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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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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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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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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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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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Could I bike 9 mile a day home from work starting with no current exercise?

I am thinking of getting a bike and biking it home from work on a mountain bike its 9 miles and reasonably flat, I'm not the fittest guy so I'm wondering if I would struggle??
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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What kind of bike should I get to accomodate me?

I’m a plus sized female (about 135 kg, 295lb, 5'7") from NYC and I’m looking to get into bike riding again. I haven’t ridden a bike since I was about 12 years old and I loved it. I’m looking to ...
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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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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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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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Very basic mudguard question

I have mudguards on my bike as shown here: Firstly, I don't even know what the metal spoke-like things attaching it to the bike are called. Do they have a name? Secondly, what do I need to attach ...
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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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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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triathlon beginners guide [closed]

I'm new to triathlon and want to ask about what are bikes that consider a good choice for triathlon beginners? for both training and locale or small competitions. Here are some parameters to put in ...
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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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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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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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Are Shimano components compatible with each other? Do I have to get a specific chain?

My cycling maintenance experience goes as far as changing tyres, but winter has been cruel and I need to replace some components. Setup: Cassette is a Shimano 105 CS-5700 Front chainring : Shimano ...
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1answer
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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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From Delft to Rotterdam - Hard?

If anyone has done this before, I would like to know whether a bicycle ride from Delft to Rotterdam is hard (approx 15km). I don’t know what to expect since the Netherlands is flat, but still.
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Good beginner workouts on stationary bike

After many years of programming, I have found that I can no longer avoid the fact that I spend most of my day sitting, which is absolutely horrible for my health. I started swimming a few months ago ...
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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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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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Trials: knee and elbow hurting, am I doing it wrong? [closed]

I just started learning trials stunts. I'm currently playing at a trackstand / wheelie / endo level, so basic stuff. Yet, my knee and elbow on the lead foot side are hurting... I know quite a few ...
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Will an innertube for 700x35c-44c be ok for a bike that says it needs size 700x45c?

I need to replace my innertube and took a photo of the tyre mark to show the guy in the bike shop for the size. It says 700 x 45c. I bought the innertube he gave me based on this and only checked the ...
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1answer
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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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Which Tern is suitable for a beginner commuter? [closed]

I live in Dublin, CA. I have a 5 miles commute each way from my house to my office. There will an upward climb on the way back home. Google map with biking route I am a beginner when it comes to ...
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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. ...