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What are the differences between men's and women's bike frames?
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Way back when safety bikes were becoming popular, women wore skirts. Skirt lengths were to the ankle. The dropped top bar made getting on possible while maintaining respectability. Women were ...

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Why can't I use my new pedal indoors?
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As other have commented it appears to be based a legal opinion. While there is no physical reason they would not work the safety side says having sharp pins sticking out would not be a good idea. The ...

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Tool identification
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The tool on the far left is potentially a tire spoon for removing a tire. I don't think that was its original use as it looks more like a tobacco can or possible a a patch adhesive lid tool. the ...

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How to stabilise the bicycle seatpost and saddle when it is all the way up?
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Seat posts are usually marked with a line indicating a minimum insertion point. Extending the seat post past that point poses a risk of the seat post bending, or cracking the frame. While 250-300mm ...

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Why is this ring used near the Crankset?
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You have an older pre-cartridge bottom bracket. The bottom bracket is the axle and bearing assembly for the crankset. Rather than sealed bearings it has either loose ball or caged bearings. While the ...

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How does a chain get filthy and how can you stop it from getting filthy?
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The "filth" is a composite material. It is a mixture of chain lube, road grit, and the metal filings from gear and chain wear. The road grit is composed of sand, tire bits, asphalt, trash, etc. The ...

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Is there such thing as an automatic transmission for bikes?
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http://www.landriderbikes.com They were very heavily advertised several years ago but currently they seem to show up more on craigslist than on TV.

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Converting a MTB to a Road Bike
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The first thing to consider is tires.You'll want to mount the smoothest skinniest tires at the highest pressure that your wheels will accomodate.The knobbies add alot of rolling resistance. You'll ...

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Is there any difference between professionally painting a car and a bike frame?
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You might want to talk to a motorcycle shop that does paint. They are most likely setup to do smaller parts with lots of details. They would be more familiar with masking threaded holes and bearing ...

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Could you reduce the weight of a Santa Cruz Chameleon down from 12.82 kg to 10kg (2018 model)?
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Bontrager's Law states parts can be light weight, durable, or inexpensive you only get to pick two characteristics. The only time it makes monetary sense to replace a part with a lighter one is if ...

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Is it worth buying a lighter bike? If so what kind?
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I would recommend you wait for one reason Covid. In most parts of the world bikes are in limited supply. Prices even on used bikes are 50% to 75% higher than comparable bikes a year ago. I think you ...

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How do I keep my pants/trousers from getting caught in the gears?
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I have found that the top of and old sock over a neatly folded trouser leg works well.Cut the top of the sock long enough to cover your pants with leg fully extended to the top of the sprocket.The ...

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What is the theory behind a gravel bike?
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My theory and it is just a theory. In the U.S. at least there has been a proliferation of unpaved bike trails due to the conversion of abandoned railroad rights of way to bike paths. They are for the ...

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What is this adjuster in the shifting cable?
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It is an inline barrel adjuster. By holding the end closest to the Shimano "O" and rotating the knurled end you can finely adjust the shift point of the front derailleur. If looking at it ...

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How can I prevent bicycle theft while bikepacking?
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I would suggest a Pacsafe Security Web or similar product to cover your gear. It is basically a net made of small gauge steel cables. It is designed to cover a backpack along with a long cable to ...

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Suggestions for protecting jeans from saddle clamp bolt
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I would suggest cutting off the extra threads. If you have access to a Dremel or similar tool it wouldn't be too difficult. Doing it with a hacksaw could be a real pain. Alternatively you could check ...

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What is the weight difference between frame sizes?
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According to the Weight Weenies.com web site listed weight can differ from actual weight by as much as 10-13%. One thing you should be aware of is there is some variations between identical frames due ...

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What can I use for a DIY cable end?
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I usually use an old spoke nipple. Slide it over the end and crimp with an electrical (stake-on/solderless connector) crimper.

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Is "Greased Lightning" safe to use for bicycle cleaning?
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In the kitchen section of their web site GreasedLightning says to avoid painted or aluminum surfaces. In my case that is 90% of my bike

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How can you remove logos from a bike frame?
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If the bike was inexpensive it is likely a sticker. Can you feel an edge with your finger nail? You can try to warm the adhesive with a hairdryer and gently peel the sticker off. If the glue residue ...

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Footrests for stoker
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I solved a similar issue on my tandem. Measure the frame tubes. If you are lucky you may find one of them is the same size as a handlebar stem. In my case I bolted a 1 1/8" x 1 1/8" stem in ...

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Can this frame be used or is it done?
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If it were mine I wouldn't ride. It appears there is a crack connecting the two holes. This would indicate there has been enough flex to cause the frame to crack.

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What is the “clip ring” part on my hubs?
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Is there a small hole that was covered by the ring? If so it covers a lubrication port. Many old Raleigh, and other utility type hubs came with such a port.

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Is my derailleur hanger too bent?
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There are several suppliers of universal derailleur hangers. The intended use is to mount a modern derailleur to vintage bikes. At one time the derailleur hanger was part of the derailleur and mounted ...

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Sizing guide for road bikes vs mountain bikes
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There does not seem to be a universal standard for bike sizing. Due to the variety of designs and geometry size will vary between manufacturers and intended use, touring, racing, commuting are all ...

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Chain skipping on some gears
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The likely cause is a worn cassette if the skipping is in the rear. Since the gears you use the most will wear the fastest the skip may be worse on some of them. But also look at the jockey wheels in ...

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Rohloff twist shifter is too slippery when sweating
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A thumb /trigger shifter has been developed for the Rohloff speed hub. It has been manufactured by Cinq5 and is called Shift:R. It involves two levers one for up-shifting and one for down-shifting. I ...

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Missing mtb bottom bracket cable guide screw?
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If you are concerned about the empty hole next to the Phillips head screw, you can ease your concern. The cable guide typically only needs a single mounting screw. The extra hole allows the same cable ...

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Do bike frames actually break so easily?
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Generally a name brand bike frame (not a big box store bike) ridden within its design limits won't fail. Most of the videos show bikes being ridden beyond what they where designed for. The image in ...

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Fixing rear-wheel puncture on belt-drive bike
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It looks good except I think you will have to loosen the tensioner. You won't have to spread the frame. When the recessed allen head bolts are removed you risk damage to the very end of the threads ...

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