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Weight of wheels vs. weight of tyres

On my touring bike, about a year ago, I upgraded my tires from the low-end stock ones to better lighter ones. The weight gain was 205g per tire so 410g on the whole bike, plus a few grams on the tubes ...
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1answer
456 views

Is a Giant TCX W wrong for me if I want to use it for around town and occasional long rides?

I'm looking for a bike to ride mainly around town and hope to get up to doing longer rides (maybe Cycle Oregon). A local bike shop is selling a Giant TCX W cyclocross for $950 (reg price $1,900). I ...
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460 views

Is this a puncture protection thing?

I got a vintage bike to commute with (I wanted a heavy one for the exercise) and I was hoping for a flat so I would have an excuse to spend money on a puncture resistant street tire to replace the ...
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'Best' Gear inch to start with on a fixed gear? Moderatley hilly area

For a starting fixie rider, what is there a 'best' Gear inch to start with? Moderatley hilly area.
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285 views

Electronic shifters

I have been reading alot about the electronic shifters that are out now, specifically the ones on TREK bikes. I was wondering if they are worth the price, and more importantly how do they perform.
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1answer
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Does valve stem diameter matter for my rims?

Got an old bike that I restored some time ago, and the original tubes literately burst on me today (I knew I should have replaced them long ago, they are probably 10 years old) and now I have some ...
2
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5answers
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Any issues with wearing leg warmers over tights?

I want to add a layer over my bike tights for warmth. Leg or knee warmers seem like a nice versatile option. I am just wondering if there is any issue with wearing these over tights as opposed to over ...
2
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1answer
1k views

Are these compatible bottom brackets?

I have a LeMond Big Sky SLT & an Opus Triton. Every bikepedia-esque site I went on said they had incompatible bottom brackets. When I actually read the brackets today the LeMond has a BSA. The ...
2
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3answers
437 views

Lighter bike slower than a heavier bike, possible reasons?

I have access to two mountain bikes, a lighter one (lapierre) and a Giant. The maintenance I do to both is really similar, just tires and oiling the chain every few weeks. I always though that the ...
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2answers
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Way to fix outward dent in rim?

On a ride today I ran over a water run off too fast and have caused an outward bulging dent in both sides of my rim. The bulge is hardly noticeable to see or touch but I "think" I can feel it when ...
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1answer
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How can I fit a tapered fork to a 1 1/8 semi-integrated/zero stack head tube?

I have a 2004 Giant VT frame with a zero stack / semi-integrated headset. It currently takes a straight steerer threadless fork. Is there any type of headset I can put on so I can fit a tapered fork?...
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Does tire pressure matter when the bicycle is in the trainer?

I keep my bicycle on a trainer in a 'cool' room during the winter months. The tires don't seem to maintain pressure after days of non use. Does this matter, and should I be checking/filling the ...
3
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2answers
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Disc Brakes VS cantilever / V brakes [closed]

Are disc brakes better, more durable etc. than the more traditional Cantilever / V type brakes? I have been considering choosing a new bike with disc brakes, but I have seen mixed reviews on whether ...
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2answers
5k views

Does cycling tighten your butt?

I feel a little painful during the first few weeks of commute with bicycle. Just wondering that does it make my butt tighter and sexier?
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1answer
118 views

Road Bike £600 or under [closed]

I've been serious about riding for the last year however have taken a while to save up. I want a bike that I can rely on. I ride on average 7/8 hours a session. I'm 20 year old male and 182cm.
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5answers
866 views

Can I pedal my bicycle backwards to move it backwards?

Is there any changes I could do to my cycle so that I can make it move backwards?Just a question out of eagerness.
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3answers
1k views

Chain skipping on new freewheel and chain setup - What went wrong?

BACKGROUND NOTE: The bike is a 1992 Univega MTB that originally came with 6-speed SIS with a triple chainring. I removed the SIS shifter when it broke, and went with a friction shifter. The bike is ...
0
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1answer
1k views

Are shimano FH-2200 hubs strong enough to use in a tubular wheel for CX racing?

