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Worth repairing?

To start off, the crank arm isn't breaking, it's quite definitely already broken. As to repairs - this bike seems to be what would commonly be called a 'BSO' (Bicycle shaped object). I definitely ...
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Pros and Cons of buying a floor bike

It highly depends on the mileage it has done as a demo. Keep in mind: as a demo, the bike should be leaving the shop as good a bike as it can be for each demo customer. It will therefore have been ...
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Does it makes sense to buy a new cycle to learn riding?

I learnt to ride in my 20s. I couldn't find a big enough bike second hand, except by spending several times the price of a cheap new bike. So I bought a cheap new bike and learnt to ride on it (a ...
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Buying rear rack during pandemic crisis - go real bottom, up high, or wait?

25kg on a rear rack is already very hard to handle, especially if it’s on the top of the rack. Start leaning the bike unconsciously while standing at a red traffic light and you’ll suddenly do a very ...
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Does there exist a non-electric bike that can go 60mph (95 km/h)?

The problem with going 60 mph (assuming level ground, no wind, etc) is not gearing, which is an easy problem to solve. It's aerodynamics. Aerodynamic drag increases roughly with the square of your ...
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Worth repairing?

Your bike is a low-end entry level bike from the 2000's. If you want to fix it, good-new parts could add up quickly. So look around for one or more donor bikes of similar vintage and see what you ...
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Worth repairing?

Define "worth it." If you're wondering if it's financially worth it, the answer is probably not. It'll probably cost you as much or more to replace the parts that need to be replaced as it ...
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Would a Rockefeller custom-build a frame? (If money were no object, is a custom frame always preferable to stock)

Your hypothesis is incorrect. It's especially incorrect on frames with 2cm between different model sizes, but I'd say it's also incorrect on frames with even 4cm between sizes. Here's why. Today, bike ...
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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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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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Buying rear rack during pandemic crisis - go real bottom, up high, or wait?

In your situation, I would buy the cheaper option. Firstly, you will limit the amount of money you lose if you still want the mid-range rack later on. Secondly, I don't know how much experience you ...
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Where can I buy a radiused washer?

Google "Diacompe half moon washer" and you'll see a bunch of options. Diacompe is the go-to for these. They make a tight and a broad radius version and call them rear and front respectively, ...
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Disadvantages of using QR->Thru Axle Adapters?

This is a deceptively complex question because it touches on many aspects of hub design, and answering it properly would also require taking some kind of survey of what design choices have wound up ...
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What is the markup on bikes sold in stores?

This can vary a good bit based upon the brand, quality of bicycle sold, and the agreement reached between the shop/brand. In general more volume=better deal, higher end=lower markup percentage (but ...
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Is KCP a trustable bicycles Brand?

To add to the other answer, the obvious signs here are: Unknown brand sold by Amazon Tourney, Zoom and unbranded components Mix of disc and rim brakes Unified rear triangle rear suspension Rear shock ...
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Buying rear rack during pandemic crisis - go real bottom, up high, or wait?

As others say, this is your decision. Here's what I decided: Personally, I use one of the sturdy expensive ones (a Tubus Logo, which has now gone around with me something between 30000 and 60000 km in ...
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Does it makes sense to buy a new cycle to learn riding?

Buy the bike you like and learn to ride on it. The Trek DS or something like it is a good bike to start on. Any bike in the pricing/style zone of the DS will last years. Welcome to cycling, it's a ...
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Why do new road bikes come with handlebar tape attached?

The question was thouroughly answered in the comments. I shall try to summarise the points given. @rclocher mentioned that handlebar tape today can be removed easily without much residue. Thus making ...
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How can I segment the large market for cyclometers?

In 2022, I think that the main split is between GPS bike computers or sports-specific watches vs. your existing smartphone or possibly non-sports specific smartwatch. Older non-GPS bike computers ...
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Gravel and MTB: What film to use to protect for rocky riding? and what parts?

Helicopter tape. Underside of down tube and bottom bracket shell, plus anywhere your bags or housings rub.
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Worth repairing?

The bike looks quite smart from a distance but the cheapest possible no-name components have been used to get this bike into a price category when it was new. Some of the replacement parts you might ...
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Worth repairing?

Don't ride it as is, that left hand crank is broken and dangerous. You say you enjoy riding. Bike maintenance is an essential skill unless you enjoy spending a fortune at the LBS getting minor and ...
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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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Replacement Hoods for SRAM Rival 1 Levers

It's the second option, the "SRAM Cable Brake Hood Covers, Black, Fit 2013 Red 10-Speed, Red 22, Force 22, Rival 22, Pair". SRAM part number for black is 00.7918.010.000. To my awareness the ...
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Rider height vs bike height

Next to the M and L, it lists 65"-70", and 68.5"-75". " is an abbreviation for inches. So at 5'8" (5 feet 8 inches), or 68 inches, the M is probably a better fit, but if the rider is still growing, ...
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Does it makes sense to buy a new cycle to learn riding?

I'd suggest getting a used bike because you can resell it for less of a loss if you find it doesn't meet your needs. You still may want to buy it from a reputable dealer rather than an individual to ...
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Is KCP a trustable bicycles Brand?

I suspect the KCP bike is a so called 'Bicycle Shaped Object' (BSO). BSO is a popular term for rather cheap bikes that are sold, for instance, via Amazon and supermarkets and often fail after short ...
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Why 2021 top-tier road bike are so dark? Is black/dark better looking or good looking is nothing at all anymore?

The short and, I am afraid, only answer is "fashion". The "tan" walls on the tires that are present on the two first images are another trait of the fashion. There is nothing wrong ...
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Gravel and MTB: What film to use to protect for rocky riding? and what parts?

More aggressive bikes, both carbon and aluminum, often come with moulded plastic or rubber downtube guards. They prevent rocks from slowly eroding the paint and relatively light BB strikes. The drive ...
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Where can I buy a radiused washer?

Another option is to start with a thicker washer and file it till it has the fit you want. You can use a radius gauge to determine the curve at that location on the frame/fork. It may be possible to ...
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