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Recurring flats on new bike

I have had four flat tyres in less than two months. Some more information: I've only experienced repeated flats since I started using racing bikes (two months ago). I'm 194cm tall and weigh 74kg. I ...
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Bonk! And solutions

"What are the remedies for when one bonks in the midst of a long ride? What is the first aid so that one can continue?" – Discussion of how to prevent bonking is not necessary. Definition = ...
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Which type cycle should I choose. Need Help

Hi I'm looking for a cycle for long distance(50-60 km) riding in Delhi, India. I'm confused to choose between Road and Hybrid bike. If we consider roads then Hybrid is best option and if we consider ...
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Is 25 km/h average speed good? What speed should I aim for?

So, I recently got into road cycling and have been riding for a few weeks. My average speed for most of my rides is around 25 km/h for the first 40 km and drops to 15 or 20 km/h for the next 20 or 30 ...
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How to avoid sore nipples while riding

I have a recurrent problem when riding in high humidity climate, either with hot or cool weather: after some hours riding, my nipples (in the chest, not in the wheel :o) get very sore from friction ...
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What is the longest reasonable distance one may expect to ride on a comfort bike?

I ride a 2011 Trek Navigator 1 with 7-speed derailleur. Purchased in August of 2011, I've tried to ride as often as possible. My longest rides have been approximately 12 miles in length. I've ...
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Sleep or not to sleep [closed]

I am planning to have a tour 230km with roady bike, elevation <600m overall. I think with average speed will be ~20-25 kmh What you recommend should I sleep on half of ride? Are you talking about ...
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How long is chamois cream meant to be effective?

In the context of long rides*, how often is chamois cream meant to stay useful (whether measured in hours,km or whatever)? I typically don't carry it on the road, but wonder if a top-up might make ...
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Can I do brevets (long distance rides) on my hybrid bike? If yes, how to start?

I have a hybrid bike with 27" large frame, 700c wheels and 35mm tires. Can I do brevets (long distance ride) on this bike? If yes, what are the points I should start working on to achieve this? ...
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Tiredness after long rides

I did 140km ride 4 days ago, and 200km ride yesterday. After that second ride I was really tired. I didn't have any muscle sores, I averaged 25km/h, I could safely do more. But the whole body was in ...
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Map of water taps to fill bottles [closed]

Are there any maps of taps where I can fill my water bottles (bidons) on long rides. I live in Scotland, but would be glad to learn of the existence of such resources worldwide.
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Which is a better suited ultra endurance bike? [closed]

I’m planning to buy a new ultra endurance road bike. Confused between Trek Domane SL 5 and Scott Addict 10. I’m getting both the bikes at negligible cost difference. The only difference is that Domane ...
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Are there statistics on cycling trip distances?

Prompted by a comment on a recent question about weight loss I started to wonder: for people who ride bikes at least sometimes, what's the distribution of maximum distances? This has also come up in ...
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How quickly can the body restore energy reserves mid-ride/post-bonk, and how do we optimise this?

I'm interested in how we can maximise restoring energy stores (mainly glycogen, but I'm deliberately being vague) either between closely spaced rides or on long rides. I ask in the context of a ...
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Is it a bad idea to take a commuter bike for a 50 - 100km ride?

I'm a reasonably new rider so excuse my ignorance, but I'm thinking of taking my commuter bike for a 70km ride some time in the near future. I have recently been on several 30km rides without issue ...
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How come pairs are slower than solo riders at the Transcontinental Race?

As far as I understand, the control points are the same for pairs and individuals, so they both race a comparable length (the precise length will depend on the routing skill of the riders). However ...
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Clipless shoes & pedals and long distance

For the past few months, I have been thinking about clipless pedals. I am mostly a long distance rider. I go for the randonneuring and long distance triathlons. From various sources, I am informed ...
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Healthy riding for asthmatic [closed]

I have asthma and find it very hard to ride for a very long time without tightness in my chest. Is this safe for me? I have knee pain as well and I find bike riding helps with the knee pain, but ...
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Is riding on hilly road better than flats for long distance training?

As you may know from my previous questions that I am training for a 150km ride. I want to know if riding on hilly road for 20km is better than riding on a flat road for 40km?
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4L of water and 2 max protein bars. Is it sufficient for a four hour ride? [closed]

I am from India and it's really tough getting gels. So I thought I'd put for protein bars which are pretty easy to get. But Alot of people say to have carbohydrates every hour of your ride. Can anyone ...
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Can't do outdoor training for 150km and only on trainer. Can anyone give tips and training plan?

I just found out that I cannot train outdoors for the next two months for the 150 km I was planning to attempt in the first week of September. Now I am planning to buy the In'ride 100 trainer from ...
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If a derailleur cable snaps on a long ride, how can I keep going?

A couple weeks ago I rode around Crater Lake, a 35 mile ride with over 4500 feet of cumulative elevation gain – the sort of ride you really want functional gears for. The night before my rear ...
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Training for 150 km race in 2 months practicality and plan

I've just got into road bikes and want to prepare for a sportive race which is coming up in 2 months and is 150 km. My goal is just to complete the total distance within the 12 hour time limit given. ...
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Preparation/tips for 50 mile ride

I've been cycling for most of my life but I'm not an endurance rider - the furthest I've ever cycled in one go is 20 miles. I do a modest amount of riding daily - a couple of miles. Soon I'll be ...
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Doing a 230km / 142 mile cycle this weekend over 2 days, what vital equipment am I missing?

