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Annual technology gap of high end road bikes

Somewhat general question. Could someone give me an idea of how much of a 'technology gap' there is between annual models of high-end road bikes (~$2000)? Specifically: Which components generally ...
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Rear hub for randonneuring - any “classic” model?

I have recently had a failure in my rear-hub during a brevet. The bike I use for brevets was assembled from used parts, and I tried to choose components that are dedicated to randonneuring ...
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Creaking sounds from the saddle tube?

I've started to hear creaking/clicking sounds from the saddle tube. Is the frame giving up? I could look for a longer saddle post, if that would relieve some of the strain on this part of the frame, ...
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What do I have to know, to replace my hydraulic disc brakes with new ones?

I want to buy a new hydraulic disc brake for my old mountain bike, which already has a disc brake. As I am very far away from any bicycle shop I want to buy the parts on the internet. The shipping ...
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Solid rubber bicycle tires [duplicate]

I just bought a Schwinn bike with the following codes on the tire. AKR6483 / 40-622 / 700x38c. I have gone to numerous websites to possibly order a solid rubber tire for my bike so I will never have ...
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Is it possible to run standard mechanical shifting on a Scott Foil Premium frame?

The Scott Foil Premium is the highest end frame available from Scott Sports, and it is designed to run an electronic drive train, routed internally. The original reports were that this frame would be ...
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What does “LL” mean on BB spindle?

What does that "LL" mean, stamped (along with the length) on my Mountain Bike's Shimano BB spindle?
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Specific Conversion to IGH

What do I need to research to switch to an internally geared hub? Having looked at the above Q and A, I have a followup question. I have a Globe Work 2, that I'm considering converting to an IGH. ...
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How can I tell if I have properly patched a tube? (specifically a 2" mt. bike tube)

I normally swap out a the tube on the trail if I get a flat and then patch at home. So that leaves me with a patched tube ready to put in a tire and I'd like to test it without having to swap out a ...
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What are the differences between a mens and womens bike frame?

Why do women's bikes have a diagonal bar in the frame instead of a horizontal frame? Is this the only difference? Sorry if this has been asked (but I cannot find it by searching) and I also just ...
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Is it ok for the trunk bike rack to rest against the glass of a hatchback?

I feel like this is one of those obvious questions, but I have been unsuccessful at finding an answer (even in the manual for the rack!). I just purchased a bike rack (only holds 2 bikes) for my ...
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How to inflate a tire with a Presta valve?

My new bike has these thin tires with a type of valve I haven't usedbefore. I searched online and found out it's called a Presta valve, and it's pretty common and popular. I'm finding it annoying and ...
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How do I get my hydraulic disc brakes working well again

I just bought a new bike (my first brand new one ever) a few months ago and a while ago I decided to give it a wash and after that my front hydraulic brake hasn't been working as strong as it used ...
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How bad is this fire damaged alloy frame?

I got this Shimano Ultra groupset bike for free, all I need now for it is shifters as the carbon and rubber melted in them and the original seat. But now I am wondering if I can get away with it, I ...
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Padded saddle VS padded shorts

Why do cyclists use padded shorts instead of padded saddle? It seems like putting padding on the saddle would be more optimal. Doubly so for triathlon.
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What's the lowest safe cadence on a climb?

I recently installed a power meter and just used it to get up some rather steep 15%+ climbs. At my weight and lowest gearing (34f 30r) at a sustainable power level for my fitness (225w) this ...
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How much of a difference will I notice going from a Mountain bike to a road bike?

I have a Mountain bike with 1.95 tyres on it. Most of the cycle path I take into work is fairly well paved/asphalted, I'm not going over any dirt tracks or anything like that although there is the odd ...
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What effect does head tube angle have on a bicycle?

My girlfriend and I are looking at a new bike for her. The one we're looking at has a 70 degree head tube angle while her current bike has a 70.5 degree head tube angle. Unfortunately, none of the ...
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Schrader tubes in Presta configured Rims?

My 26" mtb rims support presta sized tube stems, however can I drill the diameter of the holes in the rims bigger in order to support Schrader stemmed tubes? what is the proper way to do this, is ...
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Brake Cable Ends - Barrel and Pear Nipples

I can easily find images of these different nipples on Google, and as far as I can tell pear nipples are used on road bikes (in general) and barrel nipples are used on MTBs (in general). Barrel ...
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Mystery item broken on old Dawes. Help!

I was adjusting rear brakes last night and this little thing snapped in half (see image [right]). The linear indent holds my brake cable in place and a 5mm bolt holds this in place. I guess I need to ...
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Reducing Bulk on a touring trip

I'm doing a self contained touring trip, I have a 5 piece set of ortlieb bags (handlebars, 2 front rollers, 2 back rollers). I also plan on putting my tent on my back rack. I'm not doing this in a ...
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What is the optimal cadence?

I have heard that one ought to turn the pedals at 90rpm. However, I do so much slower, especially while standing, and would like to understand the argument behind this number (or any other number). ...
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FSA Omega MegaEXO Press fit BB 19mm removal (non standard BB86)

Has anyone removed a 19mm spindle (Omega) Press fit bottom bracket without destroying it in the process? I have watched http://www.fullspeedahead.tv/video/7006668/installation-of-megaexo-crankset-on ...
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Deep-Profile Carbon Wheels — How to choose depth?

