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How to find routes [closed]

I've frequently travelled to school by bike in the last few years. Now I would like to start riding my bike just for fun, i.e. not only to get somewhere. The problem is that I don't know how I can ...
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What do I grease and what do I lubricate?

I always thought grease was a means of lubricating, but based on the reading I've been doing here it seems they are different things. So now I'm wondering, what parts should I grease and what parts ...
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How to identify if a frame has a durable paint job?

Context I currently have a Merida Speeder 200 which I use as my everyday bike with a chain lock (mandated by the insurance). When (un)locking, the chain may sway around and hit the frame, chipping of ...
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How to move a bicycle by bicycle

I need to move two bicycles from work to home. The route is 5 miles long and car free. My only means of transport is to ride one of the bicycles so my question is this: What is the safest way to get ...
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Bike advice quick release thru axle lever videos included

my thru axle was installed for the last time before breaking here the installation thru axle before it broke then after me explaining in the video and the issue as it ...
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Are these Giant bikes fake?

There's a second hand bike I'm looking at. Photos are here: Giant defy 1 2017. The seller says it's a giant defy 1 2017, purchased last year. I noticed the stem says something like raceface which ...
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Should I use slime-filled inner tubes or anti-puncture lining?

My outer tyres were really worn and my inner tubes had 3 patches each (and still deflating) so I decided that I had to replace both. I have found some pretty nice outer tyres but as the place I ...
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Advice on what to buy for someone who snaps rear axles often

To start off, I have snapped my rear axle on my current bicycle four times already. Usually the wheel never "dislocated", so I was fine, but the last time I almost drove off a 10m drop ...
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First road bike: mech disc brakes vs dual pivot sidepull brakes?

I'm keen to buy my first road bike to do some rides around London (evening and weekend rides for exercise and travel), I've narrowed it down to 2 within my price range: Example: Carrera Zelos from ...
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Help me fix a loose pedal-arm on a fixie!

Basically, after a few months of riding my bike, the pedal arms start to loosen up every few weeks after skidding/backpedaling. I ended up having to pedal with one foot for at least 2kms today (I know,...
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How can I keep improving after my first 30km ride?

I'm a 17 year old girl. I started riding in November, and I don't know how to keep improving—I'm a bit lost. So I will describe my journey up until now and maybe you can help me. One day my friend ...
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Which direction should axle lock nuts face?

After having my bike worked on recently at the LBS I noticed that my rear axle lock nuts are arranged so that the smooth/flat sides are contacting the dropouts. To clarify, I'm discussing the lock ...
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Can an upright bicycle be modified to deal with deteriorating balance?

I am a 70-year-old, 5'3" woman in good health---my knees are a little achy at times. I want to ride around the neighborhood and do errands. I haven't ridden my bike in a long time because I am ...
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Coaster brakes vs. Handle brakes

i will be honest. I am nearly 50y/o and not in tip top shape either. I have not owned a bike since I was 12y/o. I want to buy a bike. I am looking at the cruiser bikes. Most come with coaster brakes....
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Croix De Fer fork replacement

I own a 2019 Croix De Fer 10 and would like to replace its fork since I recently damaged it. I went on Genesis's website to try and find out exactly what kind of fork it is, I am quite new to bike ...
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What is the best commuter bike tire?

My fiancee expressed interest in going on rides together, so I borrowed my mom's old purple Univega Via De Oro that's running 21sp Shimano STX-RC. I replaced the cables and overhauled the shifters, ...
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Bike purchase advice: looking for a fast tarmac/gravel bike [closed]

Bike purchase advice: what type of bike for 70 percent road, 30 percent light gravel use, budget around $3k for the bike with $1k for upgrades. I already own a Cannondale Slate Force 1 (which I love) ...
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What bike would be right for me?

I live in an area with many steep hills which are all about 1000-1300 feet high. My current bike is a Ghost Northshore which is a freerider just slightly under 37 lbs. I bought this bike to ride on my ...
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Replacing vintage bike tyres

I have a 1980 Peugeot road bike and the tyres need replacing. The existing tyres say: 700 x 25c 25-622 Which I thought was pretty standard? Someone in the Decathlon bike shop told me this was niche ...
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I don't want to be the next Eddy Merckx; Is competitive cycling right for me?

I've been toying with the idea of joining competitive amateur (road) cycling for a while, but am unsure as to if the sport is right for me: I'm in very good shape and enjoy "basic" road cycling as ...
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Road bike gear common practices

I recently got a new road bike. A really beginners one (which is what I am). It is a Triban RC120 with disc cable brakes. I have two questions, Are there gear-chainring combinations that I cannot ...
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I need help finding a quality replacement axle

I have a Diamondback Outlook Omni 181 CL, bought it second hand for $40, and I'm not sure of the original parts. Recently I have been having trouble with the rear axle, the one it came with bent so I ...
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Need some advice about purchasing a used Cannondale [closed]

I am looking into purchasing a road bike to commute everyday and I am a rookie when it comes to bikes. I don't want to purchase a crappy bike from a supermarket but I don't have the budget for a brand ...
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Should I worry about a chipped carbon mountain bike frame?

