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32 Vs 36 Spoke Wheels for Mountain Biking, Touring, and Commuting

Until the early 80s pretty much all bikes came with 36 spoke wheels front and rear. Over the years, spoke counts decreased to the current standard of 32 spokes per wheel. These days, 28, 24, and even 16 spoke wheels are becoming common on lightweight road bikes. The ideal spoke count depends on a number …

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Are Brompton Bikes Worth It? Pros and Cons

Folding bikes are becoming increasingly popular. Particularly among commuters living in large urban areas. One of the most popular folding bikes is the Brompton. It offers a compact fold, beautiful design, excellent build quality, and stable ride characteristics. Of course, there are some drawbacks. Brompton bikes are heavy and expensive. They are also mostly built …

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Hydraulic Vs Mechanical Disc Brakes

At this point, disc brakes have pretty much replaced rim brakes across all categories of cycling. In the early 2000s, they became standard in mountain biking. The last holdouts were road riders. Since the UCI began allowing disc brakes in professional road racing in 2018, they have become even more common. When it comes to …

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Ebike Torque Vs Cadence Sensor Pedal Assist: Pros and Cons

Ebikes use pedal assist sensors to tell the motor when to engage, when to disengage, and how much power to supply. You don’t need to use a throttle on to control the motor. There are two types of pedal assist sensors used on ebikes. These include cadence and torque sensors. Cadence sensors measure if you …

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Single Speed Vs Fixed Gear Bike: Pros and Cons

From the outside, single speed and fixed gear bikes look identical. They both have one chainring and one rear cog, meaning they have one speed. All fixed gear bikes are single speed. Not all single speed bikes are fixed gear. It’s important to recognize the difference between the two because each type of bike offers …

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The Best Folding Bike for Touring: Pros and Cons

Folding bike touring is becoming an increasingly popular niche in bicycle touring. The best folding bikes for touring offer a number of unique advantages over traditional touring bikes. They are versatile, easy to transport, secure, and allow you to travel places that other bikes can’t go. Of course, there are some significant disadvantages as well. …

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Mid Drive Vs Hub Motor E-Bike: Pros and Cons

One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make when choosing an ebike is whether you want to go with a mid-drive or hub motor design. The motor type plays a major role in the price, ride quality, and overall performance of the bike. In this guide, I’ll outline the key differences between the …

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Presta Vs Schrader Valves: Pros and Cons

When choosing wheels for your bike, one important decision you’ll need to make is which type of valves you’re going to use. The two most common bicycle valves are called Presta and Schrader valves. The best bike valve depends on the type of bike you ride, the terrain you ride, and your personal preference. This …

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Carbon Vs Aluminum Wheels: Pros and Cons

Your wheels are arguably the most important individual component of your bicycle when it comes to performance. Upgrading from entry-level to premium wheels can reduce weight, increase speed, and improve the overall performance of any bike. When choosing bike wheels, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is which material to go …

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Fat Bike Vs Mountain Bike: Pros and Cons

Fat bikes are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to mountain bikes for off-road riding and bikepacking. They are fun, unique, and allow you to ride places that no other bike can go, like deep snow and loose sand. This guide outlines the pros and cons of riding a fat bike vs mountain bike to help …

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