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Which are better for reproducible power output: Mag- or Fluid-trainers?

I'm looking to buy a trainer but my primary concern is being able to consistently improve my power output. To do this I need a way to measure my output consistently - I don't care what the actual ...
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158 views

My front deraileur needs adjustment after every ride

I have a Cannondale Women's Adventure 1 that I got this spring and have been riding on local (paved) trails every weekend. I started off riding about 6 miles a weekend and recently have progressed to ...
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sealed hubs vs normal hubs

My lbs recommended sealed hubs to me. Here are my doubts. Seeing as how I never ride in the rain or any such wet substances, I don't really need the "sealed" feature. Sheldon Brown says that if ...
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1answer
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Brake levers for Dia Compe centre pull brakes

I'm looking at replacing the brake levers on an older road bike and was wondering if the cable pull ratio for the old Dia Compe center pull brakes pictured below is compatible with new road brake ...
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3answers
159 views

Why are my Shimano R540 SPD SL Road Pedals incredibly stiff to clip out of?

I'm new to clip less riding. I just purchased and installed Shimano R540 SPD SL Road Pedals for my bike. I also got Shimano R064 SPD SL Road Shoes. I have been practising clipping in and out indoors ...
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What is the narrowest tire you would use for commuting?

Speed isn't so much of a factor, obviously, but the lower the rolling resistance the less sweaty I am when I get there. Then there's flats to consider. Basically the tire has to never get them because ...
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4answers
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Which rack top bag fits an 11" MacBook Air with space for a little padding?

The goal is to carry a change of clothes and the MacBook Air (1.7 cm high, 29.95 cm wide, 19.2 cm deep and 1.06 kg) on a 14km commute. I've used Ortlieb panniers (on a Tubus rack) but I don't like the ...
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gt transeo 2.0 road bike year unknown!

I have a used GT Transeo 2.0- year unknown that I inherited from my brother, I want to sell it and buy myself a mountain bike. I tried to look on the GT website but I had no luck. since im new to this ...
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3answers
808 views

restoring the finish of an oxidized polished aluminum frame?

In the context of restoring the finish of an oxidized once-polished aluminum finish, is there anything better (easier) than 0000 steel wool with Marvel Mystery Oil? I am restoring an old Cannondale ...
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2answers
44 views

What is the men's version of Trek Lexa SLX

Trek used to make only "WSD" versions of the same model names sold "for men." But things aren't that simple anymore! What's the men's version of the Lexa SLX?
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2answers
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How to carry a MTB on one's backpack?

Sometimes I want to ascend a steep (say, 50%) slope, where is impossible to ride and awkward to push/pull the bike. I tried various ways of carrying the bike: Lifting it just 10 cm above the ground ...
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2answers
48 views

Shimano Sora 9-speed shifters “missing a speed”

First time posting, hope I can get some suggestions on this weird issue I've noticed with my shifting. I have a fairly decent understanding of how to maintain gears myself, and have made quite a few ...
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1answer
31 views

Light for Tubus rear rack [on hold]

I recently received a Tubus rack that I am happy with. In the instructions there is a wide rear light with a double point attachment. I want one of those big lights - can someone tell me of one? ...
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1answer
27 views

Axle to wheel bore ratio? [on hold]

This may be the wrong site but it's the closest one I thought someone would have knowledge of the question... It's not for a bike but rather replacing the wheels on a power wheels... The axle is ...
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2answers
111 views

painting an aluminum/carbon frame

I have a frame I would like to get repainted. It is a composite of aluminum and carbon fiber (Al main triangle, carbon fiber seat/chain stays). The carbon fiber is unpainted (maybe a clear coat) and ...
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0answers
39 views

What is neuromuscular endurance in the world of bicycling?

