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Which Type of Bike Would You Select If You Needed To Commute, Ride Fire Roads, and Regular Roads With 1 Bike?

"a decent chunk of money on one bike" this is a very slippery slope. If this is your first bike, look for a used hardtail MTB for relatively low cost, and simply store any leftover money. ...
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Why bother maintaining a road bike for summer and a mountain bike for winter rather than two complete sets of wheels (as with cars) on a cyclocross?

Winter riding is hard on a bike - I have to do weekly maintenance when it's a period of wet riding. It's good to have N+1 options. If you're serious about riding in the snow, then the snowbike would ...
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Are wider tires on a road bike a good idea?

For long days in the saddle, on rough paved roads, 32-35mm tyres provide a significant comfort benefit over the likes of 25mm, when run at an appropriate pressure. Riding in the dark also benefits ...
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Why bother maintaining a road bike for summer and a mountain bike for winter rather than two complete sets of wheels (as with cars) on a cyclocross?

With cars, and above a certain latitude, it's common to own one set of wheels (with fancy/light rims) for summer and another set (with ugly/heavy rims) for winter. Agree, at least in Finland we do ...
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Can I modify a slightly too big bike?

Try stopping with one foot down, leaning the bike over and leaving your dominant leg on the pedal with the pedal forward and up ready for a power stroke. By leaning the bike over you can get lots of ...
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Could a road bike be used for cyclocross?

Depends on your road bike, but for the most part no. Reasons against Many road bikes are limited to tire width of 25 or 28mm. Because cycle cross is off-road you need to find tires with knobbies. ...
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Cyclocross bike as a touring bike

The Crossrip line isn't quite a cyclocross bike; its designed somewhere between a commuter bike and a cyclocross bike (more relaxed and heavier than most cyclocross bikes; also, rack+fender mounts). ...
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Which Type of Bike Would You Select If You Needed To Commute, Ride Fire Roads, and Regular Roads With 1 Bike?

A few considerations: You have two competing characteristics here: You want a bike that excels at the niche you enjoy the most. You also want the bike to be capable of handing the other niches to an ...
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Which type of bike is the right for these conditions?

It sounds like what you want is a gravel or adventure bike. There is not a distinct category, and different manufacturers use different names, but the basic attributes you are looking for are: Road ...
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How to train for Cyclocross Races

Your training should really focus on three main components: Fitness Technique Mental Equipment I ranked mental third, not that it should be considered near the end, but that getting the first two ...
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How does the frame geometry of a cyclocross bike affect its performance in off-road conditions?

I usually don't like to generalise about categories, but in the case of cyclocross, there's a good reason to do it: it's an UCI race discipline, and so there are strict rules about how the bikes ...
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How seriously should I take the maximum pressure rating of my cyclocross rims?

DT Swiss publishes the exact document you are looking for: Manuals page / RIMS / Tire Pressure/Dimension (PDF) The document specifies the maximum usable tire pressure based on rim and tire width. ...
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Are wider tires on a road bike a good idea?

Yes, it's extremely practical. There are in general two reasons to favor wide tires at lower pressures. One is riding on soft sand roads. On such roads, a narrow high pressure tire can squirm a bit, ...
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Disadvantages of using QR->Thru Axle Adapters?

This is a deceptively complex question because it touches on many aspects of hub design, and answering it properly would also require taking some kind of survey of what design choices have wound up ...
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How can one remove this chainring?

What you need is known as a "Chain ring spanner" or a "Chain ring peg spanner". Very cheap to purchase.
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Can this frame be saved?

The frame is 100% trash. Do not attempt to use it at all. What you can do is to carefully remove everything from the frame. Discard the frame, and now you have a whole bunch of valuable parts. You ...
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Could a road bike be used for cyclocross?

I am unsure of the equipment provisions that the UCI puts on cyclocross racing, though with that not being considered it is possible yes. A lot of people have converted older steel frames and road ...
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How do I know what brake rotors to get for my bike?

TR160-35 is the model number. They are 160mm Centerlock rotors. If your new wheels have Centerlock hubs, then you need either centerlock rotors or adaptors. If the wheels are 6-bolt, then you need 6-...
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Which Type of Bike Would You Select If You Needed To Commute, Ride Fire Roads, and Regular Roads With 1 Bike?

Gravel bikes, with gravel tyres, will indeed be a bit slower, but it is still a perfectly usable bike for road riding as well. I do not really see a meaningful difference between a road bike with ...
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Should I buy a CX bike or a Road bike?

Couple points on road bike categories: The "All Road" category now exists, which is essentially a tougher road bike with the tire clearances of a CX bike. The geometry and handling is typically ...
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Should I buy a CX bike or a Road bike?

It's tough to give an "objective" answer to this, but I was in the same scenario 5 years ago and went with a CX bike and have no regrets. I always advise newbies to non-mountain biking (e.g. you're ...
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Does riding a cyclo cross bike carry a large aerodynamic penalty when compared to a road bike?

In most circumstances you should not be getting dropped by riders your weight and power. The advantage of drafting another cyclist is way beyond the differences in aerodynamics of your frame or brakes,...
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How to know when to bleed a hydraulic disk brake / tips for improving disk brake performance?

Bad disc brake performance is almost always either air in the lines or oil on the pads. Air makes the levers spongey and oil stops the pads grabbing the disc. Your problem sounds like air, a bleed ...
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Cross top Levers as primary brake

A lot of people do this, enough that at some points it's been a fashion on fixed gears. All you have to do is put the cable through the normal way with the head resting on the back side of the lever, ...
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Cyclocross bike as a touring bike

I have used a Surly Cross Check for touring and it worked fine, for short tours (2 nights) with just rear panniers up to 3 weeks with front and rear panniers, mostly on dirt roads and some rough ...
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Size of old road frames compared to new ones

Historically manufacturers have used different reference points in specifying frame measurements. For example, some manufacturers use the length of the top tube while others use the length of the ...
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Why bother maintaining a road bike for summer and a mountain bike for winter rather than two complete sets of wheels (as with cars) on a cyclocross?

I think it depends a lot on your local conditions. How cold does it get? How often/much does it snow? How well are your roads maintained? Do the authorities do a good job of clearing/gritting them? ...
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Are wider tires on a road bike a good idea?

The benefits of wider tires has been discussed in the other answers if you want stay within the rated limits, so I won't develop it. There are some points in the question that suggest that you may ...
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Using cyclocross tires for winter riding

Considering that you will be hanging up your bike come ICE time... I would say that CX tires can/would be a bit more confidence inspiring that a typical slick tire. However, I don't think that a CX ...
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converting a nine speed hybrid disc to a seven speed drop bar, is it possible?

The Coda's freehub body can take a 7-speed cassette with the addition of a 4.5mm conversion spacer to take up the extra room, which is a common bike shop item. There are two stumbling blocks though. ...
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