Stuff you add to a bike but aren't absolutely essential. May or may not actually bolt on. Such as rack, fenders, bottle cage, water bottle, bike computer, lights, bell, etc.

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Which is the safest side to place a foldable rack-attaching bike basket?

I recently received a foldable bike basket which attaches to my back rack as a gift, which I am really excited about - it will make my commute a lot easier. However, I am not sure which side of the ...
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What's the purpose of cycling gloves?

I haven't cycled for many years already and long ago when I was cycling I didn't pay much attention to equipment. Now I see that many cyclists wear a certain kind of gloves - that only cover the palm ...
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ANT+ to Bluetooth Low Energy bridge? [closed]

Does anyone know of a stand alone ANT+ to Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) bridge device? I have a Garmin Edge 810, which uses ANT+ ... but I would also like to track my rides on my iPhone 5S (which has ...
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What is this metal bar parallel to the frame?

I saw this at work the other day and I was completely baffled. This bicycle has an additional, adjustable metal bar that runs parallel to the upper part of the frame, between the seat and the ...
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How can I charge my phone while cycling?

I have an HTC Hero, which is a great phone, but the battery life is pretty poor if I'm using the GPS and music player on it as well. The phone uses a mini-USB connection for charging, and I have a ...
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What's the cheapest way to get into training with power?

I used to train with a stopwatch, and later on, heart-rate. Both required relatively inexpensive tools. Now I'm interested in training with power (measuring the watts produced) and I'm finding that ...
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What kinds of tools do I need to do bike maintenance, e.g. adding a rack?

I just got a new Trek 7.2 for commuting and getting around town. It's a great bike but I want to add some stuff to it like a rack. I am fairly handy and have more or less a full toolkit in my ...
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What are the most important accessories for a new biker to get? [closed]

I am a new biker and am going to be commuting to work on a hybrid. There are many cool accessories that help you carry gear, bike at night, track your rides, make adjustments and quick repairs like ...
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Good Gloves to Prevent Ulnar Numbness

I recently noticed that towards the end of my 6.4 mile ride to and from work, my hand and arms began to numb. A friend recommended I try cycling gloves, so I purchased these from Amazon. They do ...
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Is it possible to pair wheel sensors with an Android phone GPS?

This is a 2 part question: I have concerns over the general accuracy of a GPS device to calculate speed. Mainly because I will be using the device in Eastern Europe, and not sure on the accuracy of ...
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Recommendation for panniers used off the bike a lot

I'm looking for panniers. I mostly just potter around town, and am not planning any cycle touring so my main criteria is that the panniers should be easy to carry around off the bike. Built in ...
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Is there a way to syncronize cycling activities from Movescount to Runkeeper or vice versa?

I have used Runkeeper for years to track my cycling activities with my Smart phone. Recently bought a pulse watch Suunto Ambit 2 that stores activities in the Movescount portal when the watch is ...
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Bike Speedometer Accuracy [duplicate]

What factors should one look for when purchasing a speedometer? Does wired vs wireless or anything else factor into its accuracy?
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Making bicycle semi-motor powered

Is there any way that I could easily and affordably (under $US200) add a motor to my bicycle, so that it would move both by my pedalling and with the help of the motor?
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attaching seatpost acessories to rear of racks?

most night lights are designed to attach to the seatpost. but while carrying a bag on the rear rack that area get's blocked. some manufacturers sell cheap, awful, lights that attach to the rack ...
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Bicycle speakers

Hey I am looking for a pair of speakers to mount to my bike. How I plan to mount these speakers has yet too be determined, but I have tried once in the past, where I added a pair of speakers to the ...
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Bike Lights: Helmet Mounted or Handlebar Mounted

I am just curious, I use Handlebar Mounted lights, and upon having multiple bikes to switch, its really uneasy changing the light from one to another. So, I am thinking of switching to Helmet Mounted ...
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Garmin Heart Rate Monitor Not Reporting Accurate HR Anymore

With my first Garmin Edge 305, I got the cadence and heart rate accessories. Cadence is still humming along, but the heart rate monitor has been not accurately reporting heart rate over the past ...
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How do bicycle power meters work?

What exactly are they measuring? How do they measure it? What are the implications of the different approaches on accuracy / speed of getting a good measure? It would be helpful if someone could ...
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Why do consumer battery powered LED lights fail mid ride

I've had consumer battery powered LED bicycle lights fail mid ride without the battery being at fault. This has been spread across brands, weather conditions, ride lengths. The most recent failure ...
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How can I stop my feet/shins getting soaked/muddy when cycling offroad in the winter?

I went for a ride last weekend around some forrest trails, it was particulary muddy with lots of puddles, and was also raining at the time. I've got a good set of mudguards, so my back was reasonably ...
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Most Crucial Gear/ Accessories for a (Road) Cycling Beginner?

Some background information on myself before I get to the question: I've decided to get in to cycling both as a hobby and because I need the activity. (Though I'm honestly driven more by the former - ...
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How to wash a hydration pack (not resevoir)?

What's the best way to wash the pack part of a hydration pack (not the resevoir/hose)? Is it just like a back pack: cold water and a little detergent with air/tumble dry low?
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Does a helmet-mounted light affect the safe functionality of the helmet?

I am currently testing a bunch of lights for my (slowly) upcoming head lights review. Several of the lights can be mounted to a helmet using a mounting strap, like this: I'm wondering if having a ...
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Will a bicycle trailer damage my (steel) bicycle?

