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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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Converting a MTB to a Road Bike

I just bought a new MTB and am planning to change my previous MTB into a Road Bike. How do I do it? What kind of parts do I need to change or add or remove? I am not looking to for a full ...
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Mountain Bike on Paved Roads

I'm an occasional biker. I bought a mountain bike (nothing fancy) with the idea that I might use it off-road or on mountain trails (of which there are many here in Calgary). However, since I've bought ...
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Drop bar to flat bar conversion

Gearing 14-Speed Shimano A070 STI Crankset Prowheel Ounce 42/52T Double Chainring Alloy Crankset Shifters Shimano A070 STI Front Derailleur Shimano Claris Rear ...
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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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I'm changing from 8-speed to 10-speed will I need to replace my rear Hub?

I've dug an old road bike out of the garage for the winter and need to upgrade the drive-train, I'm happy about most of what I need but but I'm not sure about the rear hub (an old Shimano Ultegra).. ....
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Converting an existing cyclocross bike to disc brakes

I have a bike (Surly Crosscheck) that is used for commuting and cyclocross. As it's a bit older and disc brakes were not legal for 'cross until recently, it has cantilever brakes for optimal mud ...
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How do I know if I can replace the 27 inch wheels with 700c wheels on my bike?

I recently purchased an 80's Japanese bike off craigslist called "Jupiter King." It has 27 inch tires but I want to switch to 700c for greater wheel/tire selection. I specifically want some nice ...
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Can I convert a road frame to a mountain bike?

Some years ago, I picked up a Cannondale R3000 and moved all the components to my current bike as an exercise in bike building, never repeated (in fairness, the Cannondale fit me a little better but ...
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Bottom bracket conversion with rare cups

I'm asking this question as I'm interested in the community opinion in the idea of "am I taking the right path" or "is there a better way". tl;drl; - scroll to the bottom, please. Namely, almost ...
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How to convert a multi-speed bike to single-speed with coaster brake?

Now I don't want to take all the credit for this bike, but I'm pretty sure Trek must've lovingly had me in mind when they made this. I mean come on. This bike is awesome. Buying their beach cruiser ...
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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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Removing rear hub end caps (Mavic Allroad Pro)

I've just bought a Mavic Allroad Pro wheelset and I want to convert the rear hub from 12x142 to 10x135 configuration. I bought the 10x135 adapters (highlighted in red in the attached image, it's a ...
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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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What do I need to research to switch to an internally geared hub?

I have a bike that I rather like, but it's geared entirely for high-speed road bike type work. It's fantastic on the flat areas of the route that I take every day, but I also have a couple of serious ...
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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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Is there any kind of adapter to mount v-brakes or cantilevers to a frame that's not designed to accommodate them?

I have an aluminum single-speed frame that was marketed as a fixie. I'm wanting to convert it to a single-speed commuter. (I'm getting older and the fixie doesn't agree with my knees anymore.) It has ...
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Converting my old mountain bike to a cyclocross

I have a 1992 Bridgestone MB-4 that I am converting to a cyclocross bike. It is a 3 x 7 (21 gears). I am going to put down bars on it and to change the older over shifters and brake levers. As it ...
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Replacing quick release wheel with ebike - motored wheel

I intend to upgrade my FireFox Sniper V to electric, by replacing the front wheel with a motorised kit wheel. My question is that the wheels (both) are quick-release: is it safe to motorise this bike....
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Converting my Raleigh Equipe to a single speed: Can I use a conversion kit?

I am a complete bike novice and am trying to convert my raleigh equipe road bike into a single speed (after a plastic bag blew out my rear derraileur). I have purchased a single speed conversion kit: ...
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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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MTB Conversion For Lighter Commuting

Just want some opinion. I have a MTB bike, but I want to make it lighter. So here are some of my thoughts currently on what I think I should change: 700c rims and tires Cantilever brakes Rigid fork ...
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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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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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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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Conversion to single speed: crankset specs?

I picked up a cheap frame recently which came with bottom bracket, 3x speed chainring, crank arms and pedals, handlebars, forks, and front & rear rim brakes. I've removed the chainring and right ...
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