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Resources for finding dirt roads for planning gravel grinding rides

What are good resources to use to find dirt roads, fire roads, gravel roads, or disused paved roads for planning a gravel grinder or ultracross style ride. Any particular atlases, online mapping ...
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3answers
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Is it safe to ride on an unevenly bulging tyre?

Most of the tyre looks fine, true and straight but the section photographed shows bulging. The rim itself is true, is this safe to ride on?
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3answers
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I unscrewed the lockring, and *both* BB cups rotated - what's going on?

I'm fixing up an old tandem, and the cup-and-cone bottom bracket at the front sounds very gritty, so I picked up my c-spanner and applied it to the lockring. With a bit of effort, left cup and ...
6
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3answers
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Creaking bottom bracket

I have a Trek 3900 Mountain bike that had a serious creaking problem whenever I would pedal. I found that the ring that holds the Shimano sealed bearing was really loose. I tightened it up and it ...
4
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7answers
607 views

How would the “pros” bike this commute?

I've been putting up some pounds and have a bike gathering dust at home =D I normally commute by bus or carpool, but would like an opinion from some more seasoned bikers on how you'd tackle this ...
13
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4answers
870 views

How can somebody with Type I diabetes keep blood sugar levels acceptable during and after a multi-hour ride?

I recently upgraded my bike to a Merckx EMX1 and started doing some serious riding. I am riding 50–70km(30–45 miles once a week usually including a second cat climb and sometimes one or ...
2
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10answers
4k views

Good backpack for carrying groceries [closed]

So, I need to be able to carry 3-4 days worth of groceries for one person, about a mile from the store to home. I'm not too keen on the idea of panniers or anything else that mounts to the frame. I ...
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2answers
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Deep cleaning - crank, derailleurs, hubs

I recently completed a 100 mile sportive that included a lot of riding through big puddles, fords etc.. bike got very muddy/gross and was making a lot of noise by the end of it! I gave it a quick once ...
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2answers
221 views

What brand is this handlebar stem?

I just purchased a used bike recently and I am curious to the make of my handlebar stem. Would anyone be able to identify the brand logo?
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2answers
283 views

A vintage bike collection

Do you know a collection of vintage road-bike, with pictures of their old school style and actual argus price. I just bought a Mercier and I wonder, how much it can cost nowdays...
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2answers
805 views

shaving your legs, arms, or both?

I understand why cyclists shave their legs. I shave my legs. But as of recently have felt kind of funny that my legs are smooth and my arms are hairy. Is there a reason why we don't shave our arms ...
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4answers
354 views

Which bicycle do you recommend for a short daily city commute that can last for a solid 8-10 years? [closed]

I need a road bike for my daily commute. I live in Philadelphia and am looking on Craigslist and found a couple options. Let me know what you guys think. Feel free to suggest anything else you find ...
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7answers
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Are Z-shaped cranks a good idea?

I've stumbled across this kickstarter project, which promotes an original shape for cranks: They claim a wider arc of useful push during rotation. While their main point is rendered moot by ...
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1answer
141 views

What are some good eating habits? [closed]

I want to get myself back into road cycling. When I first bought my bike I was serious and was riding everyday 20-30 miles. I got burned out because I wasn't eating right. This time around I want to ...
8
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2answers
310 views

Rec for bike backpack with side zipper into main compartment

I got a used SAG Life Air Force 1 backpack from a friend, after deciding that a messenger bag was just too heavy when it was full for my one shoulder to bear. I primarily use the bag for urban ...
0
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2answers
141 views

Reference Request: Best practices for urban commuting [closed]

I'm thinking about commuting by bicycle for the first time. What are some resources (e.g. books, websites) I should take a look at for tips and best practices to follow. I'm looking for further ...
0
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1answer
181 views

Right campagolo gears slipping

I have a set of Campagolo Athena 11 levels and the right one is slipping when changing down. What is the problem and which part do I need to replace, please
2
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2answers
506 views

