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Are single-speed bikes better equipped to handle cog/chain wear?

I need to decide between a single-speed and multiple-speed bike. I usually ride multiple-speed mountain/city bikes in the highest gear anyway (around town). They're not intended for that, and doing ...
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5answers
507 views

Can fresh hot asphalt damage slicks?

Today I was riding with my road bike when I suddenly hit a patch of hot asphalt. The day before the one side of the road was already filled with a hard first load, so I didn't think much of riding ...
4
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3answers
266 views

What can I do to help me sustain frequent long-ish rides?

After nearly a year of commuting by bicycle to and from work 2-3 days per week, I have recently started cycling to work every day, 5 days a week, rain or shine. My commute is about 11-15 miles each ...
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2answers
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How do I align my front brake disk with the caliper?

I have manual Avid disc brakes. I took my front wheel off like I've done hundreds of times. When I put it back on the wheel is aligned properly with my fork, but the disc presses against one of the ...
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1answer
229 views

Can anyone identify this frame?

I've recently picked up a 'beach cruiser' frame from a local free-add site. It was claimed to be a Huffy, however I can't seem to verify this (I've emailed Huffy and I'm awaiting their response, and ...
2
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2answers
425 views

SRAM x9 3x9 with a 10 speed Shimano SXL FC-M660 Crankset

Ok so let's start this out by saying I have not a ton of money to work with, and really want to get my bike up and working with little cost as possible. I have friends that have changed out parts on ...
2
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2answers
201 views

How to avoid riding on a gravel on the road sides? + Riding through traffic lights

I'm commuting to work almost every day. The roads on my way are quite thin so I have ride on the edge of it. But there is usually some gravel and it's quite hard to ride on that especially when riding ...
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5answers
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Are there pedals that are both flat and cleated on each side?

I use the same bike for commuting, fast lunch-time rides, and not-very-fast weekend touring. I recently switched from flat pedals to clipless (Shimano PD-M520) but am finding them impractical on my ...
3
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2answers
336 views

Brakepads are burning tyres out

I have a Jamis Allegro Sport Hybrid (6 months old) and has gone about 400 miles so far. Today I had an accident (in the UK) because the rear tyre got punctured after hitting a good size pothole. I ...
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2answers
214 views

Seatpost maintenance : removing rust

I have an aluminum seat post in a steel frame. The post was really hard to extract and I don't want this thing corroding on me. You've discussed how to take care of the rust on a steel frame and on ...
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5answers
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Worth it carrying spare spokes?

Truing a wheel and lacing spokes is a big deal, requires a truing stand and everything. I know some do it without tool just with the spoke wrench and the naked eye, but feels like a big deal to me. ...
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2answers
673 views

What is the largest hole a tire can bear before replacement?

Saw this question today. The tire in question has a 2cm long hole on the inside, from a knife. I sometimes get puncture flats from e.g. glass. Never as big as 2cm. Usually if they're less than ...
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7answers
6k views

Can Garmin Edge 500/510 and 800/810 be charged while riding?

Extended battery life is very neccesary for using the device on long brevets and multi-day endurance racing. Can Garmin Edge cycling GPS units 500/510 and 800/810 be charged while riding via external ...
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1answer
352 views

What could cause a screeching noise when going downhill without brakes?

Going downhill on my road bike with aero bars without applying brakes results in a terrible screeching coming from what seems to be the front wheel. Are the bearings going out?
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4answers
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Is it worth time to rebuild an old steel frame?

I found an old Favorit racing bike. I didn't weigh it without all the parts but I find it pretty light, and it has a nice classic look. It is however really rusty (superficial damage only). Right now ...
6
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5answers
1k views

Hybrid or Road Bike?

I was given a Raleigh Venture comfort bike as a gift a few months ago, and took to riding very well. I am overweight, but dropping quickly. I started at 275 and sit around 250 now after two months of ...
3
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2answers
1k views

Can outer tyre (casing) punctures/cuts be fixed?

