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What do I do about a hydraulic disk brake piston that won't retract correctly?

My dual piston Shimano XT brakes are acting strange... One piston won't return to the right place, so one brake pad can be rubbing all the time, which doesn't let my wheel spin freely... I have done ...
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Hose Clamp Salsa Watter Bottle Cage to Rigid Fork with No Sliding (Gravel)

Last year, I used some plastic clamps I bought from a LBS to mount two stainless steel Salsa water bottle cages to my rigid fork as shown in this picture: Unfortunately, the plastic clamps wouldn't ...
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700x25c tubes inside 700x23c tyre

I'm riding on 700x23c tyres with 700x23c tubes, road bike. I've obtained a box of 700x25c tubes. While I'm taking the approach that it's always best to fit the correct size, I'd like to either use, ...
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Mounting Stiff Metal Fender with Strive Bolts

I am trying to mount a metal fender on my bike that was formerly a cross bike. I explicitly moved to this one (used) because the "crossy", plastic ones tend to slip to one side or another, and are not ...
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What is this fender part called and where do I get one?

My bike came with this plastic bracket thing that holds the fender to the fork arch. It's very convenient and now I want to buy another one. Unfortunately, I cannot find this part anywhere online, and ...
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Strategies against getting blinded by oncoming cars

When I ride on a bike path alongside an unlit road in the dark, I find myself blinded by the lights of oncoming cars, even when their lights are dimmed. This is even more true if the bike path is on ...
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Can I use a 26x2.0 tyre? [duplicate]

Hello first time posting here! I am not a mtb expert so I'm sorry for the noob question here :D I have a beginner mtb which is 5 years old and I will have to change my tyres as they have worn out. My ...
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chain / cassette / chainrings replacement ratios - how often to you usually replace cassettes & chainrings per number of replaced chains?

I'm looking to get other riders experiences with how often cassettes and chainrings usually have to be replaced per the number of chain replacements. On my 2 road bikes I usually find roughly the ...
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FOX FLOAT CTD Evolution oil leak :(

I have a FOX FLOAT CTD Evolution LV 184x44mm, which worked fine in the summer, afther the cold weather arrived, and I started to ride under 15C, it started to leak some oil. It was pretty nasty, but I ...
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Are disc brake rotors interchangeable between brands?

I have Tektro HD-R310 brakes, with center lock rims, using the new and only center lock rotors from Tektro TR160-35 Well after 2 months of driving in winter, i already notice some rust on the rotors (...
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Stiff, hard to use poplock, rockshox recon silver

My bike is equipped with front suspension Rockshox Recon Silver with PopLock remote lock. The use of that control is VERY stiff and HARD to lock (very easy to unlock though). Every time I need to ...
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How would I go about getting this Zefal pump to work with a Schrader valve?

I have a seemingly well-functioning Zefal pump that I'm unable to identify that has a head on that I'm also unable to identify (maybe it's just Presta?). All my family's bikes use Schrader valves. ...
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Can I convert Kiddicarrier jogger to a bike trailer?

Kiddiecarrier jogger/stroller. Any tips on how to convert/attach to a bike?
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Is it safe to bolt my single-speed chainring to the other side of the crank?

Background: I converted a 21-speed bicycle to single-speed by removing the derailleurs and installing a single-speed freewheel and crankset. The chainline is no longer straight, and I would like to ...
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New to cycling, wrist pain while cycling [duplicate]

Started cycling last week. While riding cycle I am feeling like falling down on the bar, wrist gets pain, is it normal (my height is 5.6 and MTB cycle size is 18.5)?
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I replaced my rear hub, but I'm not sure about how to attach the derailleur

I'm new to working on bikes and have been unable to find an answer via the internet, which, too be honest, is probably really simple. I got a bike just for riding around the city that had a cheap hub ...
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Wear on an IGH by pre-selecting gear under power

