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Questions referring to the process of replacing current components and frames with newer, better versions

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New to bicycle riding. Questions about adjustments and upgrades

I just got my very first bicycle. At 30years old, I never ever rode a bicycle. I walked into a Walmart, bought the nicest looking mountain bike I could find, a 26" Havoc Men's Mountain Bike. My first ...
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What to throw money at when trying to level up your biking from an older, generic bicycle?

With the start of the global health crisis 2 years ago we re-discovered the joy of biking. By now my wife is really hooked on it and likes to bike a lot (judging by Google Fit she's done over 3000km ...
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How do I bring an old bike up to speed?

I'm an adult that is new to biking due to a triple whammy of a childhood aversion to effort, my family moving to a town on the side of a mountain with steep roads, and my bike getting run over by a ...
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When is it not okay to cheap out on bike parts?

Cycling is a very expensive hobby. So I tend to buy stuff not from famous brands like FSA and so on. But is it safe to do that? Cheap handlebars will send me flying like Superman one day. What parts ...
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Straight-pull spokes - worth it?

Straight-pull spokes have been around for awhile on MTB wheels, but mainly just on very expensive wheelsets (Mavic Deemax for example). Recently the better wheel component manufacturers have been ...
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Benefits and drawbacks of Dropper posts?

From what I've seen, the last couple of years saw a new product type come into light, and since its inception it has started to appear on bikes (such as this one, this one, or this one) as a stock ...
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Most effective upgrades on Road bike

Earlier this year I purchased my first road bike (a 2013 - Felt F75). I had never really ridden before, so I didn't want to spend too much money up front not knowing how much I would actually ride. ...
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Suggestions for progressive upgradation of bike

I have one bike, which is pretty cheap. It's a Mid-Level Mountain Bike of Motache (I tried to find a picture but, no luck). But, now I want to upgrade this bike progressively and change it into High ...
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Upgrade drivetrain to allow faster top speed

I have a bicycle with a Shimano Altus 2x9 drivetrain. It has 36 and 22 tooth chainrings and a 11-34 tooth cassette. I am hoping to upgrade this to extend its high range (i.e. 36/11) without ...
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I find that I'm always in my highest gear. What options to I have to re-distribute the ratios to a more useful range

I have three gears in the front and 8 in the back, but I always use the highest gear (I live in a flat place) I might drop down one or two gears occationally but this is only a small fraction of the ...
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Why would higher fork contribute significantly to breaking the frame?

When I recently cracked my frame near the headtube, every bike shop that I went to, asked me explicitly "Did you put a longer travel fork?". Putting aside that apparently fork travel and fork crown ...
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How to test bike after upgrades?

I've just finished my first 'big' bicycle related project in order to start and complete a small challenge of at least 100 days of riding a bike in 2017 :) This project consisted of completely ...
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Improve my hill climbing gear ratio on my Cannondale CAAD8

I own a Cannondale CAAD8 and absolutely love it. However it's not the greatest hill climber and I am considering on getting a bigger cassette to improve my ride experience on hills The current bike ...
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Restoring/modernizing an old cheap(ish) bike

tl;dr;? Just see bullet points below... My mom recently gave my wife her old Raleigh Horizon bike. She must have gotten it around the year 1990, and there's no way she spent much on it (she's kinda ...
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Custom bike to offer smoothest possible ride on bad roads

So, I am in a peculiar situation - due to an injury, shaking in any direction leads to pain and my condition is improving very slowly. I'm looking to find/customize a bike so that it offers me the ...
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Upgrading my chainring

Long story short, I have a 30t chainring and a 14-38t freewheel for a 7-speed configuration. The 7th gear is barely a workout and 6th gear is more like a 4th or 5th gear. It’s a terrible ...
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What are the possible upgrades for a 40-year-old Bottecchia 10 Speed?

I have a 40 year old Bottecchia (entry level model) that I took for ride yesterday after letting it sit for 20 years. Just inflated the tires and oiled the chain and off I went. The tires and brake ...
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Will I need a new derailleur when changing to a higher ranged cassette?

