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Are today's bikes “better” than a few decades ago?

I'm looking to buy a road bike for commuting. There is a guy near me who finds older road bikes (e.g. from the 80's) and fixes them up. Are there downsides to getting an older bike (assuming it's had ...
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Does anyone make a split seat clamp?

I built an 'Urban Mountain Bike' and I sometimes like to take it off drops. Accordingly, I cut the 'nub' that sticks up above the top tube so that the seat can be removed without a scary open pipe ...
3
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1answer
333 views

Anyone know the pull ratios of Zee 10sp and XT 9sp Mechs?

I'm putting a bike together from a load of spares and I'm having difficulty getting a shifter and derailleer to play well. I think the problem is the Zee mech. Does anyone know the pitch/pull ratio in ...
12
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4answers
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Minimal effort chain cleaning

One of the main reasons I eventually give up my bicycle commute in winter is that keeping my bike -mainly the drivetrain- clean despite all the rain/dirt/salt/hail/snow becomes too much of a time ...
4
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2answers
349 views

Which brake is most expendable?

I'm thinking of removing a brake(front or back) to reduce weight and simplify my bike. Which brake is most expendable? Its your average fixie road bike.
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3answers
447 views

Stop SPD shoes from grinding

I have a pair of Chrome Midway Pro SPD cycling shoes. These look like sneakers, but have a cleat mount embedded in them. Mine have worn down a bit and now the cleat crunches against the ground all ...
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1answer
2k views

Picking spare inner tube size

My daily rider is a Schwinn MTB with 26" wheels/tires. Specifically the tire size is 26x47/52. On the inner tube there's a label that reads 26 x 1.90-2.125. I'd like to purchase a few spare tubes in ...
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1answer
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upgrading an old bike gears and shifter

I don't have a whole lot of knowledge on this, but here goes. I have an old Murray Ultra mountain bike (prob. 15 yrs.+). It is a 15 speed bike, with a 5 speed freewheel. The whole Shimano system is ...
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5answers
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How do Mini V-brakes compare to cantilever brakes for Cyclocross bikes?

I've got a surly cross check with straight bars, v-brakes, and mountain shifters. I was considering a switch to a drop bar setup for cyclocross racing so I have an alternative to my single speed cross ...
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1answer
613 views

front derailleur slipping?

I recently started to have a problem where the chain randomly goes from the large front gear to the smaller one. Ive been trying to work out the reason for this and would like some input on the more ...
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Do I need a new chain after 1300 miles?

I have a Boardman Airpro and probably need a new chain having done about 1,300 miles with it. The bike is used for leisure and commuting and therefore goes through all weathers. I also keep the ...
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1answer
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Sora front derailleur set up

I'm trying to get my front derailleur to stop rubbing in the high gears, smallest sprockets. To do this I am attempting to follow this guide by shimano: ...
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4answers
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How to avoid sore nipples while riding

I have a recurrent problem when riding in high humidity climate, either with hot or cool weather: after some hours riding, my nipples (in the chest, not in the wheel :o) get very sore from friction ...
2
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1answer
185 views

Where is the Tricross Sora front derailleur barrel adjuster

It's supposed to be on the outer casing (according to the shimano manual) but the Tricross has internal cable routing. Anyone know where it is? I really don't see it but I might be being a bit ...
3
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1answer
324 views

Can I use Shimano trigger shifter with my X3 SRam gears?

My bike has SRam X3 gears and a grip shifter. I'd like to change for a trigger shifter. In the bike shop where I bought it, they say that I can change for a Shimano shifter (they don't have SRam). ...
8
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2answers
272 views

Commuting between car lanes

In my commutes I often see cyclists ride quite fast between car lanes (for example when stopped at traffic lights, they get to the front to the lights before it gets green so they don't have to wait ...
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1answer
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How to convert a multi-speed bike to single-speed with coaster brake?

Now I don't want to take all the credit for this bike, but I'm pretty sure Trek must've lovingly had me in mind when they made this. I mean come on. This bike is awesome. Buying their beach cruiser ...
3
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2answers
256 views

What bags will fit a Challenge Seiran SL?

I own a Challenge Seiran SL (the 26" lightweight version of this). For some short multidays trips I need to attach some form of bags. What are the available bags that will fit? Full size picture ...
2
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2answers
210 views

What Seatpost Is This?

I saw a picture of a seatpost that I'd like to buy but cannot find after much browsing. Unfortunately I no longer have a photo but have this information about it. Can someone identify it? Black. Not ...
6
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9answers
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What are good ways to dry shoes?

I ride through the winter in the Pacific North West and get soaked about every other ride. What are the best way you've found to dry your shoes? I've found that stuffing them with wadded up ...
8
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6answers
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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 ...
5
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2answers
4k views

Fixed gear: slipping

I have a single speed bike with a flip-flop hub and recently I decided to try out the fixed side. When testing it out in the car-park I was applying backpressure to brake and found sometimes the ...
4
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4answers
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Fixed-gear bike: How to ride backwards?

I have flipped over my hub to try out the fixed wheel for a change, I am finding it very difficult to keep balanced while attempting to ride backwards! Does anyone have some advice or is there any ...
3
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2answers
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voltage of lighting system

I had a B&M ? brand (german make) rear bike 'standlight', removed the capacitor as I found it annoying when switching to a battery. Used a 6x cell AA 1,2v pack for awhile, with no issue. Upgraded ...
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2answers
201 views

Rear hub-adjuster thing - What does it do?

