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Is it sometimes best to abandon the make/model you really like and go to a different make/model because you're right in-between sizes?

When shopping for a bike, do you commit to a make/model from the outset, select a size, then fine tune the bike to fit you, or choose a make/model that makes it possible to pick a size that fits you ...
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Looking for a entry-level carbon 29" hardtail in US - where to buy? [closed]

looking for a new bike and decided that 29" hardtail with good carbon frame is the way to go. I am looking at $2000-3000 budget, and it seems that I can find something within this range if I look ...
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Worth repairing?

I’m a complete noob getting back into cycling after 15 years of not riding. And loving it! But I bought a bike about 4 years ago and started using it and now it’s got a heap of problems, which I've ...
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Has pandemic caused shortage of bikes?

I am in the market for new road bike. My local bike shop is all sold out and also I noticed on Giant website the Giant escape which I bought back in 2014 for $350 is now over $500 for the same model ...
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What to check when trying a bike from a shop?

A common answer when people ask about frame size/geometries is to go to the local bike shop and ask to try the bike. No discussion of course, in an ideal world, it would be better to be able to try a ...
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How to identify if a frame has a durable paint job?

Context I currently have a Merida Speeder 200 which I use as my everyday bike with a chain lock (mandated by the insurance). When (un)locking, the chain may sway around and hit the frame, chipping of ...
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Are Park Tool products free of the P65 warning?

When buying bike tools from online stores, it is in general not possible to see the actual box that would be shipped, and hence it's not possible to determine whether the notorious California ...
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Gravel and MTB: What film to use to protect for rocky riding? and what parts?

What do the parts of the carbon frame need to be protected for rocky trail? And, what do you use to protect the carbon down tube for rocky riding? EDIT: Some people used to install "Paint ...
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Why 2021 top-tier road bike are so dark? Is black/dark better looking or good looking is nothing at all anymore? [closed]

Why 2021 new road bike are so black and dark? And, most of them, the bike brand is even invisible. The kind of color makes the bike looks like a "semi-finished product" (un-painting product)....
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Buying rear rack during pandemic crisis - go real bottom, up high, or wait?

As you may know from my other question, I'm putting together a bike to commute. I'm big, heavy, and roads will be paved only first half of the way. I will need to buy a rear rack for my bike. Thanks ...
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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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Is this summary for seeking an understanding of the landscape of cyclocomputers in 2020 accurate?

I am having trouble navigating the formidable variety of cyclocomputers on the market. I am not asking for product recommendations. A recommendation will in any case almost surely not be helpful. ...
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Should I buy a mountain bike, what size should it be?

My bike is becoming old and I'm upgrading. Where I live half the roads are offroad/gravel, half of them are really old asphalt that has pot-holes in it. I'm thinking of buying a mountain bike, ...
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What's typically wrong with cheap mountain bikes? [duplicate]

I'm interested in buying a mountain bike. Recently, I was at a Decathlon and checked out their mountain bikes. They only had 3 fullies and I really liked the 700 Eur one. I didn't buy it outright ...
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What type of bike does this text refer to?

While looking up things for answering another question, I found that USA has a separate import duty category for "Bicycles having a front wheel exceeding 55 cm but not exceeding 63.5 cm in diameter ...
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Is there any objective downside to riding a women's bike as a man?

I'm shopping around for a cheap, cruiser-style bike for my commute. As an example, AroundtheBlock from sixthreezero seems like it would fit my needs. However, the colors of their men's bike are really ...
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Is KCP a trustable bicycles Brand? [duplicate]

I recently found a second-hand bike that looks interesting, but the brand is KCP, and even with a lot of search, I'm not able to find any result about it. You can find below a picture and a link to ...
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Does it makes sense to buy a new cycle to learn riding?

I am a complete newbie in the cycling world but I want to learn to cycle and use it to explore the city and the places yonder. I also intend to use it to ride daily to office gradually. So my ...
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Does there exist a non-electric bike that can go 60mph (95 km/h)?

I recently ran into this article here where a woman bikes at about 184 mph (295 km/h). Now certainly there were some crazy ideal conditions here like an extra special bike and clothes, drafting behind ...
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What of Papillionaire? Looking for a Remi [closed]

Is anyone familiar with Papillionaire Bikes? They were (are?) an Australian manufacturer with a presence here in the US up until a year ago. Their website is still up but I've been unable to make ...
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Buying bike parts from Chinese suppliers like Aliexpress

Are these forks any good considering the price? You can find them extremely cheap on aliexpress. There aren't many reviews on youtube so what would be your opinion on it? Is it too good to be true? ...
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Getting my first Road Bike

Background info about me: Previously, most of my riding was done in the desert on a mountain bike. That was a different time and different era (when the beer belly was not around mostly!). Since ...
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Importance of tire width

How much of an impact does tire width have on the performance of a bicycle? I am in the process of buying my first real bicycle and am having trouble deciding between a more traditional road bike ...
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Disadvantages of using QR->Thru Axle Adapters?

I have a 100x15 front 142x12 rear cyclocross frame. I'm considering getting mid range wheels with quick releases that come with thru axle adapters. The wheels are lighter and better than most options ...
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What is the markup on bikes sold in stores?

What is the general markup on bikes sold in stores, specifically bikes sold in bike shops, i don't care about the markup in stores like wal-mart or target.
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Why do new road bikes come with handlebar tape attached?

