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How can I stop my shifters slipping when climbing?

I'm having trouble with my rear mech and/or shifters. Under heavy load (say, when climbing) the rear mech is slipping. The two photos below show my shifters before and after a climb. I've not touched ...
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Are Shimano components compatible with each other? Do I have to get a specific chain?

My cycling maintenance experience goes as far as changing tyres, but winter has been cruel and I need to replace some components. Setup: Cassette is a Shimano 105 CS-5700 Front chainring : Shimano ...
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1answer
101 views

Can anyone identify this Tandem bike I restored from a junk yard?

This is a bike that I rescued from an abandoned junk yard in central California. It was terribly rusted, and I think I am crazy for spending the amount of time and money I did to restore it. I often ...
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4answers
147 views

How to use a vapor barrier with cycling shoes for cold weather riding?

I've heard many people like to use plastic newspaper bags or grocery bags as a vapor barrier when cold weather cycling. I'm already wearing winter cycling boots which prevent outside water ...
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1answer
53 views

How much value do groupsets gain/loose per year?

What is the difference in value of a last-year component, and the equivalent one from this year? For example an SLX rear derailleur, an X0 crankset, a Fox Float fork. How substantial is technology ...
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1answer
157 views

How to jump curbs?

Putting aside the question should one ever ride on the sidewalk, I would like to jump curbs safely and seamlessly. Assume a hardtail mountain bike with high saddle (we are in the city), at speed 30 ...
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202 views

New commuting road bike. Wishlist: discs & electronic gears [closed]

After reading Evans Cycles' blog post the other day about disc brakes on road bikes: ...
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109 views

How to buy replacement disc brakes

In looking at replacing my disc brake rotors, and looking online I see there are different sizes available (between 180 and 203 mm). My question is, what dimension do I measure on my existing rotor? ...
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283 views

What happens when a bike has not had maintenance for a long time?

I recently traded my Kent BMX bike I got from Wal-Mart: for a Ross road bike ). My friend tells me the bike sat in his back yard collecting rust, I see it has rust on the chain, the gears, brake ...
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170 views

Can I use a Center Lock hub and disc brake rotor in place of an ISO hub?

I currently have a regular ISO disc brake hub and rotor on my front wheel. I'd like to replace it with a Shimano generator hub, but all Shimano hubs use Center Lock rotors instead of ISO. The Center ...
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261 views

What should I look for when buying chain lube / lubricant?

In the past, I personally have only used WD-40. However, I have occasionally had my bicycle looked over at the locally run, free service sessions and most of the mechanics there use a hand applied ...
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2answers
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Using a series of hub gears

I have an idea and I'm wondering if it's feasible. For an upcoming recumbent cargo touring build, I wonder if I could say use an 8-speed hub gear connected directly to an identical 8-speed hub gear, ...
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1answer
66 views

Can I change the rear cassette on a folding bike?

I currently have a folding bike (think Dahon like) with 20" wheels and a front chainring of 52T and a rear cassette of 14-24T. Although 14 provides me with good speed I'd love to get faster speed for ...
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1answer
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Shimano ST-3300 brake lever doesn't return fully [closed]

My Shimano ST-3300 brake lever doesn't return completely, leaving a one inch gap instead of being completely closed. It is off of the bike and there are no cables attached. Any ideas? Thanks.
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1answer
119 views

How do you download OSM maps to Garmin Edge?

How do you download free Open Street Maps (OSM) data on to an SD card for garmin edge 800 / 810 for use in navigation and turn by turn directions?
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3answers
278 views

Garmin Edge Touring - Quality of the maps [closed]

I currently have a Garmin Edge 200, which I like quite a bit. But I would like a GPS that has mapping capabilities. I don't need the training features. I'm curious about the quality of the maps in the ...
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2answers
195 views

What is the difference in procedures for bleeding different disc brakes?

I want to learn to bleed my new disc brakes. While there is a wealth of knowledge on the topic, it is difficult to tell the difference between pedantic explanations and sloppy work. In the official ...
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2answers
87 views

Can I swap a shimano free hub body for a campag one and be able to attach it to the existing Deore hub?

I want to convert my Surly Cross Check into a Campagnolo set up. The problem I am having is i have Shimano Deore Hubs on Mavic rims at present. I would rather not buy new wheels, so I am looking at ...
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2answers
240 views

Physical limits for a fixie rider

As fixie-biking is really trendy at the moment, i often see fixie riders 'skidding' and stopping their bike by blocking their backwheel. As this only works by shifting the riders weight to the ...
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1answer
93 views

building a cargo trike (bakfiets): steel thickness

I'd like to build a "bakfiets"; a cargo-trike with the box in front. I've found several resources, but none of them talk about the framebuilding material. What is are my material options; steel? what ...
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93 views

What is minimum period by which my cycles should be service? [duplicate]

I am using a Hercules MTB thriller,I drive a maximum of 75 km per week. When should I schedule periodic, quarterly full service for the bike?
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1answer
121 views

Shimano 9 speed shifters

I have bought myself a Shimano Deore M592 set without shifters. I am now in the process of getting them as well but am not sure if I can put any 3/9 speed shifter on it. Do I only need to take care ...
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1answer
94 views

brakes for carbon rims

I'm considering switching from alloy to carbon wheels - just a question regarding that & brakes. Would I need different pad materials from the standard sort of pad material (or even a whole ...
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2answers
139 views

What causes a wheel to seize?

My rear fixed-gear wheel seized up yesterday on my commute home. I suspect it's the result of my bone-headed adjustment after replacing a broken locknut on the axle (I may not have put the new ...
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2answers
95 views

Screw cap stuck in adjustable stem connection, how to remove or reattach?