My flatmate got his tyre stabbed. With a knife, it seems. (The bike was tied to a staircase railing in the building and was obviously in some maniac's way. Though there was plenty of room around. And ...
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12answers
39k views

Is it better to get an entry-level carbon bike or a similarly priced aluminum bike?

I am going to buy my first proper road bike, and I have been comparing entry-level carbon frames with top-level aluminum frames in the same series (Giant Defy). What are the benefits of carbon vs. ...
2
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1answer
168 views

Turbo trainer compared to road / air resistence - Magneto Classic

For reasons I won't bore you with I have been confined to the garage for my training for the last six-seven months. I have been using my road bike on a Cycleops magnetto classic (see: Here) What I ...
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2answers
77 views

Recovery from surgery, and want to race in November

I'm six months after a double ankle joint fusion surgery. Both my surgeon and my physio have suggested cycling. I have a wind trainer and have plinked my road bike on it and being working on my ...
3
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4answers
326 views

bike racks for outdoor use at a school

We're looking for some bike racks for our school, but we're unsure as to the styles of bike racks and what's best. What features should we be looking for? Are there styles of racks that work well for ...
2
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1answer
103 views

What should I be looking for when buying reflective lights for night riding?

I would like to buy some reflective tape to stick on my wheels and to my frame to increase visibility at night. From a look on ebay, it seems there's a variety of different types of reflective tapes ...
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5answers
2k views

walkable clipless pedal shoe to replace normal shoe?

I have a touring bike which I use almost exclusively for commuting. I am thinking about getting a clipless pedal with walkable shoes. At the same time, my normal shoes which I wear when not cycling ...
2
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1answer
477 views

Are these chainrings the reason my chain skips/hops?

When I ride my bike normally, then chain skips like crazy. I know it skips in the front because I stuck some paper in the chain to see if it moved and it didn't. Chainrings:
3
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4answers
3k views

Getting the right cockpit position. Sliding forward. What should I adjust to keep my sit bones on the seat?

I am experienced rider and I'm looking for some advice on how to adjust my cockpit position. I am a daily commuter, and do regular 40-50k rides on the weekends, and with the warmer weather will work ...
3
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1answer
141 views

Should I grease pins when re-installing them on cottered cranks?

I'm restoring a vintage Peugeot with cottered cranks. When reattaching the cranks to the bottom bracket spindle, should I grease the pins or put them in dry?
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2answers
1k views

Can oil/grease damage tires?

I've noticed a small puddle of light oil beneath the rear wheel of our Rohloff-equipped tandem. I'm told that a small amount of leakage is normal and I'm not worried about that. The issue is that a ...
5
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3answers
908 views

Is it possible to transport many (up to 12) bikes using some sort of auto-trailer?

I would like to be able to use a trailer, either open-air or enclosed to transport multiple bicycles at the same time. When I google hitch racks the maximum is 5...I am looking for a towable ...
2
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2answers
4k views

How can I tell what frame model/year this bicycle is? [closed]

There is a bicycle that is locally owned that I want to buy and the only information I have about the bicycle frame from the dealer is that it's just a OCLV 110. With a couple of zoom-ins and ...
10
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6answers
602 views

Training fasted: just about weight loss?

Preparing for a 100mile ride in August I was thinking of following a training plan which came in a "Sportive Guide" given away with Cycling Plus magazine this month. Some of the days on the plan ...
6
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2answers
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How much of the saddle rail is suiteable to use

Is it possible to safely set the seat to the max to get the saddle as far forward as it will go. Or should it only be clamped within the marked range 0 to 3.5? I have marked the points in red. The ...
3
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3answers
138 views

How to repair shifter housing

I have shifter with damaged housing. It shifts well, but I guess if housing is not repaied, rain and elements will quickly put an end to it. Which material would be suitable to fix this hole? Epoxy ...
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2answers
352 views

Should I get a 18/25 tube or a 25/32 tube? [duplicate]

I have a 25mm size tyre and I'm ordering some inner tubes on the net. So far, I seem to have a choice between either the 18/25 range or the 25/32 range. Both would fit but would one size be better ...
0
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1answer
213 views

Replacing thick wheels with thinner ones

My heavy bike (~15 kg) has thick wheels, the rim width of each is about 3 cm. Accordingly, the tires are also thick (~4.5 cm). Unless the tires are fully pumped up, the bike is difficult to ride and ...
3
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1answer
262 views

Can I take a bike into central London on the Underground?

