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Renting a high quality road bike in Maui?

I'm traveling from the midwest to Maui for a week and want to ride there. Can anyone recommend a place where I can rent a nice road bike? I'm an average height and weight male. Going to bring my ...
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Front drum (was disc) brake only works when going backwards (!)

I am restoring my old bike that hasn't been used for quite a while. The rear brake works fine, however, the front brake has an issue: It only brakes when the bicycle is going backwards, not forwards! ...
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rear wheel not spinning when the skewer is locked inn

Can someone please tell me what is causing my rear wheel to "stiff up" when peddling. I recently cleaned the rear hub because at first it was causing the wheel to "stiff up" when peddling. At first I ...
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1answer
120 views

How popular is the “Sold Secure” certification among reasonable-quality lock makers?

I'm a recent convert to cycling, having moved to Amsterdam, and I intend to buy a U-lock for a bike I'm getting. Now, people have recommended that I buy U-locks with a "sold secure" label - but in a ...
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Are folding handlebars a good idea from an engineering standpoint?

A couple of Chinese stores have been selling folding handlebars: At first glance this appears to be a great idea since the handlebar width is one of the reasons that carrying and storing bikes can ...
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Upgrade Dahon or go Birdy [on hold]

I have 2 5 speed (sram) Dahon Vitesse bikes w with addon kanga racks and another sadle. If I want to ride a more comfortable folder. Woul I upgrade this one or go straight for a Birdy? Upgrading as in ...
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1answer
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Can you have too many in line barrel adjusters?

Just replacing the shifters on my bike. It had STI shifters and I'm putting thumb shifters on, the shifters have built in barrel adjusters. The bike also came with barrel adjusters on the down tube, ...
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2answers
61 views

Best long distance padded shorts for tall man

sorry if this has been asked million times already... I need an padded shorts that actually work for making my but stand 150km+ (around 95 miles) a day without hurting as hell after 2 days of riding. ...
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Shimano Ultegra 6800…what do I need?

I'm gearing up for my first bike tour. I have an old motobecane cross bike, I think it's a 2007. I need more granny gears. Right now I have a 9 speed 12-26. I'm looking into the Shimano Ultegra ...
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3answers
72 views

Indoor trainer suitible for sprinting

Are there any types of indoor trainers that are suitable for training sprints insofar as they allow the rider to tilt the bike to get leverage as one would when sprinting on the road?
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24 gear SRAM shifters- PROBLEM

So recently i bought a carrera vengeance for £45 which is a bargain and the only problem was the gears(24 gear SRAM shifters) for the left side. When i got it i tried to shift but it just clicks and ...
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Chain going “slack” on the 7th gear under load on a new mountain bike?

I recently bought a new Mountain Bike which works pretty well, aside from the fact that I have a problem with it which creates a pretty damn large safety hazard, not to mention creates a massive ...
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1answer
64 views

Bike feels like it's slipping/shifting gear when pedalling while standing up on max gear

not familiar with bike terminology, so sorry if this doesn't come across well. My bike will make a loud clicking noise and the pedals will give some resistance when I pedal whilst standing up. If I ...
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My bike got stolen a second time (in Amsterdam) - what should I do?

I've moved to Amsterdam a few months ago, and have started using bicycles; I mostly cycle from home to work. I've been using typical old(ish) used bikes, black-color omafiets of some obscure make, ...
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1answer
155 views

Why are post ~'80s bike finishes so “dull”?

It seems that (with some notable exceptions) bikes from about the '80s and earlier seem to have more pleasing finishes than later bikes-- is there a verifiable reason for this, either economically or ...
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1answer
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Can somebody identify my bike for me?

I got it as a sort of hand me down a couple of years ago. I think that it is from the late 90s or early 2000s. It is definitely a mountain bike and it is red and silver/gray. It is hard to pick out ...
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2answers
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How to carry a step-through/mixte bike

How can one carry a bike with a step-through/mixte frame effectively?-- In comparison, any diamond-frame bike is a breeze for me to shoulder regardless of weight (okay, carrying a 25+-kg roadster is ...
3
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3answers
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Presta valve on new tube won't inflate

Just replaced a bad inner tube with a new, Presta valve tube. Unfortunately, I seem to be unable to get any air in the tube; I hear air leaving the pump and not going anywhere. I tried investigating ...
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1answer
89 views

How to prevent my front derailleur from rubbing on my back tire?

