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How effective is checking spoke tension by ear?

Sheldon Brown's Wheelbuilding page links to the article: Check Spoke Tension by Ear. Obviously a tensiometer would be ideal, but Sheldon suggests that checking spoke tension by ear is a reasonable ...
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1answer
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Have replaced v-brakes and they still squeak. What to do?

I think I've read every post here about V-brake squeal, as well as the popular ones on the Sheldon Brown site, the Park Tools guide and so forth - but I seem to have a brake squeal that just won't ...
8
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1answer
266 views

What is the purpose of the channel in my seat?

What is the purpose of the channel in my seat? Is it just for comfort or does it have some medical benefits?
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6answers
1k views

Is standing up and peddling on multi-gear bicycles a bad idea

After reading While pedaling standing up, bike crank gives in as if shifting, what is causing this? , I was thinking well for starters one should probably not be standing up to pedal under normal ...
5
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2answers
107 views

How do I find out which channel size I need in my seat?

How do I find out which channel size I need in my seat? I am male and want what is the healthiest choice.
6
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3answers
693 views

Simple plain English explanation of VO2 MAX

What is VO2 MAX and how is a measurement taken? By how much can VO2 MAX be increased in the average person?
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1answer
194 views

Elimination race tactics

I saw a bit of the Omnium racing televised this week, and while most of the events are straightforward, the Elimination race seems to require far deeper tactics than the others. This may be just ...
4
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1answer
478 views

What are the disadvantages of wearing an aero helmet?

During the Olympic Final of the Men's Keirin one competitor (Chris Hoy) was wearing an aero helmet (red helmet in the picture below), the other competitors wore normal helmets: The advantages of ...
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The back brake on my bike is not functional, is it illegal for me to cycle in the United Kingdom?

I live in the UK and cycle to and from work. I recently noticed that the back brake on the bike is not functioning. Is it legal for me to be cycling on the road (the front brake works fine but it is a ...
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3answers
727 views

What skills must cyclists master to succeed at racing?

In addition to power, stamina, endurance, what skills must you master to succeed in professional cycling?
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369 views

Lighter bike for climbing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the effect of adding weight to a wheel vs adding it to the frame? Do lighter wheels make a significant difference when climbing or would a lighter frame do the ...
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4answers
477 views

Flying with your bike

I am going away on a cycling holiday to the Alps and need to take my bike on the plane with me. Has anyone had experience taking bikes on planes and how did you protect your bike? Can anyone ...
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3answers
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Replacing the front derailleur: unlink the chain?

If I want to replace the front derailleur on an already set up bicycle (replace SRAM Apex with SRAM Force), do I have to unlink and relink the chain on order to thread it through the FD cage? Or can I ...
2
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2answers
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What does A/V mean on an inner tube package?

I've got a bike tire that says "(32-630) 27 X 1 1/4" on it. I've got also got an innertube that says "700X18/23C -27X1 A/V". I'm trying to figure out if the innertube is the right size for the ...
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1answer
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Why do track cyclers start slow?

I was watching the Olympics today and happened to catch track cycling (sprint). I understand that they have fixed gear bikes which is a reason they start slow, however, I did not understand why they ...
2
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2answers
715 views

Can I use a derailleur hanger in my old frame?

I'm trying to adapt an old '83 Fuji Del Rey frame with the parts of my broken '86 Fuji Espree and I'm having problems adapting the Derailleur. The Del Rey frame doesn't come with the little hook ...
1
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1answer
173 views

When does a trackstand “officially” ends (or how to measure its duration?)

Trackstands (a trick in which a rider, usually on a fixed-gear bike, keeps balanced with zero speed, by pedalling back and forth with minimum displacement) can be employed either on the track or on ...
5
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2answers
362 views

Is China dumping cheap spokes on America market?

