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Questions tagged [shopping]

For questions about shopping for bicycles or other equipment; please note that questions seeking product recommendations are off-topic, because they tend to become obsolete quickly.

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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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Brompton: where to find the higher supply of second-hand bikes in UK, or anywhere in Europe? [closed]

We are 2 french hitchhikers looking for 2 second-hands brompton folding bike (M6R, black). We are ready to hitchhike to get them anywhere in UK, Belgium, NL or Germany for a "reasonable" price. ...
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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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Where to buy (carbon) framesets? [closed]

I'm looking for online suppliers of carbon road framesets, the major online retailers Wiggle, Evanscycles and Chainreactioncycles don't seem to have much choice available (~<10 each) with low ...
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Want to start cycling, is this a good bike [duplicate]

I have been riding on a cheap bike from Argos but I want to start doing it a bit more properly. Where I live, there are a fair few cycle paths, etc which aren't very flat. There's a lot of tree roots, ...
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What parameters are important when replacing a rear hub?

My rear hub is damaged. I have not yet inspected the source of the damage, but the wheel is moving sideways when rotating (a LOT), plus I rode it like this for about 35km. Therefore, I find it ...
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Dual position air, solo air, coil, rebound: what do they mean about forks?

Lyric is available as Dual Position Air/ Solo Air / Coil. What do those terms mean generally? My speculations are leading me nowhere. If Dual Air means no hydraulic cylinder, how can the fork have ...
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1980's bike vs New(er) Models? (Should one stay with an ancient bike?)

I have been cycling on a Centurion Pro Tour that was constructed sometimes in the 1980's - probably late 1980's, but still. It works great. It coasts downhill far faster than my hybrid, it doesn't ...
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Bike for mixed use

I've been spinning for the last two years and looking to purchase my first road bike, comparing road, touring, cyclocross and hybrid. I won't race, but do look to ride weekly & take some 40-80 ...
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Specialized bike store or general sports shop

I plan to buy a new bicycle. Is it better to buy it at a specialized bike store or at a general sports shop? In case it matters, I live in Vienna, Austria. I know very little about bicycles in ...
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What are some good flat pedal shoes for XC racing? [closed]

Like the title says, I'm looking for some recommendations on good flat pedal shoes. This could include ones with an SPD or other interface that has removable clips. I'm currently riding with a set of ...
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if my height is 5'9" what mtb should I buy? [closed]

I am rookie and I want to know about mountain bike and want to know that if my height is 5.9 which mountain bike works for me. So guys please help to know about mountain bike.
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How much value do groupsets gain/loose per year?

What is the difference in value of a last-year component, and the equivalent one from this year? For example an SLX rear derailleur, an X0 crankset, a Fox Float fork. How substantial is technology ...
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Alfine 11 chain guard [closed]

I'm planning to invest into a Alfine 11 set (both hub gear and crank+front cog(45)). I'm also looking for solution for chain guard for Alfine cog for commuting. I've found Curana brand that makes good ...
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Will this fork crown race installation tool work?

I am looking to purchase a fork crown race installation tool, ant this one is the only one available online. The IceToolz thing is "to be delivered" someday. I am very skeptical of this tool, as it ...
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Selecting a compatible BB: spindle offset

Replaced Shimano Bottom Bracket, now front derailleur won't shift to largest gear How do I measure a bottom bracket? I thought the only thing that mattered when replacing a bottom bracket ...
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Is there a collective name for the non-groupset parts?

I would like to estimate the price of a bike if bought in parts. One thing is the frame, that is easy. The front and rear shock can also easily be checked out as individual components. Tires A ...
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Waht is the difference between Shwalbe's Basic compound and Performance compound tyres?

Schwalbe produces a wide range of tyres. Their "Basic compound" tyres are twice cheaper than the same model but with "Performance compound". Anyone have user experience with the two product lines? ...