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LBS said creaking under torque is normal?

on my last question i asked about a creaking/tick i was getting when i was stand pedalling on a climb. I took it to my LBS today and they said they had stripped all the crank and bb and re greased it ...
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Are there any things to avoid when being given a free bike?

Someone has just given me a free mountain bike (No obvious branding on it, but its got a 21-speed Shimano gear system and a shock absorber between the front and back of the bike in the middle of the ...
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Can you use a 8 speed Shimano shifter with a 7 speed cassette?

Want to use a 8 speed shifter on a 7 speed cassette. I saw this question, but I am unsure if this would work, since I believe the spacing is the same between a 7 and 8 speed, the length is just not.
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2answers
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how do i clean rust flecks off an alloy wheel

I have just bought a second-hand mountain bike and the rear wheel is made of alloy and has small rust flecks/spots on it. Any advice on how to clean? I cleaned the rust off the forks with a small wire ...
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3answers
858 views

Speed and Cadence Bike Sensor Opinions

I'm looking to start tracking my speed and cadence for my iOS app, Cycle Meter. The app works great for distance, time, but is not accurate at all for measuring my speed. So I'm thinking of buying ...
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What do you think about the B-Twin bicycles? Is it better to buy a new B-Twin or an used bike by a more famous brand? [closed]

I was in a sports store the other day I've felt in love with this bike http://www.btwincycle.com/EN/rockrider-5-1-c1-2011-170478654/ What do you guys think? I'm gonna ride it mostly in the city, and I ...
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8answers
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Unconventional, pretty bicycle helmets

My wife and do a lot of urban riding - mostly on bike lanes - and usually we don't wear a helmet for these rides. But I'd like us to start, and I'd like to get her a nice helmet, one that doesn't look ...
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1answer
971 views

Swap Bottom Bracket bearings or replace entire bottom bracket?

I've recently acquired a 2007 Specialized Allez. As I was dismantling the bike for service, I discovered that the bottom bracket bearings are in rough shape. They aren't smooth at all. I took apart ...
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3answers
463 views

Wheel set consideration

Background: I'm overhauling/refurbishing my second road bike that I use mainly for training. It needs new wheels. I found a couple of nice used 2011 wheelsets that were spares for a women's bike team ...
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4answers
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How long should MTB disc brake pads last?

I'm fairly new to mountain biking and I was able to put in around 900 miles on my first set of brake pads on my Giant Anthem X2. At that point they started grinding metal on metal. I went and bought ...
3
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1answer
607 views

Joe Blow Pump Maintenance

My Top Peak Joe Blow floor pump has been getting harder and harder to pump. I bought the high end model so that my 94 lb wife could pump up her own tires, but it has gotten to the point where I can ...
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2answers
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Which spoke type do I need for my bike?

I have a Giant Trace X3 2012 It has 26" rims. Which of these spokes type do I need for my bike? Strongest or best match for the spokes I already have. DT Swiss Champion Stainless PG Spokes DT Swiss ...
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1answer
817 views

What does double and triple gear shifters mean?

I am looking at these components and am wondering what does double and triple gear shifting mean? Shimano R221 Double Gear Shifters 8 Speed ...
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2answers
326 views

Wheel spokes missing

I have 5 spokes missing. Is it OK to ride on it, and how long will it last, or will my wheel just break on me? I will be going to work on it every day.
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4answers
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Bottom bracket with built-in internal hub - does this exist?

I've heard that one can install a bottom bracket that has what is essentially a built-in internal hub, giving one the ability to add a virtual double chainring where there's only one. This would be ...
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3answers
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What options do I have when replacing my fork's elastomers?

