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What do you wish you knew you before you bought your first nice bike? [closed]

I am planning on purchasing my first nice bike ($500-$1000, nice to me is not a walmart bike) and am cautious due to the Dunning Kruger effect. I have never had a bike not from walmart before, and ...
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Replace chain at 0.5% wear, or 0.75% wear?

Why do chain wear indicators have an indication for 0.5% wear and one for 0.75% wear? Are both measurements included because there is some personal preference from mechanic to mechanic, or rather are ...
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How to work around a high seatpost?

So I bought this old bike but realized that its seatpost is stuck and high. When I ride I feel uncomfortable because it's slightly too high for me. Also I realized that it's really difficult to fix ...
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Convenient bike-security measures for rural, small-town, and remote-touring environments [closed]

I originally titled this question as "I'm looking for a convenient absolutely fail-safe automatic lock that works all the time". But, judging by some rather cold responses, that title seems to be ...
2
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5answers
261 views

How to remove a stuck seatpost?

I bought an old bike. However there is one problem with it. The seatpost is stuck and I can't take it up or down ... and it's too high for me that my back hurts. It seems that the old user made it ...
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2answers
151 views

Remove paint from the head tube

I'm planning to build a new bike from scratch. Part of that is buying a new frame, and possibly facing/reaming it. That's actually the part I'm scared of the most. Fortunately, the brand I'm ...
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1answer
197 views

What variables are considered when determining wheel size and how do they affect these variables?

What variables are considered when determining wheel size from a theoratical perspective and how do they affect these variables? I noticed that city bikes tend to have smaller wheel sizes, whereas ...
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Pain on pinky toe joint from cleat setup?

I recently got SPD cleats for my road bike and have watched a number of videos and read articles on how to set them up as best as I can. I seem to have them set where I can comfortably pedal with the ...
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132 views

Visual inspection of wheel hub

I need to build a new bicycle (others are gone, stolen :( ). Good thing is, I have two spare wheels of decent quality in my basement. These old wheels took quite a beating though, when I was younger. ...
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1answer
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What kind of portable pump should I carry when riding on a fat bike?

However, I just got a fat bike with 4.5in tires. I know that my portable hand pump takes a long time to pump mountain bike tires due to it being optimized for high pressure / low volume. What type of ...
3
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2answers
188 views

From Delft to Rotterdam - Hard?

If anyone has done this before, I would like to know whether a bicycle ride from Delft to Rotterdam is hard (approx 15km). I don’t know what to expect since the Netherlands is flat, but still.
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Giant Cypress Upgrade

I have very little knowledge when it comes to bicycles and how they work. With that being said, I have a Giant Cypress Hybrid. It is a great bike for the most part. I'm looking to get a little more ...
2
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1answer
197 views

Refurbishing mountain bike - left standing for couple of years

I've a Marin Rocky Ridge (2007) that I'd like to give a bit of an overhaul/refurbish as it's been left standing for two years or so. I'm just looking to know where would be common areas that would ...
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2answers
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Is threadless a noticeable difference from threaded headset setups?

I'm considering replacing my threaded aluminum forks, threaded headset, steel threaded stem and steel handlebars with threadless carbon forks, threadless headset and integrated carbon stem and ...
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5answers
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How difficult is the switch from flat to drop bar?

I've ridden with flat bars for more than 10 years, both freeride and commuting. Now I'm considering switching to a road bike with a drop bar for commuting. I went to a shop and tried a couple of such ...
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0answers
129 views

Wheels keep getting buckled

I have a touring bike with one side-bag on the back frame. On average I cycle 60 miles a week. How often do I need to buy new wheels? As of late I keep buckling both wheels. Can anyone please help ...
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1answer
237 views

Will I break my Dahon Mu Uno?

