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bike grease got on my wall. best way to get it off?

white paint on drywall. black bike grease. whoops. what are you tips and tricks for getting it off the wall/paint
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1answer
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Exposed cord on bike tire - replace?

The gash is about 3 inches long. Should I toss the tire or should I keep it?
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Convenient bike-security measures for rural, small-town, and remote-touring environments [on hold]

I originally titled this question as "I'm looking for a convenient absolutely fail-safe automatic lock that works all the time". But, judging by some rather cold responses, that title seems to be ...
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2answers
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Pull Inexperienced Tandem Stoker?

Is it feasible for an experienced single seat cyclist to serve as captain of a tandem bicycle and effectively "pull" the stoker behind as if the said stoker was riding in a trailer? It's understood ...
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1answer
76 views

Mongoose stamped vs. unstamped

What's the difference between a Mongoose that has logo stamped on frame and a Mongoose with no stamp on it?
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60 views

Force open a U-lock

I have a kryptonite key opening u-lock, opening the lock had recently bocome stiff. But now the bike is locked outside and I can't turn the key the whole 180 degrees, only 90 degrees. It won't open. ...
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Can there be a stack exchange for casual, rural bike riding and remote touring free of the fanaticism of professional bike riders? [on hold]

No doubt this bike stack exchange is extremely useful for many types of questions and answers. But I think it is also heavily skewed in perspective against many people who are interested in ...
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How do belt drives perform with snow?

I am completely new to the concept of belt drives and, when doing some initial research, the Wikipedia article on belt-driven bikes says that they have the disadvantage of Problems in snowy ...
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In practical terms, how often do you have to adjust the belt tension of a belt drive bicycle?

Gates claims their belts do not stretch over their life, so theoretically speaking you should not have to adjust the tension (which appears finicky). I'm interested in anyone with real world ...
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52 views

Do I need to chase a thread before installing a bottom bracket on a new frame?

Currently I'm building a new Surly Cross Check, and it needs a 68mm BB (english threaded). Furthermore, I plan to use a cheap $15 shimano BB with JIS square tapered interface, nothing special. Do I ...
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2answers
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Can I use a 9-speed shifter with with a 8-speed cassette?

I'm looking into replacing shifters on my MTB. Currently I have 8-speed Shimano Alivio shifers - will 9-speed Deore or SLX shifters work? I do not care if one of the shifter's position will be ...
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1answer
46 views

What is “crank preload”

I'm in the middle of swapping my BB30 cranks from stock FSA Gossamer to a (shorter length) SRAM BB30 "IA" S950. The S950 has a "crank preload" adjuster on the NDS which the spindle is also attached ...
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2answers
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How to work around a high seatpost?

So I bought this old bike but realized that its seatpost is stuck and high. When I ride I feel uncomfortable because it's slightly too high for me. Also I realized that it's really difficult to fix ...
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What do you wish you knew you before you bought your first nice bike? [on hold]

I am planning on purchasing my first nice bike ($500-$1000, nice to me is not a walmart bike) and am cautious due to the Dunning Kruger effect. I have never had a bike not from walmart before, and ...
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2answers
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Is it possible to remove wheel without loosening the (V) brakes

I have a mountain bike with V-brakes and every time I get a puncture and need to remove the wheel to replace the inner tube, I have to use a hex/Allen key to loosen the brakes, otherwise I can't pull ...
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1answer
28 views

DIY: what material to use as DIY shim seat post?

Seat tube shim adapters are quite expensive, what kind of material do you recommend as a shim? I have seen in a thread some guys talking about home made shim: paper tape alloy drink can as a shim ...
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2answers
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Excited Beginner?

I am beginner and do not want to reduce my weight.My objective is to increase my stimna and leg power.I have an indoor cycle.what should be my daily target and how should it then be increase?
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1answer
75 views

Can I use an old cog for my new hub?

I have an old wheelset with a 16T cog. It's currently a 120mm flipflop hub, and I'm going to be replacing it with a 120mm coaster. The coaster hub that I want doesn't come with a 16T cog (only 14, 15 ...
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1answer
44 views

Trying to figure out the Brand/Make of this bicycle?

Got this from a friend hand-me-down style. Got some work to do on it to make her roadworthy. But it's been painted, and I can't see a logo or name on it anywhere. Steel Metal Frame. That's about all ...
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2answers
47 views

Remove paint from the head tube

I'm planning to build a new bike from scratch. Part of that is buying a new frame, and possibly facing/reaming it. That's actually the part I'm scared of the most. Fortunately, the brand I'm ...
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1answer
37 views

Visual inspection of wheel hub

I need to build a new bicycle (others are gone, stolen :( ). Good thing is, I have two spare wheels of decent quality in my basement. These old wheels took quite a beating though, when I was younger. ...
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3answers
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3x increase in endurance in 3 months?

I am currently using a hybrid bike, which weighs about 10kg (quite light for the category I've heard), and my longest ride has been 65km at an average of 18km/h in a mostly flat terrain. In this ride ...
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2answers
68 views

Replace chain at 0.5% wear, or 0.75% wear?

Why do chain wear indicators have an indication for 0.5% wear and one for 0.75% wear? Are both measurements included because there is some personal preference from mechanic to mechanic, or rather are ...
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1answer
25 views

Pain on pinky toe joint from cleat setup?

I recently got SPD cleats for my road bike and have watched a number of videos and read articles on how to set them up as best as I can. I seem to have them set where I can comfortably pedal with the ...
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0answers
48 views

How to remove a stuck seatpost?

