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How to avoid showering twice when cycling to and from work? [duplicate]

I'm at the stage where even a light cycle to/from work raises an appreciable sweat. I shower when I get into work, but I'm sweaty when I get home too. How do I avoid showering twice a day?
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Will tubeless tires out-perform my Armadillos on my commute?

I have a Trek commuter bike (8.4 DS). I bike 5.5 miles to work, and up to 15+ miles home. I’m considering the switch to tubeless. Most of my commute (all but 1.5 miles) is on a well-maintained ...
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How often should I change my mountain SPD 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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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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How do you clip your helmet to your bag when not wearing it?

I've been using a carabiner through the strap to clip my helmet to my backpack. But it seems clumsy, and the helmet dangles around a lot. I've seen other people with helmets closely mounted on a bag....
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Best practices for commuting with rack & panniers

I've been starting to commute by bike more (about 6 miles each way) and decided to upgrade from my cheap, old mountain bike to something more suitable. I just bought a used 2009 Kona Jake off ...
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How beneficial is it to swap bikes?

Today I finally got a couple of Urban Cruisers I ordered a while ago. For the last 7 months I have been commuting on a very heavy cheap 29er mountain bike. These new ones feel incredibly light by ...
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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 round-...
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Looking for Techniques for Riding Uphill on a Single Speed

I commute on a Single Speed (SS) bike about 13mi round trip. Going home is not a problem as the gradients are low and I can climb them. However, going in to work the gradients are much steeper and I ...
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Can a belt driven bike be used in a hilly area?

I have been thinking about getting a Canyon Commuter 4.0 but I am worried about the internal geared belt driven system this bike has. The only ones that come with a pannier rack are the belt driven ...
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Keeping shirts crease free when commuting [duplicate]

I'm a manager in an office and need to wear shirt and tie every day. I am also a keen commuter cyclist (5 mi cycle to station, train, 0.5 mi walk to office). I've tried panniers, rucksack, rolling ...
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Community Wiki: 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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What is different about cycling in London?

Prologue I cycle in Toronto, Canada: which has wide straight roads, bike lanes, bike paths, no traffic on residential roads etc. My brother lives near Brixton: he doesn't cycle himself, and says ...
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Why do cyclists prefer messenger bags over backpacks?

Ok, I know form sometimes follows function - and things can be even more funnily irrational when fashion and trends come into play - but what's the lure of the cyclist's messenger bag? I see them ...
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Are there any major drawbacks to using a track frame as a frame for a fixed-gear or single-speed commuter?

I follow a few communities which have a lot of fixie and single-speed riders. Most of the riding discussed is commuting around the city, and often, riders will show off their new bikes, upgraded ...
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Can I modify a slightly too big bike?

A couple of months ago I went for a professional bike fit on a jig. They were struggling to find a bike to fit me perfectly (5ft1 female). They ended up ordering me a cyclocross bike. The bike has ...
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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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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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Heart rate monitors for Cycling

I am an absolute novice around heart rate monitoring and its implications, just trying to validate/argument my knowledge through a discussion here. I do 30 kms a day commute and upto a 100 km a day ...
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How to ride to work without sweating?

I'm planning on commuting by bicycle to work in hot Montreal, though this question is probably relevant to anyone who bikes to work in a city with temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees ...
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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 the proper technique for starting uphill?

I am a beginner cyclist, having not learned how ride a bike as a kid, I've started riding from scratch 3 months ago. Local "bike buddies" have helped a lot. I'd like to ride my bike to work, which is ...
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Repair service specifically for bike commuters?

I'm not sure if this question is suitable for this site, Startups SE or neither, but here it goes: Is there already any sort of business model catering to bike commuters for expedited repair issues? ...
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need cycling eyewear, but fogging is a big problem

I'm commuting in temperatures ranging from -10 to -25C without windchill factored in. I have a typical pair of interchangeable lens wrap around cycling glasses. I find that they, without fail, ...
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Dealing with homicidal drivers [duplicate]

I do a 35km return commute into a big city. Almost daily, someone tries to run me over. Just in the past month I've experienced the following: I filter to the front of the traffic, wait at 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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Can a beginner cyclist commute ~40km (round trip) to school/work by bike?

