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Why are most BSOs mountain bikes?

All department store bikes, that I have witnessed, are mountain bikes. Many of them are even full suspension and some feature dual-crown forks. Why the lack of BSO (Bicycle Shaped Object) road bikes? ...
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Choice of two Stevens bikes, which one makes more sense? [closed]

I'm going to need a new bike for next summer, my local shop carries and suggested Stevens. I've sort of narrowed down my selection to two, but since there is a steep price difference I'm not ...
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How useful/valuable is internal cabling?

I'm in the market for a new bike. I'm not a club rider but a utilitarian one: I commute on my bike, visit friends and run errands. On average I probably ride 2-4 miles per day, almost entirely on good ...
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how much a good bike can cost? [closed]

I bought a new bike few months ago and it cost me 375€, which for the most people it is a lot for a bike, but it is really cheap in bike world. I already have some problems with my seat (and ...
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Single-speed vs Multi-speed bike purchase

I am looking at buying my first bike as an adult. I grew up in a neighborhood that was very hilly, so am used to getting bikes with gears to be able to do hills more easily. I now live somewhere ...
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How best to appraise a bicycle … attn collectors! [closed]

Other than having been a serious rider, having owned/fixed-up/sold/bought about 30 or 40 bikes in the past few years...I'd be useless buying or selling even 1 bike. how would the average consumer ...
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Best Time to buy new bike? [duplicate]

I have been looking around bikes for a while tried about 10 bikes already and rode about 10 miles on each of them and I think I have come to a conclusion about which one to buy (or did I?) But the ...
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Do Bike stores allow you to ship a bike to them to assemble?

I live in Orlando, Florida, and I am stuck with no transportation besides public buses, taxis, etc. as my bike literally fell apart in pieces in the middle of a road. I am looking to purchase a new ...
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Springy Rattling noise on new bike

I have recently bought a boardman pro 29er from Halfords (cycle to work). I like it and I'm enjoying riding it for the most part however there is a noise. Whenever I'm in a high gear (largest front ...
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BSO identification for amateurs

I'm a biking amateur, but I've been wanting to upgrade and get more serious. Just recently, I was gifted a pretty new bike and I'm wanting to figure out how BSO it is so I can either upgrade it or ...
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Where to buy previous years' bikes

Every now and then I see on a bike shop's website that they will have last year's version of the same model of another bike, but it's marked down by a few hundred dollars. Unfortunately, from what ...
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Is my six-year old touring bike worth repairing?

My touring bike (which I use for commuting) needs repairs which will cost £200... half the price of a new one. I am not mechanically-minded.... and I am too busy and too old to learn! A new bike ...
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How to “shop” for bikes via mail order

What is a good method for finding a bike which matches my riding style, body measurements and bank account size when not able to actually go and try the given candidate bike model(s) in-person? In my ...
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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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Replacing mountain bike bars & stem with drop bars

I have a mid-1990s Specialized Rockhopper. I've trashed the flat bars that were on it previously and I want to install drop bars, but to make that comfortable for me I'll want a shorter and higher ...
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What do you wish you knew you before you bought your first nice bike? [closed]

I am planning on purchasing my first nice bike ($500-$1000, nice to me is not a walmart bike) and am cautious due to the Dunning Kruger effect. I have never had a bike not from walmart before, and ...
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Shimano PD-6800 vs PD-9000 pedals

Other than a 12g saving in weight and the Dura Ace label, are there any further potential reasons to prefer Shimano PD-9000 pedals over PD-6800? Edit: This question is specifically about pedals ...
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What bike/helmet camera resolution is needed in order to read licence plates?

Has anyone had any success with camera's that could resolve the license plate of vehicles that are near the bike? Look, the reason we legally have to have car insurance in most countries is because ...
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Does it matter where you buy the bike?

You can buy the same bike at different stores (see for example the Schwinn Discover, here, here, and here). Does the place where you buy the bike from matter in terms of what parts they put on it? Or ...
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Brompton: where to find the higher supply of second-hand bikes in UK, or anywhere in Europe? [closed]

We are 2 french hitchhikers looking for 2 second-hands brompton folding bike (M6R, black). We are ready to hitchhike to get them anywhere in UK, Belgium, NL or Germany for a "reasonable" price. ...
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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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Where to buy (carbon) framesets? [closed]

I'm looking for online suppliers of carbon road framesets, the major online retailers Wiggle, Evanscycles and Chainreactioncycles don't seem to have much choice available (~<10 each) with low ...
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Want to start cycling, is this a good bike [duplicate]

I have been riding on a cheap bike from Argos but I want to start doing it a bit more properly. Where I live, there are a fair few cycle paths, etc which aren't very flat. There's a lot of tree roots, ...
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What parameters are important when replacing a rear hub?

My rear hub is damaged. I have not yet inspected the source of the damage, but the wheel is moving sideways when rotating (a LOT), plus I rode it like this for about 35km. Therefore, I find it ...
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Dual position air, solo air, coil, rebound: what do they mean about forks?

Lyric is available as Dual Position Air/ Solo Air / Coil. What do those terms mean generally? My speculations are leading me nowhere. If Dual Air means no hydraulic cylinder, how can the fork have ...
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1980's bike vs New(er) Models? (Should one stay with an ancient bike?)