Recently I tried adjusting my front derailleur (Shimano 6800) so that it wouldn't rub my chain when I was in the highest gear. After playing around with the angle as well as the limiting screws, I ...
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1answer
35 views

Motobecome Mirage (I think) made in France

I am trying to put this bike back into use. The cassette is not freewheeling. Does that mean that the cassette is locked up, or do some bikes not have a freewheeling cassette? If it is locked, will ...
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2answers
80 views

Options for fully lined bulk cable housing

I perform maintenance on 3 personal bikes, and often friend's bikes (a few per year, usually). One of the most common tasks is replacing shift/brake cables and housing. I live in Boston, winter is ...
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0answers
72 views

Questions gym bike [closed]

These days I'm riding on a bicycle in the gym trying to lose weight at least 30 minutes every 50 minutes In one step you step on the pedal hard on the wet Is there a way to set bike split?
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2 speed quad sprocket bike… do these exist? If not, why not? [on hold]

I was wondering if they make a 2 speed bike with a design having 2 front sprockets (one on each side of the bottom bracket) and 2 rear sprockets such that there is some mechanism that can switch ...
5
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4answers
285 views

Can Park Tool CG-2.2 kit work with the bike upside down?

I've recently acquired a new bicycle with coaster brake and internally geared hub. Naturally, I'd like the bike to last as long as possible. Unfortunately, the local weather seems to be stuck in ...
3
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3answers
182 views

How many watts is a good push worth?

The other day as I commuted home a stranger gave me a helpful push as I approached the top of a steep hill. It was wonderful, and I immediately wondered if this is what an e-bike boost would be like. ...
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2answers
130 views

Going to race a 29er MTB in a 200 mile / 320 km gravel race. Bike preparation?

I have a Specialized Camber Comp 29er full suspension MTB. I want to use this bike for the DK200 (a one day 200 mile / 320 kilometre gravel race through the Flint Hills of Kansas, USA) and would like ...
4
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2answers
108 views

What does “11-25” mean in the cassette description?

I need to replace the chain and cassette on my bike soon but I don't know what teeth to count. The Shimano Ultegra 6800 11 Speed Road Cassette - has 11 gears on the back so I know to go for the 11- ...
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1answer
127 views

durablity and brand?

enter image description here Here's some photos:on the left is the suspension,on the right is the crank set,on the bottom left is the front derailleur and on the bottom right is the back derailleur ...
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2answers
73 views

Effectiveness of disc brakes with brifters

How well do mechanical (non-hydraulic) disc brakes generally function when used with brifters?-- This combination seems to be increasingly common among e.g. adventure bikes such as the Salsa Vaya, ...
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4answers
87 views

Ease of servicing brifters

How easy are "brifters" (e.g. Shimano Total Integration or Campagnolo ErgoPower) to maintain and adjust as a hobby cyclist at home?-- Although quite a lot of road bikes have them (including even light ...
2
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4answers
106 views

Ease of servicing disc vs. rim brakes

How easy is it to keep a mechanical (non-hydraulic) disc brake system working at home with a set of "normal" (not bike-specific) tools, especially compared to rim brakes? Discs seem to be currently ...
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2answers
57 views

Converting from V-brakes to Disc Brake without existing mounting holes

I have an Electric Bike with rear brakes which are not as strong as front disc brake (countless amount of tweaks never solved it well without rubbing the wheel too much). So, I am looking at ...
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4answers
1k views

Safely Switch Bicycles before a Century?

I did what I think was a "homemade" century last year on my 30 pound "shop" mountain bike. The first 55 miles were easy but the last 45 or so were pretty horrible. This year, I want to try it again ...
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3answers
420 views

Chain lube that won't repaint my legs?

