David Richerby
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How come pairs are slower than solo riders at the Transcontinental Race?
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I expect that the three main contributors are: The solo riders are just stronger. There's more glory in the solo win so, if you are strong enough to, say, come in the top five on your own, it's ...

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Is it really safer to ride in the road than on the sidewalk?
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Safer for whom? Cycling on the sidewalk transfers risk from you to pedestrians without their consent. If you feel that the roads are too dangerous to cycle on, you have the option of getting off and ...

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Would variable crank arm length be beneficial to a rider?
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The system you propose is just a third way to change gear, in a mechanically very complicated way. Any benefit that could be obtained by lengthening the cranks can already be obtained by moving to an ...

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My husband is a beginner in cycling and needs some motivation
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Yes, 4km is good, especially if the road is hilly. Any new form of exercise is difficult at the start because it uses muscles you're not used to using, in ways you're not used to using them. It's ...

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Misplaced tyre lever - alternatives?
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Um... buy a new tyre lever? They're so cheap they're practically free. OK, that doesn't help you this time but buying three or four tyre levers means there shouldn't be a "next time" for quite a ...

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What are the pros and cons of front and rear suspension?
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You definitely don't need rear suspension: that's for serious off-road riding. For riding on the road and the very mild hardly-off-road-at-all riding you're proposing, rear suspension just adds a lot ...

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Does having bigger wheels mean less effort pedaling?
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Assuming a completely smooth road and neglecting the weight of the wheels, it makes no difference: you still need to do the same amount of work. Essentially, larger wheels give you a higher gear ratio,...

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How to increase speed on my hybrid bike with flat handlebars and 700X35C tyres?
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Before looking to improve the bike, I'd look to improve your fitness. I was able to average 13–14mph on my hybrid for 1–1.5hrs; at that time, I was commuting 3–5 miles each way per ...

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Could the E-bike drivetrain wear down till needing replacement after 400 km?
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I have tried to regulate the rear gear mechanism by adjusting the position screws but failed to make any improvement. That's almost never the adjustment that the rear derailleur needs. Those screws ...

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Properly locking on a floor mount rack with a U-lock
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For the longer term, ask your employer to provide proper bike parking. The device you picture is completely unsuited to parking bikes. As you've observed, it's impossible to securely lock your bike ...

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Terminology: coaster brakes vs free wheel?
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It doesn't make much sense to insist on one thing being the opposite of another, so let's just focus on what these things are, and you can decide for yourself what, if anything, is "opposite" of what. ...

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Is it possible to convert a suspension fork to rigid by drilling it?
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DO NOT DRILL HOLES IN YOUR FORKS That would weaken them substantially and run the risk of them breaking under stress (e.g., when you hit a pothole). A broken fork will probably put you in the ...

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Can I use WD40 and generic bicycle oil to maintain my MTB drivetrain?
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You're basically using WD40 as degreaser (it's a very thin oil that will dissolve away thicker oily gunk) and then using chain lube as chain lube. This is fine, as shown by the fact that you've been ...

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What is the purpose of so many gears?
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On a mountain bike, you typically want to be able to go up steep hills, which requires some very low gears, and to go down hills fast, which requires some reasonably high gears. That means you either ...

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Why does my bike constantly break/need servicing?
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That's a lot of problems for a bicycle that's used for such short distances. It's possible that you're being hard on the bike. One thing you should always try to do is to lift your weight off the ...

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Are my gears setup backwards?
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No, it's set up the right way. (In fact, because of the way the front and rear gear systems work, it's essentially impossible to set them up backwards: you'd have to re-engineer the whole system.) ...

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Minimum distance between holes in inner tube
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If you can put a patch on without overlapping the existing one, it's fine. If the patches would overlap, I can't see any problem but I could have missed something. Were the two punctures in rapid ...

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Why is an old chain unsafe?
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As chains stretch, they wear the chainrings and rear cogs and the teeth on them start to become pointed and eventually don't grip the chain so well. The danger is that, when you push on the pedals, ...

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My rear brakes squeal like crazy, but not when they are wet!
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You probably need to toe in your brake pads. That is, adjust them so that the end of the pad closer to the front of the bike touches the rim slightly before the back end of the pad. There are plenty ...

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Are you required to cross the finish line on a bike?
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UCI regulation 1.2.109: The rider may cross the finish line on foot, provided that has his bicycle with him. Note that "his bicycle" may be a teammate's bike or a neutral service bike (and that "...

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New roadbike. Poor cassette quality control?
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I'm not specifically familiar with Shimano 105 but odd-shaped teeth on cassettes and chain-rings are usually designed that way to aid shifting. It's also hard to imagine a manufacturing process that ...

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Are bicycles with wide tires bad for road racing?
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Wide tyres are designed to be pumped to a relatively low pressure so that they bend around objects they roll over, to give grip and a smoother ride. They also often have lots of bumps and lumps on ...

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In cycling friendly cities, how do near-sighted cyclists who need glasses manage to bike to work or school in the rain?
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I'm very short-sighted and couldn't cycle at all without my glasses on. I don't find any particular problem cycling in the rain, and I don't see how the cycling-friendliness or otherwise of the city ...

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Larger tires on a road bike
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In the eight years since this question was written, road-style bikes with fatter, grippier tyres for off-road use have become pretty common. They're usually called "gravel bikes" or "adventure bikes". ...

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Pedaling overhead with front vs rear hub motor
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Assuming both wheels are the same radius (which they usually are) and that you're not skidding (which you usually aren't), both wheels rotate at the same speed and accelerate at the same rate. So, ...

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How do you keep from coasting too much on a bicycle?
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Your speed on any kind of bike is limited by the power you can put through the pedals to overcome air resistance. Air resistance increases with speed so, if you pedal with a level of effort that's ...

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Is it safe to cut off from the inside of my helmet?
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Does a bicycle helmet still has protection when slicing some 1-2 mm from the inner rigid foam at a size of a 1-2 cm circle? You don't know. It's as simple as that. The amount of material you're ...

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Bicycle acts like it's braking when I walk it
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I'm assuming you have rim brakes. Lift each wheel in turn off the ground and spin it. Does it appear to snake from side to side as it spins? If so, your wheel is out of true (it's no longer a disk ...

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Clicking with each pedal stroke, warranty?
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It's hard to diagnose the problem remotely, though the suggestions in the comments are good things to try. Normally, I try to give "educational" answers that show people how to fix problems on their ...

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How to verify bicycle by frame serial number
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Basically, the answer to the title question is "You can't." There's no global database and each manufacturer just uses whatever scheme they want. Unless you've already narrowed it down to a couple of ...

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