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Frequently Asked Questions
What's the best way to prevent bike theft?
What type of lights are best?
Do horns and bells make sense?
Why don't bikes come with chainguards?
Should I add bar ends to my off-road bike?
How do I know what type of bike to buy?
What's a hybrid bike?
Do I need a dual-suspension bike to ride off road?
Aluminum, steel, carbon, titanium; what frame material is best?
What are those long, low bikes that you sit on in a chair-like seat? Are they any good?
What size bike/frame should I get?
How do you find the right seat height?
What's the proper seat fore-and-aft adjustment?
How high should the handlebars be?
How do I determine stem length (the reach to the handlebars)?
Is it okay to ride in sneakers?
Are special biking shorts really necessary? I don't like to wear skin-tight clothes.
Which helmets are safest?
What do you wear if you ride in the rain a lot?
I wear glasses. Can I get prescription cycling eyewear?
Do those off-road bike tires with almost no tread really work?
Are clipless pedals great or dangerous? I've heard both.
Do suspension seat posts really work?
How do I pick the right seat?
What advantages do disc brakes offer?
As soon as I start riding regularly, my knees ache. Any suggestions?
Is sitting on a bicycle seat bad for the prostate?
I get a numb crotch while riding. What's the cure?
How can I prevent numb hands when riding?
What can I do about poisonous plants when riding off road?
Maintenance & Repair
What can I do to prevent flat tires?
How do I prevent my chain from jamming (my friend called it "chain suck")?
How do I learn to fix my bike?
When do you replace brake pads?
How do I keep my chain clean?
I chipped my bike's paintjob. What's the best way to touch up the damage?
What's the right way to shift?
How fast should I pedal?
Do you sit or stand to climb, or both?
How do you ride over small logs?
Steep downhills and dropoffs scare me when I'm off-road riding. Any tips?
As long as you buy a good helmet and take care of it, does it last forever?
I'm afraid to ride in traffic. Isn't it dangerous? Any safety tips?
Do rear-view mirrors make sense?
Are there any special safety recommendations for biking off road?
I want to join in on some group rides. What do I need to know?
What do I need to know to buy new chainrings for my crankset?
How do I get the right bottom bracket for my bike?
When do I need to replace my chain and how do I get the right one?
Should my derailleur(s) be replaced and which should I get?
When do brake pads need replacing and how do I get the right ones?
Training & Fitness
What's the difference between rollers and indoor trainers?
What features are important in a heart-rate monitor?
Can I lose weight by biking? If so, how?
How do I climb hills faster?
Are Spinning classes a good workout?
How can I minimize the effect my riding has on the trails?
Is it okay to create log-pile ramps to get over fallen trees?
Is it okay to rake leaves off trails?
How can I get a new trail established in my local park?
How does one design a new trail system?