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Is this bike fork misaligned?

Those forks are badly deformed. Interesting, I looked up the bikes and the first Google hit (https://www.bikeride.com/womens-kent-bayside-womens/) has the first reason not to buy "Many users ...
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What brand of bicycle is this?

A google reverse image search tells me it's a Martone Sweetzer (US) or Real (European version). http://www.martonecycling.eu/product-EU-5-25-Womens_Real From certain features of the frame (the bend ...
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Can I install a handlebar brake handle without removing the grips?

Many BMX levers are hinged, so they don't require messing with the grip. These can be had for either short pull (canti/caliper/u-brake) or long pull (v-brake/mechanical disc), so make sure to get the ...
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What defines a recumbent?

Short answer: whoever is describing it. There are a bunch of dictionary definitions around that all centre on the "lying down" part, which doesn't help when there are recumbents with quite upright ...
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Removing a 1970s Schwinn Bottom Bracket

This is what's called a 'one-piece' or 'Ashtabula' crank. There is a nut you have removed (or that was already missing) on the threading. Then you remove the left cone via the slot in your second ...
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Removing a 1970s Schwinn Bottom Bracket

Alan is correct. Here's a diagram of this type of crank. Sheldon describes it with words but sometimes a picture helps. The left side in the picture above is missing both the locknut and the ...
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Can I change a 26" to a 24" tire on a Huntington Schinn Women's tire?

Your 26" tires sit on wheel rims, whose diameter is probably 559 mm. 24" tires will not fit onto these rims; to use 24" "junior" tires you actually need smaller wheels, of a 507 mm diameter. These ...
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what make and model is this bike please?

This bicycle is a Micargi Mustang. See this Google search. An an image from this website:
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Did I pick the wrong bike?

Whether the cruiser style bike is suitable for the 'mountain bike trails' you are riding on really depends on exactly what those trails are like. The cruiser has pretty big tires so it should be able ...
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How to recognize a bad tire?

There are many factors that go into determining the performance of a tyre. The material and thread count (TPI) of the carcass, the rubber compound, thickness and tread pattern. Tubed vs tubeless, ...
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Can hand brake levers be pulled hard enough on a comfort/cruiser handlebar?

You will have no problem with the brake levers. The force you apply to the levers is between your fingers on the lever and the palm of your hand on the bar grip, so the angle of your hand with respect ...
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Can anyone help me identify this bike?

It's a 1980's Peugeot Pipeline...not sure if its a Pipeline 1 or 5, but it IS a Peugeot...at least, they were badged/imported as and by Peugeot. They only made them with a beach cruiser type frame for ...
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Cruiser handlebar rotating because clamp not strong enough

Try some combination of these and potentially all four: Very thoroughly lubricate the stem bolt threads and shoulders with grease, then torque them properly. Roughen up or remove the paint on the bar ...
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Hard to pedal even on flat street

Start with the easier things before busting out the spanners! Check the bike over. Low pressure tyres are very hard to ride, so add air with a pump. Look for anything wrong, that's anything rubbing ...
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Coaster brakes vs. Handle brakes

There's a small chance you don't have as much hand/arm strength as you used to. A coaster brake provides a way to slow while leaving your arms free to focus on steering. That said, a coaster brake ...
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Help decoding a J.C. Higgins frame number on a vintage cruiser

4656 is the model number. It's also the order number in the catalog. There are books for sale on Ebay that show the bicycle pages from the Sears catalogs that cover Elgin, JC Higgins, and Sears ...
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Huffy cranbrook popping

Going out on a limb, my guess is that the chain is too tight. I've seen (heard) this issue on many bikes like this. On about 98% of big box store bicycles are sold with all the bearings and the ...
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Why is one cruiser easier to pedal than the other?

-brakes rubbing? -quality of the tyres -quality of the bearings
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What are my options for adding rim or disc brakes to the rear wheel of an old (circa 2012) Electra Townie 3i?

Getting rid of the coaster brake and adding another brake are two separate problems. Your coaster brake 3-speed hub is an expensive and involved to replace part of the bike and as there's no good way ...
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What are my options for adding rim or disc brakes to the rear wheel of an old (circa 2012) Electra Townie 3i?

I have the same bike, and mine does have a chainstay bridge for the fender. I had modified mine with an old Nexus 8 (which has failed), that has a roller brake. I also dislike coaster brakes not just ...
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Help identify vintage kids bike

I would consider it scrap metal. There are a few safety concerns. While millions of us survived childhood on bikes like these they don't meet current safety standards. The single coaster brake means ...
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How to recognize a bad tire?

Quality of tires is mainly quality of rubber. The rubber is responsible for the grip of the tire (braking and cornering) time to wear down rolling resistance The second strongest indicator for ...
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bigger tires smaller bike

Most likely no. That is too big of a difference in wheel sizes. The frame does not likely have enough room for the larger wheels. If you have rim brakes there would also be the problem of adjusting ...
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Where does the third bearing go in my Dyno moto 7 cruiser headset?

Here's a dyno7 showing where bearings are. A headset has exactly two bearings, because they preload against each other. There is no place for a third bearing. Possibilities Somehow, someone used ...
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Why is one cruiser easier to pedal than the other?

Adding photos of the two bikes might help, but I'd guess that tyre pressure and body fit/position are the two main differences. The bikes are not the same obviously, so subtle differences can sap one'...
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Need help to identify a brand of a japanese cruiser women bike

Mamachari, a slang term literally meaning “mom’s bike,” are Japan’s ubiquitous city bicycles. Featuring baskets and, often, child seats Mamachari A functional and sturdy bicycle used mainly to run ...
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Need help to identify a brand of a japanese cruiser women bike

Except for the hub generator it looks a lot like this Bobby Town bicycle. Searching for "bobby town bicycle" will pop up a couple other bikes. Bikes like this are widely sold in Japan. From ...
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Can anyone help me identify this bike?

Based on the available Peugeot catalogs it looks like this is not a Pipeline. Given the double cable guides on the down tube Liz is right, this was a ten speed. Update: Charles Irvin is right - the ...
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How to choose the right Citi Bike?

As an update to this, there are now multiple versions of Citi Bikes. The ones you want (if maximizing speed is your interest) are these ones: not these ones: Note the difference in the fender—this ...
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Coaster brakes vs. Handle brakes

Some consider it an unsafe practice to have just a coaster brake without also having a hand brake. The thought is that if the chain breaks you have no brake available at all. I would suggest you get a ...
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