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What are the advantages of a building an electric bike from a kit vs. prebuilt

I'm trying to decide on what would be the best option for me for my first electric bike. I need a way to get around, and as I live on a hill where I will have to manage a fairly steep incline coming ...
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2answers
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How do I mount this Topeak rack onto this road bike with disc brakes?

I've browsed several closely related questions already, but haven't found one quite like my issue yet. I have the following rack, a Topeak Tourist for Disc Brake bikes (with a matching Topeak trunk ...
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Halfords just replaced my chainset and it is a 10 speed one, but my cassette is 8 speed. Am I ok?

Last week my chainset was replaced (in warranty) and I just found out that the chainset is 10 speed (FSA Vero) but my rear cassette (+Claris gears and shifters) is 8 speed. I want to know if I will ...
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Fixing broken STI shifters - plastic gear cable surround

As pictured, after knocking over the bike I've broken one of the plastic surrounds where the gear cable enters the front derailleur shifter. Shifting between the lower two chainrings still works, but ...
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281 views

Software for time-trial race

I'm looking for a piece of software to conduct a local time-trial race. There will be some 50 riders: large enough to make the job of preparing race results with bare pen and paper rather hard and ...
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Who Made my Bike?

Pictures of bike: http://s1292.photobucket.com/user/Space_Scumbag/media/My%20Bike/P8290052_zps195adaa1.jpg.html?sort=3&o=2 So I've had this bike for many years now, and I'm finally selling ...
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Where to park a bike during a year for free ? (in the Netherlands?)

We are two French in love with the Dutch people and culture. Each time we have the time we rush there. Rather than hitchhiking (as we used to), we plan to travel across the Netherlands by bike as it ...
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Realign the cassette gears after removing the rear wheel

I took out my wheel for a puncture and when the wheel went back on the bike the gears were out of line, a lot of skipping and jumping. What is the best way to get them back in alignment (must be ...
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Vintage 70's Bike info?

I was given a vintage touring bike recently. It's steer tube badge says D-114 made in Japan. I can't find any info on it and was hoping someone may have some info on the brand or bike.
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Accurately replicating the resistance felt whilst riding via a resistance fan diy turbo trainer

If I were to build my own Lemond Revolution style turbo trainer (link below) could I use the air speed in meters/second^2 the rider is moving into as a good indicator of what type and size of fan to ...
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Replacement compatability for Shimano Mountain LX Chainring and or Crankset

I need to replace Shimano Mountain LX Biopace Chainrings with 48/38/28 110 bcd and am having difficulty finding replacement chainrings, particularly the center chainring 38T. It appears Mountain LX is ...
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1answer
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How to get weight over the back under hard braking

I've just been doing some hill repeats and killing the boredom I got thinking, what is the best position to be in when braking hard (emergency stop, coming downhill etc.)? Obviously you want to keep ...
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1answer
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How to test the endurance of a frame?

I am planning on throwing a challenge to create a bamboo frame for a unicycle, but to declare a winner I shall test some endurance criteria. The frame should be able to withstand this kind of ...
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1answer
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Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?

Earlier this month I had a issue with a broken axle. It was the original that was sold with the bike and lasted around 5,000 miles. I went to my LBS and bought a new axle (unbranded, labeled, etc, ...
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1answer
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How much does a typical cardboard bike box weigh?

Exactly as per the title. This is surprisingly hard for me to google. I found one estimate of about 10 pounds, and the tech at my LBS "guesses" that a standard 30 x 8 x 53 box weighs 2 pounds. For ...
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Chain slipping on middle chainring

I have recently replaced the chain and the cassette. Previous chain never slipped. I never had any problems with it at all. But I have made about 10 000 km on it and the wear was beyound any limits, ...
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1answer
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phantom leak that fixed itself?

I recently replaced my front tire. About 3 days post replacement I noticed that the pressure in that tire was at about 50psi (Its a road bike - I keep it around 120). I pumped it up and hoped for the ...
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1answer
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Front derailleur rubbing against chainring

I'm trying to fix up my old (1999) Trek 4500, and I've run into a snag while adjusting the front derailleur. It's a Shimano FD-CT92 (bottom bracket mounted E-type), and it's rubbing against the ...
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What's the quickest “boost food” whilst riding in a fast bunch?

I am starting to ride with a bunch of cyclists doing on average 40 to 50k. My personal average is around mid 30s to 45k/hr. Aside from proper training, exercise and leg muscles, what food do you ...
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2answers
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Best way to hang a bicycle from a ceiling pipe

I've just moved to a new place, and it's pretty small, so I'm looking to put my bike out of the way by hanging it from a (plenty sturdy) pipe that runs along my ceiling. At the moment I've got it ...
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Why are my Shimano R540 SPD SL Road Pedals incredibly stiff to clip out of?

I'm new to clip less riding. I just purchased and installed Shimano R540 SPD SL Road Pedals for my bike. I also got Shimano R064 SPD SL Road Shoes. I have been practising clipping in and out indoors ...
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What can cause direction to wobble?

When I cycle I can feel wobbling in the direction. I feel it even more and can even see it if I ride no handed. It gets really bad when I put luggage on my low rider. The bike is a 62cm touring steel ...
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Cleaning Carbon Black off a Bicycle

Brake pads for a rim brake are usually treated with Carbon Black (powered carbon) to make them last longer. This is what makes them black. When I ride a road bike in hilly areas, the carbon black ...
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1answer
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Replacement Brifters for a shimano 105 2x10

I have a 2009 Specialized Allez Sport C2. It came with shimano 105 components all around. the left hand (front) shifter recently broke, and will no longer hold a position. I can reach down and ...
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1answer
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Bike wheel Assembly

I am trying to assemble the rear wheel of my bike. I have sorted the spokes into two groups by their length. It seems like I do everything correct according to video tutorials and articles but when I ...
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5answers
227 views

Is it preferable to pedal downhill?

