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Comparing hub/disk brake vs rim brake. Power, reaction, and skidding

I'm not a bike enthusiast but I've commuted quite a lot with bikes. I don't always understand the physics but believe I can extract well what happens per experience. I could be mistaken though. I've ...
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Reasonable daily distance for cycle touring?

Planning a bike packing with a friend immediately after finals, meaning we have no time to train. Will be cycling for around a month through Europe, on road bikes. I ride a lot but my friend hasn’t ...
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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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What is a safest cheapest bicycle?

I want to buy a low price bicycle and I've not used any till now. what is best to start at budget price? I want to use in street and simple level mountains. I'm 30 years old.
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Pain in back and back of thigh

I've never ridden a bike before, and I'm not in very good shape. I started riding yesterday (4/15/23). I think my legs are too short, or my seat is too high because the seat digs into the back of my ...
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Specialized Roubaix 2012 vs 2021 FujiSportif 1.1? [closed]

What is the tradeoff between a used Carbon bike vs a new aluminum bike? Would the answer be different if the carbon bike is less cost with better components?
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Do I need to shorten chain when fitting a new smaller cassette?

My current cassette is 11-36 and I want to change it to 11-32. Can I stay with my current chain or I need to modify my current chain to fit the new cassette?
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Turning right but can't see cars coming (UK)

I'm a newbie to cycling and I was wondering if I done the right thing or I should do something different next time. I'm coming down towards a main road where I can either go left or right. I want to ...
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Mountain Biking with Heavy Rider and Rigid Bike

I ride an early 90's Trek MultiTrack 700. It's a completely rigid, Cro-moly frame with 700c wheels, and, except for a new rear wheel (double wall rim) and cassette, all of the components are original. ...
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New suspension fork - how much should I care for locking on the handlebar?

I'm putting together a bike that will allow me to go to work. I work in a warehouse outside of the city I live in, and I want to avoid roads trucks take because I haven't ride a bike for about ten ...
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Resistance for different gear ratios

Why are some gear ratios more difficult to pedal than others on a bicycle. It feels as though I’m missing some very simple piece of reasoning!
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How much can I expect to improve in 1 year?

I am 51 yo, started cycling 2 months ago. I do about 80 km per week (in weekends). Currently my average speed over large distances (max distance I've done so far is 90 km) is around 22 km/h. On flat ...
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Choosing my first bike

I would like to get into biking. Haven’t ridden since I was a kid. Back then everyone had a one speed bike. The 10 speed English racer was the bike you dreamed of getting. I never had one. I’m in my ...
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Fixie: how to learn to ride: step by step

I've been riding a single speed to work on a daily basis for about 3 years. I want to learn to ride a fixie. I have a flip-flop, so my fixie ratio is 48/19. I've installed straps (hold fast). My ...
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Getting into biking -- choosing between choices [closed]

I am brand spanking new to cycling and have been intensely researching what brand of bike to buy. Since I'm new and not leaping into any races anytime soon I know I don't need a track bike, but I also ...
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I can't shift gears

My friend gave me his bike because it was too small for him, I was new to biking so I didn't notice till now that T can't switch gears. My front derailleur is on middle gear out of 3 and the rear on ...
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Do you think I can put road bike handlebars to this bike? [duplicate]

Im new to bikes so I just want to ask a question. Is it possible to put a road bike handlebars on this bike. And if it is do I have to get a new stem also or just the handlebars?
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What pressure should a tire have?

I am a new bike rider. Over three months, my wheels are a little bit flat. However I am not too sure as to what pressure I should pump them back up to. Currently they show 25 PSI (172 kPa). It is a ...
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How to improve climbing speed [duplicate]

new cyclist here. I've recently started riding and have worked my way up to a 50K in 2 hours 24 minutes, averaging 21 km/h. I noticed that I really wasn't able to carry my speed through climbs and ...
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Suggestions for a new bike for a newbie [closed]

Good Evening All, Whilst I used to ride a bike on a regular basis around 15 years ago, I have no real knowledge of bikes. I recently completed a Wiggle Ride, that my friends signed me up for, in ...
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First time ride advice

Doing 75 km "Ride For Heart" in Toronto this Sunday on a closed highway. Using Norco Cyclocross bike for it. I've read online different advice for beginners, but was wondering if there is anything ...
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Changing 7-speed Shimano cassette to 10-speed [duplicate]

I have a bike with a 7 speed cassette. My question is can I swap it to a cassette with more speeds (like 10). I will change the derailleur to a compatible one.
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Restoring/modernizing an old cheap(ish) bike

tl;dr;? Just see bullet points below... My mom recently gave my wife her old Raleigh Horizon bike. She must have gotten it around the year 1990, and there's no way she spent much on it (she's kinda ...
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How should I approach safe cycling? [closed]

I have interest in biking to and from work, but have heard some horror stories from cyclists at work. Short of asking coworkers on safe cycling practices, where should I go for a more authoritative ...
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How to take a drink while riding?

How do you drink while riding? What would you tell a new rider who is having difficulty getting a drink without stopping or slowing a lot? Assume the bike has bottle cages in the usual places, and ...
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BMX Bike Sizing and Changing Parts?

I'm a 4'11" (150 cm) tall girl who just started riding BMX, and I'm riding a 20.5" (52 cm) frame. I find that it's really big and quite heavy for someone my size. Is 20.5" too big or should I just ...
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