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4answers
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Does it make you safer to use lights during the day?

My bike light, the Cygolite Metro 360, has a "Daylighting" mode which flashes very brightly and is intended to be used during the day. Similarly, many tail lights have flashing modes. Obviously one ...
3
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2answers
185 views

how long does it take to break in a brooks saddle (b17)

I'm going on a 2 week touring trip and looking to buy a comfortable saddle that will be make my rides pleasant and efficient. I have about a month to break in the saddle. How long should I spend ...
2
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1answer
101 views

Can I use a Suntour Cyclone GT Rear Derailleur for a 10 speed Campagnolo cassette?

I'm building up a road bike and have a wheelset with a rear hub that has a Campagnolo Chorus 10 speed cassette. The front derailleur will be a triple and I'm looking into the possibility of using a ...
3
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7answers
145 views

Prescription Cycling Glasses

I visited my optician last week and the time has finally come for me to start wearing glasses for driving. As a result of this I figure it is probably a good idea to start thinking about prescription ...
1
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1answer
67 views

Need help for my wheel size

If my tyre size is 27 by 1/4. what size of wheel do I need. I just bought a second hand road bike and will need to repair it. But one of my problems is what size my wheels are, 700c or 27 by 1/4.
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1answer
111 views

Fitting questions - Effective top tube vs horizontal

I'm stuck in understanding size tables of a bike. For example this size chart: Am I right in my thoughts? Effective top tube (ETT) is horizontal value so, it's B1 on the chart. BS is the length of ...
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1answer
55 views

Problem during installation of Rockshox Reverb Stealth product

I am following the SRAM official procedure on a very similar bike to the one reviewed. However, I am stuck at this part: unthread the hose from the remote's barb. I just can't. I am holding the hose ...
5
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1answer
362 views

Is it worth buying used bikes of old models?

I am going to buy a road bike, and my budget is about 1300$. And I'm faced dilemma: 1) new 2015 (next year) road bike, for example Merida (aluminum frame, shimano 105, carbon fork) 2) used 2009-2010 ...
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2answers
94 views

Advice on buying a new bike

I am looking to buy a new brand new bike but I'm not experienced at all with bike specs and quality and things to look out for etc. I have previously only had second hand really basic bicycles in my ...
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0answers
74 views

Serial numbers on bottom of a pedal crank housing from a 50s era Schwinn?

Can someone please explain what these three numbers mean on the pedal crank housing? I believe this to be the pedal crank housing from a 1956 Spitfire Ladies Bike. The Schwinn Serial reads M0D502 ...
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0answers
50 views

Allen Coggan power profile table for Cyclo cross riders?

If you were to create a power profile based on those seen in training and racing with a power meter by Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan. What would it look like a sprinter or an all rounder? To help ...
1
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5answers
161 views

Adjusting gear ratio

I currently ride a single-speed converted bike (vertical drop-outs). I like the ride but feel that when I'm going for high speed on the road, I'm pedaling too much. Currently running a 18T cog on the ...
0
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4answers
124 views

What are the most important accessories for a new biker to get? [closed]

I am a new biker and am going to be commuting to work on a hybrid. There are many cool accessories that help you carry gear, bike at night, track your rides, make adjustments and quick repairs like ...
2
votes
2answers
213 views

freewheel removal tool for Shimano MF TZ21

I have a Rockrider 5.1 cycle with a Shimano MFTZ21 freewheel. In order to remove the freewheel, I purchased the Btwin tool kit. But the removal tool provided in the kit does not fit on my freewheel. ...
3
votes
5answers
259 views

Is it worth it to get a bike computer with cadence?

I'm looking into purchasing a bike computer, primarily to track distance and speed. Is it worth it to go up a notch and get a computer that also tracks cadence? How accurate are bike computers at ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

Dual air forks negative positive chamber pressure equality

Regarding solo air forks everything is clear. Once we bumped both chambers pressure is equal. But why for dual air forks air pressure doesn't try to get equal in both chambers? What's the point of ...
3
votes
3answers
167 views

What kinds of tools do I need to do bike maintenance, e.g. adding a rack?

