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Modifying a bike for winter (on a budget)

I have two bikes, a hybrid commuter with skinny tyres, full mud guards & rim brakes, then I have a 29er hardtail MTB with hydraulic disc brakes and off road tyres. Which would be best, for ...
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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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Buying a bicycle [closed]

I'm looking for a bicycle to commute to work (<2 miles), do groceries (~2-3 miles), go to school (~8 miles). Would this be a good bike for that? (one of the cheapest bikes on bikesdirect.com)
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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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Will this Retrospec Siddhartha bike suit my needs? [closed]

This is my first question on here so please take it easy :) I will be relocating to Surrey (UK) in 2 weeks due to being offered a new job (as a software developer) and I am thinking of (finally) ...
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Good backpack for carrying groceries [closed]

So, I need to be able to carry 3-4 days worth of groceries for one person, about a mile from the store to home. I'm not too keen on the idea of panniers or anything else that mounts to the frame. I ...
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Any tips for aligning fenders?

I recently bought a used trekking bike (Focus) to commute to work in Berlin. It's a great bike, and now that the weather is a little wetter I'm finding that the fenders it came with aren't quite ...
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Protocol for slipstreaming another cyclist?

I have a nice 12 km commute where lots of different bicyclers travel. The entire stretch is only for pedestrians&bicycles, no cars to worry about. I ride a regular old 5-speed bike (not a ...
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What to look for in a Messenger Bag

For the purpose of work commuting, what are the features that one should look for in a messenger bag? Size of the bag? Strap configuration? Color/Design? Not looking for specific product ...
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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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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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Safe and proper (or vice versa) left turn in traffic

I'm new to commuting in traffic, and I realized immediately that the left turn (US traffic rules, right turn in UK) in an intersection with a traffic light is just dangerous. My basic questions are: ...
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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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5 vs 10 vs 15 speed

I'm looking for a road bike that's primarily for commuting around town and pulling a trailer with two kids. It's been a few years since I rode so I'm a bit of a noob. Please give me reasons why one is ...
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Help a new biker with bad fitness to become a bike commuter

I am interested in biking [and always has been] and I want to start biking lot more for fun. It's been long time since I biked when I was in high school and I lost touch. At this point of time, my ...
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Riding in nice office/casual clothes?

I'm a little new to bike riding, I've only been a commuter for the past couple of years so maybe I'm only now observant of this sort of thing. So over the past few days I've noticed people commuting ...
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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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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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Is there legal recourse to drivers passing too close?

I'm a daily commuter on my road bike. I commute into Manchester NH. Over the years drivers seem to have gotten better and better at passing me safely. I attribute this to the following: Me learning ...
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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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After biking to a client's home, is it reasonable to change my tallit katan while standing on the driveway? [closed]

I wear a T-shirt, plus a tallit katan, plus a button-down shirt, and I bike to clients' homes. Let's say I want to change into a (clean) tallit katan before entering a non-Jewish client's home. Is it ...
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What type of shoes should a commuter/road biker use?

I have a hybrid bike that I use for commuting (8k round trip to work). Currently, I wear low-backed converse shoes when biking. I've been biking for about 5 months. After the first 2 months, I ...
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What do I need to know before buying a bike off of Craigslist? [duplicate]

I know absolutely nothing about bicycles yet I need to buy one in the next 7-9 days. I really can't afford to buy one new and my price range is in the $100-$150 area. Craiglist is my best bet for ...
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Does Nirve make a good bike?

I'm interested in small women's city bike and a 3-speed 2010 Nirve Wilshire just came up for sale, used. I've never heard of this company and the interwebs are producing little info. I searched for ...
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What type of bike is appropiate for my situation?

First off, sorry for being unable to phrase my question more precisely. Currently, I ride a 26" hardtail mountain/trail bike to and from work/university (around 7km each way). Surely, this is not the ...
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A bike for city commute - disc brakes, bar-end shifters, tires

I'm planning on buying a bike for city commute. My commute to work is approximately 12km (7.5 miles) one way. I live in Vancouver which means: I'll be riding in rainy weather frequently. I'll be ...
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How to avoid riding on a gravel on the road sides? + Riding through traffic lights

I'm commuting to work almost every day. The roads on my way are quite thin so I have ride on the edge of it. But there is usually some gravel and it's quite hard to ride on that especially when riding ...
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BMX gearing - for road / commuting

I have a 2010 Haro Pro Race, which I bought for commuting and general tomfoolery. I commute on it 2 miles a day, and I want to be able to go faster by changing the current single-speed gearing ...
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What can I do to help me sustain frequent long-ish rides?

After nearly a year of commuting by bicycle to and from work 2-3 days per week, I have recently started cycling to work every day, 5 days a week, rain or shine. My commute is about 11-15 miles each ...
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Does riding with suspension locked do any harm long term

I bought a Trek 4300 MTB a few months back as my main intent was to ride off-road on local dis-used railway paths. I've since moved house and my main use of the bike is now for my commute to work. ...
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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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What do you do when the bus bike rack is full?

Sometimes I take commute via bike, other times on the bus, but I rarely plan on doing both because I worry about the possibility of waiting for a bus only to find that its bike rack is full and having ...
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Looking for the right bike

I have been needing a new bike and I need some help with what kind of bike I should purchase. I plan on riding on mainly paved side walks but when traffic is bad I need it to endure riding over curbs ...
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Is a bike faster than a car for the first ten metres? [closed]

The city I live in has just installed cycle boxes in front of traffic at light controlled intersections. This has spark a lot of debate online. My experience is that I will generally, through timing ...
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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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How do I estimate how long it will take me to ride my commute?

How can a cyclist, new to commuting by bike and not all that experienced in riding, estimate how long a commute will take? I have been riding for 4 days to and from work. 156km over over 4 days. I'd ...
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How can one estimate the length of a commute? [duplicate]

How can a cyclist, new to commuting by bike and not all that experienced in riding, estimate how long a commute will take? Answers will of course vary, and actually riding the commute will tell the ...
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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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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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Brakes for a mountain bike frame (26'r) with 27" road wheels

I have converted a mountain bike to a commuter. the frame accommodated 27 " wheels, so I installed for a better ride. I have a road carbon kinesis fork up front with a v-brake, but need a rear ...
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About 20-30 people bike to where I work. What equipment/supplies should we have on hand?

I work in San Francisco, and I'd estimate about 20-30 people bike to where I work. We mostly have a mix of road bikes and hybrids with a couple commuter bikes and mountain bikes too. Currently, the ...
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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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“Climbing” small steps in 23mm tires

Sometimes at a crossing, when one wants to turn right for example, the "new" street has a different surface and there is a small step (2-4 cm) to get there. These kind of steps are already ...
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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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Recommended handlebar style for short daily commute?

I am looking to buy a bicycle for a San Francisco city commute totalling 4.1 miles (about 6.6km) in each direction. My question is, what handlebar position (and riding position) would be recommended ...
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Bicycle for 2 x 30mins commute

I plan to use my bicycle 5 days a week to get to work and back, approximately 30 minutes(~6 miles /10 km) one way, mostly good/ok roads but with some bumps here and there. Should I care about cx ...
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Helmet Camera pros and Cons [closed]

I'm considering buying a helmet camera for my commue - what are the pros and cons of a helmet camera that I should know about?
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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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How to tell if a bike is good before purchasing?

Say there's no sales person in a bike shop and you are just looking for bikes. The criteria would be a good bike to ride to work on side-walks(paved or smooth) and the occasional off-road on the ...