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What is the hand gesture for “I'm sorry”?

I usually signal "turn left" and "turn right" and "pass me by, take point". However, there is one more situation that happens to me often and I do not know a widely accepted gesture to convey my ...
8
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2answers
386 views

How to nonverbaly signal a drafting proposition to fellow cyclist?

There are situations when words cannot be used, e.g. during heavy wind or when someone is out of breath. Is there an universal hand signal to communicate a proposition of a chain gang behavior to ...
4
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5answers
543 views

Self-made studded tyre with glue?

Can I glue circular pieces of some sort of uneven tiny metal heads, on every other knob of my mountain bike tyre, to bike in winter with snow and ice? If glue sounds too naive to some, there are some ...
3
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2answers
9k views

How did my rear freewheel become incredibly tight overnight?

I got a flat yesterday morning after a normal ride, walked my bike inside the house and propped it upside-down (like this) overnight. This morning, I changed the flat and put on some brand new tires ...
19
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5answers
2k views

Does drafting cause resistance to the lead rider?

I know that when riding close to another cyclist, I expend less energy to go the same speed. But does the Conservation of Energy "law" mean that the lead cyclist is going to expend more energy to ...
1
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4answers
585 views

Why are rear shocks at a 30 degree angle and the mud-guards so high?

For bikes like these, why aren't the rear shocks (the shocks are directly above the pedal) vertical like those of a motorcycle? I don't see how the bike can take shocks when the shock absorber is at ...
3
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3answers
812 views

Muscle spasms while riding?

I've ridden 90 KM (and at reasonable speeds - 30+ KM/h) without issues, but rode my first Gran Fondo (140 KM) and experienced various spasms while riding. There were aid stations with food so I ate ...
4
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3answers
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Can I fit a cassette with a larger range with my Shimano Tiagra 10-speed ( GS-4600) derailleur?

I'm currently running a 2x10 shimano tiagra 10-speed drivetrain with a 50/34 compact crankset, a 12-30 rear cassette, and a Shimano Tiagra GS-4600 derailleur (that's medium cage aka road long cage) on ...
3
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2answers
10k views

Disassembling Shimano integrated gear shifters (brifters)

The up-shift lever (the long one) on my gear shifter for the front derailleur got stuck and now I'm looking for a way to disassemble it. Is there a way to do it without removing it from the ...
0
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3answers
847 views

Left side of my foot — 8 inches up leg numb?

First of all -- I know this isn't Medical-Overflow-Exchange, sorry. But, I think my issue may be cycle related. I've been riding a lot lately, and actually just started riding Fixed again. And for ...
4
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2answers
828 views

Speedplay Zero Engagement Force

I just bought a pair of Speedplay pedals and was trying to set them up today. Once I got the cleats on with the included shims, I tried to clip in and had to use an absurd amount of force to get into ...
1
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2answers
883 views

Hayes Sole Disk Brake sudden loss of pressure.

I braked hard today and felt the pressure in my disk brake drop very suddenly. Since that point the brake has not been working with no action at the calliper and little pressure in the lever but ...
4
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2answers
4k views

What are common causes of premature chainring wear?

My bike mechanic told me today that my front chainrings are starting to wear out and I should consider replacing it soon (with my next chain replacement). The cassette is still in good condition and ...
2
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3answers
445 views

Cross training athlete, running out of energy during long rides, what should I eat before I ride?

I'm a high performance rower that uses cycling extensively to cross train (the local waterways are.....suboptimal some of the time). When I'm out for longer rides (2-3hr) I generally run out of ...
2
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1answer
416 views

Price difference between buying a bike in Europe (Austria) vs USA?

I am moving to Vienna, Austria in two weeks. My wife and I want to buy bikes before we leave, but I'm wondering if the hassle of trying to find great bikes on such short notice would be greater than ...
8
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2answers
400 views

I was in a collision the other day. What should I check?

I was making a left hand turn the other day when a u-turning vehicle t-boned me. I somehow managed to land on my feet, but the bike didn't fare as well. It landed on the drive side. My back wheel ...
4
votes
1answer
187 views

What is the next step in teaching my child to ride?

