Mark W
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Second wheel set for winter
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I also considered doing this. Firstly what type of brakes you have will depend on what you need. You need to look for size. Most important get the same as you have already. Also check the rim ...

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For road riding, are mountain bikes safer than road bikes?
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I would say it's debatable and depends on the individual's preference. Mountain bikes (MTBs) obviously have more traction due to wider and more grippy tyre designs. However a road bike could hold a ...

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How to protect myself when falling off the bicycle
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My instinct is to put my arms out in the hope of protecting my head and face. Good quality gloves will help your hands from getting cut up. Also needless to say, wear a helmet.

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Techniques for safely leaving a bike for 1-2 minutes in a safe-ish place
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I would reccomend against this. It only takes 10 seconds to hop on a bike and make off. Although some suggestions come to mind purposley derail your chain carry a light, cheap combination lock. It ...

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How are the wheels spokes laced in the bikes you buy at shops?
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Manufacturers will use machines to build the wheels, however on top end bikes the manufacturer will build the wheels by hand (a skilled wheel builder's work is considered better than that of a machine)...

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What tools on a multi-tool do I actually need?
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One for every removeable or adjustable part on your bike (including tyres). With the exception of those you will be unable to repair/fix on the trail, such has hubs and bottom brackets. They need not ...

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Rear view ears at speed
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In short, you can't. I find turning my head to the side a bit reduces the noise a bit in one ear, but you can't do this all the time. A rear view cycle mirror may help you.

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Can I cut down a quick release skewer?
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You can cut the skewer, but be sure to leave enough thread on there to keep the nut on when the QR is opened enough to take it off your bike (without having to remove the nut). Don't forget to file ...

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When is a bike frame considered too tall?
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You can go as tall as you like. Have you seen those tall bikes that people must climb up a ladder to use? However practicality is another thing. As the comments have said - enough room to stand-over ...

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How tight should a threaded BB be?
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Most components will have an instruction sheet detailing the reccomended torque. This is typically measured in Nm (newton meters). Torque wrenches can also be purchased that show you how much torque ...

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How can I determine whether rust has made my bike unsafe?
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Sounds like you have only surface rust. The frame would have to rust through to cause any integrity problems and that would take many years of damp conditions. The creaking you hear when shifting your ...

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Bike difficult to pedal
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This could be a number of things. Any of the chainset components, hubs, brakes. To narrow it down, Take the chain off the front chainring and pedal by hand, do you feel any resistance here? If so ...

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Bikepacking on a New Rockhopper
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Bikepacking tends to be more lightweight and generally doesn't involve panniers or racks. Just look at the rigs used by tour divide riders (http://bikepacker.com/2016-tour-divide-rigs/). If you think ...

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Flat tire keeps occurring while bike is stationary. MYSTERY
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I had a similar problem on my bike. The manufacturer had made the rims too deep and it was causing the tube to conform to the odd extra "U" shape when pumped up. It took a while to figure out why I ...

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Handlebars are slipping and the stem is cutting into my bars. How do I fix this? New bars and stem or just a new stem?
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Depending on design, try ensuring all bolts are tightened evenly (so if the top two are done up all the way and the bottom two are not, undo them all and redo them evenly)

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Is cornering in snow any different?
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Brake early and gently. lean softly.

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Thinking of quitting due to dangerous driving
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One tip I have picked up to avoid cars passing so close is to ride further away from the kerb (but not so far you're hogging the road and then drivers get annoyed). This seems to have some ...

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Cannot raise V-brake blocks high enough to align with wheel rim
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You will find (usually an allen/hex key) bolt on the brake pad itself. Loosen that, align your brake pads then re-tigthen. You may also need to adjust again on the bars to get it to fit. You will ...

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Long Distance Navigation
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If you're planning on europe you should see See http://www.opencyclemap.org/ for national and regional routes.

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How to change a Gary Fisher Kaitai Dual Sport to be faster on the road?
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I changed the tyres on my MTB for slicker ones, The difference was very noticeable and more comfortable. Running higher pressure in the tyres also helps, but be careful not to exceed the tyres ...

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Do rubber bike pedals or rubber pedal covers exist?
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In short. Yes they do. Finding them may be hard. See the end of this answer

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Rear derailleur shifting poorly, skipping gears
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It could be a number of things. The most likely it sounds as if your cable is sticking/jamming. Try replacing your cable and cable housing. This shouldnt cost much for DIY (read up on how to do it, ...

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Fork replacement for SR Suntour 29er
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Perhaps try for a used fork. For a decent new 29er fork you're looking at £250+ (I estimate thats around $300) (such as rockshox reba) - or go rigid. It's sureley better than a cheap fork.

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Safest way to slow down a bike quickly if both sets of brakes fail
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In addition to the good answers already; Lean forward and kick your leg over the back wheel so that both feet are on one side of the bike and your standing on one pedal, then hit the ground running ...

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Is it better to have a slightly big or slightly small bike?
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It's all about personal preference. I bought slightly too small in a 29er mountain bike. It's slightly lighter than the larger one and more agile, though the seat was too low for me and I had to get ...

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