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How to thread gear cables through outers and end caps?

I'm currently putting a bike together with recycled parts and want to get away with not having to purchase a new gear wire. On my first attempt to thread the RD wire I ended up fraying it, cutting off ...
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What are these diagonal marks on my innertube?

I'm on my second inner-tube in as many weeks and the culprit seems to be the same between them; these diagonal marks on the side around the whole of it—but only on one side (sorry, didn't make a ...
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Can I change a 3speed sturmey archer to a derailleur system?

Might be daft but can I change an internal hub for a derailleur option. I have an old bike which is slow but I do love it. I want to upgrade my running gear but the "chassis" is still tip-top. I don't ...
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Looking for a commuter bike, What should I look for?

I have to travel medium distances on country highways with high speeds and narrow shoulders and need a sturdy inexpensive bicycle that works well off-road and on. I also plan to attach a large basket. ...
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1answer
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How do I remove a quill stem?

(I recently got an old Favorit road bike (made in Czechoslovakia) and started restoring it. In order to give the frame a new coat of paint, I need to strip it down from everything.) I'm stuck with the ...
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What is the purpose of this braze-on?

I'm wondering what the purpose of the braze-on pictured below is? It's on the non-drive side of my fork. I thought it could have something to do with racks, but then I figured they would put one on ...
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Are all ready-made wheels sold “cassette compatible” only?

I will have to change my wheels on my old trusty late-80s Peugeot (PS28) soon. The rear wheel is mounted with a freewheel-type 6-speed hub (not cassette). I was wondering if all ready-made wheels ...
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Spoke and nipple compatibility

My spokes are described as follows: American Classic round spoke (butted 14/15 gauge; 2.0/1.8mm), black 286mm (without nipple). Does this imply that the correct nipple to go with them would be ...
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Why is 2nd largest rear cog making clicking noise?

I have constant clicking noise from the 2nd largest rear cog on my cycle. It starts as soon as I shift into the 2nd gear either from 1st or 3rd gear. I have checked the following things - 1. Cable ...
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Add front brake and/or improve back brake on 2012 Specialized P.24?

I love the P.24. Sometimes I like to ride it on steep offroad downhills and keep it under control. Currently, my braking strategy is brake and bail if necessary. :) According to ...
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Difficulties with cleat pedals

I have bought Shimano SPD pedals and MTB shoes recently. After riding for a while with cleats I decided to go back to regular pedals as I had trouble getting used to the SPDs: With cleats power is ...
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I need help identifying my derailleur

I want to replace my rear derailleur shown in the photo above. I don't know what kind it is and and I was hoping someone could tell me which cage it is?
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How to decode tread patterns?

I'm searching for new tires for my MTB, but I'm lost with the many options available, even within a single brand (like Maxxis). Under "Mountain" category alone, Maxxis lists 22 diferent tires, every ...
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1answer
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How to choose rim strip width?

After referencing How do I know which size and type of rim strip to buy? I still couldn't use any of the answers to identify the correct width of rim tape to choose. Velox tape comes in narrow ...
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1answer
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What types of BB-axle to crankarms interfaces are there?

On the lowest end, we have the taper/square interface. I believe it is standard i.e. there are no variations in the sizes. image property of VP Components USA Then there is the octalink. Actually ...
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4answers
202 views

Safe and proper (or vice versa) left turn in traffic

I'm new to commuting in traffic, and I realized immediately that the left turn (US traffic rules, right turn in UK) in an intersection with a traffic light is just dangerous. My basic questions are: ...
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1answer
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How to remove a Shimano Quick-Link?

I'm currently repurposing an old frame and replacing the drivetrain. If possible I'd keep the old 7 speed drive train the bike had together in case I ever find a use for it. The chain is an HG40 ...
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2answers
285 views

Does riding on the sidewalk make it more likely to get a flat tire?

I just started bike commuting, and the two times I've gotten flats were when I was biking on the sidewalk, and in both cases they seemed pretty random. I use a mountain bike. Is it just a coincidence ...
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1answer
296 views

Upgrading road and cyclocross bike with a single carbon cross bike

I have the potential opportunity to buy a full carbon cross bike (fairly new Specialized Crux Pro, specs say around 17 pounds; not sure what it would be with pedals, etc.). I currently own (a mtn bike ...
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1answer
121 views

Correct way to apply brakes [duplicate]

Just to illustrate that there are better and worse ways to apply brakes, here's an example of a less-than-ideal way: I was biking on a borrowed bike and getting used to the brakes. The front brake ...
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How fast can my bike go?

I have an old mountain bike and want to change to a Pashley style girlie bike. I use my bike to go to the shops, pop to places and go out and about with my dog running along side. I find the seating ...
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2answers
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How many times to patch a tube before dumping? [duplicate]

Related: Patch or replace tube? This video asserts that: A properly patched area of a tube is stronger than intact tube area Never patch a tube more than 3 times Those are seemingly ...
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2answers
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How to Patch a Bike Tube?

Related (but more general): What steps should I follow to patch a tube? I have done this more than a hundred times, but am still not sure what are the correct steps. Here they show to put glue ...
5
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1answer
3k views

What is the difference between cheap and less cheap road bikes?

I am new to road biking. I have ridden mountain bike in school and have been away from biking for about 5 years now. Looking around online tells me that three categories (in terms of price): Some ...
2
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1answer
451 views

Why is my Hope XC freehub locking when the quick release is tightened?

Recently I found that the freehub on my Hope XC rear hub won't rotate, but only when the wheel is in the bike and the quick release is tightened. I've removed the freehub (which slides off easily), ...
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2answers
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Are Shimano R440 road flat bar shifters compatible with a mountain bike front derailleur?

