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Mountain Biking And Clipless Pedals

I have never been seriously off-road on a trail with a mountain bike. I am curious; for any mountain bikers, do you ride clipped in on trails, and when if ever do you proactively clip out (e.g. like ...
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Should I ride my bike on the beach?

This is the suggested follow up question from this earlier question that dealt with if I can bike on the beach. While it turns out I can ride the beach on 32c tires, the comments made it clear that I ...
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Can I ride on the beach with 32c tires?

I have a hybrid bike (Merida Speeder 200) with 700x32c tires. I've been using it on the road with great pleasure, but given the corona situation it's becoming quite crowded on the (nice) roads. ...
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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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Would a Linus Roadster work on an off-road country environment?

Would a bicycle like a Linus Roadster Classic handle well on an off-road country environment or would you recommend a mountain bike for this?
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Is it worth buying a lighter bike? If so what kind?

I've started cycling recently and am clocking decent mileage now. The only problem is, the bike is very old and weighs just shy of 20 kg. It's a heavy one! It also has Kenda Kinetics tyres, I think ...
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Identifying features of a mountain bike specific to a tall and heavy rider?

I recently found some local bike trails that have everything from flat gravel to dirt bike jumps. I'm looking for a bike that can hold me through off road biking. I don't plan on doing any jumps or ...
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What tyre characteristics should I look for in a commuting tire? [duplicate]

I am living in London, but moving to a suburb where my commute would take me through a park. Being rainy England, the track can get quite muddy and my current tyres don't seem to be suitable. What ...
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On what surfaces can I safely use my hybrid bike?

I will be doing a 50 mile ride in a few weeks' time, most of which is on tow paths and a disused railway line. The surface will therefore be somewhat rough and loose, but not muddy and no major ...
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Did I pick the wrong bike?

I live 7.2 miles from where I work and was rebuilding my life, so no car. I was walking to work everyday until my son took me to Wal-Mart and said I was getting a bike. I picked out a Kent 26 ...
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Bicycle as SUV car?

I want to buy a bicycle which I can ride on road (through City, between two cities etc...), but I want a bicycle for offroad (not rough offroad). Something like SUV in car world. I know I can't find ...
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Road crankset with 29er mtb frame

I wonder if anyone knows of a 29er frame that has clearance for at least 2.5 tires that will take a compact (50/34) road crankset? Preferably steel.
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How do carbon fibre road bikes handle rough conditions?

I'm considering buying a entry level road bike for around 2000€. I'll use it for commuting every day 20km and for long rides up to 150km. I'll try to use an older bike when it rains, but I'll have ...
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Which type of bike is the right for these conditions?

I want a bike that is fast on the road but can also go offroad. By offroad I mean mostly gravel and a little dirt but no mud or very little. Cyclocross bikes caught my interest but they seem expensive....
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Generally can I fit 650b wheels on a modern CX frame?

I know this depends a lot on the model and the shape of the stays and fork, but on the average CX disc frame would it be possible to use 650b wheels with thicker tires, for a more comfortable offroad (...
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Does MTB tyres wear off fast in City - gravel pavement streets, city road?

I want to buy a Cross country MTB that I want to use everyday to work within the city in weekdays. In weekends I want to take it for off-city roads with partially mud and grassy terrain. Will the ...
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What exactly is a “trials” bike?

I'm interested in learning more about trials bikes. I've seen them in pictures and videos with the riders doing really impressive stuff on them; incredible balancing, huge jumps, etc. This type of ...
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can I use my road bike off road?

I have several bikes. I noticed that 90% of times I go on road so I got myself a road bike. But, can I use it for off road? Nothing extreme maybe some dirt roads or with small stones or poorly ...
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Gates Carbon Drive off-road experience?

I am planning on a new bicycle and one idea is a Fat bike with the corresponding Rohloff and a Gates carbon drive. I am using Rohloff's for more than 10 years and know what to expect. I am absolutely ...
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which type of bicycle should I consider for bicycle routes

I have no experience in biking and have never made any tour/route. I just like riding it. I love extreme and travelling in general and I am planning to start from small bicycle routes. I understand ...
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Best XC riding position [closed]

To follow off my last question (what are good training program for offroad racing?), what is the best ridding position/riding positions for each portion of XC racing?
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what are good training program for offroad racing?

I am just getting into racing, and like offroad more. I'm also a runner so I'm used to training programs. I wondered are there any of these for bike racing, and specifically offroad?
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MTB Tyre Safe for Wet Roads

I ride %50 on road, %50 XC. When the roads are wet/rainy the bike dances with me. Thus, i want to change the tyres. What I want is safe (in especially wet/rainy conditions) drive both on-road and ...
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Road bike tires that are ok on sand

I've got an old Trek 1200 road bike circa 1995 with down tube shifters and mostly original components. These days, I mostly ride it on my summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard where most of the riding ...
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Why are cyclocross bikes stiff and what impact does it have on performance?

I bought my first cx bike at the beginning of the summer and started watching a few races on YouTube and such, not because I plan to race but just because it was interesting to me. All summer I've ...
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Which option; cx bike or mtb and road bike? [closed]

I've done my research and i've narrowed it down to 2 options for me Option 1: buy a low-end cyclocross bike for $1200 or Option 2: buy a low-end road bike for $800 and a low-end mountain bike for $...
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Why are there BMX off road races

I was always curious about this, but I never found the answer. Originally I only knew freestyle BMX bikes, but then found there are official races offroad. What is the idea behind this? Sounds like ...
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Is it fine to clean bearings with gasoline?