This is related to - but I think it's sufficiently different from - the question about how to teach a child to ride. My 8-year-old daughter can ride her own bike, but she's a bit wobbly, especially ...
4
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2answers
667 views

Rotate or replace tires

I ride a cross bike mostly on the road right now and my rear tire is wearing much faster than my front, which is to be expected. I found the following thread which I think is a similar question but ...
2
votes
1answer
273 views

Problems with gears after re-attaching front chainring

I had to remove the pedal crank arm together with the front chain set when fixing a bottom bracket problem, but now that I've re-attached it, gear changes in my front derailleur are completely off. ...
3
votes
2answers
632 views

Make a 3-gear bike go easy on uphill

I want to see how can I make this 3-gear bike go easier on uphill. It has an internal gear hub. I don't know much about bikes but I'm thinking if I can merely replace the hub for one with 14 gears ...
1
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2answers
387 views

UK Category 4 Road Racing

I am seriously considering road racing, I am wondering what level of fitness I should get myself to before considering entering races. I intend to do TT races next year anyhow, but I was wondering ...
10
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3answers
1k views

What are the pros and cons of sunscreen vs. protective clothing?

I have decided that, lack of sunburn aside, I need to get back to being pretty serious about UV protection. I've been sloppy about it for a few years, and would like to not continue inviting skin ...
15
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3answers
725 views

Attacked by birds

I have been having some problems being attacked by several red-winged blackbirds when I am riding. It seems to be the same birds because I am only having this problem in certain areas. I have talked ...
3
votes
2answers
162 views

Disassembly and Shipping of bike

I have a road bike lying around in a garage in California. I would like to use it here in Illinois. However, there's no one out there who can disassemble and pack the bike for me in California, ...
0
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2answers
319 views

RS Revelation '11 dual air fork leaks

I have a RS Revelation dual air fork. It's new, never used before. I installed it and after a few days I noticed, that it loses air. Maybe 20-30 psi over night. So at morning it's just too soft and ...
4
votes
2answers
22k views

Building my own full suspension MTB: How to I select a frame?

I've recently gotten back into mountain biking. I took my 5 year old Iron Horse full suspension out to the mountain with some friends that had recently purchased new bikes. I haven't ridden for a ...
4
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1answer
2k views

What does a good weld look like

Reading various questions and answers around here, I've heard a lot of people say you can tell the quality of the bicycle by looking at the welds. How do I know what a good weld looks like as opposed ...
7
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4answers
2k views

How can I get started riding without spending a fortune (too much)?

I've just recently moved to a city (Seattle) where owning a car seems less appropriate than it has to me in the past. Before, I lived in a far more suburban environment where biking was more-or-less ...
3
votes
1answer
287 views

Should I have a spare cassette or a spare wheel?

I have a road bike that I use for triathlons as well as club rides in the evenings and on weekends. I don't have the bike in front of me, but the range of the cassette is on the low side. I'm more ...
0
votes
1answer
108 views

Dakota 20 - How do you show remaining route distance on dashboard?

The Dakota 20 is pretty awesome, but I can't figure out how to get the remaining route distance to show up on the trip dashboard? the official Manual from Garmin doesn't mention anything about this. ...
8
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3answers
2k views

How can one estimate drag for a bicycle?

I am curious how to estimate drag for a bicycle. This has two different framings: Find the amount of power required to ride at a certain speed. That is, when one is traveling at a constant speed, ...
2
votes
4answers
6k views

Tube constantly getting punctured near the valve

I have been using my bike for a few years now, and for the last month i am constantly getting this problem. After riding a day or two, it looks like my tube gets rotated a little inside the tire, and ...
1
vote
4answers
2k views

Correct inflation pressure for old road bike

I have an old Fuji road bike that I got a garage sale a while back. It's probably from the 70s or 80s. This summer, I've been trying to fix it up into good condition for some longer-than-usual rides ...
1
vote
4answers
5k views

XC (mountain bike) tire for dry hardpack and loose conditions

I am just looking for a a new set of tires for my front suspension mountain bike (has a newer nicer fork on it now). I mostly ride in the Gatineau Park in Eastern Ontario. The conditions are ...
13
votes
8answers
663 views

Are there devices to moderate speed on mountain descents without braking?

