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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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How to improve one's bike handling skills?

Are there any time tested ways to improve one's bike handling skills? Outside of regular riding (road) are there certain exercises one can do to increase body awareness on the bike, improve ...
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Cyclocross tyre patching problems, bulging inwards.

So. I bought a new cyclocross bike, very good very handsome. 2 days ago rode it on quite a rough road composed only from rocks. So guess what? Two punctures (slow leaking ones, cause only realised ...
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How Can I Increase My Braking Power?

I've been reading a bit about riding and braking techniques (http://sheldonbrown.com/brakturn.html) and I'm having some trouble pulling off the hard front brake. I believe this is the style of brake ...
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How to fix a clanking rear wheel/flywheel

On my single speed--a POS Bikes Direct bike--the rear wheel makes a clunking noise every time I pedal. I think it is coming from the freewheel and it's basically a CLINK! CLONK! noise that is driving ...
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What is a good entry level road bike?

I currently ride a single speed 46/16 bike, without clipless pedals, on average I do 100 miles a week at paces of around 16-18mph averages,I am looking to transition to an entry level road bike. I ...
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My rear disc brake makes noise when I drive fast

I have a full suspension mountain bike with disk brakes. When I ride fast, my rear disk brake starts to make a noise similar to the one you would hear when sharpening a knife. It happens when I ...
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2answers
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Safety comparison, downhill mountain bike vs. downhill ski

My twelve-year-old recently tried downhill mountain biking when we were in Lake Placid. He found it thrilling and would like to continue with this new sport now that we are back home. I am hesitant ...
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Cycling's Affect On The Bladder?

What affect does cycling have on the bladder? There is some information online: Beginner Triathlete It is not uncommon to have genitourinary symptoms caused by prolonged contact with the bike ...
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Replacement Forks for Giant Roam 2 2012

I would like to find an as similar as possible replacement fork for my 2012 Giant Roam 2. (They have rusted over time). The full spec of the bike is here: ...
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Am I going to get injured mountain biking if I don't have rear suspension?

On the several occasions I've gone mountain biking, I was using a nice borrowed bike with full suspension and it felt nice. I'm told that rear suspension, though nice, is not necessarily a must-have. ...
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Tapered suspension fork on a 2003 Surly Karate Monkey frame

Is there any way I can run a modern tapered 1 1/2 to 1 1/8 tapered suspension fork on a 2003 Surly Karate Monkey (Original frame style with V-brake and Disc Brake Mounts). I think it only works with 1 ...
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Importance of “H.E.” rim designation on MTB to tire fitment?

I'd like to convert an MTB with 26X1.95 knobbies to road use for the wife but wonder if the present tire designation, specifying H.E. rims means anything once proper size tires are found. Many thanks! ...
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Which are bicycle-politicized groups or advocate groups?

Well, that is it. I want better roads, more safe roads, better maintained roads to bicyclists so I am looking for bicycle-politized groups or advocate groups around the world. I believe they may have ...
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Help with bracket query

I replaced my bottom bracket with a shimano cartridge 113mm. Now 3 months later its making a creaking noise, the sound goes when free wheeling though.do l need a new cartridge
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Best bike for distance, best bike for speed

I am biking the Pacific Coast from Vancouver, BC to San Diego this September. I am looking to purchase a new bike, but I am struggling with the choices. I enjoy racing with friends on weekends. On ...
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1answer
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Finding a single speed kit for an old campagnolo from 1997 with screw on freehub

I have an old Campagnolo from 1997 that I want to turn into an single speed. My problem is finding a kit that will fit the freehub. The outer diameter of this freehub including teeth is 34 mm, but ...
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Shimano PD-6800 vs PD-9000 pedals

Other than a 12g saving in weight and the Dura Ace label, are there any further potential reasons to prefer Shimano PD-9000 pedals over PD-6800? Edit: This question is specifically about pedals ...
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1answer
51 views

Frozen lockring

I have been trying to get a lock ring off of an old wheel. I have the correct cassette removal tool and (homemade) chain whip. I've gone so far as to use a vise but to no avail. I'm attempting to turn ...
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MInor (I think) dent in top of Orbea Alma top tube - frame ok or no?

2015 Orbea Alma alum frame top tube, looking front left to back right. This pic gives the best angle on the contour - the sides of the top tube feel unaffected by this dent, and you can see from the ...
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Another mysterious frame identification

I've got another mystery at my hands. This time this 26.6mm seatpost (although i'm not with a paquimeter on my hands, a 26.8mm one almost fits is), italian thread bb. By scratching the dropouts I ...
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337 views

Tightening a nut too much

Often guidance will be given to tighten a nut to "20 ft lbs of pressure" (27 Nm) or something along those lines. What's the best way to ensure you tighten things up, but not to over-tighten? Is ...
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0answers
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Disappointing cartridge bb performance

About 200 miles ago I put a cartridge bb (Shimano BB-UN26) on my "secondary" rigid BSO. When I bought the bb, It felt great when spun with fingers. It had a perfectly smooth, hydraulic feeling to it. ...
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1answer
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What size nipple should I use for granny bike rim?

I am going to build my first wheel using the Ryde V38 rim (Westwood type). The shop where I ordered the rim, says it has 5.5 mm spoke holes. The nipples that come with the regular 2.34 mm (13 g) ...
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2answers
55 views

Road bike or hybrid for fitness (also including some commuting and loose gravel)?

