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Is a recumbent trike faster than a non-recumbent bicycle?

I am seriously considering getting a recumbent trike, probably one in a tadpole configuration, and was weighting up how much time I would save during my commute when compared to my normal bike. ...
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0answers
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In city traffic, is sitting more upright more safer than a more aero position?

I like the handlebar height lower than the average road bikes I see in my city. Am wondering if I am putting myself in more risk.
4
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2answers
264 views

Does a Sturmey Archer 2 speed kick shift hub let you backpedal?

Does a Sturmey Archer 2 speed kick shift hub let you backpedal? A backpedal / coaster brake changes riding technique so much it drives me nuts; I am wondering if you can backpedal at least enough to ...
2
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1answer
51 views

What kinda of maintenance does a Sturmey Archer X-FDD DynoBrake hub need?

I have a Sturmey Archer X-FDD dynohub and drum brake for about 2 years. I've riden it about 6000 miles and I don't know if it is due for maintenance or even what kind of maintenance is required. I ...
3
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1answer
56 views

How to properly thread (textile) pedal straps

Is there a "correct" way to thread (textile) pedal straps for use with toe clips? In the photo above, I threaded the strap in the "opposite" direction to that of how Sheldon Brown threaded leather ...
4
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1answer
40 views

What do I need to know about this rubber stopper?

I recently bought a used Diamondback Sorrento. One day I rode it over a sizable bump and heard a popping noise. Upon inspecting my bike I noticed the following: As far as I can tell, I lost a ...
1
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0answers
27 views

Clear coat on top of old paint in order to preserve it/frame?

Using nail polish to touch-up scratched/rusted frames is more or less well-known (cf. Girls Biking to Work), but recently a hobbyist restorer of old bikes told me that you can "just apply clear coat ...
6
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3answers
130 views

What component affects downhill speed?

So my riding buddy can never keep up with me downhill. I'm slightly heavier than him (5-10lbs). I have an older non aero bike. He has a newer aero bike. His is probably a few lbs lighter than ...
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0answers
40 views

is it possible to install 25c tyre on 23c wheel? [duplicate]

Can I fit a 25c tyre onto 23c wheel? Would it cause any problem on long term?
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1answer
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Single speed dirt jump specific frame for general riding [on hold]

I am in the market for a new bike and come from a background of mainly cross country (XC) / all mountain (AM) type riding but have ridden BMX also in the past. I'm not averse to standing up and only ...
5
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1answer
94 views

timing chain keeps dropping/derailing only with partner

For a volunteer project biking with blind riders (NiewidomiNatandemach.pl), we've been partnered up and provided a tandem bike, that seems new enough and in good condition. Unlike the guy behind ...
11
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6answers
12k views

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?
0
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0answers
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What are “two-tone” tubular tires called? [duplicate]

What are those old "two-tone" tubular tires actually called?-- You know, the ones with the "natural-rubber" color on the sidewalls?
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2answers
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Modern gumwall light touring tires?

Are there any modern road/light touring tires which look like the gumwall tires of yesteryear? In particular, I'm looking for all-weather road tires with serious puncture resistance, i.e. a ...
3
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1answer
124 views

When starting to pedal, it takes half a rotation to “catch”

While power pedaling on my mountain bike, when I coast for a second, it takes a half a circle on my crank to catch. Can anyone tell me the problem?
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0answers
19 views

Bike rack or similar storage options for child's bike (16" wheels)

My 4 year old has taken to riding with abandon, and we're starting to get into summer, where we hope to do some trails together. I have a rear wheel bike rack which is sufficient for storage of what ...
4
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2answers
364 views

What is the safest type of pedal for all-weather city cycling?

