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1answer
802 views

How to clean a bike after muddy/sandy cyclocross race (or mountain bike ride)

What do I need to be concerned with when cleaning my bike after a typical muddy and sandy cyclocross race (Also probably applicable to mountain biking). Particularly, what can be done (in the field) ...
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466 views

Is it possible to perform tricks with 100% safety during commuting?

When commuting in the city, i encounter many transitions between road and sidewalk. It's easy to jump from the sidewalk down to the road (~20 cm vertical) if you have enough speed, but to get back ...
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2answers
700 views

Sounds like there is stickiness on my tire, but there isn't!

I noticed starting yesterday my front tire has been making a strange sound. It sounds like there is a small piece of tar stuck to the front tire and it makes a faint noise of sticking and unsticking ...
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1answer
842 views

Are Velomobiles street legal in the UK?

I saw a question about velomobiles and recumbent bikes and I was wondering if they were street legal in the UK? Can you ride one on a cycle path or would you have to stick to roads?
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1answer
306 views

The paint on my bicycle is damaged

I recently painted an aluminum bike. I put the primer down, then the paint color, then a clear coat. I did all the sanding and everything that goes along with painting the bike. After letting it dry ...
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16answers
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Do skilled cyclists really “use the front brake alone probably 95% of the time”?

Sheldon Brown's Braking and Turning Your Bicycle page states that: Skilled cyclists use the front brake alone probably 95% of the time and "Generally I advise against using both brakes at ...
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1answer
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Why does my chain keep jumping off the front chainring on my 1x9?

My chain has a tendency to frequently jump off the front chainring. I have a 1x9 so it's not a front derailleur issue. It generally happens when I hit something like the lip of a driveway or sidewalk ...
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7answers
311 views

Is conserving energy something to do on a day-to-day basis, or over the week?

I'm about a month into using my bicycle to commute to work, and one thing I've definitely gotten better at is pacing myself to conserve energy, both for the rest of the commute to work, and for the ...
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2answers
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What does FSR stand for in mountain bikes?

What does FSR stand for in mountain bikes? Ref: http://www.bergwerk.ch/archives/3726/specialized-enduro-comp-2013/
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4answers
467 views

Whole Bicycle Rack Easily Removed! Is the provider liable?

The story is - Parked and locked the bicycle at a seemingly secure parking-rack provided by a supermarket. I soon discovered that someone had locked my bicycle (and their own) to the rack. Returning a ...
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3answers
804 views

What makes one road tire have a less “bouncy” ride than another?

When I replaced my rear tire this week, I expected an almost intangible improvement in weight, rolling resistance, and grip. However, I have noticed a significantly less "bouncy" ride. The new tire is ...
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12answers
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Why do we rarely see recumbents and almost never see velomobiles?

Recumbent bicycles are more efficient than ordinary upright bicycles, and velomobiles are even more efficient. Then why do we see them so rarely on the road? Is it because they are expensive, or are ...
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6answers
902 views

Protocol for slipstreaming another cyclist?

I have a nice 12 km commute where lots of different bicyclers travel. The entire stretch is only for pedestrians&bicycles, no cars to worry about. I ride a regular old 5-speed bike (not a ...
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2answers
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How do I determine the model of my Shimano Rear Derailleur?

I recently damaged my rear derailleur and am trying to find the replacement online. It is a Shimano Tourney SIS Index. I have found several models in the Shimano website that are pretty close ...
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3answers
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Could I be pumping up my tyres the wrong way?

I now have my first road bike. When I am pumping up the tyres with what seems like a sturdy pump (that you stand on and push with two hands), I can barely get to around 100 psi, even putting my back ...
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2answers
295 views

wedge/saddle rail mounted bags interchange

A variety of manufacturers make snap in wedge bag mounts. The mount attaches to the saddle rails and the bag snaps into the mount. Does know which brands if any interchange?
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1answer
276 views

top tube adapter for hitch mount carrier

I recently bought a Trek Navigator 1. I just installed a hitch and a Allen 2 bike rack. BUT the Trek has a verry angled top tube. so the front tire is only a couple of inches off the ground. Would a ...
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1answer
134 views

