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Is it really safer to ride in the road than on the sidewalk?

I am fairly new to riding, in a city where it is legal to ride in the road or on the sidewalk. In the areas where I need to ride, the roads are busy but the sidewalks are virtually deserted. I keep ...
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What kind of pedal do I have and what shoes do I need to buy?

Based on my limited research, I think these are SPD-SL clips? But I really just want to know what shoes I can get that will clip into these. I don't ride my bike a ton, so I just want your normal, run-...
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Install tube sealant, Schrader?

I have normal tube sealant that I want to install in my bicycle's tubes. My bicycle's tubes have Schrader valves. Will someone here please provide total-noob friendly instructions on how to do what ...
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Is my pump faulty or my tyre?

I have recently bought a Specialized women's road bike and for the last couple of weeks was borrowing my boyfriend's hand pump with no real issues. Last night I finally purchased my own (Topeak ...
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Should I bike or drive to work? (6.8 mi) [closed]

I am moving next month and I need to figure out how to get to work. Option one is driving to work, which will take 15 to 20 minutes one-way. Option two is biking, which will take about 35 minutes ...
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Which of these Mountain Bikes Choices is the Best? [closed]

The choices from local bike stores: Used 2015 Cannondale SL 29 - 2 (Women's) - $750 2019 Haro Doublepeak 27.5 Trail - $760 2018 Specialized Pitch Comp 27.5 (Women's) -$700 2019 Specialized Rockhopper ...
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How to start riding a recumbent bike?

I want to try riding a recumbent two-wheel bike to see if its easier. So I borrowed one and I just cannot get it to work right. When the owner demonstrates it looks so easy and really fast. We are ...
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Can I use a spoke tension meter to fix my uneven pre-tensioning prior to truing?

I've managed to lace up the wheel I’m building, however I think I've managed to unevenly tension the non drive side as a few spokes aren't as tight as others. If I get a tension meter, I can go ...
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bicycle for a beginner [duplicate]

I'm a beginner (I bike 10km a day on a BSO MTB, but I guess that doesn't count) to long distance biking. I signed up for a 40km charity bike ride that happens next month. Thought I'd practice for it ...
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Is it possible to do 50 km distance without any previous training?

I'm considering to do a 50-55 km distance on a mixed surface. Mostly asphalt and gravel, maybe even a little bit of sand. Haven't done any training or exercise, basically been sitting at home all day, ...
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Which tube will fit a -(700 x 25c) wheel?

BF got a fancy new bike, and promptly punctured the inner tube, I’ve been looking in shops for the right size and getting in a right faff trying to find the right size. His wheel says on it -(700 x ...
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How do I make a mountain bike go faster (commuting)

I just began biking around 4 months ago, and due to lack of experience I bought a Diadora Orbita Mountain Bike. I've staring commuting to work recently (about 14 km daily) but I'm not exactly happy ...
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Getting into biking — choosing between choices [closed]

I am brand spanking new to cycling and have been intensely researching what brand of bike to buy. Since I'm new and not leaping into any races anytime soon I know I don't need a track bike, but I also ...
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Tips for a novice cyclist wanting to get fit with a turbo trainer before summer

I have decided to have a dalliance into cycling since a lot of people I know are quite into it themselves. I have bought myself a bike (Specialised Tri Cross). Only a cheap, used one for now as I can ...
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Why is my average speed so low?

I recently bought a bike (never rode one real one before, only ever used the gym ones) and became quite comfortable with it so I ride it everyday around my city. Here's the thing, I'm a 19 year old ...
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Is it possible to ride 18km everyday for a beginner?

I decided to ride to my university which is 9km away from my home and it is placed on a foothill. I guess the route is 5degrees uphill steep. I have ridden short routes before but not as long as 18 ...
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Road bikes for tall guys

I'm looking to find out about any beginner road bikes for tall, and somewhat larger guys. I am currently 6'8" and 305lbs. Been losing weight a lot, so I plan to be somewhere between 250 to 265 ...
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Bike ideas for cross-country - trail biking. I am 6ft & 85 kg [closed]

What style of bike would you suggest for cross-country trails for a beginner? Think mud and gravel trails (in a coffee estate). I weigh 85 kg and am 6 feet tall and am looking to spend ~2k USD. ...
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Why using a puncture repair kit instead of a new inner tube?

I am a casual rider (~30 km commute as often as possible) in an urban setting. Reading this SE site to learn about biking (the resource is extraordinary, even though I don't understand every ...
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Bike wheel help for newbie

I was wondering if someone could help me? I have recently bought a Specialized Allez Sport road bike (61cm frame) and due to my weight I’m looking to upgrade the wheel set straight away due to my ...
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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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Just decided to start commuting to work

I made a bit of a boast in the office a couple of days ago when it was suggested that I ride into work, it's a 13 mile trip one way. My boss is a bit of a MAMIL, and has cycled quite a bit, to him 13 ...
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Beginner always sliding forward on seat

I'm 250 lbs and have been riding for about three months now to lose weight. During my rides I always feel like I am sliding forward on my seat. Because of this I never feel like I'm sitting on my seat ...
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What's causing my thumb tremor after riding?

