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Identify the components of this bike

I'm trying to identify, or find similar, parts on the bike in this video, specifically the front (three spoke) wheel, frame, and handle bars.
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Brake lever placement on a road bike

I am just going to re-wrap my road bike's handlebar tape tomorrow. Before I do that I was wondering what the proper place is to put the brake levers. I know they should be pointed vertically, ...
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Protecting steel bike from salty roads

There is still a lot of salt on the roads in Ottawa, Canada, but I am thinking about starting to use my road bike instead of my mountain bike because the snow is mostly gone. (At least temporarily). ...
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Should I eat breakfast before or after morning ride?

I am planning to do some (1-2 hours) base training rides in the morning before work. Should I eat something before the ride? From my knowledge, there should be enough glycogen in muscles to power me. ...
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Repairing a bent bike frame, is it worth it?

I have a bike with an incredibly bent frame. The bike itself I have tried to replace with other inexpensive bixes, but this one just had a certain geometry that I keep wanting to resurrect it. It is ...
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What should I look for in a cycling undershirt for warm weather?

Road season is about to start here and I think that it is time I stopped using my cotton singlets as an undershirt and start using something more specific for cycling (and racing in particular). What ...
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What does self-support mean during touring?

Please, justify each item/action you take/do to qualify to be self-supportive during touring. My problem is independent touring around the world. The term self-support per se means no extra luggage, ...
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Correct way to pedal

I've managed to break my bike frame, and after doing some reading, it is possible that I'm not pedaling correctly by putting too much into my power stroke (see the related question I keep breaking my ...
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How should I clean salt out during Winters?

Pretty simple question but I think some recommendations would make my chains a bit long-lasting. So when should you do something to your salted chains? When the chains already look rusty, can you use ...
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What is your worst customer service experience you had with your bike? [closed]

I have had some pretty unacceptable servicing on my bike. What is the worst story you could tell?
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Good 9-speed cog configuration for touring and which low-cost quality cassettes?

Alert: this cassette conf cannot be used in all touring locations because of poor support. I use it only in 1st world countries. The largest cog at the back is about 12-14cm. The length from hole-to-...
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What types of mountain bike handle bar grips are available and how to they affect comfort and handling?

This question has been floating around in my head for a while, mainly because I don't know anything about grips (edit to resolve confusion:covers for the part of the handlebar you hold on to). Are ...
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Are lighter chains worth the cost?

I'm replacing chains on a number of bicycles, and trying to decide what chains to purchase. I'm a fan of Sram's master links, so I'm comparing the Sram PC-971 to the PC-991. The PC-991 is ...
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Fork lube. Should I use it? If so how often?

I ride a mountain bike with front suspension. I've recently seen fork lube for sale on an online retailer. This got me thinking. Do I need to be using fork lube? How does it help? If I bought some how ...
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How do I know if mudguards will fit my 2009 Carrera Kraken?

With the nice (and muddy!) weather coming up, I'd like to get some mudguards, but I'm really unsure of what will fit my bike I have a 2009 Carrera Kraken, no modifications. I will probably buy them ...
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Do I need to change my cassette if I can't see any wear?

I bought a new road bike with Campag Athena 11 speed in March last year. To the end of Jan it had covered 9000km. In all that time I hadn't changed the chain because I don't have the Campag tool, and ...
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Long-lasting price-worthy fenders?

My bought-as-2nd-hand bikes have plastic fender-attachements which tend to break. When they break, the fender starts to make a lot of annoying high-pitched sound. So which fenders do you recommend to ...
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A test ride for a new bicycle

Update... What should I actually do on the test drive? The LBS has been kind enough to allow me to try out a brand new bicycle. What things should I consider when test riding bikes that I am ...
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How to plan routes for touring?

I am a bit lost even to find the shortest safe way to the nearest city. How do you choose your routes for long journeys? Do you need to do compromises very often or change plans?
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What Schwalbe Nobby Nic should I buy?

I recently bought a Swissbike X5 (same as the Montague Paratrooper, but labeled Swissbike and matte black). It came with Kenda Kinetics 26" x 1.95" (front and rear) that I'd like to replace. Due to ...
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Items required in a World travelling bike?

I saw a fascinating bicycle today with "world traveler" hand-written on the frame. I was awe-struck by this bike. The odometer showed over 2000 km ridden, in freezing winter temperatures. The plastic ...
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What are simplest rideable bikes over history?

I copy-catted the question from moz here because he did not ask it himself. I try to keep my bike design as simple as possible so I need to learn from mistakes in the past. What are the simplest ...
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How does the length of the studs on winter tires affect traction on ice?

How does the length of the studs on winter tires affect traction on different surfaces? I recently bought a pair of Nokian Hakkapeliitta W106 tires for my around-town cruiser. These studs are pretty ...
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Anyone know a way to get a profile of a ride from google?

I'm considering adjusting my ride to work a bit - considering a change that will make it slightly longer, and probably a lot hillier. But from looking at the route on google maps, I can't really tell,...
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Why does my road bike come with only one valve adapter?

My front tire has the skinny valve (I believe it is a Presta) and so does my rear tire. But my rear tire also has a screw-on piece that goes over the valve which I believe to be an adapter. Do they ...
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Are there Open-source bikes?

