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57mm or 65mm winter studded tyres for my MTB commuter?

I'm an averagely built rider weighing ~85kg living in a middle-sized town in west Germany. Up until recently the only bike I had was a 46/16 single speed on 28mm tyres. It was used for both commute ...
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Attaching rear fenders to a bike without eyelets

I'm currently commuting by bike and wanted to put a pair of permanent fenders to prepare for the coming winter weather. I ride a Jamis Allegro A2 with a rear luggage rack. I have a photo below of what ...
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Light fork recommendations?

I just built my first bike up, it's a total frankenbike and it's a lot of fun, but I'd like, just for fun, to see how light I can make it as I do mostly use it for practical commuting. The frame is a ...
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Prepping for winter riding: Hills

This isn't necessarily a gear question, as there's myriad articles & arguments over the best tires, pressure, brake pads, etc. Rather, I consider it more of a technique question. My daily commute ...
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Options for a bigger child?

I have a 4 year old son, who's on the bigger side of the height and weight charts; he weighs 21.5kg and is 115cm tall. He can cycle on his own–but not uphill–and only relatively short distances before ...
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What happens if sealant residues are not cleaned systematically on tubeless tires used for commuters?

Tubeless tires seem to be an interesting compromise for commuters: they offer a good level of protection for small punctures, and allow to use supple tires at lower pressure, which has comfort ...
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How to reduce the amount of dirt sticking to the frame?

The bottom bracket and the downtube of my bicycle (these parts are very wide on E-bike, to accommodate the battery and the engine) get dirty much faster than the rest of the frame and, unlike tires, ...
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Which of 1x10 or 2x9 speeds is better for commute?

I currently have an old 3x7 speed quasi-all-terrain bike (a CUBE that is somewhere between a city bike and an all-terrain one). I need to get a new one and the general options are 1x10 or 2x9 shifters....
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Is laptop safe in pannier bag during commute?

Is laptop safe in pannier bag during the commute? Specifically, if I am involved in a fall or crash is my laptop going to be damaged for sure if I put it inside a pannier? I have an expensive work ...
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Suggest me some good bicycles [closed]

I do not know if my question is aligned with the rules of this community, but I have the following requirements before buying a bicycle: Must have minimum repair needs. Must be comfortable for both ...
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Does always commuting at the same rhythm/speed improve your fitness level?

I have been doing a new longer commute (round trip of 17 km) for the last 6 months and definitely saw an improvement of my fitness level if I compare to when I started. When I commute though, I do not ...
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Are helmets with visor good in the rain with prescription glasses?

It becomes more and more common to find commuters bike helmets with integrated visors (the transparent "plate" in front of the eyes). Provided that the shape of the visor is compatible with ...
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Vintage MTB with Hollowtech II - FD doesn't reach outer ring

I'm using a vintage Miyata Sports runner as my backup + winter bike. Mostly for commuting (2 x 11 km/day). The original square tapered crankset finally gave up beyond fixing last week and I got a new ...
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How strong should lights be for a route partially in a city and partially outside city on a public road?

I'm commuting 3 days a week 20 km one way (40 km daily) on an e-bike in the UK. It takes around 50 minutes. Days are getting darker and I am about to buy a better light. I'm tempted to buy a 1600 ...
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How do I mount a light intended for a tube to a flat rack?

I have a rack like this: This works really well for me, for the most part. Alas, I am mounting my taillight like this: So, in the past, I've had some PVC pipe affixed to the side of the thing. Now, ...
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Best specifications to look for a mixed use bike

I enjoy riding on narrow trails, going on cross country and exploring the woods with my bike. But sadly, I spend most of my time on the bike commuting to my job. My question is what are the best specs ...
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magazines/webpages about city/commuting/folding bicycles

In any shop you can find magazines about sport road or MTB, same about webpages or forums. However, I find really difficult to find good pages about bicycles focused in daily mobility/transportation. ...
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I need advice about what bike to buy for daily commuting

I have route to do daily to go to work. Could you recommend a model of bike available in France for less than 350€. My physical condition is not too bad. I am athletic. Maybe a single speed can be a ...
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Long term durability of surface coatings for frames and parts

I'm trying to determine the best coating or combination of coatings for bicycles that I'm refurbishing. Along with other elements of making these bikes weatherproof (full chaincases, fenders, water ...
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Can a fatbike cross frozen car tire ruts without slipping?

I'm investigating winter commuting options (it's never too early to start thinking about next winter...). I'd love to keep biking in the winter, but I've had some scary experiences falling on ice, ...
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A bike-share system's website told me: "The subscriber is valid but the account is disabled." Why? (It turns out that my credit card had expired.)

I'm a member of Bike Share Toronto. This is one of various bicycle-sharing systems in various countries which use PBSC Urban Solutions as their technology provider. I went to the Bike Share Toronto ...
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Is there an app that lets me mark points of interest while I'm cycling? [closed]

I have a phone with wifi only. Nevertheless, GPS tracking still works in apps like Wahoo Fitness so long as my location is turned on: as useful as it is creepy. When I'm out cycling, I'll notice yard ...
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I have trouble lifting my right arm to indicate whilst cycling. Any tips to improve my balance so I don’t feel super wobbly?