I'm new to cycling and want to start riding regularly as a form of exercise. I'm mostly going to be riding on roads/pavement but may come into contact with the occasional gravel-isn road ...
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1answer
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Not sure which limit screw is H vs L

I'm using a Devinci silverstone s.1 that's having trouble getting up to the highest/largest gear on the front. I checked the tension and it didn't seem to make a difference. Read I should check ...
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Chain falls to the outside of the chainring, but I can't reproduce the problem

I have a Dahon Speed P8 that I use for touring Japan, which has about 3000km on it. The bicycle has 8 gears on the back, and 1 gear on the front. Note: I love riding my bike, but honestly (and ...
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2answers
472 views

Old chain still shifting perfectly, should I change it out?

My chain is ready to be replaced according to gauge, but, my shifting is flawless. Should I replace the chain or squeeze another few hundred miles out ? It currently has about 2500 and is a CN6701. ...
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4answers
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Switching from a mountain bike to a road bike

I will be moving soon because of my work and the new area is not very "mountain bike friendly" as it is very flat and there aren't much hills or mountains around. So I think of buying a road bike to ...
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3answers
154 views

Campagnolo Crank Compatibility 11 speed crank to 9 speed chain/deraillieur/shifters

I need to replace my 9 Speed Campagnolo Racing T Crank with a new one which uses the power torque system. Is a 11 Speed Athena (or 10 speed Centaur) crank compatible with the racing t front ...
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1answer
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Rear wheel needed

Rear wheel needed for women's 2014 Scattante road bike with the following details: Front wheel- Alex Rims A Class AKX R3.0 700C Road Wheel 28 Alloy Black, stainless 14 gauge spokes. Cassette- Shimano ...
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1answer
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Can a bike frame be retrofitted with internal cable routing without Disassembly?

Would I be able to have a local framebuilder retrofit an existing steel mountain bike frame to install internally routed cable guides on the top tube without disassembling the frame? I would probably ...
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What is the easiest to upgrade my chainrings from a double to a triple?

I have a 2007 Specialized Tarmac Pro Double and I need some better gearing. I am doing more hill climbs and I feel that I need at least two lower gears than I already have. What would be the most ...
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Trellis style frame

Hi can anyone identify this frame,see picture attached.
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Repairing Presta valves

This is the third time that I've had a leaking Presta valve on the tube. There must be a way of repairing the Presta valve rather than having to discard a good tube. Someone did it by applying glue, ...
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Giant Road Bicycle, Comfortable Seat

Anyone know of a comfortable seat that is compatible with Giant Bikes? I took my seatpost to walmart to try and fit the seatpost with the bell gel seatpost with shock absorbers, Had high hopes for ...
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1answer
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Maillard Freewheel refurbishing

I have a Maillard freewheel, big cog stamped 10 - 84, which i have taken apart, cleaned, lubed, and reassembled following the excellent youtube by RJ the bike guy . i ...
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6answers
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How can I learn to take care of an old (70s era) road bike/get it back to working condition?

I found my mom's old road bike from the 70s tucked away in a corner of our attic. It's not in great condition and is pretty rusty. I don't know a lot about bikes from a mechanical or upkeep point of ...
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3answers
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Expected chainline from 103 mm bottom bracket to 107 mm bottom bracket?

Frame Windsor - The Hour Hub Width - 120mm Stock Bottom Bracket Sizing - 68 x 103 mm Miche Bottom Bracket Sizing - 68 x 107 mm Miche Crank Set Requirements - 68 x 107 mm bottom bracket ...
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How to judge comfort when buying a new saddle

I bought a motobecane mirage s recently from bikesdirect.com I took the following advice from a bikes forum: Plan on changing the seat, pedals, and possibly the tires. The seat will make your ...
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1answer
95 views

Are my disc brake pads contaminated?

My rear brake never locks the rear wheel even with full pull on the lever, especially going down hill or fast. I can even pedal a bit with the brake depressed. This is a recent issue and sometime in ...
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2answers
33 views

What inner tube size to get for my road bike?

I want to get some spare inner tubes for my new road bike, but I'm unsure what size to get. On my tire it says the size is 700 x 25c and I know that 25 is the max width of the inner tube. So should I ...
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1answer
56 views

What bicycle to buy for commuting to work and for leisure (Aberdeen)

I'm new to this forum and I hope someone can help me out. I have recently moved to the UK and I like to cycle. I'm looking for a bicycle with a small budget. I would mainly use the bike for ...
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2answers
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Changing the front forks

I have an older trek 8500 aluminum bike with rigid forks and I would like to change them to be suspension forks. Is this possible? Btw the tire size is 26".
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1answer
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Need to replace tire on Dahon folding bike

I bought a Dahon Vitesse D8 two years ago and it's lasted extremely well so far. Recently, the rear tire got a puncture and as my tires both looked pretty worn, I thought it might be time to look into ...
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Mystery grease source - Alfine 11, Gates Belt drive, Shimano bottom bracket

I have a 2012 Spot Acme and it's been great, everything is still smooth and working well into its second winter. However I picked it up to bring it into the office a week ago and noticed grease all ...
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Campagnolo Athena 9 speed compatibility?

I own some NOS shifters, Campy Athena 9 speed, from 1998 i guess. do you guys know if I can use it with any campagnolo front/rear derailleur? how do I know what is compatible?
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Campagnolo QS Front Derailleur/Shifter Compatability

I have older Campagnolo Chorus 10-speed shifters. They are marked 'Carbon BB System'. I am replacing my front derailleur and have a spare 10-speed Record QS front derailleur. QS stands for Quick ...
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Campagnolo Athena - Lost plastic part on front derailleur. Now the chain is droping on upshifting

Somehow the plastic part on the side/front of the derailleur is lost. Now I can't shift properly because the chain drops to the outside on an up shift. The plastic part is visible in this image. Its ...
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DIY Painting a Bike Frame: Is it possible?

I have painted a couple bike frames (think really cheap garage-find rebuilds) with varying degrees of failure. Can you help me correct/fill in the missing pieces of my frame painting process? ...

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