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Can a bike wheel be damaged if it's hit by a mop?

I can't keep my bike inside my flat, which is why I used to keep it in the staircase of my block. The problem is, the janitor mops the staircase every day and I'm afraid he will hit the wheels of my ...
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Garmin Navigation - Feed stations etc

I have a Garmin Edge 810 with OSM mapping which I regularly follow GPX based routes for long rides on. I'm familiar with loading maps and routes. However; I have an upcoming ride that's pretty ...
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Bottom bracket replacement advice needed

I've got a Giant TCX SLR2 (2015) according to the spec sheet it has:- Crankset: FSA Gossamer Pro Cross, 36/46 Bottom Bracket: FSA MegaExo The other day I noticed the bottom bracket isn't sounding ...
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New MTB tyre looks wobbly

I recently installed a pair of new tyres to my MTB. The front seems fine however the rear looks like it is not spinning completely centrally. This is a rather peculiar situation because the wheel ...
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What to check after blowing tire off rim

Recently, after mis-reading "35-65 PSI" on a tire sidewall as "35-85 PSI" (in retrospect the unusually huge range should have tipped me off), I inflated a tire rated for 65PSI max to 80PSI. A few ...
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Running tires with significantly different pressures?

I ordered a replacement for one of the old Schwalbe Marathon 700x28C tires on my ancient road bike, and it turns out that "new" Marathons of that size are meant to be inflated to 80-110psi despite ...
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Why do most mtb forks place the arch in front of the stanchions? [duplicate]

Similarly to the pictured below RS Pike, most fork manufacturers place the ark in front of the stanchions. This has proven to be a terrible solution when riding in muddy (or actually anything ...
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Servicing RS XC30: oil overfill

This is the first RS fork I am opening. It is a steel spring XC30 from around 2013. I followed the manual and am currently at page 15 point 11. On a side note, my damper circuit is TurnKey, but look ...
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How to correctly mount double-lock grips?

I have a pair of PRO double lock-on grips (id est two lock rings per grip). In a recent crash, following an immensely helpful tip from a fellow rider, I clung to one end of the handlebars, turning the ...
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How can I treat an aluminium frame ready for restoration?

I have an old aluminium framed mountain bike which has developed some 'oxidation / corrosion' underneath the lacquer -- it kind of looks like little white worms! The frame as original has a nice ...
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Rear derailleur lifespans

How should I know when my rear derailleur is getting worn? I can measure/inspect chains, tyres and brakes; gears tend to show problems on a new chain if they're worn. But when changing my chain at ...
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do I have a 26 fork using 27.5 wheel?

I realize I've been riding for a year using this configuration, I have a suntour sf13-xcm-ds-hlo-26-100 (which I think was designed for 26). Suntour website doesn't provide full info about the Fork, ...
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Can a Shimano BR-M965 caliper be replaced with a newer one?

I run my little bike repair shop and a customer came to me with a bicycle with Shimano's Dual Control setup: http://www.cambriabike.com/StM966-BRM965-PreBled-Hydrlc-Disc-Brake-Kit-XTR-Grey-Fr-750mm....
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Bike Tires & Tubes

Just purchased a bicycle that has 26 X 2.0 tires and I want to replace them with 26 X 2.2 road tires. Is that possible and would I need to replace the tubes with larger ones. Thanks
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Is it possible to see distance to a waypoint, along the current course?

I have a course created on GPSies that has a couple of waypoints, in this case it's pit stops, along the course. When I transfer it to my Edge 1000 through the new files folder I correctly get both ...
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What is a good daytime nutrition plan for evening racing

I've joined a local road racing league, it's lots of fun. I'm pushing myself and breaking lots of PBs in the process of trying not to get dropped (which I inevitably do). As well as the craft of ...
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Flat land speed development

I guess I'll start off by saying that I am not a necessarily experienced rider. After years of doing ultra-marathon running I decided to move to triathlon to cross train. I signed up for a 70.3 a few ...
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Where can I find the complete Tour de France 2016 routes?

I fear this may not be fully on topic as I'm looking for some map data. I would like to get the routes for all the stages of Tour de France 2016, ideally on Google Maps/Earth. Here's what I've tried ...
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Should I stick to the fork oil weight specified?

I've got a pair of Rockshox Reba race forks. I'm going to service them. Fork oil weight says 5wt but in the past I have generally used a heavier oil weight 7.5 / 10 wt due to my size. However, saying ...
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How do I know when it's time to pump up my tires?

I've been cycling for several months now. However, I have had the misfortune of having two bicycles stolen from me, so I've never had a single bicycle for more than a few months. With time passing, I'...
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What cage is this

I have this rear XTR Shadow+ derailleur and I wanted to know if it's compatible with OneUp RAD Cage (which is for Shimano medium cage) : Will it work ?
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Is it worth buying a second hand classic road bike for commuting?

I am looking for a substitute for my commuting bike. It is a cheap second hand general store bike. It do the job but just don't worth keep maintaining. But at same time I have to keep my bike outside ...
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Switching to touring bicycle: Performance considerations

I'm using a road bike more than 2 years for holiday tours and commuting. Merida Scultura 903 Shimano Tiagra groupset (50-34, 12-28) 8-9 kg 700x23 tyres Now i have plans to switch to touring ...
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Repairing center-pulled brakes

My bike has the old center-pulled brakes. Unfortunately the ropes for both brakes (front and back) broke, and I had to replace them. Now the small helper-ropes have no friction anymore on the main ...
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How should the chain be routed on this deraillier?