I use my bike mainly for my commute to the station, but there are quite a few roundabout with sharp right turns and I find it almost impossible to lift my right arm to indicate my direction, whenever ...
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Transporting a bulky instrument case on a bike [duplicate]

I've been considering trying out riding to school on my bike. Only problem is that I play French Horn in band, which would makes the logistics of it difficult. Is there a way that I could strap it ...
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Adhesive light mount

I would like to attach a rear light to a hard plastic carrier on the back of my bike. No place to hook or tie. Is there an adhesive mount available to attach the light to?
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Anyone have trouble with sharp turns on the townie? [closed]

Anyone have trouble with sharp turns on the townie? Twice I’ve lost control when making a sharp turn. The bike seems to just collapse, or pull out from under me. The others I ride with don’t seem to ...
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Ways to hear kid on back seat

I looking for suggestions, ideas and/or devices to solve this problem: On an entry-level somewhat old mountain bike, at the back, there is a child seat. On the seat there is a child, around 4 years ...
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What can you do when a driver cuts you off?

Commuting into work by bicycle can be a serious challenge if you’re anywhere other than Amsterdam. I commute by cycling in London, about 6 km each way through busy parts of central London. Although I ...
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Recently purchased 2001 Trek Navigator 400 for Commuter Bike

I recently picked up a 2001 Trek Navigator 400 with the intention of using it to commute the 15 miles to and from work a few days per week. I currently ride a Raleigh 7 Speed with 27.5x1.95 tires ...
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Storing expensive road bike in semi shaded area

I want to purchase a nice road bike for commuting maybe around $2500, unfortunately my work doesn't have a indoor storage area. The bike rack is shaded (except maybe the handlebar area getting sun ...
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Durability of road bike (25mm tyres, 15mm i.d. rims, 32 spoke wheels) for commuting

road cycling beginner here. I have recently bought an old road bike for commuting and some training. It has 32 spoke wheels on Shimano Sora hubs, 15mm internal diameter rims (Slovak manufacturer, V ...
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Back-free way to carry laptop

I commute to work and have been experimenting with various ways to bring my 16" laptop along with lock and few other small things. I currently just use a standard backpack. I'm looking for ...
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Are the benefits of light, high end equipment (such as carbon fiber frame) defeated by wearing a backpack?

A few months ago I increased my bike usage significantly, and I am now riding about 100km to work weekly. I would like to upgrade my biking experience by buying a new one. I ride on both rough paths ...
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What features should a Mixed Use Urban Commuter Bike have?

Mixed Use Urban Commuter Bike I am in need of a new bike primarily for commuting, but am a bit uncertain of which type to buy. I am willing to shell out up to £500ish as it will see daily use. Issues ...
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Schwalbe Marathon Plus vs Continental Gator Hardshell [closed]

Schwalbe Marathon Plus and Continental Gatorskin are two of the most established and most-discussed lines of tyres on this site (171 results and 90 results respectively if you search "Marathon ...
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Can any one tell me what make and model this bike is? Stolen today

It's my bike which was stolen today, only image I have of it. Please, need for the police and insurance...
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Giant ATX vs Escape?

I'm planning to buy my first bike as an adult, mainly to go to work (about 6 km far from home). Today I went to the bike shop and tried a Giant Escape and and Giant ATX. From my unexperienced point of ...
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Might biking lower forehead temp readings at destination?

I often bike to work at a place that screens all who enter for fever. Lately this has been done with a no-touch forehead thing, presumably an IR gadget. When I bike, even if it is cold enough that I ...
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Negative 17 80mm stem on MTB?

I currently have a 27.5 hardtail mtb. I use it for commutes and traveling rather than trails or downhill tracks. I'm planning on upgrading some parts and one of them is the stem. Will a -17° stem have ...
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Cycling shorts confusion

Which is better - Shorts with padding for cycling (mountain bike shorts) or inner-shorts with a cotton short over it?
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8 speed flat bar set up with Dura Ace RD-7700 or new Claris RD-2400

I'm buying a new drivetrain (cranks, cassette, chain) for my flatbar commuter that was mostly built of parts. I currently have a Dura Ace 7700 short cage derailleur on it, I got it from a friend a ...
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Road bike (commuter) frame size problem

My height is 5'9", leg Inseam is 32". My bike frame size is 52cm, is it the right size? If it not then is there a possibility to get injured? I have no option left. I already purchased the ...
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Headwind issues

I commute to school (11-12 km one-way) pretty early in the morning (6:30 Indian Standard Time). I live near the coast and the headwinds that I face on the way to school are pretty brutal. They reduce ...
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Mountain bike shorts for commute

I was recently given padded mountain bike shorts. Are mountain bike shorts good for commute? (around 11 km one-way)
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Do high and narrow seat and back bending provide good bike riding posture?

I would like to ride a bike as part of daily commute on roads someday, as I rode a bike to school in another country in the past. But I have been bothered by some uncomfortable points from the bikes ...
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Commuting and recreation scooter with handlebar brake lever

I am looking for a commuting / recreation scooter but have no experience of using one. I am very familiar with riding a bike and using handlebar-mounted brake levers. My budget is sub-£100 (GBP) and ...
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Riding mountain bike to work regularly?

I have a womens Magna Glacier Point that a friend gave to me (I'm sure that's probably a low grade target brand). I recently got a job about a mile from my house, but there's two steep inclines I have ...
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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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Plastic insert damaged when tried to open gravity wheelguard ixow

Can anyone tell me where I can find to buy the plastic insert from the wheelguard?
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Commuting road bike build [closed]

After a bit of research, I decided to build a road bike in order to commute. I'm not looking into buying one since I don't find it that interesting and personal. What used bike and parts should I buy ...
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