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reliable bike shifting

I've recently had 2 bikes (Trek and Giant) of the hybrid style. The frame style was comfortable but both were difficult to change gears. When going up an incline, I would shift to a lower gear. The ...
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Switch to a larger sprocket on child bike with coaster brakes

I bought two used bikes for my children, both with 16 inch wheels. I was surprised to see that one child has to pedal much faster to go the same speed as the other child, and discovered the two bikes ...
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damage to carbon road frame at the seat stay and drop out junction

I just had a crash due to hitting a dog. My carbon fiber frame now has chip the size of a dime at the junction of the seat stay and drop out on the drive side. Should I be concerned about frame ...
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What defines a “compact” road bike?

I've been reading a lot about road bikes and looking at the differences between bikes called "compacts" but I don't see much consistency. I've read that compact road bikes have different gearing and ...
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Saddle for long rail trails, streets and dirt paths

I recently purchased a 2014 HardRock Sport Disc. I ride on a variety of road surfaces, including pavement, gravel and dirt. I don't currently have plans to race, do long touring rides, or rough ...
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319 views

Unknown freehub, trying to source

I have a neighbours daughters bike to fix at the moment. The freehub is totally seized. I've removed the freehub from the hub itself, but can't identify it nor have I see any like it. It doesn't have ...
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How to achieve a tighter turning radius?

I'm having trouble making the rather tight turns on one of the tracks I ride on. I am already leaning inward while I'm turning, but very often either I still can't turn sharply enough, or I lean too ...
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1answer
328 views

When do my brake pads need replacement?

I have a bike that is almost two years old. It still has the original brakes (side pull caliper brakes), which seem to still be functional. However, they are worn and I am going to be doing a lot of ...
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281 views

What are some red flags to look for when buying a used road bike?

I will be buying my first road bike (after 15 years with the same mountain bike) and I have found many for sale on Kijiji. When I go look at the bikes, what should be some red flags that turn me away ...
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239 views

UK supplier of short toe clips for small footed woman

My wife has size 4 feet and we are struggling to find a comfortable set of toeclips for her. At the moment, even the Zefal 043 "medium" clips are too long, leaving her with her feet almost centred on ...
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Brake pads constantly touching the rotor because piston is not moving back

I recently replaced the brake pads on my hydraulic disc brake. The brakes are a Tektro Draco 2. Now the new pads are constantly touching the rotor. This is how it looks like with caliper ...
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Attach bottle cage to frame w/o mount screws

I'm planning on getting a bottle cage for my bike, but my bike does not have the standard mount screws for one. As I understand it, there are two types of cages: bolted cages and clamped cages. I'd ...
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Replacing 42/52 crankset to 39/52 - will it make a difference?

I have several questions that arise from the fact that the current drivetrain on my old Peugeot road bike is pretty tough to ride when climbing up some steep hills: so I've got a 42/52 up front and 6 ...
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1answer
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Repairing a Crimped Titanium Frame

I have a Van Nicholas Astraeus Titanium bike, and recently had problems with removing the seatpost. The aluminium shim oxidised itself to my frame. I took it to the bike shop, and in our efforts they ...
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Which tires should I buy for an old road bike?

I am upgrading an old road bike, which has Reynolds 531 tubing. (just to date it for you!) I know the wheel dimensions: 700 x 28c, and have found several sets of tires, but am unsure which to choose. ...
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Why do some road bikes cost more than motorbikes? Are they grossly overpriced?

I have seen quite some carbon fiber bikes that cost upwards of $4000. Why do these bikes cost so much when one can get a very good motorbike for $3000? A motorbike comes equipped with several ...
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How can I prevent “chain suck”? [duplicate]

I know what the above is: when your chain bunches when you change gears & the bunch runs through the front derailleur and wrenches it. This damage is pretty much irreparable, and has cost me far ...
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2answers
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How much time takes for hydraulic disk brakes to cool down?

