rim is bent or if the wheel is just out of true?

How can I tell if a rim is bent or if the wheel is just out of true?
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Why are steel bikes more expensive than aluminum?

It's hard to find a chrome moly bike for less than $1000 these days. Is it because it's actually less expensive to manufacture aluminum bikes these days or is the market for chrome moly bikes so ...
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Shock absorbing handlebar tape - recommendations?

Any recommendations for shock absorbing handlebar tape? I have a very harsh bike with drop bars (cheap alum frame and HD wheels, frame limits tires to 28mm) so I'm doing what I can to minimize the ...

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