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For 1 by X, a medium cage has enough capacity (11-42 needs only 31). Refer here for details of compatibility between different drive line equipment. Using an 11 speed derailleur with a ratio of 1.1 vs 10 speed is 1.2, with a cable pull of 3.4mm, across 9 shifts, gives an error of 3mm. If you have have the derailleur perfect in the center, you are out by 1....


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You could try grip tape on the pedals (skateboard shop). I use hiking boots.I don't like sand and dirt in shoes Still slippery when wet. Deck shoes for sailing is another option. They are supposed to grip even when wet.


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You should look for shoes with as soft outsole as possible. Ones specially made for cycling are available from bike stores, labeled "downhill mtb shoes". Skateboard shoes and approach shoes from climbing department also work well, choose one that fits your style.


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In the end, you generally get a better workout when you have a faster bike. This is because you usually end up riding more often/longer distances than you would otherwise. Also, riding fast is fun. And when you're having fun you don't notice the pain nearly as much. Just enjoy it and feed your speed addiction. You won't lose fitness. More likely you'll be ...


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Guessing from the picture, the make is "Viva" and the model is "Warp". It also looks like it's a relatively low/entry level bike, and may be relatively heavy for its size, and will be equipped with a lower quality range of components. It should be noted that there is a higher-end road/transit bike manufacturer that goes by the name Viva; this does not appear ...


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No, it does not harm the bike.


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Bike weight and performance is only one factor. Your average speed and whether or not you have inclines would also factor in, of course. You can have a light bike with skinny wheels and burn as many calories by averaging 18mph, or a heavy bike and burn the same calories at a lower speed, etc... Coincidentally, this month's Bicycling Magazine has a brief ...


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I'd get a new chain and use a chain tool next time. The links have rivets in them which are hard to push out without a chain tool (and other tools can weaken the chain leading to failure, especially with a cockamamie way like you're trying). Given that a cheap chain tool is 10-15 dollars it's a worthy investment relative to the cost of a replacement chain. ...


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Two bikes locked together with a D lock aren't the sort of thing a thief would like to be seen carrying. A cable lock to a solid object such as a car is a good backup. For securing kayaks, rather thin cables are sold that can be shut in the car doors and either padlocked inside the car or trapped in the doors. With a rear carrier, the towing eye can ...


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I used to take the family bikes over to western Europe and never had a problem leaving them overnight. This would have been maybe USD3000s worth of bikes at various places in France, Germany and Benelux. First of all I was able to lock the rack onto the car - it was a pretty Mickey-Mouse lock but would nevertheless deter an opportunist thief. Next I would ...


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I have since discovered that the answer is indeed yes. Men like Joe Breeze and Gary Fisher tools their old 50s and 60s schwinns and added balloon tires and two brakes, after the Repack left many with smoking coaster brakes. Tom Ritchey made the first mountain bike for Joe Breeze, and they eventually built the first mountain bikes or sale as well as coin the ...


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This problem vexed me as a beginning mechanic. Here's my best guess for a solution. Flip the bike over so it is resting bottom shell up. You'll see the cables run through a plastic piece called a cable guide. It's plastic and has two open channels for the cables to slide through, as well as gather crud. Loosen the cables, remove the guide (usually just a ...


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Yet another option exits: to go without any additional cables from the dropper by using a wireless electronic one. No routing required. As a bonus, you can place the remote control anywhere you like. Currently there is only one vendor to offer wireless seatposts though, and a single model they offer is Magura Vyron. It comes only in two sizes: ΓΈ30.9mm x ...


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You can most likely switch to suspension forks without much trouble at all. The shouldn't be any real difference in how hard it is to pedal as you're still putting in the same amount of energy with the same number of turns of the cranks. The only thing i would suggest is to Stick with the Smaller Travel Forks as that will minimize the amount of difference ...


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The brakes are mechanical brakes. Normally (I don't know this brand) the brake lever moves one side of the pads only and pushes the disc against the other. When properly adjusted the disc moves very slightly into the non-moveable pad. Normally the pad that move is the outboard pad, and the fixed one is the inside pad. To adjust you probably need to unwind ...


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KMC Z33 from Google search. Check manufacture specs http://www.jensonusa.com/Redline-Monocog-Bike-2014 $11 https://www.amazon.com/KMC-Chain-Speed-Nickel-Plated/dp/B000AYFRUE Your chain is 1/2" x 3/32


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I think the ideal chain replacement would be the Sram PC-1. I use this on my single speed mountain bike and stand up and crank on it with no issues what so ever. The installation is very straight forward and the master link is very easy to use. I would definitely not recommend an old multi-speed chain for this application mainly because the PC-1 is so ...


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Don't just look. You can look by just moving your eyes. No, looking's not enough - you want to look. Don't point your eyes, don't even just point your head - point your chin where you want to go - you want your head up and leading your body. Every few seconds scream "LOOK!!" in your head (or out loud, doesn't matter to me) - and then look*. (Not just ...


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The problem going x1 from x2 is the chain line can end up being wrong. Its easier with an x3, you just use the middle position and can often get away with using the standard chain ring. With a 2x conversion you use spacers to get the chain ring into the correct position Refer Here, which usually required longer chain ring bolts than standard on a 2x. The ...


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I just checked two frames and forks drop outs. They all measured at least 9.5mm. They all allowed a 3/8" bolt to pass through. If you are having doubts about your particular frame, get a 3/8" bolt and see it fits. You also need to verify that the nuts will sit correctly in the front fork.The nut must sit flat on the fork not on top of the safety tabs (also ...


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Some suggestions: Follow someone else who better than you. Try to keep up - you'll be looking at where they are, ahead of you helps you anticipate whats coming up. Ride the same track in the dark, and its a whole new experience. Your light only throws so far - even the best ones only reliably show up 20 metres ahead and that tends to be a spot not a ...


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Just keep on doing what you're doing. To get good at anything, the easiest way is to keep doing that thing. As an aside, I find I descend a lot quicker when I'm wearing a cap with the peak down. I think that having the peak in my field of view forces me to keep my head up.


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First, you should understand how suspensions with lockouts work. Fluid suspensions(oil or air) like yours have a valve inside them that lets the fluid flow through at a constricted rate on the way up, and very quickly on the way down. This is what gives the dampening effect on suspensions. Lockouts effectively completely close off that valve. However, ...


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This happens everytime one replaces a component of the drivetrain since the original cable position is rarely restored. He needs to do something called indexing the gears. It is a common procedure and there are many good tutorials online explaining how to do it much better than I could. Here is one I'd trust-



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