Time Trial/ Tri Aero Wheels Query

I am in constant debate with my colleague regarding the use of aero tt/triathlon wheels (82/101) for normal/general road use (fear of buckling etc?). I was wondering what peoples thoughts were on ...
1
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1answer
299 views

Purpose of partially filled in rear drop out

I have an old MTB frame that has the drive side rear dropout partially filled in as if it was part of the original forging of the dropout. And, I have seen this on a few other frames -- even ...
1
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2answers
412 views

Singlespeed Hub - Rear Axle Swap

I have two sets of wheels, both laced to surly singlespeed hubs (the older "new" hubs, not the "ultra new" hubs which seem to make this process much easier). Anyway the wheelset I like better has a ...
6
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2answers
2k views

MIG Welds vs Brazing for simple bike hacks

Given that frames are generally brazed, not welded and given that MIG welding will work on simple bike hacks what are the downsides of MIG welding these hacks? For example, I would like to make a ...
2
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4answers
243 views

Why do i have a cramp?

I think Ive been getting a cramp in my right quad. I assume its a cramp, but ive never had one before. I bike 10 miles per day 5 days per week. I always ride the same way (to and from work). On one ...
2
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5answers
733 views

Six speed chain on an eight speed bike

So in the shop they asked me "what chain do you need" and I said 7. They said "you could try this 6-speed, it is half the price of a 7, and we put it on 7-speeds all the time". I said "ok", only to ...
5
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6answers
8k views

Adjusting disk brakes after taking off the wheel

I recently took off the front wheel off of my mountain bike, and have been having considerably difficulty getting the front wheel on the right spot such that the wheel doesn't rub against the brake ...
3
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4answers
416 views

Cycle training to prepare for first racing season

I wish to improve as a cyclist, I have a goal that I want to start racing by next summer. I want to know what is the best start I can give myself in or order to prepare. The hard part, it's coming ...
3
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3answers
462 views

Do flat fenders work fine?

There are some stylish flat fenders out there (e.g. these). Some, like the one in the preceding link, seem to only be as wide as the tire. This question is posed to people who have used flat fenders: ...
2
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1answer
203 views

2009 Boxxer Team Dual Crown - Are springs different from 2010 + models?

I have a 2009 boxxer team fork on my bike. I'd like to buy the firmer spring as I am heavier than the last owner. Can I put the spring from a 2010/2011/2012 boxxer in there or was there something ...
4
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2answers
719 views

Should I use a road bike or track bike on my rollers or trainer?

I have a road bike with a triple, a track bike with a high gear ratio. Which should I use on my trainer for use with training videos? Should I use a geared bike, freewheel single speed or fixed ...
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5answers
2k views

Is it safe to Cycle with an Umbrella?

Is it safe to cycle while holding an Umbrella? Obviously it's at least a little less safe than biking without holding something in your left (or right) hand. But how much more dangerous is it? ...
0
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2answers
154 views

Lowest Gear Out of Whack

Yesterday, I was having this problem. Taking the advice, I messed with the barrel adjusters. Now, every gear is working great except the highest gear and lowest gear. I put my bike in the highest ...
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2answers
509 views

Online Sources of Reviews of MTB bicycles in INDIA [closed]

I am from India and planning to buy a MTB bicycle. My budget is around Rs. 7k - 8k. I am confused between the two ranges Hero Octane Hercules Roadeo Can someone suggest me any good sites for ...
6
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1answer
400 views

Can I leave headset spacers above and below the stem

I am in the process of building a bike with a new frame and fork. The groupset will be from a donor bike. When it comes to fitting the bike and cutting the steerer I would like to do some trial rides ...
0
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2answers
400 views

Back Gears Clicking

I've got a ten gear cassette in the rear and the top gear is fine. But, if I'm in my next four or five gears before the top gear I get a clicking noise of the type you get when you shift and it ...
2
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1answer
257 views

Brake response is spongey post-brake lever upgrade

I have just performed an upgrade of brake levers on my Plug Racer, from the original cross-style levers (top mounted, possibly Promax 239A models) to Cane Creek 200TT bar end levers, connecting them ...
17
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2answers
1k views

What is the optimal cadence?

