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holes on the inside of metal fork blades, what are they

I noticed there are two very small holes on both blades on my new fork. They are on the inner side of the blades at the end of the fork blade just above wheel axis mounting point. They are apparently ...
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1answer
75 views

Pacing for 90km time trial with heart rate monitor

I'm participating in my first race by doing the 90km bike part of a half-iron man relay - I'm hoping to complete within 3 hours. I would like to know how I should pace myself with a heart rate ...
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My Bike Like To Try and Turn Left

So when I ride my bike it likes to give a little traction at times like the front wheel wants to turn left. The rim looks straight to me and i double checked it. Is this a problem with the wheel or ...
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2answers
48 views

Are there classes for learning how to cycle for exercise?

Is there such a thing as a class that teaches people how to optimally ride a bicycle for exercise? This class would assume that a person "knows how to ride a bike" but that's about it (i.e. they can ...
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2answers
703 views

Do rollers ruin tires?

I started using aluminum rollers to ride indoors this winter and noticed streaks left on the tires. I've also seen tires specifically advertised for use with rollers. I'm wondering whether using ...
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1answer
102 views

How to get tight tire on rim of a road bike

I have been having trouble getting a fresh tire onto a road bike wheel. The tire is "continental Grand Sport race 23mm" and the bike is a scattante road bike. I have looked at tips and watched videos ...
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2answers
65 views

Spare wheel for indoor trainer use

Just discovered this very useful site, now for my 1st question. I have a nice carbon bike with ultegra 6800 11 speed (11-32 cassette) I wish to use this bike on an indoor trainer (on Zwift) but wish ...
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0answers
141 views

Please help me understand why the back wheel doesnt spin

My bike has some problems and I hope you guys can help me fix it. Some weeks ago, the lock of my bike got frozen (bc of -30 degrees), so I decided to pour some hot water to the lock to defrost it. I ...
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1answer
75 views

Looking to replace 700c tires with mountain bike like tires

I have a scott sportster 55 2012 with araya 700c tx 733 tire rims. The bike comes with disc brakes , so there's a good amount of room above the tires on the front & back. Can I replace my skinny ...
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65 views

Help with Trek Mountain Bike to Touring Bike Conversion

Besides riding bikes since I was a kid, I'm a newbie when it comes to the mechanics of a bike. Hoping to convert a Trek Mountain Bike (that was given to me) to a bike that I can use for long distance ...
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2answers
109 views

Is there a measurement for tyre profile or height from rim?

I have a small child road bike frame that takes 20 inch wheels. It comes with no information from the manufacturer, but from what I've learned there are two 20 inch wheel/tyre standards 406 and 451. ...
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1answer
88 views

Does a slightly untrued wheel damage the wheels? [duplicate]

My wheels are slightly out of true, about 1.5 mm at worst part. It doesn't bother me when riding and I don't feel it, but will this hurt or damage the wheel if I keep going on, or should I keep going ...
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2answers
109 views

Do 7-speeder and 21-speeder have similar minimum range of gear-inches?

I want to buy a entry-level folding bike for slow-speed commuting, involving 20 minutes ride going over a steep hill of 1500 foot (500 meters). It is concrete 'normal car road', not off-road. What ...
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3answers
217 views

Questions about shifting from a new road cyclist

I recently purchased a used bike from my local co-op. I've ridden previously on fixed bikes with straight bars, but this bike is the first one I've owned where I have to shift and use drop handlebars. ...
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2answers
76 views

Any Issues installing STI Brake/Shifter levers to bike with direct-pull V-Cantilever brakes?

I want to install drop bars in my hybrid bike and also thinking of getting STI brake/shifter lever. The bike has V-Brakes. Is there any issues on doing this that I should be concerned about?
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2answers
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What type of cleat is this? Should I save it or get new cleats?