It appeared to me that typically new bikes are sold with tape already installed on the bars. That is both buying from a local bike store (LBS) or online. (Please correct me if I'm wrong, I have not ...
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How to choose the right hydration pack for me [closed]

Want some advice for hydration pack. Do I need a hydration pack for my 3 or 4 hours biking? and How to choose the right hydration pack for me? any accommodation? what do you use?
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How can I carry a heavy bag without a rack?

I want to buy a heavy 20kg bag of rice and bring it home. The problem is that I only have access to a bike without any rack or formal way to store bags. The bag is too big to fit in my backpack. The ...
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What are the considerations before buying a Full Suspension bike (India)?

I am planning on buying a new Full-Suspension Bike withing few months specially to use in hilly terrain. So far I've been to few hills around my home town, they are roughly 100-400 meters high. What ...
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Rider height vs bike height

How do I figure out if this bicycle would be a decent height for a person that is 5 feet 8 inches in height? http://www.amazon.com/BMW-Genuine-Cruise-height-80912352293/dp/B015QV2A2S
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What is the best way to test out a niche bike when shops rarely have them in stock?

I've emailed a couple of bike shops about Surly bikes - One in Oakham and one down in Richmond. The one in Oakham seems to be understocked and the other one is not responding. The one in Richmond ...
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Why are most BSOs mountain bikes?

All department store bikes, that I have witnessed, are mountain bikes. Many of them are even full suspension and some feature dual-crown forks. Why the lack of BSO (Bicycle Shaped Object) road bikes?
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Choice of two Stevens bikes, which one makes more sense? [closed]

I'm going to need a new bike for next summer, my local shop carries and suggested Stevens. I've sort of narrowed down my selection to two, but since there is a steep price difference I'm not ...
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How useful/valuable is internal cabling?

I'm in the market for a new bike. I'm not a club rider but a utilitarian one: I commute on my bike, visit friends and run errands. On average I probably ride 2-4 miles per day, almost entirely on good ...
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how much a good bike can cost? [closed]

I bought a new bike few months ago and it cost me 375€, which for the most people it is a lot for a bike, but it is really cheap in bike world. I already have some problems with my seat (and seatpost)....
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Single-speed vs Multi-speed bike purchase

I am looking at buying my first bike as an adult. I grew up in a neighborhood that was very hilly, so am used to getting bikes with gears to be able to do hills more easily. I now live somewhere ...
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How best to appraise a bicycle .... attn collectors! [closed]

Other than having been a serious rider, having owned/fixed-up/sold/bought about 30 or 40 bikes in the past few years...I'd be useless buying or selling even 1 bike. how would the average consumer ...
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Best Time to buy new bike? [duplicate]

I have been looking around bikes for a while tried about 10 bikes already and rode about 10 miles on each of them and I think I have come to a conclusion about which one to buy (or did I?) But the ...
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Do Bike stores allow you to ship a bike to them to assemble?

I live in Orlando, Florida, and I am stuck with no transportation besides public buses, taxis, etc. as my bike literally fell apart in pieces in the middle of a road. I am looking to purchase a new ...
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Springy Rattling noise on new bike

I have recently bought a boardman pro 29er from Halfords (cycle to work). I like it and I'm enjoying riding it for the most part however there is a noise. Whenever I'm in a high gear (largest front ...
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BSO identification for amateurs

I'm a biking amateur, but I've been wanting to upgrade and get more serious. Just recently, I was gifted a pretty new bike and I'm wanting to figure out how BSO it is so I can either upgrade it or ...
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Where to buy previous years' bikes

Every now and then I see on a bike shop's website that they will have last year's version of the same model of another bike, but it's marked down by a few hundred dollars. Unfortunately, from what I'...
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Is my six-year old touring bike worth repairing?

My touring bike (which I use for commuting) needs repairs which will cost £200... half the price of a new one. I am not mechanically-minded.... and I am too busy and too old to learn! A new bike ...
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How to "shop" for bikes via mail order

What is a good method for finding a bike which matches my riding style, body measurements and bank account size when not able to actually go and try the given candidate bike model(s) in-person? In my ...
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Beginner bicyclist question about purchasing a new road bike

Completely new to biking, and am considering purchasing a decent road bike that'll be comportable for 25 mile outings. Came across a used "KHS Aero Turbo" for 325 bucks. It looks like a nice bike, but ...
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Replacing mountain bike bars & stem with drop bars

I have a mid-1990s Specialized Rockhopper. I've trashed the flat bars that were on it previously and I want to install drop bars, but to make that comfortable for me I'll want a shorter and higher ...
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What do you wish you knew you before you bought your first nice bike? [closed]

I am planning on purchasing my first nice bike ($500-$1000, nice to me is not a walmart bike) and am cautious due to the Dunning Kruger effect. I have never had a bike not from walmart before, and ...
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Shimano PD-6800 vs PD-9000 pedals

Other than a 12g saving in weight and the Dura Ace label, are there any further potential reasons to prefer Shimano PD-9000 pedals over PD-6800? Edit: This question is specifically about pedals ...
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What bike/helmet camera resolution is needed in order to read licence plates?

Has anyone had any success with cameras that can resolve the license plates of vehicles that are near the bike? What resolution will be needed if we want to be able to read license plate later on? ...
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Does it matter where you buy the bike?

You can buy the same bike at different stores (see for example the Schwinn Discover, here, here, and here). Does the place where you buy the bike from matter in terms of what parts they put on it? Or ...
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