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Should/can I return a new bike that seems too big?

First off, this is my first road bike. I did quite a bit of researching and read lots and lots of guides/tips on how to choose the bike you want and all of that. The problem is that you can't really ...
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Questions to ask before buying a bike?

I have thought about few questions to ask to the shop keeper before buying a bike. But would like to know from you experts, a complete set of questions like warranty period? Number of free services ...
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How do you evaluate a chamois (padding in shorts) before buying?

Stores only allow you try out shorts with an additional layer of underwear because of the hygiene issues. While this is great for public health, it seems to make it impossible to evaluate whether a ...
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Differences Between Shimano Ultegra & 105 Drivetrains

I'm in the market for a new bike (or possibly a groupo upgrade on my current bike that has 8-speed Ultegra 600 components from the early 90s). I'm trying to determine if the premium for an Ultegra ...
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Can you recommend a fixed LED headlight for a bike with a hub dynamo?

I have a Batavus Dutch bike for local commuting with a Shimano DH-2R30E 6 volt, 2.4 watt hub dynamo driving a halogen bulb headlight. The light provided is not very bright and I would like to know if ...
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Should I get a performance bike or an endurance bike for 180 km rides?

I want to do the 180 km of cycling in general, that is the 2nd leg of Ironman. I don't have a bicycle, as of now. I am planning to buy a road bike (not the one used for triathlon). People ask me to ...
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Good locks seem awfully heavy [closed]

I am looking at buying an electric bike (possible the smart ebike) -- these are not cheap. So I began to look at locks and stuff and -- these are ridiculous! 3.5-4kg even 6kg for a chain?? How do ...
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What to look for in Riding Suits?

I have been using a riding jacket but it is a bit hot during summer over long trips. I like the jacket because it is very simple, only one pocket for a key and it protects in accidents (or so I ...
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What should I look for in an indoor cycle trainer?

I'm considering getting an indoor cycle trainer . I had a look on ebay. There are a lot, and the price ranges from under 20 pounds to several hundred pounds. Quality and function range accordingly, ...
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Toddler bike seat vs. bike trailer?

Our 2.2 year old toddler seems very interested in a random, abandoned bike seat we found, so we're considering some method of letting him ride with us. But I am not sure whether to get ... A bike ...
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Bike recommendation for daily commute

I am a 6ft, 172 pound being. Just moved to boston and now that the weather is better, I am looking for a bike which I can use for my daily office commute (around 3ish mile one way). I am willing to ...
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SPD shoes that look like normal shoes

We all know that SPD shoes can be worn off the bike (that is why they were designed), however there are not many SPD shoes that you would want to wear off-bike. There are even fewer (if any) SPD shoes ...
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Experience with Fizik R3 Road shoes?

I'm considering replacing my road shoes, finally, and I was looking at the Fi'zi:k R3 Uomo Carbon Road. I'm in Dubai. No one in my region carries them in stock, so there is little possibility of ...
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Hybrid or Road Bike?

I was given a Raleigh Venture comfort bike as a gift a few months ago, and took to riding very well. I am overweight, but dropping quickly. I started at 275 and sit around 250 now after two months of ...
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what makes a good entry level road bike?

I've been riding a mountain bike for years, but I prefer to go longer distances on paved ground, so I think a road bike would be better. When I ask what is a good bike, I don't need brands/models - ...
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Is it cost effective to purchase a frame and components separately? [duplicate]

I was looking to buy a new MTB and was wondering if a purchase of a frame and components separately was cheaper then buying a bike with everything? I would assembling everything myself instead of a ...
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Fixie Vs Urban bike for small-distance commuting

My daily commute is a 1.7km long, almost straight line with minimal slope. Since I have no other method of private transportation, I am thinking of getting a bike and have come up with two interesting ...
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Prescription eye glasses and shoulder checks

I've never had prescription glasses but might like some. My left eye doesn't focus easily (I ride on the right side of the road, in Canada). If I look over my left shoulder, I can see behind me only ...
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Which spokes to get, Wheelsmith or DT Swiss Spokes?

I'm building two sets of 26" wheels, one pair of 32h triple cross with Bullseye hubs with machined sidewalls for rim brakes, and another pair of 24h double cross with Alex A-Class hubs with Sun rims ...
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QUIET Exercise Bike Under $300? [closed]

I'm hoping you can help me! I moved to a place with little soundproofing and neighbors below and next to me who complain about noise at night. Due to my schedule I can only exercise nights indoors and ...
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Are velocity A23 rims suitable for building a wheelset for a 29er Mountain bike?

I'm was looking to build a new wheelset that I can use on my rigid Karate Monkey 29er using either cyclocross or Trekking tires for gravel / dirt road riding and 29er tires for singletrack (mostly ...
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Replacing the Trek Lime

I purchased a Trek Lime for my mother a few years ago. Unfortunately, it has now been stolen and I need to replace it. She has terrible arthritis so any bike that would require her hands to do more ...
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What is the best bicycle lock on the market?

What is the best bicycle lock on the market, defined by: Best security Easiest usability when securing your bike Easiest method of transport Lightest without other compromises Edit: In addition, ...
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What are some alternatives to fruitlessly ringing my bell at a motorist?

I doubt that motor-vehicle drivers can hear the "ding" sound that a bicycle bell makes. What are some better alternatives?
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Bicycle for 2 x 30mins commute

I plan to use my bicycle 5 days a week to get to work and back, approximately 30 minutes(~6 miles /10 km) one way, mostly good/ok roads but with some bumps here and there. Should I care about cx ...
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Is a recreational bike sufficient for a 10-hour bike trip?