Can someone tell me what kind of cleat this is? circa 1993. I believe I got it Someone told me that I can just get new shoes (the shoes are completely shot) and reuse the cleat. Is that a good idea ...
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1answer
58 views

Upgrading Groupset: Old to New

First time here. Am thinking of upgrading my '86 Schwinn Peloton's brakes, shifters, and derailleurs with lightly used indexed Tiagras including brifters. I ride the bike so much that I really want ...
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1answer
47 views

Spokes to DT Swiss cyclocross wheel

I have CSW MA 1.9 wheel on my cylcocross bike. I already replaced few spokes in the rear wheel, I plan to do a long trek in the coming spring with front and rear pannier (and my weight) and I want to ...
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3answers
174 views

How good or bad would chainsaw bar lubricant be as a bicycle chain lube?

A former cow orker asked me this today - and I don't have a good answer. He has access to plentiful quantities of chainsaw bar lubricant, the stuff that helps a chainsaw's chain move around the metal ...
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3answers
97 views

If I am using DRY lube, do I need to clean my chain between applications?

Do I need to clean the chain before reapplying dry lube if I am only using dry lube?
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2answers
56 views

1" threaded forks?

I have an old bike that needs a lot of TLC for it to be useable again. Whilst I am sorting it out, a half hour here and there, I thought I might sort out a few bits that I'd like to improve. Its got a ...
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2answers
108 views

Campagnolo brake, closes unsymmetrically

The rear brake of my road bike closes unsymmetrically which results in bad braking performance and the rear wheel is getting pushed to the side. The Video describes the problem best. The arms of the ...
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2answers
176 views

Bike Washing Steps to know

I would like to wash my bike. Which cautionary steps should I take? Which parts of a Bike are water sensitive? Which steps should I take after bike wash?
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1answer
74 views

Wheels for CAAD 10 Disc

I have a CAAD 10 disc frame and want to find the right wheels to match. I've seen that the Maddux RD 2.0 rims come with many complete bikes for the CAAD 10 but can't find much information on them. ...
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2answers
68 views

Hydration rucksacks on and off the bike?

I suffer from diabetes insipidus, body fluids and inability to keep them inside. I'm not a fan of using a rucksack on a ride, prefer the bike to carry the weight, but am wondering if a small hydration ...
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9answers
2k views

What is the safest and most courteous way to ride on a two-lane road?

There is a one-mile two-lane road close to my home with no bike lane, but with a large sidewalk. I ride this road every day, and it got me curious what I should be doing. The speed limit is 35 and the ...
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4answers
109 views

How to fix folding lock holder

I've got an ABUS Bordo Lite folding lock and the holder it came with which attaches to the bicycle's frame using two thin metal strips and/or two Velcro straps is now broken: As you can see, the ...
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3answers
763 views

can only use right hand to brake reliably, due to disability - safer/possible to modify bike?

I'm new here and hoping someone might have thoughts on this - had a look and couldn't find an answer elsewhere! Apologies for the kind of long question, and if it's silly, but any thoughts would be ...
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0answers
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Cybex Recumbent exercise bike clicks on left side of wheel/pedal

I just got a used Cybex recumbent bike. For the first 3 weeks it worked perfect. Then out of the blue the left pedal started clicking as I bring my foot around and up. It starts after using it for a ...
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2answers
98 views

Power to weight, FTP and Terrain Profile

If two riders of different build rider 1 - shorter, lighter, thinner rider 2 - taller, heavier, stockier Are riding a rolling terrain. No notable climbs. A few short climbs lasting no more than a ...
2
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2answers
84 views

Buy TT BIke or Convert Road bike

I have started doing triathilons but don't want to invest in a TT bike until later. What are the problems with converting a road bike to a TT bike?
2
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0answers
66 views

Any way to track Campagnolo components? [closed]

This is a bit of a unique situation. I sold a Campy Chorus complete groupset to a customer who claimed they never received it on eBay, but tracking number said it was signed for. They opened up an ...
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0answers
33 views

Inner tube 700x28/38 vs 700x28/32 [duplicate]

I normally use a 700x28/32 inner tube. I went to another bike store and he only had 700x28/38 tube. He said it would work okay. Is that correct?
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2answers
124 views

Bike broke, strange parts came out, and doesn't know where to find exact replacement

