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What should I consider when looking at a recumbent trike for commuting and winter riding?

AS part of my investigation on my bike replacement, I'm starting to look at a trike. I like the idea of a trike as it looks to be much more comfortable, much faster, but also much more expensive (in ...
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Upgrading straight handlebars to drop handlebars

I have a two-and-a-half year old Giant FCR 3 (with a road-bike-like frame and thin tires; it's somewhere in the loosely-defined "hybrid" range) that I use to commute to work, twenty-five miles ...
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What do you do to make positive you remember your water bottle? [closed]

I commute 11 miles to work, and at least once a month, at about mile 2, I'll look down and notice I left my water bottle on the counter at home! What tricks do you have to make sure this doesn't ...
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What accessories do I have to add to my bike so that I may commute during rainy weather?

I have a hybrid (Schwinn Sporterra) which I use for commuting except when it rains. The main problem of riding it during the rains is the dirt that gets spewn all over, esp over the drive-train. ...
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What is the reason for starting before the traffic light turns green?

I've noticed that a lot of commuters come to a complete stop at traffic lights but go before the light turns green. They start riding as soon as the light in the intersecting direction turns red. I ...
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Prescription eye glasses and shoulder checks

I've never had prescription glasses but might like some. My left eye doesn't focus easily (I ride on the right side of the road, in Canada). If I look over my left shoulder, I can see behind me only ...
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Ice tires for winter commuting on non-icy roads?

Can a tire like the Schwalbe Marathon Winter be used for winter-long commuting (40 km/day) on roads which are mostly or usually not icy? I might want the studs occasionally (and lower the air ...
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What are the minimum requirements to commute comfortably through the winter?

What needs to change on my bike? I have an 80's Schwinn Traveler single speed conversion. What needs to change with my clothing? I just wear regular street clothes now. I'm looking for the minimum ...
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Commuting between car lanes

In my commutes I often see cyclists ride quite fast between car lanes (for example when stopped at traffic lights, they get to the front to the lights before it gets green so they don't have to wait ...
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Recommendation for panniers to carry a laptop for daily commute That's available in the UK

I've seen this question about Panniers, but as far as I can tell, the Arkel Panniers aren't available in the UK. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good laptop holding pannier that converts ...
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Long Distance (~30mi) Bag Use

I do realize this question is asked a lot and I have looked around but I find my self still struggling with it, for that I apologize. Recently I decided to commute to work and so I bought a Giant ...
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What natural features and governmental conditions contribute to a bicycle friendly town/city?

I enjoy bicycling the most in cities that provide separate lanes for bicyclists - Portland and Boulder come to mind. In addition to bicycle lanes, what other governmental/civic actions ensure a safe ...
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Summer rain jacket recommendations

I'm commuting an hour each way each day in summer now and it rains sometimes. I have a GoreTex jacket which I bought 10 years ago for walking in. With additional inner warm clothes I wear it in ...
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How often should I strip my bike down?

How often should I give my bike a full service? Strip the bottom bracket, clean and grease it. Strip the groupset and freewheel. And what products (or type of) should be used for each process? It's ...
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Online stores which stock larger cycling gear?

I'm trying to find a source to purchase large-sized bicycle gear. I'm having a hard time finding all sorts of gear. I've been looking for padded mountain bike shorts, but can't find anything that ...
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Good idea to commute with a road bike and keep it outside?

So I finally want to upgrade from my 1980 Schwinn World Sport 10-speed with suicide shifters to something more modern. I will be working in Texas this summer and want to commute to work, but I ...
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Is a tire patch kit really necessary for urban commute?

I'm cycling for urban commute, on well-maintained roads and bike paths, Vittoria Randonneur "puncture resistant" tires, and at no point on my ride am I more than 1/2 mile (usually within 1/4, I bet) ...
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What is the best way to stop and restart at a stoplight?

Since your feet should hardly touch the ground when the saddle is at optimal height, what is the best approach to stopping at a stoplight and then quickly re-starting when riding in traffic.
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How can I prevent cars from passing me too closely?

Recently, a driver buzzed by me, leaving just a couple of inches between my handlebars and his car. It was very scary. In general, how can I prevent cars from passing me too closely? Please cite ...
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Left Turn Across Major Intersection

I'm new at biking, and have seen many examples of left-turn situations, but none that quite match this one. Simply, what is the proper / best way to complete the turn pictured below, or is it smarter ...
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How to make the most out of daily commute?

I have heard that bicycling is a great form of cardio exercise. I bike to and from work everyday and the whole way everything is flat. I am not sure what the best way is to make the most out of the ...
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Mapping the most gentle route for my single speed

I commute to work on a single-speed road bike, so it's a lot easier if I avoid any steep hills (preferring to cover the same gradient gradually). Taking a look at a map, there are seemingly 3-4 ...
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How can I avoid crashes on my urban commute? Tramlines and CBD sections especially

I live in Melbourne, Australia, a city famous for its compact, grid-like CBD (downtown area) and trams. Trams mean tram tracks and hook turns. And compulsory helmets. My daily ride is only 10 km but ...
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Which side should I pass other cyclists on a UK cycle path?

I'm new to using cycle paths and seem to get dirty looks for riding on the left. When driving along my usual commute this morning I saw others riding on the right and therefore passing to the left of ...
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What's a good all purpose city commuting winter tire?

What's a good all purpose city commuting winter tire? Does the rim matter? I'd like to not have to worry too much about looking out for and avoiding black ice, mainly because I'm not sure you can ...
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What are the most effective exercises to improve stamina and speed on my cycle to/from work?

