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Camera alternatives for commuting (2014 version)

After a few near misses by cars and two mates actually being hit I want to start using a camera for taping video footage. These are my requirements: Long battery life (3h+) Inconspicuous ...
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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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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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Does anyone have experience with wooden saddles?

I've been looking online at a wooden road saddle and it looks pretty sweet but not sure how comfortable it's going to be... The description says it's made from maple wood and designed to flex, so it ...
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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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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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How much speed can I buy

I am currently riding an entry level carbon road bike (Fuji Gran Fondo 2.5, compact 50/34 crankset, 105 group, 12/30 10 speed, Oval 327 wheels, but I suspect the details are not important-you have all ...
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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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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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Does anyone have any special notes on buying pannier racks?

I have a 520 mm cro-mo vintage tsunado road bike. It has 27 inch wheels. I'm putting a pannier rack on the back *preferably steel, but I'll consider Al. It doesn't have the upper mounts but the ...
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Can I add 3rd chainring to a an old Sugino double?

I have a vintage (165mm-Crnk) Sugino 40/48 on here now, but am looking to add some gear range for up hill with med-sm load. I have a Tiagra short cage RD and a Sora double FD. I am friction shifting. ...
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What exactly are Quest bikes?

My wife has about 10-15 years old, but very rarely used (thus in quite good condition) bike with a large "Quest" label in place, where all other bikes has its brand name. By reading all the labels on ...
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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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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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What kind of bike should I get to accomodate me?

I’m a plus sized female (about 135 kg, 295lb, 5'7") from NYC and I’m looking to get into bike riding again. I haven’t ridden a bike since I was about 12 years old and I loved it. I’m looking to ...
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What size Mr. Tuffy Liner should I buy for my 24“x1.95” bike tires?

Mr. Tuffy size chart is here: http://www.mrtuffy.com/sizes.html My tire size is 24"x1.95". If I go by tire diameter, I should go with Mr. Tuffy's Blue liner which fits 24"x1.375". If I go by tire ...
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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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Setting up a bicycle for someone with restricted knee articulation

My father, now in his 70's, had a left knee replacement several years ago. He has limited movement in that knee - probably about 85 degrees on a good day. His knee can extend fully, but cannot bend as ...
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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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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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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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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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Which rack top bag fits an 11" MacBook Air with space for a little padding?

The goal is to carry a change of clothes and the MacBook Air (1.7 cm high, 29.95 cm wide, 19.2 cm deep and 1.06 kg) on a 14km commute. I've used Ortlieb panniers (on a Tubus rack) but I don't like the ...
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How To Get Started With Hand Cycling

I sustained a knee injury about a year ago and it's looking like I won't be biking anytime soon. I thought that a good alternative would be to get into hand cycling. I am having a hard time finding ...
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Medium size cargo solution for road-bike for commuting

Currently I use a touring bike with rear rack and a single panier on my 15km commute. In my panier I carry a full set of clothes including shoes, a small coat and a towel. I want to start using my ...
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What type of tires can prevent goatheads?

We have a lot of goatheads1 in our area, and they have a tendency to do something like this to bike tires: Unfortunately, I ride a road bike (specifically a Kona Dew), so I have much smaller, ...
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What are the strengths, weaknesses and/or recommendations for a BLB Mosquito Saddle? [closed]

I ask this here because I couldn't find too much information or reviews about BLB Mosquito saddles. If administrators find this question doesn't fit into this place, please feel free to remove/edit ...
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What are my options for replacing a Shimano Hollowtech II BB?

I have had a 'Deore' equipped mountain bike for 3-4 months now. However, there is grinding noise from the area of the cranks and I suspect the bottom bracket. On a local MTB forum I heard that Deore ...
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Dia Compe Brakes for 1991 Bridgestone RB-T

I have a 1991 Bridgestone RB-T. This bike has passed through many hands so much of the stock parts are gone. The original Dia Compe XCE brake arms have been replaced by Dimension canti arms. My ...
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Bike seat frame

I got a Rhode Gear childs seat from a friend but they needed the Blackburn rack they had for it to go on for there next seat, where would I find out what type of Blackburn frame I need to fit an ...
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Sekai 2000 tire and rim?

