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Bicycles FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about Bicycles

This FAQ about Bicycles was compiled and written by Mike Iglesias with numerous contributions by others.

-1 Introduction
-2 Index
-3.1 Abbreviations
-3.2 Gopher and World Wide Web access
-3.3 Archives
-3.4 Posting Guidelines
-3.5 Electronic Mailing lists
-3.6 Posting Guidelines for rec.bicycles.marketplace
-4.1 Maps
-4.2 Touring supplies
-4.3 Taking a bike on Amtrak
-4.4 Travel with bicycles - Air/Rail/Other
-4.5 Warm Showers List
-4.6 Touring Europe Guide
-4.6.1 SELF SUPPORTED or with a TOUR GROUP?
-4.6.2 Airlines
-4.6.3 TAKE a BIKE or RENT?
-4.6.4 PACKING A BIKE
-4.6.5 PRE-TOUR BIKE MAINTENANCE
-4.6.6 EQUIPMENT
-4.6.6 Cycling Footwear
-4.6.7 Baggage Systems
-4.6.8 Equipment List
-4.6.9 Miscellaneous notes
-4.6.10 Roads
-4.6.11 Guides to Paved Climbs
-4.6.12 POINTS of ENTRY to EUROPEAN MOUNTAINS
-4.6.13 CHANGING MONEY
-4.6.14 DEALING WITH JET LAG
-4.6.15 GENERAL STUFF
-4.6.16 FINDING HOTELS
-4.6.17 FOOD
-4.6.18 WEATHER
-4.6.19 BEING IN SHAPE
-4.6.20 PEOPLE
-4.6.21 TAKING YOUR BIKE ON THE TRAIN
-4.6.22 MISCELLANIA
-4.6.23 DAY TRIPPING
-4.7 More information on Amtrak and Bicycles
-4.8 Getting Weather Information
-5.1 Tour de France Jerseys
-5.2 Major Tour Winners 1947-1990
-5.3 Rating the Tour de France Climbs
-5.4 How to follow the Tour de France
-5.5 Tour de France Time Limits
-5.6 Tour de France Points Jersey Competition
-5.7 Bicycle Racing Movies
-5.8 Guide to Spectating at the Tour de France
-6.1 Bicycling in America
-6.2 League of American Bicyclists
-6.3 Rules for trail riding
-6.4 Commuting - Is it possible for me to commute by bike?
-6.5 Commuting - How do I choose a route?
-6.6 Commuting - Do I really need to look that goofy?
-6.7 Commuting - Do cyclists breathe more pollution than motorists?
-7.1 Marketplace hints/guidelines
-7.3 One Less Car T-Shirts
-7.4 Panniers and Racks
-7.5 Clothing materials
-7.6 Seats
-7.7 Women's Saddles
-7.8 Women's Bikes
-7.8.1 Women's Bikes: Part 1
-7.8.2 Women's Bikes Part 2: Considerations for women buying bikes.
-7.8.3 Women's Bikes: Part 3: Womens Bikes manufacturer list
-7.9 Bike Rentals
-7.11 Bike computer features
-7.12 Recumbent Bike Info
-7.12.1 Why Recumbent Bicycles?