I read the term neuromuscular endurance perhaps something related to having your brain not accustomed to high speed pedalling. I'm curious as it is related to bicycling cadence and I'm working on ...
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1answer
46 views

Trailer connection, off the shelf parts and proven performer

I am planning a long bike and canoe trip (bike tows canoe, canoe carries bike and cart), There are a couple of purpose built products for towing a canoe with a bike dumb stick & woody hitch but ...
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2answers
2k 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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3answers
4k views

Cyclocross frame size vs. road bike frame size

I'm in the market for a used cyclocross bike to use as a winter bike, and so I've been browsing craigslist. I generally ride a 56-58 cm road bike frame, so I turned down an otherwise good deal ...
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2answers
44 views

How do I know what is the right bottom bracket for my old road bike?

I've got an old road bike. I'm not exactly sure what the frame is as it was repainted. I've reason to believe the that bottom bracket is wrong because the crankset ring is too close to the chainstay. ...
5
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4answers
200 views

What are the advantages of a building an electric bike from a kit vs. prebuilt

I'm trying to decide on what would be the best option for me for my first electric bike. I need a way to get around, and as I live on a hill where I will have to manage a fairly steep incline coming ...
5
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7answers
1k views

First time commuter needs advice

I'm an out of shape 60 year old and have just purchased a bike for the first time in almost 30 years. It's a Giant Seek 3 hybrid and my intention is to commute to work on it at least 3 times per week. ...
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2answers
754 views

Just found a vintage Sears & Roebuck 'Ted Williams' Free Spirit 3 wheeler. Can I modernize it?

It's been in my girlfriends back yard for years and I'm under the impression that it's a pretty uncommon bike because I can't find any information on it. Her stepfather spray painted a camo pattern on ...
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2answers
41 views

Converting an octalink bottom bracket and crankset to a fsa bottom bracket and compact crankset 9 speed

i currently own a 2002 Giant TCR 2 and have been pleased but as i am approaching 60 and hills aren't getting any easier was thinking of converting to a compact crank. I currently have a Shimano ...
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2answers
58 views

Where should I sell old bike parts?

I seem to have amassed a huge collection of bike parts. Some parts are old and need a specialist market so I don't think that ebay is the best marketplace for them. How can I sell on / give away old ...
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2answers
86 views

Can I use a mountain bike to go bike touring?

I'm planning on going bike touring in S.East Asia. I've been planning which bike to get. Companies like Thorn offer custom made bikes (specially designed for adventure-style cycle touring), but they ...
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3answers
1k views

Is it safe to use a spacer that reaches above the steerer tube?

I have a spacer that reaches from the top of the stem and over the top of the steerer tube. I am able to lock it down with the top cap, but I was wondering if it is safe to ride like this, or if I ...
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5answers
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Are aerodynamic rims worth additional weight?

I was under the impression that reducing the weight of your wheels is important. However, I'm noticing that many of the extremely high-end aerodynamic rims are actually heavier than cheaper rims by ...
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0answers
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What are some respected MTB frame brands available in Colombia? [on hold]

I'm a US expat living in Bogotá wanting to buy a hard tail mounatain bike. The brands I'm familiar with in the US do not seem to be available or are very expensive here. The brands that do exist, I ...
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0answers
50 views

What difference makes to have Rear and Front Hub and Brake levers?

I am a beginner and I'am looking into buying my first Road Bike. I know almost nothing about components and I don't want to buy one from a store. I already know my size and I tried the same bike. So I ...
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0answers
52 views

What should I plan for on a sea-to-summit ride on Mauna Kea, Hawaii?

I've driven up to the visitor station but not up to the summit - what are the road conditions like beyond the visitor station, where can you refill water, and should I prepare for anything beyond a ...
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6answers
2k views

Is reversing the stem (pointing it backwards) a safe way to reduce reach length?

Assuming a steerer/fork/brake/cable setup that does not rely on the stem facing forward: is it safe to point a stem backwards as a way to reduce seat-to-bar reach (i.e. as a way to 'fit' a too-large ...
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5answers
669 views

The bike Weight and Performance gain for Lightweight riders?

