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157 views

Is there more than one type of tapered steerer?

I have a set of forks (Rock Shox XC/30/TK on a Focus Black Raider 2.0 2012) that measure 30mm at the bottom and 28.6mm at the top, (or 1 3⁄16" to 1⅛" in pre-enlightenment measurements). So they're ...
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118 views

SRAM double tap road shifters, MTB derailleurs?

Can I run SRAM double tap road shifters with MTB (X5, X7) derailleurs and cassette/chainrings? I want to get lower bottom gears than achieved with a 50-34 chainset and 34-11 cassette
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Hub sticking - friction

Bike I got used and happy with the price for frame alone but I don't know the history. Kris King hub with significant drag. With cassette off and just a rim if spin it hard I get 5 revolutions. I ...
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313 views

Is it important to have a road bike shoes and pedals or it won't make a difference?

I bought a Giant TCR Composite road bike yesterday and since it comes without a pedals i bought a MTB clipless pedals but i don't feel comfortable with this pedals, so should i buy a road bike ...
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184 views

Can you change gear on your front dérailleur during a cyclo cross race?

During the 10 cyclo cross races I did this year I often found myself riding solely in my small 34t change ring and was unable to change up and down quickly enough between corners and barriers to be ...
2
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1answer
65 views

Is my VIS 180 the 50 Lumen or 70 Lumen Version?

So, I bought a Light and Motion Vis 180 off of Ebay. The seller had a great rating and claimed it was in "new" condition, so I thought I'd go ahead and take a risk on it. What I got was a Vis 180 ...
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1answer
144 views

Why can't I drive my city type (folding) bike uphill?

I'm a newbie when it comes to biking. I don't plan on taking it as a very serious hobby; I'm really more of just a leisure rider who enjoys touring around town, but I'd also like to be able to drive ...
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2answers
166 views

why change gear and brake cables?

So people say you should change cables because of stretch. But after the cables have stretched, isn't it just easier and cheaper to adjust the cable and pull it a bit tighter? Why do I need to replace ...
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44 views

I am hauling my bike a couple of thousand miles [closed]

Without the seat and post in. Any suggestions what to plug the tube with?
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1answer
192 views

Brakes feel like they are not even there on my used road bike. How can I fix it?

My friend gave me his old sanwa road bike that had been sitting in the snow for about a month. It looks like the one from the 1979 movie "breaking away" but with a different color and brand (to give ...
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2answers
83 views

24t or 26t granny gear?

Getting a new crankset, decided on this one from Rivendell: http://www.rivbike.com/product-p/cr1.htm Question: Should I keep the 24t granny or get them to swap it out for a 26t? I have some concerns ...
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Which sites in the UK are available for selling older / vintage bike components? [duplicate]

I've got a vast selection of old bike parts collected over years by my dad, but I know that most of them will be lost in the ether posted on eBay and need a specialist audience. Where in the UK / ...
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1answer
132 views

Linseed oil application to the inside of a steel frame

Is the application of linseed oil to the inside of a steel frame still recognized as a good way to prevent the formation of rust on the inside of the frame?
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1answer
70 views

Is there a way to remove the dent/bend?

I have a 2005 KHS Flite, which I am fairly sure is a Reynolds 520 frame, that I absolutely love and have morphed through many variations (the original brakeless fixie, then both breaks free-wheel, ...
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1answer
45 views

Old STI 105 shift lever fell off

Hello, While riding home last night, my brake lever fell off. It's an older item on an older bike. What's the process to re-attached one of these?
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154 views

No non-sus 29er mtbs? [closed]

So I sat down and said "what kind of a bike do I want?". I ride mostly in the city, but I wanted something that I could take out to the trails. I don't do anything crazy... maybe a 2' drop at the ...
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3answers
111 views

Problem with inside of shoe clipping crank arm

Crankset http://velobase.com/ViewComponent.aspx?ID=c50c795c-1016-4021-8ae8-9f68450fde36 and I know I'm using the right bottom bracket (119mm) The pedals ...
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3answers
137 views

Best bike with foot brake [closed]

I am looking to buy a bicycle with a front disc brake and a rear foot brake. I am asking this because I have mild muscular dystrophy and lost almost all of my grip strength so it is very difficult ...
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2answers
110 views

Safe steerer spacers stack height

I'm building my first road bike, which means I'll have to find appropriate bar height through personal experience and cut the fork steerer in process at least once. I plan to start with the following ...
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1answer
239 views

Cyclocross for road bike type of routes - Increased risk of INJURY?

