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Hello /n/ I have this average 24gear flatbar that I ride often enough.
Today, I tried my friend's bike of almost the same specification, and build, but different manufacturer, and twice as expensive.
It's much faster, and one pedal on it go much farther than my bike do. A real joyride
Where is this difference came from? And what can I do to improve that? I know price difference mean parts quality is probably going to differs too, but it's the same class of bike. I'm not comparing roadbike to mountain bike or anything.
The only real different is that mine is 500mm and his is 440mm in frame size.
Is this it? It matters that much?
The Feds vs. the Chinatown Bus:
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>The long-distance busing industry was originally dominated by small scrappy companies competing fiercely to win over customers, only to become a government-protected cartel with declining ridership and all the competitive spirit of Ma Bell. A half-century later, busing returned to its glorious origins, but today it's in danger becoming a ward of the state once more.
>In the 1910s, the very first American bus companies started picking up passengers on main streets all across America. There were few barriers to entry; entrepreneurs without much capital could buy or lease a motorcoach and then start doing regular pick-ups in front of a hotel or on a street corner.
>Within a few years, local governments intervened to protect established companies from new competition. By 1925, most states required that bus companies apply for permission to service particular routes. The Motor Carrier Act of 1935 put the federal Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) in charge of regulating bus travel. The ICC did everything from set ticket prices to grant established companies the exclusive right to operate between certain cities.
>Protected from competition, bus companies grew indifferent to the changing tastes of their customers. Americans relocated to the suburbs, while car and air travel exploded in popularity. As inner-city depots became dangerous and decrepit, bus companies failed to alter their business models. After World War II, U.S. bus travel fell by half in just a decade and then it kept declining.
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So I have this bike that I don't ride often anymore. I also want to get into riding some of the single track trails as an alternative to some of the bike paths/lanes I've been doing.
At first I was going to convert my 3x9 road bike, but it can only take 28mm max it looks like, and the frame is too big for me. But it gives me 11-15 distinct gears from 32-116 gear inches and weights ~23lbs. CrMo fork and OS 853 tubing 32 spoke wheels. It's also a little big for me, and I notice that MTBs have lots of TT clearance. I only use this bike for climbing hills anyways, I have a 2x10 for flatter routes.
I also have this other bike with 700x38 semi-slick heavy CrMo OS tubing with a Nexus 8 Premium hub and 36 spoke wheels. The gear inch range is only 34-105 and the spacing between gears is wide with only 8 speeds. The more I look at it the more appropriate the frame and wheels look. But I'm not sure the hub gear is up to the task, and I'm not thrilled about losing my drop bars. Also, its heavy. Seriously heavier.
What to do?
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I posted here a couple days ago, asking about a walmart shit bike, I've seen the light and realize they sell shit but I have a question.
>want a bike that will reach decent speeds
>have Genesis two nine(I realize it's junk but it was a gift)
a. buy pic related (Concord Freedom 10) for $50 on craigslist and fix it up later?
b. buy some road tires for the two nine to speed it up some?
My main concern is my weight, I'm a heavy dude, working on getting /fit/ but I feel like I'd destroy a road bike. The genesis has held up pretty well on a few 2 hour rides.
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Just bought this - how'd I do? It's an 80s Raleigh Pioneer - 5 speed hybrid city / urban commuter. I know nothing about bikes and this is the first non BMX I've had and the first bike I've owned in since I was 12, 20 now.
Guy wanted €170 for it, I got it for €120. It'll mostly be used for going to and from the shops and to my friends house and just zipping around at night when I'm bored. I'm currently a neet and getting pretty fat and always loved cycling so this was the best non MTB I could afford. There's a lot of second hand mountain bikes around but they're all front suspension 21 gear monsters that I think I'd look kind of dumb going up and down the road to my friends house on, so I really liked this one.
Also if someone can explain, in the simplest way possible (like I'm 5 years old) how to shift gears correctly on my bike or if there's a good gear to just stay in - that would be great. I nearly killed myself cycling home. Having not cycled in 8 years, this thing seemed like a fucking bullet in third gear.