I have a pair of Shimano FH-2200 front and rear hubs lying around which I no longer use and I would like to save money by using them for a wheel build but am unsure whether they would be up to the ...
2
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2answers
847 views

Does height of bicycle affect the energy we put to ride?

I used a road-bike (gearless) and its height was even not reaching to my waist and I was becoming very tired even after 10 min. of cycling (in city). I remember I have read somewhere that angle of ...
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Why are there metal shavings in my brake pads?

I have several brake pads on my cantilever brakes that have several small metal shavings embedded in the pad. Is this normal? What should I do about it?
2
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0answers
417 views

Which clipless mountain bike pedals have free float (i.e. no spring recentering)? [closed]

The only mountain bike pedal I've found that doesn't have spring recentering are Speedplay Frog Pedals. I've tried Shimano SPD pedals and Crank Bros Eggbeaters/Candy and both have spring recentering ...
0
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1answer
309 views

Where can I purchase/download UCI Pro Tour/pro cycling race footage? [closed]

I love watching old races - they're especially great for long sessions on the trainer. However, I can find only a few stages/races on Youtube, and most of the videos are simply highlights. Where might ...
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2answers
1k views

Derailleur guard on road bikes?

I live in an area with lots of debris, dodgy paving, and rain, and to make matters worse, I fall down sometimes (I know!). The main things that get damaged, of course, are the brake handles and the ...
3
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1answer
189 views

Chain overshoots cog when shifting from low to high gears

Hi when shifting from low to high gears my chain is overshooting the cog and jumping into the next one. I tried turning the low limit screw outward to move the derailer in towards the low gears but it ...
0
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2answers
994 views

Differences between Izoard XP 2013 and Izoard XP 2014?

I wanted to buy a Wilier Triestina Izoard XP. The dealer told me that the Izoard XP 2013 with Shimano 105 cost 3021$ and I would have sold discounted to 2060$. The same price of the Izoard XP 2014 ...
3
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2answers
225 views

Derailleur twitching in low gears

I had a mild spill today on my new bike, which put the (Tiagra) derailleur cage a little bit out of line. With some bending and eyeballing, I got the two jockey wheels lined up 'almost' perfectly ...
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2answers
689 views

Are Shimano saint pedals suitable for trail / xc use?

Thinking of buying the Whyte t129s, but not sure what flat pedals would be most suited for the xc / trail riding I'll be using it for. I looked at Nukeproof Neutrons and DMR V8s - prefer the look of ...
0
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1answer
324 views

Combination of different Shimano braking components

For a daily city bike i want to combine some older Shimano Components. Is it possible to combine a Shimano XT V-Brake Lever (BL-M739) with a Shimano 105 SLR Front brake or are there any things i have ...
2
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1answer
251 views

Why no tires made of Vibram?

Top-notch mountain trekking shoes are advertised as having Vibram soles. They are supposed to be durable and have superior traction on wet stones, mud etcsetra. This is what we want from na mtb tire, ...
4
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1answer
716 views

How often to sevice suspension forks

Consider a SunTour XCR coil fork or any similar. Service manuals suggest "full service" every 30 hours of riding time. I take that to mean removing the boots and re-lubing the stanchions. However, ...
6
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2answers
749 views

How to start uphill?

It is tricky to start pedaling uphill, especially with some complicating factors out there. I want to learn the proper technique. Saddle height For any uphill, I put my saddle at "XC height", that ...
3
votes
3answers
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Broken rear axle. Why does it happen and is it worth trying to repair?

So I'm taking the time during the holidays to overhaul my commuter bike. The whole drivetrain was full of old oil, road salt and grime so I decided to take the whole thing apart starting with the back ...
5
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3answers
9k views

Replace crankset or cassette for better road performance on an MTB?

I few years ago I got into cycling again to help keep fit. I still had my mountain bike from when I did some easy trail riding. I'm mainly riding on the road now and I was wondering if I can change ...
2
votes
2answers
287 views

Any benifits of upper level bibs for a fat long distance XC biker?