I am 33years and just moved to belgium. My work commute is about 25km (16miles). I plan to buy a bike mainly to commute to work and get the exercise and decompress after work. I am new to biking but ...
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1answer
92 views

Possible Broken Shifter

My right Shimano shifter is now loose and clicking it doesn't do anything to the rear derailleur. I've checked the derailleur and it still works fine. How can I fix the shifter? Edit: It's a road ...
5
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2answers
240 views

How long does it take to be ready for a multi day ride as a newbie?

I have not cycled much recently, done a few 30 mile rides in 2012 on mostly flat but nothing since and am out of shape now, not that I was in shape then! The bike is a hardtail, but on road tyres. ...
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185 views

How long between spoke adjustments on a mountain bike?

I have a mountain bike that's now about 18 months old. At the 12 month mark I took it for its first annual service. Since then there's been a problem with the front wheel coming out of alignment. ...
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2answers
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Which freewheel remover tool to use on vintage Columbia bike?

I picked up what looks to be a late 80's Columbia 'USA Racing' Women's city bike on Craigslist recently. It needs a new 5 speed freewheel, but I can't seem to figure out which remover tool to use. ...
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6answers
284 views

Uphills and downhills vs a flat

I started the debate with my brother asking him, "If you had to do a 20km ride around a circle I.e at the end of your ride you arrive at the same place you started, would you rather cycle on a flat or ...
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2answers
115 views

How important is centring dual-pivot brakes?

My road bike has Shimano dual-pivot caliper brakes like these. Whenever I remove or refit the mudguards, or even sometimes just getting the wheel out, they seem to go slightly off-centre, by which I ...
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0answers
121 views

Bmx serial number need identification

I have a old bmx serial no J3122595 What make n model is this frame please.tryed everything to find out to no avail
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2answers
163 views

How do you tighten Shimano disc brakes?

I have just brought the Trek Fuel ex8 (on Christmas) and already the back brake is squeaking. Also both the front and back are not very sensitive and are not stopping the bike very well. I've looked ...
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4answers
114 views

Which winter road cycling shoes are rated for sub-15° F weather? [closed]

Most of the road shoes I've found only seem to be rated to around 25° or so. Living in New England I'd like something colder. Does anyone know of road shoes rated for colder temps? (They'll be used ...
4
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3answers
174 views

Removing key from kryptonite lock

I can't remove the key, or open, my brand new Kryptonite lock. I can twiddle the key with about 60 degrees of movement from current position; and have attempted every movement I can think of. Have ...
3
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2answers
162 views

How to prevent shifting issues due to derailleur or cables freezing in cold weather

It's been fluctating in temperature between 0F and 20F in my area. I've been riding my 1x9 geared mountain bike to and from work. However, due to the cold weather, I'm having issues shifting. It ...
8
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3answers
367 views

What is the meaning of 11-32 cassette and 12-25 cassette?

I'am going to buy 2015 shimano 105 groupset and i have 2 options in choosing the cassette the first is 11-32 and the second is 12-25 and i don't know what is the meaning of each and which one would be ...
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0answers
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Where is the light sensor in Busch&Müller Lumotec Cyo?

My B&M Lumotec Cyo dynamo light seems to be almost always on when in "sensor" mode - also when it's not really dark around. Could it happen that the light sensor opening got soiled? Sounds dumb, ...
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2answers
137 views

Are tubeless mountain bike tire systems appropriate for winter riding?

Are tubeless mountain bike tire systems appropriate for winter riding in below freezing temperatures? Is there a low temperature limit that I should avoid riding in? Does the cold affect performance ...
0
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1answer
130 views

SRAM Rival brake caliper screws/bolts are rusty, how to replace?

