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Commuting two days a week and resistance training the rest of the week

I have been working out at the gym five days a week for some time now (Upper, Lower, Push, Pull, Legs) and I have started to commute (40km round trip) twice a week to work. I do some high intensity ...
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Does a 3x to 1x conversion make sense for this bike?

My daughter was given a 26" hardtail with a slightly weird setup to use as a utility/commuting bike by a guy whose hobby was to build up bikes from old but unused parts... the crankset & ...
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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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How maintenance-free can a commuter bike be?

Commuting is hard on bikes, especially when doing it all-year long. Maintenance is essential to assure one can get to work every morning without issues but it takes time and care. Fixed-gear and ...
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What's a good single chain ring size for a 7s 12-28 cassette for better hill climbing?

I have a Decathlon Triban RC100 road bike with a 7 speed 12-28 cassette and a 44t single chain ring crankset. Since I live in a city with a lot of hills and use this bike to commute and carry weight ...
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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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How feasible is an expensive road bike for commuting?

I have a $300 Giant Escape that's used for commuting, but I would like to buy a Giant TCR Advanced 2 which is $2000. I want to have the experience similar to upgrading from a 50 inch tv to a 80 inch ...
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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 rack good for commute?

Doing commute and thinking about buying a back rack for my bike to put my backpack on. Since the bag causes me to sweat. Do people who have back racks on their bike find it useful for this purpose?
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I am a beginner to commuting by bike and I find it very tiring. Is it my fitness level or my single-speed bicycle?

Foreword: Sorry if this seems a bit long-winded. TL;DR: I can't figure out if there's something wrong with my bike or if I'm just out of shape. What's your opinion? I got the bright idea to commute to ...
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Is cycling in my DNA? [closed]

This is not meant to come across ignorantly or demeaning to other people I've cycled past. When I come across other cyclists in long or short rides, I feel like I'm holding back to save hurting their ...
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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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Are there any downsides to using a mountain bike as a commuter bike? [duplicate]

I am going to buy a bike soon, and I want to make sure I’m making the right choice. I will be using it for commuting and light exercise (nothing over an hour of use a day). I’ve been recommended ...
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Peugeot Milano, old steel

I found an old Peugeot bike, can this variant be restored ?, does is real chromoly or is it a kind of steel.
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Can 700x28c wheels and tires fit in my MTB frame?

I have an old Giant MTB frame. It's got typical oversized aluminum tubing but with roadbike-esque triangle shapes. It's disc-brake compatible and I want to turn it into a commuter bike. The rear end ...
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Pannier Racks On Frames Without Mountings

The winter was harsh and the wear on my beloved road bike and its incredibly fragile ultegra componentry was too much on my wallet and I'm starting to explore winter bike options. I've decided I want ...
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Bike Make and Model Recommendations [closed]

I need suggestions for the most economical bike models that can accommodate my weight. I am 5' 8" (172 cm) and weigh 310 lbs (140 kilograms). I would like to begin riding a bike for exercise and to ...
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Does anybody know what brand this is?

Does anybody know what brand this logo is for bikes?
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Carbon bike for commuting - concerns about durability

I have been riding an aluminium frame hybrid bike for 20+ years and it is coming to the end of its life. Having tested a couple of carbon hybrid bikes and been very impressed with the responsiveness ...
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Good type of bike to get for commuting (thinking of road v touring)

I'm new to this site but I've been intrigued by the thought of picking up cycling as a means of my new way of transport as well as for recreational purposes. As a little background, I live in London ...
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Is it possible to commute 34 km (21 miles) daily? [duplicate]

My work is 17 km (10.5 miles) from home and I am wondering if it's possible to commute daily by bike. I live in the Netherlands so the roads are bike-friendly. Google predicts it takes 52 minutes (one-...
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UK - Help me find my ideal bike [closed]

My employer's cycle to work scheme (Cycle Solutions) allows a max spend of £1k for a bicycle. Ideally I want a bicycle that fits the following criteria: Drop bars Frame with eyelets (I can transfer ...
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Which tires (and rear fender?) for Bianchi Metropoli Uno hybrid bike

I have a Bianchi Metropoli Uno XL (frame size 55cm). As you can tell from the attached pictures, the back tire (37-622/700x35C) needs replacement (at least I would say so as the profile is barely ...
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Looking for a bicycle community in the Southwest US similar to Philadelphia/Seattle style [closed]

Recently relocated to the Southwest United States and I am in search of the type of bicycle culture that uses bicycles for commuting and not just for wanting to beat Lance Armstrong's record. In other ...
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Cycling to work - 30 mile return

I have recently made the decision to commute to work via bike. It’s about 14 miles each way (so just under 30 miles return). I initially started on my old bike but it clearly wasn’t really appropriate ...
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Is it cost-effective to upgrade an old-ish Giant Escape R3 commuter bike with entry-level branded parts (wheels, drivetrain)?