I've been commuting by bike for many years on different types of strapless platform pedal and have always been nervous about clip-in pedals. Excluding any accidents caused by getting used to a new ...
1
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1answer
64 views

Chain line adjmt w/ replacing triple crankset with Fixed crankset

I have an old Univega MTB with a triple 28-38-48 crankset and 6-speed freewheel. Bottom bracket is square taper with cup and bearings. I want to remove the front derailleur and convert to 48T fixed ...
2
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1answer
42 views

Custom Shimano 3x11 drivetrain

I have a Trek 720 disc which came with a 2x11 Shimano 105 drive train setup. When it's fully loaded for touring going up steep hills is just too hard - I'm barely heavy enough to push the pedal down. ...
3
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2answers
59 views

Eye protection for child in bicycle child carrier

I'm finally at the stage where I'm about to install a front mounted WeeRide child carrier on one of my bikes, but one of the things I'm concerned about is eye protection for my child. I'm mainly ...
0
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1answer
53 views

Can i set up a 7speed gear and disc brake on hercules rocky mtb 2.0 cycle

My cycle is a non gear cycle .Can i set up disc brake and 7speed gear. [![ this is my cycle ][2]][2]
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1answer
75 views

Replacing Crankset

My dad bought a 2004 Fuji Absolute hybrid used and I rode it to a DIY shop to get everything checked out. On the way, the the chain came off once (1.5mi). Turns out the right crank arm is a little ...
3
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2answers
63 views

How do I determine bottom bracket size [duplicate]

I got a cheap old bike I fixed up and I want to install a mid drive motor but the ones I found require a specific bottom bracket size and I don't know what size bottom bracket I have. The wheels are ...
0
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0answers
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Genesis Croix de Fer 10 vs Cdf [on hold]

I've been looking into second hand Genesis Croix de Fer bikes. The current models Genesis sell are Croix de Fer 10, 20 and 30 but I'm seeing a Genesis CDF for sale on the usual online second hand ...
0
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0answers
13 views

Schwinn Siro versus Schwinn Capitol? [on hold]

I can't figure out the difference between these 2 bikes - Schwinn Siro & Schwinn Capitol , I would greatly appreciate any info. Thanks
0
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0answers
15 views

Looking to buy a bicycle for daily use and few long trips in India [on hold]

My budget is around Rs 5000 max. So which bicycle should I look for? Is it better to buy online or from physically going to the store.
3
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0answers
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Reassembling Shimano FH-M150 rear hub

First time servicing a rear hub for me. I disassembled and cleaned my Shimano FH-M510 rear hub, removing the nut, washers and cone only from the left side of the axle. When I went to insert new ...
5
votes
4answers
168 views

Does (square-taper) BB spindle length affect Q factor?

I am having knee and ankle trouble on my commuting bike (1993 Specialized mtb) and this has a 73mm BB with a spindle length I haven't measured but there is space between crankarm and frame. I wanted ...
1
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1answer
27 views

Will a Mishiki Pueblo Mountain 20 in frame hold my weight. I go about 330 [on hold]

I weigh about 330 ... Will a Mishiki Pueblo Mountain Bike 20 inch frame will hold my weight?
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0answers
41 views

What type of road bike should i buy [on hold]

I am 14 years old and I am looking for my first road bike. Doesn't have to be to fancy. My measurements are 157cm tall from my feet to my head and 70cm standover height. I am looking for something ...
16
votes
1answer
289 views

Construction hints for a sociable dicycle?

I'm thinking of building a dicycle, specifically a sociable one like the picture below but pedal powered. Has anyone seen one in real life, or better yet, tried to build one? The broad design is ...
3
votes
1answer
97 views

Can this bike be saved from the rust?

