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Is climbing easier on a light road bike or one with lower minimum gearing?

Lower gearing (or gearing in general) is generally more important than the bike weight for climbing (for most riding as well, sans high level racing). Both of the gear choices are pretty low and you'd ...
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Will a pedelec spoil cycling for me?

I can only say "probably not" as while I've borrowed an e-bike a few times for rides similar to my current commute, it doesn't really suit me and doesn't come close to spoiling my normal riding. ...
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Did I pick the wrong bike?

Whether the cruiser style bike is suitable for the 'mountain bike trails' you are riding on really depends on exactly what those trails are like. The cruiser has pretty big tires so it should be able ...
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What are the advantages of having more than one bike?

Rule 12 says that you should aim to own N+1 bikes, where N is the number you have now. While that's completely tongue-in-cheek, there's some merit to having gear fit for purpose. For example I have ...
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Would a hard tail 29er be a good starter bike for road and light trails?

Short answer yes, a hard tail 29 would be a good fit for what you have described. And it sounds like you already have a fun FS bike and a road bike so it only makes sense. The equation N + 1 comes to ...
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Is my bike too big for me?

If you cannot comfortably straddle the bike with your feet on the ground it is too big. The bike you have appears to have a nearly horizontal toptube. As others have said try to return it or at least ...
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Will a pedelec spoil cycling for me?

In my experience, riding a pedelec doesn't ruin the joy of riding human powered bikes. But if your normal ride isn't particularly joyful, a pedelec can make it bearable, even fun. The main advantage ...
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Is climbing easier on a light road bike or one with lower minimum gearing?

The answer to both parts of you question is yes. Climbing is easier with a lighter bike, and easier with lower gearing. But several factors that you don't mention interact to determine which bike is ...
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Is climbing easier on a light road bike or one with lower minimum gearing?

Maths says that one bike is 11% heavier and has a low gear ratio of 1.06:1 whereas the other bike is 1.21:1 So both gearings are quite low already. The lighter bike will be "easier" for climbing, ...
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Are there two Raleigh bicycle companies?

There are license branding. For example Raleigh is sold in Japan through a Japanese bicycle wholesaler that design Raleigh bicycles to be adapted to Japan local trend. The "Japanese" Raleigh are made ...
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Russian "Turist" bike look alike

This is Bicycles.SE, we're more aimed at helping you overcome practical problems. Since its a nice looking bike, why not fix it? Please tell us more about the problem/damage, with photos of the ...
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How to choose the right Citi Bike?

As an update to this, there are now multiple versions of Citi Bikes. The ones you want (if maximizing speed is your interest) are these ones: not these ones: Note the difference in the fender—this ...
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Looking for information about older bikes

There are several forums that cater to vintage bikes, one of the best in my humble opinion is the Cabe - The Classic and Antique Bicycle Exchange www.thecabe.com There is an exponential amount of ...
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Best bike for park routes?

It depends on your budget. If you have $200 to spend that's a very different answer to $1000. Also 'Stanley Park' means nothing to me. Is it a small paved park, a mountain bike park, thousands of ...
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Help pick between BMC and Diamondback 29er hardtails

Per our FAQ, we don't do product recommendations. We can discuss some factors in very general terms. Because I lack MTB expertise, this answer focuses narrowly on the issue of country of origin and ...
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Did I pick the wrong bike?

First of all: congrats for being able to commute 7+ miles by that bike. Second: when thinking about buying a bike, there are only two factors to consider: fitting and components. From what I can ...
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I don’t know what bike to get

From all given informations, I suggest you to buy the same model of bike you sold, just 2 sizes larger. Look for a used one. 400 pounds are enough, and you will probably learn one thing or two about ...
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Will a pedelec spoil cycling for me?

I am riding both an ebike and a road bike; for various purposes. My ebike takes me sweat less to work in my biz suit 42 km back and forth 5 days a week throughout winter, spring, summer and autumn ...
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Things to consider when choosing a recumbent

I recently bought a "Day 6" semi recumbent. It's more upright then most recumbents. The handlebars are about shoulder height to reduce wrist fatigue. It also has a back rest where I can push off from, ...
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