I have just turned 40 and despite running many marathons in my younger days I'm finding it hard to get fitter again after too many years at a desk. I have a reasonable racing bike which I use for my ...
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How to relate wind chill, temperature, and cycling

I'm interested in how wind chill and temperature come into play while cycling. If I rode on one day with the temperature at 15°F (-9°C), but the wind chill was 1F (-17°C), how would that relate to a ...
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Fixie Vs Urban bike for small-distance commuting

My daily commute is a 1.7km long, almost straight line with minimal slope. Since I have no other method of private transportation, I am thinking of getting a bike and have come up with two interesting ...
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Polite/Proper Way To Notify Pedestrians and Bicycles [closed]

A question on a bell had a lot of comments on how to notify pedestrians. How do you notify a pedestrian you need to pass? How do you notify a bicycle you need to pass? I imagine this will be ...
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Tips to Alleviate Hand Soreness

I've recently switched from a hybrid with straight bars to a touring bike with conventional drop bars. My commute is just over 5km, and my palms have been getting very sore just below my thumb. My ...
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What can I wear in the cold weather to be able to bike to work (where I don't have a shower)

I've already read the answers to this question and learned a lot! But my question is a bit different, I bike to work almost everyday, not a long ride, a few miles, a bit hilly a bit road side... ...
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Daily commuting - are dietary supplements recommended?

I've been commuting daily (Apart from holidays, illness and some other exceptions) for the past year, riding 12 miles daily (6 miles with 500ft height gain coming in, 6 miles 232ft height gain riding ...
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How hard is a category 2 climb?

I am moving to Ojen Spain for work for 3 months and will be biking to marbella and back. I have put the ride into mapmyride.com and it says that the ride is a cat 2. Climb Start End Length ...
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Quality to/from work bike

I want a bike that will take me to and from work quickly, but not make it too easy. To get to work, I have to ride a quarter mile up a steep hill, which will be difficult on a bike. I want to spend ...
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Saddle bag for food container

I have a ~2 mile/~20min cycle to work and currently take a rucksack with me that generally only contains my food for the day in a standard take-away container measuring about 17cm x 12cm x 4cm give or ...
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What tools are most important on an all-in-one bike tool for a commuter?

My commute is about 25km/day. I have a cheapish hybrid bike with Shimano gears, v-brakes and SPD pedals. I carry a small hand pump and spare tube. What do I need in a bike tool/ multitool or other ...
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Can 37-622 tyres replace 32-622 tyres?

I used my old Trek mountain bike last winter (Helsinki, down to -25C, lots of snow) for commuting to work (8km each way, roads) but it probably needs too many repairs to be worthwhile. I got a new ...
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Leave a bicycle in the rain for a day - is it safe?

I use my bike (gt avalanche 1.0) to commute to work. Now it's autumn and so rain can happen just every day. So the questions are: is leaving my bike outside harmful? Should take the seatpost with me ...
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Will my drivetrain freeze if left outside in the winter?

I have to leave my bike outside at work for 8-10 hours at a time. If it's -3°C or -6°C, is there anything special I need to do to ensure it will still ride when I'm ready to go home? i.e., ...
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How often should I change my bikeshoe cleats?

I bought a pair of Shimano PDA600 SPD pedals along with a pair of cheap-ish Garneau Terra MTB shoes in early 2012. I wear them for my daily commute (approx. 18 Km) and semi-regular long distance ...
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Which public transport networks allow you to transport a bike?

In the UK I have never seen a public bus system that allows you to take a (non-folding) bike on the bus. (There are long distance coaches that do allow bikes, however I am asking about local busses.) ...
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How much of a difference will I notice going from a Mountain bike to a road bike?

I have a Mountain bike with 1.95 tyres on it. Most of the cycle path I take into work is fairly well paved/asphalted, I'm not going over any dirt tracks or anything like that although there is the odd ...
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Is conserving energy something to do on a day-to-day basis, or over the week?

I'm about a month into using my bicycle to commute to work, and one thing I've definitely gotten better at is pacing myself to conserve energy, both for the rest of the commute to work, and for the ...
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How to properly position foot on flat pedals?

I recently replaced my clip-in pedals(SPD) with regular flat pedals on my commuter cycle with the hope to avoid wearing shoes with cleats on my commute. I want to wear my water proof boots to work ...
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Can I increase my highest gear ratio?

I have a modern bike (ridgeback meteor '13) and It currently has a 21 speed shimano chainset. I find that going down hills (which I do a lot) and on flats I need a higher gear. Can I do anything to ...
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Is my dream of finding a light/commuter/hauling bike a pipe dream?

For a while now I have been trying to find the perfect bike. One that is fast and allows me to ride 20 mph for 50 mi. One that I can load stuff on and has braze-ons for racks, fenders, etc. A bike ...
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Cycling position for commuting

I'm looking into buying a commuter bike. Observing other bikers I see some are hunched over their bikes and some are almost vertical. What is considered the best position for commuting? [I will be ...
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What weather conditions are slicks suitable for?

I currently use 700x25 slicks on my commuting bike, to get the easiest ride possible. I also own: 700x28 with some tread 700x35 metal studded snow tires (Purchased last year for UK snow) ...
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Road Tire Performance in Rain and Snow

How well do road tires perform in rain and the snow? I've heard narrow tires are better because they actually can put more weight/pressure on the road through the wet/ice. I just bought Continental ...
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bike suggestions for a commuter who takes an occasional long road ride

I'm shopping around for a new bike. I ride 4-10 miles a few times a week and an occasional ~50 mile road trip. I'm looking for recommendations on bikes similar to a SE Lager, Surly Steamroller, or ...