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What's the beefiest front shock (26"), avail in quick release, with travel of 100-125mm (no more)?

Details: I mostly enjoy XC and all mountain riding. However, I also from time to time, will go out with friends on some much more intense downhill trails. I'm also about 240 pounds, give or take. ...
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Full suspension or hardtail for offroad in South Wales

I mountain bike in the hills of South Wales. I am due a new bike and have been riding a 17kg full sus for a few years now. I mostly ride 15-20 miles every week (hopefully more when the summer arrives) ...
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How helpful are neon/led lights on the rims, while riding at night?

Recently I saw few cyclists at night with blue neon lights attached to the spokes on their rims. They just kept one each at the back, so it wasn't that effective. But having at least 2 of such ...
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Rear red light with seat bag

My bike has this red reflective light right below the seat (I don't know its name), and I'm thinking of buying a seat bag such as this one. Won't the light be covered? Isn't this potentially ...
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Stationary bike “clicks” when pedaling - crank axle is moving sideways. How can I fix this?

I've got this stationary bike, a York C202, which has developed a problem - namely it "clicks" when pedaling. This is highly annoying, as there's nothing I seem to be able to do about it. I diagnosed ...
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Techniques to increase average cadence for endurance-riding?

According to the Wikipedia entry here: Recreational and utility cyclists typically cycle around 60–80 rpm. According to cadence measurement of 7 professional cyclists during 3 week races they ...
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Why not place the cleats further back on the foot?

I've found a number of articles saying there is no advantage in having the cleat under the ball of your foot as opposed to further back towards the arch. The reasoning is that the calf muscle is not ...
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Speed and the sizes of tires/gears

Does the speed of a normal mountain bike vary according to the diameter of the wheels? If it does, will a larger diameter increase the speed or decrease it? Similarly, if the speed varies according ...
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What is the effect of adding weight to a wheel vs adding it to the frame?

There are claims often made that, eg, "An ounce of weight at the rims is like adding 7 ounces of frame weight." This is "common knowledge", but a few of us are skeptical, and our crude attempts at ...
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While pedaling standing up, bike crank gives in as if shifting, what is causing this?

While standing up and pedaling, the cranks give in as if shifting. It seams like I am shifting down, but my hands are off the shifter, almost like the chain is skipping a link. I took it to a bike ...
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Kickstands and mountain bikes

Why is it that many people often recommend against using kickstands on mountain bikes? Does it have something to do with offroad riding (perhaps something could get caught there?), or are kickstands a ...
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557 views

Kickstand compatible with 2011 TREK Utopia

Will a kickstand fit on a 2011 Trek Utopia? I'm told the standard that bolts in near the front gear won't fit and I read that the one that mounts near the rear axle won't work with disc brakes.
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Best Way to mount Wald rear folding baskets to the rack on a Batavus Fryslan

I just got these awesome Wald rear folding baskets as an early christmas present from my Girlfriend. The hardware they came with will not fit on my Batavus Fryslan Rack. What would be the best way ...
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How does one revitalize chrome lugging without harming the finish of the paint?

I have an older bike that's in the middle of being rebuilt and I need to take care of the chrome. The paint is still on the bike so I need to be careful of any chemical or physical processes that may ...
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1answer
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Can the extreme heat from powder coating influence frame integrity of older bikes?

I just got an older frame powder coated. The shop that I took it to doesn't specialize in bikes. They mainly do industrial grade powder coating and perhaps a car wheel here and there, so I wouldn't ...
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Did any manufacturer ever try using more, but lighter spokes to minimize weight?

Wheels generally used to have more spokes. As technology improved and markets changed, manufacturers have taken to making wheels with fewer (and often heavier spokes). I've been told this comes at ...
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How do you spot the left side pedal on egg beater pedals?

I've just got a new set of crank brothers egg beater pedals and I can't tell which pedal is for the left side, and which is for the right just from looking at them. Is there an obvious way to tell ...
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Disc brake pads are loose in the calipers, is this a problem?

I recently bought a new commuting bike (Norco ccx3) which has mechanical disc brakes (Promax DSK-715 Road Mechanical Disc). Thus far I've been pretty happy with them. In the last couple of commutes, ...
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Air compressor to fill up to 60 PSI

I am looking for an air compressor and wish to get one which is not under or over powered. I am looking at one in a catalogue which has the following attributes: 40 Litres/min free air delivery 1hp ...
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1answer
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Service a Brompton

I think it's good time that my Brompton had a service and the main two things I'm looking at doing are: Servicing the brakes. Cleaning up the drive train. What's the best way to go about these ...
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What things should I look for when purchasing a fixed gear bike?

What features are important or of note? What are appropriate prices to pay? Are there specific brands which provide a clear advantage over others?
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3answers
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Can I use a hybrid bike tire on my mountain bike?

I got a Merida Matts 20 D frame size 18. I want to use a hybrid bike tire. Can I? The current tire is 26*2.1 Do I also need to change the rim?
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How far do I “pull over” in a bike lane?

If I am riding down a marked bike lane on a road which is adjacent to the curb, and I need to stop for a very short time (e.g. to adjust something, turn on lights, or drink some water), how far should ...
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What does a flashing yellow arrow traffic signal mean?

While bike commuting in an urban setting, I've started noticing that some intersections have flashing yellow turn signals during part of the light cycle. What does this mean? If I am on my bike in the ...
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Upgrade the rear shock on my bike?

I currently have a 2006 Cannondale Prophet 1000, that I use for trail riding. I would like to upgrade the Manitou Swinger rear shock I have. How do I know which shocks will work with my bike? Is there ...
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Storing bicycle helmets…will temperature affect the performance of the helmet?

