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Polygon heist 5.0 2015 vs heist 5.0 2016

Hi to all the expert out there. I'm new to hybrid bike. I will finish my study soon and start working. I'm planning to buy Hybrid bike for commuting around 50 miles(80km ) per day. I used to ride ...
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How to improve my performance on a commute?

I commute to work on a Trek 7100e hybrid bike. It's about 15 miles (24km) each way, along flattish suburban roads and a (fairly smooth) canal towpath. It takes me about an hour. Due to the distance ...
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Where to buy a used bicycle in Essen, Germany? [on hold]

where can I buy a used bicycle in Essen, Germany?
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Shoe covers (or other tricks) for commuting in shorts

I commute to work by bike, very often in casual shorts and waterproof North Face sneakers. Provided I don't want to change my clothes (in particular I don't want to get SPD etc.), is there a good way ...
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How do I tell if a used bike (craigslist) is worth it? [duplicate]

So there are always a lot of sales going on on craigslist / ebay / etc. How do I tell if what they are selling is worth it? I don't really know the difference between a $500 bike and $1500 bike. I ...
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Specs for parts on Giant Defy 4 (2013) to decide on upgrades to transfer parts onto another bike

I have a 2013 Giant Defy 4 and a new Montague Urban(UK)/Crosstown(USA) folding 21" 700c. I'd like to make the Montague better for the occasional uphill commute home I do when I don't have access to a ...
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Dealing with homicidal drivers

I do a 35km return commute into a big city. Almost daily, someone tries to run me over. Just in the past month I've experienced the following: I filter to the front of the traffic, wait at the ...
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best tires for Cannondale Bad Boy 4

I'm just getting into biking and last week I just purchased a Cannondale Bad Boy 4 from REI. They still have it in the shop as I'm in the processing of moving and they agreed to hold onto it for me. ...
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How should I configure my tail-lights?

I currently own a Cygolite Hotshot which I use with a rack mount in flashing mode. I also have a PDW The red planet which I keep on steady burn. I wanted something brighter than TRP so I ordered a ...
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Long term benefits and risks of bicycling

For half a year now I commute to work by bike everyday. It's 30 km each day, about 18.5 miles. I have a good bike, it's comfortable as well as it has good components so I'm having fun riding it. ...
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Max sizing for wheels and tires?

I was given an old 2006 Trek 1000 and I've been working on replacing everything. I just ordered a new Shimano Tiagra 4600 groupset last night and now I need to get wheels and tires. The bike ...
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Cassette & Crank combo for commuting

Okay so I've been reading about gear ratios and what not all morning and I can't make any sense of it. Some of it is registering but it's still kind of over my head. I'm ordering a Tiagra group set ...
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Can a beginner cyclist commute ~40km (round trip) to school/work by bike?

I know this kind of question has been asked several times here (I've read those already), but I'm still uncertain and I have a few other questions. I hardly ride bicycles. I've gone night cycling for ...
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Replacing a 38c tire with 30c

I recently bought an Azor Opa style bike with 28x 1 1/2" (700 x 38c) tires that I want to switch out with something slimmer. Would going down to 30c present a problem for my wheel perhaps?
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Commuting on flat terrain/handle bar

For my new job I'll have to commute about 10 - 20km (6 - 12mi) each day (one trip) in flat terrain. Right now, I'm commuting 6km/4mi each day, with an elevation gain of 160m uphill to work. I'm ...
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Group of Bikes: Is 3x1 an option?

I'm an RA for a dorm that is considering buying a number of bikes that would be owned by the dorm and lent out to students. I will be at least in part responsible for maintaining the fleet (about 10 ...
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Is 32km possible to ride with my body condition? [closed]

My work place is 16km away from my home and the route I am traveling has traffic round the clock. I am planning to get a Kross K- 40 26T Multi Speed Bicycle to travel but I weigh 80kg and I am not ...
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What is the best way to approach train tracks?

I commute on my bike through an industrial area and cross many train tracks. They very in degrees: most are perpendicular to the road, but some have a very low angle. This question is two part: ...
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Adjustable stem issue

Hello I have a quill adjustable stem on a Raleigh Royale. (The bike is an absolute dream to ride, wonderful seat and great gearing) My issue is that the handlebars wobble, both front and back and side ...
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How can I stop my toes from going numb on long rides?

I've begun trying to commute to work, which is a 70+ minute ride each way for me. I find that after about 30 minutes of riding, my toes in both feet begin to go numb. It's not a cold thing, because ...
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Still confused about clipless, walkable shoes and dual-purpose pedals

I've read everything at What should I look for in clipless pedals and shoes? and I'm still not sure I can have what I want. I mainly use the bike for commuting (which will be bike-train-walk) and ...
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Bike commuting on the Captial Crescent Trail in Washington DC

I am moving to the Washington DC area and will be working in Bethesda at the NIH. It looks like living in/near Georgetown and commuting out on the Capital Crescent Trail could be really nice. I was ...
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Want a snappy scrambler for stumptown

I live in Portland, Oregon and I need a bike to ride to work. It's about five miles, with one steep but not long hill. I used to have a track bike with a freewheel that was really nice for Salem, ...
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Saddlebag Laptop advice

I live close enough to work that I'm able to bike there and back every day. I also pack a laptop in a backpack. I am seeking ways to reduce the weight on my back. I've only seen people use saddlebags ...
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Beginner bicyclist question about purchasing a new road bike

Completely new to biking, and am considering purchasing a decent road bike that'll be comportable for 25 mile outings. Came across a used "KHS Aero Turbo" for 325 bucks. It looks like a nice bike, but ...
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Why should I prioritize top tube length over stand over height on a CX bike?