I have a Sekai 2000 bike and the rims are bent very minutely. If I turn the wheels front or back and put my fingernail in a fixed position close to the rim, it is less then 1mm. Is that anything I ...
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How to choose grips for trail riding AND commuting?

I use my mountain bike for trail riding (a few hours on weekends) and for commuting (20-50 minutes each day), on paved or dirt roads (I have 2 different routes). I would like to replace the grips on ...
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Choosing hubs and rims for training road wheels

I'm going to build a training road wheelset for my touring bike. I wonder what should be criteria for choosing hubs and rims and spokes. I'd prefer cheaper options as long as they are durable and not ...
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Rear hub for randonneuring - any “classic” model?

I have recently had a failure in my rear-hub during a brevet. The bike I use for brevets was assembled from used parts, and I tried to choose components that are dedicated to randonneuring ...
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Is it possible to run standard mechanical shifting on a Scott Foil Premium frame?

The Scott Foil Premium is the highest end frame available from Scott Sports, and it is designed to run an electronic drive train, routed internally. The original reports were that this frame would be ...
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Recommended budget waterproof jacket

I'm a bit baffled by the large choice of cycling waterproof jackets. Could someone recommend me a good budget waterproof jacket? A bit more information: I mostly ride off road About £70 (approx 112 ...
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Help to choose the right bike multipurpose bike

I spend about 45 mins everyday commuting (less than 2 miles) to work on a formal dress, shoes, carrying a backpack that consists of a laptop, charger and little more stationery (about 10-12 pounds, I ...
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Advice on buying a new bike

I am looking to buy a new brand new bike but I'm not experienced at all with bike specs and quality and things to look out for etc. I have previously only had second hand really basic bicycles in my ...
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Speed and comfort of a racing bicycle?

I just saw this guy called Jason Rourke breaking the record of 112.94mph (181km/h) on his bicycle. I wish I could have such a bicycle to ride, but I have never ridden a racing bicycle with gears. I ...
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Bike type xc ht or cx? [closed]

I am a newbie on bikes and i want to buy one. I want to buy a bike that i can cover some small city road distances ~30km daily with comfort and to be able to go on some mountain trails when i got time ...
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Long commute (~30km/18.5mi) considerations/logistics [closed]

[This turned out to be quite long question, but I couldn't find anyone discussing my particular situation - long, training-like ride followed by a workday as a developer. It seems that all ...
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How to choose protective cycling gloves?

Yesterday I failed to make a turn and rode into a thorny bush, which cut my hands. I have often feared similar situations. For example, when descending, I often need to take a difficult line, in ...
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Which type of bicycle is best for weight loss? [duplicate]

I want to know which type of bicycle is best for weight loss.
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Which pannier racks give the best heel clearance?

I've just bought a new bike (Pinnacle Neon 1 2013) which has a 42cm chainstay. Just to be on the safe side, I was wondering which racks provide more heel clearance than average? I'll only be using it ...
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Secure Storage for Running Errands

I use my bike to run errands on the weekends - stopping for soap and shampoo at the drug-store, a loaf a bread at the grocery store, stopping for lunch, etc. The issue is I have to haul my previous ...
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Light-weight ladies bike

What about ladies bikes? I tried to buy one recently, like mine but with a smaller frame. It came with 700 wheels. Is that sensible? Shouldn't there be a smaller wheel for a smaller frame? Does North ...
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Recommendation for panniers used off the bike a lot

I'm looking for panniers. I mostly just potter around town, and am not planning any cycle touring so my main criteria is that the panniers should be easy to carry around off the bike. Built in ...
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Saddle bag for food container

I have a ~2 mile/~20min cycle to work and currently take a rucksack with me that generally only contains my food for the day in a standard take-away container measuring about 17cm x 12cm x 4cm give or ...
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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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Dropper seat post with 150 mm of travel

Are there dropper seat posts with 150 mm of travel on the market other than Rock Shox Reverb Stealth and Kind Shock (LEV & Supernatural)?