I've been searching all over the web about washing bearings with Gasoline (and other gas products like desiel and kerosene). I've found some mixed answers. Some say it's good some say it isn't. I want ...
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How can I avoid mud from splashing onto my back without a rear wheel fender?

I enjoy cycling off-road. During rainy season, the cycling trails can get muddy. Most of the bikes from rental shops do not come with a rear mudguard. I tried to slow down and avoid puddles of water, ...
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What sort of bike will suit both offroading and onroading

I live in an area which is connected to main road by a small lane(worse than mountainous region, I mean it's condition) and the main road is just like a new tarmac surface, the speed breakers are ...
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Adjusting air pressure in the Tyre /Tire [duplicate]

I own a Trek 3500 and am an avid biker... I bike on roads mostly, but sometimes on trails too.. Is there any information anyone could share that would assist me in adjusting air pressure in the Tire? ...
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Minimizing the pain in Biceps and Shoulders due to Mountain Cycling or Offroad cycling

I am a regular road cyclist, but I seldom go off the roads for cycling and Mountain Cycling. The terrain being damn rough and uneven, the jerks and the vibrations cause a lot of pain and numbness in ...
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When do I need more than one bike? How many bike is enough? How many bikes is too many?

I see questions where people want a bike to commute, road ride, and take on trails. Not one bike will do it all. When do I need more than one bike. How many bikes is enough?
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Do expedition bikes offer advantages over standard touring bikes?

I have seen a few bikes marketed as "Expedition Bikes". They seem to be designed for the purpose of touring off-the-beaten-track. Typically they have 26 inch wheels and either butterfly or flat bars, ...
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Guidance on Specialized bike models [closed]

is the specialized Tricross or Crosstrail bike preferable for a combination of light trail riding and road riding
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Making a very sharp turn by pivoting on your front wheel?

There is that cool maneuver that lets you do a very sharp turn (90° or even 180°) in very tight situations, like descending two flights of staircases (in town) or narrow and very steep winding trails (...
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Would like to custom-build a bike but I'm not sure on what parts to buy

Currently I have a 2011 Trek 3700 (no disc brakes) and just this year have gotten into riding mountain bike trails and would like to have a bike better suited for doing that. I'd like to keep the ...
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Are these Xero Lite XSR-3 Wheels suitable for cross riding / racing?

I have a set of Xero Lite XSR-3 Wheels. I tend to ride dirt, gravel, and some singletrack on my cross bike and sometimes some cross races. Would I be able to swap this wheelset on to my cross bike ...
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Are road tyres suitable for any off-road riding at all?

I'm looking to buy a bike for my commute - 6 miles a day. The commute itself is all on roads, so naturally I'm looking at road bikes. My main worry is that if I invest in such a bike I won't be able ...
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What is the proper etiquette for overtaking a horse?

What are the general rules when encountering a mounted rider (on a horse) on a trail? I understand if we are approaching each other I would dismount, move to the side of the trail and allow them to ...
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Bicycles on Farms?

I was chatting with the owner of a local farm of which I am a subscriber, and he mentioned that he was considering hauling boxes of veggies between work sites using a bicycle or tricycle. There is of ...
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Bike for a shorter rider to do touring, daily commuting and light off-roading?

I want to buy a bike. These are the things I'm looking for: frame that can handle weight and light off-roading (eg, sand, gravel, rocks, roots, but no big drops) frame can accomodate fatter, treadier ...
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Are upright conventional bicycle more comfortable than a recumbent trike over forest trails? [closed]

This question was prompted out of a short discussion from this question when it was proposed that a upright conventional bicycle is more comfortable than a recumbent trike when riding over forest ...
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Mountain bike rain coat / jacket (packable, not for winter)

I am looking to get a thin rain coat. I have a good one for the depths of winter (it needs water proofing again), but it is way too hot to wear it any other time. (I am a portable radiator.) My hope ...
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Need a bright headlight for offroad, UK

As winter approaches I am looking to upgrade my cycle lights. My commute takes me on an unlit section of canal tow path so I am looking for suggestions of a super bright headlight or cycle light that ...
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I am about to buy a new bicycle - what should I check before I do so?

I'm not really a pro in bicycles, I barely know the basics about the construction itself, but I love cycling. I've been cycling on my old bicycle for 2 months now and I love it. Unfortunately, my ...
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Tools required for trailbuilding?

Shovel, Saw, Roulette (very long, perhaps even geodetic roulette), Ax. The trail will be built in a forest. So there's no rocks, just dirt, small stones and a lot of roots. What else will I need to ...
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What kind of tires should I buy for an e-bike, commuting on maintained off-road?

I need to buy a new front tire for my new e-bike. Let me give you a few of the conditions I'll be riding in, and I'd like your advice. First of all, this bike is primarily going to be used to commute ...
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How deep does snow have to be before it becomes unrideable?

I was going to go for an off road ride in the snow this weekend but I chickened out. Partly because it was cold but mainly because I have no experience riding in snow and wasn't sure whether I would ...
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Pre ride checks

What checks should you perform before setting off to ensure that your bike is safe to ride? I'm more interesting in mountain bikes rather ride road bikes but I guess that most checks are applicable ...