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29" wheels - what advantage do they provide over smaller wheels?

I was wondering what advantages 29" wheels give. From what I understand they are well suited to mountain biking. Are they any use on road bikes perhaps?
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Should I feel self-conscious wearing cycling shorts to school?

I cycle to school and intend to wear my new Lycra shorts for my commute as they are much more comfortable. But I want to know if I will look dumb wearing the tight shorts, as my legs are only average ...
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What difference does the range of gear size matter?

I get the idea of ratios and the obvious that a smaller gear on the front and a larger one on the back will give you an easier end result but what difference does the range of a chainset or groupset ...
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How is “correct” tire pressure related to tire volume?

I have a unicycle with a Surly Endomorph 26"x3.7" tire, and I've discovered that this tire rides best at significantly lower pressure than smaller tires. Even though I weigh ~110 kilos, I can ride ...
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Getting started in racing

What should I know before I start entering races? I've been cycling for one year now after an injury ended my running career so I'm still pretty much a beginner. I'd like to try my hand at racing but ...
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How can I get started building a bicycle?

Now that I've been riding a while, I'm interested in building my own bike. In this case, it will be a bike for commuting and getting around town. It will probably be a flipflop fixie/single gear, ...
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How bad is road salt for my bike?

I took my mountain bike out yesterday in the snow. Did some hills around town, riding through slush and puddles, and all sort of dirt/mush/ice/snow. I gave the bike a pretty good wipe-down after the ...
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What can be done to make a trainer work quieter?

I use a trainer at home. It works quiet. But living in an apartment I would like to make it work quieter. What can I do to minimize noise of a trainer?
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I often get a sore neck when riding. How can I adjust the setup of my bike to help prevent this happening?

Quite often if I'm riding for longer than about an hour I get a sore neck. I assume that I can make some adjustment to my mountain bike to help prevent or reduce the soreness, but I don't know what. ...
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How can I make a weather-proof bike?

Suppose want to park my bike outdoors all the time. Conventional wisdom is that you should park a bike under cover, but suppose that's not an option. What should you do? Maybe sealed cartridge ...
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Is there a recycling program that accepts unrepairable inner tubes?

The local bike shop, not the wealthiest operation, has a pile of dead inner tubes growing on the floor. I'd love to discover something where used inner tubes are repurposed, melted down, made into ...
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I've got numerous bikes, bike frames, wheels, etc.that I'd like to donate

I have many old bikes, parts, specific tools, etc. Where can I give them to?
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What is the best Anti-Pollution Mask?

I bike everyday in Paris and I am looking for a mask with a particulates filter.
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How do you decide your route to commute to work?

I'm seriously considering bicycling to work, and I'd like some advice on the way to choose a route. Specifically, I have these two options: Go on a path with only 2 cross streets, but a road that is ...
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Should spoke tension be measured before or after adding a tube and tire?

I built my first set of wheels and measured the spoke tension when I finished. They were all uniformly tense at about 100kg of force. Once I put the tire on, that measurement went down a little, to ...
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Is there a practical gain from elliptical/oval chainrings?

I have seen competitive (amateur) cyclists with oval chainrings (front). What is the deal? Are they just for showing off, or is there a practical gain from it (different force transfer).
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Source an internal/hub derailleur for Bianchi Bergamo

Is this really such a novel piece of equipment? 2006 Bianchi Bergamo internal/hub derailleur I commute with a lot of weight on the rack and pop spokes in my rear wheel at least a couple of times a ...
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Where to find a good bicycle-trailer lighting system…in Canada

We have a child trailer (like this--link has better side/rear view but requires flash) and want to be seen by cars when biking at night. The little red blinking bike lights available in our area ...
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If the chain/cog no longer drives the wheel, can this be fixed?

Suddenly (without anything sounding like it was broken) the chain no longer turns the back wheel. The cogged part of the wheel is turned by the chain but this doesn't turn the wheel. Is this ...
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How do I efficiently shift gears on a road bike with downtube shifters?

I have bought a vintage Campagnolo road bike, so the shifters are on the down tube. I own a mountain bike and i am used to changing gears on that one, but don't know the proper technique to change on ...
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Vibration in fluid trainer - OK?

I'm trying to get back on my bike after some failed attempts at recovery from a herniated disk (PT's told me to stop riding but I just got worse anyway so now I'm trying to come back). I bought an ...
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How do I make my brakes stop squealing?

I am having a very loud squeaking voice in the brakes of the rear tyre. I don't know what the problem is, but I am sure it has nothing to do with rain, because it happens all the time even if it is ...
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What kind of tires should I buy for an e-bike, commuting on maintained off-road?

I need to buy a new front tire for my new e-bike. Let me give you a few of the conditions I'll be riding in, and I'd like your advice. First of all, this bike is primarily going to be used to commute ...
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Should I change both tires when I need to change one?

I know that it's a best practice in a car to change all 4 tires if you change 1, although in practice, it's only done if 3 need to be changed. Does the same thing hold true of a bike?
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What are good bicycle workouts for a runner?