After asking this beginner's question, I took people's advice and started test driving bicycles. I rode for about twenty minutes, so not too long. About fifteen minutes later, I found that my right ...
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Recommended exercises for preparing to bicycle commute

I'm female, in my early 40's, and out of shape, but I have the most perfect bike route to work and I want off the bus. I dislocated my right shoulder about four years ago and it's never been the same. ...
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Speed and distance for a beginner

I'm 26 and haven't ridden a bike since I was 15. I decided to start again and purchased a nakamura crossland, last Saturday, to get back into action. Last Sunday, I did 17km in 50 minutes on a mostly ...
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Why is my fixie so very hard to pedal?

I recently got a fixed gear bike and I rode it about 5 times. I live in an urban part of the city. I've never rode a fixie before or know much about bikes in general and I knew it would be difficult ...
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I just bought a Giant TCX SLR 2, but I still have money to spend. Which parts should I upgrade?

I am new to bicycling. I bought this bike because it had good reviews and ratings and it fits the area where I am living. I am not intending to use this in a cyclocross race, but maybe in the future. ...
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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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Difficulties changing from a folding bike to a full sized MTB - why?

I presently ride a Dahon folding bike. Today I tried to ride a mountain bike, and it felt unstable. I felt unsure of myself so I only rode for a moment because I felt uncomfortable. It was very ...
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How to climb a hill as a beginner

I'm a complete beginner cycling and I've recently started 3 times a week commuting on a hybrid 8 miles to work and 8 miles back. On the way there is a 5% gradient hill about half a mile long which is ...
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Inexperienced rider - double chainring?

I'm a fairly inexperienced (and out of shape) rider who has recently moved to Seattle, a very hilly area. I used to ride a Fuji Traverse (hybrid) in my original hometown, Tallahassee (which also has ...
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How do you know if your wheel is correctly centered?

I am from India and I have a one month old commuter bicycle. I have once tried adjusting front wheel using the quick release, but I haven't removed the tire. How do I know if the wheel is correctly ...
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Long Distance Route for a Beginner!

I've got some questions about cycling and gear that I need! So I'm planning a route through North and Republic of Ireland in April, and the route will be about 430 miles. I don't cycle often, but I do ...
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What variables best determine bicycle fit for an individual without riding it? [duplicate]

Trying to decide a bicycle purchase, not sure how to choose the best fit bike for my body type. Should I measure my leg length, torso length, arm length, body build, does my gender make a difference?
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Anxious about riding in traffic after 20 year absence from cycling

I have got back to cycling after 20 years and whilst I can ride easily where there is no traffic, I am struggling with the following: I am anxious and struggle to maintain balance in traffic when ...
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How to find punctures in inner tubes?

When I have a flat tire, I find punctures in inner tubes using three techniques, all starting with the inner tube outside the bike: Hearing where the sound of air escaping originates. Feeling the ...
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Pedals rotate backwards when I move the (rear) wheel in reverse direction

I recently bought a bicycle and am new to biking. So I decided to try it out on an inclined part of the road near my home. as I descended on the incline just after travelling a few metres I heard a ...
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How to gain confidence with new “big” bike?

I just aquired for the first time a 29er mtb, the 2017 cube acid! Although it is the right size for me, no19 for my 1.81m height, I feel it's HUUUGE for me, a whole lot of a bike, and I actualy feel ...
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Dangers of commuting outside town to work

I live in the Canary Islands, more concretely, in Gran Canaria. Our towns are pretty spread on the island, and it is really common to live in one town and working in the capital, which on average is ...
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Is it possible to avoid anaerobic 'burn' on ascents?

As a total noob to cycling the thing that really kills me is hills steep enough I get into anaerobic territory. My general fitness lets me cycle for hours without really getting tired even working ...
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Inner tube for 27 x 1 1/8 bike [duplicate]

I am new to bikes and was wondering if there is a difference between inner tubes for a 27 x 1 1/4 bike and a 27 x 1 1/8 bike. My bike has 27 x 1 1/8 tires but I wanted to use 27 x 1 1/4 inner tubes ...
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What's the proper technique for starting uphill?

I am a beginner cyclist, having not learned how ride a bike as a kid, I've started riding from scratch 3 months ago. Local "bike buddies" have helped a lot. I'd like to ride my bike to work, which is ...
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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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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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can only use right hand to brake reliably, due to disability - safer/possible to modify bike?

I'm new here and hoping someone might have thoughts on this - had a look and couldn't find an answer elsewhere! Apologies for the kind of long question, and if it's silly, but any thoughts would be ...
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Bottom Bracket Compatability Question

Good afternoon all! In previous questions, I've mentioned that I intend to rebuild my 2000 Trek 7700 Multitrack. Well, I'm beginning by replacing the bottom bracket. According to the spec sheet I ...
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Did I choose the wrong size bike?

I don't know much about bicycles, and I have relatively little experience with them. I bike for fun, or to get around the city, not for sport. Recently I bought a BTWIN Rockrider 340 mountain bike, ...
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Buying cheap now or saving for later?

I have been thinking of getting back into cycling after a long hiatus and need to buy a bike. Is it better to get a cheap bike now and build up strength + get a feel for what I want in the future OR ...