Questions comparing bikes or types of bikes, and how to choose between them.

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I wish to get fit, therefore should I have a heavy bike?

A lot of people seem take up cycling to get fit, and they'll talk about how light their bikes are. However, as I understand it, a heavy bike uses more energy to pedal it. Should someone that wished ...
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Is front-suspension a false-economy for cheaper bikes?

I'm a 30 year old male looking to purchase my first non-department store bike. I haven't biked in more than a couple years. My use-case is 90% asphalt (inner-city, occasional low-speed highway) and ~...
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A test ride for a new bicycle

Update... What should I actually do on the test drive? The LBS has been kind enough to allow me to try out a brand new bicycle. What things should I consider when test riding bikes that I am ...
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How to choose the right Citi Bike?

It's 2013, and bike sharing has finally made it to New York City. Of course, the branded cruisers aren't the most speedy bikes on the road. They weigh a whopping 45 pounds, and their third gear - ...
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Things to consider when choosing a recumbent

Google's Sergey Brin asked for recommendations on buying a recumbent. What factors should he consider when evaluating alternatives? I'm thinking of getting a recumbent road bike even though +...
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Custom bike to offer smoothest possible ride on bad roads

So, I am in a peculiar situation - due to an injury, shaking in any direction leads to pain and my condition is improving very slowly. I'm looking to find/customize a bike so that it offers me the ...
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Buying bicycles online [closed]

What are the advantages and disadvantages of ordering a bicycle from a large online retailer, for example Bikes Direct (i.e. not Walmart's website)? What should an inexperienced bicycle shopper be ...
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What criteria should be considered for choosing an e-bike for commuting?

My girlfriend is looking for an electric bike for commuting. My question is fairly broad - What features and capabilities should we consider when choosing an e-bike for commuting? For information, ...
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former weightlifter turned triathlete repeatedly breaking hanger

Every year, it seems I am on a training ride 5-10 miles from home and while torquing up, I snap the hanger throwing the rear derailleur into my spokes and locking up my rear wheel. I am 205lbs and 5'...
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Should I get a road bike?

Last year I started biking again. My current ride is a quite good "cross" bike weighing a bit more than 10kg (~22lb, I didn't weigh it). Currently I'm doing around 200km (~120 mi) per week, mostly on ...
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Would a hard tail 29er be a good starter bike for road and light trails?

I can't really figure out what kind of bike I should be getting as a "loaner" bike. I have plenty of friends who want to go for a ride but have no bike, and ever since my last loaner got "borrowed" 2 ...
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Are there two Raleigh bicycle companies?

When I go to Walmart and other department stores I find cheap bike like Raleigh! But when I go to a local bike shop and buy a mountain bike by Raleigh but its a way better quality bike then at ...
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What type of bicycle is closest to European city bike?

I am looking for a bicycle that would be closest to the design that was popular in Russia, something with a high handlebar, relatively large wheels, and relatively short distance from the saddle to ...
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1answer
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What's an “Auto-Mini” folding bike? Can I use one for decades without having to replace the frame?

I've been thinking of buying an internally-geared folding bike for commuting (5 km each way) and errands. I want to spend $100-$200, but I want a reasonable-quality frame; I don't want to ever have to ...
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Choosing a foldable 20" bike: Schwinn S2280 vs. Citizen Bike Miami

At the moment, I'm in the market for a foldable 20" bike, for commuting purposes. I've done my research, and have found two appealing models: Schwinn S2280 Citizen Bike MIAMI Which of them would ...
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What's a good bike for daily use in New Orleans? A flat city with lots of potholes and bad roads

Something under $500 that is relatively unbranded.
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What should I look for in a mountain bike for doing BMX-style balancing tricks?

When I was a kid I started learning to ride around on my back wheel and it was really difficult. Then I tried doing it on a crappy CCM mountain bike we had (rather than my nice Gary Fisher Piranha) ...
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Looking for an old fashioned bicycle with coaster brakes & hand brakes for a woman

I am looking for an old fashioned style bicycle. I had a bad accident on a new bicycle and I feel safer with with an old-style bike. I've never crashed before and I've been riding bicycles for over 40 ...
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Would “fat” tires help me learn skinnies/log rides?

I'm relatively new to mountain biking, and am considering purchasing a new, less expensive bike to help me learn to ride wooden obstacles (skinnies, curved bridges, etc.) without fear of damaging my "...
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Recommendation on new $400-500 hybrid

Analysis paralysis. My wife says I can spend up to $500 on a first bike. I don't want to spend it on the wrong stuff. My intention is to use it as the "last mile" on public transit on commute/...
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Russian “Turist” bike look alike [closed]

guys! I was wondeing if any of you beautiful people can help me out. My dad's bike just broke :( He lives in Ukraine and has had this "Turist" bike for probably over 20 years. They don't make this ...
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Hybrid recommendation (tight budget)

I'm looking for an entry-level hybrid bike to ride on weekends. My budget is ~£230, I been looking on ebay, amazon, halfords.. Those two look good to me for the moment: Forme Brute from Ebay Viking ...
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Bike Size Question - Kestrel Talon

For my goals, I am looking at a Kestrel Talon 2015 as it fits my price point and I like the combination of road cycling or switching to tri fit (albeit jack of all trades but master of none). I am ...
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New commuting road bike. Wishlist: discs & electronic gears [closed]

After reading Evans Cycles' blog post the other day about disc brakes on road bikes: http://blog.evanscycles.com/new/disc-brake-equipped-road-bikes-why-are-they-banned-by-the-uci-who-is-riding-them-...
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Please help me pick one of these bicycles and store benefits [closed]

I am looking for a bicycle to commute probably two days a week to work on and then use sometimes in the evening and on weekends. I was thinking of scooter or motorcycle even but when I sat on them I ...