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Trail shared by bicyclists and hikers

In my community, there is a new trail for bikers and hikers to share. There are one way arrows for the bikers so they go in one direction. Should the hikers go the same way? I had a bicyclist yell at ...
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How could hydraulic disc brakes make sense on MTBs and gravel bikes?

This How To Clean Hydraulic Brake Pistons video (Park Tool's Tech Tuesday #104) shows how dust particles can interfere with the proper functioning of hydraulic pistons. Disc brakes have been adopted ...
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Are old bikes good bikes?

A friend is giving me a 2005 Trek 4300. I want to know if this is a strong/sturdy bike for rough trails. Can someone who has knowledge about bikes tell me if this good or not?
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Found a cateye strada computer on a trail. What to do?

Should I let it where it was? I know it's not an bike specific question, but maybe I can get good ideas.
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Specs of a bike for single trails on budget

Few months ago was the first time I did singles with my friends and I really liked it. I decided to buy my own bicycle. Since I know that I won't ride that much but yet I want to have the option to go ...
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How much mountain biking experience is needed for Goat Canyon Trestle Bridge via Carrizo Gorge Road?

Goat Canyon Trestle Bridge via Carrizo Gorge Road is a 16mi round trip out and back trail that I guess runs along some disused train tracks. My question is: how much mountain biking experience is ...
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How can I make road-bike rims survive tree roots on trails?

It would be nice if there was in my area an extended network of bike paths on regular roads. Unfortunately the network is in its early phases, and given the speed it's introduced at, it may be ...
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What happened to hardtails in the past 15 years?

So, last time I bought myself a new bike was around 2004 - that was a Trek 4300 hardtail which was a mid-range model and I got it for about $300. I upgraded it with better derailleurs, disc brakes, ...
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Should I avoid hard-packed crusher dust trails with my hybrid?

I ride a Trek FX 7.2, with 35mm Bontrager hard-case lite hybrid tires. I'm still fairly new and inexperienced with cycling, and I've driven exclusively on roads so far. I'm looking to start ...
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Trouble deciding between XC and road helmet [closed]

I need to buy a new helmet as my current helmet is at least 7 years old now and its pretty broken. I wanted something safe, and I've been using Bell helmets for forever, so just sticking with the ...
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Which type of frame for slopestyle?

So I'm looking to build a slopestyle-trail kind of bikes, something like Brandon Semenuk used in Redbull Raw videos. I want something I can use on trails while being playful enough to commute on the ...
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What would be the best bike frame to build a gravel bike? [closed]

This handsome devil road bike is what im kinda looking for but i want some suggestions of what is the next best thing to start with, any ideas? I was looking for a good bike or bike frame that ...
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Is there an online bike map for the Grand Rounds bike trail in Minnesota?

This one is solid but not detailed. This is just the south loop. This says it's "available at the Longfellow House in Minnehaha Park and at rec centers and refectories along the route." Google just ...
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What bicycle safe anti-car road spikes exist?

I am curious if there is a technology that allows bicycles to run over it, but will destroy car tires. From my understanding, usually poles like this are placed on trails to prevent vehicles from ...
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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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San Francisco Bay Trail: current map of completed/proposed routes

This gap analysis is from 2005. I want to start biking from Redwood City to San Francisco. I'd rather not bike near cars, which is what googlemaps suggests. and I'd love to bike along the shore. ...
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What type of terrain makes an MTB mandatory?

I'm somewhat new to biking, and I've been commuting to work on my new touring/hybrid bike for a few months now (it's a 2014 Novara Safari). I am very interested in doing some actual self-supported ...
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what should I do when single track gets narrow

There are some trails I ride on regularly and I've seen many people go each way. A few times the single track gets very narrow and I was wondering what should I do when I see a biker coming towards me?...
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Is a cannondale scalpel 3 full suspension capable of trail/ downhill? (100mm Suspension)

I have found myself to be more of a trail rider than an XC rider and would like to get into downhill. I have a cannondale scalpel 3 and I was wondering if I can make this bike work. Possibly buying ...
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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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Are Shimano saint pedals suitable for trail / xc use?

Thinking of buying the Whyte t129s, but not sure what flat pedals would be most suited for the xc / trail riding I'll be using it for. I looked at Nukeproof Neutrons and DMR V8s - prefer the look of ...
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Should I fear cows?

I know that sounds like a silly question, but I really need an advise. Recently a herd appeared at my local trail. Often they block the trail, and I (being a city boy) don't know how to behave toward ...
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Giant anthem x4 26er for single track

I can get a giant anthem x4 26er for a decent price but was wondering if it would be suited for single tracks, trails and steepish rocky dirt track descends? Also, is the anthem a good climber?
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Turtles on Trails

This is probably a silly question but my curiosity has bubbled over. I ride mountain bike trails around 5-6 times a week and generally I will see turtles on the trail 2-4 times. Sometimes I even see ...
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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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Geometry between 50mm stem and a 65mm stem and riding experience

Will I notice much difference beside just having a slightly longer cockpit between my seat and fork if I upgrade from a 50mm to a 65 mm stem? is this 15mm a significant enough adjustment to make my ...
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Are bicycle rear racks and panniers suitable for cross-country riding?

Later this summer, I intend to make a ten-day travel. It is going to be mainly road touring with one-two-tree days of sloped dirt roads or forest trails possible. I usually pack heavily, carrying a ...
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Remote rising seat posts and heavier rider

I am looking at remote adjustable seat posts that I can adjust the height of using a lever on my handle bar. They have a high price tag. Examples are Rock Shox Reverb Seat Post and Crank Brothers ...
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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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mountain bike vs. cyclocross bike

I've recently started trail riding on my mountain bike and i love it, but my bike is really old (circa 1992 steel Trek with Deore LX). I really want to get a new one, but I'm also really attracted to ...
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Do 29 inch wheels make a difference? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 29" wheels - what advantage do they provide over smaller wheels? Do 29 inch wheels make a difference off road? They certainly cost more.
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What Cannondale bikes compare to a Specialized Crosstail or Hardrock? [closed]

I don't know much about bike parts, so I don't really know which make is better, So I hope you can help out here. As I said I don't really know how they are, but I've always had a thing for how ...
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Riding packed limestone trails on 700x23 ties

I recently bought a Trek 2.1 and it came with 700x23 100psi tires. I do a lot of road riding, but every once in a while the packed limestone (rails-to-trails) trails are the better option. I've ridden ...
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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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mountain biking - post ride tasks

After completing a long mountain biking trail (complete with lots mud and water etc) - what post ride checks / tasks should I be doing? I ask this because I don't want to be taking my bike into a ...
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Do mountain bikers yield to hikers?

I've seen rules and graphics online that basically say that bikers are to yield to hikers. Is this the generally accepted rule, and if so, how do you define "yield"? Background The areas I normally ...
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Where can I find local bike routes?

Where are the best places to find bike maps with local routes and trails? Places I typically reference when searching for this includes: Most local bike shops (LBS) have local maps available or for ...
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