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Rear V-brake pivots (cantilever studs) asymmetrical on Specialized Hardrock XC 2004 - how to fix?

This is a bit weird question. I bought a Specialized Hardrock XC used bike cheaply on e-bay. It had no front brake and the rear v-brake had different arms and was very dodgy. I thought I would able to ...
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1answer
2k views

How do I install a fixed gear cog on a screw-on freewheel hub?

I'm converting my old favorit bicycle to a fixie, but the hub is obviously not made for a fixed gear cog. I've removed the freewheel (not sure if it's called that, the thing that spins backwards on ...
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1answer
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What are my options for replacing/upgrading my MTB front mech?

I recently damaged my front mech, a Shimano Acera, top swing, bottom pull, triple chainring. The rear cassette is 8-speed. So I need to replace this front mech. The original Shimano Acera is probably ...
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1answer
134 views

Out front attatchment for mobile phones/GPS

I'm looking for a case to mount my android as a GPS device. I find that a lot of cases require attaching off centre (thus taking unecessary handlebar space), or have very bulky clips that don't fit ...
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2answers
350 views

Upgrading Bicycle Gearing

I have a Raliegh falcon touring frame, which I've been upgrading gradually as it's in good nick, putting modern componants on it. I've got to the point where the next thing I need to do is upgrade ...
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7answers
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Do rubber bike pedals or rubber pedal covers exist?

I'm in a position where bringing my bike into the apartment is my best option at the moment. However, it is possible for metal edges of the bike pedals to catch the wooden edges of doorways. To ...
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1answer
2k views

How to reassemble a Shimano Alivio Shifter

I need a diagram on how to reassemble a Shimano Alivio Shifter. I just can't seem to get it right. I even disassembled the other shifter to see how it all fits together and now I can't get it ...
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3answers
374 views

Planting a foot when cornering: when and how?

Recently I have noticed the following. When doing extremely tight turns e.g. 90 degree trail turn, I tend to: Get out of my high saddle, position in front of it and low over the top tube Stick the ...
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Picking the appropriate hybrid bike frame size

I am a 5'8" tall female. Which hybrid or fitness style frame size would most likely fit me better, 17" or 19?"
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1answer
897 views

Does the diameter difference between road and mountain bike handlebars make some bikes incompatible?

I'm shopping around for a new set of handlebars, I want to give trekking bars (aka butterfly bars) a try. They're reasonably cheap so I'm willing to dive in as an experiment. I'm wondering though, ...
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1answer
3k views

How do you install a hub dynamo?

I want to buy a Shimano hub dynamo, but I'm encountering problems getting a bike shop to commit to installing it for me if I buy it. So I have a couple questions that I'm hoping some of you guys might ...
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4answers
2k views

Can I increase my highest gear ratio?

I have a modern bike (ridgeback meteor '13) and It currently has a 21 speed shimano chainset. I find that going down hills (which I do a lot) and on flats I need a higher gear. Can I do anything to ...
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2answers
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Can you use Shimano 11 speed chain pins on a 10 speed chain?

I want to purchase a spare pin for my Shimano Ultegra 10 speed chain. Looking around I can only see 11 speed pins for sale. Can I put these into a 10 speed chain?
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6answers
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How to nail clipping into race pedals without looking?

I was persuaded to switch to race SPD-SL pedals after losing the old MTB pedals to theft (along with the bike!). They're one-sided, though, unlike the MTB pedals, and I find that coming off of a red ...
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2answers
2k views

Is deep v wheels safer then the standard fixie rims

I'm thinking about getting a new fixie but wonder what size rims I should get. I've heard that deep v wheels are easier to handle then just the standard rim size.
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4answers
399 views

Which rack top bag fits an 11" MacBook Air with space for a little padding?

The goal is to carry a change of clothes and the MacBook Air (1.7 cm high, 29.95 cm wide, 19.2 cm deep and 1.06 kg) on a 14km commute. I've used Ortlieb panniers (on a Tubus rack) but I don't like the ...
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3answers
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Can I fit rear panniers to a full-suspension bike with a dropper post?

