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Why ride a fixed-gear bike?
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Your understanding is correct. Why do people ride them? Some random answers: Maintenance is very, very low. You have to keep the tires and chain in good working order and, on a bike you ride on the ...

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When or how often should I replace my bike helmet?
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Helmets should be replaced roughly every 5 years and after any crash where your head makes contact with the ground. Helmets will crumble, compress or otherwise deform in sometimes hard to see ways ...

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How can I make my bike (and myself) visible at night?
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The obvious few things are: Front light Red rear tail light Spare batteries for said lights Spoke lights/reflectors for improved side visibility Bright clothing, ideally cycling clothing with ...

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How are the categories for climbs decided?
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As has been mentioned, the actual categories are fairly subjective. Things such as the fame of a climb as well as how the organizers feel about giving out King of the Mountain points on a given stage ...

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Terminology index - a list of bike part names and cycling concepts
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Flip-Flop Hub Most often seen on fixed gear track (velodrome) bikes, a flip flop hub is hub that allows a cog to be attached to each side. This allows a rider of a fixed gear bike to effectively '...

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Are slick tires worth it for commuting?
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Short answer: Yes. You will notice a significant difference immediately by moving to a proper road tire. Unless you are doing significant amounts of riding of that bike on dirt or mud, you are better ...

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What are some good tips for riding in a large group?
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Group rides of this size and speed often consist entirely of racers. If a steady double paceline hasn't formed, then to be more specific, this is one of those rides that is, in effect, a race itself. ...

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Why should I wear bicycle clothes made of spandex?
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There are a few good reasons for it. More aerodynamic, we humans don't put out much power so every little bit helps Padded shorts. You want these for anything longer than a short ride. Most shorts ...

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Couch to Century
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I'm going to answer this as a true couch to century with a general plan. You can write books on this stuff. There have been books written on this stuff. You have three major goals for a successful ...

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Is a 3-bike rack needed for two bikes?
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It depends on how... scratch averse you are for your bikes. A 4 bike trailer hitch rack by Thule can get 4 bikes on it. If you want to ensure that there is never any pedal to frame contact, then you ...

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What should I look for in an indoor cycle trainer?
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I can't recommend any specifics offhand, other than I've used two different types of Tacx trainers and have been very happy with them. Both were in the $150-$200 range new. A couple of comments ...

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Needed training time or speed for each category of racer
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This will be a bit of a non answer as the question somewhat leads down the wrong path. The short summary is that with efficient training and a few seasons under your belt, you can be a successful cat ...

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When and how tight should you adjust your clipless pedals?
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The answer is, as often the case, 'it depends', but these are the guidelines I tend to go by: If you are new to clipless, I'd tend to leave them a bit loose, at least until you get past the 'in ...

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Community Wiki: Which public transport networks allow you to transport a bike?
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Vancouver (BC) Translink has roughly the following rules for bikes on transit: All buses have a bike rack on the front for 2 bikes. Bikes are allowed on the Canada Line skytrain at any time. (There ...

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Can I do cyclocross if I've never really been very athletic?
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A collections of thoughts about a few of the questions you've raised. The short answer to the title question is 'yes'. Read further for some specifics. Equipment If you have the budget for multiple ...

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What are some good exercises to prevent knee pain?
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Personally, I find that the best warmup for my knees is actually just riding. Spinning very easily for 10-15 minutes, putting very little pressure on the pedals works far better than any stretching or ...

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