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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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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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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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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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Suggestions for replacing melted grips?

You can use Isoprop Alcohol to remove stickyness from rubber grips. Soak the grip with a spray of iso, leave sit for a minute and rub with a cloth soaked in iso. Often need to repeat a few times. ...
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Suggestions for replacing melted grips?

I run across this sometimes doing bike fixups on jank bikes. Once a grip is deteriorating, there's no saving it. Options: Remove grip and replace it - even though it was an expensive brandname, ...
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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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Is SLX FD 675-B front derailleur appropriate for my bike?

I wouldn't feel too bad about getting the wrong FD here. This is a very easy mistake when ordering a bunch of stuff for an unbuilt bike. Maybe there was a spec sheet available somewhere that advised ...
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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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Suggestions for replacing melted grips?

Rubber derivates decompose with uv radiation, heat and ozone. I live in a seaside town in the last few years, and i can see this happening lot faster, because of much higher ozone levels and heat. ...
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Should I go clipless?

Clipless makes it hard to bail out when you're in trouble, which is why most DH riders use flats. A quality pair of flats + decent shoes are going to be just as expensive as clipless pedals and shoes....
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Hybrid bike stolen, trying to weigh factors for how to replace

My main suggestion here would be to avoid anything with suspension, and anything with overly thin tires (under 30mm or so). For the distances, terrain, and price point you are talking about, the ...
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What are some alternatives to fruitlessly ringing my bell at a motorist?

Alternative to bells and horns is to ride more defensively. Specifically that means anticipating what might happen and proactively reacting, or at least minimising the reaction required to avoid ...
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Toddler bike seat vs. bike trailer?

It would be great if there was scientific evidence for the safer option There are some crash videos (in German) but it gives an idea how seat vs trailer behaves in a crash ...
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What should I look for in a "trailer bike"/"tag-along" bike for a child?

There is also a Trail Angel (site available in English too). They are also available on Amazon for around £45. It contains the "receiver kit" and "sit post kit" for quick mount (as Trail Gator). Extra ...
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Modern gumwall light touring tires?

Those are called gumwalls. With this keyword you can easily search for them. Brands I see mounted on my friend's bikes are the likes of bontrager, panaracer, schwalbe, but Id say that most tyre ...
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