I just got a new Trek 7.2 for commuting and getting around town. It's a great bike but I want to add some stuff to it like a rack. I am fairly handy and have more or less a full toolkit in my ...
1
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0answers
21 views

How air suspension lockout works [duplicate]

Can anyone please explain how air suspension lockout works? I mean physically what happens inside the shock? There are also multiple setting in lockout, how are they implemted?
4
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3answers
313 views

I need help to identify this bike

This is my mother in law's bicycle from when she was a child. While cleaning out a lean-to on the back forty I found this bike inside. I was hoping to give her a bike that is identical to hers that ...
3
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4answers
93 views

Bike gears not shifting how they should

So I've not cycled in a while but my step dad was using my bike and he has a habbit of breaking stuff. I have since decided to start cycling to work again and I replaced various parts due to rust etc ...
1
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1answer
83 views

Upgrading cassette - what do I need to be aware of?

I'm looking to replace my rear cassette and reduce the tooth count between the sprockets in order to make my gear changes less dramatic. I currently have a 11/26 9 speed SRAM cassette, and a stock ...
5
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2answers
234 views

Does the National Bike Registry work?

The National Bike Registry is an nationwide registry of bikes with identifying information (serial numbers, make/model, owner information) in the US that is intended to help identify stolen or ...
1
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3answers
105 views

Bike trying to jumps gears when I stand

My 2014 Norco storm 9.2 has a problem - whenever I am in a higher gear and standing up it tends to click and try to jump gears. When I am sitting down it does not do this. It only happens when I ...
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1answer
149 views

Asking for Feedback about my Bike Lock Invention [closed]

I’m a college student and cyclist at USC. I’ve had three bikes stolen while at USC and it really annoyed me so now I’m doing something about it. I’ve created a lock that specifically secures the ...
2
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2answers
225 views

Bicycle Seating Posture Ergonomics

Road bikes have a forward bent seating posture, mountain bikes have a straight seating posture. I was wondering which of the above seating postures (of road bikes or mountain bike) is better for ...
4
votes
1answer
79 views

Upgrading mechanical disk brakes

I'm considering upgrading from Avid BB5 to BB7 mechanical disk brakes on my fat-bike and upgrading to Avid Speed Dial 7 levers. While I'm at it I can easily move up a size or two from the existing ...
0
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2answers
89 views

How do you check your road bike tires for wear? [duplicate]

What is the best way to determine if your tires need to be replaced?
3
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2answers
106 views

Quick release wheel is either too tight or not tight enough

I had my front inner tube pop on me yesterday so I went ahead and changed it but when I put the wheel back on the bike I couldn't seem to tighten it properly without it being too tight, or not tight ...
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votes
1answer
88 views

Easy build, high weight capacity trailer for Burning Man [closed]

TL;DR I want to make a high capacity trailer from bamboo to ride around at a desert festival. Bamboo structure (probably 1.5" or 2" major strength lengths, 1" for crosses) Hitch using bamboo & ...
1
vote
1answer
56 views

Does anyone make a spacer for SPD cleats?

I have a pair of cycling shoes that accept a two-bolt cleat, but require a spacer between cleat and sole to be compatible with Shimano SPD pedals. My pedal and cleat package did not come with spacers. ...
1
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1answer
135 views

Can you help identify this bike?

I have been given this bike and am trying to find out more about it - I can't find anything on the bike that tells me it's make etc - any ideas would be very welcome.
3
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1answer
96 views

Rear wheel at edge of dropouts on a Surly Cross Check

The rear wheel on my Surly Cross Check is right at the edge of the rear dropout but the chain is tensioned correctly. If I move the wheel back into the dropout so it is comfortably in the middle, I ...
5
votes
3answers
144 views

Is it worth it to buy a bike that comes with puncture resistant tires, or add them later?

Is it better to buy a bike that comes with puncture resistant tires, or get a cheaper bike that comes with worse tires and then get them replaced?
0
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1answer
60 views

MegaEXO Omega BB and Hollowtech II crank compatibility?

