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Need advice on choosing the right folding bike

I'm looking for a bike for about half an hour of use a day in town. Don't have room in my flat so it will be a folding bike, and it has to cost less than £200. I consider buying this one Is it a ...
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Protecting yourself from briars / brambles / jaggers while mountain biking

Riding in the northeast US, I find myself encountering a lot of overgrown mountain bike trails in the spring. Many of these trails are bordered by briars / brambles / jaggers. I can't totally avoid ...
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Looking for orange tyres

I'm looking for a pair of folding, orange training tires, size should be 700x23C. I'd like to have only an orange stripe, not the whole tire. Can you recommend some model?
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How to buy machine-built wheels for a touring bike?

I may be in the market for a wheelset for my touring bike, a 2004 Jamis Aurora. I know very little about buying wheels; what are the things I should consider? I don’t need anything fancy, and I’d like ...
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Luggage rack attachments for laptops?

So, while out riding my bike, I really dislike having a backpack on. I have a trek luggage rack on my bicycle and would love to find something that could attach to it, capable of holding a 17" ...
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Day-trip bike for hefty 40-year-old woman?

I have an Electra Townie 7d, and I'm quite fond of her (sorry, I do anthropomorphize my bike) as a commuter and farmer's-market hauler, but I'd like a more efficient bike for afternoon-trips (say, 50 ...
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Is Trek Atwood a good bike? [closed]

I recently bought a Trek Atwood WSD for my wife. She's about 5'3" so the size I ordered is 15". I don't know much about bicycles and was wondering if this model is a good bike for a beginner. Also, ...
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Are there any bicycle computers that will log ride data?

I'm looking to get a computer for my bicycle to give me some more information when I go on rides. I have seen and used several that belong to friends, and while they seem invaluable, the one feature ...
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Bike Polish for Carbon Frames

I'm looking for a recommendation for a good bike polish for carbon clear coat frames. Something the fills in minor hair line surface scratches and leaves a nice shine.
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Shimano 105 early- to mid-1990s SLR groupset on eBay worth it for 70s SuperCycle rebuild?

Is the below groupset a good value for this frame? I picked up a vintage SuperCycle Medalist frame (I'm guessing 1970s) and am looking to make a comfortable but capable bike for commuting and ...
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Why don't bikes by auto manufacturers make it into bike shops or onto the streets?

Currently I am considering getting a 'Mini' brand folding bike mail order, even though I have not seen one in a shop or in the street. This I am happy to do as it is a re-badged Dahon at a special ...
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For a long (25mile each way) commute, what kind of bike should I look at?

I'd really like to be able to commute to work. It's a long way though - 25 miles away. Too far for every day, but maybe I can cycle it once or twice a week. I tried it on my old mountain bike a ...
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Bottom bracket repair stand experience

Does anyone have direct experience with the ParkTool Team Race Stand or other brands/models of bottom bracket repair stands? If so, do you like it and why? A good answer for me will include the ...
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Picking a bike for a cyclist new to riding on the road?

I've gone a few years without riding at all, and I'm getting back into cycling to improve my fitness. I've typically ridden light mountain bike trails in the past. I want buy a new/second-hand road ...
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Any thoughts on spoke lights? [closed]

I was considering getting some spoke lights to increase visibility at night, and although there are a number of options they all seems to have a relatively low battery life, or get bad reviews. Here ...
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Affordable GPS with maps?

I have my eye on the Garmin 800. It looks fantastic, but alas I can't afford it right now. I would like a gps / cycle computer that would work well in Europe with maps. What are my options? I want ...
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Reliable Bike Computer

This summer I have already bought two bike computers but both have failed to meet my expectations: Computer #1 The Filzer had poor reviews but I thought I would give it a try anyways. Should have ...
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What tools are most important on an all-in-one bike tool for a commuter?

My commute is about 25km/day. I have a cheapish hybrid bike with Shimano gears, v-brakes and SPD pedals. I carry a small hand pump and spare tube. What do I need in a bike tool/ multitool or other ...
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SRAM chain with Shimano cassette and crankset?

When new my bike had all Shimano components. When it was time to replace the chain, the LBS installed an SRAM chain. Was that a mistake on their part (if so, was it a bad mistake)? I had a problem ...
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What to look for in a Beginner Unicycle

Motivation: I'm a casual cyclist (I ride around 4 miles per day, to school and work and back) but I wanted to get into unicycling to casually cycle through parks and the like; nothing too extreme, but ...
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Ice tires for winter commuting on non-icy roads?

Can a tire like the Schwalbe Marathon Winter be used for winter-long commuting (40 km/day) on roads which are mostly or usually not icy? I might want the studs occasionally (and lower the air ...
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What affordable rear brake can I get with nut/bolt rather than Allen Key?

I am looking for recommendations for a rear brake for a road brake. The problem is that I can see plenty of options for the newer 'Allen Key' style but not the older 'nut/bolt' style. I also want just ...
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How to find a bell that works well in the rain?

I have a small aluminum bell with a striker on the side that has a good loud piercing "ding" that's easily heard from over 100 feet away (30 meters). However, when it's raining and the bell gets wet, ...
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What should I look for in a more expensive bike? [closed]

As a woodworker I know what to look for in furniture and cabinets that make them higher quality (how are the drawers constructed, what kind of wood). But for bikes I have no idea. What should I look ...
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Newer-model bike similar to Raleigh M50

A little over a decade ago now, I had purchased a brand-new Raleigh M50 mountain bike. Though whether or not I really need a "mountain bike" could be very much up to question, I greatly enjoyed the ...
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Buying Guides/Primers/Resources? [closed]

Background I find myself looking into buying a decent bike for the first time in my life (previous bikes having all been gifts or walmart specials). As such, I find myself trying to figure out what ...
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How to prevent my chain from breaking?

