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Why does the chain misalign in the lower pulley when shifting to the small front cog?

Almost every time I go from the big, to the small, front cog on my SRAM Red 2011 (with a KMC chain), the chain ends in the lower pulley position, as shown in the photo. Why?
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574 views

Why Are The Fingers Attached On Some Cycling Gloves?

What is the purpose of the material connecting the fingers on some pairs of cycling gloves?
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Can small pebble inside tire puncture the tube?

Shortly after changing a flat in a dirt road near home, I got another one. This last tube got a very small puncture. Inside the tire I also found some small pebble (like 1mm or less in length), but no ...
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Hybrid bike how much should I inflate tyres

Hi I just bought a hybrid bike btwin riverside 3. It has 28 inch tires and weights 15kgs. My weight is 75kg. How much should I inflate my tires. And how often should I refill?
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What are pinch flats?

Also known as a snakebite or pinch cut, a pinch flat is a common term among the bicycling community for a certain type of puncture — but what exactly defines one? What causes pinch flats? What helps ...
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2answers
315 views

I have a foreign bike, and don't know what pressure to pump it to

I have this old bike, I assume it's Italian from what I've been told by the former owner, and a Google search, but some parts say "Made in France" and "Made is Switzerland", etc... The tires are very ...
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2answers
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How do I identify an SR SunTour fork exact model?

I recently located this SR SunTour service manual, containing schematics of a load of forks. Trouble is, my fork only has "XCR" on a sticker, and production date stamped. At some forum this is ...
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Data to convince teenager that blinking rear light is worth the “uncool” factor [closed]

I've read the topics on flashing vs. steady lights, but my question is even more basic: Is there any data to support my contention that a flashing rear light will significantly increase the safety of ...
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1answer
376 views

Shoulder and left flank pain

I ride a road bike and I have been fitted by me, this is because where I live there are no professional fitters. I prefer ridding on the hoods, but since I changed my fitting this year and moving the ...
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1answer
169 views

Protecting formal shoes from scuffs

I'm a utility cyclist. Usually when I ride, I wear good outdoor shoes that are waterproof and hard-wearing, so it's OK if they get scuffed on pedals or splashed with mud or oil from the road surface. ...
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1answer
154 views

No more chainguide from Sram?

I remember I saw somewhere new Sram system that does not require chainguide. Don't remember the model, but could you please tell me more about it? How does it work?
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Is it safe to ride while taking mucinex (guaifenesin)? [closed]

I've been getting over a chest cold, most of the worst symptoms are gone (like the sinus headache and tiredness). However, I tend to have a bit of congestion that hangs around for a couple weeks ...
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497 views

The right saddle for touring

In a month time I will be doing a two week tour in southern France. I was wondering which is the best kind of saddle for touring? I have a Specialized Tricross that came with a modern narrow and not ...
3
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1answer
391 views

Can i use a 10 speed hubbed wheel on my 7 speed/cassette bike?

I ride a 2005 Claud Butler San Remo with a Sora 7 cassette on the back. My back wheel has broke and is not repairable and I have bought an Ambrosio WS23 Wheel (700mm) with Bianchi hubs which I believe ...
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2answers
778 views

Why is there so much friction on my rear wheel?

With the chain detached, when I spin my rear wheel it slows down really quickly (2 turns?) as if the brakes are lightly on. The brakes are well clear of the wheel though. Any idea what it might be? ...
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3answers
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Why are people with full suspension bikes concerned about 'Stiffness' added by thru axles?

Why are people with full suspension bikes with several inches of travel be concerned about 'Stiffness' when discussing the advantages of thru axles. I would think this is more of a concern for rigid ...
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1answer
331 views

What is a Q-LOC axle? Is it compatible with Quick Release?

So what is a Q-LOC axle? If I decide to install a fork with such an axle, do I need another front wheel or is is it possible that my current QR hub is compatible. What do a Q-LOC wheel look like and ...
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3answers
348 views

Messenger bag or handlebar basket?

