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How to convert part or all of your bicycle from one type to another. For example, from a derailleur bike to a fixie; from an upright to a recumbent; or from dropbars to straight bars.

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Can I switch my bike from 28" tires to 26" tires if I am replacing everything?

I am completely stripping my hybrid 28" tire bike. I'm replacing the crank, the rims, and tires. I'm converting it to disc brakes and installing a 4-stroke motor. Am I going to run into problems?
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Fitting dropbars on Whyte 429 - advised road levers wont match Deore rear-mech, Alternative wanted matching rear mech/gravel shifters

I have a Whyte 429, aiming to switch to drop bars but not sure I can match the rear mech with Road/lever shifters. Seeking an alternative, i.e., installing a matching rear mech and road/gravel ...
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Can someone recomend compatible Road/Lever shifters to drive a Shimano Deore RD-M5020-SGS, Shadow Plus, 10 Speed rear mech

I have a Whyte 429 with the Deore SL-M4010, 10 Speed driving the Shimano Deore RD-M5020-SGS, Shadow Plus, 10 Speed rear mech. I want to put Gravel (Drop) bars on it because I simply find it so much ...
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Converting Belt Drive Bike With Paragon Sliders to Conventional Cassette

My internal gear hub broke on tour in Kenya, and now I'll need to convert my bike to use locally available parts. The frame uses Paragon Machine Works sliding dropouts who makes inserts which would ...
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Shimano Drop Bar shift+brake lever for 12S Deore XT/SLX build?

Thinking of converting a flat bar hybrid bike (2023 Canyon Pathlite 6) to a drop bar. Looking for a Shimano drop bar shift / brake lever that will work with my current transmission and brakes. SLX 12S ...
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Replacing a hanger mount derailleur with a direct mount derailleur

I got a low-quality walmart bike for free in decent condition. I am trying to make it rideable. I have given up on the stock derailleur and bought a cheap shimano tourney direct mount derailleur to ...
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Height-adjustable V-brakes?

I'm converting my Surly LHT from 26" to 650B, requiring to adjust the height of the V-brake pads. I have learned this can be done using a V-brake such as the Motolite by Paul Components 1. ...
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1 piece to 3 piece crank conversion

I wish to convert my 1 piece crank to a 3 piece crank. I have a conversion kit that presses into the bb shell and accepts a cartridge style bb. I went to order one and realized I have no idea what ...
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700c to 26in V-brake conversion

I have search high and low and feel like I’m kinda close to the solution but.. does anyone know if there is some sort of adapter that facilitates my V-brakes to be lower, offering me the chance to put ...
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Options for renewing drivetrain / upsizing crankset

I currently have a Shimano drive-train and am approaching replacement for the chain and cassette. All parts are Deore XT M780 Series except my cassette which is a HG500-10 11-25 I usually run a ...
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Twist and go front wheel conversion on existing ebike

I have new mid motor ebike (Raleigh) and I want to replace the front wheel with a twist and go front wheel conversion with its own separate battery only to get up hills and I will use existing pedal ...
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Can a Mavic Freewheel Body (HG11 B9) fit into a 28"Mavic Ksyrium Elite Wheel (that already has a Shimano freehub)?

I have a Campagnolo Chorus groupset and wanted to switch my rear wheel to a newer one. I found a Mavic Ksyrium Elite rear wheel (older series) that had a Shimano freehub in it. I have a Mavic ...
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How do I fit an e-hub motor axle that is too big?

I am converting my wife's Giant aluminium frame bike to electric by fitting a rear hub motor. The problem that I have encountered is that the e hub motor axle is much bigger than the original wheel. I ...
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Braking system conversion for Pashley Cargo Bike

I've picked up a Pashley Classic No.33 cargo trike and am turning it into a coffee trike. Once I've got an extra 120kg + my weight on there I'm aware I'm going to need a pretty good braking system. It ...
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Can electric trike be made stable?

I bought a Viribus electric trike, which came unassembled. My son told me not to try it by myself (76-yr-old grandma, not as strong as I once was). I have to say he was not entirely wrong - it was ...
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Can I attach a Rear Derailleur to this bike?