So, I'm buying a bike to use during a summer before I go back home. I found this bike that I'm interested in buying however it's extremely rusty. I'd like opinions on whether this is a DIY clean up, ...
2
votes
2answers
918 views

Removing old fashioned saddle from seatpost

I've been searching for instructions on how to remove my old saddle from my seatpost. All the videos/guides I've seen have been about the newer kind of clamping mechanism where just one bolt needs to ...
0
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0answers
37 views

Chain skipping and falling off the front gear

I did a lot of research and took my bike to couple of shops but I couldn't solve this problem. When I am riding the bike, chain seems to be skipping and occasionally falling off from the front ...
0
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0answers
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Ortlieb Ultimate 6 M pro and iphone 6S [on hold]

I am looking at purchasing a new handlebar bag, and I came across the Ortlieb Ultimate 6 M pro, which is pretty much what I'm looking for. But one critical factor is that I need be able to use the ...
4
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3answers
84 views

Adding gears to a childs trike pickle pashley

I'd like to add gears to my disabled son's pickle pashley tricycle. I have made a start by adding a 5 speed casette, but I'm stuck trying to work out how to shift the gears as there is no where to ...
8
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7answers
2k views

Which side should I pass other cyclists on a UK cycle path?

I'm new to using cycle paths and seem to get dirty looks for riding on the left. When driving along my usual commute this morning I saw others riding on the right and therefore passing to the left of ...
4
votes
1answer
194 views

Is wheel dish important?

It makes sense that ideally a wheel should be dished well (close to centered), but what are the consequences of a wheel being out of dish but otherwise true?
0
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1answer
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Making my dream bike come true [on hold]

my name is Benjamin and for quite some time now i have been riding my bicycle to college and other places. The bike i have now is only very simple but has saved as a great alternative for transport ...
0
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0answers
24 views

Hybrid bike: Fuji silhouette 1.3D vs Trek FX 7.4 [on hold]

I'm looking for a hybrid bike for a 7 mile commute to work in the summer and weekend bike ride (20--30miles) with friends. I'll be mostly on the road, occasionally on gravel when I'm getting into my ...
7
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1answer
165 views

Traffic lights: double red

I have seen several times bike traffic lights like these: This one is from Vienna, Austria. One can also find them in Bordeaux, France and in Paris if I remember well. What purpose do these serve ...
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8answers
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Fixing a flat - how to find the piercing object?

Just had a flat and having problems finding the thing that pierced the tube in the tire. Normally I just run my fingers around in it, until I found it, but this time everything looks O.K. My ...
4
votes
2answers
106 views

Cutting off welded crankarm

A long time ago, when I was younger and stupider, I decided to fix my creaking crank arm by welding the bolt. Yes, I know it was so damn stupid, but I thought that was the problem. I didn't use the ...
7
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4answers
388 views

Help needed identifying mystery screws on 1940s tandem

My tandem has two small screws above each bottom bracket, one on each side (so four in total). I've not seen them on any other bike, and I can't figure out what they're for! Suggestions so far have ...
3
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2answers
103 views

Bottom bracket replacement advice needed

I've got a Giant TCX SLR2 (2015) according to the spec sheet it has:- Crankset: FSA Gossamer Pro Cross, 36/46 Bottom Bracket: FSA MegaExo The other day I noticed the bottom bracket isn't sounding ...
3
votes
2answers
730 views

Allen Coggan power profile table for Cyclo cross riders?

If you were to create a power profile based on those seen in training and racing with a power meter by Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan. What would it look like a sprinter or an all rounder? To help ...
5
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3answers
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Rotate or replace tires

I ride a cross bike mostly on the road right now and my rear tire is wearing much faster than my front, which is to be expected. I found the following thread which I think is a similar question but ...
1
vote
1answer
45 views

Kid's bike - Can I put 20“ wheel on a frame that was meant for 18” wheels?

So, my friend's kid's bicycle has an 18" tire that is completely worn down. I'm having a really tough time finding 18" tires on local buy/sell websites, but there are a bunch of 16" and 20". Does ...
17
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8answers
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How to clean white handlebar tape?

I have bought not so long ago (about two month) brand new and the shiny white from my handle tap have become pretty dirty: I am tempted to just change the tape to another color - that would be ...
2
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0answers
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Internal Roller Brake Problem

I have Shimano Inter M Roller Brakes on my bike. I felt the rear brakes were a bit light after riding 800 or so KM (total mileage on my bike so far) so I thought maybe theres a bit of cable stretch ...

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