I purchased a 50cm CX style bike from an online retailer. After assembling the bike and filling the tires, I found only had around 1" of stand over in bike shorts. Since I will be commuting on the ...
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How to convert a commuter CX bike to an Electric bike?

I would like to convert my current bicycle into an E-bike. While there are many conversion kits available and plenty of sites with tips on this, none of them quite meet my needs, or they fail to ...
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Steel rims responsible for slicing tubes?

I have an old Giant dutch bike and it has steel rims. Since I'm a big boy I felt that the 60PSI on the tyres is not enough and pumped my tyres to the maximum of 85PSI which is what my Schwalbe ...
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Face gets extremely red when biking in the cold ~5c, and then going indoors, due to temperature change maybe

Face gets extremely red when biking in the cold ~5c, and then going indoors, due to temperature change maybe. What can you wear when biking to prevent this problem, and could you link to a site? ...
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Could I bike 9 mile a day home from work starting with no current exercise?

I am thinking of getting a bike and biking it home from work on a mountain bike its 9 miles and reasonably flat, I'm not the fittest guy so I'm wondering if I would struggle??
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What effect can I expect on my body by commuting with my bike? [closed]

I was wondering what effects could I expect by commuting almost each day with my bike ? The route is quite flat (a couple of small hills), there's a small urban part and the whole thing is 8km long, ...
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New bike advice - Singlespeed/fixed, mountain, or road

so I'm looking at getting a new bike, to replace my current 2011 hard rock (hardtail mtb) for commuting about 8 miles a day, plus possible train travel, and longer commutes elsewhere. With a budget of ...
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Bike lights with beam cut-off to avoid dazzling drivers?

Are there any bike headlights available that have a cut-off similar to a car's low beams, designed to avoid glare for other drivers? I am using the Light in Motion Urban 400 and while it's plenty ...
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Is it ethical to use an abandoned bicycle in my parking garage? [closed]

I've recently moved to a new city and need a bicycle. I noticed an unlocked bike covered in dirt with flat tires in my apartment's parking garage. Would it be ethical to clean it up and use it for my ...
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Specialty Panniers [closed]

I am checking out panniers. I'd like to find something that would be waterproof, suitable to carry groceries in, but also to carry art supplies in on occasion. An 11X14 pad of paper, a water bottle ...
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First time commuter needs advice

I'm an out of shape 60 year old and have just purchased a bike for the first time in almost 30 years. It's a Giant Seek 3 hybrid and my intention is to commute to work on it at least 3 times per week. ...
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How much light is enough for year round commuting?

I used a Cateye Single Shot for 5 years until it died. Now I use a Cateye Single Shot Plus that I picked up on Ebay for $50. It's noticeably brighter than the Single Shot, but with my new commute I'm ...
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Bicycling 36 km per day in city traffic is feasible?

I am planning (still in planning phase since last 1 month :( ) to use bicycle as my commute to and from office. My office is around 18 km away from my home. Almost half the road will be full of ...
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How to avoid running over animals whilst cycling on a canal at night?

I commute on a towpath in Hertfordshire, England and there is ample amount of wildlife about. During the day it's fine, I can see ducks, squirrels and rabbits in time and slow down if I need to. ...
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What are the advantages of a building an electric bike from a kit vs. prebuilt

I'm trying to decide on what would be the best option for me for my first electric bike. I need a way to get around, and as I live on a hill where I will have to manage a fairly steep incline coming ...
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How to move a bicycle by bicycle

I need to move two bicycles from work to home. The route is 5 miles long and car free. My only means of transport is to ride one of the bicycles so my question is this: What is the safest way to get ...
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How can I interpret the intent of and respond to cars behind me honking?

Two days in a row on my commute home I've had vehicles behind me start honking at me. (Note: I'm in Canada, and drive on the right.) The first time I was riding on a four-lane road, with a left ...
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Cycling position for commuting

I'm looking into buying a commuter bike. Observing other bikers I see some are hunched over their bikes and some are almost vertical. What is considered the best position for commuting? [I will be ...
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What bike to buy to replace CitiBike? [duplicate]

I've been riding CitiBike for a couple years to ride to work in NYC (7mi commute) and am looking to purchase my own bike. Are there any standard suggestions on what to look for in a commuter bike? ...
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What U-lock has a reasonable weight to safety ratio? [duplicate]

For my new city bike I'm thinking of getting a U-lock. Price of the bike is around $900, so I probably don't way to spend more than 10% of its price on the lock. So far, Kryptonite locks look pretty ...
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Pannier for MacBook Pro 15 retina?

I'm commuting with a backpack, and I don't like having the weight of my laptop on my back for the whole commute (30 minutes). So I'm looking to buy a pannier that I can easily take off when I get to ...
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Polite/Proper Way To Notify Pedestrians and Bicycles [closed]

A question on a bell had a lot of comments on how to notify pedestrians. How do you notify a pedestrian you need to pass? How do you notify a bicycle you need to pass? I imagine this will be ...
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Recommendation for lightweight pedals for use with SPD or without [closed]

Are there any nice looking and lightweight pedals meant to be used with or without SPD shoes? Would be nice to be able to ride even without my special shoes, but not if such pedals look bulky and ...
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Are 32mm tires ideal for a fast commuter bike?

I am considering a faster bike to replace my XC for commuting. I am thinking hybrid/cross/road bike with wider tires. My question is whether 28mm tires are enough or if I should go with 32mm like Trek ...
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Will carbon fork make a huge difference when commuting?

I am considering a hybrid commuter bike, in particular I like Specialized Sirrus Elite Disc. This model however does not sport a carbon fiber fork. Only the more expensive model does, which I do not ...