I want to upgrade my bike cassette. Currently I'm using single chainring 53T with 7 speed cassette 14-28T. I'm dying when riding hilly a road. Thinking of upgrade the cassette to Hyperglide 12-32T ...
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Tools needed to perform groupset overhaul

I'm looking at buying the new Shimano 105 5800 equipment for my bike. It is a 2010 Specialized Allez (Sport Triple) and still has its basic Sora components that it came with. I asked my local bike ...
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upgrading an old bike gears and shifter

I don't have a whole lot of knowledge on this, but here goes. I have an old Murray Ultra mountain bike (prob. 15 yrs.+). It is a 15 speed bike, with a 5 speed freewheel. The whole Shimano system is ...
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Upgrading crankset on mountain bike - what are my options

I have a cheap old rockrider 5.0 mountain bike also known under the btwin brand. Bit by bit I'm trying to improve it's performance as a road commuter bike. So far I've changed the rear wheel to a ...
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What will be the easiest/cheapest way to get lower gearings on my "new to me" road bike?

I've recently become the proud new owner of a lovely late 90's steel road bike with some not so lovely "old school" gearing (53/39 chainrings and 11-25 8 speed cassette). As someone who both ...
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Replaced Shimano Bottom Bracket, now front derailleur won't shift to largest gear

OK, so in my quest to get my old Trek 7000 ZX MTB running again after a long retirement, I am having an issue with replacing the bottom bracket. The bike came with a Shimano LP25 that is marked BC 1....
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Is there an improvement braking from the hoods from Shimano Sora 3500 to Sora R3000?

I'm struggling to brake from the hoods on my first drop handlebar second hand bike although braking from the drops is fine. I read on this site somewhere that older Shimano Sora ergonomics were ...
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Are older road bike parts compatible with newer standards? How do older and newer bikes match up performance wise?

I'm a big mountain biker and looking to get into road biking. However, I don't want to drop $1,500 on a new or relatively new road bike without being sure I'd want to stick with it. Anyway, I found ...
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Narrow or comfort saddle?

I have just purchased an e-bike that came with a wide "comfort saddle". I am used to riding a hybrid with a narrow saddle, and that seat was very comfortable on long trips. Should I replace ...
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Should I update my Bontrager Litespeed mountain bike?

I have Bontrager Litespeed frame mountain bike, custom-built back in 1996. it hasn't been ridden much and been stored. Still in excellent shape. I'm no longer going mountain biking and thinking of ...
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Upgrading gears from microshift to Shimano

I have a Firestorm 29D (3 * 8 gears, 24 total) bike. The shifting is not smooth at all. I would like to upgrade my rear derailer and shifters or groupset to Shimano altus or any other. Kindly suggest ...
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Sealant in inner tubes: what's the difference?

I was thinking of converting my wheels to tubeless but my rims and tyres are not tubeless ready. I just recently learned that I can add tyre sealants into inner tubes. Can it prevent pinch flats like ...
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What do I need to know when replacing my cassette?

I'm looking to replace the cassette on my bike with a smaller version, as I find I'm only ever using the top ring of my chainring (except once recently during rain-ageddon). What do I need to know ...
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Best derailleur compatible with 1.7 pull ratio?

I want to replace my Tourney 7spd with something else, but my cassette isn't compatible with an upgrade to anything else, so 7spd is what I have to stick with. I know I have to stay within the 1.7x ...
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How can I know if a crankset is compatible with my bike without physically seeing it?

I'm using Shimano Tourney TX right now and would like to upgrade. I can only shop online and can't visit physical bike shops. I'm leaning towards SORA R3000 but I'm not sure if it has the same BB size ...
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Best Way to Upgrade My Bike

About three months ago I bought a second hand bike for £70; to be honest it is reasonably good. Current setup for gears is a 2 x 18 (38-48 front, 13-28 rear). As far as I can tell it's not a branded ...
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Choose medium or long cage?

I am upgrading (or downgrading ? :P) my MTB to 1x, currently on compact 2x10. I will be changing chainring, derailleur and cassette. I will get 11-42 Sunrace MS3 10-Speed Cassette. Also Shimano XT ...
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9-speed system to 11-speed drivetrain upgrade?