The Shimano shifter flat bar series have the same cable pull length than the mountain bike shifters. Is this series compatible with a mountain bike front derailleur, Deore, for example?
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Shoaling etiquette

Is it rude to stop in front of bikers stopped at a red light if you're generally slower, which will probably mean they will pass you again? What if you are generally faster so it saves you having to ...
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2answers
1k views

What is the minimum tire width for a 18 mm disc rim?

I have a Croix de Fer cross bike that I purchased for touring with luggage; for commuting to work, lighter touring and some mild offroad riding. While it is nowhere stated officially, I can see on ...
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5answers
338 views

How can I reduce back pain on a shared bike with poor shock absorbers

I ride a bicycle to work every day for several months now. I use a bicycle sharing system that my city offers, and it's very convenient: I don't have to worry about locking the bike or maintenance, I ...
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1answer
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What is the difference between different types of disc brake pads

I've seen several different descriptors for disc brake pads: Metallic, Semi-Metallic, and Organic. What is the difference between these types of disc brake pads?
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2answers
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Grinding sound on new disc brakes

I have a new bike, probably a month old, which has Hayes cx 5 disc brakes. I've noticed that the front brake pad is making a grinding sound when I brake at low to moderate speeds. What could be ...
0
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1answer
140 views

Soft “Thunk” in the crank

I have a one month old Citizen foldable bike and I have noticed a soft "thunk" when turning the crank. It sounds the same whatever gear I am in. It also seems to go away for a short while if I stop ...
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MTB Conversion For Lighter Commuting

Just want some opinion. I have a MTB bike, but I want to make it lighter. So here are some of my thoughts currently on what I think I should change: 700c rims and tires Cantilever brakes Rigid fork ...
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1answer
2k views

Good beginner workouts on stationary bike

After many years of programming, I have found that I can no longer avoid the fact that I spend most of my day sitting, which is absolutely horrible for my health. I started swimming a few months ago ...
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1answer
106 views

Where can I find a replacement part for a seatpost collar?

I have a foldable bike and I need to constantly adjust the height of my bike seat, the problem is that one of the pieces of the seatpost collar is totally worn out and needs replacement. The part ...
2
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1answer
303 views

Seat clamp tolerance

Manufacturer specifies a seat clamp/collar size of 36.6mm. I was wondering if a 36.4mm clamp will work? How much tolerance is there with a seat clamp?
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2answers
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Is there a way to check for non-visible damage on a carbon frame?

I had an accident on my carbon road bike. As I look at it, I do not see visible damage to the frame or forks. Is there a way that the frame can be tested for damage and if so, how do I get this ...
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How do I determine my wheel size

Would someone explain wheel sizes. If I am not mistaken, the wheels on my Trek 520 touring bike are 700C. There are no markings, and of course, no documentation of any kind. I assume 700 means 700mm, ...
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1answer
122 views

How do I reassemble the rear gearing after fitting new tyres?

I have a Raleigh maybe 8 years old with shimano 15 gears. How do I reassemble the rear gearing after fitting new tyres? Everything seems to be in correct position but a small bolt with captive nut ...
5
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1answer
457 views

Chain Ring Bolts

Having a strange problem removing my chain ring bolt. problem is there is nothing to hold the back piece with because its perfectly rounded/flat, so when i turn the front the whole piece rotates. what ...
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1answer
251 views

Can someone help me identify this bicycle?

It says it is a Cannondale F400, but it seems those all have forks with suspension. I am trying to figure out what it is, and it's value, before I move forward with looking at it, but I can't find ...
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3answers
481 views

Is vehicular cycling legal in France?

I learned to ride in Toronto, where behaviour such as the following is legal: if there is not enough space to share the lane safely with another vehicle, it is legal to ride near the centre of the ...
2
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1answer
188 views

Waht is the difference between Shwalbe's Basic compound and Performance compound tyres?

Schwalbe produces a wide range of tyres. Their "Basic compound" tyres are twice cheaper than the same model but with "Performance compound". Anyone have user experience with the two product lines? ...
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6answers
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Best practices for commuting with rack & panniers

I've been starting to commute by bike more (about 6 miles each way) and decided to upgrade from my cheap, old mountain bike to something more suitable. I just bought a used 2009 Kona Jake off ...
2
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1answer
312 views

Can you change a 7 speed freewheel to 6 speed

Can you change a 7 speed freewheel to a 6 speed
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4answers
298 views

How often should I check rear derailleur adjustments?

If I remove the (rattling)plastic disc - How often should I check the limit screws on rear derailleur? If the shifter cable tension is less than optimal, would this be a possible cause to drive ...
2
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2answers
2k views

How do I know the model of my Shimano Torney SIS Index Rear Derailleur, I have a Vertical Henox T3 bike?

I had a vertical henox t3 bike which I hadn't ridden in a long time I changed gear and the derailleur bent into the wheel spokes and the derailleur is now bent and doesn't work properly. The ...
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1answer
234 views

What is an 'Open Tubular' tire?

I've seen several manufacturers, like challenge, offering what they call an 'Open Tubular' tire. How is this different from a standard clincher tire?
2
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3answers
276 views

Front pannier and child-seat balance

I transport my 15 Kg kid on a child-seat. I want to set a pair of panniers. Even if I could put them on a rear rack (I don't know if I can), would it be a good idea to choose a front pannier system ...
3
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4answers
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How to determine if a decline is too steep for safety?

I often find myself confronted by a steep and bumpy bit of hill on the trail, or one or two steps on the path, and end up with three possible results: A) ride down with no trouble (usually) B) step ...

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