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Are carbon road bikes robust enough to use off-road?

Regardless of the tire clearance, could I use my carbon road bike off road too? Can it handle the stress and load? Wont it break ? Does a road bike needs to be more robust to handle the offroad, ...
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Can I fix or replace the quick release lever on my thru axle?

I've got a problem with the quick release lever on the front thru axle of the bike I use for a short commute (a several-years old Motobecane Fantom Cross Outlaw, FWIW). The last time I tried to ...
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1answer
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Are there any cheap, wide tubular front wheels?

I was recently involved in a crash, which has cracked my front clincher wheel. I'd like to give tubulars a go and would like a wide rim so that I can fit some 700c x 25-28 mm tyres without the tyre ...
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2answers
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Smartphone mount: stem mounted vs top tube

For those of you that have tried these, I'm wondering if the stem (or even bar) mount is preferrable over the top tube mount? Seems like having the top tube mount means you have to look further back (...
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1answer
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Magura HS33 brake pads strongly pressed against rim, despite adjusting screw fully open. Too thick? Wrongly installed?

I have a Magura HS33 with EVO2 mount bought some years ago. I replaced my Magura HS33 brake pads. I have turned the brake lever adjusting screw as far open as it gets, but the brake pads are too far ...
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1answer
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What is the top sprocket?

I am reading the Shimano specs and I cannot figure out what is the "top sprocket". An example: https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/product/component/sora-r3000/RD-R3000-SS.html "Low sprocket" (I couldn' ...
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8answers
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How can I cycle in winter while not being able to change work clothes?

I started recently to bike to work, where we have a shower and I can change clothes. However recently I also started attending an evening course, where there is no place to change. So when I commute ...
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What's the proper way to fit a hybrid/commuter bike?

What's the proper way to fit a hybrid/commuter bike? Most detailed bike fit articles seem to apply to road bikes but not so much for hybrid/commuter bikes which cycle commuters, recreational cyclists,...
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Identifying replacement freehub

I’ve been tasked to source a replacement freehub, any ideas what this type would be? Might be obvious forgive my ignorance! Forgot to mention, it’s from a Marin bike. That’s all I know so far
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Fat Tire Bike versus Road Bike [closed]

If I ride 20 miles on my Road Bike, what is that equivalent to on a Fat Tire Bike? More specifically (and technically), I would like to know how far I would end up riding on a Fat Tire Bike using the ...
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1answer
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What brand is my chain?

It has '3f-2' stamped on the plates but I can't tell what the brand is. Thank you.
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Are there folding bikes with safer - locked steering?

I see folding bikes have several more quick releases and possibly fail points - to fold in half and fold the steering column down, and connect the handlebar to steering column. The really awkward ...
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Pump for small tires

What is the best pump for small bike tires with narrow spokes? The pump head we have is large and is hard to place over the valve on our 20 inch tire. I've tried pump extenders but they are screw ...
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2answers
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How to find replacement crank arm?

recently the crank arms on my Nishiki Colorado Comp 27.5 bike failed. I must’ve struck an obstacle with my pedals during my ride yesterday, because on the way home I noticed the right pedal was bent ...
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1answer
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How do I keep wrinkles out of tubeless rim tape?

I just set up my Surly My Other Brother Daryl rims to run tubeless. They are 80mm rims and this is my first time setting up tubeless. I used Surly's official tubeless kit for those rims. I believe ...
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1answer
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How to install pre bled brakes with internally routed frame

I have a 2017 Salsa Mukluk with an internally routed rear brake. I bought Shimano XT hydraulic brakes to replace the low end mechanicals that came on the bike. My problem is that the brakes came pre-...
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Correct Frame Size Trekking Short Legs

There seem to be two heuristics for determining frame size without testing a bike: inner leg length and body height. I have an inner leg length of 85cm and a body height of 192. According to my inner ...
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Cause of severe brake judder?

I've got a 2018 Canyon Exceed (XC mountain bike) that has recently developed alarming judder in the front brake (SRAM Level T), to the point that it makes the forks "twang" backwards and forwards, ...
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What is an equivalent or compatible chainring for this Deore XT “24-AM” chainring?

I have a 2012 Mountain Bike with Deore XT. While troubleshooting chain suck on my inner chainring, I figured I'd order a new chainring and replace it. The chainring only has "24-AM" on it. However, ...
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Please Help me identify my Bike Logo

Hello can someone help me identify my bike Frame?. It has this weird Logo and a Serial number of : "2948" . It has Suntour Dropouts likely NJS. Thanks!
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Can a bike have both Schrader and Presta tires?

I have Kona Dew 2018 and the front tire has a Presta valve while the back tire has a Schrader valve. Is it common to see bikes have different valves for each tire?
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Anti-rotation washers (non-turn) washers in non-parallel dropouts?