I have a bike with an 11 speed alfine IGH in the rear wheel. It works fine, and I am comfortable riding it. When accelerating hard or sprinting for some reason, I've noticed its possible to change ...
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Understanding e-bike power/torque

In the UK e-bikes are currently limited to a maximum of 250W assistance if you wish to use them on public roads. However, it seems that the motors do vary in terms of the available torque - from ...
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Touring vs race bike [closed]

I am Fabrizio, completely new in this forum full of experts, considering myself somebody who wants to take his very first steps at biking on the roads. I started to live in the Netherlands since 2 ...
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Replacement fork has forked up my bike [closed]

A little while ago, a year or so, I changed the cheapish steel fork on my commuter for a cheapish carbon bladed fork I had hanging around. The headset on the bike is a little non-standard but the shop ...
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Changing my crank on a track bike and it wont turn

I bought a new crank for my bike, when fitted tight the crank is stiff to turn as I think it is rubbing against the bottom bracket housing. Any advice on what to do, have I bought the wrong crank?
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Vulcanizing cement question? [closed]

I was sent vulcanizing cement instead of rubber glue. I need a strong glue for LED strip lights. Everywhere I go looking for vulcanizing cement answers leads to tires, but not what all else it can be ...
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Can wearing padded cycling shorts versus regular shorts affect the adjustments during a bike fit?

Can wearing padded cycling shorts versus regular shorts affect the adjustments during a bike fit? My bike fitter who uses the Retul system requires tight fitting shorts so that the LED markers don't ...
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New rear wheel to 8-speed Shimano Citybike, don't know what to look for

My current rear wheel wont rotate around the hub anymore, so I need a replacement. I don't know what to look for, but I have this info: Bike is an Avenue Airbase, dont know how old, but more than 3 ...
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How many miles will one set of drum brakes last?

I am looking for a complete maintenance schedule for drum brakes so I can find out how long they last. Adjustment Pad replacement Hub replacement And if that length of time is similar with coaster ...
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is the dry blue manufacturer-applied threadlocker the “stick” version?

I bought some blue threadlocker in a little squeeze tube, and it is a very runny and drippy liquid. Is the substance that comes pre-applied to screws and is dry to the touch just the "stick" version ...
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Identifying Specialized bike

I need help identifying the specs of this Specialized bike. The frame is carbon fiber and has a Diverge logo, it's a mens bike. Bought mid last year. The tires were thinner track tires but changed for ...
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Help Identifying BMX

My old bike which I inherited from my sister back in the 80s. Would love to do this up for my children, maybe get it sandblasted and resprayed. But would love to find the replacement stickers and ...
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Older Shimano Road Brake Levers vs Newer Ones Quality (SLR vs Super SLR)

I'm owner of relatively new (non STI) levers of low Sora/Tiagra level, they are Shimano bl-r400 (Super SLR). Now i'm thinking of replacing them with pretty Dura Ace BL-7402 (SLR). These come from ...
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Rear wheel touch frame during off saddle sprint

bike: Cervelo S2 Photo wheels: Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon (wheel is true) tyres: Continental Grand Prix 4000S II 23mm Problem is that during off saddle sprint my rear tyre touch the frame and makes ...
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Why can't a child bike seat be mounted on a carbon frame?

I have bought a BoBike junior bike seat for the rear of my bike which is a Cargo bike but the seat instruction says it can’t be mounted on carbon frames, baffles me as to why?
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How big are pull ratios in Shimano 9-speed front derailleurs in MTB and road bikes?

I am asking about 3x9-speed front derailleurs. The background this time is longer than the question -- I have a Sora based gravel bike and now I try to marry road shifter with MTB front derailleur ...
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Heavier riders on bike trainers?

