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New to bicycle riding. Questions about adjustments and upgrades

Leave your current bike alone, save your money for the replacement bike. To make a significant difference to the current bike you'll probably have to spend a significant fraction of the original ...
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Reasonable daily distance for cycle touring?

I can think of worse things to get a mate to do without training, but not many. If you told me your mate ran a marathon last week, this answer would not change. It is not about how fit they are, it is ...
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New to bicycle riding. Questions about adjustments and upgrades

All the above answers are valid and good. In addition to that, I would strongly advise focusing on what is sometimes called "rider fit". It is the position of your seat, seat post, handlebars etc. The ...
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Reasonable daily distance for cycle touring?

In addition to the other good answers, I think you should ask yourself if you just want to be on the road, or that you want to enjoy other things as well. I have been on several (camping) cycle ...
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New to bicycle riding. Questions about adjustments and upgrades

There is plenty of joy your new bike will give you. Wait a bit before upgrading. You need to build up experience and knowledge, and your current new bike is fine for that purpose. This is only a ...
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How to start riding a recumbent bike?

When learning to ride my first two wheeled recumbent, and when teaching someone else to start riding on it, I first rode without trying to pedal. Using it as a balance bike, learning to steer and ...
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Cannondale CAAD Optimo Tiagra 2020 CREAKING

return the bike to Cannondale as there is a welding fault in the area north of the front part of the frame If true, that bike is probably not safe to ride. If the shop showed you where the problem ...
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Reasonable daily distance for cycle touring?

The "reasonable distance" for such travel is the one that the least trained member of the team is sure to able to cover day after day, and there's no way to know it without training/...
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How to start riding a recumbent bike?

It is literally like riding a (upright) bike the first time. The problem is you need speed to achieve gyroscopic stability but you won’t have speed until you gain confidence. And you don’t have ...
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New to bicycle riding. Questions about adjustments and upgrades

There is really precious little difference between new bikes in terms of efficiency. Most of it is illusory. All ball bearings have low friction. All chain drives are >90% efficient. All bikes weigh ...
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Drivetrain 1x12 or 2x10 for my MTB use case?

Assuming that the recommended cassettes/chainrings are proposed, ranges will be equivalent. 36/26 chainrings, 11/42 cassette for the 2x10: 523% 10/51 for the 1x12: 510% (for 1x, the range of doesn't ...
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Drivetrain 1x12 or 2x10 for my MTB use case?

For your use case of 'universal' (many would call this oldschool XC) riding you want the widest gear range possible to allow pedalling up both steep climbs, but also on non technical downhills. At the ...
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How to start riding a recumbent bike?

Background: I've been riding a 2 wheel high-racer for the last month, have 184 km on it now, and have intimate knowledge of what you're going through. You're a practiced Diamond Frame (DF) rider who ...
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New to bicycle riding. Questions about adjustments and upgrades

I would take it into a Local Bike Shop for servicing. Unfortunately many high street companies will sell you what we call a Bike Shaped Object. These at best are barely functional assortment of parts....
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Pain in back and back of thigh

Your position on the trike looks mostly fine. You said the saddle digs the back of your thighs, that may be the saddle is too far forward, or it could be too wide for your bone structure, or it could ...
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Choosing my first bike

Bicycles Stack Exchange prohibits recommending products, but we can offer principles to use when shopping. The key to choosing the right bicycle is matching the bike to the kind of riding you want ...
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Do I need to shorten chain when fitting a new smaller cassette?

As the smallest cog and smallest chainring have not change changed size, the chain length will be no worse than it was previously. With the smaller large cassette cog, you may find you can shorten ...
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Cannondale CAAD Optimo Tiagra 2020 CREAKING

As others have said the bike may not be safe to ride. A frame failure when riding can cause a nasty crash. Don;t ride it. You must return the bike. It's faulty and dangerous. I think there are some ...
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Drivetrain 1x12 or 2x10 for my MTB use case?

Not covered and answers already is durability and cost. A 12 speed drive train costs a lot more than a 10 speed, so when if comes time to replace worn (and broken) components, a 10 speed setup will ...
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New to bicycle riding. Questions about adjustments and upgrades

Make sure to keep your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Often, if the bike seems sluggish or not as fast as usual, it's because the tires are under-inflated and sapping your efficiency. The ...
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Choosing my first bike

Hydraulic disc brakes - yes. These are now available on Shimano's lower end Altus, Acera and Alivio groupsets so there no reason to not have them. A 3x9 drivetrain will give you the low ratios you ...
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New bike disc brake noise

The brakes should be adjusted. The disc caliper mounting bolts allow a small amount of adjustment to center the pads between the disc rotor. Your caliper is likely misaligned allowing the rotor to rub ...
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Do I need to shorten chain when fitting a new smaller cassette?

You can try it since it will not cost you any time or money to try it other than swapping the cassette and putting the wheel back on. You might just be able to get away with adjusting the B screw ...
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New to bicycle riding. Questions about adjustments and upgrades

I am going to echo some of the current answers a bit, but I have a tiny bit to add. First, I tend to agree with those that say, "save your money for a new bike, don't upgrade your current one". A ...
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New to bicycle riding. Questions about adjustments and upgrades

Lots of good advice here. Bicycles are like any other hardware-fitness is based on the user case. If you're riding on unpaved, gullied tracks, you want a very different bike than if you're road-...
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New to bicycle riding. Questions about adjustments and upgrades

I've lived most of my life in bikeable regions --- not too hilly, not too car-fanatic locals, not too hot/wet. Especially on the flat regions you happily ride around on far worse bikes than yours, it'...
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New to bicycle riding. Questions about adjustments and upgrades

If you don't have one already, get a good air pump. When I was a kid, we never seemed to have one for some reason, so I always ended up riding on mostly-flat tires. It was a revelation when I ...
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New to bicycle riding. Questions about adjustments and upgrades

I made the same mistake as you did when I took up cycling about 14 months ago. What I've learned: As others have said, spend only enough on the current bike to keep it operable. Learn to do cleaning, ...
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New to bicycle riding. Questions about adjustments and upgrades

If you're riding on roads, a mountain bike was a strange choice. Maybe trade it in for a road bike. But don't get drawn into the 'designer bike' world. You can pay a LOT of money for only a litle ...
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New to bicycle riding. Questions about adjustments and upgrades

There is a story about the greatest cyclist to ever live: Eddy Merckx. He was at a kermesse race and a parent asked him what upgrades they should buy for their aspiring bike racing child. Eddy ...
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