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managed to take lever apart, other then the pistons, because of retaining plastic piece

I have managed to take lever apart, other then the pistons, because of a retaining plastic piece, this would be removable, but is held onto the external part of the lever by a small needle sized ...
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Internal hub shifters vs derailleur shifters indexing?

What is the indexing like on the popular internally-geared hubs (shimano nexus and sram i-motion)? Can one use a 3-speed front shimano derailleur shifter (e.g. acera) for a 3-speed shimano nexus hub? ...
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Burning smell from rear rim cantilever smooth pull brakes

Engaging the rear brake results in a burning smell and significant brake wear, so bad that within just a hundred miles or so I caused significant loss of material on a brand new pad set. Looking at ...
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Shimano 105 5800 front derailleur hard to shift up

Hello i have a Shimano 105 5800 front derailleur but i have trouble using the low trim position. Shifting from the low to low trim is very hard and i have to overshoot it for the fd to move. This is ...
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Why does Shimano Nexus 3 internal gear feel differnt on 2nd gear with and without the pin and gear set up

I have a Windsor brand bike that has a Shimano Nexus 3 internal gear hub. Initially when I purchased the bike used it did not have the shifter. The chainring is 44 teeth and the cog is 22. It felt ...
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What can you do when a driver cuts you off?

Commuting into work by bicycle can be a serious challenge if you’re anywhere other than Amsterdam. I commute by cycling in London, about 6 km each way through busy parts of central London. Although I ...
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Why are all road bike frames now squashed parallelograms?

I am currently shopping for a road bike and have questions about current frame designs. My height is 6'3" and decade(s) ago I always liked frame designs for which the top of the seatstays joined ...
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How to create resistance in brake lever for v Brake

When I depress my front brake lever it just goes all the way to the handle bars offering no resistance and the brake pads apply little pressure to the rims Why is this and how do I fix my vbrake. ?
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PROMAX DECIPHER hydraulic brake hose replacement

I have a set of PROMAX Decipher hydraulic brakes and need to replace the hose cable (basically adapt these brakes to another bike and the cables length is longer). I would like to know how to split ...
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On a long smooth descent, do brakes really heat less with intermittent hard braking compared to dragging?

It is my impression (both from experience and from online opinions) that braking on a mountain bike is to be done in intermittent hard engagement of one or both brakes. The reasoning being that ...
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SRAM Force eTap AXS 2x12 compatible with Shimano 11-speed crankset and Shimano rim brakes?

I wish to upgrade my bike with the "SRAM Force eTap AXS 2x12 Upgrade Set"; this set would include the derailleurs and levers. The thing is, my current Shimano Ultegra 11-speed crankset (FC-...
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Loosen Thule Axle adaptor + hub adaptor

I recently changed my bike and need to migrate the Thule trailer axle kit. However I am unable to loosen the axle adaptor from the hub gear adaptor. These products: https://www.amazon.de/-/en/gp/...
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Hub motor is frozen!

I bought a 1500w motor & supposedly compatible controller from ebay. I put it together, and it worked good! I let it sit a few weeks. Hub is now FROZEN. it has ~2" of free roll then hard ...
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What to replace a rear Shimano RSX derailleur with?

I have a Shimano RSX 8 speed rear derailleur and on a 20year old bike. It starts to play up and I would like to replace it. Since the RSX-Series is not produced any more, I was wondering with which ...
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Is this level of wear okay on a new chainring

Very recently I bought my first new bike! I only did 750km on it so far. However the the chain rings are showing some level of wear, see picture. The teeth used to be all black, now you can see bits ...
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Safe to ride racing bike with dent in frame? (with images)

Through some relatives I got a Cannondale R700 2.8 bike for free, but it has a dent in the frame, and I heard from some people that it could be serious issue. So my question is, is it safe to ride ...
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Confirming: Bike tyres do not have date of manufacture stamped

Car tire/tyre manufacturers stamp the date of manufacture on the tyre. The idea is apparently that the rubber starts to deteriorate from that date, regardless of whether it has been installed. After a ...
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Road tyres and tubes for a mountain bike

A few years ago, I was given a very cheap dual-suspension 18 speed disc-braked mountain bike. Neither the giver nor I were very knowlegeable about bikes. I use it primarily for riding on the road, ...
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Crankset with one chainring and two chain guards?

I would like to custom build a crankset which would like the one I have on my ebike, but with more teeth. My current chainring is 52T, and I would like to go up to 58T. What I have is a four bolt, ...
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Are these N04C pads worn out or not?

I don't know how to tell myself so need help, please. It does look like there is still metal to be used for braking, but the brakes barely grab these and instead make a squeaking sound. I have ...
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What conditions are studless winter tires good in?

We're coming up on the time of year when the roads freeze overnight and thaw for the day, and studded tires are irritatingly loud on bare pavement. Because of this I'm thinking of getting the studless,...
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Derailleur Hanger Replacement

I have just replaced my derailleur hanger but it wont tighten properly the back keeps spinning so it never gets fully tight? Is there a special tool I need or is it meant to be like this?
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Replacement hardware

I have a number of mount holes and bottle cage holes that I am not using. Overtime the hardware has fallen out and I would like to replace it. However, I can find any replacement hardware at shops ...
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Crack in aluminum seat lug on carbon-aluminum frame

I recently bought this old road bike and just noticed this little crack. Any advice on how to handle this? Can I reinforce it somehow? It's aluminum and carbon fiber frame. Mahalo, Casey
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Whatever happened to the 4 x n derailleur drivetrains?