-7.12.2 Recumbent Performance
-7.12.3 Commonly Asked Questions About Recumbent Bicycles
-7.13 Buying a Bike
-7.14 Kid's Bike Clothes
-7.15 Repair stands
-7.16 Updated Bike Locker listing
-7.17 Electric Bikes
-7.18 Cycling loaded: bags, panniers, and trailers
-7.18.1 Backpacks
-7.18.2 Carradice Bags
-7.18.3 Courier Bags
-7.18.4 Fanny Packs
-7.18.5 Handlebar Bags
-7.18.6 Panniers
-7.18.7 Racks And Attachments
-7.18.8 Underseat Bags
-7.18. Trailers
-8a.2 Using a Quick Release From Mark Irving
-8a.3 Workstands
-8a.4 Workstands 2
-8a.5 Working on a Bicycle Upside-down
-8a.6 Where to buy tools
-8a.7 Common Torque Values
-8a.8 WD-40
-8a.9 Sheldon Brown's web pages
-8b.1 Patching Tire Tubes
-8b.2 Mounting Tires
-8b.3 Snakebite flats
-8b.4 Blowouts and Sudden Flats
-8b.5 Blown Tubes
-8b.6 Tube Failure in Clinchers
-8b.7 More Flats on Rear Tires
-8b.8 Tube and Tire Casing Repair
-8b.9 Presta Valve Nuts
-8b.10 Rim Tape Summary
-8b.11 Talcum Powder for Tubes and Tires
-8b.12 ETRTO numbers for tire sizes
-8b.13 Tires with smooth tread
-8b.14 Rolling resistance of Tires
-8b.15 Wiping Tires
-8b.17 Clinchers vs. Tubulars
-8b.18 Tubular Fables
-8b.19 Tubular Tire Repair
-8b.20 Gluing Sew-up Tires
-8b.21 Another way to glue sewup tires
-8b.22 Folding a Tubular Tire
-8b.23 Coiling a Wire Bead Clincher
-8b.24 Measuring the circumference of a wheel
-8b.25 What holds the rim off the ground?
-8b.26 Making a tubular tire
-8b.27 Things to check after a flat
-8b.28 Mounting Tubular Tires
-8b.29 Presta vs Schrader valves
-8c.1 Stress Relieving Spokes
-8c.2 Anodized vs. Non-anodized Rims
-8c.3 Reusing Spokes
-8c.4 Ideal Tire Sizes
-8c.5 Tied and Soldered Wheels
-8c.6 Machined rims
-8c.7 Wheel Bearing adjustment
-8d.1 Lubricating Chains
-8d.2 Chain care, wear and skipping
-8d.2.1 Swaged bushing chains
-8d.2.2 Chain Life
-8d.2.3 Skipping Chain
-8d.3 Adjusting Chain Length
-8d.4 Hyperglide chains
-8d.5 SACHS Power-links
-8e.1 Bike pulls to one side
-8e.2 Frame Stiffness
-8e.3 Frame repair
-8e.4 Frame Fatigue
-8e.5 Frames "going soft"
-8e.6 Inspecting your bike for potential failures
-8e.7 Frame materials
-8e.8 Bottom Bracket Drop
-8e.9 Bent Frames
-8e.10 Aligning a Fork
-8e.11 Stuck Handlebar Stem
-8f.1 SIS Adjustment Procedure
-8f.2 SIS Cable Info
-8f.3 STI/Ergo Summary
-8f.4 Cassette or Freewheel Hubs
-8f.5 Cassette or Freewheel Hubs take 2
-8f.6 "Sealed" Bearings
-8f.7 Ball Bearing Grades
-8f.8 Bottom Bracket Bearing adjustment
-8f.9 Crank noises
-8f.10 Cracking/Breaking Cranks
-8f.11 Installing Cranks
-8f.12 Biopace chainrings
-8f.13 Indexed Steering
-8f.14 Roller Head Bearings
-8f.15 Brakes from Skid Pads to V-brakes
-8f.16 Brake Squeal
-8f.17 Electronic Shifting
-8f.18 Bearing Seals
-8f.18 Sturmey-Archer 3-Speed Hubs
-8g.1 Milk Jug Mud Flaps
-8g.2 Storing NiCad Batteries
-8h Tech Ergonomics
-8h.1 Seat adjustments
-8h.2 Cleat adjustments
-8h.3 Adjusting SPD Cleats
-8h.3.1 Aligning SPD cleats:
-8h.3.2 Tightening cleat bolts:
-8h.3.3 Keeping the Pedal/Cleat interface clean:
-8h.3.4 Case History:
-8h.4 SPD cleat compatability
-8h.5 Shimmy or Speed Wobble
-8h.6 Soft Bicycle Saddles
-8h.6 Black vs White Helmet - Thermal Test
-8h.8 Ankling, a pedaling style
-8i.1 Weight = Speed?
