darkcanuck
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What is a reasonable speed for long distances on a bike?
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Speed varies widely by cyclist, depending on fitness, road conditions and traffic. Some of my observations (cruising speed based on a flat, paved road in good condition): 20km/h (12.4 mph) - many "...

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What's the purpose of cycling gloves?
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Cycling gloves do a few basic things: reduce friction between your hands and handlebars, which could otherwise cause blisters dampen vibrations which might cause hand/finger numbness reduce pressure ...

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Pros/Cons of Bar-Ends?
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Bar ends are typically banned from group/club rides because of the potential to hook another rider when riding in a tight group. Because a flat MTB-style handlebar is wider than a drop bar, adding ...

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What should I look for in clipless pedals and shoes?
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Pedal Selection Pick a system that will work well for your current and future use. It's annoying to have different shoes for different bikes. My experience is limited to Shimano SPDs and Crank ...

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What is safer...coaster brakes, rim brakes, or fixed gear braking?
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A track bike (fixed gear) has no front or rear brakes. You slow the bike down by resisting the turn of the pedals but you need to be careful to not push too hard, which can lock up the rear wheel and ...

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What cadence should I aim for?
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For any given speed, you can either spin at a higher cadence in a lower gear, or a lower cadence in a higher gear. The high cadence + low gear combination should reduce the strain on your joints ...

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Upgrading straight handlebars to drop handlebars
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I did this on my previous bike, and while it was a lot of fun (and I enjoyed riding the resulting bike) it was also quite expensive, almost half the cost of the bike. You should also be prepared to ...

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What are advantages and disadvantages of CO2 inflators over frame pumps?
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Bike shops advertise them because they're consumable items. Every time you use a cartridge the shop is likely to make another sale. Whereas a good pump should last through many, many flats and is ...

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How to tighten a brake?
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There are two basic adjustments that apply to all types of rim brakes (v-brakes, cantilevers, calipers): Tension: The cable tension from the brake lever to the brakes adjusts how responsive your ...

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29" wheels - what advantage do they provide over smaller wheels?
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Regarding road bikes, the 29" rim size is actually the same as standard 700c wheels used on road bikes -- only the tire is different (larger). One difference that I don't see mentioned often is that ...

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Why don’t fixed gear bikes have brakes?
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The reason is historical. Fixed gear bikes have been traditionally used for track racing, long after most other bikes had switched to using freewheels. In the high-speed velodrome environment, it ...

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Is a leather saddle appropriate for all-weather riding?
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I've used a Brooks saddle in a similar climate (Vancouver, BC) without any major issues. Treat the topside with Proofide every 6-12 months and keep the underside dry (fenders, wedge bag, etc). Store ...

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For a long (25mile each way) commute, what kind of bike should I look at?
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50 miles per day is a fair amount of riding. 4 hours sounds about right when you take into account traffic stops, hills, etc. If you're not used to putting in this kind of distance -- not to mention ...

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Is it safe to ride a racing road bike in very wet weather?
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3 great answers here already, but I'll just add: ride more cautiously. You can ride safely in the rain, but you have to remember that the road will be a bit slicker and your brakes will likely be ...

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I often get a sore neck when riding. How can I adjust the setup of my bike to help prevent this happening?
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I can think of a few possible explanations: If you're sitting too upright, vibrations from the road/trail (anything from pavement quality to serious potholes) will travel straight up your spine, ...

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How do you decide your route to commute to work?
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I would suggest staying away from 55mph roads, they're no fun to ride on (unless you're out in the countryside). Drivers are in a hurry, not looking out for cyclists and at those speeds there's not ...

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Should I oil my seat post?
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Greasing your seatpost will prevent problems like this: "Removing Seat Post rusted into downtube". Don't use chain oil, grease is what you want. As whatsisname pointed out, all fasteners on your ...

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Bonk! And solutions
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Bonking is normally caused by lack of food. I happen to be an expert at this (just bonked on a ride today, in fact). Treatment is easy: Stop Eat something -- even if you don't want to (which is ...

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Clipless Pedals - Float
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Q1: No, "float" is the amount your feet can rotate (around a vertical axis) while clipped in. A system/cleat with little or no float keeps your foot in a very rigid position. You can't freely twist ...

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What is the maximum number of pucture repairs an inner tube can take?
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I would carry at least one unpatched, pristine tube as a spare. Put the patched ones on the bike or keep for repairs at home. The idea being that when you need it -- in the middle of nowhere, in the ...

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Transporting groceries
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Delicate items would probably survive best in a small backpack. Your body acts like a natural shock absorber so anything strapped to your back should get the smoothest ride, especially if you're out ...

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How do I keep my seat from tilting back?
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The problem is that there is only one bolt holding the seat at the angle you want. Put enough torque on the back of the saddle and can overcome the friction that's holding the seat in place. A few ...

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What is randonneuring? How to get started?
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The short answer is "marathon cycling". Others have called it "touring with time limits". As a sport, randonneuring is based on rules laid out by Audax Club Parisien (ACP). Rides are known as "...

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Cycling uphill on a road - sitting or standing on pedals?
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curtismchale's answer is spot-on -- I'm only answering to quote from my favourite cycling article "On the Technique of Climbing" by Luis Bernhardt: When you are sitting in the saddle, you are ...

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Do I need to change my cassette if I can't see any wear?
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That's an impressive amount of mileage on a single chain. Especially on a narrow 11-speed one. I'm guessing that you keep everything very well maintained and don't ride in much wet weather? The two ...

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How do I stop my brake from sticking?
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A few things off the top of my head: Not enough brake cable tension. This is very likely if it's fairly new and hasn't been tuned up -- brake cables stretch over time, especially when new. The ...

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what to do during the week before a century?
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What to do: Eat well, but don't overdo it. A hearty meal the night before and a solid breakfast the morning of the ride are a must. Stay well-hydrated. Get plenty of sleep. If you've been burning ...

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What can be done to make a trainer work quieter?
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I picked up a set of interlocking rubber tiles (for gym equipment) at Home Depot to put under my trainer and bike. They help with the vibration although I find it's still quite loud. It also helps ...

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Larger tires on a road bike
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Road frames come in a wide variety of styles, so it's impossible to give an exact answer without knowing more about your bike. Also keep in mind that wider tires also have a larger diameter, so your ...

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How do I adjust my rear derailleur (Shimano SIS) when it is only slightly out?
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Adjusting the rear derailleur is a matter of tightening or slackening the shifter cable so that the chain runs smoothly for all rear cogs. The easiest way to do this is using a barrel adjuster -- ...

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