I want to buy something that lets me mount my bike on the wall. What could I buy? [closed]

I want to buy something that lets me mount my bike on the wall. What's a product I could use? Something sturdy, cheap, and easy to set up.
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1answer
568 views

Can't remove crank arm on older Mercier

I'm rebuilding an older Mercier and have decided to tackle the bottom bracket. I've read a few articles and watched a few videos on how to remove the crank but none of them look anything like what ...
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2answers
946 views

Dealing with a scrape (cleaning a wound)? [closed]

A couple weeks ago I bought a new road bike for commuting to work with. Part of the commute is along the beach bike path, so there's usually some sand on it. Last week my tires slipped on the sand and ...
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2answers
996 views

Looking for an alternative to the Speedlifter Twist / quickly rotate handlebars solution

I'm looking for an alternative to the Speedlifter Twist: http://www.speedlifter.com/twist.php?L=en The only function I'm interested in is the parking feature where I can turn my handlebar 90˚. I have ...
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4answers
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Does the inner tube affect the maximum PSI?

If I have road tires that have a recommended pressure of 110 PSI and maximum of 120 PSI can I safely pump my tires up to that level or does the inner tube effect the maximum? I currently have the ...
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2answers
237 views

the derailer is touching chain and it won't let me go past 14 speed supposed to go 21 speeds

The derailer on my 21-speed bike looks like it's bent. It won't let the chain go onto the 3rd ring of the front derailer so, no I can't shift past the 14th speed. If I try it makes a loud sound, like ...
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3answers
2k views

Can a (relative) beginner adjust spacing on a 501 cromo road frame?

Have acquired a cheap old Peugeot road bike from ebay; nice cromo frame, but it needs a new rear wheel and unfortunately I didn't check the dropout size before buying. It has an OLD of ~120mm, but I ...
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4answers
8k views

Will a change from 26x2.10 to 26x1.95 tires improve speed?

If I change my 26x2.10 MTB knobbies by 26x1.95 slick tires, will I feel any difference on my speed on paved roads? or is it going to be the same? I am kind of confused about how much I should change ...
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1answer
299 views

Front suspension fork woes

I recently bought a preowned Saracen Havoc 2000 (Team Saracen edition) and had to replace the original forks (Zokes branded double crown) as they were seized solid. Replaced them with an old but ...
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1answer
496 views

Lowering the gearing on a Shimano biopace double

My bike has a 52/38 Biopace pair on a 5 bolt 130 crank (Shimano 105). I want to reduce the pedal load because I'm getting older and live in hilly Wales, UK. I have bought a 42/28 Biopace pair. ...
2
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6answers
2k views

How does a two wheel drive bike work?

A two wheel drive bike is a bike without a motor that can still turn. The front and back wheel both get power. How does a bike with this type of drivetrain work?
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3answers
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Rear wheel sliding/slipping on turns?

When I take turns, my rear wheel is sliding to the outside of the turn. I'm riding a 2012 Norco Heart, brand new stock tires, single-speed. I'm not carrying much weight, or taking turns too tightly. ...
3
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4answers
321 views

En masse bicycle commuting

The area I live (NE United States) doesn't have a very large infrastructure for biking. There are scattered bike paths and they've finally completed a bridge that allows me to commute to work, but ...
4
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2answers
571 views

Can you reverse the sprockets on a cassette to lengthen its lifespan?

I know my bike's rear cassette needs replacing, but before I do that, is it feasible to dismantle the 8 sprockets to reverse their spin? Can you increase the lifespan of a cassette by letting the cogs ...
4
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1answer
12k views

Is Nike Hindsight glasses only a concept or there are a real similar products?

I came across the following issue - 'Nike' Hindsight concept glasses increase peripheral vision. By the time of its publishing, these glasses were only a concept. My Question: is there a similar real ...
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2answers
405 views

Bicycle with 1 tire with Presta valve and 1 with Schrader valve

One simple question: I have a mountain bike that has 2 tires with schrader valves. I bought a new tube with a presta valve by mistake. Do you see any issues with replacing one of the tubes that had a ...
2
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4answers
270 views

What is causing phantom shifting on front chainring?