-8i.2 Traffic detector loops
-8i.3 The Continuously Variable Transmission
-8i.4 Alenax Bicycle
-8i.5 Stuck Pedal Removal
-8i.6 Removing Pedals
-8i.7 Bikecurrent FAQ
-8i.8 Fretting damage in Bicycle Mechanics
-9.1 Magazines/Newsletters
-9.1.1 Books
-9.2 Mail Order Addresses
-9.3 Road Gradient Units
-9.4 Helmet FAQ now on-line
-9.5 Terminology
-9.6 Avoiding Dogs
-9.7 Shaving Your Legs
-9.8 Contact Lenses and Cycling
-9.9 How to deal with your clothes
-9.10 Pete's Winter Cycling Tips
-9.101. Equipment:
-9.10.2 Clothing
-9.10.3 Riding:
-9.10.4 Stopping.
-9.10.5 Etc.
-9.10.6 Eating Popsicles
-9.11 Nancy's Cold/Wet Cycling Tips
-9.12 Studded Tires
-9.13 Cycling Myths
-9.14 Descending I
-9.15 Descending II
-9.15.1 Descending II Drifting a Road Bicycle on Pavement
-9.15.2 Descending II How to Corner
-9.15.3 Descending II Countersteer
-9.15.4 Descending II Braking
-9.15.5 Descending II Braking in Corners
-9.15.6 Descending II Braking at maximum lean
-9.15.7 Descending II Suspension
-9.15.8 Descending II Lean the Bicycle, the Rider, or Both
-9.15.9 Descending II Outside Pedal Down
-9.15.10 Descending II Body Contortions
-9.15.11 Descending II Hairpin Turns
-9.15.12 Descending II Vision
-9.15.13 Descending II The Line
-9.15.14 Descending II Mental Speed
-9.15.15 Descending II Braking Heat on Steep Descents
-9.16 Trackstands
-9.16.1 The why's of trackstanding:
-9.17 Front Brake Usage
-9.18 Slope Wind, the Invisible Enemy
-9.19 Reflective Tape
-9.20 Nutrition
-9.20.1 Basic Nutrition Primer
-9.20.2 What The Body Needs
-9.20.3 Implications
-9.20.4 Grey Nutrition
-9.20.5 Nutrient Density
-9.20.6 Balanced Diet
-9.20.7 Conclusion
-9.21 Nuclear Free Energy Bar Recipe
-9.22 Powerbars Recipe
-9.23 Calories burned by cycling
-9.24 Road Rash Cures
-9.25 Knee problems
-9.26 Cycling Psychology
-9.27 Mirrors
-9.28 ==> Powerbars NO more ---> homemade -- YES!!!
-9.29 Lower back pain
-9.29.1 Lower back pain: Low Back Pain and Posture
-9.29.2 Lower back pain: Stretching
-9.29.3 Lower back pain: Exercises
-9.29.4 Lower back pain: Medication
-9.29.5 Lower back pain: Ice, Heat and Massage
-9.29.6 Lower back pain: Book
-9.30 Saddle Sores
-9.31 Group Riding Tips
-9.32 Riding in echelon
-9.33 Mirrors II
-9.34 Thorns aka Puncture Vine
-9.35 Gyroscopic Forces
-9.36 Going over the bars
-9.37 Yet another powerbar recipe
-9.38 Custom Jerseys
-9.39 Iliotibial Band Syndrome and Patelar Tendonitis
-9.40 Staying up in a crash
-9.41 Applying Merlin Decals
-10.1 Suspension Stems
-10.3 Installing new rear derailleur spring
-10.4 A Brief History of the Mountain Bike
-10.6 Ode to a Usenet Kook









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