I got into a discussion at home about where to best store our bicycle helmets. We store our bikes in the garage (a standalone, not attached to our apartment). So, logically and aesthetically my wife ...
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1answer
291 views

Stud Tyres - fixing the spikes on new tyres

Schwalbe Snow Stud tyres seem like a good winter commuting tyre in places that have only occasional snow/ice conditions. When they are fully inflated they can be used on normal roads and when run on ...
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1answer
274 views

Raleigh Twenty forks too narrow to accept 93mm hub

93mm hubs are standard size for the R20s but on this particular bike there isn't enough clearance between the fork ends to get a wheel in (I'm using an original R20 wheel as a replacement so it's ...
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Single speed chainline

I have just finished my first fixed gear based on an old Raleigh Rapide frame. But the chain line is off and I hear a crackling/ticking noise when I pedal. The wheels are replace with a gipiemme ...
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How could I have avoided this accident?

On Sunday I wanted to use my free day and I planned to do a half-day ride with my mountain bike. The weather wasn't really good, but at least it wasn't raining as the days before. I rode up a ...
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Effective 'equipment minimal' leg strength training for cycling?'

What are the most effective 'no equipment' (bodyweight only) or 'equipment minimal' strength exercises for cyclists? There's a lot of info out there about core strength, so I'm working on that. ...
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Life expectancy of a rim?

I've erroneously bought a rim (hoping my technical English is right: the part of the wheel between the spokes and the tire). While I have no immediate use for it, shipping it back to the seller for ...
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5answers
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What kind of tire should I purchase for use on a bike trainer?

I am in the process of acquiring a bike trainer (likely CycleOps Fluid 2) for winter conditioning. Most of the reviews and other information I have read suggestion that a regular road tire will be ...
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Safest way to slow down a bike quickly if both sets of brakes fail

This may sound like a crazy question, however today in the wet my rear brakes decided to stop working effectively. It has been pouring rain here which makes the problem more apparent. I managed to ...
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Pannier for cannondale caad9?

Every day I commute on my cannonade caad9 and carry a crumpler bag with my 15" MacBook pro, some work documents and often a change of clothes if it's a hot or rainy day. After years of doing this I'm ...
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How long is it safe to store new tires before they degrade in quality?

I bought some road tires that were made for flat resistance, but within two months, the sidewalls on both got damaged to the point where I was getting repeated blowouts. I wrote to the manufacturer, ...
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Suggestions of a good video on intermediate Mountain Biking skills: getting up (and down) 1' obstacles

I'm looking for a good training video on intermediate mountain biking skills. (I've been mt biking for about 12 years and I'd like to improve my skills.) I'm looking for a video that really breaks ...
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How to calculate the capacity of a rear derailleur

It's easy to calculate what capacity of a rear derailleur will be needed based on the size of the big and small chainring and the big and small cog. What about the converse question, how to calculate ...
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Feedback on Bern Helmets for winter

I was thinking about picking up a new helmet this afternoon. My current helmet: Has had a few accidents Isn't very warm in the winter. Doesn't have great clearance for ski goggles. I was ...
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2answers
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Helmet Safety Standards Canada

I am looking at buying a helmet meeting ASTM F 2040, CPSC and EN 1078 safty requirements. Are these reasonable standards and will they protect my head in an axcident? Are these standards recognised ...
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1answer
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Tips for radial wheel truing

Several drive side spokes on a mountain bike rear were damaged the rear mech being pushed into the wheel by a rock, with one snapping completely. I've replaced the affected spokes and have managed to ...
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Does anybody manufacture extra-wide (3E/4E or EEE/EEEE ) wide road or mountain biking shoes?

I have mutant-wide feet and it's generally impossible to find comfortable shoes for any occasion. For the most part my only options in life are New Balance. I'm cycling a lot lately and would like to ...
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Looking for coat: shell front, fleece back

Looking for a good fall/winter/spring coat. In my imagination it is: a hard raincoat type shell on the front of the jacket to block wind and fleece on the back to make it extremely breathable. ...
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1answer
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Bottom bracket square taper (cartridge) extraction, too tight in one side

I'm getting weird noises coming from the bottom bracket (BB from now on), and I wanted to extract it to check if the problem is there or not. The guide video I used is no longer public (free) as when ...
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2answers
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Road Fork: Curved vs Straight?

I found a frame I'm interested in building up, but it doesn't include a fork. So I've been looking for carbon 700cc forks... with disc tabs. I've found a few, but ran into a new dilemma - curved vs ...
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6answers
886 views

Wind- and water-resistent jackets

To answer the comment after this question, what should one know about wind- and water-resistent jackets? For example, what is "Gore-Tex", is it always expensive, and is there anything else like it? ...
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4answers
301 views

Recumbent Accessories [closed]

My cousin recently bought a recumbent bike (well, I suppose it's technically a trike) and has been having a blast with it. I'd love to encourage her new hobby and get her an accessory for it as a ...
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1answer
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Specialized Espoir Sport Tires

Anyone ever use these? I'm getting these as stock on my next bike (700 x 25 on a 2012 Secteur Sport). I've been using Continental GP 4000s for years and love them. Will they be a step down or is it a ...
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1answer
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Are Ultegra brifters compatible with 10-speed XT Dyna-Sys derailleurs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Road Shifters, Mountain Rear Derailleur? I'm looking to build a hardtail mountain bike with drop bars for commuting, touring and some occasional light off-road ...
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2answers
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Can I run a dual crankset with a chain guide tensioner?

We recently got a new mountain bike for my son via craigslist, it is a couple year old Transition Bottle Rocket and came with a E-Thirteen SS+ chain guide/tensioner. He would like a lower gear for ...

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