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What brands do they stock? As well as relationships with customers shops have to have relationships with suppliers. You will find that dealerships are not dished out so easily and only the best bike shops can have the best brands. This is for bikes and for components. A brand to look for is Specialized, does the shop have Specialized components? Customers ...


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Pushing down on the pedals is a natural thing. So to improve the "roundness" of your pedal stroke, completely ignore the down-stroke, instead focus on the following: Continuing the pedal stroke "across the bottom". This will probably feel something like trying to scrape mud off the bottom of your shoe. On the up-stroke, focus on driving your knee upwards ...


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I think it depends both on the rider (as @moz pointed out) and on the bike. And of course, you should have a clean road also. If you have a high end road bike in good shape, you can get to very high speeds if you've got the skills and the clear road ahead. In Tour de France downhill sections, they can go at speeds as high as 65 mph / 110 Km/h, even losing ...


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I think that the answer to this question is not "how fast can you safely go?", but rather to look at the inverse, "how fast do you need to safely stop?". If you are on a long road with no side roads, and no chance of animals, dirt, gravel, stopped cars, braking cars, etc, then your maximum speed is very much a personal decision. As others in this question ...


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I find them useful on the street during the winter. Here in Minneapolis it gets pretty cold and the streets can get pretty icy. Their studded-ness plus their aggressive tread pattern give me good traction in snow and on ice. However, studded tires are really slow. The majority of the time, even in winter, there isn't much ice and I am completely fine riding ...


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One of the best reasons for having a round pedal stroke is efficiency. If you pedal stroke is smooth and efficient, you will get more power to the wheels with less effort. Some exercises for improving your pedal stroke; the winter is a great time for such low intensity exercises. Pedal a very big gear up hill (20-40 rpm) for intervals of 5-10 min x 2-5/...


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Pushing and pulling and rhythm: You'll certainly need clipless pedals - you won't develop a decent stroke if you're only pushing down on the pedal. You need to be pulling as well. I would advocate spending some time riding a fixie, too. If you have to keep you legs moving, you will start to feel more connected to your bike and its speed. Get yourself a ...


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It might be a facetious answer on the face, but seriously - why are you carrying your bike at all? Do carry a working mini-tube, pump, two tyre levers and whatever you need to get the wheel completely off if its not a QR (ring spanner, perhaps allen key, maybe special tool for IGHs etc) Some people like disposable gloves for the hand protection. ...


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On one of my bikes with an analog speedometer, back when I was in really good shape, I decided to find out. Got a good run onto the biggest downhill around and hammered it all the way down. Got the speedo up to an indicated 60mph before running out of hill (65 is where it maxed out, not sure how accurate it was). It was very smooth feeling, all the low ...


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I don't know what kind of tires you're running, but 65PSI is a really low maximum pressure for a 700x32 tire. I wouldn't exceed it if I were you. I'd probably throw them out and get a pair of tires that are a little more confidence inspiring. Tire pressure is more of an art than a science (even moreso with mountain bike tires), and much of it is going to ...


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3 basic tips Try to be predictive in your shifting. Don't wait until you really need the next lower gear to change gears. Try to do it before your cadence drops to where you're mashing on the pedals Ease up on the pedals when shifting. If you missed on the first tip, then let up on the mashing very briefly during the downshift. This will aid the chain in ...


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Find the centre of mass of your bike, which is usually just above the BB+downtube. There are two strategies for carrying the bike, assuming that the bike does not have any heavy accessories such as pannier rack+bag, which would otherwise alter the centre of mass of the bike: flat/downstairs: one hand go over the top tube, grab the down tube so that the ...


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All the answers referring to safe stopping are exactly right, but then there is another consideration - your equipment. @moz uses m/s and this gives a real feeling for the amount of distance you can cover in the time it will require to observe, decide and then act. Add to that your equipment. I remember a friend once discussing their recent Alpine trip and ...


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The Foil Premium frame does not have the factory routing for mechanical shifting. It is designed for Shimano Di2 or Campagnolo EPS electronic shifting only. I was able to modify the frame successfully to accept normal cable routing, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you are very confident in your skills with drill and dremel. And of course it voids the ...


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It depends on where you live. On many winter days there isn't much difference between the frozen pond you mentioned and the middle of the street around here. Studded tires are definitely not a must for any winter rider, it's more of a if-it-fits-your-local-needs type of item.


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I go with how they treat me. Are they friendly? Do they try and push whatever they have in stock or seem to be more focused on what I actually need. On the technical side, do they sell your brand? Are they a roadie or mtb shop or a nice mix? Does their repair area seem to have work that is being done or is it empty? You can also question some of the ...


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Here's how I did it: Ask a question or two here, to get a better understanding from people here of what I'm looking for before I go into the store Look on Google for a list of stores, and find a shortlist of 15 that are recommended as "The Best Bike Stores in MyCityName" on a blog (based on a survey, apparently; and that blog entry has 283 comments with ...


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2 major things to consider when deciding what PSI to run your tires are the rims and the tire itself. Most tires can handle higher tire pressure than what is printed on them but are "guaranteed" to handle the PSI printed on the sidewall. If you are buying quality tires, you have a better chance of pumping them higher with out blowing them out. Coming back to ...


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Before even going to the shop you can do some research. The Better Business Bureau (in the US), online reviews through sites such as Google Maps, and even just googling for "Shop Name, City" can lead you to other customer's opinions. Once you set foot in their shop, then it's good to begin building a relationship. Call the salesperson by their name and ...


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I have a crook shoulder so can't put a lot of weight on it. But our office bike room is on the first floor (second floor) and there's a stairwell to get up there. So I stand on the left, non drive-side where its cleaner, put my arm over the top tube and grasp the seat tube between the bottom bracket and the seat tube drink cage. On standing, the nose of ...


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I think that even if you feel confident & safe going at a higher speed this is a dangerous thing to do. You can never tell if a car is going to swerve into your path, if a cow might stroll out of a bush or if there's a pothole underneath that seemingly shallow puddle just waiting to throw you right off your bike. If you go at very fast speeds you have ...


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Without a recommendation (from a friend, etc) you have no way to tell until you buy/fix something in that LBS. Otherwise it will only be dependent to the way they greet you and maybe the kind of equipment they have, but that's so subjective... I've entered in some LBS to ask for bike parts and had so many different greetings, giving me (in some cases) a ...


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You might want to take a look at this question: How to choose a local bike shop. There's a lot of great information there. I recommend to check a few things. Check pricing on items to ensure they have competitive pricing. A store that charges a lot for items will probably do it to make up for less sales. Also, ensure the store isn't empty. If it's a ...


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One option that sidesteps the question slightly is to learn how to do some of the more common maintenance items yourself. Most bike maintenance is actually quite simple when you have the proper tools. What I've found is that whenever I've needed service done, the cost of having a mechanic doing it is almost the same as purchasing everything I need to do it ...


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The climbing that kills me when mtbing are the explosive short climbs, not the long grinds. If that is the case with you, I would suggest some sort of interval training. This sort of training should help your recovery speed. Also, make sure that you are taking nutrients in while exercising. Low to moderate exertions can be fueled by body fat, but high ...


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Ride the tire at anything under the 65psi listed by the manufacturer unless the loaded bike (with you on it) deforms the tire more than 15% of the tire height or you experience bottoming-out on the rim that causes a flat. There's no need for a rock-hard tire unless you like to be rattled to pieces. Higher-pressures will not make a bike tire roll faster. (...



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