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Check out cyclocross style bicycle. It does well on the road and light trails. You can put touring tires on it. wiki Cyclo-cross


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Back in college, I did some downhilll racing at a ski resort with chairs like the ones you're talking about. One guy carried his bike like this: It had the advantage that when he dismounted, he just set the rear wheel down while still sitting in the chair, stood up, and walked off the lift with the bike next to him. The disadvantage was that it was an ...


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Integrated drop bar shift levers are inherently expensive, so I'm not sure how much you will be able to keep the cost down. Also, you will probably have a hard time finding 7 speed integrated levers. They would either have to be old, or low end. And even the low end stuff is quite highly priced. Based on the searching I've done around the web, it doesn't ...


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The 29ers without front suspension exist, but they are a bit pricey since they come from niche manufacturers. Many people want SS drivetrains since they want pure simplicity. Surly ships some of their complete bikes such as the Ogre as rigid 29'ers (the Karate Monkey can also take gears). There are some other options though. One common option is the Kona ...


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Alternatively you could use a hybrid bicycle. 29" wheels with slightly knobby tyres, upright handlebar and some come with a front suspension, though I would select one without.


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I'm in similar situation. My solution (since my entire trip is 20 miles one way and only 3 miles are forest trail) is to bear the bumpiness (with stock carbonfork) by putting 700x 35 tires on Trek 7.5 FX which is a road bike biased hybrid. If you go with smaller wheels it gets bumpier. If you go with wider tires than you suffer on pavement. And yes, as the ...


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I have done this only once, but have observed a lot of people carrying bikes like this. The lift in question is just as in your picture - 2-person open lift with safety. The chairs slow somewhat while in the station, but mostly hit you in the butt. So there are two things you need to do, and the results are both easy and safe. Furthermore, both seats can be ...


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I ski patrolled and carried toboggans up a lift like that all the time. A toboggan is bigger and heavier than a bike. No you cannot drop the safety bar (on that type of chair). Ideally would haul up with two but I was strong enough to haul alone. If there was tail wind it could be scary even with two. Sit back and suck the weight (top tube) ...


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No. It's a trail bike. You'd need to add an extra 40-60mm rear travel for a start. It's also perfectly capable of being ridden down many DH tracks as it is - it just might not like the 40ft gap jumps :) With tongue firmly in cheek, there's a few things you might be able to do, but none of them will turn it into a proper downhill bike. Most of them will void ...


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Typicall fixed fork only come with single speed. So you are stuck with: Replace a suspension for a fixed Add gears to a single speed Don't do it unless you are going to get a good carbon fork and that is $300+. It is nice for weight and does not wear out but it is not cheaper than low to mid range shock. I think it is more economical to add gears to ...


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The difference in chain width between 9s and 10s is less than 1mm so it won't make much of a difference once the mech is adjusted correctly. I have M660 on my bike and M665 on brother's bike and they aren't so much different, so if 10s is proven to work on one, it should work on the other. Front shifters have the same cable pull, but front derailleurs have ...


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I would lean toward getting a bike that handles offroad really well. You can always ride and offroad bike on the road but it is more difficult to ride a onroad bike offroad.


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Another suggestion would be a bike from the emerging "gravel" or "adventure" categories. Typically they are comfortable road bikes with clearance for larger tires, meant to be used on a wide variety of road surfaces, both paved and unpaved.



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