I'm doing research for a future purchase of new wheels (for everyday riding) for a 2012 Cannondale CAAD10 Ultegra. I want to spend ~$1000 (give or take $200 or so). In my price range I've found: Boyd ...
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What bike to buy to replace CitiBike? [duplicate]

I've been riding CitiBike for a couple years to ride to work in NYC (7mi commute) and am looking to purchase my own bike. Are there any standard suggestions on what to look for in a commuter bike? ...
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Disc brake maintenance

For some days now I am observing the decreasing performance of my disc brakes on my MTB. Additionally, braking is extremely loud (squeaking). I don't think I have oil or fatty substances on the discs. ...
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Headwind when riding in a loop

I (think) I know the answer to this, but I wanted to get others' takes on it. Riding a loop with no wind, vs. riding the same loop with wind (such that half the loop, you get a headwind vs. tailwind ...
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Clipless pedals: Why clipping in so darn difficult?

I do understand that this question been asked million times, and million people have million different opinions and it's all down to personal preferences, yet I am struggling and need to find a ...
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1answer
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How to train front braking technique?

One of my mountain bike buddys has severe issues with downhill riding technique. By downhill I don't mean downhill racing in this context but riding down trails that are rather smooth but with some ...
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How do treads affect traction?

I've read that treads don't affect traction very much. This is why NASCAR cars have smooth tires. But, the road is not clean. They say you can't hydroplane on a bike, but what about a thin patch of ...
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Noticeably more Muscle on one leg than the other? [on hold]

One of my legs is noticeably more muscular than the other. I am also more prone to knee pain in the more muscular leg. Could this be related to my frequent (I ride 5+ days a week) cycling habit? ...
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Why aren't average speeds computed over distance?

Average speed is computed so that average speed = total distance / total time. This means that if you go up a hill, which takes a long time, your average speed drops. This isn't regained on the ...
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Small wheel bike to be converted to bigger wheels

I have a cycle with small wheels. I had been using it as a child. now I am an adult and I want to replace the small wheels with 26 inches wheels without spending a large amount of money. I have ...
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KMC Z8S IG or HG compatibility

I have bought a KMC Z8S chain , but it slides over the rear cassette . The model of the cassette is Shimano CS-HG30-81 , it is not worn yet , and the chain length is also perfectly calculated . The ...
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How dirty should the chain and the cogs be before I should consider cleaning them?

I'm new to bicycling and have been riding for a month or so. I just saw a few questions here regarding cleaning of the chain and thought "whoa, I should clean the chain". How dirty (visually) should ...
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How to store a bike outside and still avoid rapid decay?

I've got insufficient space to store my bike inside. I fear however that it will rust away within a few years. My question is twofold: A) Will this be a problem? B) What can I do to prevent this ...
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Lots of broken spokes on one bike, with different wheels

I have a commuting bike I've had for a few years, and as long as I've had it it's frequently broken spokes on the front wheel. Eventually I got sick of replacing them, put it down to a bad wheel, and ...
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How to get a bike from one city to another in the U.S

I need to mail a bike from Portland, Oregon to Austin, Texas. I know that you can get free bike boxes from many bike stores, but how do you pack a bike to ship by mail or to check as baggage on a ...
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The Value of a Chair on a Touring Trip

I'm going on my first big touring trip (2 weeks – that's big for me). I've found some nice light-weight camping chairs and I'm wondering if it's worth investing in one. Two basic options seem to ...
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Where can I get some rags?

As I'm getting into the habit of cleaning and maintaining my bike more often, I am burning through my stockpile of rags. Up until now I have been using worn-out clothes as rags. I am going to run out ...
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Training fasted: just about weight loss?

Preparing for a 100mile ride in August I was thinking of following a training plan which came in a "Sportive Guide" given away with Cycling Plus magazine this month. Some of the days on the plan ...
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1answer
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Should tyre sidewalls appear cracked so quickly?

I fitted a brand-new pair of Schwalbe Marathon Racer tyres at the start of this year. I've just noticed that there are quite a lot of very small cracks in the side wall of both tyres. (The tread is ...
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3answers
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Are there any cleats (for SPD-SL) that convert the pedal to a regular flat platform for regular shoes?

I have a road bike that use Shimano 105 PD-5800 SPD-SL pedals and they are wonderful when exercising. However I would like to be able to use the bike with regular shoes for more casual use of the ...
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Cheap german bikes and online shopping

What you guys think about bike-discount.de Has anyone had experience with this website and Radon bikes?
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What is the crank length on a Shimano Deore XT?

I have this bike: http://www.trekbikes.com/int/en/bikes/mountain/cross_country/superfly/superfly_9_8/ Frame Size is 17.5 Crank is: Shimano Deore XT, 38/24 I purchased a garmin edge. It asks for ...
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Where to purchase a simple single-speed? [duplicate]

I would like to purchase a cheap (maybe around 200-300€) and spartanic single-speed racer-like bike. I don't need fancy extras - just wheels, a frame, and brakes (but please no backpadel-brake and ...
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do I need to change my disc if the brake pads got oil on them

In trying to change the brake pads on my mountain bike, I managed to get oil on my new pads and empty out all the brake fluid, and consequently also get some oil on the disc. I took the bike to the ...
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Can a guy wear a woman's helmet safely?

I'm a guy and since I started wearing a helmet for mostly Trail Riding and occasionally for commuting, I noticed that the helmet looks really large on my head. My doctor later confirmed with a tape ...
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What is most similar to a Specialized Avatar seat, a Romin or a Toupe?

My Specialized seat, an Avatar 143 was stolen off my bike. I'd like to upgrade it with something lighter. What is Specialized's most similar saddle to the Avatar, their Romin or the Toupe?

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