I have a full SRAM Rival groupset from 2011. Having used it in humid and rainy places for a while, most of the parts are OK, but the small button-head screws (or bolts?) in the QR pivot for the brake ...
2
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1answer
172 views

How can we calculate the efficiency of the Siva Cycle Atom generator?

The Atom is a bike electricity generator made by Siva cycle and launched via kickstarter. I was curious about how this generator compares to others (eg. hub dynamo/generators) in the market in terms ...
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4answers
663 views

Indoor bicycle tray to preclude the rug from getting wet

When I take my bicycle indoors, and there's snow, ice, etc on it, the snow melts and the water runs onto the floor. Long-term water damage to rugs is an issue, and I don't want to leave the bicycle ...
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0answers
196 views

Rigid fork replacement for Rock Shox Bluto fat bike suspension fork? [closed]

I'm considering the purchase of a fat bike with a Rock Shox Bluto Fork. This fork takes a 150x50mm Maxle Light and 150mm hub. However, since winter is coming and I'll likely be riding in slop and ...
2
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1answer
112 views

9sp/10sp compatibility in Shimano SLX drivetrains

This is related to my previous question about SLX chainrings. I'm half way through upgrading my drivetrain from 2x9 to 2x10. I currently have: Shifters: SL-M670-I (10sp), Chainset: FC-M665 (9sp ...
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0answers
62 views

Which standalone head units would work with Tacx i.Flow T2270?

I'd like to be able to use my Tacx i.Flow T2270 trainer without a PC. Apart from the T2202, which current or older standalone head units would be compatible? Would T1682 work? What about head units ...
1
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1answer
54 views

Hubs compatible with 7 speed cassette

I have one Gt aggressor 2.0 2014 and want to make some upgrade. So someone told me to buy a new hub to use with a 9 speed cassette. I want to buy the hub but later the 9v cassette, so has any hub can ...
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1answer
171 views

Is it ethical to use an abandoned bicycle in my parking garage? [closed]

I've recently moved to a new city and need a bicycle. I noticed an unlocked bike covered in dirt with flat tires in my apartment's parking garage. Would it be ethical to clean it up and use it for my ...
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3answers
152 views

New bike hubs way over-tightened?

I have a limited budget, and I've never bought a new bicycle before. However, I just bought a 24" Giant XTC from a very bicycle-inept person who's kid had only used it a couple of months. Anyway, I ...
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4answers
112 views

base training with or without added energy?

I am trying to build some base strength in the winter, doing some endurance training. I am mostly following the TrainerRoad Base plan (which seems to be similar to the Bicycle Bible). So I've tried ...
1
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1answer
100 views

2mm clearance between the chainstay and the rear tire

I use a pair of club roost cross terra (27 1 3/8) on a vintage raleigh bike (maybe it's raleigh record). Originally the bike had 27 1 1/4 tires. If I'm correct, 1 1/4 is 32mm wide and 1 3/8 is 35 mm ...
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3answers
120 views

What do I do if my bike won't pump with a air pump at all?

My bike will not pump at all. I tried forever. I had this bike for a year and then it won't pump at all. Im is ein a pump you stand on and use yours 2 hands to pump. At first it was pumping air a ...
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1answer
97 views

Do I need to use thread locker or spoke prep when building wheels if spokes come pre-treated?

I purchased a dynamo hub, rim, and spokes for a wheel build. Unknown to me at the time of purchase, I discovered that the spokes all have blue thread locker compound pre-applied to the threads. The ...
1
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2answers
132 views

Gravel road bike fit

Looking at gravel racing what should I look for in fit compared to a normal road bike setup? I'm concerned about stack and reach angles of head tube and seat tube, bottom bracket drop, fork rake and ...
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1answer
148 views

Flat pedal road bike shoes

I have road shoes but would like to also get a pair of shoes for flat pedals that still look like road shoes but have grip for the flat pedals etc.. Can anyone please suggest anything, thanks :)
3
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4answers
331 views

Is it necessary to buy a special tool to open the chain lock

I've installed a chain lock to my chain. It looks like this (mine is not KMC): Now I need to unlink the chain to clean it, but I can't do it: the lock is too tight. I found a special tool on ebay ...

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