David Richerby
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Mixed Tire Size and Speedometer Setting
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These devices work by counting revolutions of the wheel and turning that into distance. So you need the circumference of the wheel you're using the device on.

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How do I stop people blaming me for a crash?
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I dispute your claim that the collision was entirely the pedestrian's fault. Of course, the pedestrian shouldn't have stepped into the road without looking. However, you, as a road user in a busy city ...

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What are the differences between a seatpost-mounted and frame-mounted rear rack
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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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Clothing advice for beginner
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You don't wear underwear under cycling-specific shorts because they have a cushioned pad in them that's designed to sit against your skin. If you wear underwear, too, things supposedly slide around ...

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How to effectively hitch a bicycle with a scooter?
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No, no, no. Just no. Two kilometers is only a half-hour walk. That's hardly a big deal. Why risk injuring or even killing yourself to save what can't be more than 15 minutes by the time you've called ...

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Are tubeless tires the solution to frequent flat tires?
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I wouldn't go for tubeless as a first attempt to solve the problem. Tubeless might be a good solution for skinny racing bike tyres, which are rather prone to puncturing. But you really shouldn't be ...

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Bike patch glue help
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If you buy something from a shop and it doesn't work, take it back and explain what happened. They'll almost certainly offer you a refund or a replacement.

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Can I install an upright handlebar (curved towards me) on a touring bike?
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Although that bike has "touring" written on it, I wouldn't describe it as a touring bike. To me (and, I think, most cylists), a touring bike is a drop-handlebar bike similar to a racing bike, but with ...

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How do you tell what brand/make/model of bike I have?
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The serial number on its own is basically useless. They're not like VINs on cars: there's no global database of them and they're not even guaranteed to be unique. Each manufacturer of frames uses ...

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Can I do brevets (long distance rides) on my hybrid bike? If yes, how to start?
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In practice, most people find hybrids rather uncomfortable for long rides. What "long" means varies from person to person so, to a large extent, you'll just have to try going on longer and longer ...

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Rear brake cable temporary fix possible?
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From the video, it looks like the cable has frayed inside the outer housing or something like that. I doubt there's anything you can do except get the bike shop to replace the cable. Although most of ...

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What is causing the chain skip after chain replacement?
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Yes, the stretched chain wears the chain ring and sprockets to match its pitch. It's recommended to use a chain gauge (such as this one by Park Tools) so you can replace your chain before it's ...

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Strategies against getting blinded by oncoming cars
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Use a different route, if one is available. This is obvious but I think it is actually the best solution, if it applies. If you wear glasses, make sure they're very clean. If it's raining, consider ...

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Why would I use an electric bike?
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I'm healthy for my age. When I ride, I want to be burning all the calories I can. My commute is only 3-4 km. Why would I want an e-bike? You probably wouldn't. E-bikes are for helping you go farther ...

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How to release Planet Bike fender safety release tabs
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The only purpose of the tabs is to be the weakest link in the chain so that, if something gets stuck between the wheel and the fender, the tabs will break, allowing the fender to come loose. If you ...

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Anyone know who made this bike? See head badge pic
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The badge was used by Raleigh on their Rampar (Ralpar in the UK) range from 1972 until at least the early 1980s. Velobase shows this exact badge about two-thirds of the way down the page and says "...

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5~10mm rupture (crack) on my tire - should I replace it?
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The tyre wall appears to be splitting or the layers are coming away from each other. Yes, that's bad because it will lead to failure of the tyre. Failure probably isn't imminent but you should replace ...

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How comfortable is it to wear a u-lock holder this way?
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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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Knee Pain - Injury or Out of Shape?
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Is this to be expected or am I injuring myself by continuing? You're probably injuring yourself by continuing. Muscle soreness is to be expected when you increase your exercise load, but exercise ...

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Is there a way to calculate the correct bicycle tire pressure?
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There is no such thing as optimal tyre pressure. Tyre pressure is always a compromise between comfort, rolling resistance, grip and likelihood of puncturing. This depends not only on tyre dimensions ...

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How can I get a snapped gear cable out of my Shimano brifter?
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Use the small lever as if you were moving to the small chain ring or smallest rear cog. This unwinds the cable as far as possible, though it might not have a huge effect depending on how frayed the ...

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Sealant in inner tubes: what's the difference?
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Pinch punctures are caused by the tube getting crushed between the tyre and rim when you hit a bump, as distinct from ordinary punctures, which are caused by a foreign object piercing the tyre and ...

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Shimano Revoshift twist grip unusably tight
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I assume your daughter was able to operate the gears fine before the bike was serviced. In that case, the shop broke your bike and it's absolutely their responsibility to fix it. Since you've had no ...

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What kind of bike is this. Looking to buy it but not sure. Any help is appreciated
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It's a BMX of some kind. It's very unlikely that anyone will be able to identify it more precisely than that. The fact that it has one-piece cranks (both cranks are formed from the same metal rod, ...

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What should be my first upgrade?
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You say that your bike is incompatible with your height. Upgrading won't fix that at all. You also say that you want to save weight, but you're riding a low-end bike with suspension forks and big fat ...

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Road bike - Front wheel can lean to both sides
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If by "lean" you mean that the plane of the wheel is shifting so that the top of the wheel becomes closer to one fork than the other, then it sounds like your wheel bearings are worn or loose. You can ...

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Bike accessory: what is this for?
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It's a bracket for holding an old style light like these Photo from Amazon

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RB not ridden in 4 years unable to shift gear
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If people can figure out what the problem is, you can probably fix this yourself without needing specialist tools. Honestly, though, take it back to Halfords and get them to actually do the work you'...

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How comfortable would my 57cm circumference head fit in a 59cm - 62cm helmet?
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I'd strongly advise against buying used helmets because you just don't know how well they've been looked after. If it's been dropped, it might be structurally compromised without your being able to ...

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V-brake caliper arm not retracting after hard braking
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It looks like there's dirt in the hinge. When you brake hard, the arm reaches the dirty region and sticks there, and the spring can't force it back; when you brake more gently, it doesn't get into the ...

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