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Triple to double crankset

I have a new road bike that has a triple crankset. But I wanted to try double on it. When I replaced it. I found out that my standard square tapered double cranks won't fit with the bike's frame. Can ...
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What caused play in my freehub?

I was getting my road bike out earlier and heard a clunking sound when I dropped the back wheel. I repacked the bearings in it ~200 miles ago, and the wobble felt like bearing play. However when I ...
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bike pump hose split

My bike pump hose keeps splitting in two halves. First time it split near the base of the pump (which i fixed by discarding the smaller piece and inserting the longer one to the base of the of pump) ...
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Replaced v-brake pads too late - how to check if rim is damaged?

I've just noticed that replacing the brake pads was overdue. The metal of the brake shoe started scratching the rim already some time probably (sorry, I know it hurts to read that...). How to decide ...
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2answers
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cable tension for Shimano 105 Front derailleur is very tight

I just got a merida scultura 400 and on the biggest chainring there's rubbing on the outside of the front derailleur cage. the only way that I can lower this is by tightening the cable by ALOT. is ...
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Mongoose Mountain Bike

I have a mongoose mountain bike. Two times I have had the tube replaced because the valve was bent and it did not allow me to put air in my tire. The first time I had it replaced hours later the tire ...
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1answer
23 views

Can a 7 speed torpedo cable index a modern day 7 speed freewheel?

I have an old cable from a 7 speed Torpedo internal hub and am wondering if it will properly index a modern day 7 speed freewheel or if it is way off. Is there an easy way to check this? Just ...
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177 views

Cyclist vs Van. Who is wrong in this scenario? [closed]

I often find that some drivers disregard cyclists right of way, and as a result put cyclists in danger. For example, when a cyclist takes their right of way, some drivers ignore this and assume the ...
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1answer
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Correct setup of Huret rear derailleur

I've got (what I think is) a Huret Eco rear derailleur which seems to somehow get "stuck" in an "open" position when shifting on the front chainrings, i.e. the return spring somehow stops "working" ...
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Glossary - types of riders [closed]

I'd like to create a terminology index for the types or categories of riders, similar to this question. By types of riders I mean the categories that pro racers are often identified as being part of ...
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Lugged carbon frame repair

In broad terms, I'm wondering if it is possible to repair a high quality lugged carbon frame, say a Colnago C60, that has been cracked in the top and/or down-tube. Normally once a carbon frame has a ...
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2answers
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Compatibility with 105 shifters

Can I use Deore RD-T610-SGS derailleur on my road bike with 105 shifters, it seems like cable pull isn't right. Shifters are on 2007 Specialized Roubaix compact.
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Tyres self-deflating after being in storage

I recently took an old Brompton bicycle out of storage after several years. The tyres were deflated (unsurprisingly) so I pumped up the inner tube to check for punctures. I couldn't find any obvious ...
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Cannondale rack mount eyelet screw size [duplicate]

I have a 2007 Cannondale Road Warrior 800. I am trying to find the correct screws for mounting a rear rack. The bike has screw eyelets above the rear drop outs. Are there standard screw sizes for ...
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How long does it take to ride 1.4 km? [closed]

I guess I'm an average cyclist. I ride my bike if walking takes too long. There's a subway 1.4 km from my house. Google maps says 4 min but I'm not sure. It's all flat. About how long would it take?
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1answer
85 views

What parts do I need to change to convert from flat handle bar to drop bar? [duplicate]

I am thinking about getting a drop bar for my Merida Speeder 200 (2015). But I am told that I need to change some other parts as well. My bike has V type brakes, 3 speed front derailleur and a 9 ...
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1answer
66 views

Is contact patch area governed by A=W/P

contact_patch_area = weight / tire_pressure Is this true? Wikipedia says "mostly". This guy analyzed some automobile tire manufacturer, and although the info was self-conflicting, he concludes ...
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Selecting a GPS device

I am out to purchase a (dedicated) GPS device for the outlined below use cases. Trouble is, I have never owned a GPS-enabled device. Furthermore, general articles on "how to purchase sports GPS" seem ...
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47 views

Rear Cassette worn + needs replacing - what other components to replace?

I have picked up a bike (Specialized Allez) recently that has a very worn cassette from not replacing the chain for an extended period of time. Therefore am looking to change it. I was wondering what ...
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1answer
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Lowering my Tour bike gearing to MTB gearing

I am going on cycling tour on the Himalayas through Tibet, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan on my Araya FED touring bike. Now I am thinking in changing my gear, crank which is SR-SUNTOUR XCT ...
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2answers
44 views

Name for a part on stands/trainers

So I am building my own trainer/stand for my bike but I am hung up on one part. What is the official term for the part that attaches to the hex bolt on the rear wheel?
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215 views

What is this sheet of clear stickers that came with a new MTB?

I just ordered a new MTB through the mail (Santa Cruz Bronson). In the spare parts and accessories bag was this weird sheet of heavy vinyl clear stickers. I can only assume they are for frame ...
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Chain length when swapping between cassette sizes (11-28 and 11-23)

Currently I am running a semi compact 52/36 up front and a 11-28 at the back. I'm planning on getting a 11-23 cassette for criterium races, and have the 11-28 for hillier rides. Will there be any ...
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1answer
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Chain slips to lower gear when pedaling backwards

I have a hybrid 18 speed bicycle which is able to shift through all gears on both the front and rear sets of gears. When on the largest gear on the front set (by the pedals) the chain will try to ...
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1answer
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Converting a 3x10 to 1x10 with QR dropouts (NOT Thru axle)

Wondering about the load and potential issues of converting a 3x10 to a 1x10. Bike is aluminum with QR axles. Should I worry about the rear axle twisting out of the dropouts on the higher gearing? ...
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1answer
52 views

Trying to add an extra cog

I am trying to use a multigear bike to make a pedal power bike. I am trying to add an extra cog to attach a chain to connect the motor to. See ...
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1answer
41 views

Front derailleur takes 6 clicks to shift gears, instead of 3 [duplicate]

I've just stripped all cables and chain from a badly kept bicycle and replaced them. I've correctly adjusted the rear derailleur and it works great. However, front derailleur which only has 3 gears ...
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6answers
305 views

What to do with my old bike?