I am currently upgrading my bike from a 9 speed to an 11 speed system. I am currently using shimano 105 components and will continue to use them within the new system. Current bike has a shimano 105 ...
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Are Claris(ST-2400) shifters drop-in replacements for St-2300s?

I've got 2300s on my bike. I don't much like the little thumb levers. I'd like to upgrade to Claris shifters, but I need to minimise the costs. Can I just change the shifters? They're both 8 speed (...
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How do to determine if an adapter is needed for disc brakes and rotors?

I have an old older (not too old) bike that already has disc brakes, but I would like to replace them with a totally new set and new rotors. How can I determine if a given replacement (caliper and ...
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Upgrading from 9 speed to 11 speed on Giant Defy 3

If I were to upgrade from a complete Shimano Sora R3000 9 speed groupset to a complete Shimano Ultegra 6800 11 speed groupset (excluding hub) on a Giant Defy 3, do I need to get a new hub too or can I ...
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Would using compressionless brake housing for derailleur be a problem?

... since derailleur cables are a smaller diameter? Would they be too loose in the bigger housing? The housing might also not fit the shifter hole. Any thoughts on this? The 'why' behind the ...
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What type of brake is this?

Update - As Daniel pointed out in the comments below, this is an unusual type of roller cam brake that is fixed to the fork using a single bolt through the fork rather than cantilever fixings I have ...
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Converting to 1x11 SRAM drivetrain with 8/9/10-speed HG Freehub

I currently have a 3x9 Shimano drivetrain, and I'd like to replace the current Shimano 9-speed rear derailleur/shifter/cassette and front derailleur/3 chainrings with the SRAM PG-1170 11-32T cassette, ...
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Can I upgrade a Norco Yorkville for a 260 pound rider plus cargo?

Hello I have a 2017 Norco Yorkville. I was breaking rear spokes so bought a better rim with tougher spokes. Now my suspension seat post is wobbling. What else can I upgrade on the bike for a 300 pound ...
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Disk brakes swap on a new road bike with rim brakes

I am planning on buying an Atomic Covert road bike. Can I put disk brakes on it? Are there adapters for rigid forks/road bikes or do I need to replace parts?
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Changing from rigid to suspension fork

I have a White AX 290 FF 20 that I have converted to an e-bike. I'm also planning to add a suspension fork to it. My budget is approximately 100€/120 dollars. Do you have any recommendations for the ...
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Is it cost-effective to upgrade an old-ish Giant Escape R3 commuter bike with entry-level branded parts (wheels, drivetrain)?

I'm currently using a 5 year-old Giant Escape R3 (2015)(https://www.giant.co.jp/giant15/bike_datail.php?p_id=00000060) hybrid bike that I bought used (down to $400 from $500 retail price) from a bike ...
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Budget Chainring Upgrade

Ive got a 2018 Halfords Carrera Valour 18" 24 speed mountain bike which I use regularly. I cant afford to splash out on a new bike so was planning to do some basic budget upgrades to help with ...
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7 or 8 speed cassette?

I'm riding a Schwinn GTX 2 and using it to learn things on. I am new to fixing newer bikes. I've changed to Altus front and rear derailleurs. Now I'm about to put on a gearset of the same. I've got ...
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Can I 'upgrade' a 9 speed Tiagra RD to Sora to lower my gears?

My girlfriend has an oldish Cannondale CAAD8 bike with Tiagra 9 speed triple. The rear derailleur is the RD-4500 GS with a 12-26 cassette. The front is a 50-39-30. She'd like to get a lower bottom ...
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Upgrading Gates CDN to CDX-EXP

First of all I will start with the fact that I'm completely new to the world of hardware related to bike parts. But I must say I ride my bike a lot. My everyday commute is roughly 40-50 km. I drive a ...
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Have to replace the groupset of my Breezer (Altus/Deore) but want to upgrade to another group

The drivetrain of my trekking bike ( http://archive.breezerbikes.com/2017/Breezer/liberty-3r3 ) has worn down and is finally in need of replacement. I was wondering if it would make sense and be ...
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