I keep hearing people saying: The bike weight isn't a problem, rider is. My girlfriend is only 48 kg, and a mtb hardtail usually 13-15kg (full suspension would be more like 18kg for an older ...
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3answers
80 views

Should one buy a used Brooks saddle that is already broken in?

I understand that Brooks saddles (and similar leather hammock/sling style saddles) break in as they are used so that they conform to the particular shape of a riders sit bones, crotch, etc., and that, ...
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2answers
58 views

I have a 2013 Diamondback Podium 3. Is it possible to use it as a touring bike?

I am new to bicycling and i don't have a clue as to what is necessary for a long distance bike trip. I am not sure that the Podium Three will fit my queen sized mattress. Most of the racks available ...
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1answer
55 views

Stationary bike calories

Could somebody give me an idea of how to figure out the number of calories I'm burning on a stationary bike? The bike I'm using is a cheap Pro Fitness magnetic bike from Argos ...
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2answers
95 views

What are the technical differences between a bike for off-road touring and a mountain bike?

There are a lot of adventure touring bikes, or bikes designed for bikepacking, off-road touring and the like. But what is the difference between one of these and a standard mountain bike. E.g. what ...
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0answers
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How to clean and lube SR 29 XCM-HLO fork?

I want to clean and lube my fork , and found this video on youtube ...
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72 views

can anyone convert RPM into km/h? [on hold]

i have e-scooter and it says that scooter has: rate speed: 2500 RPM is it good speed for electric scooter? please convert into km/h.. i tried to gooogle it but i couldn't find anything
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5answers
81 views

Advice on Folding Bicycle

I am planning to buy a folding bicycle (brand doesn't matter). Intent is commuting to work inside the city (5-6 kms one side run). Reason for folding bicycle is space constraint in my apartment. I ...
9
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5answers
740 views

Are road brakes designed not to brake too much?

All of my cycling fellows always told me that it's much more difficult to fully stop a road bike, compared to a mountain bike, because "road brakes just don't work so well" (and perhaps because of ...
2
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2answers
2k views

my chain is skipping on my single speed

The chain keeps wanting to load towards the right hand side of the cog no matter how I orientate the chain. This causes painful skipping. Do the marks have anything to do with it? I have a ...
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0answers
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Finding out make and year of my bike

I was given this bike just days ago. On the bottom of the bike where the pedals are connected to the frame there are two numbers stamped in the frame. They are as follows... 661-475820 and 000637390. ...
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2answers
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Road wheel conversion to single speed wheel

I am looking to upgrade the stock wheels on my canondale caad10 rival. It came with a Fulcrum racing set. I was interested in converting this set of wheels for use on my single speed - a surly ...
1
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1answer
111 views

Chain guide/tensioner for 2011 Giant Reign 2 (Press Fit)

Can someone recommend a chain guide/guard/tensioner that will be mountable to a 2011 Giant Reign 2 which has Shimano Press Fit and 3-ring crankset? The best I could find is: Kore Chain Reactor - ...
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6answers
183 views

Coping with crash fear?

This will be my first season racing collegiate this spring and I recently crashed on a group ride going about 22 mph around a corner and slammed my face into the ground. Crash was pretty bad and had ...
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0answers
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The make and year of my bike

There are two separate numbers on the hub of my 21-speed bike. Will you please help me in finding out make and year? The #'s are AS follows...661-475820, and either 000637390 or u00637390.
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7answers
8k views

Why do my disc brakes squeal when wet?

Picture the scene... It's just been raining and you are getting ready to commute home after work, you cycle out on to the tarmac and as you do so, you notice a bunch of pedestrians push the button on ...
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2answers
75 views

Is there a way to keep rim brakes from freezing up?

So there are various and sundry videos showing how one might create studded bicycle tires. This example is good, but you have many more choices. However, I am a city commuter, and traction will ...
1
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1answer
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My rear rim is worn off by braking

My rear rim had those small indents in it for rim brakes, they have brushed off now. Can I re-indent those dots to make braking efficient again. My rim is double walled mtb compliant.

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