My friend's bike broke and this thing came out... From various sources I found that it's probably a cog from deraileur. He went to bike shops but none could find a replacement that's for this exact ...
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1answer
77 views

one side of brake pad retention problem (i.e. attached to rim)

my front wheel brake pad (only one side) is still attached to the rim after I released brake lever. How do I fix this problem? I believe it is a cantilever brake.
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4answers
239 views

Custom bike to offer smoothest possible ride on bad roads

So, I am in a peculiar situation - due to an injury, shaking in any direction leads to pain and my condition is improving very slowly. I'm looking to find/customize a bike so that it offers me the ...
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1answer
30 views

Removing headset cups from 44mm head tube

I have a 2015 Salsa Colossal with a 44mm head tube. The upper cup is a ZS44/28.6 (1 1/8") and the lower cup is EC44/33 (1 1/4"). I need to punch out the cups, so I bought a Park Tool RT-1. It ...
4
votes
1answer
556 views

Am I too tall to bother modifying my old trek?

I bought an old Trek 500 series road bike a couple months ago and have put love and parts into it but it's just too damn small for me (I'm 6'4"). All the post adjustments are at their safest limits. ...
4
votes
1answer
167 views

arm and elbow position — sticking out or straight, also pushing or pulling on handlebar

All, I've been riding on the road for 20 years, mostly without much discomfort. But for the past 2 years I've ridden only MTB. I recently had a professional road fit done where my position was ...
3
votes
1answer
81 views

Converting a 7/8spd cassette to 4/5spd

Lets get some things ticked off: Friction shifting, check Narrow stance cranks, check 2 or 3 spacers on the right hand side, check Single chainring, check (That's the context.) Are there ...
5
votes
2answers
139 views

Why doesn't this V-Brake fit my frame?

As part of a bike rebuild I'm working on, I replaced the old cantilever brakes with new Shimano V-brakes. The problem is that the new front brake doesn't seem to fit with the wheel. The rim walls are ...
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2answers
127 views

Road shifter to Mountain Bike derailleur compatibility (Example: SRAM x7)

I am wondering what's involved in switching out Mountain Bike (MTB) shifters to integrated road shifters while keeping the rest of the MTB drivetrain (derailleurs, cassette, etc.) unmodified. Note ...
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1answer
41 views

Crank Compatibility for my Orbea Hydro 2012

I have received as a gift a set of SRAM bb30 cranks. I would like to know if they fit my 1012 Orbea Hydro and if can I use SRAM Alloy GXP Bottom Bracket to fit it all together.
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2answers
253 views

How can I fix the hook of a weather proof pannier?

I have a pair of Mainstream panniers (msx sl 55) but the rivet that holds the hook on the bag fell off. You can see it on images outside and inside How can I fix it while maintaining it weather ...
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1answer
25 views

turbo trainer on wtb 27.5 sx19 wheel is it possible

I have a norco 7.1 charger 2015 bike. I'm looking to put some miles on a turbo trainer http://www.halfords.com/cycling/turbo-trainers/trainers/tacx-blue-matic-folding-magnetic-trainer I'm a noob ...
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2answers
156 views

Should I dispose of my cheap bike or is it worthy to keep? [closed]

I was given a bike that cost £150. How can I tell if this bike is rubbish or not?
4
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2answers
97 views

Should I use anti seize for headsets and press fit bottom brackets in a titanium frame?

I have a shiny new titanium frame that I will be building up. I had the shop press in a headset and it looks like they used grease at the interface. Should they have used anti seize? I also need to ...
3
votes
2answers
159 views

Shimano 105 + Shimano Tiagra?

I am looking to buy a new high end performance road bike soon along with a power meter. I'm looking at possibly a Shimano 105 or Tiagra groupset. However, stages doesn't make a power meter for Tiagra ...
1
vote
1answer
82 views

Need Hidden nut for SRAM Force 1 chainring

I purchased a 50t Force 1 x-sync chainring. The SRAM install instructions say to place the hidden nut (thin item that has "teeth" on the outside that becomes "permanent" in the chainring once ...
1
vote
1answer
97 views

Upgrading parts on Fuji Panic 3.0 [closed]

I want to upgrade some gear parts on my current bike, which is a Fuji Panic 3.0 I don't really know if it will be compatible though. The bike: ...

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