Fairly straightforward question the answer to which I presume depends upon ride distance, terrain, bike type, and bag weight, but I'm hoping there's a rule of thumb that generally applies to all ...
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1answer
235 views

Do the benefits from Cycling outweigh the harm of pollution

So in riding to work on a daily basis, do the physiological benefits gained from cycling to work get outweighed by the harm that pollution does to the body? I.e. does it cause more harm that it ...
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2answers
218 views

How much food should I carry cycle touring and what factors affect this?

I am planning a cycle tour that will pass through some areas where I know there will be plenty of access to food and some areas that will be away from food for a day or two. I am going to Turkey, ...
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0answers
228 views

How much on average does it cost per month to go cycle touring in India? [closed]

I am planning on going cycle touring and I was wondering if anyone can advise as to how much it will cost per month
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2answers
803 views

How to choose grips for trail riding AND commuting?

I use my mountain bike for trail riding (a few hours on weekends) and for commuting (20-50 minutes each day), on paved or dirt roads (I have 2 different routes). I would like to replace the grips on ...
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3answers
512 views

Hybrid electric bikes, how do they work?

I'm about to move further away from work, so my 5.5 mile commute is going up to 12 miles (24 there and back). I'm not interested in using an elecrtic bike because I can't be bothered to pedal.. I ...
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1answer
312 views

Confusion regarding the Shimano numering system

I have learned that the first couple of letters on a stamped Shimano part mean the part type e.g. FD - front derailleur, and the first digit indicates the series e.g. M960 XTR/DCL 9s M950 XTR 9s M900 ...
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0answers
306 views

My left STI shifter has 5 positions for a double crankset?

I'm in the process of installing my Shimano Tiagra left shifter for the front derailleur on my double crank and I'm a bit confused, the indicator shows it has 5 positions for a crank with only 2 ...
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2answers
352 views

Is it legal for me to ride facing traffic on the sidewalk in California?

I'm just wondering. I live in the OC by the way. I like to ride against traffic because it makes me nervous otherwise. I grew up in Brooklyn and there they tell us to ride facing traffic.
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1answer
115 views

What advise for using spacers on MTB rear forkend

I have a Cannondale MTB frame I'd like to make a cruzer by adding a Sturmey Archer 2-speed kick shift. The SA axel length is 162mm and the spacing is 116mm but the Cannondale spacing is 135mm ...
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3answers
282 views

How to remove rust from unpainted parts?

I would like to remove rust from some old parts such as cassette, bolts, and nuts. Most of the rust is just surface rust, and I would think there would be a good technique for doing this. Besides ...
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4answers
3k views

Learning to ride fixed gear: Clipless or not?

Which strategy is better for learning to ride fixed gear, if you're already comfortable with clipless pedals: Flat pedals at first, clipless after you're comfortable with being unable to coast. ...
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2answers
257 views

Turtles on Trails

This is probably a silly question but my curiosity has bubbled over. I ride mountain bike trails around 5-6 times a week and generally I will see turtles on the trail 2-4 times. Sometimes I even see ...
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1answer
468 views

Choosing a long-travel cross-country fork

I ride hard-tail cross-country for recreation (Specialized Hardrock with disc brakes). Recently, my fork got damaged and now I am looking for a replacement. My current(now previous) fork has 80mm or ...
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2answers
1k views

Do OnGuard MinPin Locking Skewers provide adequate security?

Do OnGuard MinPin Locking Skewers provide adequate security? I read one review (http://www.rei.com/product/842891/onguard-minpin-keyless-3-piece-locking-skewer-set) saying that the skewers can easily ...
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2answers
2k views

How should I prepare a carbon frame when I want to swap in a new bottom bracket?

