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What are the differences between a seatpost-mounted and frame-mounted rear rack

The advantages of seat mounted racks are that they don’t require rear dropout rack lugs; some of the seat mount racks have quick release levers so you can easily take them off (while racing or ...
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General mounting solutions for lights etc

I use a couple of hose clamps, and two rubber strips or offcuts from old inner tube. I have also used double-sided foam tape and electrical tape, but the inner tube ones are the best. This setup is ...
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Do I need a shock-proof watch for cycling?

There are no special requirements for a watch for cycling. A cheap watch from the supermarkt will do as well as a decent quality watch or a sports watch (besides sport-specific functions). Rain or ...
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Do I need a shock-proof watch for cycling?

Why not go for a cheap and simple bicycle speedometer? Apart from the time it can also show you speed and distance which is always nice to know. As gschenk said, there are no special requirements for ...
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How comfortable is it to wear a u-lock holder this way?

tw: extreme anti-hipster /snark Ahh! The u-lock belt holder. The perfect accessory for hipsters, literally: Advantages: Everyone will know you're a hipster People may think you're into hardcore ...
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What are these mounts for on inside edge of carbon fiber fork?

They're for full fenders. Many disc road and fitness/urban/hybrid bikes now have them here in order to completely avoid strut interference with the brake. To install the fenders neatly I've been ...
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Fitting a vibration-proof bell for drop bars

If your screw head is actually a nut, like the picture looks like, replace it with a nylock nut. If that is not possible, thread lock fluid like blue Loctite works nicely.
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What are these mounts for on inside edge of carbon fiber fork?

Tommaso here. We put them on the fork so riders can install fenders for off road and other adverse weather situations. Hope you enjoy the new Sterrata!
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What are the differences between a seatpost-mounted and frame-mounted rear rack

RoboKaren's answer is great on the pros and cons, so I'll restrict myself to explicitly answering ... why would someone get the seatpost-mounted rack over the frame-mounted rack? Really, the only ...
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Purpose of fork with single bidon mount and no eyelets?

The mount is for pannier racks that sit low on your fork. In the absence of this mount I have seen a bracket used, but this is more secure. The rack also mounts using the front axle.
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What are the Trek Domane frame bottom hex screws for?

The braze-ons beneath the down tube are traditionally for mounting a third bottle cage. Of course that bottle is more exposed to road dirt than the others, so many people use it for various utility ...
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General mounting solutions for lights etc

I use FreeCAD to produce STL files that then can be sent to the number of 3D printing services possible to find on a web, including some that aggregate multiple 3D printing providers. The benefit of ...
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General mounting solutions for lights etc

This second answer of mine is more a "hack" for emergency cases. This was an experiment, I tested it and think it was successful, but I do not suggest you make this on purpose for constant ...
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How comfortable is it to wear a u-lock holder this way?

An obvious disadvantage is shown clearly in the photograph in the question: locks get dirty. I'd rather not have oil, brake dust and general road dirt rubbed all over my clothes.
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Does a helmet-mounted light affect the safe functionality of the helmet?

Answer: Yes - anything on your helmet may affect its ability to function. Remember the skiing accident that gave Michael Schumacher brain damage? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/...
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What are these eyelets for on my 2015 Diverge?

The smaller hole is for Specialized's proprietary "plug and play" fenders, while the larger is for a rear rack. The larger hole can also be used as an alternate mounting point for other types of ...
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Do I need a shock-proof watch for cycling?

I've got a digital G-shock that's lasted >12 years cycling, kayaking, etc. It's massive overkill, and rather massive which is occasionally uncomfortable (some combinations of winter gear and hand ...
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Quick Release for Accessories

I think in most cases there's going to be a better solution than actually doing this, but wing bolts are one way to go. Since most of the accessories brackets in question have recessed holes for the ...
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What are the Trek Domane frame bottom hex screws for?

I would mention that, at least for the carbon bikes, the two on the downtube are not for mounting external accessories. To quote from the Domane SLR-SL FAQ document: What are those two holes on the ...
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General mounting solutions for lights etc

You can buy the mounting hardware relatively cheaply. In many cases, you can buy a GoPro adapter relatively cheaply, and then avail yourself of the numerous GoPro mounts that are out there. Do you ...
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General mounting solutions for lights etc

I made a couple of custom mounts for torches/flashlights as rear-lights. Model the light as an object in a 3D CAD software Model the part of the bike I want to attach to Add a block of solid and ...
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How can I carry a tripod on my bike?

I used to strap mine to the bike frame, but I have a bike specifically built to facilitate touring with a camera. This is a cheap Manfrotto tripod rather than my expensive one, used while making sure ...
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Is there a "conventional" configuration for mounted accessories?

For commuting with panniers and/or a toddler seat, I've settled on the front fork for the D-lock, mainly because little else fits there and I'm restricted by cables and tube diameters elsewhere. ...
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Rubber rings for attaching lights etc

Have you thought about cutting an old inner tube across its length. Various thicknesses of cut give more or less stretch. Rubber versus latex, too many different size tubes to mention. Cheap as chips ...
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Would a seat post mounted back rack act like a rear fender?

I'd say it depends on the length of the rack you're going to attach. It's all about the physics - the water droplets, when they detach from the tyre they move perpendicular to the perimeter of the ...
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Bike accessory: what is this for?

It's a bracket for holding an old style light like these Photo from Amazon
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Is there a standard for water bottles?

There is a common format used by all major bottle and holder makers. At least the typical plastic ones, I do not use any other. Wikipedia specifies it as: "The standard size of bottle cage holds a ...
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How comfortable is it to wear a u-lock holder this way?

Actual reply to actual question: I find it supremely comfortable. Not uncomfortable in the least. I absolutely endorse carrying your lock around your waist. In fact, my summer bag is an Ortlieb ...
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How can I fit this bottle holder to this bike?

That does not appear to be a attachment for mounting a bottle cage to a frame tube. The two holes in the mount appear to match the two holes in the upper plate of the cage, which orients the mount ...
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Bikes and wiring trouble

Just run two wires, a positive and a negative lead. Both leads in the same casing will make for a more robust wire, less susceptible to vibration damage. If you expect to run one of the leads in the ...
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