Charlie Wheeler
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Persistent front wheel squealing: Replace the fork? Switch to disk?
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I would try something less expensive first. For me, switching to Kool Stop brake pads has worked even better than toeing in when in resolving this type of vibration. I'm not surprised that replacing ...

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I sit real far back on my saddle
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You may want to actually try adjusting your saddle up instead of back. If your saddle is too low, you may be compensating by rolling back on the seat as you pedal. Adjusting your seat up will push it ...

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Help for wind noise
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I used cat ears until they were stolen, along with my helmet. I really liked them. I found that they reduced the amount of stress that persistent noise can cause, and I felt safer because I was able ...

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How to carry a trumpet for long trips
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I would recommend carrying your trumpet on your back instead of putting it on a rack on the frame, unless you have it adequately insulated against vibration, because that is going to be your trumpet ...

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square taper bonded to crank arms
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You just need to use a thin layer of grease to prevent bonding between steel and aluminum. Also if you’re having great difficulty when removing the crank arms, spray some liquid wrench in there and ...

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Pedals won't turn while riding
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There are three things to check (well, more, but let's start here): Chainline. Is the front cog so offset from the rear cog that the teeth are catching on the chain? Is the offset so great that when ...

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Panniers or rack bags for photography equipment
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I recommend two bags. First, use a handlebar bag for your photographic gear. You can either use the foam inserts as suggested above or I believe there are some dedicated camera bags for the front of ...

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SRAM xx1 1 x 11 drive train very noisy
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Here are a couple of ideas: The rear derailleur is maladjusted and is hitting the cassette/freewheel when it's in the lowest gear. Also, the chain could be too short, causing this. How old is your ...

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Chain is jumping regularly on every cog at every speed?
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If you are using indexed shifting, and the chain is slipping on every cog in the same manner, it could just be a matter of adjusting the derailleur so that the chain is aligned with cogs when you are ...

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What are some key road flat pedal bicycle adjustments that affect neck strain?
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My neck is jacked and I cannot ride a road bike, and your question is not really about the bike setup, but about your girlfriend’s comfort on her bike, so my best suggestion is to have her go to a ...

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Unpatchable hole on rim side
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I had this happen one time on a stint down the coast. Six flats. All rim-side. Lovely. I've already seen some good solutions above, but I'll throw in my two-cents just for clarity's sake. First, it's ...

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Coaster brake suddenly not working (Nexus 3-speed hub)
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Another thing to consider is how, and how much, you are using that hub brake. If you're taking it down hills and riding the hub brake to slow down, you are generating a LOT of heat inside that complex ...

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Why bother changing a chain?
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One alternative is to purchase a stainless steel chain such as the Wipperman Connex, which will last a very long time, but will no longer be the cheapest part of the drivetrain. Most everything has ...

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Gear indicator on SRAM X5 Shifter shows wrong gear
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I agree with Chris Leon, if the shifting mechanism is functioning properly, this is just a cable tension issue. You can adjust the derailleur cable yourself or if it's a new bike the shop will ...

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how much of a difference does bike weight make when trying to maximize the bike's top speed?
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I love this question, and the answers are solid, but let me add that the weight of moving parts on a bike is more important than the weight of non-moving parts. So for my money, a heavier (read: steel)...

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