I am planning to go on a bike trip from Chicago to Milwaukee in the end of June. Is my Trek Allant, a recreational bike, suitable for the trip?
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Buy a new cycle or assemble new parts?

My budget is $300 - $400. I live in India. My doubt is whether, its better buying a new bike or just assemble different good company spare parts (used or new). I am very new to cycling, so please ...
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Tips on buying a beginner mountain bike

I hope this question isn't too subjective or open-ended, but I would like to know what I should look out for when buying a beginner mountain bike. My aim is to ride off-road and downhill tracks, but ...
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Which master links for 1/8 inch aka BMX chains?

It was very easy to find master links for 3/32inch (aka 9-speed chain) but I cannot find them for 1/8 inch (aka BMX chain). My chain is the Nexus CN-NX10. Cannot understand the odd observation that ...
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Alternatives for front shifting for small hands

I'm looking into a hopefully short-term solution for my daughter's small hands for shifting the left/front. Current setup is Shimano Sora with triple on the front. She can shift the right side fine, ...
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Recommendations for inconspicuous helmet-mounted video camera

I'm looking for recommendations for a good, water-proof (or at least weather-resistant) video camera that meets the needs of recording general commuting rides. Some desirable attributes are: Several ...
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Need a bright headlight for offroad, UK

As winter approaches I am looking to upgrade my cycle lights. My commute takes me on an unlit section of canal tow path so I am looking for suggestions of a super bright headlight or cycle light that ...
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Headlight recommendation

What is a good headlight for my bike? Requirements: Swappable between bikes Good for bumpy roads/situations such as gravel or dirt Long lasting battery Far reaching range of light LED of course! ...
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Which bicycle do you recommend for a short daily city commute that can last for a solid 8-10 years? [closed]

I need a road bike for my daily commute. I live in Philadelphia and am looking on Craigslist and found a couple options. Let me know what you guys think. Feel free to suggest anything else you find ...
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Rec for bike backpack with side zipper into main compartment

I got a used SAG Life Air Force 1 backpack from a friend, after deciding that a messenger bag was just too heavy when it was full for my one shoulder to bear. I primarily use the bag for urban ...
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Best Bike Rack for Honda Pilot?

I own a Honda Pilot and looking for the best bike rack that will allow me to hang the bike on the back of the pilot but possibly still open the door. 99.9% of the time we haul the bikes on my pickup ...
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Recommended inexpensive heart-rate monitors?

Since I last used a heart rate monitor (about eight years ago), wrist-watch only monitors seem to have increased in popularity (based on the offerings at Amazon) update apparently these watches come ...
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What are the strengths and weaknesses of Rido saddles?

I've started riding more often now (big plus), and as a result am getting, ahem, saddle issues with my classic San Marco Rolls saddle. I'm an average build, 5' 8-9". The saddle issues are mainly ...
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Choosing mudguards for carrying a bicycle in a small lift

I am in need for mudguards for a bicycle I bought. Here is a link to the bicycle's description: Speeder i8 The bike is a flatbar road bike, with an internal hub and roller brakes. The bicycle is ...
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What is the biggest component difference between a cheap road bike and an expensive road bike?

I am shopping around for road bikes now, and I wanted to know what components to look for. I am not talking about the frame, carbon or otherwise, I mean types of shifters, brakes, cranks, rims, etc.
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Off road lights

I've started really getting into mountain biking over the past few months and I'm keen to carry on riding through winter, preferably after work as well as at the weekends. To do this I'm going to need ...
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What frames fit these requirements?

I'm looking to build up a bike, and while I have certain characteristics in mind I'm not familiar enough with the frame market to know what to look at. This would be my daily commuter/grocery runner. ...
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wedge/saddle rail mounted bags interchange

A variety of manufacturers make snap in wedge bag mounts. The mount attaches to the saddle rails and the bag snaps into the mount. Does know which brands if any interchange?
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I want to buy something that lets me mount my bike on the wall. What could I buy? [closed]

I want to buy something that lets me mount my bike on the wall. What's a product I could use? Something sturdy, cheap, and easy to set up.
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Flying with your bike

I am going away on a cycling holiday to the Alps and need to take my bike on the plane with me. Has anyone had experience taking bikes on planes and how did you protect your bike? Can anyone ...
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iPhone 4 bike mount recommendations

Can anyone recommend a good bike mount for the iPhone 4? There seem to be a lot of reviews for the old models. Update: I'm mounting this on a Trek 1.5 Triple with Bontrager SSR VR bars. Update: ...
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Suggestions on buying a road bike for the city

I'm looking to buy a bike with which to get around Atlanta. My budget is about $500. I've seen lots of suggestions for a fixie but those seem relatively difficult. I plan to ride about 5-10 miles ...
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Suggestion on buying a single speed 29er mountain bike

I'm interested in buying a single speed mountain bike for about $400-600. Can anyone recommend me one? I tried buying this http://www.redlinebicycles.com/bikes/mtb/2012-monocog-29er but it is all ...
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Unconventional, pretty bicycle helmets

My wife and do a lot of urban riding - mostly on bike lanes - and usually we don't wear a helmet for these rides. But I'd like us to start, and I'd like to get her a nice helmet, one that doesn't look ...
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Do mudguards/fenders help? If so, what are the best for a fixie commuter?

I ride an SE Lager fixed. I'm riding on sealed paths and roads pretty much all of my commute. On wet days my bike picks up a lot of water and also a lot of sandy/silty residue. It coats the frame and ...