I was trying to detach my handlebar, because lowering was insufficient to make my bicycle fit in my box. I detached the long screw going connecting two lids thereby fastening the stem-handlebar ...
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4answers
224 views

How can I prevent or mitigate the front wheel coming off the ground when climbing steep hills?

On one of my bicycles (a 2012 Trek Madone 4.7), when climbing very steep hills, I have had problems with the front wheel coming off the ground. This creates an extremely dangerous situation because ...
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4answers
348 views

Front suspension on a cyclocross bike?

Is there a reason why no companies are manufacturing front suspension for cx bikes? Is it limited by the UCI rules? Would weight mean it would offer no additional value? I would like to know if a ...
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1answer
182 views

Why to choose 36 or 32 spokes (or another number)?

I have to change the rims of my bike and I have to choose between 32 or 36 (or 48 or any other variation). I never thought about this until now and I feel it's kind of a dumb question, but I don't ...
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3answers
119 views

Why would each patch produce a new leak before resintalling tube?

I got a puncture in my tube (size 700c x 23c, Kendra, came with bike) and applied a vulcanizing glue and patch, then checked it. Before reinstalling the tube, there was now a new leak right next to ...
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2answers
165 views

Pedal weight and performance

What's the performance difference between getting speedplay zero stainless and titanium, 206g vs 164g. Only focus on weight and not quality of bearings etc. I suspect the difference won't be ...
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0answers
186 views

Use of Shimano long-reach calipers with “New Super SLR” brake levers/shifters

So my bike has Shimano Tiagra ST-4600/4603 brifters (it's a triple) but is fitted with long-drop BR-R451 calipers. In theory, these should be incompatible because of the change in cable pull ratio, ...
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3answers
177 views

How to mark a tire

I've got a few sets of tires for my road bike, some of which are the same type of varying ages, others have been used on the turbo trainer, or have a suspected sharp object in them which I could never ...
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4answers
120 views

Should cheap suspension forks be oiled often?

Should a cheap fork be oiled / lubricated from time to time? If yes, how?
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1answer
32 views

Reverse a saved course on Garmin Edge 200?

If I've saved a course to my Edge 200, can I reverse it to get back to the start? Or do I need to save two versions? The "back to start" option only seems to be there when I'm already following a ...
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9answers
375 views

Are there any manufacturers of steel road bikes today? [closed]

Is there any major bike manufacturer that still makes steel road bikes today? The frame of my old Bridgestone got cracked and the crack is too close to the alloy BB lug for me to be able to weld it. I ...
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2answers
116 views

Headtube Badges [closed]

It would be helpful to have a collection of common head tube badges to aid in identifying bicycles. Guidelines: Include a photo! (Credit photo where appropriate) A brief summary of the logo: ...
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1answer
366 views

What is a thru axle?

I have seen thru axles mentioned in various places but never explained or even described. I found a post on another site where someone asked the same question and got lots of debate in response, but ...
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1answer
75 views

converting to fixed gear, chain problem

I just got a 16 tooth and tried to put on the old chain, BUT while it fits on the pedal cog (46 tooth), it does not on the rear cog. How can I solve this? a different cog in the back or a different ...
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Trying to date this Salesmen Sample Bike

I am trying to date a Salesmen Sample or Display Bike. It is completely functional, and 18 inches x 11 inches. Can any one tell me the decade of this bike.
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1answer
105 views

Alfine 11 chain guard

I'm planning to invest into a Alfine 11 set (both hub gear and crank+front cog(45)). I'm also looking for solution for chain guard for Alfine cog for commuting. I've found Curana brand that makes good ...
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1answer
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With a 700c X whatever tire, does the other number really matter?

I'm trying to buy a new tire off of a website but they offer 700cX32c and others like that but are they all the same size or not?
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2answers
181 views

How to build a fixie bike? [closed]

I’m thinking about building a fixie and was wondering what are the best types of frame, wheels etc to use and how long the whole building process may take?
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115 views

Which waterproof shoes?

I am looking for waterproof shoes to use on my daily bike commute for home-office moves. I previously had rain boots, and was happy with them. Nevertheless they quickly started to "break" in the ...
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1answer
289 views

are OEM parts of lower quality?

I've heard many times from experienced riders that OEM parts (parts that accompany a complete bike) are of lower quality than the exact same aftermarket parts (parts bought separatelly). Is this ...
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2answers
187 views

Are deep V wheels only for fixed gear bikes?

I'm in the market for a new set of wheels. I've been noticing a style which I think is called "Deep V". I plan on adding gears to my currently single-speed bike (not a fixed gear). However, searching ...
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2answers
120 views

Broken bottom bracket? Pedals are pretty loose

Unlike the rest of the broken bottom bracket questions, my bottom bracket does not make any noise or feel like anything is grinding. There is about 1/2cm of play left to right that i can see on the ...
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3answers
825 views

Thru Axle and Quick Release Fork/Frame Compatability?

Without using manufacturer specific parts: Can I use a wheel with a thru-axle hub on a standard quick release fork or frame dropouts (with an adapter)? Can I use a wheel with a quick release hub on ...
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2answers
108 views

Do quick release wheels require certain design in the fork?

Basically, can a older (early 90's) American/SAE measured non-suspension fork take a quick release wheel? I'm looking to rebuild/restore my old Huffy Fire Mountain MTB made around 1990*. It has a ...
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1answer
114 views

When is a bike frame considered too tall?

I'm currently riding a road bike that feels too short for me. I use it to commute 17 miles per day. I recently went to a bike shop, and they told me that your ideal frame height is to stand over the ...
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2answers
272 views

Mini Pumps For Roadbike (120 psi)?

I'd like to buy a mini pump to keep in my bike bag, but I have some doubts if these pumps are really that usable. My current pump is rated at 90 psi, but I would be surprised if it does 60. For ...

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