Yesterday I was on a DH track for the first time. I have Avid Elixir 7 brakes with 203" rotor in front and 180" rear. The descent took about 5 minutes, and the ropeway up about 15 minutes. After 6 ...
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1answer
436 views

How wide of tires can I run on a Victory Vision road bicycle?

I'm new to road bicycles, sorry if this question is beat to death. What I'm wondering is what to measure as far as frame clearance, rim width, etc. to put the 'widest tires that will fit' on my road ...
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What is a nipple driver and would I use one to replace a broken spoke?

I have not yet built a wheel (or even replaced a broken spoke), so it's not quite clear to me what a nipple driver is. I also didn't find any reference on Sheldon Brown's Wheelbuilding page. What is ...
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1answer
130 views

How much better are ceramic rims at wicking away water

I assume the best advantage to ceramic rims would be the ability to shed water easier due to their relative flatness. How much better are they? Does it make that much of a difference when breaking?
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Deepening the front fork dropout

I have an old 27" road bike in a long, lazy and cheapish process of restoration. I'd like to put 28" wheels on, which requires 4mm longer brake reach. The bicycle used to have fenders and the existing ...
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1answer
266 views

Do I require a washer/spacer/shim between a hub's cone nut and lock nut?

When replacing the cones for a front hub with new ones, is it okay to tighten the lock nut directly against the cone nut? Or must I use some kind of spacer / washer / shim in order for some other ...
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1answer
781 views

Can I run a SRAM road rear derailleur with downtube shifters?

Can I run a SRAM road (apex/rival/force/red) rear derailleur with downtube shifters? I though you might be able to mount the bar-end shifters on downtube, but it seems like they are a ratcheting ...
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Rolling backwards while pedaling forward on a Freecoaster

Can anyone tell me what happens when rolling backwards while pedaling forward on a freecoaster bike? I mean does it gradually slow it down, or does it come to an abrupt hault? I have not tried it yet. ...
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What cassete do I need to run with a compact crankset (50/36), to equal the same gearing as running a standard crankset (53/39) with a 11-28 cassete?

Every new bike in my price range comes with a compact crankset, which I want for climbing, but I race and I need to keep the same top speed that I've had for sprinting and descending (I live in the ...
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1answer
1k views

What's an “Auto-Mini” folding bike? Can I use one for decades without having to replace the frame?

I've been thinking of buying an internally-geared folding bike for commuting (5 km each way) and errands. I want to spend $100-$200, but I want a reasonable-quality frame; I don't want to ever have to ...
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2answers
442 views

What could cause a tyre to deform in this way?

I have been riding my bike about 450 miles and following the last ride I noticed the tyre had deformed. I'm riding them at 110 psi, just before the deformation you can see a skid mark. Could it have ...
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1answer
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Replacing rear hub, beginners advice required

I have a Trek 1.5 2011 compact road bike that I abused a bit too much over winter. The rear hub has quite a lot of sideways play on it and I am buying the tools needed to hopefully fix this. My ...
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281 views

Finding Elevation Change, any method

So, I think it'd be cool - for goal setting for example - if I could keep track of my elevation change. The problem is, the local cyclocomputers I looked at seem to use barometric pressure to ...
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1answer
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What components are recommended for entry level mountain bike?

I am looking for an entry level mountain bike. I plan on using it on real mountain bike trails, not just unpaved trails and greenways. Specifically, here's what I'd like: good shifters/derailleurs ...
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2answers
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What size cone wrench am I likely to need for a Trek 1.5 2011 Compact rear hub?

Unfortunately the manufacturer's website, and google don't appear to hold this information. The only thing I've found is that the hubs are aluminium which doesn't really help. Is there a common size ...
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Skate shoes vs mtb shoes?

It's an old argue on forums, still cant get it. What is the (real, that worth the money and time for ordering from abroad, in my case) difference, let's say between Five Ten FreeRider shoes and some ...
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1answer
295 views

When to tune/replace brake cables for optimum tension

Original Question What physical symptoms do I need to look for to understand that my brake is out of tuning or the cables have reached end of life? It is not necessary to consider the brake shoes in ...
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Is it possible to drop a foot in corners while using clipless pedals?