I weigh around 220 pounds, the weight limit for the bike is 230 pounds, part of my regular ride is a long stretch of compacted gravel, I tend to thrash along being used to riding a mountain bike and ...
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5answers
641 views

Peer pressure in road cycling [closed]

Or how does one fall into the road cyclist prototype. I'm talking mainly technology obssesion, spandex wearing and clipless shoes. I start this thread because since riding in a group, I'm questioning ...
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1answer
137 views

Attack position

I stumbled upon this gem recently. They explain that the most basic skill is the attack position. Here is my understanding of their teaching: Standing and not on the saddle. Center of gravity of the ...
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3answers
256 views

What are the good ways to maintain the bicycle while raining season?

I have a bicycle. I ride it everyday because it was my primary vehicle. When I was going to campus or another places, I used it. Currently, the raining season is on my country. I would like to keep ...
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2answers
488 views

Eco friendly Bike cleaning

What is the most eco friendly way to clean your bike? I want to use a degreaser and other cleaning solutions that are biodegradable.
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287 views

QR vs solid axle for freewheel hub

I've heard a lot of folks complaining about freewheel hubs getting bent axles. I have a rigid BSO with a solid rear axle that I occasionally pound on local trails. I've never gotten a bent axle. ...
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2answers
141 views

How to fix gears on a Kilimanjaro bike

I've just bought a Kilimanjaro bicycle for cheap. One reason it was cheap, I expect, was the gears system. It's only partly functional, and I don't understand why. I would go to the bike shop with it, ...
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2answers
268 views

Unbending Derailleur hanger

Reading this article at park tool, it looks to be lacking some information, and here are my questions (some of them maybe pretty silly): Why the bike should be "with the wheels level as the bike ...
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1answer
235 views

Shimano gear cable adjuster barrel replacement

I have a hybrid-style bike with Shimano parts and I'd like to replace the gear cable "adjuster barrel" (?) on the shifter next to my front left brake, as I have mangled it by twisting it with a pair ...
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2answers
246 views

Will short arm crank conversion work for me?

I own an 18 speed "Columbia Journey Comfort Bike". Since having 2 knee replacements I find that I do not have enough knee bend to pedal. I have raised the seat & still cannot even do one ...
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2answers
135 views

I have a Schwinn Tempo which has a 6 speed freewheel

I'd like to replace my rear wheel because it isn't able to be fixed to be made true once again. The bike is an older Schwinn Tempo, the rear wheelset has a 6 speed freewheel. Or so that's what the guy ...
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2answers
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MTB 9 speed sram shifters/rear deralier, shimano 9 speed cassette (HG?) only shifts to 8 cogs

I have an old KHS Team ST frame that I just threw components on about 15 years ago. the drive train is SRAM esp 9.0 shifters and rear derailleur with a shimano HG cassette. I have never been able to ...
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1answer
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wheel bearing pre load

what is the average amount of pre load supposed to be on the front and rear wheels?? mountain bike. i know that if you leave just enough to barely feel movement in the wheel, then tighten wheel, seems ...
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1answer
272 views

How to reset pistons after replacing brake pads

I recently replaced the brake pads of a Tektro Dorado system. But now I cant hardly turn the wheel, the clearance between pads and disk is too small. Bleeding wont help, that's only to remove air. The ...
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1answer
92 views

Compare optimal seated riding postions for different “fields” in mountain biking

I remember seeing an illustration, in some article, of different riding positions. The cross-country guy leans low and forward, while the enduro rider was close to standing straight up. Both were ...
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1answer
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New Rear Wheel goes out of true

Couple of months back, I installed a new rear wheel for my road bike. Its a wieman LP18. Since then I had to get it trued at-least three times. Is this normal for new wheel?
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Is it fine to clean bearings with gasoline?

I've been searching all over the web about washing bearings with Gasoline (and other gas products like desiel and kerosene). I've found some mixed answers. Some say it's good some say it isn't. I want ...
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4answers
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Will disc brakes aggravate the problem with spokes pulling through the rim?

