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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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!

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What is a Hybrid Bike?

Hybrid first got their names because they were seen as a hybrid of road bike and mountain bike design features. They have the flat handlebars and more relaxed frame geometry of a mountain bike, but the thinner tyres and lighter weight of a road 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. …

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