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Suspension seatpost for mountain biking? [duplicate]

I've seen several seatposts on the market with suspension built into them such as the Thudbuster, Redshift, and Kinect and was wondering if anyone is using one for mountain biking? Is it worth the ...
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Finding the correct bike for short tours and daily commutes [closed]

I am looking for a new bike after my current one has started to fall apart mostly. As a disclaimer upfront: I have very little knowledge on bikes. For my current bike I did very minor repairs myself (...
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Is there a bicycle designed for slow riding?

I enjoy my road bike, but recently my children have become old enough to ride, but still very slowly. I'd like to be able to ride with them on all or mostly flat pavement, but the road bike just isn'...
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Jaqwire KEB vs Shimano DA Brake Cables [closed]

Looking to replace my brake cables/outers on my CX bikes (105 brifters and TRP Spyres brakes). Both outers (front and rear) run the full length (shifter to brake) on my CAADX so there’s a lot of outer ...
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What would be a good style of bike for Big Guys

I am in need of help on purchasing a bike for a Big Guy. I am 6 foot and 365 pounds (that's 183 centimetres and 166 kilograms). I am trying to better my health and want to get more active by riding a ...
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Is there a ranking of bicycle manufacturer brands in terms of quality?

How much does actual branding weigh in these days when it comes to buying a bicycle of an established brand (i.e from a bicycle store)? Or is it all about the components and the brand is just a label?
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Which rims should I purchase to avoid breakage of spokes?

I might need to replace my rims soon. I've had frequent problems with breakage of spokes, so it's a good opportunity to buy stronger rims and/or spokes. What characteristics should I look for if I ...
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Advice for buying a new crankset for my bike

Long story short: I recently bought a second-hand bike (good condition), but the guy who sold it to me screwed the pedals in the wrong sides. After two months of riding, the thread on the inside of ...
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Why is Giant's older Roam 1 more expensive than the newer Roam 2 and 3?

I'm pretty new to biking and I have been looking at Giant's Roam line of bicycles, and noticed that the Roam 1 is more expensive than the Roam 2 and the Roam 2 is more expensive than the Roam 3. ...
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What's the checklist when buying a second-hand frame?

I am buying a second hand frame (Dawes 201 hybrid) build up (first time doing that, so exciting). I'm paying cash on collection, so can back out if anything looks wrong. What should I look for on the ...
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What road bike would suit my criteria? [closed]

I own two bikes, both are vintage. Steel frames with 700C wheels, friction downtube shifting, drop bars, toe clips. One is more speedy with less comfort (fixed gear conversion), the other leans more ...
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Is SLX FD 675-B front derailleur appropriate for my bike?

It seems I've made a few 'tiny' errors when choosing components to upgrade my bike. The biggest issues I'm facing at the moment are crankset and front derailleur... Bike is Eyble Psych 4 Black ...
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handlebar light (or mount) with ball and socket joint

Is there a handlebar light or mount that uses a ball and socket joint or otherwise allows complete freedom to change where it points? I like to adjust my light depending on a # of factors. For example,...
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Medium Budget Road Bikes for India [closed]

Bikers of Indian subcontinent, can you enumerate few medium budget road bikes for beginners with its pros/cons.
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Are Bikesdirect.com bikes any good? [closed]

I need a new touring bike. I live in an area where such bikes are associated with exorbitant prices. Given that I am really attracted to buying my next touring bike from Bikesdirect.com and cut the ...
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Is there a spoke light that is ultrabright? [closed]

I love the setup this guy demos here as it is attention-grabbing and is visible from all directions, however I'm wondering what options I have with ultrabright spoke lights. The description says they ...
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Buying a bike: Older, used high-quality components or new average-quality components?

I realize that fit and personal comfort, etc. are most important, but, I need some advice. I just got into duathlons and triathlons this year, and started with a very low end bike. I'm now looking to ...
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Specialized Cycle Computer?

I'm in the market for a cycle computer that runs in cold weather. Does the Specialized SpeedZone Sport Double Wireless ANT+ work in the cold (eg down to 20 degrees F or hopefully lower)? (I just got ...
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How do I buy a used bike? [closed]

Since we have a lot of questions asking about buying a used bike, I thought we could do a community wiki on how to buy used bikes as a be-all, end-all. There are a few main questions: 1) How do I ...
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How do I find chainrings? [duplicate]

I've got Sram x7 3x10 crankset, and now it's time to change chainrings. But I'm really confused about what should I choose: there are lots of options (e.g. here: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ru/...
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What tools should I carry around to replace the tube on a bike with bolt-on wheels while on the road?

I'm considering getting a fixed-gear bike for commuting, and I'm unclear on how one can quickly replace a punctured tube on a bike with bolt-on wheels. So far, all the bikes I've had (at least, since ...
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Are there any alternatives to Strava?

I have been using Strava for the last year to track my daily commutes, mountain bike rides and hikes. Unfortunatly, I have found that Strava appears to be hiding my data from me. It seems like I ...
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Modern gumwall light touring tires?

Are there any modern road/light touring tires which look like the gumwall tires of yesteryear? In particular, I'm looking for all-weather road tires with serious puncture resistance, i.e. a more-or-...
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I need help on Buying a Bicycle [closed]

I want to buy a bicycle for losing weight. I need a single speed one, though my budget is Narrow (like too narrow). Please help me what type of bike should I buy.
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For a very amateur rider, is Specialized or Trek worth it? [closed]

After 15 years of being off a bike--and my waist line showing it--I'm about to buy a new bike and get back in shape. Looking around, Trek and Specialized appear to have good hybrids, which is my ...
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Upgrade options for hybrid Scott Sub10 bars?