I'm rebuilding an AntiGravity Fork and converting it to threadless for my 'Blast From the Past' bike (GT Bravado frame, U-Brake, Bullseye hubs and cranks, 21 speed). I really like these forks and I'd ...
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2answers
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Alternative Chain/DriveTrain DeGreasers

My question is whether there is anything "special" about the Bicycle-Specific Branded Chain degreasers or whether the much cheaper alternatives are just as good. I've used the ParkTool CB-2 ...
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4answers
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Strange noise coming from bottom bracket/crank? any ideas?

ive just bought a trek 6300 and im getting a strange creaking coming from the crank/bottom bracket when im stand pedalling. it only happens when im stand pedalling, and only what appears to be on my ...
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2answers
598 views

How to stop foot clipping front mudguard

My feet overlap the pedal and clip the front mudguard when I'm turning at a low speed because I have to turn the handlebars wider than normal. My foot doesn't clip the wheel when the mudguard is ...
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2answers
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What are the positions on drop bars called?

I've heard the different places to put your hands on drop bars given different names, like "hoods" which I think is the flat part on top or maybe the brake levers, or "drops", referring to the lowest ...
2
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1answer
2k views

Cube Analog Disc vs. Cube Aim Disc

I am willing to buy a new bike and I'm stuck between Cube Analog Disc and Cube Aim Disc. What should I go for? What are the advantages of one over another? I will use this bike on all kind of ...
5
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1answer
871 views

What brand / model of brake is this modified U-brake?

I have been searching for a while, and I cannot find any information on my rear u-brake. It has served me well for many years (10+), and has a surprising amount of force. It's stronger than any ...
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4answers
3k views

Keeping a leather saddle in good condition

Is shoe polish a good or at least adequate solution for keeping a leather saddle in good condition? And/or better options?
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5answers
2k views

5 vs 10 vs 15 speed

I'm looking for a road bike that's primarily for commuting around town and pulling a trailer with two kids. It's been a few years since I rode so I'm a bit of a noob. Please give me reasons why one is ...
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10answers
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What should I use, VeloPlugs, Rim Tape, or Rubber Rim Strips in new wheels?

I'm building two new sets of mountain bike 26" wheels, and I'm wondering what to go with. Both are double walled rims, so in addition to the standard rim tape and strips, I can use a product like ...
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5answers
358 views

How do I get started riding on rollers?

I want to train on rollers, and I figure once I get rolling it will be pretty easy, but how do I get my wheels turning fast enough to keep me upright before I fall over?
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1answer
112 views

Trouble With Upper Tube Race Installation

I was able to install the lower race without issue, but I cannot seem to get the upper one installed. I am installing a new threaded headset on a newly painted bike. There is no new paint blocking ...
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8answers
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How do I maximize my upper body workout from riding?

I often hear people say “your bike is a whole-body gym”. I know my upper body workout will never be close to the workout my legs get, but so long as I’m a bike commuter, I figure I ought to get as ...
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5answers
6k views

Which type of frame is better for a touring bike, steel or aluminium?

I hear that a steel frame is more comfortable to ride for a long tour but that it is heavier and easier to rust than aluminum. Which material is better for a touring frame?
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3answers
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What are the pros and cons of Double Butted vs Straight Spokes when building a wheel?

Straight spokes will have the same diameter through the whole length, double butted spoked are thinner in the middle than at the ends. Here's my current understanding of the benefits of each: Double ...
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3answers
338 views

Bike Balancing, How is it done?

When riding hands free, I am noticing my bike is more oriented towards a particular direction (In my case: left). I tried to check of what my problems might be: I check the handles, if they were of ...
1
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2answers
366 views

Truing rear wheel with gears cassette

I have a 700cc rear wheel with gear cassette. The centering or dish of the wheel appears to balance towards the gear cassette. This means when i use a tool like the below image, that the hub (and the ...
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4answers
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Which spokes to get, Wheelsmith or DT Swiss Spokes?

