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It's used for attaching a child seat similar to this one. The above site shows a clearer image of the part in question which might be useful to future visitors.


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Novices I've ridden with are surprised and pleased that I ride behind them. They set the pace I can watch what they're doing I can ride close (enough to talk) without being too close (i.e. without colliding) I can recommend which gear they change and when I keep car traffic off their tail (e.g. by my using arm-signals to the car to say "slow down" or ...


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These are cable guide parts. From the looks of it, you have: 2 Housing shims, used to secure hydraulic lines or brake housing in the braze-ons of the frame, or for securing the housing at the point it enters the frame in the case of internal housing. 1 Headset adjustment bolt button, used to keep water out of the bolt in the center of your headset cap, ...


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I have seen various tow rope devices based on bungie cords used in multi-event team races[1], but I'd suggest those are even harder to learn than drafting. Having someone pull on the bike unexpectedly can cause all kinds of control problems. It's not something I'd recommend using with a novice. It's generally only used on long uphill slogs. A tow rope just ...


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My first priority is reliability, the second is comfort. I spend 3-5 hours a day in the saddle, day after day. Light components are not a priority, I get reliable ones. Wheels: Ryde/Rigida Andra are very strong ones. Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon puncture proof Saddle: Brooks are good, or SQ Lab - comfort is very important, try before you go Handlebars: Ergon ...


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Get the slower cyclist a better bike and the faster cyclists a bike that is going to slow him/her down. When there are winds to consider, have the stronger cyclist take head and create a wind break, let the slower cyclist set the speed which can be done by cycling ahead or by the stronger cyclist paying a lot of attention on the companion. Take breaks ...


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I help my wife up hills all the time so we can ride together with groups that are just a tad too fast for her while I still get some exercise. You have to have pretty good handling skills to do it, and I wouldn't try it off-road, but it's surprising how much of a difference a slight push will make on a hill. I just ride next to her with one hand on my ...


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A very obvious way for a faster rider (or one with more stamina) would be to let the slower rider draft. It doesn't need to be tire-touchingly close, just enough for the follower to feel less wind. I think this would allow you to reach an average speed somewhere between the two riders. This sounds like a specific instance. The ride is long enough that you ...


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How are you helping to help this slower rider? With technique, conditioning, or something else? You could slow down and help them with technique for a ways, then sprint ahead and turn around. When you catch up, turn around and give them more pointers. I also suggest getting into a bigger group of riders where the novice rider can find more novice rider at ...


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Looks like it might be a mount for a kid's bike seat.


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If you are planning for a loaded tour, lightweight equipment is the opposite of what you want— the bike is a relatively small proportion of the total weight of bike + gear. Strong wheels are one of the most important components, since failures are difficult to repair and have potential to end the trip— overbuilt wheels with a high spoke count for ...


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There are a lot of good answers above. One thing that hasn't been mentioned: You (OP) said that you had a road bike and a mountain bike. Depending on the style of mountain bike, it may not work with some carriers that hold the bicycle from the top tube. There are adapters available to fix that: http://www.discountramps.com/bike-adapter/p/AA-8602/. Or, you ...



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