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Working in a busy London bike shop (Flag Bikes), we get dozens of bike related questions every day. Eventually patterns start to emerge. Here in the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section of CycleLove.com you will find a growing collection of answers to common customer questions, together with my – much more subjective – opinions on various bike topics and debates!
John Hamlen
Managing Director – Flag Bikes

Types of Bikes
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Types of Bikes

Choosing the best bike today is an art given the numerous bike categories and other variables to consider. A newbie is bound to be confused by the process. However, the most important considerations revolve around the purpose for which you are getting a bike, where you intent to ride the bike and the different types…

What is a bike’s groupset?
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What is a bike’s groupset?

The groupset (sometimes referred to as its “gruppo”) is the collection of all the parts involved in braking, shifting gears, and transferring power from the pedals to the rear wheel (the drivetrain). These components include: Gear/brake levers Brake calipers Front and rear derailleurs Chainset Bottom bracket Chain Cassette  The groupset market is dominated by 3…

What’s the difference between Shimano road groupsets?
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What’s the difference between Shimano road groupsets?

Like its main competitors SRAM and Campagnolo, Shimano has a hierarchy of groupsets with levels offering different weights, number of gears and – of course – prices! It’s important to remember that while each groupset name maintains its place in the hierarchy, they are usually updated every few years. So, for instance, when Dura Ace – Shimano’s top-of-the-line…

What’s the difference between Campagnolo road groupsets?
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What’s the difference between Campagnolo road groupsets?

Like its main competitors Shimano and SRAM, Campagnolo has a hierarchy of groupsets with levels offering different weights, number of gears and – of course – prices! It’s important to remember that while each groupset name maintains its place in the hierarchy, they are usually updated every few years. So, for instance, the Campagnolo Record of the early 1960s was a 6-speed…

What’s the difference between SRAM road groupsets?
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What’s the difference between SRAM road groupsets?

Like its main competitors Shimano and Campagnolo, SRAM has a hierarchy of groupsets with levels offering different weights, number of gears and – of course – prices! Whilst Shimano and Campagnolo have been producing bike components since the 1920s and 30s, SRAM was only founded in 1987. However, although much younder it has become know for pioneering innovations such as…

Is it illegal to ride a bike without a helmet in the UK?
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Is it illegal to ride a bike without a helmet in the UK?

No. The Highway Code suggests cyclists should wear approved cycle helmets, but there is no UK law compelling riders to wear them. This is the case with most countries and territories in the World, with the notable exceptions of Australia and New Zealand. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t wear a helmet!

What’s the difference between wet lube and dry lube?
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What’s the difference between wet lube and dry lube?

Search online or visit a big bike shop and you’ll be confronted with a bewildering variety of chain lubricants. However, they can can all divided into two types: “Wet” and “Dry”. Wet chain lubes are a similar technology to car motor oils. They aren’t easily washed off in wet riding conditions. They stay wet on the chain…

What is a Touring Bike?
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What is a Touring Bike?

Touring bikes are designed to cover long distances in comfort while carrying luggage. For these reasons they have relaxed geometry frame and usually drop-handlebars to allow the rider to adjust hand positions on a long ride.A rack is fitted to allow the attachment of rear panniers, and the forks usually have mounting points for fitting a front rack/panniers….