My Raleigh dealer told me my spokes keep breaking because China is dumping spokes made with cheap metal on American markets that rust from the inside. I'm being charged $100 US dollars to swap ...
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1answer
419 views

How to change a Gary Fisher Kaitai Dual Sport to be faster on the road?

I have a Kaitai dual sport and I love the bike however, I find myself doing a lot more road riding than off road riding and am looking for things I can do to the bike that will help road rides. I ...
2
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1answer
109 views

Can I attach a trailer to a Bixi bicycle?

Do the bikes used by the Bixi bike sharing system, in cities like London, Boston and New York, accept trailers like Trail-a-bikes and Tag-a-longs?
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2answers
515 views

How to convert 17“ bike to 18” without changing frame

I bought Author Basic (2012) with 17" frame. But I have some back aches after 2 or more hours of cycling (just cycling or with little jumpings) and sometimes I feel little unsure while riding ...
3
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1answer
180 views

when does the pace bike leave in Keirin?

I understand the pace bike gets the pack up to speed, but of the 8 lap race how do they decide which lap to bring the pace bike off? Is it based on speed?
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1answer
4k views

Mixing components: 105 and Deore XT

When I bought my bike back in 1999, it was mounted on Shimano 105 except for rear derailleur and cassette which are Deore XT (all 9-speed, Hyperglide). The vendor then told me "..and you've got a ...
4
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3answers
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Does a rear derailleur guard provide effective protection?

I recently caught my rear derailleur on a log and snapped it in two. I have done some recent work on some department store bikes and noticed that some come equipped with an axle mounted guard around ...
2
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2answers
193 views

What type of bike has the most similar feel to a stationary bike? [closed]

At the moment I cycle half an hour every evening, on a crappy indoor stationary bike. BUT I'm pretty good, get some good speeds and distances etc. I want to start cycling outside again, I want a bike ...
6
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3answers
3k views

Should I buy a cyclocross bike or road bike to do Triathlons and CX?

I have a mountain bike and used it in my first triathlon without slick on. Now I'd like to get into doing triathlons just for fun, not competitively. I'd also like to get into doing cyclocross. Here's ...
3
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1answer
4k views

A general explanation of rim, tire and tube specifications

My bike's manufacturer page specifies that it has a rim size of 700CX14GX36H. It provides a tire size of 7X28C. It also mentions that it uses high performance 700C tires, which I think is also ...
7
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2answers
9k views

What maintenance does a front suspension fork need?

I've just bought a used bike on eBay, its a 2002 Marin Bobcat Trail. It has 'In-Sync 266' suspension forks. This is my first suspension bike so I need some guidance in the use and maintenance of these ...
3
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7answers
7k views

How can you remove logos from a bike frame?

I'm trying to remove all these annoying labels from my bike. On the main frame there is one big logo, but I'm not sure if it's a sticker or not. The frame is black, but it's very cheaply made, and the ...
11
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3answers
13k views

Help Me Understand My Bicycle's Gears

I've recently started commuting with a bicycle (Giant hybrid bicycle). I've been trying to learn a little about bicycling to make my commute easier and my time on the bicycle more enjoyable. Please ...
1
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3answers
347 views

Skid on small frame

I bought a new, cheap and maybe nasty fixed gear bike. They were only in sizes 54cm and 56cm, so I had to go for 56cm, even though my road bike is 61cm and I'm 186cm. My first few skidding attempts ...
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4answers
4k views

Did I buy the wrong mountain bike?

I recently bought a 2012 Epic comp 29" and am super excited to start hitting the trails, back country, camping, etc., but I'm starting to think I should have bought a bike with more mm of travel. ...
8
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2answers
546 views

Change-over rules for women's team sprint

I have just been watching the women's team sprint finals, and sawsaw China lose the final race due to a rule infringement. Earlier the Great British team were disqualified for the same reason. There ...
3
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2answers
3k views

What do I need to research to switch to an internally geared hub?