I am hoping that a mechanical engineer can give an educated answer to my question here. I am concerned about this because I have always had some trouble with spokes pulling through the rim on the rear ...
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2answers
229 views

Goofy bike lane configuration right-of-way

I was riding down the bike lane when a car hit me from the side with it's side. I ended up being drug about 30" or so before she came to a stop. I dont know her side of the story yet because I have ...
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1answer
458 views

Bought new chain. Do I have to remove links?

I have this bike I got it from wal-mart many years ago. Same as this one on amazon: Denali The chain rusted. I noticed that it listed the chain on amazon. Chain: KMC Z 51 I bought this one. I'm ...
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3answers
251 views

Sun Tour Cyclone brake levers and brake cable housing

I have a vintage road bike with Sun Tour Cyclone single-pivot calipers, with Cyclone levers. I recently had the front brake cable housing "detach" from the brake lever. It appears to have a large '...
2
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1answer
544 views

Is there any reason I can't convert a 36/46 to a 36/52 chainring?

My commuter bike is a converted cross bike (really just a cross bike with a rack on it). It works great, but I occasionally wish I had a higher top end gear. The crankset that came on it is a 36/46 ...
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1answer
151 views

Help to identify this bicycle, please

Need to identify this cool bike in hopes to restore it. Serial # M3 G2058 Decals read: GT 4130 CRO MO, and TEAM on one It appears to have been Chrome with decals and since painted over? Thanks to ...
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2answers
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Does climbing put extra stress on the chain, making it stretch out faster / higher break risk?

I remember taking it for granted, but then somebody gave me some reasons on climbing not affecting the chain, and I forgot about it. Today I just got scared that my chain might break when struggling ...
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2answers
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Pain in the toes while cycling using clipless shoes

I am not sure why I get a pain in my toes. After some 75 km of cycling, I don't find it right. The blood starts to clot in the tip of the toes. After I lift my legs while lying down, it gets alright. ...
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2answers
211 views

What's the best way to fix carbon to titanium?

I'm building (experimenting if you wish) something out of the old bike parts and I need to fix two parts together one titanium and carbon. Basically the parts are two tubes one made of carbon of a ...
0
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1answer
77 views

Disc Rotor Alignment Mavic Crosstrail

I have a disc rotor alignment question you maybe can help me with. I have a Canyon Nerve AL+ 8.0 that's been working nice until the front wheel got stuck on the brake. First I thought it was a brake ...
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2answers
165 views

Tour de France RV/Campervan parking policy

Are there any rules regarding parking an RV/Campervan alongside the Tour de France course? Can you just park anywhere that isn't yet closed off? How long before the race comes by do you need to get ...
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2answers
165 views

Can I straighten bent rims between two flat surfaces?

I have some bent bicycle rims and would like to straighten them. I drew a basic scheme of what I want to do, the idea is to make a concrete plane mold as seen in the design to exert pressure on the ...
0
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1answer
589 views

guide to correctly assemble a Walmart bike [closed]

I bought a genesis max air from Walmart last fall used it a few times before the winter and two weeks ago brought it back out. For the last two weeks me and the wife have been riding about 8 miles ...
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1answer
229 views

Swapping a road bike frame for a bigger one?

I happened to be given a decent bike - Trek 1000 - in a good condition. The only problem is that the frame is only 56 cm while I am quite tall so I need ~62 cm. Is it possible to take all the nice ...
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1answer
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Is reverse pedaling good for smooth gear change?

I am newbie for cycling. When I change my gears, some lock sounds are coming from the chain. But if I do reverse pedaling while switching gears. No sound form chain, but gear switched to the right ...
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2answers
389 views

New to bicycles; Bad setup, bad bike, or too heavy?

I purchased a Schwinn Meridian adult tricycle hoping to have a flexible means of exercise. After giving it a close look, I tried it with disappointing results. When pedaling from a stop, the chain ...
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1answer
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Replacing my chain

My chain broke recently. I fixed it by taking out a link with a chain break tool. Now the it slips when I am in my smallest gear on the cassette. I cannot find the stiff link in my chain and think ...

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