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Is there a bicycle designed for slow riding?

Any bike with a comfortable seat, upright riding position and low ratio gears. This is pretty much the definition of a 'cruiser' style bike. Many hybrids, less expensive mountain bikes and fatbikes ...
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Is there a bicycle designed for slow riding?

You could consider a 3-wheeled recumbent bicycle: Photo courtesy of Willeke These tend to be more comfortable, and the three wheels mean balance is not an issue, so you can go slowly or stop ...
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Why is Giant's older Roam 1 more expensive than the newer Roam 2 and 3?

Just like cars, things change between model years. Sometimes they spec up the bikes and sometimes they spec them down even with the same model number. And sometimes its for profit margin reasons or to ...
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Speed and comfort of a racing bicycle?

I want to use the bicycle for the 26-30mi commute that I do everyday and if it is a racing bike it could potentially save time A trained cyclist can definitely ride farther and faster on a road bike ...
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How popular is the "Sold Secure" certification among reasonable-quality lock makers?

You might have a bit more luck doing things the other way around - go to the Sold Secure web site and read off a list of compliant locks. When I was buying, I took this approach, chose the locks and ...
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Can anyone help me with identify this Giant bike?

You should ask the seller for all the information you need about the bike, because a) they should know more than we do and b) if they can't give it to you readily then there is more risk that it is ...
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Speed and comfort of a racing bicycle?

Guy Martin is obviously a decent cyclist, but you should note that his record-breaking ride occurred under very special conditions. For starters, he built his own frame (or rather Jason Rourke built ...
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Long commute (~30km/18.5mi) considerations/logistics

This is a monster question, I'll attempt to address some of it below. I'm sorry if I miss some of your points, but you'll appreciate it is quite difficult to pick them all out. Hopefully you'll find ...
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How much speed can I buy

A bicycle in and of itself is a half of the equation. If you want to eek out as much speed as you can you also need to consider how you interact with the machine. This answer focuses on the human/...
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What tools should I carry around to replace the tube on a bike with bolt-on wheels while on the road?

Option 1 - Nothing Many fixed gear riders are short distance, and tend to be close to home. The creed is to remove superfluous things from the bike making it lighter and simpler. Why carry tools at ...
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bike for surfing: hybrid vs beach cruiser vs fat

All of those bikes would be fine, at least for a while. You can find pictures of board carriers on all those bikes. The problem is that salt water destroys bikes. It's why beach cruisers are as ...
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What type of tires can prevent goatheads?

There are many options available to help reduce the likelihood a chance encounter with goathead thorns will interrupt or end your ride for the day. Not all of these options involve replacing your ...
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How to choose protective cycling gloves?

Look at Downhill MTB gloves, they are meant for folks who are likely to crash in the brush and often have padding on fronts of fingers and knuckles and leather palm protection.
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Which type of bicycle is best for weight loss?

Whichever type you will ride the most. If you like to go off road, get a mountain bike. If you plan to stay on the roads, then a road bike or hybrid will work well. Make sure the bike fits you well ...
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How much speed can I buy

You can plug some numbers in http://bikecalculator.com/ or http://kreuzotter.de/english/espeed.htm (thanks @Michael) and see what they say. Juggle the figures (your weight, bike weight, etc) a bit ...
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Is there a ranking of bicycle manufacturer brands in terms of quality?

Major brands make a wide range of bikes, some of which are great, others not so much. To further complicate things, some brands license their name to bso's on top of their normal decent quality sales (...
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Finding the correct bike for short tours and daily commutes

Consider repairing your current bicycle if you are happy with it. Especially if the frame and/or wheels are of high quality and still in good shape. For <300€ you can only get a very cheap entry ...
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Can anyone help me with identify this Giant bike?

It looks like a 2017 Giant Contend SL2 Disc: https://www.giant-bicycles.com/gb/contend-sl-2-disc-2017. The picture is quite grainy so it's hard to be 100% sure. Check if it has the Giant Conduct disc ...
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What makes a good entry level road bike?

I've done exactly this - having broken an old MTB frame after 2500 km on it, I decided to buy a road bike. Searching and researching and browsing suggested 105 level components would be a good ...
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Sunglasses for commuting?

I'd like to expand on the answers offered by @STW and @Mac. The current rules here ask us not to offer product recommendations (the rules at the time of the original question may have differed). I'm ...
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What are my options for replacing a Shimano Hollowtech II BB?

There are a number of options for replacing a Hollowtech II BB (whilst still retaining the Shimano cranks). The Deore bb is a cheap bb, higher Shimano levels should last better. Anecdotally I've heard ...
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Which rims should I purchase to avoid breakage of spokes?

You should pay attention to both. Ideally, if I wanted to make the strongest wheel possible, I'd build a 36 spoke wheel with a double wall rim with eyelets, and double butted spokes, and lace it 3-...
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What would be a good style of bike for Big Guys

Short answer, this isn't going to be easy. Your first decision is abut Timespan. Do you intend to lose weight? If no, you're going to have to buy a bike rated for your weight. If yes, buy a ...
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Is there a bicycle designed for slow riding?

You might want to consider a fat-bike. They're naturally slower, because they're meant for really rough terrain, so they have low gearing, high frame mass to be sturdy and higher rolling resistance ...
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Suspension seatpost for mountain biking?

It is more common for modern mountainbikers to use adjustable, or dropper posts, rather than suspension posts, both on hardtail and full suspension bikes. The difference is that a dropper post's ...
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I’m intending doing the UK C2C and wondered what would be the most suitable bike to buy?

I am not from the UK, but the acronym appears to refer to the Coast to Coast walk or ride event. (NB: please do be more specific on acronyms, as not everyone may be familiar with them, and you aren't ...
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Internal hub shifters vs derailleur shifters indexing?

Every internal gear hub (IGH) comes with its own shifting equipment. They are not designed to be interchangeable. Good IGH all come with a turning grip shifter nowadays, and their indexing is pretty ...
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Internal hub shifters vs derailleur shifters indexing?

Sheldon Brown's website has a table that lists cable pull data for most modern IGH shifters. What this data won't tell you absolutely is where the tolerances lay for slightly different cable pull ...
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Wheel upgrade for a Trek Domane Al 2

As the FAQ states, product recommendations are considered off-topic. It is possible to discuss some general principles here, though. The Trek Domane Al2 is an entry-level rim brake road bike. This ...
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What benefits in bikes like "trek", "cannondale", over "merida" and such?

You're paying some amount for the branding of the bike, as well as the bike shop to carry the branding and advertising it and supporting the bike after you buy it. A lot of components can be the same -...
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