The other day while I was racing my Specialized Stumpjumper I noticed a chip on the frame. It's on the rear support bar right behind the seat post between the rear tire. My teammate who is a mechanic ...
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Bike size advice Bianchi vs Cannondale

I have been after a Bianchi Via Nirone 7 for more than one month and an half without much success. The main reason is that they don't produce many 47cm frames, while 47cm would be my optimal size. In ...
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Fixie sprockets

this post is a little different to your norm, so I'm not expecting much. I'm partaking in a competition where we are building a chain driven wheelchair and currently have it set-up using bicycle ...
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Touring bicycle must-have features

What should I take in consideration as an important feature(s) for a touring bicycle? My goal is to use it for long distance trips and eventually work commuting.
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Where I live, winter weather can reach -50 °C (-60 °F), with gale-force winds. How can I bike in these conditions?

I've seen other posts here about winter cycling. But I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Here, our winter weather can reach -50 °C (-60 °F), and we can also experience gale-force winds. How can I ...
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Suggestions for a commuter bike with 20 inch wheels and suspension? [closed]

Got my Raleigh Shopper stolen (thieves are so desperate nowadays), and looking for a similar replacement. Could anyone suggest the best search query to search for similar bikes (Raleigh, BSA, ...
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Clothing advice for beginner

I've read online not to wear underwear with bike shorts. Unfortunately, I don't have cycling specific attire. What would be a best clothing to wear (below the waist, specifically) for first time 75 ...
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First time ride advice

Doing 75 km "Ride For Heart" in Toronto this Sunday on a closed highway. Using Norco Cyclocross bike for it. I've read online different advice for beginners, but was wondering if there is anything ...
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Finding the right size bicycle

I am 4'10" and about 300lbs. I would love to start bicycling around the countryside for pleasure and low level exercise. But my tummy gets in the way and it hurts to bend my knees at the top of the ...
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My husband is a beginner in cycling and needs some motivation

My husband is 40 now. He used to ride a bicycle till he was 15. But now he wants to start cycling. We bought a mountain bike and he started cycling. First day he just managed to ride 4 Kilometers. ...
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Repair service specifically for bike commuters?

I'm not sure if this question is suitable for this site, Startups SE or neither, but here it goes: Is there already any sort of business model catering to bike commuters for expedited repair issues? ...
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Is it normal to stop so much because of thighs burning?

I've taken up cycling because of an operation I had in August 2015. My consultant made it clear I had to get regular exercise. I thought cycling was probably one of the best exercises I could do. ...
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Triathlon suit? [closed]

I know this is little off topic but I cannot find any site on triathlon. I am looking for to do my first triathlon sprint on 19th March but there is no triathlon suit available in my city so I will ...
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How to improve my climbing? [duplicate]

I can ride on flat at high gears all day without a problem I usually go way faster that most of riders. But once it comes to hills I die... My heart beat rate jump up my stamina go away and I get ...
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Buying advice for new road/race bike approx. £1000 for racing [closed]

I'm looking for a new bike for approx. £1000 with the intention to, by the end of the year, get into road racing. I've had a Trek 1.5 (Tiagra groupset, alu frame) for about 7 years now and it's been ...
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Starting again my 9 miles challenge

I had to quit cycling a couple of years ago and now I am back. I started cycling to university 9 miles one way which took me 1.30 hour. I know it's longer than what it should be, but I've just started....
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Size advice needed for Revolution Country Traveller touring bike

I'm about to by my first touring bike. I've got a very tight budget so I will probably order a Revolution Country Traveller from Edinburgh bicycle cooperation as it looks like it will suit my needs. ...
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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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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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Which component upgrades for longer rides

I have a Giant Escape 1 (2016) which I use for commuting to work and back. It is fitted with Altus level kit. I was considering taking my bike on holiday with me to get in some longer rides, perhaps ...
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Cuyuna Lakes, MN Camping?

Has anyone rode the trails at Cuyuna Lakes in Ironton, Minnesota? Wondering if there is tent camping at the base of any of the trail systems that a guy can literally ride into camp at the bottom ? ...
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1st road bike; wary of no-name parts? [closed]

About to buy my first road bike. I keep things for a long time, so won't be upgrading the frame in 2 years. I will ride 2-3 time weekly, 15-40 miles each time. I'm deciding among three options: ...
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How To Get Started With Hand Cycling

I sustained a knee injury about a year ago and it's looking like I won't be biking anytime soon. I thought that a good alternative would be to get into hand cycling. I am having a hard time finding ...
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How do I go about choosing a bike for commuting? [closed]

I am absolutely lost in the world of bicycles! I have long ridden a MTB, but now I am a good 16kms(10+ miles) away from work.(where I wish to commute too) and i just need more speed. I'm confused by ...
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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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Will I notice the benefits of changing wheels?

I've got a 2010 Specialized Tarmac Comp. The wheels are Mavic Aksiums and are pretty well known to be dam heavy (but sturdy) I'm seriously considering swapping them for something like Fulcrum Racing ...
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Where can I get a Job that involves bicycles? [closed]

I was wondering if anyone knows any job or if you could advise as of what I could do to obtain a new job that involves bicycles?