I am a runner. I run half and full marathons along the year. All of the runners know that they should cross train and the best cross training is cycling. After achieving my long term marathon goal I ...
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What should I do to get an older bike into good condition

I recently bought a hybrid human/electric bicycle at a garage sale, and I've been working on getting it into usable shape again. It is about 10 years old, and needs some work. The battery was quite ...
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What are compact cranks?

In overheard in a post ride discussion this morning about wanting a set of compact cranks. My search on bicycles.se has only found this question with them in the title, but the answers don't mention ...
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Replacing suspension with a solid fork

I have an older version of this bike: They have made some changes to the components since I bought my bike but it is more or less the same. Here are the specs on the newer bike. I was hoping to ...
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How do I separate disc brake pads after accidentally pulling the front brake while the wheel is off?

The title says it all really. I've taken the front wheel off my mountain bike to get it in my car. When I get it out and try and put the front wheel back on the space between the brake pads isn't wide ...
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464 views

Alternatives to trailers for transporting young children

A representative in Oregon has recently introduced a bill that would prohibit children under the age of six from riding in bicycle trailers. While it is far too early to tell whether this bill will ...
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What should my first adult bike have?

I bike a lot and I'm looking to spend £400-800 on a full size bike. It must have full suspension, detachable front wheel, preferably room for a minipump and a large water bottle (without using the far ...
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How do self-adjusting hydraulic disc brakes work?

I have Avid Elixir brakes on my mountain bike. They are the only part of the bike that's a total black box to me. I understand the principle behind disc brakes, and I understand the principle behind ...
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Why would hydraulic disk-brakes become sluggish in cold winter? Just an incident or due to the cold?

Related question, I haven't bled the brakes (again a possible error). I bought the bike as second-hand and the seller said that the mineral oil cannot be the problem. He said that the mineral oil in ...
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Winter Tires with removed studs as Summer Tires?

I have just a set of summer tires in very poor condition and a huge heap of studded winter tires. Selling winter tires is very hard so I got an idea to use the winter tires as summer tires with ...
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Best place to shop for parts in Canada (used parts)

What is the best place to buy bike components that will ship to Canada? I would prefer a Canadian company or someone who ships within Canada to avoid large shipping costs and inport duty. I am ...
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Will my road bike fit in the racks on a public transit bus now that I have put fenders on it?

I ride to work most days. If I'm getting a cold or something, I sometimes hop on the bus. I save no time by riding the bus, so I rarely do it. About a month ago, I installed Planet Bike ...
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Proper Posture on a flat bar road bike

I've been commuting on a flat bar road bike for a couple of years now. The ride feels comfortable but whenever I see myself riding I always think my posture is wonky. Is there a guide somewhere or ...
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Why would a manufacturer change chainring sizes drastically between years?

A friend was just showing me the 2010 Cervélo S2 specs, as well as the 2011 S2 specs, and the Ultegra line, at least, changes from a 53/39 chainring set in 2010 to a 50/34 set in 2011. This seems like ...
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Pros/Cons of Bar-Ends?

I've always heard "never use barends" and they're banned equipment for some of the local clubs/group rides. A number of people on-line swear by them though. What's up with that!? :-) Why would I ...
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What do you bring in your winter pack?

I have two winter packs on for if I will be away from pay phones and taxis and another for when I will be close to home and telephones: Close to home pack money for calling a cab lights in case it ...
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How do you deal with flats in the winter?

I was lucky last winter I went the entire winter without getting a flat. I attribute it mostly to: sharp items on the road being hidden under snow and ice less agressive riding resulting in no ...
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What needs to be considered when building a winter bike?

I have been thinking about making the ultimate winter bike. Here are some of the things that I have been thinking about. What else would you think about when building a good winter bike. I am ...
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Can my bike be recovered from the rust monster?

First question here, and please note that I am a total bike virgin, other than the fact I can (just about) ride one. Last year I bought a Felt Q520 (I think) the 2009 model, secondhand that had been ...
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Is fluorescent clothing effective?

I read recently that fluorescent clothing was not effective at all at night. If this is the case, how effective is it during the day, and should I stop buying tops that are fluorescent to use on my ...
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Are there brands that sell weather-resistant chains?

I have to bike in bad weather and especially at work i have no way to store my bike in a dry place, this means that my bike chain picks up rust like nothing else, forcing me to clean it a lot. Now i'm ...
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What exercise should I do in the gym to assist with hill-climbing?

I have a few events coming up this year which have a fair amount of climbing (one is over a hundred miles with about 6500ft of ascent - that's an average of just over 1% for the entire distance). ...
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Does inseam of pants convert to stand over height of a bike?

If I know my jeans size, for instance 32", 32", can I convert this into an estimate for standover height on a bike?
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Good source for folding Strida clones?

Is there such a thing as a good Strida clone? What are the qualitative differences between any clones and a real Strida?
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Getting over a downhill phobia

I've been riding seriously/regularly for about a year now, although like the majority of the worlds population I've been on a bike since I was a kid. When I was first starting out I had no real ...
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Is a 51cm frame road bike the correct size for someone almost 6ft?

Looking for some advice on my first road bike. I've had my eye on a Carerra Virtuoso for about 6 months now, they haven't budged from £350, however I've just spotted one on ebay second hand. None of ...

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