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Do 7-speeder and 21-speeder have similar minimum range of gear-inches?

I want to buy a entry-level folding bike for slow-speed commuting, involving 20 minutes ride going over a steep hill of 1500 foot (500 meters). It is concrete 'normal car road', not off-road. What ...
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Best bicycle for a moderate to extremely hilly suburbs?

I've moved to an area that's notoriously hilly. I had gained a lot of weight but managed to ride it off by cycling in a well built but extremely faulty and wastefully heavy chinese bike. The gears ...
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Legs are very weak

So, I've been riding at different levels of difficulty for years now, from a 33lb, one gear bmx to a 21 speed, 44lb mountain bike, and now to a 22lb, 21 speed road bike. Each bike had its own ...
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Describe main criteria of choosing energy-conserving bicycle that allows getting easily up-hill

It's summer now and it's hot. The way to my office is up-hill (half of the way is off-road). With my health it's not a good idea to work hard physically in such whether. And there is no shower in ...
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Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?

I'm starting to keep track of how far I ride on paper and while it's nice to have the data, I'd like to know how different rides stack up. I have one path I like to take which is really flat and goes ...
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Does climbing put extra stress on the chain, making it stretch out faster / higher break risk?

I remember taking it for granted, but then somebody gave me some reasons on climbing not affecting the chain, and I forgot about it. Today I just got scared that my chain might break when struggling ...
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Hill riding: What gears are usually the most comfortable?

I've read this and this and I understand the good ways and the bad on how to ride up hills. In fact I consider myself a good hill climber (roadie), but some of the guys I ride with are beating my KOMs ...
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How do I train for climbing in a relatively flat area?

How do you best train for climbs in a flat area? I am aiming to tackle some UK climbs in N. Yorks and the Lakes come autumn but I only have access to the flat local countryside at the moment. I don’...
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How should I train for a hilly ride while living in a flat country?

I'm kicking around the idea of riding the Curadmír in the spring of 2015 (almost 600km over 3 days across Northern Ireland), a ride that would obviously have a lot of elevation changes in it (~2000m/...