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What is the bicycle Danny MacAskill uses in his “Way Back Home” video?

I was wondering whether someone could help me identify what is the bicycle Danny MacAskill uses in his video. If it is unable to determine exactly what model he has, could you guys please tell me a ...
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Cartridge equivalent spindle length for Shimano BB-6207 116 mm Cup and Cone Bottom Bracket?

I'm building up an old Terry bike and will likely pick up a NOS Shimano 600EX FC-6207 crankset. The corresponding bottom bracket for this crankset is the 116 mm BB-6207 cup and cone. However, given ...
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Choosing good slick tires for a MTB

I have an MTB with tires that roll very badly on pavement because of plastic spikes. I'm looking to get a pair of slicks and I'm hoping to get some advice here. My bike is a 29", I think they current ...
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How do I choose a bicycle fork?

I'm putting together a bicycle on a budget from a frame I was given and various parts from a bike with a broken frame. The only part of any expense that I really need is the fork, and I want to get ...
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363 views

How is this kind of cycling correctly called?

Sometimes I like to make rather high-speed descents (during which I also make jumps) in the forest near to my house. I want to know how this kind of activity is correctly called. Is it downhill, ...
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Difference between road pedals and MTB pedals

I am interested in buying some pedals I can clip into for my bike. I currently ride a mountain bike/hybrid but I ma looking to get a road bike next year some time. What are the differences between ...
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Can I use brake pads designed for linear-pull brakes on my side-pull cantilever brakes?

I have side-pull (dual-pivot) cantilever brakes. My friend gave me brake pads that are 'for all linear-pull brakes'. Can I use brake pads that are advertised for linear-pull brake systems with my ...
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What features are useful on a bike for carrying children?

See also this question: What should I look for in a "trailer bike"/"tag-along" bike for a child? I want to buy a bicycle. I will want to use a child seat for a few years, and ...
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238 views

What is the lever on the head of my floor pump for?

I have a Wrench Force floor pump. There is a lever on the head of the floor pump which can be moved into one of two positions. What is this for? The pump automatically selects the correct valve and ...
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Why is there a stitched hole in the back pocket of my new jersey?

I just finished a charity ride and found that the brand new jersey bought for it has a hole in the back center pocket. It is neatly cut, with stitching around it to prevent fraying, so I'm sure it is ...
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Why are cycle components so heavily branded? [closed]

The average car has the manufacturer's logo on the front and back. Usually that's the extent of the branding. It is discreet and under-stated. Sometimes with the higher-end luxury cars you don't even ...
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How can I check tire pressure without a pressure gauge?

I would like to tell if my tires are correctly inflated, in this case road tires, but I do not have a pressure gauge. Is there a handy heuristic for checking the pressure? Could I do it, for example, ...
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635 views

Are there any locking options that lock the drive train of a bicycle?

I've been looking into the different kind of locks available, and came upon this short documentary about bike thefts in London. Seems that just about any lock on the market can be easily beaten by a ...
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4answers
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How long is the life cycle of a bicycle?

This may not be a particularly practical question, but I wonder how often do you find yourself looking for a new (or another) bike? There are, of course, two main aspects of it: Mechanical decay. If ...
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3answers
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Specialized Hardrock - How to stop disc brakes from squealing?

I have a Specialized Hardrock 2011 Disc brake mountain bike with a front brake that squeals when used lightly. It's OK if I use the brake hard - but I usually don't need or want to stop in such a ...
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4answers
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How do belt drives perform with snow?

I am completely new to the concept of belt drives and, when doing some initial research, the Wikipedia article on belt-driven bikes says that they have the disadvantage of Problems in snowy ...
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7answers
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How can I teach my capable 20-something friend to ride a bike?

My friend, let's call him Jack, does not know how to ride a bicycle. Jack is a fully capable 27-year-old man. His father was incarcerated during a block of his upbringing, leaving him without a skill ...
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4answers
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Does the price difference between a Brompton and a budget folding bicycle represent quality

I understand the difference between a cheap and expensive road bike as I have owned one of each. My question relates to an example of two polar-opposite folding bicycles; a budget £129 bike and a ...
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3answers
418 views

Can racks cause damage to a bike?

Reading this question about the best way to lift a bike on to a pictured rack, it struck me that I'd be less worried about how to lift the bike than the potential for damage by hanging the bike from ...
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4answers
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What's the best way to lift a bike onto a storage hook?

At work we have hooks attached to the wall so that we can hang our bikes from the front wheel. They're effectively the same as these: I see heaps of people struggling to lift their bikes onto the ...
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5answers
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Home-made sealed freewheel?

Is there any way to do a home-made sealing on my freewheel? Is there any material recommended to do it? Anyone can find some previous try documented? Will I fail miserably if I try to source a ...
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3answers
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What are the benefits of a carbon seatpost?

As the title states, what are the benefits of a carbon seatpost like this one from MEC? My research indicates there may be the following pros and cons: Pros Lighter Supposedly smoother ride Cons ...
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1answer
497 views

Dictionary of regional vocabulary differences (US vs UK)

Given that we appear to be about evenly divided between UK and US folks (and given that "Britain and the United States are two countries divided by a common language"), there should be a dictionary of ...
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2answers
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Are public bicycle rack providers liable if your bicycle is stolen from their rack?

My bicycle was insured and locked to a leisure centre provided bicycle rack while I was in the leisure centre and was stolen by the time I came out. I was later informed that someone else had their ...
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2answers
389 views

What's the best way for a beginner cyclist to carry children?

My sister has two children, aged 4 and 2. The 4 year old is starting to get confident on his bike and my sister is finding she can't keep up with him on foot any more. She hasn't ridden since she was ...
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5answers
631 views

Why don't bikes by auto manufacturers make it into bike shops or onto the streets?