I have a steel cyclocross bike which doubles as my weekend bike and my daily commuter. About a month ago I got in a wreck and bent the rear derailleur hanger and the rear derailleur. Got the hanger ...
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8answers
13k views

Commuting: How to carry office clothing so it doesn't get crushed?

I have the bike, I have the best route; but now I want to know, how do I transport my clothing in each day? I typically wear suit pants and a business shirt, but not a suit jacket. Am I better off ...
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1answer
717 views

What are the differences between Specialized Targa and Henge?

Namely I am interested in such data: length the width of the nose I couldn't find a picture of Targa from the side -- is Targa (looking from side) a flat saddle? (Henge is not) is the shell flexible ...
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3answers
484 views

Can I soak my helmet in water?

I have a lot of sweat in all straps and padding in my helmet. When i ride in heavy rain the salt from my sweat starts dripping down my face. Its very unpleasant especially if it goes in my mouth. ...
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3answers
3k views

Maximum weight an average bicycle can carry?

A few years ago, I've bought this (see edit) bike. At that time I was around 90 kgs and I didn't have any problems. Today I'm around 120 kgs and I was considering (among other things) starting ...
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4answers
908 views

Can you recommend a fixed LED headlight for a bike with a hub dynamo?

I have a Batavus Dutch bike for local commuting with a Shimano DH-2R30E 6 volt, 2.4 watt hub dynamo driving a halogen bulb headlight. The light provided is not very bright and I would like to know if ...
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1answer
536 views

Can I use long reach calipers on my cyclocross bike?

I've got cx bike(Centurion Cyclocross 4000) which I currently use only for commuting and riding long distances on a road. Is it possible to use some longreach caliper brakes on it (e.g. Shimano BR-650 ...
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6answers
2k views

Avoiding being wiped out after work commute?

I work ~15 miles from home and have made the decision to make the commute via bike. This is for a couple reasons. First of which being I don't actually have my license yet, second being that taking ...
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1answer
136 views

Does my flat tire need to be replaced? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I know when to replace my tires? The surface of my rear tire has become flattened as opposed to its original convex shape. I have about 2,000 miles on it. "It" ...
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3answers
540 views

Is it normal to wear out the rear tire with in a few months when using a trainer?

Early this year I attached my bicycle to a trainer, around the December time frame of 2011. The rear tire and inner tuber where shot by March of 2012. Riding about 24 Miles per week. Is this normal ...
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2answers
2k views

what is the ideal presta tube valve stem length

I have noticed that presta tube valve stems come in various lengths. I always assumed the longer valve stems were to allow the use of deeper aero wheels. Why is it that many wheels in print ads seem ...
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4answers
3k views

Why is BMX gearing so low

I was watching the BMX racing on the olympics and the gearing seems incredibly low. About half way down the start ramp they are already going too fast to keep pedalling and they barely seem to be able ...
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2answers
243 views

Is there an easy to use app for tracking my cycling performance? (iOS or Android) [closed]

I'm looking for an app similar to the Nike+ app but for cycling. I'm mostly concerned with distance, calories and average speed. Elevation tracking would be awesome. Does your recommendation pair with ...
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2answers
864 views

Tensioning rear wheel?

Tensioning a front wheel is - at least in theory - very simple: Go around and tighten each nipple by e.g. a quarter turn. Then re-adjust trueness if necessary. I guess if I'd do the same to a ...
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4answers
1k views

Is there a quality alternative to powder coating when it comes to repainting a steel frame?

I'm not a paint expert and want to make a choice that will last a few years. I know that powder coating will last a long time, but I'm restoring an older bike and don't want to spend too much. Maybe ...
6
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1answer
962 views

What causes a wheel to suddenly go out of true?

This morning I noticed that my wheel was suddenly out of true and rubbing against the brake pad at one point. My first guess was that I had broken a spoke, but all of them seem to be intact. A few ...
5
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2answers
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Spoke tension is way off but wheel is true, How do I fix this

After truing my front wheel, it seems that it is laterally true. However, the spoke tension seem very uneven, with a few spokes that are very taut next to other spokes which are more loose. If it ...

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