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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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. ...
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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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Would Tri-Bars be advantageous for a 260 mile 2 day event

At the end of August I am organising and completing a solo 2 day bike ride for charity that will be around 260 miles in length. The longest I have ever done is 105 miles in one sitting, about 6 and ...
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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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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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Safely Switch Bicycles before a Century?

I did an unsupported century last year on my 30 pound "shop" mountain bike. The first 55 miles were easy but the last 45 or so were pretty horrible. This year, I want to try it again but with more ...
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Do riders bodies go numb after hours of riding?

When talking to people who don't bicycle themselves, I've noticed that every time I mention bicycling long distances, people seem to think that your body goes numb, like it does when you run long ...
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Pain in center of hand

I've recently started biking serious amounts (to me, anyways, 12 miles or so ) and I've noticed a pain in my right hand, near the center of where the wrist connects to the palm. It hurts when pressure ...
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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 far can one cycle without food? [closed]

What is the furthest anyone has cycled without food in an official race setting?
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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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Which component upgrades for longer rides

I have a Giant Escape 1 (2016) which I use for commuting to work and back. It is fitted with Altus level kit. I was considering taking my bike on holiday with me to get in some longer rides, perhaps ...
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Where do you leave your bike on cafe stops and water breaks?

Where should I leave my bike on longer rides when stopping at a cafe or going into a store to get water? Do you carry a lock in your jersey? Leave it outside? What is a good lock? What should I do ...
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Help for a 169 mile bike ride

I am not a pro and I have never taken a long bike trip before, but I think I am up to it. The trip is not going to be one-go. I'll stop for rest. I am thinking that if I do 10 miles a day, I should be ...