I have a bike that I rather like, but it's geared entirely for high-speed road bike type work. It's fantastic on the flat areas of the route that I take every day, but I also have a couple of serious ...
1
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1answer
550 views

Need help choosing compatible rear derailleur, cassette & chain

I just "inherited" a bike that has no rear derailleur or chain. It also looks like the cassette is pretty worn, so I'm thinking about replacing that too. I've looked around on the forum and I think ...
2
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3answers
630 views

My Road bike pedals locked up tonight. Why?

I was riding my road bike and my pedals locked up and I couldn't spin anymore. I got off the bike to check the gears and chains and while fiddling with them I heard a loud POP and my rear tire popped ...
8
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2answers
398 views

Teaching an adult to ride

My friend wants to learn to ride, and I've got a road bike that fits him reasonably. He's willing to buy a helmet, but not a trike or anything like that. My plan was to put the seat low and have him ...
12
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4answers
2k views

I've had a bike in storage for over 10 years. What maintenance does it need?

I've had a bike in indoor storage (my garage) for over 10 years. I'd like to get it back into good condition to use for my commute to/from work each day. What things should I check/replace before I ...
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5answers
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Radon bikes - has anyone heard of them? [closed]

I am interested in purchasing my first road bike. Specifically the Radon R1 4.0 or the Radon RPS. Does anyone have any experience wit these bikes? There are a few tests on-line but unfortunately I ...
1
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1answer
1k views

Genesis Onyx 29" New tires? New wheels?

I want replacement tires for this bike. I believe they are 29" x 2.125. Can I buy tires that are more narrow for the same rim/wheel? 2" 1.75? Also, Is it possible/practical to swap the wheels ...
2
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4answers
513 views

Do higher speed crashes result in less serious injuries.

I have heard that the severity of injuries tend to decrease while riding a road bike at high speed. An instance of high speed would be like those in the Tour de France. The reasoning behind this idea ...
2
votes
3answers
719 views

How exactly are pedals attached to crank arms?

Recently I tried to unscrew the left pedal of a bicycle by turning it counter-clockwise with a spanner lengthened with a piece of pipe. The net result is the spanner broke apart and the pedal is still ...
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votes
1answer
436 views

Which is better, single speed or three speed?

Which is better, single speed or three speed? I am 45 and buying an adult trike because I never learned to ride a bike when I was younger. I don't know if I get a single speed or three speed?
3
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3answers
1k views

Will a 650x23 tire fit on my 26" rim?

I have an MTB that I have been riding in the city for many years. As such, slick tires suit me well and I have been using a set of 26x1.25 tires for the last 3-5 years but they are starting to show ...
6
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4answers
5k views

Unsure of Proper Tire Pressure

I purchased a new bicycle and I'm confused about the tire pressure. The guy at the bicycle shop told me to inflate to at least 100psi. However the bicycle itself has the words 'Maximum inflation - ...
3
votes
4answers
831 views

How does stiffness affect experience and performance?

I see many mountain bike reviews and articles discuss the stiffness of frames, forks, wheels and other components. Here are some questions which cross my mind: What is the definition of stiffness? ...
4
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4answers
2k views

What bikes will be used by the competitors in the Mountain Bike Olympics?

I'm just curious to know what bike models and setups will be used by the competitors? Is there any data out there on the web?
3
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2answers
1k views

How do I descend faster on the straightaway?

I've heard a lot of advice about descending mountain roads involving cornering and braking. I want to know how to go faster when descending on the long straightaway. Is it worth pedaling at speeds ...
1
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2answers
1k views

What kind of pump do I need for this valve?

This is the valve I have on my bike, but my current pump does not work with it. What kind of pump do I need to buy that will work with it?
6
votes
1answer
757 views

I find that I'm always in my highest gear. What options to I have to re-distribute the ratios to a more useful range

I have three gears in the front and 8 in the back, but I always use the highest gear (I live in a flat place) I might drop down one or two gears occationally but this is only a small fraction of the ...

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