I really want to put a six-speed free wheel on here and a rear derailleur but I don't know if this bike will accept a RD. Does anybody know if I would be able to add a hanger or if I can do a Direct ...
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Is it possible to use brake levers with large-diameter fittings on a smaller-diameter handlebar?

I bought brake levers meant for 31.8mm handlebars (namely Tektro RL721, meant for cyclocross) some weeks ago, meaning to use them for a bike build which has a 20-something millimeter bullhorn ...
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What parts are required to convert a bicycle to a front-wheel drive e-bike?

My stepfather purchased a electrically driven front wheel hub. He has asked me to purchase all of the remaining parts required to convert his bicycle to an e-bike with this hub. He resides in Virginia ...
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Modify/hack rear derailleur cage size

I've listened that it is possible to modify the cage size of a rear derailleur. For instance reducing a long (SGS) to a medium (GS) or short (SS) cage size. Is it possible on all brands? Just shimano? ...
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Do I need to replace bottom bracket and/or cranks for road-to-fixed conversion?

I have a vintage race frame with a Shimano Dura Ace 7400 series double-ring crankset on a Shimano bottom bracket of some kind. I intend to use the frame to build a fixed gear bike. As I understand, ...
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Converting flat bar to drop bar on Trek 7500 FX

I would like to change the flat bars on my Trek 7500 FX hybrid to drop bars but I have been unable to find 3x9 shifters that work with hydraulic disc brakes. Does such a thing exist? Are there other ...
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Will this modern road bike hub fit in my 1990's MTB (130mm restoration)

I have a mid 1990's MTB with 130mm OLD between dropouts. In order to fit a 9 speed Hyperglide cassette I switched the wheel for a modern 135mm and removed spacers on the non drive side. Works like a ...
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Risk for road bike to gravel bike conversion

I'm considering changing the wheels on my specialised road bike, from road tyres to gravel tyres. This is to facilitate some light bike-packing in the summer months. My main concern is that the road ...
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Converter for quick release skewer to thru axle

I was wondering if there are any strong and durable converters out there for a quick release skewer to convert to a thru axle. I ride a MTB and need something that won't break or fail for me. I don'...
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Can I mount disc brakes and 650b wheels on this bike?

I've got an early-mid 2000's Trek touring frame, I think – got it about 6 years ago at a local bike co-op for my first (and only) ground-up build, and had it powder coated, and unfortunately I didn’t ...
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Can I convert a 1x9 speed bicycle to single speed by putting 9 identical cogs into cassette?

As the cogs in cassette seem separable, can it be converted into single speed by just putting the 9 identical cogs of the gear you like and retaining the rest of the gear mechanism as it was? Such a ...
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18 Speed Mountain Bike Single Speed Conversion

As of right now I currently have an Apollo 18 speed freewheel bike (3 Front and 6 Rear) I bought from Halfords but I have decided that I want to convert it into a single speed bike. This is because I ...
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Converting Threaded BB Shell To Press Fit Shell

I have a bike with worned thread on the BB bracket shell. I talked to a mechanic, and he said that is difficult to repair the shell. The main problem is that he and most bike mechanic here has no tap ...
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1x7 mtb electric conversion?

I picked up a '93 Marin Bear Valley SE from a vintage store and spent time restoring it (surface rust, old components etc). I was pleased with how it turned out and enjoyed riding it, nice old steel ...
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Can I upgrade my flat handlebars to drop handlebars [duplicate]

I have a Giant Escape 3 Disc https://www.martinsbike.com/product/giant-escape-3-disc-383035-1.htm I usually ride about 10 miles every day, and I really like the look and feel of drop handlebars. is it ...
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Why are IGH minimum gears expressed as ratios not contigent on wheel size?