I have a Giant TCX SLR 2 (2014) with a FSA MegaEXO BB and FSA Omega crankset (46/36). I just purchased a Ultegra 6750 crankset (50/34), can I run it on my existing BB? If not, what BB do I need? ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

Exchange FSA K-Force Light chainset with a SRAM RED

I'm the lucky owner of a Fuji SST 1.0 from 2010 (mounted with a Shimano press-fit bottom bracket). I would like to exchange the front chainset from a FSA K-force 53/39 to a SRAM RED 50/34. Can you ...
4
votes
2answers
165 views

How to correctly align “be seen” lights

My "be seen" bicycle light is bar mounted and has to be reattached every time I jump on the bicycle, due to theft risk. How do I determine when it is correctly aligned? In particular how are "be ...
3
votes
3answers
681 views

How to correctly align “to see” bicycle lights?

My "to see" bicycle light shifts out of position. While I need to fix it (fork bridge mounted dynamo), how do I determine when it is correctly aligned? In particular how are "to see" lights ...
4
votes
3answers
119 views

Building a city/trail bike with a CX frame, what should I consider? [closed]

What would be a good build for a 80% city / 20% trail bike? I recently purchased a Cinelli Mash CXSS frame, I will be mainly riding in the city but wanted to also take it to the trails every couple ...
2
votes
1answer
64 views

Replacing a shifter

One of my plastic shifters broke and I am looking for a replacement on the internet. How do I know whether a replacement will fit my handlebar. Are all handlebars the same size?
1
vote
1answer
75 views

Replacement chainring compatibility

I have a Fuji Absolute 3.0 (about 2011) with a generic crankset. The triple chainrings are stamped with 'SAMOX'. It is a 30-42-52t set. I favour the middle chainring, which is now badly worn and needs ...
2
votes
2answers
81 views

Effective use of a coaster brake?

I recently got a basic beater bike for pootling around the neighbourhood. All it has for brakes is a rear Sturmey-Archer AWC coaster brake. Having used almost every other kind of hand-operated brake ...
1
vote
1answer
51 views

What is the problem with my suspension fork?

I have a Manitou Skareb. I think it is a 2005. It was working fine the last time I rode it. I pulled the bike out after about 1 month of not riding and I could push the fork down about 1.5 inches with ...
3
votes
2answers
79 views

structure of rear wheel to support cargo trailer

Some years ago I used a rear carrier with a bundle buggy lashed on to carry stuff around. I had a problem with wheel wobble. I thought a rebuild as 4 cross (instead of std 3 cross) might help. The ...
0
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0answers
80 views

How can I properly identify Cannondale Bad Boy 1 year model?

I'm looking to purchase a Cannondale Bad Boy 1 through Craigslist, owner not entirely sure which year model, how can I identify which year is it?
2
votes
1answer
61 views

Bicycle trainer tyre - understanding the sizing

The weather where I live is very bad sometimes. I was thinking of buying either a magnetic or fluid trainer or rollers. I read that the tyres wear out quickly on those and one should use specific ...
7
votes
1answer
209 views

Bike washed with pressure washer. How to recover?

I lent my bike to a friend of mine who washed it with a pressure washer. I already replaced the bowden case, which prevented me from using the brakes due to the washed out lubrication. I lubricated ...
2
votes
4answers
179 views

Good Brands for Front Pannier Rack on Suspension Forks [closed]

I've heard people talk a lot about Old Man Mountain racks. What other options are there? Roughly speaking, in your experience, how do they compare? I'm specifically interested in this for touring ...
1
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1answer
41 views

Difficulty & Value of replacing suspension forks w disk brakes (for Touring)

I need to replace my front suspension forks with hard forks (no suspension). My bike has disk brakes, a dynamo (that seems to attach to the wheel hub), and mud flaps. Are these sorts of things easily ...
4
votes
3answers
126 views

Can you attach front panniers to shocks?

I'm going on a bike trip and need the extra storage supplied by front panniers. But my bike has front suspension. I can replace the fork with a solid one but that will increase my costs. Is it A) ...
1
vote
2answers
77 views

What is the measurement in inches of a XL frame?

What is the conversion of a (XL) frame to it's measurement in inches?

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