Drew
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Which upgrades are required for participate in cycle race?
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You can ride any bike in a race, provided it's in good enough working order to get you over the line. Regarding gears, it looks like the cost to add derailleur style gears may be prohibitive, as I ...

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Spinning vs city bike riding to keep tone
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I'd say riding outside is always better than a spin class or turbo-time. I ride a hilly commute to work throughout the winter 10x 30mins each way, but do intervals too - and ride fixed gear for extra ...

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Skidding/skipping a fixie with ratio 48/16
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I'd suggest thinking less about 'locking your legs', and instead think more about pressing down hard with your trailing leg. I find that if I put too much effort into pulling up my leading leg I end ...

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Investing into a fixed bike
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Yes, add the brake - as others have said, it might not be 'cool' but you'll end up being much more confident on it knowing you can stop it quickly. I also can't work out if you have foot retention or ...

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How do I avoid becoming complacent during my commute after riding the same route for a couple of weeks?
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TL;DR - Do intervals. Although I have a few different routes I regularly take to work, 75% of the time it's just one route. I find doing intervals very useful to keep the route interesting. If you ...

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What is better, Average speed or long distance?
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I think that depends on what you want to achieve. If you want to be able to ride 100 miles then go for distance, if you want to be competitive on your local 10 mile TT then train for speed, if you ...

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Disc brakes make a grinding sound
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Although I'm unfamiliar with Tektro Lyra's, I have been bedding in a new Shimano SLX disc brake on my commuter so have a little recent experience on this. Given you are only 20 miles in I'd give it a ...

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Aero bike vs climbing bike for running in Crits
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Given that a crit requires a lot of hard accelerations out of corners and a lot of braking into corners, I would have thought a lightweight bike will give you more benefit than an aero bike. Although ...

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Is having a disc brake on a single speed bicycle a bad idea?
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I own a Surly Steamroller, and although I haven't done it myself, many other Steamroller riders put a Surly Disk Trucker fork into the Steamroller frame. With the exception of the fork altering the ...

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Commuting daily with an Expensive Bike, tips?
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I agree with Kibbee. Would also recommend going fixed for the ultimate in simplicity and weather-proofing as I don't suppose they'll be any shelter for it parking on the street.

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Did my bike frame crack?
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If in doubt, get it checked out. A good motto for life in general really!

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Best Tires for Cannondale Bad Boy 4
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+1 for Schwalbe Marathons - practically a staple for commuters. For a slightly different angle maybe look at Surly Knards? I have one on the front paired with a Continental Cross King on the back of ...

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Should I buy a CX bike or a Road bike?
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I have both, but used my race-spec CX for everything for a couple of years. It's a perfectly capable road bike and could hold pace on the club runs with road wheels on without any bother (and having ...

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Fixie/Single speed frame information for beginner
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Lots of answers already here, but a quick one to remind you of the tools you'll need to build your own fixed gear. It may be cheaper to source the parts but you have to have specific tools to ...

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Buying advice for new road/race bike approx. £1000 for racing
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The Planet X EC-130 'Rivet Rider' was extremely well reviewed by Cycling Weekly last year and you can get them new from Planet X at around that kind of money. Other than that, direct to consumer ...

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What's the deal/appeal with loud MTB hubs?
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I'm sure greater knowledge will make itself known here, but for me it's more about the quality of the hub rather than the noise which draws many bikers (roadies included) and 'quality' hubs tend to be ...

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Do fat cyclists bonk?
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In my experience, you know when you bonk (or hit the wall). I'm not sure if it varies for different people, but I know it's coming for a good while and it happens in this kind of order: Legs start to ...

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