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Tips for cycling while pregnant, and is it safe?

This would have to be one of the most opinion-based questions we could possibly have, and one of the most important to deal with in a sensible manner. Firstly, it must be said that what is safe ...
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Tips for cycling while pregnant, and is it safe?

Unlike riding horses, there are no body movements that are dangerous for pregnant cyclists in any stage of pregnancy when riding on roads. Mountain cycling is not as safe and I would certainly talk ...
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Why do men and women have different sporting capabilities, e.g. why is the women's hour record significantly shorter than the men's?

Yes, Males have a significant advantage over females, on average, for the kinds of activities society turns into sports. Males are typically larger, taller, have greater lung capacity, larger hearts, ...
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short, fat, first time cyclist

You've got two things going against you: Height: I'd suggest avoiding 700c wheels and going for 650b (pricer) or 26" wheels. For short riders (I'd say shorter than 5'5"), these provide better fit. ...
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High-quality commuting bike with "women's" frame

If you and she are willing to throw down on a custom, I can personally recommend Violet Crown Cycles. Otherwise, consider the Rivendell Betty Foy/Ivan Gomez or building up a Soma Buena Vista... but ...
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Interruptor Brakes on a Road Bike

The other answers answer your specific question of buying interruptor brakes. Interruptors are fine, but they only work when you're riding the bars and you can't shift on the bars. You should really ...
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short, fat, first time cyclist

Your height might be more challenging to fit than your weight; your weight is well within tolerance for most bikes, steel or aluminum. Don't buy a too-big bike; it'll make you unhappy and might even ...
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Can anyone identify this "Hummer" bike?

Some components have clearly been replaced, but it looks a lot like a 1970's Schwinn Varsity Sport More info here The fork rake didn't look quite right, so I kept on googling and found an ebay ...
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Performance Road Flat Shoe/Pedal combo

The shoes and pedals that are appropriate for road cycling are the ones you feel comfortable using. Almost all MTB shoes come with a "plug" over the screw-hole recess that you could just leave in ...
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What's different in women's specific chamois cream?

In many cases, the difference is just related to the scent. However, some standard chamois cream has menthol or some other "icy hot" chemical, which some women find a bit "strong" for their sensitive ...
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Why do men and women have different sporting capabilities, e.g. why is the women's hour record significantly shorter than the men's?

For a given level of fitness, wattage is proportionate to weight: that is, a 50-kg rider who can generate 4 W/kg could be considered to be at the same level of fitness as a 75-kg rider who can also ...
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Advice on replacing a Weinmann brake caliper when the cable is fed from the bottom, please

Honestly, the back brake contributes so little to braking that its not worth fitting a dual pivot. I'd simply change the brake pads to Kool Stop, maybe run a new inner and outer cable, and leave that ...
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short, fat, first time cyclist

My mother was a similar build before she lost a lot of weight. She is the expert I turned to in order to answer the question... in her opinion a women's Electra Townie, 7 speed with 24 inch wheels is "...
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short, fat, first time cyclist

A steel bike built to take a load (touring) and big (soft) tires. I don't like to recommend a specific bike but something like a Troll or MARRAKESH with flat bars. Troll is 26" wheels so an XS is ...
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Is there any objective downside to riding a women's bike as a man?

If the bike fits, ride it. The average woman has different dimensions to the average man, so the make bikes with different dimensions to better suit the avenge woman and call it an womans bike (and,...
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Tips for cycling while pregnant, and is it safe?

Thank you for advice. Thought I'd post what happened to us in the end. My wife is still cycling (at 27 wks) from time to time although of course being more tired makes public transport more ...
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Is the Specialized Sectour Double 2014 a men's bike. Can a women ride a men's bike?

I would say that whether a bike is Unisex (men's) or women's specific it is of fairly little relevance. What matters more is an individual's fit on an individual bike. Tall people need big bikes, ...
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Is the Specialized Sectour Double 2014 a men's bike. Can a women ride a men's bike?

I sold Specialized bikes for a lot of years, they do make gender specific frames, women's bikes have shorter top tubes relative to the seat tubes, this is because women on average have shorter backs ...
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High-quality commuting bike with "women's" frame

Several options: Public bikes - has several frame styles with step through design Linus bikes - has several frame styles with step through design Soma Buena Vista - a nice mixte frame style, ...
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High-quality commuting bike with "women's" frame

The first thing is style. There are the conventional step through/lady frames: and mixties which have the same sort of clearance as step through frames but are stronger. Then there are women ...
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Please identify this vintage bike - peculiar frame

The three stars are the logo for "Malvern Star" which is an Australian brand that has been operating since 1902. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malvern_Star http://www.malvernstar.com.au/
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Performance Road Flat Shoe/Pedal combo

I'm not going to discuss whether she should be using full clipless instead here – that's another topic. I guess you've already tried to convince her for it? Seeing that she doesn't: why exactly did ...
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Performance Road Flat Shoe/Pedal combo

This is exactly what I have done with my girlfriend. Large flat pedals Toe cage (without side straps), I picked this particar one because it's made from a pretty strong plastic/nylon so it doesn't ...
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Ladies' Cycling Shoe Sizes/Fits

I think you should go to a (bigger) bike store and try different brands. Are you looking for women shoes to fit smaller feet or bigger feet? Depending on what you are looking for, sometimes getting ...
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Advice on replacing a Weinmann brake caliper when the cable is fed from the bottom, please

A third (non-optimal) solution is if you are going to replace the wheel and hub anyway is to get a disc brake compatible rear hub and a rear disc-brake adapter.. With said rear wheel disc brake ...
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Advice on replacing a Weinmann brake caliper when the cable is fed from the bottom, please

One other (non-optimal) solution is to move the brakes to your chainstays by using the bracket and hole that is there normally for the kickstand. It's not optimal as that location gets dirty and is ...
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Interruptor Brakes on a Road Bike

As long as you have brake cables that route under your bar tape (at least one black tube that pops out of the bar tape) you should be able to install interrupt brakes/ cross levers. I'm not sure if it ...
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Interruptor Brakes on a Road Bike

I've got Tiagra triple shifters and interruptor brakes; I don't see why Sora would be significantly different. While they are more common on CX bikes, there's nothing fundamentally different about ...
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650b for small rider?

I personally am a fan of the 650b movement. With a 650x47b tire, you get approximately the same rollout diameter that you get with a 700x28c. So as far as the distance per revolution, you are about ...
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