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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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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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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 can I alleviate sore hands when riding a rigid mountain bike?

You may be putting too much of your weight on the handlebars. I currently have a rigid MTB (with rigid fork) for commuting and short errands, with 700x42 tires at about 60 psi and I can ride it for ...
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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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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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How can I alleviate sore hands when riding a rigid mountain bike?

On top of the body position, I'd add a few other suggestions: handle bar grips: typical MTB grips are cylindrical, which is not ideal on a commuting context, but are good on a trail context. There ...
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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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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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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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How do carbon fibre road bikes handle rough conditions?

There's two distinct sides to this question: how does carbon fiber the material fare the way it's used in modern road bikes, and how do carbon road bikes with the features they almost all have fare. ...
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Which type of bike is the right for these conditions?

Gearing can be changed, though sometimes it's hard/expensive. Some adventure road bikes and almost all tourers have a much wider range of gears, but tend to be heavier than road bikes. The available ...
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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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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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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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Is it worth buying a lighter bike? If so what kind?

Add 5-8kg to your bike*, go for a ride. Take it off, ride again. Expect the difference in buying a lighter bike to be at least as good. *Try to add mass uniformly, so as not to affect balance.
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Giant ATX vs Escape?

Depends on the actual spec, but both bikes, as you've identified are fairly similar apart from the suspension. https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/atx-3 https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/escape-3 The ...
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Can I ride on the beach with 32c tires?

I haven’t seen the beach, or tried to cycle on one. I have at least cycled through numerous sandpits, a common obstacle in cyclocross races (and traditional CX tires are 32-34mm wide). I would guess ...
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Mountain Biking And Clipless Pedals

This is much more at the casual end. I tend to fit SPDs when doing solo MTB rides, which tend to be quite a long way and mixed surface: some mild technical stuff, lots of gravel/dirt paths, too much ...
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Mountain Biking And Clipless Pedals

Great answers already. Just to add one more data point... I like riding clipped in (SPD) a lot, for all the reasons MaplePanda mentioned. This being Norway, it's another case in point that clips are ...
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can I use my road bike off road?

Put some reasonably durable 25c or 28c tyres on and you should be fine. Also think of gearing ... trails can get steeper than road and traction can degrade quite a bit, requiring shorter gear ratios.
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Is there a noticeable difference in the calorie-burning benefits of road vs. off-road cycling?

Off-road a few maximum power bursts up a steep incline will feel exhausting, but don’t burn a lot of calories because the duration is so short. Usually you also have a lot of descents, technical ...
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