I currently have a flat bar on a hybrid bike (the Scott Sub10). It's a great bike, and I had the saddle height and angle adjusted at the store, so I've got the right leg angle on the down stroke and ...
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Should I go clipless? [duplicate]

My bike is a Giant Reign, and I ride in the UK. I like going to local gravity parks and trail centres and my local tracks are mainly downhill orientated but I also like to get out on longer rides. I'm ...
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How popular is the “Sold Secure” certification among reasonable-quality lock makers?

I'm a recent convert to cycling, having moved to Amsterdam, and I intend to buy a U-lock for a bike I'm getting. Now, people have recommended that I buy U-locks with a "sold secure" label - but in a ...
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Hybrid bike stolen, trying to weigh factors for how to replace

I had my 2006 Trek 3700 stolen from my apartment today. I reported it to the police and should be getting at least a small amount of money from renter's insurance. It was locked with a Kryptonite ...
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3- 5 gear special gearset?

So, a while back when I was rebuilding my vintage Shogun 6-speed, I realized that I only use 2- 3 gears on my commutes to and from school, crew, and other daily rides. The next day, I went to my local ...
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Vista Sport Vintage Bicycle

Can anyone tell me what happen to the Vista Bicycle company? I'd like to know where to find parts, and did another company buy out Vista? My Vista Sport 27inch 10 speed bike was purchased 40 years ...
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Specs for parts on Giant Defy 4 (2013) to decide on upgrades to transfer parts onto another bike

I have a 2013 Giant Defy 4 and a new Montague Urban(UK)/Crosstown(USA) folding 21" 700c. I'd like to make the Montague better for the occasional uphill commute home I do when I don't have access to a ...
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Does anyone have experience with wooden saddles?

I've been looking online at a wooden road saddle and it looks pretty sweet but not sure how comfortable it's going to be... The description says it's made from maple wood and designed to flex, so it ...
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How much speed can I buy

I am currently riding an entry level carbon road bike (Fuji Gran Fondo 2.5, compact 50/34 crankset, 105 group, 12/30 10 speed, Oval 327 wheels, but I suspect the details are not important-you have all ...
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Does anyone have any special notes on buying pannier racks?

I have a 520 mm cro-mo vintage tsunado road bike. It has 27 inch wheels. I'm putting a pannier rack on the back *preferably steel, but I'll consider Al. It doesn't have the upper mounts but the ...
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Can I add 3rd chainring to a an old Sugino double?

I have a vintage (165mm-Crnk) Sugino 40/48 on here now, but am looking to add some gear range for up hill with med-sm load. I have a Tiagra short cage RD and a Sora double FD. I am friction shifting. ...
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What are the strengths, weaknesses and/or recommendations for a BLB Mosquito Saddle? [closed]

I ask this here because I couldn't find too much information or reviews about BLB Mosquito saddles. If administrators find this question doesn't fit into this place, please feel free to remove/edit ...
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Medium size cargo solution for road-bike for commuting

Currently I use a touring bike with rear rack and a single panier on my 15km commute. In my panier I carry a full set of clothes including shoes, a small coat and a towel. I want to start using my ...
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Bike seat frame

I got a Rhode Gear childs seat from a friend but they needed the Blackburn rack they had for it to go on for there next seat, where would I find out what type of Blackburn frame I need to fit an ...
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Sekai 2000 tire and rim?

I have a Sekai 2000 bike and the rims are bent very minutely. If I turn the wheels front or back and put my fingernail in a fixed position close to the rim, it is less then 1mm. Is that anything I ...
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What are my options for replacing a Shimano Hollowtech II BB?

I have had a 'Deore' equipped mountain bike for 3-4 months now. However, there is grinding noise from the area of the cranks and I suspect the bottom bracket. On a local MTB forum I heard that Deore ...
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What are the advantages of a building an electric bike from a kit vs. prebuilt

I'm trying to decide on what would be the best option for me for my first electric bike. I need a way to get around, and as I live on a hill where I will have to manage a fairly steep incline coming ...
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Choosing hubs and rims for training road wheels

I'm going to build a training road wheelset for my touring bike. I wonder what should be criteria for choosing hubs and rims and spokes. I'd prefer cheaper options as long as they are durable and not ...
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Rear hub for randonneuring - any “classic” model?

I have recently had a failure in my rear-hub during a brevet. The bike I use for brevets was assembled from used parts, and I tried to choose components that are dedicated to randonneuring (super-...
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How To Get Started With Hand Cycling

I sustained a knee injury about a year ago and it's looking like I won't be biking anytime soon. I thought that a good alternative would be to get into hand cycling. I am having a hard time finding ...
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Advice on buying a new bike

I am looking to buy a new brand new bike but I'm not experienced at all with bike specs and quality and things to look out for etc. I have previously only had second hand really basic bicycles in my ...
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Bike type xc ht or cx? [closed]

I am a newbie on bikes and i want to buy one. I want to buy a bike that i can cover some small city road distances ~30km daily with comfort and to be able to go on some mountain trails when i got time ...
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Long commute (~30km/18.5mi) considerations/logistics [closed]

[This turned out to be quite long question, but I couldn't find anyone discussing my particular situation - long, training-like ride followed by a workday as a developer. It seems that all ...
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Which type of bicycle is best for weight loss? [duplicate]

I want to know which type of bicycle is best for weight loss.
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How to choose protective cycling gloves?

Yesterday I failed to make a turn and rode into a thorny bush, which cut my hands. I have often feared similar situations. For example, when descending, I often need to take a difficult line, in ...