By 'open-source', I mean where people see the internals of each other's designs, and build on each other's works, as they do in science (or in 'open-source' software development). I am a bit tired of ...
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How should I restore braze-on brake cable housing guides?

I own a 1988 Schwinn Le Tour. It's beginning to show its age-- the original paint is chipped in many places and the frame is rusting underneath. The worst areas, by far, are around the rear brake ...
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Which durable Chain Breaker?

I bought the cheapest chain breaker, XLC 10EUR, and its head got loose on the first try (maybe due to my poor handling or it is not well-done product). I was on the journey and had to get it so did ...
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Frequent blow outs in the same location

I keep getting blow outs in my front tube and always in the same location: right next to the valve stem. The blow outs look like: On this same tube, there is wear on exactly the other side of the ...
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How to maintain platform pedal bearings?

I have a pair of Redline platform pedals with plastic end caps and I notice one of them does not turn freely. They look about like this: http://www.redlinebicycles.com/uploaded/dynamic/430/124564-...
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Where to find a good bicycle-trailer lighting system...in Canada

We have a child trailer (like this--link has better side/rear view but requires flash) and want to be seen by cars when biking at night. The little red blinking bike lights available in our area are ...
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What is randonneuring? How to get started?

Thanks to darkcanuck and this site, I have learned of randonneuring. So, my basic questions are: What is randonneuring exactly? And, how does one get started? I typically ride in 2 - 4 organized/...
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Proper Posture on a flat bar road bike

I've been commuting on a flat bar road bike for a couple of years now. The ride feels comfortable but whenever I see myself riding I always think my posture is wonky. Is there a guide somewhere or ...
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Recurring flats

I've had 4 flats in three rides, all rear wheel. I can't see anything in the tyre, the tyres relatively new, the rims look good. Needless to say I'm getting pretty hacked off with having to keep ...
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Are all 9 speed chains compatible with all 9 speed systems?

My current chain is x9, but it's expensive in eBay. Can I use any 9 speed chain like on this page?
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What is the difference between Spray lubricants and non-spray lubricants?

Some images about lubrication to which I am referring to here and image about parafin usage here. Spray lubricant (like green bottle 450ml TF2) can be awkward to carry, not the case with black tiny ...
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Switching from 3x9 Gears to Cheaper Ones?

Alert I am unsure of the right terminology for gear-wheel but I mean the round things near pedals such as 3x9 or typically with 3x7 (3 front, 7 back) mix in commuting bikes. My current gears are 3x9 (...
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When is Cyclometer useful?

Some call it speedometer or odometer but I mean the thing to measure velocity, trip distance and such things. When you come up with a usage-case, please, point out the function which you use. The only ...
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Practical cleaning routine for a commuter bike

I regularly (almost daily) ride my bike, often in bad weather. I mostly ride on roads, but sometimes through parks, forest etc. on unpaved surfaces. My bike is usually rather dirty, at least the lower ...
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What are the advantages of the different clipless systems?

In the past I have used the Look road pedals and the SPD system, however I know that there are many other systems, including some that work purely on magnets. What are the advantages of the various ...
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Is there a way to estimate contact patch size given tire size plus tire volume and rider weight?

Is there a way to estimate contact patch size given tire size plus tire volume and rider weight? Specifically, I've tried to build a unicycle that maximizes contact patch for riding on soft snow. I ...
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Re-painting Rims

Over time, the paint on the rims of a wheel has slowly been eaten by a set of brake pads. How do I strip left over paint? What type of paint should be used? How can I ensure the new paintjob will ...
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Why would semi-solid fork make whizzing sound?

Alert the semi-solid fork is probably not the right terminology, it shows that I don't know 100% whether the work has some sort of inner suspension. My bike is almost this one but I feel there is ...
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What are the advantage of the different gear shifters

I have just buy for the first time a road bike (Boardman Team Carbon) after long years on hybrids bike and unfortunately due of a injury I didn't have much time to experience with it. The bike has a ...
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What should one eat while cycling?

What should a bicyclist make sure to eat before and after riding a bike?
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How is "correct" tire pressure related to tire volume?

I have a unicycle with a Surly Endomorph 26"x3.7" tire, and I've discovered that this tire rides best at significantly lower pressure than smaller tires. Even though I weigh ~110 kilos, I can ride ...
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Getting started in racing

What should I know before I start entering races? I've been cycling for one year now after an injury ended my running career so I'm still pretty much a beginner. I'd like to try my hand at racing but ...
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Submitting road data to Google

I have really enjoyed Google Maps cycling directions but find it lacking a lot where I live. I really want to update the maps with new/better information but I don't know the what, how, or where. ...
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If the chain/cog no longer drives the wheel, can this be fixed?

Suddenly (without anything sounding like it was broken) the chain no longer turns the back wheel. The cogged part of the wheel is turned by the chain but this doesn't turn the wheel. Is this ...
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Vibration in fluid trainer - OK?

I'm trying to get back on my bike after some failed attempts at recovery from a herniated disk (PT's told me to stop riding but I just got worse anyway so now I'm trying to come back). I bought an ...

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