Around the mid-1990s I am positive I remember seeing bikes with 4 x n drive trains e.g. 28-speed (4 x 7 gears). There is nowadays a trend towards just 2 or even 1 front sprocket e.g. 1 x 12. More than ...
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120 BCD Chain ring compatibility

I am converting my merida silex from fsa omega bcd 120/90 bcd 2x9 to a 1x9 drivetrain. I am keeping the cranks and bottom bracket and trying to only change the rings. There are not many 120 bcd narrow ...
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How do I overcome pre-ride anxiety and sleep well before a long ride?

I would consider myself an advanced rider in that I’ve ridden a great many century (miles) rides, am an organizer of group road rides, and can change a flat in my sleep. I am not a racer. The problem ...
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"Private" roads in Virginia

So, a friend and I were out in Loudoun County, Virginia this weekend on a mixed-surface/gravel route that we got from a local bike shop. A few miles in, we are on a wooded two-track about a quarter ...
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V-Brakes squeal very loud when braking

I've been having this issue for about 3 months. The front V-Brakes squeal extremely loud when i fully engage them. This problem randomly started one day when i took my bike for a ride. At first it ...
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Tubeless ready tires remain porous after addition of sealant

This question is a follow up this question: Used tubeless ready tires leaking air (that were used previously with tubes) I'm trying to get a 'working tubeless' system, and the pressure keeps dropping (...
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What year, make , and model is this bike frame

The link, best as I can extract it: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPqwbpMKmSm-noaaUrWOg9vwT-NsmKlunFvknVfCcUNY7eJGKzgFoK3ShSC06o2dw?pli=1&key=dTNWYlFiVHJUenFNVHpZVEJQbkxRaG40ZGJsZFhB
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finding out what frame and model type i have [closed]

OK so the serial numbers on this frame I just acquired from a good friend are vSNMNG12B6996 The colour was originally red or maroon. Can you please tell me what it is ?
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Conway MS 529 vs MS 629 [closed]

I'm buying a new bike and I would appreciate your input on the differences between Conway MS 529 and Conway MS 629. The bike will be used for commuting the city as well as trail rides. Does anyone ...
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Help pick between BMC and Diamondback 29er hardtails [closed]

Looking to get a new 29er hardtail with a carbon frame, down to 2 options, need some help deciding. My most typical riding use case is get out early in the morning, do 20-90 miles on a mix of paved, ...
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One rear cog doesn't shift down

Recently, I have replaced a chain after noticing that the old one gained 0.75-1 percent of elongation. After that everything worked fine, i.e. shifting was consistent and smooth, drivetrain worked ...
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How to remove this skewer? A security feature?

I have this skewer but it seems to have, what looks like some sort of security feature and I can't figure out how to remove. Can anyone identify this or have any suggestions on how to remove it?
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Structural Stability of Carbon Rim

I recently purchased some carbon rims for my road bike and there appears to be some buldging forming around the rim. I'm no expert in carbon fibre and I was wondering whether the wheel is still safe ...
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Road bike shifter cable breaks too often: Shimano ultegra 10 [duplicate]

My rear derailleur shifter cable just broke for the third time in two years 5000 miles/ 8000km. I was lucky this time. It broke a mile from the end of a long ride. What am I doing wrong? Are there ...
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How to pick out a replacement rear derailleur

I have a Kent Nazz gravel bicycle. I am planning on making it a project bike to learn with. But I also really like the bike and how it feels. I got a Poseidon X also and I actually like the ride of ...
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I'm not sure if a torque wrench was used in assembling my carbon bike

I was given a brand new carbon mountain bike by my uncle, he assembled it himself about 18 days ago. My problem is that I am not sure if he used a torque wrench when he assembled the bike. I would ...
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GRX 815 STIs with XT 8120 4-piston caliper?

I want to use the XT 8120 4-piston caliper to my GRX 815 STIs to increase my braking power. After researching, I still haven't found a definite answer. I've also looked into the Hope RX4+ 4-piston ...
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1X11 build - align / slip / set up

Looking for advice on my 1X11 set up on a bike I’m (trying to) build: The chain slips off single front chainring, on the inside, when I move into biggest rear cogs (gear 1 or 2). When I align the ...
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How do I remove this hub?

I purchased a used set of wheels for an old Schwinn. I'm looking to replace the hub because when I put the old Schwinn front freewheel system cartridge on it, the spacer rubs quite badly against the ...
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Carbon rim white after applying Gorilla super gel glue - cause for concern?

Rode over a big nail the other day which not only went through the (tubeless) tyre, but also made a significant hole in the rim. Before retaping the rum, I applied Gorilla super gel glue yesterday to ...
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FD interchangeability between Shimano 105 and Claris

I would like to ask if I can change my FD into a Shimano 105 and my crank will then be Shimano Claris? Will there be any problem with it? I was supposed to buy a 105 crank but then my FD broke, so I ...
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How much do bikes improve over the years? [closed]

I have a Giant Escape 3 hybrid from 2013. I am curious if I were to buy a Giant Escape 3 2021 model, would it be equivalent to a 2013 Giant Escape 1 or even better? How much do bikes improve over ...
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Bike back wheel came loose a bearing fell out, safe to wheel to repair shop?

Had my back wheel come loose during a ride, and when I was pushing the bike one of the bearing balls fell out from the axle area I assume. Is it safe to push the bike to repair shop and how much ...
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failed brake bleed, lever is blocked up

My brakes are Shimano Saint. I tried bleeding my brake to identify a problem and no fluid went through. I took the brake lever off separately and pushed water through it, still blocked so I gathered ...
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Can mechanical disc brake overheat?

I'm 195cm and 95kg and today was the second time (in one year) my mechanical disc brake pads burned down and had to replace them. The guy in the service told me that mechanical disc brakes are not ...
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Bleeding brake lever impossible (sucks air)

I did the bleeding procedure for my Avid Elixir CR (hydraulic disc brakes), following the Avid service manual. While performing the last step, bleeding the lever, it seems that air was sucked in from ...

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