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biking with lower back pain

I have regular lower back pain (mostly mild, with severe episodes during which I generally stay home; there's nothing wrong with my spine, I just sit at a computer too much). I just started biking to ...
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594 views

Secure Storage for Running Errands

I use my bike to run errands on the weekends - stopping for soap and shampoo at the drug-store, a loaf a bread at the grocery store, stopping for lunch, etc. The issue is I have to haul my previous ...
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2answers
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Buying a CO2 tyre inflater

I am thinking about buying a CO2 tyre inflater. I have never used one before and have 3 questions: Do they have enough pressure to get a road tyre up to full pressure (~100psi) When you use a ...
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Can using a trainer damage my bicycle?

I know that using my road bike with a fluid trainer will wear out the back tire more quickly than regular road riding, but does it have the potential to actually damage my bike (frame, gearing)? While ...
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633 views

Is it possible to pair wheel sensors with an Android phone GPS?

This is a 2 part question: I have concerns over the general accuracy of a GPS device to calculate speed. Mainly because I will be using the device in Eastern Europe, and not sure on the accuracy of ...
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What is the widest tyre that you can get away with, on a standard road bike?

In general, what is the widest tyre that you can get away with, on a standard road bike (with dual pivot brakes)? Edit: I have a Campagnolo Eurus wheelset.
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4answers
323 views

Affordable GPS with maps?

I have my eye on the Garmin 800. It looks fantastic, but alas I can't afford it right now. I would like a gps / cycle computer that would work well in Europe with maps. What are my options? I want ...
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1answer
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How to replace stripped spoke nipples?

I have 6 stripped spoke nipples on my rear wheel. Last night I took the tire off, took the, for lack of a better word, rim strip off, and started to try to unscrew the nipple from the rim. Before I ...
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Recommended Folding Bike for Hybrid Commuting? (Bus/Car + Bike) [closed]

I bike commute to work, but for other trips where I don't want to arrive covered in sweat and/or would take longer than 30 minutes each way, I generally have to drive. I'd like to be able to get ...
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mountain bike freewheel hub stopped rotating

So I was trying to replace my rear bearings and got stuck, (see question below): how to reassemble mountain bike rear wheel hub and bearings After this I felt confident to go ahead. Was putting it ...
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1answer
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Is my Fox RP23 Rear Shock blown?

I let all the air out of a used Fox RP23 shock (which I haven't ridden yet) to remove it from a frame, and a small amount of oil sprayed out along with the air. Is this normal or is my shock in need ...
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Does the chain direction make a difference?

Recently, I helped a friend install a new chain on her road bike, and for the first time read the instructions for installing one. It seems to claim that there's a forward direction, and that it ...
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5answers
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How is infrastructure for bicyclists designed, and how does it evolve?

Question: How is infrastructure for bicyclists designed, and how does it evolve? Related questions to prompt more detailed answers: When is the right time to build bicycle roads? How is the budget ...
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how to reassemble mountain bike rear wheel hub and bearings

So I thought I would sort out my wheel bearings (after asking a few questions here first). Did the front without much of a problem, (reused the existing bearings at the moment, had not got round to ...
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Which countries should be avoided due to political reasons? [closed]

This question raises more questions here. Please, keep politics totally separated of safety and answer here political reasons not to cycle in some countries. The user Ambo100's earlier example about ...
3
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1answer
970 views

Are Shimano Hollowtech II bottom bracket spacers unique?

I'm moving my Shimano Hollowtech II XT crankset and bottom bracket over from a bike with 73mm bottom bracket to a 68mm bike. The only problem is that I only have 1 spacer and now I need 3 bottom ...
1
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1answer
337 views

Cable adjuster recommendations

My cable adjusters always seem incredibly hard to turn, sometimes requiring the extra leverage of a wrench. I'm looking to replace them when I overhaul my bike and replace my current groupset. Does ...
2
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2answers
558 views

Recommendations for waterproof map carrier for an adventure race

I am going to an adventure race that has a MTB segment (~100km) where you get the map 5h before the start. I am looking for a bicycle map holder that is waterproof and can pivot (Its a team race and ...
7
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2answers
752 views

What does WSD mean relating to mountain bikes?

I keep finding a WSD version of bikes I'm interested in buying. What does WSD mean?
2
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2answers
1k views

How to find the vertical height between any two points? [closed]

Is there any source in the Internet that allows me to calculate the vertical height between two arbitrary points? Im thinking of something like the calculate route function of Google Maps. But ...
3
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2answers
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When registering keys, which number is the Kryptonite key#?

I've just bought a new Kryptonite lock and am about to register the keys at www.kryptonitelock.com, but which number do I enter in the Key# box? Both? The keys each have two numbers, one LXXXX and one ...
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9answers
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What is the narrowest tire you would use for commuting?

Speed isn't so much of a factor, obviously, but the lower the rolling resistance the less sweaty I am when I get there. Then there's flats to consider. Basically the tire has to never get them because ...
4
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2answers
243 views

How to select a good quality frame?

I have asked a lot of questions here, and most of times, the answers that I get is related with having a good quality frame. But, in my nation, store owner (or mechanics) hardly give any detail ...
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4answers
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Why has indexed shifting displaced traditional friction shifting?

I really don't like indexed shifters, at least on the front. They're harder to adjust, more sensitive to cable stretching, and limit the number of gear combinations you can use (because you can't ...
17
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8answers
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Why don't road bikes use v-brakes?

In my experience, linear pull brakes (v-brakes) have more stopping power than other types of cantilever brakes (let the flames start ;). Modern road bikes always come fitted with dual pivot brakes. ...
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5answers
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Weight of disc brakes

People say (for example here) that disc brakes are relatively heavy, giving this as a reason for not using them. How much heavier than rim brakes are disc brakes? Is the extra heaviness in the ...
2
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1answer
142 views

Which chain should I use for Rex Touring with 5 gears?