Because I have sometimes spent a lot of time digging around for bike parts and only discovering the existence of something awesome after many hours of browsing, I'm wondering whether there could exist ...
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1answer
28 views

Uncomfortable rise and backsweep on wide mountain bike handlebars

I've got a set of wide carbon bars on my mountain bike. I get painful wrists after riding because of the shape of the bars. They are pretty much flat with a slight backsweep. How do I know which bars ...
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2answers
31 views

29" Ascension mountain bike by Schwinn [duplicate]

My freewheel stopped working. I can still pedal forward, but not backward. What's wrong with it?
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I have an older Novara bike wth 26 x 1 1/4 x 1 3/4 tires. Any tires out there with a full whitewall?

I don't care about tread pattern. I am going to use this bike (purchased about eight years ago for a commuter. The ISO number is 32-622.
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3answers
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Troubleshooting a bent mech hanger [duplicate]

I think I bent the mech hanger (right term?) on my Schwinn MTB. Now changing gears is hard. I'm trying to better understand my options. What I understand so far as to what I can do: Look for a new ...
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2answers
104 views

Why does my disc brakes keep squeaking? [duplicate]

I ride a Giant ATX 2. When my disc brakes started squeaking, I bought muc-off disc brake cleaner and used it on my discs and pads. It worked initially, but after 10km of paved road riding, the brakes ...
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1answer
21 views

Bottom Bracket - Drive Side is Stuck, what to do please?

I'm trying to remove a sealed cartridge BB. I've removed both cranks and the non-drive side (plastic) came out fine. The drive side is stuck solid - I know it's reverse thread on the drive side and I ...
1
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4answers
41 views

Seatpost clamp bolt replacement

I rounded the flats on the seatpost clamp bolt (it's an Allen bolt; i.e. I turn it with a Allen key) that came with my bike (2014 Fuji Absolute). I found a replacement for the bolt at a local hardware ...
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3answers
34 views

Rear hub bearing replacement

Bike noob here. I have a Quando rear hub with a busted cap? By cap I mean the cap covering the bearings beneath the cone. This cap is separate from the bearings. It hold the balls in place. Is it ...
3
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2answers
58 views

Why is there a gap between my crank and bottom bracket?

I just fitted a Tiagra crank arm to my bike. I noticed that there was a gap between the bottom bracket and arm and was concerned whether I fitted the arm correctly. I tried to force the crank arm ...
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2answers
67 views

25 degree rise stem vs 6 degree rise stem with taller head tube - how is handling affected?

All, I’m shopping for a new road bike with endurance geometry (more upright position and shorter top tube), 9mm drop saddle-to-bars. I’ve had a Guru fit done by a professional fitter. The main ...
0
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0answers
29 views

Saracen Blown Up Diagrams [on hold]

Has anyone had any luck finding the diagrams for Saracen full suspension frames? There is nothing available on their website and the lines are now about to be closed for the weekend, I need to look up ...
5
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4answers
194 views

Are all vintage bikes difficult to work on?

I have had a couple of vintage bikes (from the '80s and earlier) and all have been absolute nightmares to work on: They always seem to have weird dimensions which aren't available anymore or in the ...
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2answers
49 views

Where to get replacement bolt for rod brakes

Well, I did it again: While working on a bike with rod brakes I lost the bolt which connects the two "actuating" rods to each other (I have no idea what these parts are even called; The measuring tape ...
4
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5answers
863 views

Riding into a headwind faster than my top speed - how is it possible?

Recently we've had some pretty strong winds here -- today the weather forecast said 20mph gusting to 30mph, but a few weeks ago the gusts were supposedly over 40mph. The forecast direction was within ...
6
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1answer
74 views

Gates Carbon Drive off-road experience?

I am planning on a new bicycle and one idea is a Fat bike with the corresponding Rohloff and a Gates carbon drive. I am using Rohloff's for more than 10 years and know what to expect. I am absolutely ...
1
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1answer
70 views

What is a good gents' hat to wear while cycling in formalwear? [closed]

As a natty man-about-town, I don't like to go out without a hat. As I always go out by bike, this limits my hat selection considerably to those that will stay attached to my head in any wind, but not ...

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