How do I use up less when I go down the hill? What is better? If I really drive down (I start down the hill fast and when I will at the foot of the hill I will have a rest since I slow down to my ...
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New chain snaps after shop service

I changed my chain on my bike last week for a new 9-speed SRAM chain. When I did this it became apparent that my cassette was worn beyond use, so I took my bike for a service at my local shop. They ...
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Will loose handlebars result in slower riding?

I went for a ride this morning and my handlebars were loose. I now realize that it is unsafe to ride like that but my average speed was dramatically lower. Do you think it is because of my loose ...
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Thinking of putting wider tires on intro Scattante w330…thoughts?

I'm buying a used Scattante 44cm w330 with starter components and I'm fairly new to biking/commuting by bike. My commute to work is fairly short, but its through a busy downtown area. I'm not so ...
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Difference between wet and dry chain lube [duplicate]

I was in a bike shop recently asking for dry lube, and the sales guy told me that the wet/dry distinction is just one that Finishline uses for their product lines, not an actual distinction between ...
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1answer
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Minimizing the pain in Biceps and Shoulders due to Mountain Cycling or Offroad cycling

I am a regular road cyclist, but I seldom go off the roads for cycling and Mountain Cycling. The terrain being damn rough and uneven, the jerks and the vibrations cause a lot of pain and numbness in ...
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Derailleur hanger moves when tightening quick release

I have an old Trek T-900 tandem that my wife and I ride quite a bit. It's got an 8-speed rear setup. It's a standard (tandem) 145mm rear-spacing with matching hub, but tightening down the ...
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How do I re-insert a chain pin that has been pushed completely out?

While breaking the chain, I pushed the pin too far and pushed it out completely. Now the chain is too short. How do I re-insert this pin, or should I look for other options.
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Is it best to put oil on the inner or outer of the chain?

When I oil my bike chain, I oil the inside and the outside like so: 1. Oil here ▼ ___________________ / \ | 2. And oil here ▼ | \___________________/ Cycle on 1/4 of ...
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Titanium frame has a crack - advice needed

I've found a Titanium bike frame on eBay. It's very cheap and the owner says that it has a very small crack on the seat tube where it connects to a bottom bracket. See at the image below: I've ...
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Bike rear wheel assembly

I am assembling my rear wheel and I have question related the lengths of spokes. Is there a big difference between the length of spokes taken from right and left sides. Can I get into big problems if ...
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Risks/problems of a short chain

I've put a new chain on my bike using method 3 from Zinn's art of road bike maintenance to determine length: "Wrap the chain around the big chainring and biggest cog without going through either ...
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Is it acceptable to cycle towards the centre of the lane on blind corners?

Some context: I live near a very congested main road, and everyone goes through the villages whenever it is blocked. If I am cycling, I have a continuous stream of cars passing me, even if they can't ...
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Picking bottom bracket and chain set for older mtb frame

I have an old norco manik frame from 2006 and I need help picking bottom bracket and chainset. I have been looking at Truvativ Hussefelt 1.1 DH Chainset at crc but how do I make sure the bottom ...
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What differs between the Cervelo S5 and S5VWD

Looking at the Cervelo S5 series there are two different models but the Cervelo page offers no mention of what differences are.. could someone enlighten me? Looking just at the framesets is there a ...
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How to move a bicycle by bicycle

I need to move two bicycles from work to home. The route is 5 miles long and car free. My only means of transport is to ride one of the bicycles so my question is this: What is the safest way to get ...
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What's the best way to quickly align front quick release wheel?

The front wheel on my bike is quick-release, and I often remove it when locking up my bike. Then when I go to put it back on, sometimes it is a bit difficult to make sure that the wheel is centered ...
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Rear index shifting not staying in middle gears

I have replaced a chain (SRAM PC 830) and 7 speed freewheel (Shimano MF-HG37) on the back of my daily commuter bike about 300 miles/ 3 weeks ago with the same models. The old parts lasted me 4000 ...
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Career in bicycling industry [closed]

Each time I sit on a bicycle seat, I end up getting inspired for the rest of the day. I would like to spend the rest of my life around bicycles. Can I make a career in designing bicycles in some of ...
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Where to buy (carbon) framesets? [closed]

I'm looking for online suppliers of carbon road framesets, the major online retailers Wiggle, Evanscycles and Chainreactioncycles don't seem to have much choice available (~<10 each) with low ...
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Shimano Acera Shifters - How to remove gear cable

I need to change the front derailleur gear cable on my bike. I've removed the cable from the derailleur itself, and now need to detach it from the shifter on the handlebars. On my previous bike, ...
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How to properly adjust Look Keo pedals

What is the best way to adjust the Look Keo pedals (mine are standard edition) so as to provide good grip, but with minimal wear on the cleats themselves? I use RED Keos. Thanks
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Trigger Shift equivalent to SRAM MRX 21 speed on Btwin Rockrider 5.0

I've a Btwin Rockrider 5.0 which comes with SRAM MRX Twist Shifters (21 spd 3x7). But lately they have been giving me problems in shifting, I've had bad experience with twist shifters earlier also( ...
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Misadjusted B-screw: symptoms?

What are the typical symptoms of incorrectly adjusted B-screw in the rear derailleur? How does it manifest itself when shifting? Obviously, if the cage pulley interferes with the cog, the problem is ...
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29" freewheel ruined (slipping)

Some time ago I gave a 29" bike to a person for a ride. Someway he ruined the freewheel (it had a shimano freewheel) - the 2 smallest cogs were badly slipping. Now I put another freewheel (also ...

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