I'm looking at the Whyte T129s and have seen that there's a couple of options for fitting panniers to the back of a full-sus bike. Topeak Freeload - see link Any suggestions whether either of ...
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6answers
1k views

Clipless shoes & pedals and long distance

For the past few months, I have been thinking about clipless pedals. I am mostly a long distance rider. I go for the randonneuring and long distance triathlons. From various sources, I am informed ...
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1answer
1k views

What is the frame called that fits 700c wheels?

I have a set of 700c wheels and am looking to buy a used frame. I want a frame that fits the 700c tires so I don't have to file down the front dropouts or use long reach brakes. What are the frames ...
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5answers
335 views

Topography aware route planning

I'm in San Francisco and hills are crazy (think ~40° slope) and I would like to avoid taking many such hills (both when going down and up). Are there Google Maps-like apps that can take this into ...
2
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2answers
246 views

Chain repeatedly tries to click into place without gear change

While pedalling, every 10 seconds or so, the chain on my bike makes the sound it makes during a gear shift - it "clicks", as if it's clicking into place in the new gear. But there is no gear shift ...
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2answers
320 views

Do cyclocross races permanently damage the grass they are run on?

I am considering putting on a cyclocross event and was wondering if anyone has any experience with the after math of the race.
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1answer
471 views

Can I use friction shifters with a clutch style rear derailleur?

Can I use friction shifters with a clutch style rear derailleur like the 2014 Shimano Deore M615 Shadow Plus? Or does this put extra tension on the shift cable that will cause slips with a friction ...
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1answer
201 views

How to alter a sports cycle to avoid wheel bend

I have a Hero Hawk Nu-Age, which I bought it two years back. In India, this cycle was mostly used for sports. As this cycle has very thin wheels 27 * 1-1/4, I could not ride this on bumpy roads for ...
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1answer
4k views

Do I really need to use primer first?

It's my first time trying my hand at spray painting my bicycle. Do I really need to spray paint with primer first? I've already dismantled and sandpapered the bike and was thinking of giving it two ...
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3answers
335 views

Would learning to ride a unicycle boost biking skills?

Unicycles are not particularly expensive, seem to be light and portable, also fun. This gets me wondering if spending a couple of months to learn riding such a thing would boost a mountain biker's ...
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1answer
524 views

V-brake mount for caliper brakes

Is there an addaptor or mount that uses your V-brake mounts to allow a new fork without disc mounts that i have, to enable it to use caliper brakes, i try to avoid geting new brake levers, i figure an ...
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4answers
930 views

Suggestions for winter cycling glasses?

I'm looking to get another pair of glasses for winter commuting. I currently use simple ski googles with my snowboard helmet...the problem is they are tinted. Since it's quite dark for the return, i ...
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2answers
636 views

Using a much heavier rear tyre than in the front

For the last 3 years I've been using light (800grams) tyres front and rear. Since I've been having too many rear tyre pinch flats (tried everything: high PSI, tubeless, heavy duty tubes) I'd like to ...
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2answers
365 views

Campagnolo Athena 9 speed compatibility?

I own some NOS shifters, Campy Athena 9 speed, from 1998 i guess. do you guys know if I can use it with any campagnolo front/rear derailleur? how do I know what is compatible?
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1answer
393 views

What maintenance is required after riding through deep water?

The road where I live is on a flood plain and tends to flood every winter. Despite this, I have continued riding to work through the water. I'm trying my best to dry the bike out at the end of the ...
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2answers
2k views

Buying brake levers, how do I find the correct ones for my bike?

I took a hard spill the other day on my mountain bike and snapped my left hand brake lever in to pieces. The ones that snapped are stock alloy rubbish that came with a Specialized Hardrock 2010 Disc ...
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1answer
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Any issues with yaktrax and flat pedals

Did anyone tried using yaktrax ice-traction device for shoes when using bicycle (with flat pedals)? I have noticed that often very large risk of falling in icy conditions is when mounting ...
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7answers
499 views

Discouraging motorists from stopping at an intersection when they have the right-of-way

Where I live, bicycles are widely accepted in traffic; motorists are on balance considerate and careful around us. But on an almost daily basis, I run into motorists who are too "polite" at ...
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5answers
383 views

Lower back pain cause?