The bike is about 15 years old. The size of tyre is probably 28. I want to change the old chain. I am not sure which chain I can put to the bike. Does any chain which length is enough for 28 fit my ...
14
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2answers
8k views

Is it really OK to hang a bicycle by the rear wheel from a hook?

Does it not distort the wheel to have the weight of the bike hanging from just that one spot? Is it OK for any kind of wheel? I have nicer race-type wheels on mine.
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4answers
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What kinds of brake designs exist, and what are their general pros and cons?

Here are the ones I'm aware of: Center Pull Cantilever Slightly better braking than side pull brakes. No recentering problem. Relatively rare V-Brakes Cheap to produce. Similar in braking power ...
4
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1answer
2k views

How do I choose brake pads?

I use the plain self-centering side-pull cantilever brakes found on 99.9% of road bikes. (Well, it's a road bike. ;) ) I've got alloy rims. Both my current internship location and back home are ...
2
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3answers
428 views

What should I use to lubricate my kickstand?

The kickstand that came with my bike is rusty and is difficult to adjust. What should I use for lubrication?
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2answers
1k views

What is the difference between a TREK 7.2 FX and a TREK 7.3 FX?

I don't understand the numbering system on TREK bikes. Is it the lower the number the better, or the higher? What is exactly is the difference?
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3answers
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removing freewheel MF-Z012 without tools

I'm trying to just add some grease to an old MF-Z012. some pages online says i can remove it just by spining the first gear agains the last one.(e.g. ...
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2answers
560 views

How does a crankset removal tool work?

I don't have one to examine. How exactly does a crankset removal work? one such as this.
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3answers
22k views

DIY Painting a Bike Frame: Is it possible?

I have painted a couple bike frames (think really cheap garage-find rebuilds) with varying degrees of failure. Can you help me correct/fill in the missing pieces of my frame painting process? ...
3
votes
1answer
360 views

Best advice for buying a replacement spoke

Can you get spokes cut to length for replacement use in run-of-the-mill bikes, e.g. one with an older 26 x 1 3/8 wheel where there is not likely to be a standard size in the 'DT Swiss' range? Does ...
0
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2answers
153 views

Quick question about V-Brakes?

I'm interested in purchasing a bike, however due to my location can't get into a bike shop, so will need to order it online. The 2009 GT 2.0 Transeo I am interested in does not explicitly say it has ...
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1answer
256 views

Which of these bikes is best for trails and bike paths? [closed]

I have a few options, please explain which one is better and why? SCHWINN Searcher Comp http://www.mojekolo.cz/8413-schwinn-searcher-comp GT Transeo 2.0 (2009) ...
3
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3answers
968 views

Are chain-drive gears 'ridiculously' efficient even when dry of oil?

Allegedly chain-drive gears are something like 99% efficient when well oiled and something like 98% efficient when without oil. Personally I do not like the noise a dry chain makes, this has a 'I ...
15
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9answers
430 views

How to encourage people close to me to become cyclists?

Sometimes you try to help somebody get into cycling (buy girlfriend a bike, fix up a friend's bike, give a bike to family, help friend shop for bike) and they never really get into it and fall back ...
2
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2answers
314 views

Has bicycle gearing become 'easier' over the last few decades?

If you look at a 10-12 speed bicycle from the days before indexed gears you have a 27"/700c wheel with a 42/52 chainset and a 14-28 freewheel. At the time such a setup was standard for High Street ...
3
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1answer
253 views

electronic security tags

Are electronic security tags (e.g. Immobitag, Datatag) a good idea? Are the stickers likely to deter theft and does the electronic tag increase the chances of recovery in the event of theft?
3
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2answers
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restoring old bike, remove scratched stickers, yes or no?

I'm restoring the first adult bike I owned. It has about 30 years and was made by a brand that no longer exists, which makes it some sort of a semi-relic :) My problem is that the brand stickers at ...
2
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3answers
277 views

A month in Italy (May or June) on a bicycle - advice needed

I'm going to travel in Italy by bike for 1 month, from the north (Venice) to the south (Sicilian) and back to Rome. I'm not professional, but also not a beginner. I need some help information about ...
2
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3answers
678 views

Where Can I Find a Single Right Front Crank Arm for a Tandem?

Among the bikes in my stable is a department store tandem that really isn't worth much, but would be enjoyable to ride with my wife. Like many department store bikes this one was not assembled ...
5
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2answers
531 views

How to get enough leverage to remove pedals when their cranks are not attached to a bike?

I'm trying to troubleshoot a weird barely-felt click on my cruiser. The nest step of the process is to swap out the pedals and see if the problem goes away (if not, the problem is likely the bottom ...
1
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1answer
320 views

Dismounting wheel in a fixie

I have a fixed gear bike, Rocky Mountain Boroughs Fixie (see picture). The chain is very tight compared to any free wheel bike. So anytime the tire gets punctured (unfortunately very often) and I want ...
1
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3answers
292 views

Could road rims be damaged by using v-brakes?

I once heard that road rims aren't strong enough to deal with the force of v-brakes, is this true? What about your standard cantilever brakes?
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3answers
2k views

Do aluminum rims provide better braking than steel ones when wet?

When I upgraded the brakes on my bicycle recently, the shop asked if I wanted to also switch from my (chromed) steel rims to aluminum rims, saying the aluminum rims would provide better braking power. ...
0
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2answers
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Are the rear brake mounts on my Boardman Team HT post-mount or IS?

Boardman Team HT Last weekend I broke the rear brake lever in a crash. I'm looking for a replacement brake disc kit for the rear brake, but I don't know what kind of mounting I've got. There seem to ...

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