My friends convinced me to try clipless pedals, that I never trusted too much (BMX background). Now while I'm getting used to them and experience very funny falls, I try to figure out, can a ...
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How Can I Increase My Braking Power?

I've been reading a bit about riding and braking techniques (http://sheldonbrown.com/brakturn.html) and I'm having some trouble pulling off the hard front brake. I believe this is the style of brake ...
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1answer
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Where did a '95-'96 Sycamore mtb fit in the Mongoose product range?

From what I've managed to piece together trawling the internets, this period was before quality dropped for Mongoose, but that Sycamores were low- to mid-range models. I'm considering how much time ...
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3answers
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Cause of spalled cones?

Was getting a sort of rubbing sound from my front wheel, like rubbing brakes, but the sound continued even with the bridal loose. So I disassembled my front hub. Everything looked good until I got ...
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1answer
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Why doesnt my chain fit on my cog?

I ride a fixed gear bike and I wanted to change the rear wheel, I'm sort of new to all the bike knowledge but i couldn't find an answer to this. i ride 46 x 18, i don't know if its good or bad, i can ...
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Clicking noise from crankset

A month ago I bought a Scott Aspect 60, and for about a week everything was ok. Then, I started hearing a noise coming from the crankset. First thought was that it was the front derailleur - after ...
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4answers
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Most effective upgrades on Road bike

Earlier this year I purchased my first road bike (a 2013 - Felt F75). I had never really ridden before, so I didn't want to spend too much money up front not knowing how much I would actually ride. ...
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triathlon handlebars for ultegra di2

I recently bought a Canyon AL 9.0 Di2 bike and would like to mount a triathlon handlebars on it. My ultimate desire would be able to have the gear switchers both on the triathlon and the bike's ...
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1answer
219 views

Spoke tension - is a left tilt ok to prevent explosion?

The left hand steel blade spokes of my WH-RS30 (not 30A) are constantly exploding inside of the nipples when going up hill in a standing position. I have increased the right hand side tension to about ...
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How to shoulder a bike?

In a previous question it was explained to me that no cables pass under the top tube of my Specialized Hardrock, so that the bike is easy to shoulder. Well, it isn't. The top tube is quite thin ...
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1answer
657 views

Fork Adjustment

When I ride into my new bike the fork doesn't shrink. My weight is about 81kgs. I think good forks usually shrink to 75% of its length. In my case it does not shrink at all. The fork is cheap. Does ...
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2answers
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Planning on building a fixed-gear/single-speed from an old Schwinn World. What new parts will I need?

I think I want a flip flop hub, to keep my options open. If I get one off amazon, do I need to buy a freewheel and fixed-gear cog as well, or will those come with the hub? Also, does the hub have to ...
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2answers
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Advice/Tips for first time racers

I have entered a 30km mtb race that will take place in a couple of weeks time. I don't know much about the route and won't be able to get on it beforehand as it goes through private farms that will ...
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1answer
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What is Speed Lockout on a SUNTOUR fork?

Looking at entry level SR SunTour suspension forks, there are the options of "MLO" - mechanical lockout "HLO" - hydraulic lockout "RL" - remote lockout Now, mechanical and hydraulic lockout is ...
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1answer
309 views

Oil specs for the 2013 Totem RC2 DH DPA

Does anyone know the oil specs for the 2013 Totem RC2 DH DPA fork? On http://www.sram.com/rockshox/products/totem-rc2-dh the "Technical Manual - RockShox Front Fork Oil Chart - 2011 (44.85 KB)" only ...
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1answer
3k views

Cant get my rear derailleur to reach all cogs

I have been having an issue on my road bike getting the rear derailleur to reach all of my cogs. I can either not reach my two smallest cogs or two largest cogs depending on the cable tension. I ...

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