How much of lower bike pain over longer rides due to bike fit or body positioning versus core strength? I have spent many years "fixing" my fit but have never had a professional fitting. I have also ...
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4answers
3k views

Weight of wheels vs. weight of tyres

On my touring bike, about a year ago, I upgraded my tires from the low-end stock ones to better lighter ones. The weight gain was 205g per tire so 410g on the whole bike, plus a few grams on the tubes ...
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1answer
353 views

Is a Giant TCX W wrong for me if I want to use it for around town and occasional long rides?

I'm looking for a bike to ride mainly around town and hope to get up to doing longer rides (maybe Cycle Oregon). A local bike shop is selling a Giant TCX W cyclocross for $950 (reg price $1,900). I ...
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3answers
369 views

Is this a puncture protection thing?

I got a vintage bike to commute with (I wanted a heavy one for the exercise) and I was hoping for a flat so I would have an excuse to spend money on a puncture resistant street tire to replace the ...
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3answers
2k views

'Best' Gear inch to start with on a fixed gear? Moderatley hilly area

For a starting fixie rider, what is there a 'best' Gear inch to start with? Moderatley hilly area.
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4answers
262 views

Electronic shifters

I have been reading alot about the electronic shifters that are out now, specifically the ones on TREK bikes. I was wondering if they are worth the price, and more importantly how do they perform.
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1answer
1k views

Does valve stem diameter matter for my rims?

Got an old bike that I restored some time ago, and the original tubes literately burst on me today (I knew I should have replaced them long ago, they are probably 10 years old) and now I have some ...
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4answers
535 views

Any issues with wearing leg warmers over tights?

I want to add a layer over my bike tights for warmth. Leg or knee warmers seem like a nice versatile option. I am just wondering if there is any issue with wearing these over tights as opposed to over ...
2
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1answer
681 views

Are these compatible bottom brackets?

I have a LeMond Big Sky SLT & an Opus Triton. Every bikepedia-esque site I went on said they had incompatible bottom brackets. When I actually read the brackets today the LeMond has a BSA. The ...
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3answers
377 views

Lighter bike slower than a heavier bike, possible reasons?

I have access to two mountain bikes, a lighter one (lapierre) and a Giant. The maintenance I do to both is really similar, just tires and oiling the chain every few weeks. I always though that the ...
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2answers
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Way to fix outward dent in rim?

On a ride today I ran over a water run off too fast and have caused an outward bulging dent in both sides of my rim. The bulge is hardly noticeable to see or touch but I "think" I can feel it when ...
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1answer
1k views

How can I fit a tapered fork to a 1 1/8 semi-integrated/zero stack head tube?

I have a 2004 Giant VT frame with a zero stack / semi-integrated headset. It currently takes a straight steerer threadless fork. Is there any type of headset I can put on so I can fit a tapered ...
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3answers
3k views

Does tire pressure matter when the bicycle is in the trainer?

I keep my bicycle on a trainer in a 'cool' room during the winter months. The tires don't seem to maintain pressure after days of non use. Does this matter, and should I be checking/filling the ...
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2answers
6k views

Disc Brakes VS cantilever / V brakes [closed]

Are disc brakes better, more durable etc. than the more traditional Cantilever / V type brakes? I have been considering choosing a new bike with disc brakes, but I have seen mixed reviews on whether ...
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2answers
4k views

Does cycling tighten your butt?

I feel a little painful during the first few weeks of commute with bicycle. Just wondering that does it make my butt tighter and sexier?
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1answer
114 views

Road Bike £600 or under [closed]

I've been serious about riding for the last year however have taken a while to save up. I want a bike that I can rely on. I ride on average 7/8 hours a session. I'm 20 year old male and 182cm.

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