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How to tell when it's time to give up on tires?

For reference - tire parts names. The "Anti-puncture strip" and "bead protection tape" are not found on most tires. Bead, casing, sidewall, and tread are the most common ...
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Learning how to build a bike: Is it better to buy a used bike and disassemble it?

Messing with a used bike will teach you a lot (mostly through mistakes, but that's how the process works). There definitely is a huge advantage of having hands on experience figuring out how to adjust ...
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What photos should I include in an ad of a bike?

Short version: As many as you can. Slightly longer version: I always include an overall photo from drive-train and non-drive-train side. In addition to that one of the cockpit and close ups of the ...
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Is it worth buying a second hand classic road bike for commuting?

A (decent) bike from the '90s would not be significantly different† from (a decent) one only a few years old except for a small weight difference and possibly lacking brifters, which are de facto ...
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How to tell when it's time to give up on tires?

This is a great question and there are actually some good ways of approaching it. Inconveniently, you need to see the tire installed and inflated to have high certainty that it's good for reuse. Until ...
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Learning how to build a bike: Is it better to buy a used bike and disassemble it?

A used bike won’t teach you how to build a bike from the ground up but they are often in need of serious maintenance. On a worn down and beaten bicycle you’ll likely have to replace: Chain (sometimes ...
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Can anyone identify the model/year of this Montgomery Ward bicycle?

This is a vintage Montgomery Ward, reverse pedal brake, now I could be wrong on this but the serial number C71967 that is on the rear stays is manufacture date, C=March, 71=1971, 967=where it was made,...
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What is this ... electrical bike's setup? Is there a particular brand or model name for this? how to replace its battery?

It looks to be an older Currie Electro Drive, they were originally made in 1996 i believe. I don't know much to anything else about them though other than that is one and they exist. Here is the ...
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Is buying a used bike bad if you are not expert?

I don’t think it’s a bad idea, but be prepared to repair stuff. Things even a novice should be able to check: Frame and fork without damage (i.e. no cracks or dents, nothing bent). Small paint chips ...
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What photos should I include in an ad of a bike?

You should have at least a good quality drive side picture: Bike perpendicular to the camera view and centered in the shot Well lit Against a plain, light colored background without any thing else in ...
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What are the times and costs involved in assembling a rideable bicycle from a salvaged frame?

This is the classic "how long is a piece of string" question, where almost any answer is valid. At one end you have a frame. And enough skills and time to assemble a bike, along with the ...
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Reasons NOT to buy a used groupset

Twenty-plus year old STIs that really and truly have much life left are rare and expensive. The 7700 STIs are much more serviceable than most, hypothetically. They allow some make-one-good-one-from-...
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Can anyone identify the model/year of this Montgomery Ward bicycle?

I have had this same exact bike (same color, reflectors, grips, etc) since I got it used in 1972 or 3. Still using it. Love it. I put 800-1000 miles on it each year in Key West. Also have been from DC ...
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Chips in carbon frame - how worried should I be?

These appear to be paint chips in areas of the bike where rock strikes are common. I don't see any evidence of delamination--a separation of the carbon fiber weave and thus carbon fiber damage. ...
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Chips in carbon frame - how worried should I be?

I agree with Jeff that you are most likely looking at paint chips. The thing to look for in surface damage is torn fibers. To recap, carbon fiber is made from sheets of carbon fiber that are ...
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I want an old road bike to fix up that goes fast. Where do I start?

I have a similar outlook on bike purchasing - something nice enough to ride but cheap enough to afford. First question - do you have a chance of keeping up with an expensive bike assuming equal ...
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Learning how to build a bike: Is it better to buy a used bike and disassemble it?

What are your thoughts on the subject? Should I buy a used and disassemble it, or start from scratch? Buy a reasonable condition bike, ride it, and maintain it yourself. After few years, you will ...
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Commuting road bike build

I can't give product recommendations as those are off topic here. On a tight budget you should consider buying a complete bike. Building a bike up from components is generally more expensive than ...
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Learning how to build a bike: Is it better to buy a used bike and disassemble it?

Disassembling a lot of bikes is a great way to learn how to use bike tools. This is exactly how I learned to build bikes. The place I learned is a non-profit organization that takes in a lot of used ...
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How to tell when it's time to give up on tires?

This is tough to answer as it'll be different for different types of tires. For my riding styles, a tire is shot when the side walls won't stop weeping (all bikes), when the knobs stop hooking up (MTB)...
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How do so many bicycles end up in the canals of Amsterdam?

Why do you think they aren't recycled? EU legislation is pretty strict on what can go in landfill and it would be very surprising if the bikes fished out of the canals aren't recycled (i.e., melted ...
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Learning how to build a bike: Is it better to buy a used bike and disassemble it?

I would recommend building up a bike from scratch. Disassembling a super cheap bike isn't going to teach you much as the standards and interfaces used on those are going to be quite different from a ...
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Paint bicycle keeping stickers

To repaint metal, you'll have to strip the current coating. This means you'll have to remove the stickers as well. It is unreasonable to attempt to reuse them, just as it would be silly (or at least ...
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What are the times and costs involved in assembling a rideable bicycle from a salvaged frame?

I've finished a bike to nearly your exact specifications. I came into a Trek navigator 300 frame that I've converted as my "Grocery Touring" bike. Although I've taken curbed bikes and ...
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Possible damage in carbon fork of used road bike I'm about to buy

To me it looks like a very shoddy job of quality control initially, or a poor repair that has been painted to match the bike. I'd suggest comparing the paint on both sides of the fork to see if there'...
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What photos should I include in an ad of a bike?

When I take photos of my bike, I particularly focus on the following: Front and rear brakes, showing the pad thickness as well as alignment with the wheel and forks to show set-up of the pads. Also, ...
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I want an old road bike to fix up that goes fast. Where do I start?

In the 70s we didn't have high pressure clincher tires. I ran tubular tires for that reason, then got out of cycling around 1980. When I got back into cycling five years ago I dusted off the old ...
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How can you recognize a department store bike?

Since I am presently the victim of a department-store bike, I can add one indicator that a used bike came from such a place: In the time it has been owned, its operability will have declined more ...
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Learning how to build a bike: Is it better to buy a used bike and disassemble it?

Other answers makes a lot of sense to me, and I post this one just to expose an other possibility you may want to consider. In my opinion (and experience), if you want to learn something, you may want ...
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Paint bicycle keeping stickers

It would be practically impossible to paint the white part of the frame and fork without painting over the blue decals (stickers) Bikes (and cars) have a primer coat, color coat and clear coat of ...
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