I've wondered about this before, but I'm doing a Brompton Rohloff conversion for someone and the moment has finally arrived where it's not just a theoretical issue: Shimano and Rohloff both recommend ...
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Tiagra 4700 1x setup? looking for a rear derailleur and cassette combo

Triyng to convert a Specialized CrossRoads to a fun 1X setup. I have a flat bar 4700 10s shifter and i'm looking to complete it with a 10s rear derailleur. From my understanding, 4700 does have the ...
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I bought a brand new 26” Seachange beach cruiser that only has the brake in back tire rim when pushing pedals backwards! I am putting a motor kit on [closed]

As I started this project first thing I needed to do was pull the back tire off, remove the brake arm from the rim to be able to put the wheel for the motor chain on! Ok I was able to do said process ...
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Converting a derailleur to internal gear hub

I use my bike for commuting and trips around the countryside (about 400-500km per trip). I'm tired of changing the chain and gears (when I overdrive the chain's lifetime - my bad, I know) as often as ...
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How do I use a freewheel as a single-speed?

Can I disassemble a free wheel sprocket and use it as a single speed sprocket or I have to buy a single speed sprocket?
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Converting friction shifters to SIS or STI shifters

Edit: I'm now worried the main issue might be if it's at all possible to mount cable stops to the top mount position the cables exit the DT into the shifters. As I mentioned, I'm not there to take ...
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Another flatbar to dropbar conversion noob

I am thinking of changing my Boardman HYB to a drop bar setup. Trying to avoid having to change the entire group set if I being honest as I am on a tight budget. Currently, its Shimano Acera 2x9 and ...
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Shimano Deore as Gravel Bike

I have this MTB with Deore M5100 groupset (2 x 11 speed) and I want to convert this MTB to gravel bike. (Converting from straight bars to drop bars.) Is there any brifter compatible for this series? ...
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Converting to 3x from 1x

I have a Liv Alight commuter bike that was sold with a single chainring 38T with combined cranks. Its mated to a 7spd cassette 14T-34T. Would i just be able to get a regular shimano alivio/tourney ...
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Road bike to CX/Gravel conversion

I have a Cinelli Experience 2016 road bike with rim brakes that allows up to 28c tyres as per Cinelli's specifications. Somehow, Cinelli keeps mentioning it's fit for gravel as well. I'm looking ...
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Trek Checkpoint ALR 4 (2021)

I have a Shimano GRX RX400 long cage on my 2x10 Trek Checkpoint ALR 4 (2021). Can I change to an 11 Speed Cassette, GRX 600 Right Shifter and 11 speed chain to convert it to a 2x11 speed drive train. ...
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MTB to Drop Bar Conversion [duplicate]

I currently have a cheap begginer’s MTB. A Toseek Brandon 27.5er 1x8 with hydraulic disc brakes and I came across a circular drop bar handlebar close to my original flatbar diameter. Is there a ...
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Drivetrain 2x conversion to 1x

I wish to know more about converting a 2x to a 1x, especially the Force AXS eTap group set. I currently have a double chainring, but want to ditch the Front Derailleur and go to a single chainring. I ...
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Conversion to horizontal dropouts (for fixed gear), V-brake

If I convert vertical dropouts (as on picture) to horizontal dropouts as on youtube video by cutting and welding: . Will there be any challenges with the V-brakes ? If ...
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Can I operate more than one motorized wheel from one motor control unit?

Can you use 2 ebike wheels front and rear or two rear ones on a three wheeler tricycle but operated by the one controller?
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Convert single speed, steel framed, vintage track bike to geared

Is there any way to convert a steel framed single speed vintage track bike to a geared bike? I have a track bike with only the rails for the wheel but I've moved out of the city and there are more ...
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Convert track bike to geared

Is there any way to convert a track bike to a geared bike? I have a track bike with only the rails for the wheel but I've moved out of the city and there are more hills where I am now living so would ...
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Tektro HD-M290, change to a dropbar lever configuration. Which levers are compatible?

I want to change my cowboy flat handlebar to a drop bar. I have Tektro HD-M290 brakes and I'm searching for a compatible model of drop bar levers. The bicycle has automatic speeds, so I just need ...
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Convert road bike mechanical disc brakes to hydraulic

Im relatively new to road bikes, i was a mtb user my whole life. So i wanted to ask if its possible to change my road bike mechanical disc brake to hydraulic disc brake. I currently have the sora ...
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Converting hybrid to gravel bike, flat to drop bars and brifters?

I'd really like some advice on changing the bars on my bike to drop bars from flat. My bike is nothing special, but I really like it and would like to try to convert it, rather than buy a new bike. I ...
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