I'm currently using a 5 year-old Giant Escape R3 (2015)(https://www.giant.co.jp/giant15/bike_datail.php?p_id=00000060) hybrid bike that I bought used (down to $400 from $500 retail price) from a bike ...
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What is a good way to mount / secure a regular backpack, while commuting? [duplicate]

This is a purely commuting issue. I have an around 3km route to the office, and a regular backpack (laptop, accessories, notebooks, ...) which is not a problem to carry around during autumn and ...
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Bike sizing question - are these two sizes actually that different?

Could use some advice on bike sizing. I'm in the market for a new commuter and after a lot of research I ended up picking this one: https://www.bergamont.com/gb/en/product/bergamont-vitess-n8-belt-...
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Disc brake keeps making ping-like shudder

I have a commuter bike with Tektro MD-285 hydraulic disc brakes. I commute about 14 miles every day (7 in, 7 out) in most types of weather, but I am not a performance cyclist by any means. It's just a ...
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New bicycle for commuting

I'm just retiring my old roadie and looking to buy a new bike, and am torn on what kind to buy. I cycle 34 miles per day on my commute, down roads and canal towpaths (which are bumpy and have on ...
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Modifying SKS Race Blade Long for solid axle hubs

I have a set of SKS Race Blade Long fenders. They have quick release attachments that fit around QR skewers. Unfortunately, I'd like to set these fenders up on my single speed commuter which has track ...
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Is a Surly front rack compatible with tubus mount for eyeless forks?

I am looking at the Surly front rack and was wondering if it's compatible with this Tubus mount. If it's not I'll have to go for the Tara but I was keen on having a platform on my front rack. Any ...
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Should I drive or bike to work? [closed]

I'm going to start a job next summer as a sailing instructor. I've volunteered before and biked the 3.6 mi (5.8 km) commute a few times a day on a mountain bike I found trashed a year prior. ...
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Options for carrying a smart briefcase on a bike (pannier or otherwise)

Situation I don't own a bike: however due to a recent change of office location, I have worked out that I could cycle in half the time as driving through rush-hour traffic every day. I'm therefore ...
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How can I improve my downhill mountain bike as a commuter?

I have started commuting recently to work and university with my bike. It's not ideal, but as it is, I'm not willing to invest in a new one, hence why I'm looking for suggestions to improve my current ...
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Bike or e-bike/trike good for the rain

My aging mom is looking to start biking to work as a way to stay healthy. But as an aging women she needs certain things so that she feels safe and comfortable riding a bike about 15 minutes each way. ...
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Invested too much in my car! How can it be worth cycling to work?

I am a promoter of cycling in general, especially for commuting to work. Convincing people, especially motorists, to cycle to work is a challenge. Most understand the benefits of cycling, even if its ...
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Why does my bike constantly break/need servicing?

I only cycle about 4 miles per day, on roads and paths, which although a little bumpy in places, I'm not off roading. I'm finding something is breaking or coming loose on my bike after only a couple ...
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What would be a good bike for urban commute? (3-4km) [closed]

I have been riding bicycles for quite a long time now, but have never done it on city roads. Instead, I have been riding a rented bike in a park which has specific bike lanes (the same size as the car ...
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Reposition pedal on a fixed gear (fixie)

I've been riding a fixie for about 3 months, without foot retention, for commuting. As I ride at about 10km/h I don't feel the need for it. I've learned I can reposition (lift) my right pedal (...
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Should I lubricate a BBS01 clutch?

I am completing the rebuild of a BBS01 electric bike mid-drive motor from Bafung. Would like to lubricate and protect every part properly before reassembly. Should I lubricate the clutch and if so ...
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Front rack mounting?

I use a MTB from 1995 for commuting. I've just added a child's seat up back. So I need a front rack or basket mounted. I found an old basket that I mounted temporarily. What are my mounting options?...
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Recommended transmission for a commuting bike

I want to get a new transmission group for my bike and I'm quite confused, so I'd really apreciate some help from the community. Here's some context: I own, since last October, a Giant Escape 2 (...
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Is this road/city frankenbike concept a feasible idea?

I do a half-hour each way city commute every day and the Yepp EasyFit mount I just installed on the rear rack of my already over-optioned Vanmoof 5.1 is the straw that broke the camel's back. In ...
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Repair priorities, bike wheel or brakes

Money's been a bit tight lately for a number of reasons and I commute 2 hours a day on my bike for work. Slowly, but surely my bike has taken a toll and I REALLY need to do some light maintenance on ...
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How does Google Maps estimate cycling times

Google Maps has a bicycling routing option in beta. It does seem to do a good job routing in my town by using streets with bike lanes where possible and avoiding going up steep inclines directly. But ...
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What type of bicycle parking rack should my company install? [closed]

Recently there are many people coming by bicycle to our company. I would like to solve the problem about where they should park their bikes. Do you have any suggestion about what type of bike racks ...
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35km commute possible?

Currently, on every other day I commute to work which is a distance of 18km each way. I enjoy this ride but next year I may be moving to a place which will be about 35km from work. Questions: 1) ...
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Tips for improving commute efficiency/comfort?

I'm not "a cyclist", but I've been riding to work for 15 minutes or so each way almost every day for the last three years. I've recently moved and am now 30 minutes away and I find that length of ride ...
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