I bought an old bike. However there is one problem with it. The seatpost is stuck and I can't take it up or down ... and it's too high for me that my back hurts. It seems that the old user made it ...
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2answers
68 views

How to fix gears on a Kilimanjaro bike

I've just bought a Kilimanjaro bicycle for cheap. One reason it was cheap, I expect, was the gears system. It's only partly functional, and I don't understand why. I would go to the bike shop with it, ...
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5answers
438 views

What bike/helmet camera resolution is needed in order to read licence plates?

Has anyone had any success with camera's that could resolve the license plate of vehicles that are near the bike? Look, the reason we legally have to have car insurance in most countries is because ...
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4answers
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Should or can I (car) wax my frame?

Having spent the whole summer taking a bike apart, painting it and now in the process of building it again, I was thinking about waxing it. I want the finish to last as long as possible, after all, ...
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1answer
44 views

What variables are considered when determining wheel size and how do they affect these variables?

What variables are considered when determining wheel size from a theoratical perspective and how do they affect these variables? I noticed that city bikes tend to have smaller wheel sizes, whereas ...
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8answers
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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, the scent of fresh rain on hot tarmac fills your nostrils, you notice ...
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7answers
1k views

Recommendations for inconspicuous helmet-mounted video camera

I'm looking for recommendations for a good, water-proof (or at least weather-resistant) video camera that meets the needs of recording general commuting rides. Some desirable attributes are: Several ...
3
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1answer
86 views

What kind of portable pump should I carry when riding on a fat bike?

However, I just got a fat bike with 4.5in tires. I know that my portable hand pump takes a long time to pump mountain bike tires due to it being optimized for high pressure / low volume. What type of ...
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1answer
45 views

From Delft to Rotterdam - Hard?

If anyone has done this before, I would like to know whether a bicycle ride from Delft to Rotterdam is hard (approx 15km). I don't know what to expect since the Netherlands is flat, but still. ...
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2answers
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SRAM xx1 1 x 11 drive train very noisey

I have a 1 x 11 setup on my mtn bike. This is stock from the factory, it wasn't a conversion. When Im in the granny gear climbing, there is a lot of chain/derailer noise. It gets more noticeable ...
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5answers
347 views

Peer pressure in road cycling [on hold]

Or how does one fall into the road cyclist prototype. I'm talking mainly technology obssesion, spandex wearing and clipless shoes. I start this thread because since riding in a group, I'm questioning ...
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2answers
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Is threadless a noticeable difference from threaded headset setups?

I'm considering replacing my threaded aluminum forks, threaded headset, steel threaded stem and steel handlebars with threadless carbon forks, threadless headset and integrated carbon stem and ...
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3answers
102 views

What are the good ways to maintain the bicycle while raining season?

I have a bicycle. I ride it everyday because it was my primary vehicle. When I was going to campus or another places, I used it. Currently, the raining season is on my country. I would like to keep ...
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2answers
269 views

Realign the cassette gears after removing the rear wheel

I took out my wheel for a puncture and when the wheel went back on the bike the gears were out of line, a lot of skipping and jumping. What is the best way to get them back in alignment (must be ...
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3answers
64 views

Giant Cypress Upgrade

I have very little knowledge when it comes to bicycles and how they work. With that being said, I have a Giant Cypress Hybrid. It is a great bike for the most part. I'm looking to get a little more ...
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how much does this trek crockett 7 with cantilever brakes and sram cx1 weight? [on hold]

I am looking at getting a new bike in time for next cross season and may build up something like the bike in the link below but am have a hard time figuring out what the lowest weight bike I could ...
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6answers
6k views

Trailer hitch between a bike and trailer?

I want to make a bike cargo trailer. It seems to me that making the hitch will be one of the most difficult parts so I opened a separate question for this. How would you attach the trailer to the ...
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3answers
977 views

Is it harmful to store a bike in a repair stand when held by the seatpost?

I am currently storing my bike in a repair stand where it hangs by the seatpost. I was wondering if this might not be ideal and that the prolonged hanging might put too much stress on the bike and ...
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4answers
269 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 ...
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1answer
52 views

Haro frame identification [on hold]

So I have a Haro frame with this stamped in: K9BQ001289. What do I have?
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65 views

Refurbishing mountain bike - left standing for couple of years

I've a Marin Rocky Ridge (2007) that I'd like to give a bit of an overhaul/refurbish as it's been left standing for two years or so. I'm just looking to know where would be common areas that would ...
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3answers
714 views

Chain slipping on middle chainring

I have recently replaced the chain and the cassette. Previous chain never slipped. I never had any problems with it at all. But I have made about 10 000 km on it and the wear was beyound any limits, ...
4
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2answers
415 views

Waterproof spray or waterproof pannier cover?

Does anyone have experience with either waterproofing panniers with a waterproof spray or using waterproof covers for panniers? Which one was best? I don't want to invest in waterproof panniers as I ...
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3answers
180 views

How difficult is the switch from flat to drop bar?

I've ridden with flat bars for more than 10 years, both freeride and commuting. Now I'm considering switching to a road bike with a drop bar for commuting. I went to a shop and tried a couple of such ...
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2answers
181 views

why are my disc brakes shuddering

I have just replaced my disc brakes with avid bb5s. The braking is fine but there is a severe shudder, especially when braking hard. Any ideas? Thanks for your responses but I have solved the ...
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2answers
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Unbending Derailleur hanger

Reading this article at park tool, it looks to be lacking some information, and here are my questions (some of them maybe pretty silly): Why the bike should be "with the wheels level as the bike ...

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