Bike People - fixing / modyfying advice needed

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Aug 2019
4:13pm, 24 Aug 2019
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It’s one of the ‘related threads’ at the end of the ‘what grinds your gears’ thread, if you were still wondering about the resurrection, Kieren. How’s the Brompton?
Nov 2019
9:37am, 6 Nov 2019
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Hey there,

So I’ve been riding my daughters mountain bike but I’m looking to buy myself a proper bike to commute to work. All paved roads, some minor hills, 30kms there, 30kms home.

Really confused as to what type of bike to buy, I hate maintaining deraileurs and only ever use middle few gears anyway, so looking at limited gears? In hub geared bikes... also confused as to whether I should get a “ladies bike” - they all look like cruisers; but are these going to be up to the job of 30km riding?

I just want something that is going to last and be practical.

Any advice would be much appreciated.
Nov 2019
9:49am, 6 Nov 2019
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You see, if it wasn't for the distance, I'd have suggested Dutch. The sheer joy I got flying around Zeeland on a proper Dutch bike was superb. Fast, comfortable, with great storage space and very little to worry about.

18 miles each way would have been a bit of an ask, though.

Something like this perhaps?
Apr 2020
9:02am, 17 Apr 2020
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So I've successfully replaced and reset the rear hanger, derailleur cassette and chain on MrsMMM's bike. 😁. But unfortunately the remaining chain slippage she's gets is from the front middle chain ring, so I need to replace that too.. is it worth just doing the one, or should I just buy a pre-built set of 3 on Amazon and do the whole lot?

Talking to her, I realised she'd never really grasped how cycle gears work anyway, and given we live in one of the flattest places in England and she normally only rides a couple of miles to commute, I suspect the use of rings 1 and 3 is very low! Certainly the wear on them is minimal.

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