I have a rhode gear trailer with a 100 lb capacity, similar to the burley and other brands, that attaches to the left chainstay (see image of hitch below). I currently have it attached to my ...
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Will the topeak FX & RX mudguards fit a Carerra kraken?

I have this bike Will these mudguards fit OK? I don't know much about fittings, but there is a picture on the bike link.
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How to find a durable lock mount?

I've had one Kryptonite D-lock for the last two years, and it's worked great. I typically don't ride with a pack, so I've used lock mounts (this kind) to keep it secured to the upright on my bike. ...
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What tools on a multi-tool do I actually need?

I feel like there are almost as many bike multi-tools out there as there are bikers. In a single trip to REI, I found nine different bike tools each ranging from only four to over thirty individual ...
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Toddler bike seat vs. bike trailer?

Our 2.2 year old toddler seems very interested in a random, abandoned bike seat we found, so we're considering some method of letting him ride with us. But I am not sure whether to get ... A bike ...
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Is it possible to transport many (up to 12) bikes using some sort of auto-trailer?

I would like to be able to use a trailer, either open-air or enclosed to transport multiple bicycles at the same time. When I google hitch racks the maximum is 5...I am looking for a towable ...
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Equipping a commuter bike

My commute is a bit over 5 miles each way through the city. It's not that long a commute; in traffic, it takes about 35 minutes door to door, and I'm never far from public transit that I could use in ...
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What are the pros and cons of panniers vs messenger bags?

I was shopping for new panniers and thought it might be worth it to also check out messenger bags as an alternative. What are the basic pros and cons of each? I started out using just a regular back ...
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Bicycle lights- Indicating in the dark

I am a product designer and am currently working on a bicycle lighting project and would really appreciate your valuable feedback. In England, turning left on a bicycle is not really a problem as ...
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What is the best bicycle lock on the market?

What is the best bicycle lock on the market, defined by: Best security Easiest usability when securing your bike Easiest method of transport Lightest without other compromises Edit: In addition, ...
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Kickstands and mountain bikes

Why is it that many people often recommend against using kickstands on mountain bikes? Does it have something to do with offroad riding (perhaps something could get caught there?), or are kickstands a ...
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What is this cable/hose management clip? (picture)

I've purchased a RockShox Reverb seat post, and its come with these delightful little Cable/Hose clips. Since my bike frame only comes with built in cable clips for the brakes and shifters, these ...
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Bike touring/camping tip(s)

I have a tentative first-time bike touring/camping trip in the planning stages and working out my set-up. I have a good idea of the essentials. My question is especially directed to those who have ...
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Rec for bike backpack with side zipper into main compartment

I got a used SAG Life Air Force 1 backpack from a friend, after deciding that a messenger bag was just too heavy when it was full for my one shoulder to bear. I primarily use the bag for urban ...
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best rear rack for fuji absolute bike?

my trail bike (only i've ever attached a rear rack) have a straight line from the seat stays holes to screw in the rear rack and the top clearance for the rear tire. my wife's fuji bike has the rear ...
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Off road lights

I've started really getting into mountain biking over the past few months and I'm keen to carry on riding through winter, preferably after work as well as at the weekends. To do this I'm going to need ...
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wedge/saddle rail mounted bags interchange

A variety of manufacturers make snap in wedge bag mounts. The mount attaches to the saddle rails and the bag snaps into the mount. Does know which brands if any interchange?
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Can I use long reach calipers on my cyclocross bike?

I've got cx bike(Centurion Cyclocross 4000) which I currently use only for commuting and riding long distances on a road. Is it possible to use some longreach caliper brakes on it (e.g. Shimano BR-650 ...
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Accessory to raise handlebars (on a bmx)

I just bought a used bmx bike and after raising the seat to a level where it is semi-comfortable to pedal while on the seat, I now find that the handlebars are too low. Is there any sort of an after ...
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iPhone 4 bike mount recommendations

Can anyone recommend a good bike mount for the iPhone 4? There seem to be a lot of reviews for the old models. Update: I'm mounting this on a Trek 1.5 Triple with Bontrager SSR VR bars. Update: ...
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What are the most important things to bring on a ride?

On one of my recent ride, my bike broke down. My rear derailleur got pushed into the rims and broke. Since I have never gotten stuck like that before, I've never bothered to take anything with me ...
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How to fit a Storage Options bike cam helmet mount

I recently bought a helmet and handbar moutable camera made by a firm called storage options. The instructions do not explain how to fit the strap for helmet attachment. It consists of a ring of ...
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Do mudguards/fenders help? If so, what are the best for a fixie commuter?

I ride an SE Lager fixed. I'm riding on sealed paths and roads pretty much all of my commute. On wet days my bike picks up a lot of water and also a lot of sandy/silty residue. It coats the frame and ...
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Kick-stand on a commuter bike?

If I get this commuter bike, should it have a kick-stand? One LBS said "no": they explained that stands are difficult to attach, weigh a bit, don't stay on well, and/or scratch the frame. I've never ...
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How can I carry a tripod on my bike?

I have a tripod for my SLR camera that I want to carry on my bike. It's just a generic tripod like this one, but if I strap it to my top tube it rubs against my legs while riding (and it's slightly ...
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What is this — seems to be bike-related?

I'd love to know what it is that is pictured below: It is worth driving 320 km to pick it up. (Makes no sense.) I am trying to win a bet that I can find out what it is.