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What Type of Brake Pads Should I Look For?

The brake pads on my bike have worn out, so I ordered a new set online, and after I spent a lot of time trying to adjust them, I noticed it won't work as they're not long enough to grip the rim when ...
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1answer
55 views

Specialty Panniers [closed]

I am checking out panniers. I'd like to find something that would be waterproof, suitable to carry groceries in, but also to carry art supplies in on occasion. An 11X14 pad of paper, a water bottle ...
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1answer
538 views

Brake levers for Dia Compe centre pull brakes

I'm looking at replacing the brake levers on an older road bike and was wondering if the cable pull ratio for the old Dia Compe center pull brakes pictured below is compatible with new road brake ...
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1answer
95 views

Which are better for reproducible power output: Mag- or Fluid-trainers?

I'm looking to buy a trainer but my primary concern is being able to consistently improve my power output. To do this I need a way to measure my output consistently - I don't care what the actual ...
3
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4answers
8k views

sealed hubs vs normal hubs

My lbs recommended sealed hubs to me. Here are my doubts. Seeing as how I never ride in the rain or any such wet substances, I don't really need the "sealed" feature. Sheldon Brown says that if ...
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3answers
1k views

Shimano Sora 9-speed shifters “missing a speed”

First time posting, hope I can get some suggestions on this weird issue I've noticed with my shifting. I have a fairly decent understanding of how to maintain gears myself, and have made quite a few ...
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1answer
298 views

Light for Tubus rear rack [closed]

I recently received a Tubus rack that I am happy with. In the instructions there is a wide rear light with a double point attachment. I want one of those big lights - can someone tell me of one? ...
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1answer
245 views

Axle to wheel bore ratio? [closed]

This may be the wrong site but it's the closest one I thought someone would have knowledge of the question... It's not for a bike but rather replacing the wheels on a power wheels... The axle is 7/16"...
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3answers
2k views

How to carry a MTB on one's backpack?

Sometimes I want to ascend a steep (say, 50%) slope, where is impossible to ride and awkward to push/pull the bike. I tried various ways of carrying the bike: Lifting it just 10 cm above the ground ...
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2answers
421 views

What is the men's version of Trek Lexa SLX

Trek used to make only "WSD" versions of the same model names sold "for men." But things aren't that simple anymore! What's the men's version of the Lexa SLX?
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2answers
1k views

Converting an octalink bottom bracket and crankset to a fsa bottom bracket and compact crankset 9 speed

i currently own a 2002 Giant TCR 2 and have been pleased but as i am approaching 60 and hills aren't getting any easier was thinking of converting to a compact crank. I currently have a Shimano ...
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0answers
89 views

What is neuromuscular endurance in the world of bicycling?

I read the term neuromuscular endurance perhaps something related to having your brain not accustomed to high speed pedalling. I'm curious as it is related to bicycling cadence and I'm working on that....
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1answer
131 views

What should I plan for on a sea-to-summit ride on Mauna Kea, Hawaii?

I've driven up to the visitor station but not up to the summit - what are the road conditions like beyond the visitor station, where can you refill water, and should I prepare for anything beyond a ...
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1answer
219 views

Stationary bike calories

Could somebody give me an idea of how to figure out the number of calories I'm burning on a stationary bike? The bike I'm using is a cheap Pro Fitness magnetic bike from Argos (http://www.argos.co.uk/...
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2answers
233 views

Where should I sell old bike parts?

I seem to have amassed a huge collection of bike parts. Some parts are old and need a specialist market so I don't think that ebay is the best marketplace for them. How can I sell on / give away old ...
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2answers
327 views

Trailer connection, off the shelf parts and proven performer

I am planning a long bike and canoe trip (bike tows canoe, canoe carries bike and cart), There are a couple of purpose built products for towing a canoe with a bike dumb stick & woody hitch but ...
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2answers
324 views

What are the technical differences between a bike for off-road touring and a mountain bike?