Skinny road bikers are all praising their Castelli/Assos bibs. Specially long distance riders. I'm 188cm/106kg and my normal ride is something like 100-120km, 2500m gain, 8-9hours in saddle almost ...
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5answers
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Is there a recommended way to center your handlebars?

Is there a best practice for centering your handlebars in the stem? Besides eyeballing it, I actually tried measuring distances but found that depending on where I measured from and to I got different ...
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1answer
145 views

Handlebars are slipping and the stem is cutting into my bars. How do I fix this? New bars and stem or just a new stem?

I bought a 2014 kink curb and I think I may need to buy new bars because my stem is cutting into them. I don't know though. If anyone could please help me with this.
4
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3answers
541 views

Down tube and seat stay

I've noticed that in a lot of bikes (though certainly not all), the seat stay and the down tube are parallel or nearly so. Is there any structural reason why a manufacturer might make that choice or ...
4
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2answers
602 views

BunnyHop Soft Landing

I broke my pedal today. I own a bmx. It happened when I landed from an american bunnyhop. Any tips to land softly? (I have even bent the rim.)
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3answers
226 views

How to ride under obstacles

Commuting by an MTB, there is a trail at the local park, that is partially blocked by a tree. It has fallen over the trail, forming a triangle with the living trees on the sides. The highest point is ...
5
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2answers
556 views

At what slope will the best bikes keep a constant speed?

At what slope will the best bikers (in terms of aerodynamics) on the best bikes roll at a constant speed at 80 km/h on an asphalt surface on a dry day? The reason for this question is because it gives ...
6
votes
3answers
192 views

How are the wheels spokes laced in the bikes you buy at shops?

Is there a machine that does the lacing or does it have to be manual work? And in the first case, what does it look like and how does it work?
4
votes
1answer
162 views

Will I have problems maintaining a bike from the UK in the US?

I'm moving to the US from the UK and am considering taking my fairly average hybrid road bike with me. It's nothing special but I quite like it and the cost of taking it on a plane doesn't seem to be ...
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2answers
8k views

What are the effects of completely filling tires with water instead of air?

As absurd as it sounds, I was curious as to how a bike would handle with the front tire filled with water. I wonder if steep hill climbs would be easier (particularly for a mountain bike): 1) to ...
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vote
2answers
651 views

Cannondale six13 52cm Carbon top tube?

One for the Cannondale nuts: I've got a real soft spot for the Cannondale six13 and have been after one for ages. A 52cm has popped up for sale which would be ideal but I've noticed that it has a ...
2
votes
1answer
261 views

Rear sprocket slips

Purchased a used bike for my child a few months ago. It is one of those where to brake you pedal backwards. Anyways, I was noticing that she was having a hard time starting. Once she got going, ...
7
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1answer
162 views

Do studded tires make less than ideal railroad crossings worse?

I'm considering getting studded tires, but I'm concerned about a portion of my commute. I go down this road both directions: 39° 40.468', -84° 14.340'. This 2 lane narrow road has 2 railroad ...
4
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4answers
3k views

Why can't the gear ratio be something like 100:1? Is it practically possible?

I am planning to develop a bicycle on my own for a competition. But the main requirement of it is that it must be able to develop a maximum speed. If I am able to cast the sprockets with gear ratio ...
11
votes
3answers
5k views

Is it harmful for a hydraulic brakes bike to be put upside down

I heard somewhere that bikes with hydraulic brakes should not be put upside down. If they are, 15 minutes should be allowed, before the bike is used. Is there any truth in this? What process could be ...
10
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6answers
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What are the advantages of filling tires with Nitrogen instead of air?

I am completely new to riding bikes and know that are usually filled with air but nowadays some people fill them with Nitrogen instead. I don't know why they prefer to fill their tires with nitrogen ...
2
votes
3answers
264 views

What type of bicycle is closest to European city bike?

I am looking for a bicycle that would be closest to the design that was popular in Russia, something with a high handlebar, relatively large wheels, and relatively short distance from the saddle to ...

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