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Is it worth buying a lighter bike? If so what kind?

IMHO, it's not the weight that is hurting you the most. While weight makes a difference and a lighter bike would be much better, it's too common in cycling world for people to use weight as a proxy ...
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Mountain Biking And Clipless Pedals

For context, I ride in the North Shore of Vancouver, BC, Canada, which is an area famous for its steep and technically challenging trails. I'm comfortable riding black diamond-rated trails. Here's an ...
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When do I need more than one bike? How many bike is enough? How many bikes is too many?

If you have n bikes, n+1 bikes is the right amount of bikes to have. ;) Realistically, I think 2 or 3 is adequate - a cyclocross or non-racing road bike can do the first two tasks (road ride + ...
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When do I need more than one bike? How many bike is enough? How many bikes is too many?

Aside from (n+1), the other honest answer is: as many as your spouse will tolerate, often written as (s-1). At the time I wrote this answer, I had six bikes (two road bikes, one mtb, two folders, one ...
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Can I ride on the beach with 32c tires?

While my initial attempt with lightly deflated tires was not a success (I could only bike 100 m before being exhausted) my second attempt went much better. Based on your helpful answers, comments and ...
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Do expedition bikes offer advantages over standard touring bikes?

You should find that on those bikes everything is a bit stronger and heavier than a standard touring bike. Not only are they expected to carry more weight, they're designed to be ridden into places ...
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What sort of bike will suit both offroading and onroading

Check out cyclocross style bicycle. It does well on the road and light trails. You can put touring tires on it. wiki Cyclo-cross
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When do I need more than one bike? How many bike is enough? How many bikes is too many?

I won't give my own question the check. I have a few bikes and I see a bike I want and I am going through the can I justify to myself. How many is too much? If you don't have room to store ...
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Is it worth buying a lighter bike? If so what kind?

I would recommend you wait for one reason Covid. In most parts of the world bikes are in limited supply. Prices even on used bikes are 50% to 75% higher than comparable bikes a year ago. I think you ...
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can I use my road bike off road?

There's a whole sport - cyclocross - that involves riding road bikes off road. Typically the gearing is a little lower than a stock road bike, and these days a lot of them have disk brakes. Most will ...
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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 do carbon fibre road bikes handle rough conditions?

Carbon fiber road bikes are generally perfectly capable of being ridden on less than perfect surfaces without sustaining damage. Obviously you want to avoid large obstacles such as potholes, rocks, ...
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Would a Linus Roadster work on an off-road country environment?

The Linus Roadster is not the bike I'd choose for rural poor quality tarmac, gravel roads or packed dirt trails. The stock 32mm tires do give a bit more volume than standard road size tires to soak up ...
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Can I ride on the beach with 32c tires?

Yes on hard sand it should be fine. The problem is what if it is not hard or there are patches of dust. At that point it will be a bit more tricky. The good part is you are on a bike and on sand. So ...
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Are carbon wheels suited to gravel riding?

Carbon wheels are strong enough for gravel and mountain bike riding now, after advances in construction techniques and materials. It’s true that carbon wheels used to be regarded as too delicate. For ...
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Is it fine to clean bearings with gasoline?

Gasoline was used for many years as an inexpensive readily available solvent. There are a couple of real life issues with using gasoline for a solvent. It is very flammable thus a fire hazard. It is ...
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Does MTB tyres wear off fast in City - gravel pavement streets, city road?

Yes, absolutely. The knobs will get rounded off at an accelerated rate, particularly down the center of the rear tire, and the tires won't offer as much traction off-road. This doesn't happen ...
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What tyre characteristics should I look for in a commuting tire?

Generally, wide tires have lower rolling resistance than narrow ones, and they will be more comfortable due to cushioning. Hence, there's an argument you could go all the way up to a 45mm tire, the ...
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Mountain Biking And Clipless Pedals

There are plenty of people who do both. Flat pedals are common, sometimes with added pins to give more traction on the foot. Cleats are common too, with a larger proportion preferring 2-bolt designs ...
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Why are there BMX off road races

BMX was originally (and still is) run on smooth dirt track that have obstacles such as jumps and whoops (also know as the rhythm sections). Because the tracks are smooth a small fully rigid bike ...
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Is it fine to clean bearings with gasoline?

Using gasoline as a solvent won't harm your bearings. It may dissolve some plastic components though. The drawbacks of using gasoline are mainly due to its properties other than as a solvent: it's ...
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What is the proper etiquette for overtaking a horse?

As a horse owner I can answer this from experience. If approaching the horse from behind it is important to slow down, as you approach the horse shout 'bike' or make some noise - bikes are very quiet ...
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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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On what surfaces can I safely use my hybrid bike?

28mm wide tires are perfectly suitable for riding hard-packed fine gravel trail surfaces. You do have to be more careful when braking and cornering than on tarmac as the top surface is loose. Larger ...
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Is there a noticeable difference in the calorie-burning benefits of road vs. off-road cycling?

All that a smartphone app or cycle computer may hope to achieve, is to provide an estimate of the burnt calories. They do this by taking your speed, and possibly climb rate, and some assumptions about ...
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Do expedition bikes offer advantages over standard touring bikes?

It's no myth that decent 700s are hard to come by. I'm in Huaraz, Peru trying to find a wider tire for my Fargo to get off pavement. There are no Schwalbes to be found anywhere in this country. Mail ...
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Road bike tires that are ok on sand

On sand you'll need wider tires that do not dig into sand as easily as well as some tread pattern to prevent sand grains from rolling under your tires. 23mm is too narrow. Measure the forks, if they ...
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How can I avoid mud from splashing onto my back without a rear wheel fender?

Use a seatpost-mounted rear mudguard, like the SKS X-tra Dry: For the front, you can also use a downtube mudguard like the SKS X-board: These are convenient for bikes which don't have proper fender ...
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Gates Carbon Drive off-road experience?

The main problem I see with Gates Carbon Drive on a fat bike is that you have to have a frame that "breaks" in the rear triangle to accommodate threading the belt. Have you checked to make sure there'...
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can I use my road bike off road?

In poor country, there is not "nice pave road" and "special cross country bicycle", cyclist just use their bicycle as daily utility tools and no complain. As long as you are not playing extreme (e.g. ...
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