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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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Why aren't there more bicycles and accessories designed specifically for women?

First, we have to acknowledge that sexism is objectively a problem in society. In athletics, a smaller proportion of women participate in competitive sports than men. Historically, women were excluded ...
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Why aren't there more bicycles and accessories designed specifically for women?

During the 2000's and early 2010's it was common to see a range of mens/womens specific products. However some of the major brands did the research and discovered that for most parts of the bicycle ...
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Why aren't there more bicycles and accessories designed specifically for women?

This is a complicated question. There are lots of saddles designed for women, or saddles designed for different sit-bone widths. On road bikes, at least, some brake levers have adjustable reach for ...
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On WSD bicycle shouldn't the seat tube be longer and at a shallower angle?

A few thoughts: moving the saddle back to compensate for a too short seat post is not the right approach. Seat tubes have a minimum insertion length mark, it's important to respect it, but as long as ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why aren't there more bicycles and accessories designed specifically for women?

The only body part which is really women specific is easily addressed with a specific saddle. All the rest is just usual bike fit stuff: Stack, reach, handlebar width, crankarm length ... There are ...
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Need help to identify a brand of a japanese cruiser women bike

Except for the hub generator it looks a lot like this Bobby Town bicycle. Searching for "bobby town bicycle" will pop up a couple other bikes. Bikes like this are widely sold in Japan. From ...
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Need help to identify a brand of a japanese cruiser women bike

Mamachari, a slang term literally meaning “mom’s bike,” are Japan’s ubiquitous city bicycles. Featuring baskets and, often, child seats Mamachari A functional and sturdy bicycle used mainly to run ...
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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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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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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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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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How do you adjust the set-up of road bike brakes for women with small hands

I found this question while trying to add some information to one of my previous answers. Since the question was asked, bike design in general may have become more accommodating of female riders, and ...
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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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Is there any objective downside to riding a women's bike as a man?

I'm only going to focus on this part of the question. The rest of it has been covered by @mattnz. I had always heard that the primary difference with women's bikes is that the top tube is lower to ...
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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?

You pointed it out yourself: “Men are born with a biological physical advantage.” It’s mostly due to a naturally higher level of testosterone. If you compare men and women in various sport world ...
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Need help to identify a brand of a japanese cruiser women bike

It is a practical bike, but in my view the bolt holding in place the seat tube and the seat stays seems very dangerous (i.e. do not carry a child on that back seat). Final note: Japan exported extreme ...
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Looking for a good mountain bike for my daugher. Want disc brakes and Fork lockout

We generally don't do shopping questions as they get outdated quickly, but I'll post some general guidelines for shopping. Just about any major brand sold by your local bike store will be of ...
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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?

One answer specific to UCI events such as the hour record is that different allowable biological parameters between genders put women to be at a disadvantage. Specifically, women must have a ...
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Performance Road Flat Shoe/Pedal combo

A bit of an unorthodox solution here, since you want something that "looks sleek". Some cross-country running race shoes have spikes in the forefoot like a track racing shoe, while the rest of the ...
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