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There is already a fully-fledged bicycles.stackexchange.com site. In addition to non-sports cycling (commuting, touring), they have tags such as Training and Racing. Should questions similar to

Why aren't Tour de France riders going any faster?

Why do racing cyclists wobble when pedalling furiously?

Looing for a first race-worthy road bike what should I look for?

be left solely to the bicycles site. Or would they also on-topic here?

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Questions about competitive cycling, both watching and participating in such are on topic. General questions about bicycles and riding to stay in shape are off topic.

Much like our overlap with fitness, questions about competitive cycling are on topic in both places. However, you will likely get much better answers from bicycles at this point.

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    Agreed, we shouldn't make a question off topic simply because it is on topic at another SE site – Marcus Swope Feb 14 '12 at 15:31
  • @Marcus: I think and see on other sites that we should. It should always be clear (and, if possible, easy to find out) which site is the proper one to ask on (and there should be only one, so not to split communities too much) – Jürgen A. Erhard Feb 16 '12 at 16:27
  • @JürgenA.Erhard not quite, many sites have overlap and coexist quite well (Christianity and Biblical Hermeneutics are a pair that do this). – wax eagle Feb 16 '12 at 16:30
  • As one of the Bicycles moderators, I basically agree with this answer. Bicycle racing is on-topic on both sites, but the focus is different and it's ok if there's a few questions that could be asked on either site. There's actually fairly little currently on Bicycles about racing, questions there are primarily mechanical or transportation-related. – freiheit Feb 17 '12 at 23:52
  • @freiheit thanks for that. Good to know. – wax eagle Feb 18 '12 at 0:57
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As a general rule

The definition of what is on and off topic on a given SE site is unrelated to what is on and off topic on another SE site.

So as far as the overlap is concerned, I would not concern yourself with it for purpose of determining what is or is not on topic.

I would expect most questions about bicycling would be on topic here. This would include common bicycling problems, competitive bicycling mechanics and regulations, and such.

What really starts to blur the lines of on and off topic (with any sport) is equipment selection. For example, asking "What bike should I get my son who is new to biking?" would not be on topic. But a very similar question of "What qualities should a bike for young riders have?" might be.

The way I tell the difference between the two is what kind of answers does it bring forth? The first would bring something like "I got my son the Atwood 4000, and it was great for him" and that's not the kind of thing we want. The second would bring answers like "For young riders, the general rule of thumb is 1 speed per 3 years of age (so a 15 yo would want a 5 speed), and the handlebars should come to waist level". (For the record, I made up those stats... they might be good, they might be horrible. They're only examples!)

Good questions should serve two purposes: 1) Help the asker solve their problem. 2) Help future readers solve their problems. A question about equipment selection that is answered with an actual product is probably going to be too localized to help, because the answer is going to be specifically geared toward that person, while an answer with formulas, guidelines, rules of thumb, legal information, etc is likely to help a lot of readers in the future. They can just plug their own variables into the formula and rules and get the answers to help guide their selection.

I would assume the other SE site would have the same criteria. But again, this isn't about what is allowed on their site, it's about what is allowed on ours. We wouldn't allow it on ours just because they denied it on theirs.

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