This will be my first long distance cycle over 100km's / 62 miles. Last weekend I did a 60km / 37 mile cycle without too much difficulty, so I'm pretty sure I can get through at least day 1, day 2 ...
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How much should a long distance touring bike weigh?

I'm planning in the far future to do a long ride of around 3000km (~1864mi). As I just have a single speed, I've been looking at what is in the market "designed" for that purpose in the price range ...
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Fuelling multi-day riding (carb loading/replacement)

Carb loading (cycling weekly) is reckoned to be useful for exercise over about 90 minutes, so is probably a good idea for all-day riding. Done properly you're taking on extra carbs starting 36--48 ...
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Preparing for a long distance ride - long term

I've done long rides in the past, the longest of which was 259 km less than 2 years ago, but I've fallen very much out of shape. I am currently overweight, but I know how to solve this part and by ...
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Saddle for long rail trails, streets and dirt paths

I recently purchased a 2014 HardRock Sport Disc. I ride on a variety of road surfaces, including pavement, gravel and dirt. I don't currently have plans to race, do long touring rides, or rough ...
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Saddle choice for long distance rides [closed]

Every year I travel home to Nice, on my own, from a European capital with my bike ex. Paris, Salzburg, Naples, etc. Last year I started off from Madrid, and this year from Berlin; both of these trips ...
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What's a good way of cooling down my legs after a long ride? Are pain-relief sprays a good idea?

Usually, after doing some legs intensive exercise (150 burpees, 2 hours of football) my legs burn and I have problems to fall sleep, and to keep asleep. I'm planning a small bike touring trip, that ...
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Is 17 miles (27km) each way a lot for a newbie cyclist?

I go to the gym on a regular basis and do a fair bit of running. I feel like I'm fit enough to do this. It would be a one-off ride from Wembley to Slough and back so it would be a fair bit of road ...
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Bike for many short city commute AND long distance travels (partially dirt road)

Disclaimer: I am a bike amateur, so my knowledge is very limited. I currently have an old model of the Pegasus Piazza, which I've been using for 4 years (I only replaced the saddle and the lights of ...
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How to improve endurance to increase ride distance? [duplicate]

I have been riding my bike quite frequently since August 2016. I ride a Roadmaster Granite Peak 26'. Initially, I used to ride continuously for probably 7 miles or 8 miles. I used to clock averages of ...
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Touring load weight distribution

What's the best way to load a touring bike, to increase stability and balance? Assuming a standard two-rack-and-panniers setup, where should I put most of my weight? I have a camping load, about 50 ...
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5-digit Bicycle Odometer available for bike computers? [closed]

Are there any bike computers that give you a five-digit odometer for pure cyclists like myself? If ever, I would pay up to around $25 so as to save money.
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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 is the best way to improve my cycling distance over mountainous terrain?

So for years I've been doing long distance biking from my home on my mountain bike, and recently I've been trying to push north into the Hudson Valley. However, even though I'm pretty decent at ...
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Multi hour ride nutrition

Ok. We're talking about when you'll be on the bike for 5+ hours. For example, a Century or 200K. What is the best nutrition for a ride of this type? So, I'll be on the bike for 5+ hours, with few ...
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Will trailer be my best option? If not, what is?

I need to take a backpack with me that's literally wider than my body and about as tall as my torso and neck, it weighs around 15-20kg. What I'm concerned about is roads that aren't so good or ...
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How do I increase my cycling duration or distance limits?

I am a student thus hardly get time to go on tours or hiking! In an average I cycle around 6-10 km per day but in holiday times I go for a trip around the city on my MTB for around 100km ride and ...
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How much easier is cycling compared to walking or running?

I'm thinking of taking part in a cycling event, I'd like to do something that's about as challenging as running a half marathon (13 miles / 21 km). Approximately what distance should I be looking at? ...
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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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How far should I be able to bike?

So, I'm 18, have been riding my bike for years, and I was wondering how far I should be able to ride. Originally, I just used my road bike to ride from and to work, four miles each way. In the last ...
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How to judge comfort when buying a new saddle

I bought a Motobecane Mirage S recently from bikesdirect.com I took the following advice from a bikes forum: Plan on changing the seat, pedals, and possibly the tires. The seat will make your ...
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Is it realistic to fuel a long ride with NO sugar?

On a 6 hr. ride, I will burn around 4,800 cals. Assuming I start the ride fully carb loaded with around 1,500 cals in me, that means I will have to consume an additional 3,300 cals over the 6 hours, ...
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Best long distance padded shorts for tall man [closed]

sorry if this has been asked million times already... I need an padded shorts that actually work for making my but stand 150km+ (around 95 miles) a day without hurting as hell after 2 days of riding. ...
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Is a long distance ride by an Amateur possible?

I am new to biking beyond what I did every day as a kid/teen, and I realize this is a very serious undertaking. I am in shape but not for a ride like this, so I will train. I have a new bike, a hybrid,...
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Eating during a 170 mile ride

I am doing a solo, unsupported 2 day charity ride, covering 260 miles in total. I am not taking any panniers or backpack, the only things im taking will fit in my saddlebag and my jersey pockets. ...