I feel dumb asking this, but how should the chain be routed around the cogs on this deraillier? I had to split the chain and then put it back on. I didn't pay attention to how it went round. This is ...
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Should I get drop handlebars when I'm converting my MTB to a 'road' bike [duplicate]

I'm converting my MTB into a road bike. I'm not looking into actually racing, just to get faster and enjoy my rides with my friends not being at the back all the time. I have decided to change the ...
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Black threads are coming of my tire. Does it need to be replaced?

One of my bike tires have started shedding long black threads. I'm assuming that this means that something is not right. The tire has a folding bead. Does this mean that my tire should be replaced as ...
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Saving frayed cables? [duplicate]

I've got a '70s road bike with shift cables which work quite well and so I see no immediate reason to replace them, but the cable ends were not crimped with end caps and so they've frayed out to ...
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1answer
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Do Seat Posts with Shock Absorbers Help?

I have Fuji Absolute 1.9D road bike. Is the seat post on this bike fitted with ashock absorber? I don't think so. If not, would it be worth replacing the original seat post with shock absorbing one? ...
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Why are my quill pedal cages “wobbling”?

The plates and connectors on my old quill pedals "move around" in relation to the pedal axle itself: In the photo below, I'm pushing the pedals to opposite sides to show how the pedal cage "distorts". ...
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Bike rests on brake cable while racked

I bought a new bike and when I put it on my bike rack in my garage the arm of the rack sits on the rear brake cable, putting some tension on the cable. Could this cause brake problems and if so what ...
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How to remove pedal bolt with round, smooth head

I'm trying to take the reflector off of some old French track pedals but can't remove one of the bolts holding the reflector on because the bolt holding the reflector onto the pedal rotates with its ...
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shimano fc4400 double chainring replacement

I am looking to replace my Tiagra fc4400 52t chainring, however it seems to be out of stock everywhere. Based on the parameters (130BCD, 52t) I found a few alternatives, however all of them are 10 ...
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What is this spring between the fork and the frame?

Sometimes on a bike I see a short spring, most often covered in rubber, connecting the fork with the frame: What is the purpose of it? The only thing that comes to mind is stabilising the fork so it ...
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1answer
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Headset bearings open to closed type

My XC MTB has open type headset bearings, is it possible to replace them with closed type? The main problem is that I live in a flat and only place where to wash my bike after a muddy or dusty race ...
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1answer
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Can't find the B-tension screw in rear derailleur

I am trying to register my old rear derailleur (a 15-year-old Shimano "7sis"), and I'm trying to find what every guide calls the "B-tension screw". I looked everywhere and couldn't find anything that ...
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Aero wheel on front, regular on back - why?

I've seen a lot of riders in the city, usually fixe riders or courriers, riding bikes with an expensive aero wheel on front and a regular, cheap-looking, un-aerodynamic alloy wheel on back. Why ...
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1answer
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Transporting a Carbon MTB

I took a punt and purchased a Mountain bike second hand, unseen (off our local equivalent to eBay). It turns out it is a much higher spec bike than expected - including a carbon frame. Until now I ...
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Removing a rear wheel of a town bike

I'm a beginner in repairing bicycles. I have quite an old town bike. I'm trying to change the tires. I have trouble in taking out the back wheel. As you can see in the picture, there is a small piece ...
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Has anyone ridden fenders in a Grand Tour?

Has anyone ever ridden a bike equipped with some type of fenders in a Grand Tour, for even a short part of the race? Are they UCI race legal? If so, who was it, what was the race, and when did it ...
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What road tire should I buy for my new cyclocross

I'm a recreational rider wanting to get more serious with cycling. I like Cyclocross bikes for their versatility and plan on commuting to work using my new entry-level Nashbar CX1. I've heard that ...
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Rider height vs bike height

How do I figure out if this bicycle would be a decent height for a person that is 5 feet 8 inches in height? http://www.amazon.com/BMW-Genuine-Cruise-height-80912352293/dp/B015QV2A2S
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1answer
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Is it possible to over-clean a bike chain?

I've seen it suggested that cleaning a chain too often or too thoroughly is bad for it, in that it removes the lubricant from the innermost parts of the chain, where it's most needed and most ...
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pain in right leg

I ve been cycling two years now and have only just noticed mainly from using my new turbo trainer that when im pedalling my left leg is about 1" or so from the top tube whilst pedalling but my right ...
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Damaged Forks on Giant Tough Road 2

I have recently crashed my Tough Road 2 and slightly damaged the forks at the point where the pannier rack is attached. The retaining bolt is slightly lifted and I am concerned that the forks are ...
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1answer
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Are Shimano 10 speeds going away?

My LBS claims that Shimano's 10 speed groups are going away forever. They told me that if I don't upgrade to 11 speed that my next replacement will cost me an arm and a leg because 10 speed components ...
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1answer
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upgrade from MF-TZ21 to 7 Speed cassette freehub

I'm trying to save costs so I want to upgrade to 7 speed 11-28 Cassette to keep the same shifters, dealer says I need a new Freehub, new 7 Speed Cassette, new chain AND NEW DISC BRAKES, why do I need ...
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What groupsets are compatible with my bike?

Question Speaking generally, what things do you need to check about your bike (e.g. rear hub width and type, braze-on vs clamp on front derailleur attachment points, etc) in order to determine what ...
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Gazelle taillight Power Vision user manual

I have this battery-powered tail lamp. It has one button to switch on/off and, when pressed for few seconds, probably "lock" lamp, which indicates this by flashing 3 times ("unlocking" procedure is ...
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What is the best way to test out a niche bike when shops rarely have them in stock?

I've emailed a couple of bike shops about Surly bikes - One in Oakham and one down in Richmond. The one in Oakham seems to be understocked and the other one is not responding. The one in Richmond ...

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