I'm 300-350 pounds (136-158 kg). Is this too heavy for trainers such as a Tacx Neo or Wahoo Kickr? Their specifications say 250-275 pounds, so I'm interested in options for heavier riders.
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need help what to do? [duplicate]

I have 3 old bikes all have been in a shed out of the weather for about 20 to 25 years. tires are rotted. on has a front fork suspension not working. #1 is a Trex zx 6500 #2 Giant Ricon girls bike and ...
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How much of a difference would shifting from a (24/34/44, 14x28) to a (28/38/48, 11x34) configuration make when going downhill?

I currently have a Proton MTB with a 24/34/44 crankset and a 14-28 cassette. I have found the configuration to be lacking when going downhill: The front chain ring doesn't feel stiff enough on the ...
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Why aren’t there more tricycles with rear disk brakes (between the two rear wheels)

Just curious if anyone has seen these before, it would be a rare bird. I'm looking for a trike where the mount for the rear disk brake is mid-axle between the two rear wheels. What are the technical ...
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Bosch 400Wh battery first led only is flashing and refuses to charge [duplicate]

On a long trip with a lot of wind my 400Wh battery went empty.When i tried to charge it at home it refuses to charge. The first of the five leds is flashing. Strange because in the manual is written 1,...
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Where to find replacement Clarks Skeletal right brake? [closed]

I had completely fixed a stuck piston, when I bloody managed to perfectly snap a reservoir screw so I have no chance of removing it. I’ve had a look online, but I can’t find anywhere selling either ...
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Folding electrical tape around the bar tape as it reaches the middle of the handlebars

So.... I saw a bike parked up at work with drop bars and bar tape that looked interesting. As the bar tape reached the middle of the handlebars rather than wrapping electrical tape around the end to ...
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Shimano downtube shifters 3x7 speed

I have an old road bike with 3x7 speed and STI levers. I need to downgrade it because I can't reach the levers due to my small hands. What downtube shifters can I buy to that will work with my ...
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Tubeless vs Tubeless ready

I've decided to upgrade to road tubeless. Hutchinson sells both "Tubeless" and "Tubeless Ready" tires. According to Hutchinson' website, Tubeless Ready means that (in addition to having a special bead)...
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Replace Viner Settanta seat post securing wedge

My seat post wedge has been removed. There seems to be loads of different styles and shapes depending on the make and model of frame. Does anybody know if any other makes will fit it as having trouble ...
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Tubeless Tyre Repair

Last year I got a puncture in my tubeless tyre from a chunk of glass during a multi-day 500 mile ride (see photo below). The sealant did its job quickly and efficiently, and the seal has held without ...
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Is 700c 25/32 iner tubes the same as 700c 18/25?

I'm trying to replace inner tubes on my bike but I got ones that do not match the one that I am taking out of a wheel.
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How wide is a 2.2" MTB tire?

I brought my MTB into reputable local bike shop to swap out a worn 5 year old tire. Front and back had 2.2" tires that were actually 2.2" wide. Mechanic says he has a new tire of the same kind ("...
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Crank power meter incompatible with my bottom bracket

I have received a 4iiii crank power meter 170mm length that I can't install on my Merida trainer bike because it has square taper bottom bracket. What would be the cheapest way to have it installed? ...
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Is it possible that the gears switched from left to right?

I'm 100% sure that my gear levers on the right side are for my front gears and the ones on the left side are for changing the rear gears. After a muddy ride today it seemed that this changed. I was ...
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Swap Shimano/SRAM freehub for Campagnolo

Through my work I am able to get a set of freewheels pretty cheap (less than 100€). I know they are not super special but they are still an upgrade to my current ones. Here are the wheels: https://...
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Hole in fork crown welding seam

Some time ago I noticed a clicking noise somewhere in headset area. Noise appears under pressure, also it clicks when I tightening the headset. First thought was that problem is with headset bearings, ...
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Is it safe to use a bike tire that was on a wheel that got tacod?

My bike recently got into a crash (I was not on it) and both wheels were taco'd. Is it safe to take the tires off and use them on a different wheel? What could go wrong and what should I look out for?

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