I bought a basic wheel set for a hack bike project. The rear wheel has a single speed cog, and a dangly adjuster thingy - maybe 2 inches long. What is that for?
3
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2answers
544 views

Would like to custom-build a bike but I'm not sure on what parts to buy

Currently I have a 2011 Trek 3700 (no disc brakes) and just this year have gotten into riding mountain bike trails and would like to have a bike better suited for doing that. I'd like to keep the ...
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3answers
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Front Derailleur Not Working

I recently bought a new bike off of BikesDirect. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/wellington2_IX.htm However, no matter what I do, I can't seem to get the front derailleur to do anything. ...
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4answers
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How can I tell if a bike is too big for me?

Today I disassembled my current fixed-gear, and reassembled all the parts in another frame, which I am considering to purchase. The current owner of the frame warned me that it might be too big for ...
2
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1answer
354 views

What is this point of this Phil Wood “Rohloff Disc Rotor Compatible Hub”?

http://www.philwood.com/products/hubspgs/rohldisc.php As far as I can figure it is for people with Rohloff-equipped touring bikes so that they have the same rotor bolt pattern on their front and rear ...
7
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2answers
225 views

Why are hub shells such different diameters?

I'm curious: why are some hub shells much larger diameter than others? Is it an aesthetic consideration? Or are there cost/functionality tradeoffs? Take for example this Dura-Ace hub -- pretty ...
4
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1answer
383 views

DIY computational fluid dynamics for aerodynamics?

Has anyone experimented with using consumer 3D software to do CFD-like aerodynamics simulations? Specifically, I was thinking: Setup the bike on a trainer (with rider) Take a series photos, and ...
10
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6answers
1k views

How many fingers on the brake lever?

I have seen people stop with one finger, two fingers or the whole hands on the levers. Is there a recommended number of fingers on the brake levers when stopping/anticipating an emergency stop? Do ...
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2answers
660 views

The lightest 26" mountain bike tire with minimum width of 2.3 [closed]

All mountain or xc application, wet or dry condition.
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1answer
232 views

MTB Tire performance

I have always ridden a Mountain Bike and lately I've lived with a strange question related to the tire I've been using. I use a pair of 26 x 1.95 CST Rush tires that are a great cost-benefit and found ...
13
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4answers
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Can I store my mountain bike + suspension hanging from the front wheel for the winter (in an unheated garage)?

Switched over to my winter bike to keep my favorite away from the salt. Can I hang my bike by the front wheel for the winter? Will be in my unheated storage-room/garage/shed. My ownly real ...
3
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1answer
262 views

Switch to narrower rims on a hybrid?

Following up on my original wheel issues question, I went to see my local cycling store to tell them about my problem. I want to change rims and would like to have them support tires from 23 to 28mm. ...
4
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2answers
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My bike key is broken off inside the lock

My bike key is broken off inside the lock, I already remove the key from the lock but I have no backup key to unlock it. It is a very ordinary key, just like this: Is there any way to unlock my ...
2
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1answer
162 views

Patched inner tube helped by pressure against tire?

When I patch a tube, does it need to be in a tire to "remain fixed"? I mean: I understand an empty fixed tube will remain fixed if I keep it folded in a box... But how about with air inside? does ...
3
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3answers
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Does rear-shock placement affect suspension characteristics?

I know that suspension type(Horst-link, Four-bar etc.) affects how a full-suspension mountain bike handles, but you can often see these same types of suspension systems used with different shock ...
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3answers
382 views

touring bicycle with roadster frame

I am from India and am planning to get a new bicycle. In India the roadster bicycles are very common, hence are cheap and easy to get. Roadsters have 28.5'' diameter wheels. Is it possible to fit 700c ...
2
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3answers
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Shimano MF Z012 replacement Freewheel?

I need to replace my Z012 freewheel due to wear on my 12 speed road bike. I can't seem to find a replacement that matches it. The large gear has 28 teeth and the small has 13. I bought a MF-TZ20 ...
7
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2answers
363 views

Who has right of way at a staggered crossroad

I live in Manchester, United Kingdom. I cycle to and from work everyday. On my route there is a staggered crossroad where I have to go straight on. Above is the traffic lighted junction I have to ...
2
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2answers
777 views

How to tell if a bike is good before purchasing?

Say there's no sales person in a bike shop and you are just looking for bikes. The criteria would be a good bike to ride to work on side-walks(paved or smooth) and the occasional off-road on the ...
13
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5answers
352 views

How can I ride a bike having severe spinal disease and pain?

I am 27 years old and bound to a power chair due to severe back pain and spinal disease. I have had multiple surgeries and will soon have more. I would like to be active but I know that is nearly ...
3
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4answers
532 views

Is riding shirtless safe?

During the summer, I like to go for rides on trails without a shirt. Is this safe? Also, related: is it rude to other people on the trail not to wear a shirt?
3
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2answers
111 views

Suspension Maintenance

How often do you need to have your fork and rear shock fully serviced? My guess is that this depends on how many miles you are riding, so lets say 150 miles/ year.
3
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4answers
332 views

Is a custom road frame worthwhile?

I've been riding a Marin San Anselmo hybrid for some 13 years and I'd guess I've done over 7000 miles on it almost exclusively on the road (and it's not my commuting bike). I'm gradually doing more ...
2
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1answer
231 views

Has Shimano produced Ultegra 600 Hub Set, 32 hole?

I found this item at an online shop, but can not find infomation about this product. Anyone knows this hub set? and any review infomation available there?
3
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4answers
877 views

Are frame changes needed to switch groupset from Shimano to Campagnolo?

I want change the groupset on my Scott Addict R2 from Shimano to Campagnolo. Is Campagnolo fully compatible or will I need to make frame changes?
2
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3answers
517 views

Tips on buying a beginner mountain bike

I hope this question isn't too subjective or open-ended, but I would like to know what I should look out for when buying a beginner mountain bike. My aim is to ride off-road and downhill tracks, but ...

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