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Damaged (scraped) tire - what to do?

First of all, I am either inexperienced or very lucky because I have never had a flat bike tire in my life. Now comes the question. I have a basic "Specialized Sirrus 2013" hybrid bike which has run ...
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What size spoke for an axis classic disc wheel? [duplicate]

I have a 2013 Specialized tricross with axis classic disc wheels and I want to get some spare spokes for touring. Anybody know what size I would need or how to work it out? Thanks.
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Hybrid bike change to road bike [on hold]

Hi I have a sirrus specialized road bike with flat/straight handlebars and a carrera tdf 2014 edition as much as I like it I must say that I prefer the siruss' frame it's light and aero do you think I ...
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118 views

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 ...
2
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2answers
671 views

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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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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2answers
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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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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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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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2answers
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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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5answers
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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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5answers
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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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1answer
51 views

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 ...
3
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3answers
116 views

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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2answers
40 views

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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2answers
66 views

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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1answer
62 views

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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1answer
112 views

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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1answer
59 views

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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1answer
43 views

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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1answer
213 views

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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1answer
112 views

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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0answers
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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 ...
3
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2answers
47 views

Cheap german bikes and online shopping

What you guys think about bike-discount.de Has anyone had experience with this website and Radon bikes?
3
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2answers
503 views

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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3answers
55 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
37 views

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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1answer
51 views

Cheap, effective degreaser recommendations?

Maybe it's just me, but most of the commercial degreasers sold in bike shops seem pretty expensive for what they do. While they work well for lightweight grime, especially when used regularly, they ...
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0answers
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orientation of non rotating washers (Nexus 8-Speed Internal Hub)

The anti-rotating washers on my Nexus 8-speed internal hub axle are opposite to what every service manual I've seen suggest they should be. In particular, the yellow washer is on the left side and ...
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3answers
105 views

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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3answers
39 views

What kind of spokes for Giant PSL0 wheelset

What specific spokes do I need for Giant PSL0s wheelset. I know they are DT Swiss but what kind and maybe where to get them.
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1answer
58 views

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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2answers
53 views

Presta vs schrader valves [duplicate]

Are there any advantages of presta inner tube valves over schrader inner tube valves (or vice versa)? Presta schrader I've always wondered why 2 exist. Apart from their radically different ...
3
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4answers
160 views

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
118 views

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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Can I use cartridge bearings on my wheel hub?

I have a vintage road bike, at the moment there are loose metal bearings in the hubs. Some of the bearings are missing. Can I buy cartridge bearings or do I need to buy loose bearings? Thanks
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0answers
43 views

Tour de France AT&T [closed]

Does anyone know if Tour de France is on AT&T Uverse and if so what channel? It tells me I need more detail but that is my question.
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4answers
2k views

Why did the hydraulic disc brake stop working when riding down a steep mountain?

I rode my mountain-bike with a bicycle trailer attached. Three kids (age 4 to 8) were inside the trailer (trailer made of steel). We went down from about 500 m above sea level to 150 m above sea level ...
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1answer
34 views

700 x 32c Tire on 27 x 1 1/4 Wheels? [duplicate]

I have some vintage 27 inch wheels and I was wondering if I could use some 700 x 32c Tires on them. Thanks
2
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1answer
122 views

Sudden tyre deflation with no puncture

At the start of my ride yesterday I was passing through town slowly and crossed a section of cobble stones (just a line running across the tarmac). I managed to hit the one cobble sticking out of the ...
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1answer
41 views

Road bikes below 550 Euro [closed]

I've previously owned a BTWIN TRIBAN 3A. I need a new road bike and I'm willing to spend upto 550Euro. It would be my daily commute cycle to-and-fro work. My work place is approximately 10kilometers ...
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0answers
44 views

Where to buy 2005 Shimano 105/Ultegra brifter hoods?

I have a 2005 Trek 1500 WSD road bike with original Shimano 105 STI brake/shifter levers. I'm looking for replacement hoods for the brifters because the originals are wearing out. I believe the ...
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36 views

Shimano shoe fitter

I'd like to ask your support to decide which Shimano shoe size is best for me. I am about to purchase Shimano SH-M162, but just noticed that the sizing is in european base. My usual running shoes are ...
0
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1answer
53 views

Slow lever return after shortening brake line and bleeding

I've just recently replaced the brakes on my MTB with a pair of Shimano XT hydraulics. The rear brake line was extremely long for my frame's routing, so I had to cut it and subsequently bleed the ...
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3answers
238 views

Could you make a bike frame out of 24kt gold?

Obviously it's a silly idea. Apart from the cost, it's far too dense and not stiff enough to be a good frame material. What I'm asking is would it be possible to make a ridable from gold? What ...
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1answer
24 views

Loose pedals on Norco MTB

Just replaced my pedals on a very old Norco MTB. I noticed while working on it that the whole peddle structure is wiggling from side to side is this normal ? I took the plastic caps off the base to ...
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0answers
42 views

Sprinter Universal Bike

A friend has given to me a bike called the marking say " Sprinter universal " which looks pretty old. Can anyone give me any information on it please ?
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2answers
268 views

Converting a Bicycle without gears into a Geared one? [duplicate]

I have a racer street bicycle without gears. I want to convert that into a geared one. For that I will need to modify the rear part of the frame where the wheel goes in. Is it advisable to do so?
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2answers
68 views

chain getting stuck between chainrings

I have an old Cannondale road bike with Suntour shifters. When I shift from the front middle ring to the small inner-most ring, the chain falls into the gap and binds tightly between the two rings. ...
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1answer
106 views

What's the best way to remove stick-on frame protectors

I need to move a couple of frame protectors from the head tube of my bike but don't want to damage the paint in removing them. What's the best way of getting these off?

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