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Why are long haul touring bikes sold with 9-speed drivetrains?

Tourers benefit from triples, and if you're going to run a triple, 3x10 doesn't offer much on top of 3x9. There are two technical reasons to prefer triples. The first is gear range: A typical 1x11 ...
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How to slow yourself down (for playing nice with others)

Focussing on the "training harder" aspect of your question: A simple way for training hard while keeping your speed comparatively low would be to increase your cadence. The easiest approach: Try ...
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Is it better to get a commuter bike with a front suspension or without one?

Commuter or city bikes are designed for paved surfaces. A suspension fork on such a bike is not going to add much comfort, except perhaps when riding over potholes or kerbs, which are avoidable. ...
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How to slow yourself down (for playing nice with others)

If you want to play nice, this ride is going to be quite gentle and sociable for you. That means it could be a good fit for a recovery ride. Read up on recovery riding, but you should find it’s ...
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Touring bike with good support network in India

This is a problem that is not particularly specific to India, but common for anyone touring a long way from home and primarily through small towns and rural areas, even in major industrialized ...
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Are 26'' wheels and tubes a thing of the past?

The sheer number of bikes in the world with 26" wheels means finding a tire is unlikely to be a big problem for a long time, if ever. Plenty of BSO's being sold are still 26" and there are ...
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Is there way to fix a disc brake rotor if slightly bent?

Yes. Disc brake rotors can warp a little in use, or get bent from impacts and straightening them is routine maintenance. The basic procedure is to find spots where the rotor is bent inboard or ...
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How do I purchase a drop bar bike that will be converted to flat bar?

Converting between drop and flat bars is generally a huge amount of hassle. As you say, there are all kinds of incompatibility issues around brakes and shifters, and the geometry of the frame is ...
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I'm an absolute beginner in bike touring, about to buy a bike. Is it worth it to hire a bike fitting service before the purchase?

Welcome to the cycling world. This is a good question. It may not be possible to answer entirely objectively. My vote is not to get a professional fit now, but I'll outline some considerations that ...
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Why are long haul touring bikes sold with 9-speed drivetrains?

Another detail not mentioned in other answers is spare parts availability. Drivetrain parts at 9-speed and below are much more cross-compatible with each other than current middle to high tier parts, ...
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What's the best way to carry spare spokes on your bike?

I carry spare spokes inside the seatpost. I wrap them in thin foam (with some rubber bands around) to prevent rattling and use a bottle cork (cut to size) to keep them in place. Works nicely and ...
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Is it better to get a commuter bike with a front suspension or without one?

I find the ideal commuter bike is: lightweight, reliable, and inexpensive. Reliable: A commuter bike can’t fail or you’ll be late for work. Light weight: it has to be lightweight as you’re ...
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Will tires with spikes on a loaded heavy touring bicycle puncture the tubes?

The current generation of pre-manufactured winter tires you'd get from brands like Schwalbe do not use 'screw-in' style studs that have a point on the inside surface. They have a pocket and flange ...
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Hybrid vs Touring weight carrying capacity

Other points - you've assumed that from this pair, all steel bikes have lower load limits than aluminium ones. a. This is a sample of two, and we can't be confident that either represents the "...
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Touring vs race bike

Don't buy a €3K first bike! Instead, split your budget and get one for <1K. There are plenty of good advice here already (my vote goes to randonneur-type bike), and each of the suggested types can ...
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Why aren't hub/drum/roller brakes suitable for touring?

I have some BR-IM45s, and some BR-IM70s (which have large cooling fins), on a couple of my bikes, although they're only used for relatively lightly-loaded commuting (typically only around 20m per day, ...
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Difference between Cyclocross, Touring, and Road Bikes?

Six years after the original question (2019) road bikes have branched into several sub types, each optimised for certain type of riding. Yet, several are quite versatile. Road bikes for races stayed ...
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Good type of bike to get for commuting (thinking of road v touring)

There are a bunch of bikes sold in the UK that are specifically designed for the cycle-to-work scheme: they have good specs for commuting, are priced to come in under the £1000 limit, etc. A number of ...
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Why are long haul touring bikes sold with 9-speed drivetrains?

The answer is a little slippery because while it's not the case now, there was a period of time where the Microshift Shimano mountain 10 bar-ends didn't exist yet and so the spec options became very ...
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Are 26'' wheels and tubes a thing of the past?

Global touring is a niche, with very specific needs. Even if the general trend is the increase of the size of the wheels, there might specific reasons for a heavy duty touring bike to prefer smaller ...
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Is this bike salvageable?

It might be salvageable but the cost of: new chain ($10) new tires and tubes ($25) rear cluster (maybe; $20) new brake cables and pads ($10) new derailleur cables ($10) which is the minimal repair, ...
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How to slow yourself down (for playing nice with others)

If possible, position yourself at the back of the group. You can even lead from there with a small group. Staying at the back allows you to encourage those who are struggling or taking it easy, and ...
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Good type of bike to get for commuting (thinking of road v touring)

Given your budget you'll be looking at aluminum or steel framed bikes, but that's fine. There are many choices of steel or aluminum drop-bar bikes available. The first thing I would think about is ...
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Touring bicycle must-have features

I'd go for a longer bike rather than a short one. This helps handling at speed and makes it easier to hold a line. A shorter bike needs steering input all the time, whereas a longer / more relaxed ...
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Can you identify this "BSB 400" steel frame?

It is apparently a hand-made frame by Bell Street Bikes, London. http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=184850&start=490#p2234953 It all started back in '87 when I worked in ...
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Difference between Cyclocross, Touring, and Road Bikes?

This answer is an attempt to provide more details on the differences in handling between the 3 classes of bikes. It is a surprisingly hard question to answer, because each segment named in the ...
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How many years an aluminium frame lasts in a touring bike?

There is an ISO standard test for bicycle frame fatigue testing, which manufacturers have to pass. Simply put it is 200,000 cycles of pedalling with a force of 1200N. 1200N at a typical 80rpm is a ...
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Internally-geared hub and chain case: running away from maintenance chores and grit damage

This borders on an overly opinion-based question. It's also worth pointing out that while there are a lot of bikes with real chaincases in the world, they are pretty far outside of many people's ...
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A kickstand has killed my touring bike. Am I wrong?

The specific points of damage I'd really be worried about are the hard edged dents near the junction with the bottom bracket shell lugs (red rectangle in pic below). I think there is a high ...
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Is it better to get a commuter bike with a front suspension or without one?

The drawback of the suspension is that it can swallow energy, i.e. if you stand up to push the pedals harder, you can not exert the same force, plus I find the motion of the suspension annoying in ...
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