Currently I am considering getting a 'Mini' brand folding bike mail order, even though I have not seen one in a shop or in the street. This I am happy to do as it is a re-badged Dahon at a special ...
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3answers
386 views

Equipment for a multi-day bike trip

I'm planning a multi-day bike trip, and I want a list of all bike related equipment I'll need to fix / negate the most common bike problems. The list currently has: Multi tool. At least 3 spare ...
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6answers
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Real measurable benefit to ceramic bearings?

Is there a real difference between riding on ceramic bearings and riding on stainless steel? How would you measure it? Does it require it to be every bearing in the drive train, or will each set of ...
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3answers
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Two wheel sets, one bike - best approach?

I've got a mountain bike that I occasionally ride on the road, when I do I like to put on slick road tyres but it's a pain changing the tires each time. If I buy a second set of wheels what is the ...
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4answers
279 views

Brakes won't stay tight

I have plain ol' v-brakes and I have to tighten them all the time, every three or four weeks. I've been given to understand this is not usual. I'm not sure what's wrong though -- am I hitting them too ...
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2answers
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Pedals and cleats compatibility

I started riding road bikes seriously a couple of years ago at which point I acquired Exustar pedals and shoes. The pedals have kept up well, but my shoes are getting a bit tired and I'm wanting to ...
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1answer
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Shimano Chainring Compatability

In my previous question we determined that I probably need new chainrings. I was/am planning on replacing the chainrings, and leaving the original crank. Now this bike is running Shimano 105 FC-5600 ...
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3answers
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Chain skipping on MTB

I've had my Trek 3900 for about a year now, and I replaced the chain about 3 months ago, but otherwise it's running with the same parts it came with (not counting tubes and tires). I had to replace ...
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6answers
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How do I bring an old bike up to speed?

I'm an adult that is new to biking due to a triple whammy of a childhood aversion to effort, my family moving to a town on the side of a mountain with steep roads, and my bike getting run over by a ...
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2answers
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Should I buy a Dahon or wait for a Tern folding bike?

I am currently thinking about buying a Dahon folding bike to replace my existing Dahon folding bike. Brompton and other marques are not really a consideration because I like Dahon for many reasons - ...
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2answers
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Chain drop under load

I have a problem. Today I was riding (flat-out) up hill, and went to shift up a gear on the rear, which caused the chain to drop off the front chain-ring (was in the big-ring, so dropped to the ...
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3answers
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Why are frame pads no longer readily available?

When mountain bikes first became popular people were a lot more likely to buy a full set of frame pads than a helmet. Obviously helmets had all of the aesthetic appeal of a lycra covered fan-heater ...
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Securing sliding bar grips without hair spray?

I have some Bell anatomic handlebar grips that tend to slide (rotate) on the bar. I've read that using hair spray is useful, but tends to be rather permanent. I'd like to make the grip tackier but not ...
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Why not have the gears inside the bottom bracket?

Looking into an IGH it seems the biggest disadvantage is having a huge amount of rotating mass. I've seen one handmade bike where the IGH sits above the bracket, inside a carbon fibre shroud around ...
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8answers
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Why don't brakes come with 'Safety Levers' any more?

It used to be very common to see bikes with dual pull brake levers (if that's even the right name) as shown below. However now it seems almost impossible to find brakes like this. Even finding a ...
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3answers
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How do I calculate the diameter of a chainring from the number of teeth?

Simply knowing the number of teeth on a chainring can we determine an accurate diameter?
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3answers
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Does it matter which cassette I get for downtube friction shifters?

My grandpa gave me his old 1974 Raleigh International (all original Campy) as a graduation present. Since the stock wheels are for tubular tires, and I do want to ride it around town, I want to get ...
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1answer
516 views

ideal dérailleur height for a Deore on a Biopace?

Reading on every site about front dérailleur adjustment, the distance from the bottom of the outer dérailleur plate to the bigger crank cog should be "one penny". Mine is around 1cm! it does shift ...
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3answers
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What belt-drive compatible frame and belt-drive kit would you recommend?

I would like to build a custom belt-drive bike for my daily commute. I am looking for a frame and a belt-drive kit for a total budget of about 500$. I ride all year long, and winters here (Montreal, ...
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3answers
36k views

How to use drop handlebars properly?

This might seem like a really basic question, but there's no harm in asking. I've never had a bicycle with drop handlebars. I've always had sort of standard horizontal bars with only one hand ...
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5answers
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Can chain-slap cause damage to a chainstay that is beyond superficial?

Yesterday a coworker insisted electrical tape on his chainstay was necessary, as "[he] gets so much chain slap [he's] literally snapped frames". Now there's a couple dubious aspects to this--but my ...
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New pump - Topeak |Pocket Shock

I bought this new pump, but i think I made a mistake. I need it for my road bikes, with presta valves. I don't understand how I connect the pump to the presta. Is it even possible? do I need an ...
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Are there other explanations for slow tyre pressure loss?

I rode my road bike on Friday and the tyres were at the correct pressure then, around 100psi. On Tuesday, I jumped on without checking them and quickly realised something was wrong with the rear ...
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3answers
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Alfine 11-speed - what is needed to install it? What are common problems when installing?

This is an expensive and heavy hub but I'm looking to build a new wheel and strip the rear derailleur off my old Trek MTB. It already has a fixed Ritchey carbon fork and front disc and is a nice ...
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Looking for a first race worthy road bike - What should I look for?

I am a runner and have been getting into biking just to add some additional flavor to my workout schedule and racing. I am wondering what I should look for when purchasing a new road bike. Is the ...

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