In my neck of the woods there are some mountain descents that are pretty substantial: say 600 meters vertically averaging 7% grade, with lots of curves and other obstacles like potholes. Typically the ...
4
votes
1answer
209 views

Dismounting/mounting the back wheel on a “Eurobike”

My son has a "Eurobike" (hybrid/"comfort" bike with Nuvinci variable speed rear hub and fully-enclosed chainline). He broke a spoke (which is another discussion) and since the spoke broke at the ...
6
votes
5answers
6k views

Is there a way to completely deflate a tube?

I had a flat tire and replaced the tube. I just didn't realize that the tube was a thorn-proof tube when I bought it. It was the only spare one I had, so I used it anyway. Just now I replaced it with ...
2
votes
3answers
3k views

What causes the threads on bike pedals to become stripped?

Is there something I can do to prevent my bike pedals from wearing out? And what causes the threads on a bike pedal to wear out? I have a 4 year old Raleigh road bike with just regular open pedals. ...
3
votes
4answers
12k views

Front derailleur is hard to shift into the big ring. Where to start?

I have a shifting problem on a bike that has a crank with a triple set of chainrings. The bike is a tandem. I have to put a great deal of effort to get it to shift into the big ring. Where should I ...
4
votes
7answers
3k views

Why do my brakes squeak? Do I have an incorrect distance between brake pads and rims?

My brakes were working normally until I adjust them today. I thought the brake pads were too close to the rims so I increase the distance a bit. Now every time I brake, they make horrible squeaking ...
2
votes
7answers
586 views

Doing a 230km / 142 mile cycle this weekend over 2 days, what vital equipment am I missing?

This will be my first long distance cycle over 100km's / 62 miles. Last weekend I did a 60km / 37 mile cycle without too much difficulty, so I'm pretty sure I can get through at least day 1, day 2 ...
2
votes
2answers
819 views

Bottom bracket bearing Issues

Been having some bottom bracket (BB) woes. Noticed a click on the top of the left pedal stroke decided to re-grease the BB. Took it apart cleaned everything re-greased, put it back together. Roll ...
1
vote
1answer
179 views

What's a good setup for an experienced but rusty cyclist training for his first triathlon?

I've got my first (sprint) triathlon coming up at the end of July. I need a bike to train and race on. I'm comfortable on both road and MTB style bikes, but haven't ridden on either in several years. ...
10
votes
2answers
609 views

What is this rubber ring around the top tube for

I have seen these on a few bikes. What is the purpose :S
-1
votes
1answer
664 views

How to put Saris Bones 3 rack on Honda Odyssey 2001?

I want to buy a Saris Bones 3 strap-on bike rack for my Honda Odyssey EX 2001. However, the fit guide on the Saris website does not list 2001 model. I called their customer service and was told that ...
7
votes
4answers
5k views

If I can't find the hole causing a flat tire, do I need to replace the tube?

My back tire got flat. If I pump it up now, it can hold the air for about 30 minutes to an hour before it's totally flat. I took out the inner-tube yesterday, pump in a bit air and put it into water, ...
3
votes
1answer
4k views

Can Shimano Tiagra 9 speed levers (ST-4500) be used with 105 brakes (BR-5700)?

I want to replace the non-Shimano rear brake that came with my bike with either Shimano 105 (BR-5700) or Tiagra (BR-4600) brakes, preferably the 105 model. The Shimano compatiblity chart says the 10 ...
3
votes
1answer
6k views

Can I fit slightly different tyre sizes

My current bike tyres are 26 x 2.0 (Manufacturer fitted tyres) Is it possible to fit 26 x 2.1 or 26 x 1.95 on these wheels or is this going to cause an issue?
1
vote
7answers
325 views

avoiding punctures in 22mm tires

I used to get a lot of punctures on my 22mm tires riding to work every day in boston. All of the punctures were from small pieces glass. After a few weeks of almost weekly flats i got tuffy tire ...
6
votes
4answers
4k views

Are 22mm tires too thin for commuting?

I recently switched from a mountain bike to a road bike with 22mm tires for commuting. I noticed right away that I could not do the things like hop over curbs with this new bike. I also got flats. ...

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