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Yes, a well written "identify this bike" question is on-topic.


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I would be of the opinion that this is off topic for the following reasons: Actual condition of items is impossible to judge without inspection, and therefore impossible to price accurately. The price of a whole bike is largely dependent on the included components, and we will frequently get posts where the list or pictures of components will be incomplete. ...


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Generally yes - questions about wheeled vehicles operated by pedals are generally acceptable regardless of whether said vehicle has 1, 2 or more wheels and irrespective of how you sit on the vehicle. That said, you will still need to make sure that your questions have a broad enough appeal and meet the other condition of the FAQ.


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No, "identify this bike" questions are off-topic.


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I'd suggest asking (and answering) the general question How can I estimate the value of a used bike? Any valuation questions could then be closed as duplicates of the general question.


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Generally open-ended "shopping" questions are frowned upon. See Let's Go Shopping! There are probably 100 "What kind of bike should I buy?" questions posted already, so you should probably start by searching for those. You will likely notice that the better questions have specific criteria - like this one about a bike for recreation and fitness that will ...


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Ebikes have been here to stay for a while. I see them as a gateway into cycling, lowering the entry bar for effort, while raising the cost. That would lead to two broad distinctions of question: How to Use vs How to Make I suspect the distinction line is somewhere about building/modifying circuits. Here's a rough spectrum as I see it: On topic How do I ...


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LINKS I've posted a canonical "when was my bike made" question that will hopefully help reduce some of the fluff. Also relevant How do I ask a good "ID My Bike" question?


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Yes, I think so. From my brief look at [sports.se] it seems to a be a catch-all for sports not covered by a dedicated site such as [cycling.se]. It seems to me that questions about cycling would be equally on topic here and there, provided the question has a definite answer. I suggest you try one and see how it flies.


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The question was closed because it is not a cycling related question. It is a question about how to forecast weather. As such it is not appropriate on Bicycles.SE


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Yes, I think they should remain on-topic. I think questions about bike theft - and theft prevention - are firmly on-topic, and I'll explain why: Having a bike stolen isn't like having a purse or a briefcase, since purses and briefcases aren't vehicles. But I understand your point, and a more accurate comparison would be automobile theft. Having a bike ...


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Can we edit the existing one from Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly." to Questions seeking item valuations, or product/service/learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. And how about an alternative solution ...


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Yes, it would be possible. It requires the intervention of multiple moderators. Got any suggestions on the exact text? We can include bold, links, etc. Here's an example from another site: Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation ...


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You should also put yourself in the position of a potential responder. If they were to say "brand x was a really good buy from my perspective", they are likely to just invite responses (if you're lucky), and anonymous downvotes (if you're not) from people who think brand x is the biggest pile of..... So pretty soon everything just becomes a subjective ...


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Preamble: As a moderator, if we're in a hurry, we may look at the flag reason and evaluate the post only on that instead of expanding into looking at every possible thing that could be wrong with a post. Because of that, if flag reasons are wrong, the flag may get declined, even if there's something else wrong with the post. It's helpful to pick the right ...


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Here's my thoughts, separated from the question. Scooters with motors and without pedals - they're motorbikes, OFFTOPIC Scooters with motors and functional pedals - probably off topic unless the question relates purely to the pedals and chain parts OFFTOPIC Scooters without any motor or pedals - kids toys, OFFTOPIC Bicycles with liquid fuel motor - Just ...


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To me, there are two and a half considerations Has the OP put reasonable reasonable effort into research? Will the question / answer have lasting value? And the half is - does the community find it interesting? Dealing with the last first - we can vote to close off topic questions, and we can vote to keep them open. This case can be handled using the ...


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I think that questions about bike theft are on-topic. That specific question is definitely on-topic. Neil Fein already thoroughly addressed it's on-topic-ness, so I won't go into that further. I think that specific question is borderline "not constructive", and that's really the problem you're seeing with it. It's an okay question, but since it's asking ...


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We're not overwhelmed with questions about scooters, so I'd be inclined to accept them. I would be less keen on questions about scooting, though I can't imagine there will be many of them ("left or right leg on the platform?", "how can I train for a 100km scoot?").


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To answer this, we need to clearly know what an Bike is, and what it is not. In my mind, an E-Bike is: Likely it looks like a bicycle - traditional and non traditional, but has the characteristics like pedals and handle bars, probably two wheels (although one and three could be the topic of valid question). Would we include electric recumbent tricycles? ...


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Totally fine, definitely on-topic, however there's not much chance of identifying a specific brand. What is more useful is identifying an age of the bike - knowing that something comes from the 1970s. My question to your question, is why do you want to know the make? What purpose will it serve? If you're trying to find parts for a bike, then the brand is ...


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Jokes can be posted in the chat room. Its far less structured, and lacking in permanence, so is an ideal place for unstructured discussion.


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Interesting that more than two years after this question was first asked, there is debate on the main site as to whether legal questions are on- of off-topic. Here is the question: Bicycles riding in pedestrian crosswalks — Houston One of the commenters states that he was voting to close because the question was asking for legal advice, and was therefore ...


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Fundamentally, the site is here to answer questions; while the legal specifics could be a cause for being too localised there are going to be many situations where the question is going to be interesting to a wider audience. While the question might be about Toronto/California/Scotland/wherever, it is almost certainly going to be relevant in some way, ...


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The questions are quite different in my view. Where can I find x part in Smalltown, Wherever? This is off topic. Plus, with the internet, you can often order online from anywhere worst case. Does x company currently manufacture y widget? Bicycle questions tend to be quite specific to manufacturers, so you will have most questions which basically ...


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I think that they should be off topic. To my way of thinking, the guidlines that we settle on should be those that benefit the site the most in the long-term. I think that allowing these questions, while useful in the short term, diminish the usefulness of the site in the long run. While it would be nice to help every person with every question, questions ...


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Well, I think theres a decision to be made. If its for something particularly weird (such as a flip up seat post), I'm reasonably OK with it, cause you'll either have to find the product or come up with a work around. It reminds me of Raymond Chen (Old New Thing)'s view in that the work around often gets to the real question they have. On the other hand, ...


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I vote: yes. There's a spectrum of "ride bike without moving" options, from rollers that a regular bike rides in place on, to trainers that a regular bike is bolted into, to dedicated bicycle-style exercise machines that have a lot in common with bicycles, to dedicated bicycle-style exercise machines that don't have much in common with actual bicycles. If ...


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I think it is a good idea to close such questions, but don't we already have sufficient reasons without creating one explicitly?


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