I have heard that one ought to turn the pedals at 90rpm. However, I do so much slower, especially while standing, and would like to understand the argument behind this number (or any other number). ...
4
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2answers
507 views

Why are bike frames getting so much bigger

This is just a general interest kind of question, but I've really been wondering about this lately. We've had a lot of advancements in bikes over the years, and people are always trying to make them ...
3
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2answers
2k views

Aluminum seatpost stuck to a steel frame

I'm trying to free my aluminum seatpost corroded to a CrMo frame. One of the methods is to heat the aluminum seatpost and then to let it cool. In theory, the aluminum will expand twice as fast as ...
3
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3answers
1k views

could I mount a different manufacturer brand rotor to use with my brakes?

I've a tektro draco hydraulic brakes on my mtb and I would like to know if it is possible to mount a different brand rotor to use with my brakes?
7
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4answers
273 views

Help needed identifying mystery screws on 1940s tandem

My tandem has two small screws above each bottom bracket, one on each side (so four in total). I've not seen them on any other bike, and I can't figure out what they're for! Suggestions so far have ...
13
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5answers
2k views

Least worn tyre: front or back?

Where should I put the least worn tyre? on the front or the back? This is for XC MTB. Thanks in advance.
3
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3answers
954 views

Front derailleur sticking, not shifting. Will soaking in solvent damage parts?

I've got an older deore lx front derailleur for a mountain triple crankset. It wasn't shifting properly, and it seems that it's sticking and not returning back to a neutral position when I shift it. ...
2
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3answers
3k views

Aerobars on a hybrid

I got a set of aerobars for free and decided to install them on my hybrid. 1) I just tried them and feel a bit unstable. After checking it out online, I see this is normal, but I wonder if there is ...
4
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2answers
378 views

How to setup my 26er MTB for indoor MTB park

There is an indoor mountain bike park along the lines of Ray's MTB park being built near me (though I also road trip to rays and rent a bike). Most of the riding here seems suited for a dirt jumper. ...
1
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1answer
379 views

Can Tacx Flow head unit work with old (2002) Basic frame/brake?

I want to replace a lost head unit/computer on my old Tacx Basic from 2002, does anybody know if modern Flow head unit will work with this old frame/load generator? I think such was an upgrade path, ...
9
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2answers
1k views

Are there any high power bicycle generators?

I have been searching for a generator or 'dynamo' (preferably one built into the hub) to run lights for night riding, but it seems that most are rated for only about 3W (presumably to meet German ...
4
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1answer
196 views

What to get for my second saddle?

I am a 16mi/day commuter and have been for the last two years. When I bought my bike the first thing I replaced was the warn stock saddle with one of those "couch on a stick" models. Say what you ...
10
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2answers
786 views

Can cars legally drive in the bike lane down the street?

Every day on my way to school there is a long street with a bike lane and two car lanes on each side. But when the street is jammed I have cars going really fast behind me and honking because I'm not ...
22
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11answers
35k views

Why would one ever buy a 12-25 cassette when an 11-25 is available?

I was looking at purchasing some Sram Rival components. Looking at the available cassettes, there is a big variety of sizes available: 11-23: 11-12-13-14-15-16-17-19-21-23 11-25: ...
3
votes
2answers
441 views

Is “Greased Lightning” safe to use for bicycle cleaning?

I am specifically interested in cleaning my chain and drive train. Will it be too corrosive and degrade my 10 speed chain? A neighbor mentioned he uses Greased Lightning, but I could not find ...
6
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4answers
1k views

for a single-speed conversion, is it always necesary to change bottom bracket?

I want to convert my old raleigh, which has 3 chainrings on the front, into a single-speed. Do I have to replace the bottom bracket? I keep hearing conflicting things. Thankyou.

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