There are a lot of adventure touring bikes, or bikes designed for bikepacking, off-road touring and the like. But what is the difference between one of these and a standard mountain bike. E.g. what ...
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2answers
1k views

Can I use a mountain bike to go bike touring?

I'm planning on going bike touring in S.East Asia. I've been planning which bike to get. Companies like Thorn offer custom made bikes (specially designed for adventure-style cycle touring), but they ...
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2answers
477 views

How do I know what is the right bottom bracket for my old road bike?

I've got an old road bike. I'm not exactly sure what the frame is as it was repainted. I've reason to believe the that bottom bracket is wrong because the crankset ring is too close to the chainstay. ...
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2answers
193 views

I have a 2013 Diamondback Podium 3. Is it possible to use it as a touring bike?

I am new to bicycling and i don't have a clue as to what is necessary for a long distance bike trip. I am not sure that the Podium Three will fit my queen sized mattress. Most of the racks available ...
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2answers
440 views

Road wheel conversion to single speed wheel

I am looking to upgrade the stock wheels on my canondale caad10 rival. It came with a Fulcrum racing set. I was interested in converting this set of wheels for use on my single speed - a surly ...
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1answer
130 views

My rear rim is worn off by braking

My rear rim had those small indents in it for rim brakes, they have brushed off now. Can I re-indent those dots to make braking efficient again. My rim is double walled mtb compliant.
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275 views

Is there a way to keep rim brakes from freezing up?

So there are various and sundry videos showing how one might create studded bicycle tires. This example is good, but you have many more choices. However, I am a city commuter, and traction will ...
3
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5answers
275 views

Advice on Folding Bicycle

I am planning to buy a folding bicycle (brand doesn't matter). Intent is commuting to work inside the city (5-6 kms one side run). Reason for folding bicycle is space constraint in my apartment. I ...
1
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1answer
226 views

Gear step sizes between Shimano Nexus 8 and Alfine 8 compatible

I recently replaced my broken nexus 8 with a new alfine 8. i thought that they are compatible in regards to the shifter and the step sizes between the gears. but i notice now on the alfine that i ...
2
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1answer
99 views

Carbon fork torque

I notice that my fork is squeezed together when I tighten the quick release mechanism. Is it possible then to over torque the quick release and squeeze the fork too close together?
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2answers
208 views

With a garmin edge touring can I just ride or do I have to do a route?

I'm thinking of getting a garmin edge touring but I want to use it as a map rather than a satnav. Can I just ride and it will show where I am? Or will it always want me to take a pre-determined route? ...
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1answer
356 views

How can I identify if my 'Cinelli' frame is real & what model it is?

I bought a road bike off ebay. Which is supposedly a Cinelli from the early 90s / late 80s. How can I identify the model?
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4answers
578 views

How does weight and strength of a person effects the riding of bicycle at higher speeds?

I weigh very low about 56 kilograms and height is 5 feet 6 inches.I use a hybrid for fun and commuting. While riding i use the hishest gear on my bike always i.e 48 tooth front and 11 tooth back. I ...
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6answers
542 views

Coping with crash fear?

This will be my first season racing collegiate this spring and I recently crashed on a group ride going about 22 mph around a corner and slammed my face into the ground. Crash was pretty bad and had ...
5
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5answers
2k views

Can I use Kerosene for lubing the cogs and the chain

I recently went to a bike mechanic and he dropped some kerosene on the cog and chain for lubing them. He said that it keeps the dirt off and is quite volatile so will evaporate after sometime leaving ...
1
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2answers
62 views

Unicycling for over 60s [closed]

Are you an over-60 unicyclist with insights you would like to share, about anything from getting started to getting off?
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2answers
55 views

Optimal Intensity training ratios

I have used my googlefu now but I don't come up with any good research articles. I read that a lot of elite riders train mostly on low intensity, is this the case and why? To increase fet oxidtion, ...
3
votes
1answer
532 views

Is the XTR Di2 battery compatible with Ultegra Di2?