After my chain has broken what should I know about buying and maintaining a new chain (apart from lubing it and replacing when it 'stretches')? Do you keep a spare chain, or a spare link? I have a ...
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What should I look for when buying tubes?

I wanted to buy a spare tube to carry while riding, but it appears there is wide choice: the first website I checked carried 92 items in the tube category, another one had 69, with prices varying from ...
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A good bicycle trailer I can order

I would like to purchase a bicycle trailer, to take bottles to the depot and pickup stuff from the hardware store from time to time. What is a good one to get?
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What should I consider when buying a saddle?

My current saddle is starting to show its age and isn't as comfortable as I'd like on longer rides. I am considering buying a new one. Obviously saddles differ in price and weight, but what other ...
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Where should I mount a mirror?

What do you recommend as an optimal point and orientation for mounting a rear-view mirror? I'm open to handlebar-, glasses-, or helmet-mounted. Some of the considerations, as I understand it, are: ...
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How to select an inexpensive road bike for a heavier rider?

I want to start riding a bike from home to work so I need to buy a bike. I don't want to spend a lot on the bike and also I'm not interested in bikes that Target and Walmart sells. I want something ...
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Should I buy a Dahon or wait for a Tern folding bike?

I am currently thinking about buying a Dahon folding bike to replace my existing Dahon folding bike. Brompton and other marques are not really a consideration because I like Dahon for many reasons - ...
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Could anyone help me resolve the differences between these two BMX bikes?

I'm deciding between those two bikes and since I'm not a pro, I cannot spot many differences. I was hoping you guys could help me out. One notable difference I know of is that Mongoose Capture 11 has ...
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Unicycle recommendation [duplicate]

I know that this is a 'bi'cycle forum, but I'm going to chance it and ask for unicycle buying advice. What should I look for when buying a unicycle? I probably will do some leisure riding with it, ...
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Recommendations for waterproof map carrier for an adventure race

I am going to an adventure race that has a MTB segment (~100km) where you get the map 5h before the start. I am looking for a bicycle map holder that is waterproof and can pivot (Its a team race and ...
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What BMX bicycle to buy for both urban and rough riding?

This is slightly related to my previous topic about Danny MacAskill's bicycle, but not necessarily bound to it. I'd like to buy a BMX bicycle with the following requirements: I want to use it only ...
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Cartridge equivalent spindle length for Shimano BB-6207 116 mm Cup and Cone Bottom Bracket?

I'm building up an old Terry bike and will likely pick up a NOS Shimano 600EX FC-6207 crankset. The corresponding bottom bracket for this crankset is the 116 mm BB-6207 cup and cone. However, given ...
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What features are useful on a bike for carrying children?

See also this question: What should I look for in a "trailer bike"/"tag-along" bike for a child? I want to buy a bicycle. I will want to use a child seat for a few years, and ...
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Listening to audio without obstructing ears

I'm looking for a way to listen to my audiobooks while commuting without obstructing my ears. One (rather expensive) option appears to be the Tunebug Shake (a Bluetooth ...
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Mountain bike in USD 1,000-1200 range

I am looking bikes like the Specialized Rock Hopper 29er equipped with lots of gears for versatility and the ability to stand up to trail riding in places where tree roots loom large. What sort of ...
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Best value for money on aero wheels

I cycle to work three times a week over a distance of 13 miles in both directions. I do approximately 20mph most of the way there and back and I am looking for ways to speed up the commute. Having ...
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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 ...
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Non U-Lock that can be mounted for carrying?

I recently moved away from NYC to the suburbs. In NYC, I always locked up my bike with the New York Lock, which is a super heavy duty U-Lock. With a plethora of signs and parking meters, NYC works ...
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Which of these bikes is best for trails and bike paths? [closed]

I have a few options, please explain which one is better and why? SCHWINN Searcher Comp http://www.mojekolo.cz/8413-schwinn-searcher-comp GT Transeo 2.0 (2009) ...
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Recommendation for panniers to carry a laptop for daily commute That's available in the UK

I've seen this question about Panniers, but as far as I can tell, the Arkel Panniers aren't available in the UK. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good laptop holding pannier that converts ...
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Choosing a bike for errands [closed]

I've recently bought a Viva Pista 3 single speed bicycle, after getting my previous bike stolen. It's a really nice ride and very good for road rides. It's my pride and joy. However, it's not ...
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Need a well-fitted bike for urban commuting

I started cycling to work every day. The bike I'm currently using is a mountain bike with a tiny frame and has begun to hurt my back. So, I'm looking to purchase something new. I'll be cycling around ...
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What should I look for in a cycling undershirt for warm weather?

Road season is about to start here and I think that it is time I stopped using my cotton singlets as an undershirt and start using something more specific for cycling (and racing in particular). What ...
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Looking for recommendations for a folding tricycle [closed]

A friend of mine is considering purchasing a folding tricycle. (She has balance issues, so a regular bike isn't an option.) This would be for exercise and fun riding, not for commuting or hauling ...