My four-year-old, carbon-framed road bike has developed a case of creaky cranks. I only hear creaking when pedalling hard, when I pedal more softly it just sounds like it has always done. Given the ...
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3answers
169 views

Converting Mountain Bike for Road to complete in 33 mile mini triathalon

I have a very good mountain bike and like to ride trails. I recently signed up for a mini triathalon that requires a 33 mile road ride. I don't want to buy a new bike, so I was thinking about buying ...
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1answer
743 views

repair scratches on surly frame

I am a happy owner of a Surly Cross Check frame, two years old. Today I put it against a pole, but a strong wind blow made it slide along the pole and fall to the ground. As a result, there is one ...
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2answers
585 views

Bottom bracket cup doesn't fit on non drive side

I'm replacing the crankset and bottom bracket on my old steel frame road bike, which looks like this one, so I'm guessing it's from around 1985. I picked up a 68 mm square taper bottom bracket and ...
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7answers
3k views

What are the benefits of nickel-plated chains?

Bicycle chains with higher model numbers (and slightly higher prices) are often nickel-plated or half-nickel-plated. What are the benefits of nickel-plated chains over non-nickel-plated chains? How ...
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2answers
1k views

How do you distinguish a touring bike from a speed/road bike?

I would like to buy a touring bike soon, but in our country I cannot find any well known touring bike. I would like to buy a used one so I am going to visit some of the bicycles stores of our capital ...
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2answers
849 views

How can I remove the bottom bracket from this old road bike?

I need some help removing this bottom bracket. I am obviously no mechanic, and watching several videos on youtube I found nothing that could help in this specific case. Basically after removing both ...
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2answers
15k views

How do I know whether my bike can use disk brakes?

I have a Gary Fisher bike (wahoo I believe). I think it's considered the entry level Fisher mountain bike. Could I put on disc brakes as opposed to using the standard brakes on this bike? Standard ...
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1answer
276 views

What type of tires have tubes inside?

Don't judge me as stupid just yet, I'm not sure if mine's a tubular or tubeless tire but everyone says tubular tires are glued to the metal wheel. However, mine isn't. It consists of a smooth, ...
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1answer
290 views

Double vs. single saddle rails?

Looking into buying myself a Brooks saddle, and have found two models that primarily differ in having what the descriptions call "single" or "double" rails. What in the world is the difference, and ...
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6answers
7k views

Is it possible to make a larger bike fit a smaller person?

I bought a used road bike to commute into school each day (only about 4 miles roundtrip) and to go on casual rides for fun. I've only had it for about 3 weeks and prior to that have not had a bike ...
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3answers
6k views

What iOS / iphone app can give me turn by turn navigation of a pre-planned route?

What iOS / iphone app can provide turn by turn navigation of a pre-planned (mostly on road) route (stored in GPX or TCX file)? Voice features are nice, but not mandatory. I've found many apps that ...
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1answer
535 views

Where do stolen bikes go?

I'm looking for, ideally, an academic study or authoritative source on what happens to stolen bikes, rather than just speculation. Is there anything I can do at this point to help track mine down? My ...
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2answers
5k views

Can I convert flat bar to drop bars on a hybrid bike

I'm fairly certain that the bars should change out quite easily; I'm more concerned about the shifters and brakes. Currently I have a hybrid 18 speed with cable disc brakes and Shimano Deore XT ...
2
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1answer
507 views

Differences between symetrical and asymetrical brake pads for cantilever / v-brakes

What are the functional differences of the 'long tail' brake pads (more pad on one rear facing side of the post than the front side) versus the symmetrical (same amount of pad on either side of the ...
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3answers
4k views

Is there difference in quality for disc brake rotors?

I am on the hunt for new rotors for my mechanical disc brakes, as the old are too twisted now and the brakes can't be adjusted without the disc rubbing the pads. What is the difference between the ...
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0answers
138 views

After biking to a client's home, is it reasonable to change my tallit katan while standing on the driveway? [closed]

I wear a T-shirt, plus a tallit katan, plus a button-down shirt, and I bike to clients' homes. Let's say I want to change into a (clean) tallit katan before entering a non-Jewish client's home. Is it ...
5
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4answers
9k views

How to repair sticky Ultegra shifter

I have Ultegra 3x9 shifters and derailleurs that were installed just a couple months ago. I purchased them on eBay and although they were new, they had been sitting in inventory for a couple years so ...

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