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Bikes that are built or modified for commuting

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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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Will tubeless tires out-perform my Armadillos on my commute?

I have a Trek commuter bike (8.4 DS). I bike 5.5 miles to work, and up to 15+ miles home. I’m considering the switch to tubeless. Most of my commute (all but 1.5 miles) is on a well-maintained ...
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Bicycle for commuting to office [closed]

I am 6ft tall , 87 Kg Living in Kolkata .Which bicycle will suit for 10x2 KM to n fro to commute to my office?
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Is it worth buying a second hand classic road bike for commuting?

I am looking for a substitute for my commuting bike. It is a cheap second hand general store bike. It do the job but just don't worth keep maintaining. But at same time I have to keep my bike outside ...
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Upgrading cheap “cruiser”-type bike for commuting

My current bike is this one: http://www.amazon.com/Avalon-26-Mens-Cruiser-Bike/dp/B00BF0DDRG To disclaim, I don't know very much about bikes, and I'm trying to get more into bikes for commuting and ...
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Bike-in-a-Kit Concept

Has anyone in the group has tried building a "Bike-in-a-Kit"- a sort of DIY bicycle, which can be entirely assembled and disassembled by the user and can be conveniently carried in a bag ? I face such ...
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How do I tell if a used bike (craigslist) is worth it? [duplicate]

So there are always a lot of sales going on on craigslist / ebay / etc. How do I tell if what they are selling is worth it? I don't really know the difference between a $500 bike and $1500 bike. I ...
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What bicycle to buy for commuting to work and for leisure (Aberdeen)

I'm new to this forum and I hope someone can help me out. I have recently moved to the UK and I like to cycle. I'm looking for a bicycle with a small budget. I would mainly use the bike for ...
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Can I use a road bike for commuting 11 miles each way without SPANDEX

I am thinking of getting (investing in) a road bike for my 11 mile commute (total 22 miles each day). I want to continue wearing normal work clothes - meaning hiking pants and a T-Shirt. I plan on ...
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Want a snappy scrambler for stumptown

I live in Portland, Oregon and I need a bike to ride to work. It's about five miles, with one steep but not long hill. I used to have a track bike with a freewheel that was really nice for Salem, ...
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Saddlebag Laptop advice

I live close enough to work that I'm able to bike there and back every day. I also pack a laptop in a backpack. I am seeking ways to reduce the weight on my back. I've only seen people use saddlebags ...
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Upgrading From Shimano 8 Sp Alivio To Shimano 9 Sp Altus

I have an old giant warp D's 2 bike that's about 10 years old. I've maintained it and it still rides good and looks just as good. I wanted to upgrade from the old alivio 8 speed drivetrain to either a ...
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New bike advice - Singlespeed/fixed, mountain, or road

I'm looking at getting a new bike to replace my current hardtail mtb for commuting about 8 miles a day, plus possible train travel, and longer commutes elsewhere. With a budget of under £400, do I ...
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Tips for winter maintenance?

A couple years ago I rode through the winter (took last winter off) and am looking to resume. My bike got hammered during the New England winter though, especially the hubs. Other than a regular ...
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Should I replace both wheels/rims if I convert the front to a dynamo hub?

The title mostly says it all. Is there a reason to or a reason not to replace the back wheel or rim if I replace the front wheel to get a dynamo hub? The only reason would be aesthetics, to keep the ...
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Quick Release Rack with Horizontal Dropouts

I own a 1980s Panasonic (steel) road bike without eyelets for a rack or fenders, and I'd like to add a rack. The seat stays and chain stays on this bike are a bit thinner than I'd be comfortable to ...
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Can anybody recommend a bike for year round commuting [closed]

I wonder if anyone has any advice or ideas on bikes that I could consider for all year round commuting to and from work. My commute is a 20 mile round trip on a mixture of rural and urban roads. ...
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Do I need a chain guide or bash guard to convert to a single chain ring?

I want to convert an old 12-speed into a 1x6 for urban commuting. I'm hoping to keep one of the existing chain rings at 42T and use washers on the chainring bolts or replace them with single speed ...
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Tubeless conversion on schrader valve rims

Situtation I have an old hardtail collecting dust. I occurred to me that a rigid fork, and some wide (i.e. >50 mm), slick tires would make it a pretty ideal commuter for me. Then I thought it'd be ...
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What U-lock has a reasonable weight to safety ratio? [duplicate]

For my new city bike I'm thinking of getting a U-lock. Price of the bike is around $900, so I probably don't way to spend more than 10% of its price on the lock. So far, Kryptonite locks look pretty ...
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New commuting road bike. Wishlist: discs & electronic gears [closed]

After reading Evans Cycles' blog post the other day about disc brakes on road bikes: http://blog.evanscycles.com/new/disc-brake-equipped-road-bikes-why-are-they-banned-by-the-uci-who-is-riding-them-...
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Folding bike for commuting and touring

When looking for a compact bike for storage and carrying reasons, a folding bike seems a great deal. But how do folding bikes perform for trips longer than 20km ? I'm looking for a bike I would use ...
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Recommendations for low-maintenance “town” bike [closed]

I have a short cycle to work and back every day (under 30mins each way.) Because I could quite feasibly walk the journey, I've always wanted a bike that needs as little tinkering with as possible, as ...
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How to minimize wear on pants

I commute on bike and I wear jeans (which I work in). I find that after about 500 miles of bike commuting in a single pair of jeans I've got holes in my pants from the saddle-jean rubbing. My ...
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What accessories do I have to add to my bike so that I may commute during rainy weather?

I have a hybrid (Schwinn Sporterra) which I use for commuting except when it rains. The main problem of riding it during the rains is the dirt that gets spewn all over, esp over the drive-train. ...
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Best type of headphones while riding

I'm starting to commute on my bike soon and was looking for suggestions or advice on what type of headphones I should use to listen to music while riding? I am aware of the dangers of listening to ...
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Where did a '95-'96 Sycamore mtb fit in the Mongoose product range?

From what I've managed to piece together trawling the internets, this period was before quality dropped for Mongoose, but that Sycamores were low- to mid-range models. I'm considering how much time ...
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Do the benefits from Cycling outweigh the harm of pollution

So in riding to work on a daily basis, do the physiological benefits gained from cycling to work get outweighed by the harm that pollution does to the body? I.e. does it cause more harm that it ...
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Help to choose the right bike multipurpose bike

I spend about 45 mins everyday commuting (less than 2 miles) to work on a formal dress, shoes, carrying a backpack that consists of a laptop, charger and little more stationery (about 10-12 pounds, I ...
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Would you do a 15mile + commute on an electric bicycle? Which one? [closed]

I've done tons of research into buying an electric bicycle (pedal assist). From a spec point of view, this detail is easy to find but from a day-to-day user account, this is much harder to find. I'd ...
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Suggestions for buying a bike for commuting

I've decided what kind of bike I want (light hybrid with straight handlebars), but have no idea how to chose a brand/model. What questions do I ask at the shop? Which brands are good? Am I paying too ...
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Small non-folding bike

Are there any small non-folding bikes, of relatively good quality? From what I see around, Brompton/Dahon produce only folding ones. Ideally, should be under 10 kg, and have a few gears (but single ...