I'm coming from Canada and will be riding in the London-Edinburgh-London randonneuring ride which finishes in Loughton. The London Underground info. shows that I can take my bike on the Central line ...
12
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4answers
11k views

Why are higher-end freewheels so much louder when coasting?

I tend to ride relatively modest gear (Tiagra/Ultegra), but when I'm riding near higher-end bikes, I sometimes notice that the clicking sound that comes from their cassette/free-wheel while coasting ...
14
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3answers
891 views

How can I mitigate the risk of public urination charges on long rides?

Qualifying offenses for the sex offender registry can include public urination. Though the chance may be small, the potential consequences are severe. Unfortunately, bladders are apparently designed ...
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2answers
722 views

What kind of paint should I use on my plastic mudguards?

I tried repainting my plastic mudguards (fenders) using automotive spray paint. It went on easily and covered well with two coats, but it has no abrasion resistance at all. Within a few weeks my paint ...
1
vote
1answer
212 views

bottom bracket Stronglight JP400 equivalents

I need to replace my bottom bracket cartridge because it is knackered. After a bit of reading it seems that there may be many types of cartridge variations (axle lengths, threads, size of square ...
8
votes
2answers
450 views

What's the foot retention used by pro track cyclists?

I have recently started hitting my local velodrome in Herne Hill and it's great fun. I notice the majority of experienced riders use road pedals such as Look or SPD-SL. The rental bikes just have ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

How can I increase the highest gear ratio?

I am looking for some higher cog front gears for an old bike I am considering. I've been away from it for some time and don't know the current number of cogs on the front ring, but I am looking to ...
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2answers
531 views

Why does chain slip when I move my pedals?

Why does chain slip when I move my pedals? How do I fix it? Here is a clip: ...
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3answers
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Why do my pedals move when I move my wheel? How do I fix it?

Why do my pedals move when I move my wheel? How do I fix it? Here is a clip: ...
1
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1answer
118 views

Looking for alternate pants with 'snaps' around calf and/or shin area

Right now I have a pair of the prana Zion Stretch pants with these little 'snaps' around the area described in title. This allows you to basically roll up your pant leg(s) (ideal for moving out of the ...
1
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1answer
306 views

How much “play” is normal in a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub?

I inherited a bike with a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub (Sturmey Archer AW, from 1984). I am very familiar with free-wheels and cassete hubs, but this is fairly new to me, although I did some research ...
3
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3answers
2k views

How to replace a Sturmey Archer's cable?

I would like to replace the cable of a Sturmey Archer hub, but can't find a way to disassemble the old cable without destroying it, and it puzzles me how to insert the new cable. To better explain, I ...
0
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1answer
353 views

7 speed front Derailleur on 9 speed crankset

I have 9 speed crankset (44-32-22 FC M542), and matching RapidFire 9x3 speed shifters (FL M590). Can I use 7 speed front derailleur FD M550 in that combination?
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3answers
566 views

What factors influence the maximum tire pressure other than the tire itself?

On the tires of a bike, there is a label which shows the maximum allowed pressure for it. However, I am wondering if there are any other factors that affect the maximum allowed pressure in a tire? ...
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2answers
588 views

I want to buy a fixed gear bike. Which one should I buy? [closed]

This is my first time posting here. I'm 15 years old, I want to buy a fixed gear bike to get to school, job and metro. I live in Montreal,Canada if you wonder... A fixie would be perfect since ...
4
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1answer
477 views

Can i stop my frame scratching my seatpost?

I have an On-One Scandal aluminium frame, into which i have put a carbon seatpost. I have been adjusting it to find the right height, and i have noticed that it is getting seriously scratched - see a ...

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