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Is it safe to run disc brakes up front on a mountain bike that lacks a disc caliper mounting point in the rear?

Upon sharing my thoughts in an answer to a Bicycle Stack Exchange question, I wondered about my suggestion to use a disc brake up front on a frame that, lacking a disc brake caliper mounting point at ...
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Relation of rebound setting and pedal choice

I used to ride clipless pedals all my MTB life and have recently switched to flat pedals because I feel that having my feet free makes me experiment more with my riding technique and progress faster. ...
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Rear Suspension Setup

So the situation is, about six months ago I got myself my first full sus trail bike Trek Fuel ex7. For the most part, loving it. Over that time I've had a number of spills, the most recent resulting ...
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New Schwinn 700c (bike in a box) assembly

I just got my bike delivered and having more difficulty than I thought putting it together. After buying proper tools it should be okay. Aside from set up tips, does the suggestion about like ...
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Setup for heavy rider and DB 29" overdrive

As a heavy rider (~135kg 300lbs), I got a Diamondback Overdrive 29" bike to help me lose weight. After riding a few times with my family, my rear wheel keeps deflating/bursting. I have read previous ...
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Bmx tire hole. Won't pump up!

So I found a small thorn in my tire. It did make a hole in my tube so I replaced it after trying many solutions. My question: I'm wondering if because there is a hole in the tire but not the tube, why ...
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Can adjusting handlebar height help reduce hand numbness?

Riding my mountain bike on the roads in experiencing tingling and numbness in my hands, especially the left, after 10-15 minutes. It's intermittent and I can disperse it by wiggling my hand when it's ...
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Is there a “conventional” configuration for mounted accessories?

Many different types of bike accessories as designed to be mounted via somewhat-conventionalized braze-ons: These braze-ons most often are on the down tube and occasionally on the seat tube and nearly ...
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Is it ok to extend/straighten legs fully while pedaling and will it give me maximum power? [duplicate]

When I first got my bike, I had the saddle too low and I experienced some pain in my right knee while riding. I seem to have "fixed" this problem by raising it some. However, that got me thinking... ...
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Is bike fit really needed?

I'm having neck pains and muscle cramps when I go for long rides (> 90kms) . I don't know if the reason is due to big kms or is it the fit of the bike. I live in India where a bike fit costs 12000 INR(...
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Credibility of my Bike fit

I have been an cycle enthusiast from my school days and I got a merida scultra 901 road bike recently. However I am facing difficulties while I go over 60-70kms in a single go. Though i complete a ...
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How do I setup these brakes?

I recently bought a bike from bikes direct (The kilo TT stripper). Its a fixed gear bike that came with a front and rear brake. I was able to setup everything but the brakes. The brakes are: Front/...
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Alternative options for Trek FX 7.1 brakes

Around four months ago my parents bought me a Trek FX 7.1 for my birthday while I was at work. At first I was fairly excited and happy with it over my old Supercycle which served me well for the past ...
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Differences between symetrical and asymetrical brake pads for cantilever / v-brakes

What are the functional differences of the 'long tail' brake pads (more pad on one rear facing side of the post than the front side) versus the symmetrical (same amount of pad on either side of the ...
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Brakes, rims or seatpole

I've recently changed my bike from a hardtail to a full sus. The only thing I could afford was the new frame. so new frame old pats :) now I have some more euros and a want to buy some new parts where ...
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Setting up a bicycle for someone with restricted knee articulation

My father, now in his 70's, had a left knee replacement several years ago. He has limited movement in that knee - probably about 85 degrees on a good day. His knee can extend fully, but cannot bend as ...
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Calluses on palms/Pressure on hands - what to do?

I've been cycling for several years, but recently I developed calluses on the pads of my palms. I'm referring to small raised lines, similar to those you would get from weightlifting. And, by the ...
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My bike leans to the right. What should I check?

The bike I use to commute - a cheap, no brand city bike - is unbalanced, and naturally leans to the right. This is not noticeable normally, but it's enough to make riding without the hands on the bars ...
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Is there an optimal postion for SPD cleats?

I bought some SPD clipless pedals and shoes at the beginning of the season, and I want to make sure I'm getting the most out of them. There is quite a bit of distance I can move the cleat forwards ...
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I often get a sore neck when riding. How can I adjust the setup of my bike to help prevent this happening?

Quite often if I'm riding for longer than about an hour I get a sore neck. I assume that I can make some adjustment to my mountain bike to help prevent or reduce the soreness, but I don't know what. ...
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How have you setup your tri-bars?

I'm getting some tri-bars for Christmas and I've been told by the bike shop how to set them up on the bike, but I'd like to get some tips from lots of different people. Up-close photos would be great. ...