I know this kind of question has been asked several times here (I've read those already), but I'm still uncertain and I have a few other questions. I hardly ride bicycles. I've gone night cycling for ...
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How to carry professional clothing while riding a bike? [duplicate]

In the coming months I plan on moving significantly closer to my place of work. Since the commute by bicycle would then be about 30 minutes I plan to take my bike when possible. The only issue I have ...
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Modifying Bikes 101 - Help (1988 Bridgestone City Limit CB-2)

1988 Bridgestone City Limit CB-2: Can I modify my bike with other parts or will that make it all funky? I know little to nothing about bikes but REALLY want to put some new parts on my bike. HANDSOME ...
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What headset/radio products exist for bike-to-bike communication?

I commute to work by bike, sometimes I share the journey with a co-worker. The problem is because of the wind and distance between the bikes, it's very hard to hear what the other person says. It ...
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What is the hand gesture for “I'm sorry”?

I usually signal "turn left" and "turn right" and "pass me by, take point". However, there is one more situation that happens to me often and I do not know a widely accepted gesture to convey my ...
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What to do with my old bike?

I have an old, cheap, second hand bike which I use for commuting. I have to leave it on the street for 10 hours every day, it is old with damaged stickers and dirty which makes it less likely to be ...
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How do you decide your route to commute to work?

I'm seriously considering bicycling to work, and I'd like some advice on the way to choose a route. Specifically, I have these two options: Go on a path with only 2 cross streets, but a road that is ...
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How to commute to work on your bike and dress up

I have a question regarding commuting to work on a bike. I recently moved to a new location because of a new job. The drive to work is roughly 15-20 minutes depending on the traffic (no freeway or ...
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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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Hybrid, touring, or road bike for new commuter?

I live in Los Angeles and have a 2hr commute to UC Irvine by train with bus connections on either side. After doing this for a year, I am looking to start bike commuting to and from the train stations ...
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How often should I grease and repack my hubs and bottom bracket?

I am commuting 7 miles a day (round trip) in all weather in New England (temperate, moderately wet climate, cold winters). Overall I am putting about 1000 miles per year on my commuter bike, a 2009 ...
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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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Which front and rear lights can run while charging?

I have a 52V battery pack on my krampus, which I use for commuting to work. I plan on buying a DC-DC converter with two USB outputs to run headlight and taillight. So my requirements are mostly to ...
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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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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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Is commuting 10 km on an empty stomach harmful?

I recently moved to a new place and I started taking my bike to work. It is a ride of 10-15km, depending on how fancy I feel about taking detours. I wake up at 7:45, and 15 minutes later I am already ...
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I have a 13 mile commute, and I'm looking to buy a new bike [duplicate]

I'm currently riding a mountain bike from Wal-Mart, takes me about an hour. When I get my tax return, I plan buying a more appropriate bike for the commute. I'd like to stay around $300-400, and this ...
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Would a moist cloth wrapped around the nose be reasonably effective as compared to an anti-pollution mask?

On looking at the prices of masks and filters, I figured that it could eventually get rather expensive for me. Moreover, there's an article in a newspaper that these masks don't really help: Don't ...
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Is it possible to fit a chain guard to a bike with derailleur gears?

I've been slowly going through the process of converting my old hardtail mountain bike into a commuting bike. One of the things that I'd like to do is to fit a chain guard so that I can ride the bike ...
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How to give away lights to cyclists without lights?

My objective is simple enough... I want people to be safe when out riding. Too often on my way to work I often see cyclists in the dark and rain without lights. When I see them I try and offer them ...
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Is it ever okay to get in front of another cyclist at stoplight? [closed]

I hate it when this happens: I'm riding down the bike path and I pass somebody. I stop at a red light. They catch up, and instead of stopping behind me they pass me and stop right in front of me. ...
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How can I be visible in the dark when I'm signalling a turn?

My bike and I are fairly visible at night--white light in front, red light in the back, bright yellow fenders, reflective tabs and a light on my helmet. I use hand signals to alert motorists when I'm ...
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Are slick tires worth it for commuting?

I commute to work on a Marin San Rafael on roads over a mix of flat to steep roads. My bike came with "700 x 35c with Puncture Protection" semi-slick tires: In the bike shed at work I noticed ...
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Still confused about clipless, walkable shoes and dual-purpose pedals

I've read everything at What should I look for in clipless pedals and shoes? and I'm still not sure I can have what I want. I mainly use the bike for commuting (which will be bike-train-walk) and ...