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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 carry my bike on my car?
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?
Can you name the basic parts of my bicycle so I know what to call them?
Video Basic Bike Care FAQ
How much air do I put in my tires and how is it done?
My bike came with "quick-release" wheels, but how do I remove and install them?
How do you lube the chain and bike?
Is there any special way to store my bike?
Are there any ways to prevent flat tires?
What should I bring with me on rides?
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)?
Which helmets are best?
Is it okay to ride in sneakers?
Are cycling gloves important?
Are special biking shorts really necessary? I don't like skin-tight clothes.
Do I really need cycling jerseys and tops?
What do you wear if you ride in the rain a lot?
Is cycling eyewear better than my sunglasses?
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 wash my bike?
How do I lube my chain and keep it 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?
How do we ride with our kids safely?
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?