I have been cycling on a Centurion Pro Tour that was constructed sometimes in the 1980's - probably late 1980's, but still. It works great. It coasts downhill far faster than my hybrid, it doesn't ...
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Bike for mixed use

I've been spinning for the last two years and looking to purchase my first road bike, comparing road, touring, cyclocross and hybrid. I won't race, but do look to ride weekly & take some 40-80 ...
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Specialized bike store or general sports shop

I plan to buy a new bicycle. Is it better to buy it at a specialized bike store or at a general sports shop? In case it matters, I live in Vienna, Austria. I know very little about bicycles in ...
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What are some good flat pedal shoes for XC racing? [closed]

Like the title says, I'm looking for some recommendations on good flat pedal shoes. This could include ones with an SPD or other interface that has removable clips. I'm currently riding with a set of ...
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if my height is 5'9" what mtb should I buy? [closed]

I am rookie and I want to know about mountain bike and want to know that if my height is 5.9 which mountain bike works for me. So guys please help to know about mountain bike.
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How much value do groupsets gain/loose per year?

What is the difference in value of a last-year component, and the equivalent one from this year? For example an SLX rear derailleur, an X0 crankset, a Fox Float fork. How substantial is technology ...
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Alfine 11 chain guard

I'm planning to invest into a Alfine 11 set (both hub gear and crank+front cog(45)). I'm also looking for solution for chain guard for Alfine cog for commuting. I've found Curana brand that makes good ...
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Will this fork crown race installation tool work?

I am looking to purchase a fork crown race installation tool, ant this one is the only one available online. The IceToolz thing is "to be delivered" someday. I am very skeptical of this tool, as it ...
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Selecting a compatible BB: spindle offset

Replaced Shimano Bottom Bracket, now front derailleur won't shift to largest gear How do I measure a bottom bracket? I thought the only thing that mattered when replacing a bottom bracket ...
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Is there a collective name for the non-groupset parts?

I would like to estimate the price of a bike if bought in parts. One thing is the frame, that is easy. The front and rear shock can also easily be checked out as individual components. Tires A ...
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Waht is the difference between Shwalbe's Basic compound and Performance compound tyres?

Schwalbe produces a wide range of tyres. Their "Basic compound" tyres are twice cheaper than the same model but with "Performance compound". Anyone have user experience with the two product lines? ...
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What are some red flags to look for when buying a used road bike?

I will be buying my first road bike (after 15 years with the same mountain bike) and I have found many for sale on Kijiji. When I go look at the bikes, what should be some red flags that turn me away ...
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Do helmets really lose their quality with time even if kept in package?

A friend of mine, who works as a sales manager in a good bike shop advised me to never buy a helmet that is older than couple of years, and the best thing to do is to buy the current model line, when ...
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Bicycle production/sales figures?

Is there a way to find out how many of a particular bike model were produced and/or sold? For example, "how many Schwinn LeTour bikes were produced in 1979?" The Schwinn LeTour question is just an ...
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What are the shimano rear derailleur families?

What are the rear derailleur families, offered by Shimano? I need to replace a Shimano Acera derailleur and am trying to decide on a replacement part.
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How do I determine current value of a used bicycle? [closed]

I'm looking at purchasing a 2012 Trek Cobia from a private seller. The bike was about $1,200 new. The bike appears to be in almost new condition and contains all original equipment. The seller wants ...
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Do shops that sell used bikes normally also sell used parts?

Background I'd like to buy some used bike parts. I don't want to shop online. I'm not very good at bike repair. I want to ask the seller if the part is the right shape and size to fit my bike. If ...
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Finding store selling SM-PD64 reflectors for the Shimano Saint PD-MX80 flat pedals?

I've bought the Shimano Saint PD-MX80 flat pedals. According to the user's manual, an optional reflector set is available for them. In Shimano's dealer's manual one can read that the reflector set is ...
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Diamondback Sorrento for first starter bike? [closed]

I'm looking to get my first bike since high school. I'm wanting to do paved roads but mostly light trails (no jumps, rocks etc., but want it to be sturdy if I go off-road). Since this is my first ...
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Buying a bicycle [closed]

I'm looking for a bicycle to commute to work (<2 miles), do groceries (~2-3 miles), go to school (~8 miles). Would this be a good bike for that? (one of the cheapest bikes on bikesdirect.com)
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What type of bike has the most similar feel to a stationary bike? [closed]

At the moment I cycle half an hour every evening, on a crappy indoor stationary bike. BUT I'm pretty good, get some good speeds and distances etc. I want to start cycling outside again, I want a bike ...
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Fast touring bike / Roadbike with touring capabilities [closed]

I am looking for a bike as primary transportation in the South Bay area. My commute is 5 mi, I like to do overnight trips on weekends and use the bike for shopping, which will involve occasional trips ...
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What to buy when looking for a low maintenance city bike that allows sportive riding

I just want to replace my good old 50€ used Peugeot City Bike, that has served me well for the past year, but has some problems (like ribbed Steel Rims) that are hard to overcome. I want something ...
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Considering a Trek FX 7.7 - What else should I look at that is similar [closed]

my Trek FX 7.5 was stolen a couple of days ago, and I'm looking to replace it with a 7.7. I really liked the 7.5, so happy to stick with the brand and make, but thought I should consider other bikes ...
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What should I do at, and what should I know about, bike shows?

The Toronto bike show is this weekend. I've never been to it, in previous years, or to any other. Apart from what my LBS told me briefly about the show last year, and the show's web site, I don't know ...