I'm building two sets of 26" wheels, one pair of 32h triple cross with Bullseye hubs with machined sidewalls for rim brakes, and another pair of 24h double cross with Alex A-Class hubs with Sun rims ...
2
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2answers
636 views

Not feeling good after a ride

After a ride, usually about 15-30 minutes after a ride, I sometimes don't feel very good. I'll feel sleepy, lazy, lethargic or mentally foggy. It's not a physical tired. And often it doesn't take a ...
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1answer
2k views

unblock slime presta valve

my Sons bike has slime inner tubes. The bike has been sitting in the garage since last summer and the front tyres valve now seems blocked. Its has what feels like 15-20 psi in it but I can not get ...
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7answers
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Bike Lights: Helmet Mounted or Handlebar Mounted

I am just curious, I use Handlebar Mounted lights, and upon having multiple bikes to switch, its really uneasy changing the light from one to another. So, I am thinking of switching to Helmet Mounted ...
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2answers
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Where can I get a new steer tube or 1 1/8" 6061 Aluminum Rod Stock?

I have an Anti-Gravity fork that features a removable steer tube, but it is a threaded fork. Where can I buy a threadless steer tube to clamp into it to convert it? All I can find are threaded steer ...
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3answers
417 views

Should I get wider tyres/tires for my tour if I'm not going to go off-road?

I'm going to do a ten-day long tour down the west coast of New Zealand. I'll have some luggage in rear panniers, but no tent (staying with friends and in backpackers accommodation). There'll be a fair ...
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1answer
367 views

How to make a cutout in a Fizik Arione? [closed]

My goal -- I would like to make a cutout in Fizik Arione. My question is addressed to people who tried to make a cutout by themselves. My very simple question is -- how to do a cutout in Arione by ...
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2answers
2k views

What are the things called that you attach a rack to?

I'm looking to purchase a bike for my commute to work and want a bike I can attach a back rack to. Looking around on-line it is very hard to figure out with which bikes this is possible. What is the ...
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9answers
44k views

How often should I change road bike tyres?

My road bike has now done 500 miles, but unlike cars, I've no idea how often the tyres should be changed. It's used on normal road conditions. The brow of the tyre is now smooth. How do I know if my ...
3
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3answers
619 views

Thread locking fluid on fixed cog

I just recently got a single speed with a flipflop hub and got the bike shop to switch it to the fixed cog. While riding around, the gear came loose on the back hub and almost flung me off so I had ...
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2answers
229 views

Are there any light mounting products that is adjustable?

Let me try to explain my situation. We have three bikes. We probably have about 3 or 4 locations where we may leave the bike (home, work, parent's place etc.) We don't want to be carrying a light ...
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2answers
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100 mm front hub, 94 mm fork dropouts, options?

Simple as that. I thought I could He-Man the fork to fit the hub as it's only 3 mm on either side. Looks like it requires a bit of force and I'm concerned about breaking something in the long-run; ...
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4answers
11k views

Can any bike crankset be exchanged for another?

I have a Specialized HardRock from the '90s. It's seen better days, but I got it for cheap. I had a bike shop look it over, but for some reason the guys missed the rounded off teeth on the front ...
2
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2answers
1k views

Maintenance/Upgrades for Gary Fisher Joshua MTB

Let me start from the beginning: About three years ago, I broke my leg after buying a Gary Fisher Joshua MTB, when I was just getting into road and cross-country riding. I've only started riding ...
8
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8answers
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How do I put grips on mountain bike handlebars?

I just spent the last 10 minutes trying to put a new set of grips on to my mountain bike handlebars.. The old ones came off fairly agreeably and I've got the new ones 80-90% of the way on, however, ...
2
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1answer
1k views

How do I fold a bicycle tire?

I have Race King (continental) 2.2 MTB 28" tires that I need to store until it's winter and snows again. They are foldable, and I planned to store them in their original boxes, but how do I properly ...
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1answer
81 views

Has anyone cycled London to Fishguard? [closed]

I'm planning a company charity ride to Dublin and was wondering how hard the route was and how many days to expect to take?
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2answers
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What are the “monument” races?

I heard recently that Simon Gerrans of the new Green Edge cycling team had won one of the monuments. What are these races?

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