I'm considering installing an Ultegra Di2 groupset on a small road bike. The space below the water bottle bosses is too little to install the regular road Di2 battery, but the XTR SM-BTC1 Di2 battery ...
0
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2answers
66 views

Protective Gloves for bmx / trials

I'm just back from hospital! I was having fun in a skatepark with my trials bike, and something quite unfortunate happened. Basically, my thumb flexed the wrong way around. That won't stop me ...
4
votes
2answers
410 views

What type chain lube should you use in a sand and salt water enviroment?

I rent bikes in remote beach locations. What lubrication will reduce rust and sand accumulation?
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8answers
1k views

First time commuter needs advice

I'm an out of shape 60 year old and have just purchased a bike for the first time in almost 30 years. It's a Giant Seek 3 hybrid and my intention is to commute to work on it at least 3 times per week. ...
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0answers
150 views

Has anyone else had problems with a Stages power meter at high cadence?

I just started using a stages power meter and it works as expected but with one major flaw so far. When I just did some sprint intervals on the trainer as soon as the cadence went above 150 rpm the ...
4
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1answer
247 views

How to clean and brighten reflective wall tires

I have a set of Continental Touring tires with the white reflective stripe on the sidewalls, and they get pretty dirty with road and brake grime. Normally I would clean with car soap and water but ...
1
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1answer
370 views

7 to 11 cassette upgrade or new bike

I've recently purchased a 1986 Schwinn Passage. Everything works great, but I'd like to upgrade to STI shifters and the Cassette. I've found a great deal on a groupset, Shimano 105 5800 11 Speed. My ...
3
votes
3answers
275 views

Which is the safest side to place a foldable rack-attaching bike basket?

I recently received a foldable bike basket which attaches to my back rack as a gift, which I am really excited about - it will make my commute a lot easier. However, I am not sure which side of the ...
1
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0answers
151 views

Who has information on this Fondriest Bike we found? Any good?

Does anyone here know anything about this old Fondriest bike? Thanks!
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8answers
2k views

Are road brakes designed not to brake too much?

All of my cycling fellows always told me that it's much more difficult to fully stop a road bike, compared to a mountain bike, because "road brakes just don't work so well" (and perhaps because of ...
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4answers
264 views

How to decelerate effectively with a rear brake?

My front brake is not operational and it will be a couple of days before the replacement Shimano Deore arrives. There are probably other use cases for braking with a rear brake. For example, pad ...
0
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1answer
278 views

What does the chainring have to do with SRAM YAW

I'm shopping for 110 BCD chain rings and I noticed that some of the SRAM ones are labeled "YAW FD only". As far as I can tell the derailleur doesn't touch the chainring so whats so special? Can I ...
0
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2answers
443 views

Is there a possibility to mount a 2014/2015 Croozer Cargo trailer hitch onto a 2012/2013 model?

I've got a 2012/2013 Croozer Cargo trailer and its trailer hitch is very clunky. It's also difficult to couple and uncouple and I've hurt myself multiple times on the quadratic bolt sticking out at ...
0
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1answer
93 views

Fluid trainer for an intermediate rider [closed]

Because of the Xmas sales some internet shops started making offers on roll trainers. My target area would be an intermediate machine, something that I would use an hour or so daily, with two-three ...
1
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2answers
120 views

Is this hub shot?

While inspecting a used road bike ($200) I pulled the rear wheel off to check the hub. I twisted the axle to see if there was any damage. It wasn't at all difficult to turn it, but there was a bit of ...
0
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2answers
188 views

Comfort bike brakes

I ride a Marin comfort bike, about 99% on pavement. That should mean that I don't need disc brakes, but I'm really sick of these weak, shuddering, howling, screeching, whistling, locking caliper ...
5
votes
5answers
20k views

Can I combine different wheel sizes in one mtb?

Imagine a mountain bike that uses a 29er fork with 29er wheel and a 27.5 wheel at the rear. Can this be realized and what are the pros and cons?

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