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In addition, 1/8" chain doesn't flex sideways like 3/32" chain does, so while its unsuitable for derailleurs, its great for tandem timing chains, and for single-speeds. The lack of flex also contributes to its durability.


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My short answer is no. A true dirt jump frame is going to be horrible for short XC riding and even worse for extended 2 to 3 hour rides. You won't be able to get the extension to pedal efficiently and will just end up wearing yourself out standing. I have a dirt jump frame and after only a couple short commutes on it (4 miles) I decided it wasn't worth ...


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Answer: You need to get your second foot ready in time, when taking off uphill. Upbill starts are hard work - there's no doubt there are slopes you can ride but can't start on. Your options: Go downhill and start again from the bottom - keep your momentum up for the whole climb and use good climbing techniques as per Looking for Techniques for Riding ...


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Based on the Sheldon Brown article here's my approach. I find that putting the pedal 45 degrees forward of top dead centre is too far for maximum starting impulse - I go more vertical than that. I also start with my strong foot resting on the pedal, but that's partly because that means I lean the bike away from traffic and towards my single pannier when ...


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Starting from a dead stop, am afraid it is a matter of leg and core strength and handling skills, which seems that you do not quite have yet. They will come with enough riding time. In the meantime you can try to get the bike in motion by pushing the road with your leg as when you push a skateboard or a kid's scooter, then turning the cranks will be ...


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This is a sticky one to tackle. Firstly, we don't know the terrain you're riding in, we don't know if you're going to commute to work/school/college/university and we don't even know exactly what your budget would be. As for a Single-Speed, why specifically? You could lose weight on a road racer or a mountain bike, or even a BMX. Anyhow, if your budget is ...



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