I have an old, cheap, second hand bike which I use for commuting. I have to leave it on the street for 10 hours every day, it is old with damaged stickers and dirty which makes it less likely to be ...
2
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1answer
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Can 'Zefal All in 1' really doall of those: cleaning, degreasing and oiling?

Can someone tell me if 'Zefal' All in 1 Spray is good for: degreasing, oiling and cleaning? Link It seems suspicious because it covers 4 very distinct functions in a single spray; eg: Degreasing, ...
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Traffic free events in London or Kent

I'm looking for traffic free events in London or Kent so I can enjoy a ride with my young daughter. I know about the Prudential FreeCycle ride on Jul 30th 2016. Any other recommendations? Any long ...
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1answer
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Nutrition during long rides while reducing fat

I am reducing fat for a month doing gym and spinning, and now I'd want to add cycling to it. On spinning days I've been eating like in non-training days, about 2100kcal. But it lasted 1,5h max, what ...
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1answer
107 views

How can I move the saddle further forward?

Recently I bought a clip-on aero bar for my road bike and has been practicing aero position for triathlon. I read that moving the saddle forward could mimic the triathlon bike geometry. However, I ...
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MTB Safety - Helmet [duplicate]

Does a standard bike helmet offer any real protection when cycling offroad? Looking at other people cycling offroad, fullface helmets are quite rare. Although to me it looks like a standard helmet is ...
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Is it difficult for one person to ride a tandem bike?

About 4 miles away from me, there is a bike hire shop that has tandems. I'm trying to work out the logistics of getting the tandem to my house to pick up the other rider. I'm an experienced cyclist, ...
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1answer
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Is component's thread torque a factor in how 'stiff' a bike rides? Would a racer want higher torque?

Is higher pressure into the frame going to reduce vibration and hence improve stiffness?
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1answer
62 views

Crack on Carbon Frame?

I see a crack on the carbon frame of my bike https://www.dropbox.com/s/flqrue2plzyqki9/DSC_0118.JPG?dl=0 The bike is around 4 years old but I just notice the crack line now. I think there was ...
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2answers
138 views

Reverse Gear in Bicycles

For an ordinary bicycle (neither fixed gear nor capable of changing any gears). Is it possible to modify it to have a reverse gear on it? (i.e. reverse pedaling causes the bicycle to go backward) ...
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698 views

Training for long distance rides (> 200km)

I want to be able to ride about 200-300km in about 1-2 months, but right now there's no weather where I live for cycling, so until probably April I have to train in a gym. I'm 170cm and 72kg, since 3 ...
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Can I inflate to 8bar?

I am quite new in the world of urban cycling and I am liking it A LOT. for the sake of curiosity I want my wheels to be as hard as possible, know how this feels and how my bike behaves. As of now, ...
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1answer
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Shimano STX RD-MC30. Replacement

Apparently there is too much play, indicative of it being too worn to function properly. Would the RD-MC31 be compatible or is there a newer compatible set that I could use?
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3answers
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Choosing a road pedal system - Focus on durability

What road pedal system can you recommend? They should be durable (pedal and cleats), have no tendency to fail hazardously and work well (a bit of float, support against rotation around the forward ...
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1answer
371 views

How to (safely) navigate a four-way stop

What's the safest way to navigate a four-way stop on a bicycle? I've found that some cars will ignore me, others will wave me through, and still others will just treat me as any other vehicle on the ...
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1answer
67 views

What is the best gear ratio for speed on 20inch frame [closed]

I'm trying to figure out the best gear ratio for my 20 inch frame
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2answers
83 views

tube punctures near valve

my road bike got a puncture in the front wheel yesterday while I was riding down a big slope, it happened when I was braking the bike then I heard a pop. I stopped and replaced with a new tube, ...
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1answer
79 views

Strong tires for Trek Verve 3

I recently got a bargain on a Trek Verve 3 bike. From what I read, it should support my weight (6 feet tall, 290lbs and going down) if I get wider tires with strong sidewalls. Currently I have an AT ...
2
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1answer
59 views

Disk brake rotor feels loose

Hey guys I've noticed my disk brake being "lose", I'm probably going to consult with LBS anyway but heres how I can describe it: the [rear] disk it self is not significantly more lose than the front ...
2
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2answers
61 views

Does Shimano cassette tool work on Campy cassette?

I have a Campagnolo 10-speed cassette on the way, and I just want to know if I'll need a new cassette lockring tool to install it. I already have the tool for Shimano/Sram cassettes. In the pictures I ...
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3answers
870 views

optimum frame size for very small 5'2" female

I have a lady friend who's interested in getting into road cycling. The smallest frame sizes I've seen so far in the market are 48 and, in one instance, a 47. Is this about the most common and/or ...
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What can be creating resistance when I cycle?

I recently bought a foldable bicycle. Everything seems fine and smooth, but when I cycle I can feel quite a lot of resistance - not air resistance, but resistance on my tires - to the point than when ...
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6answers
352 views

How you can reduce wind noise in the ears while cycling?

Whan I cycle I usually listen to music with a headset but the wind noise is so annoying that I do not hear music I would not too turn up the volume of the music because I prefer to easily listen to ...

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