I have a Shimano Alfine 11 Interally-geared hub and am fitting it to an "M5 559 shockproof" recumbent. The wheel is built and true and runs nicely. However I have a problem with the anti-rotation ...
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Converting calorie count on standard gym stationary bike to power data

I use the stationary bike in my apartment's gym to train in winter. The bike does not give me power data, but it does give me "calories burned per hour." (as a rate, not a count) Is there any way to ...
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1answer
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Rear wheel not moving when axle nuts tightened

I have a racing bike with the wheels secured by axle nuts. For the rear wheel, when I secure the nuts to finger tight the wheel turns fine, but when I tighten them properly the wheel is stuck and will ...
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1answer
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Converting Sram Force 1 to Sram Force 22

I am buying a Sram Force 1 groupset with a new bike and I cannot test it before buying. In the case I really dislike the gearing steps issues, how difficult/costly would it be to convert to Sram Force ...
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Quarq Dfour Fit Problem

I recently buy my first Quarq Dfour power meter to replace my crank Shimano Ultegra 6800. but I have the problem that the quarq spindle its too short ( 106 mm quarq vs 109 mm shimano ultra ). I don't ...
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Correcting the chainline on triple crankset with chainring spacers

I have Marin Four Corners bike with 3x9 Sora crankset (most likely FC-R3030) for which chainline is not given on Shimano site, but I've read all road cranksets have 45 mm chainline. I would like to ...
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1answer
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Hydraulic disc brakes stuck on new bike

I pulled the lever on a brand new hydraulic disc brake and the brake won't release. What's up ? The wheel was never removed and a brand new bike.
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1answer
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Converting my gear jump bike to a single speed [closed]

Hi I’m converting my jump bike to a single speed. I have tried to use the original hub but it is going to be too hard as the chain does not line up and many other things. If I buy this rear hub will ...
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12answers
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What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on?

What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on? The Dutch are known to wear regular clothes while cycling rather than cycling specific clothing. In cycling forums, people ...
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Can a BB30 Crank Arm (Left) power meter can be used with a BB386EVO Crankset

I have read many websites and articles about the interchangeability of BB30 and BB386EVOsuch as this and this YouTube video. Many say yes and many say no. Yet, I am not sure which Stages FSA power ...
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New bicycle for commuting

I'm just retiring my old roadie and looking to buy a new bike, and am torn on what kind to buy. I cycle 34 miles per day on my commute, down roads and canal towpaths (which are bumpy and have on ...
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Restoration project, help needed

I've been gifted this frame by a family member and would love to restore it to its former glory. I literally don't know where to start. The brake levers are frozen solid and don't move at all. The ...
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Axle - rear hub and washer thing a bit loose

I have a rear wheel that has needed work 3 or more times in around 3 years (of not very regular riding) and I'm wondering if something is especially wrong with the setup on this FUJI road bike. A few ...
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How to cover a bicycle left outside for extended periods

I'm about to start a new job, within cycling distance of home. Trouble is that the office is small and has nowhere to store my bike. So I'm going to have to chain it up outside each day. I went to my ...
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Defective gear shifting down

My mountain bicycle has 3 chainrings at the front and 7 cogs at the back, making it a 21 gears bike, which are shifted by a derailleur system. Although it is 25 years old, everything seems to work ...
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Can a universal derailleur hanger be a suitable long term solution?

I've recently snapped my derailleur hanger for an old Apollo Raceline Peleton road bike. Have had no luck sourcing a replacement that fits, and neither have local bike shop. Has anyone been in a ...
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Can road bumps excite frame eigen frequencies?

During my last bike holiday I have happened to ride downwhill on roads which had transversal stripes to mark the approaching of a turn. The stripes were made with road paint, and were slightly higher ...
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Can I somehow attach a bashguard on top of largest chainring?

I have a 1x system with an ordinary 104BCD chainring and I bought a bashguard foolishly thinking it goes on top of that. Turns out a bashguard typically replaces the largest cog and I've got only one. ...
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How much cycling distance is needed to travel every day for good muscular exercise?

As a bicycler I used to travel on cycle daily for about half an hour to maintain fitness of my legs and body. But I want to know how much time and distance is needed for a good exercise.
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Why would I use an electric bike?

I live in an extremely flat city that lies about 15m above sea level. One has to drive an hour or two to reach even rolling hills. Several decades ago, I rode quite a bit, and accumulated a decent "...
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How do I lower the saddle on a Scirocco bicycle?

I've acquired a second-hand ladies' Scirocco Elegance 21 speed bicycle. I need to lower the saddle but can't quite see how it can be done.
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Maintenance on hydraulic disc brakes

With a bike featuring Shimano 486 Hydraulic Disc brakes and levers, what should I do if I wanted to maintenance them? I have no experience of brakes other than V-brakes so where do I begin? The front ...
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Should I consider replacing bottom bracket?

I have a Cube Acid MTB from 2002. It has been used for 45000km, but only during summer on the road, and never in the rain, so absolutely no water on any parts. Since I will be replacing other parts ...
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How to recognize a tubeless tire?

I suspect that the used bike I want to buy might have a tubeless tires, but one is flat. Is there any external feature to look at that would allow easily to tell this for sure? I have no experience ...
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Can’t attach master link [duplicate]

I’m trying to install a chain with a snap on master link, but I can’t figure out how. I’ve tried twisting the chain as suggested by other questions to get it into place, but that doesn’t help. How do ...
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Bottom bracket replacement

I have an old '89 Trek Singletrack 950 with the original Shimano Mountain LX group bottom bracket. I'd like to replace the bottom bracket with something new. Can anyone help me determine what will fit ...
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My back wheel rubbing frame

My back wheel is rubbing on the frame and is having a great impact on the speed of my cycle.
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Machining a 9000 series inner chainring to fit on a 9100 series crankset

I'm using a Shimano 9100 crankset currently, with 53/39 9100 series chainrings, but on my last bike I had 53/38 and I loved that combination. I have a 38 tooth chainring to put on, but it doesnt ...
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Convert from 3x drivetrain to 1x with 3x cranks

There has been some teeth on my front chainring chipped away from knocking on some curbs. I'm thinking of buying a 1x drivetrain because I rarely change the front gear. Can I put a 1x chainring on a ...

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