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What is the necessary equipment on longer bike rides?

Let me provide some context to the question. I mostly cycle alone and cover distances in the range from 45 km to 65 km; depending on the route, these rides last from less than 2 hours to well over 4 ...
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Is it possible to get a light that is too bright?

This question is related to this recent question: Best ways to avoid getting hit by cars? I have a 750 lumens front head light - it's bright! Some of my riding buddies say it is too bright for the ...
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Help for a 169 mile bike ride

I am not a pro and I have never taken a long bike trip before, but I think I am up to it. The trip is not going to be one-go. I'll stop for rest. I am thinking that if I do 10 miles a day, I should be ...
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Bike pump: what is this lump?

What is this lump in the picture and how does it work? I have another pump, which physically is the same but minus the bulge. The one in the picture seems to perform better, ie less work to reach ...
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Pieces of plastic that came with my bike, what are these?

I've looked into my 6 years old Mountain Bike manual and in the bag with it and all the warranties I found these 5 pieces of plastic, what are they made for? Thank you in advance
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How Can A Faster Rider Aid A Slower Rider On A Long Ride?

For the context of this question, two people are trying to get from point A to point B (and back) where the only viable means of transportation is bicycle (and a tandem bicycle / electric bicycles are ...
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Preventing red eyes after biking

When biking, your eyes get red. Guessing due to dryness. Usually, people wear sunglasses or glasses to block out the wind. Wearing them didn't help. Still red. Maybe more red if you weren't wearing ...
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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 to choose protective cycling gloves?

Yesterday I failed to make a turn and rode into a thorny bush, which cut my hands. I have often feared similar situations. For example, when descending, I often need to take a difficult line, in ...
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What is the purpose of the plastic disk between the cassette and the rear wheel?

There's a plastic disc between the cassette and rear wheel on my bicycle. It doesn't seem to have any effect on the actual drivetrain; but I've seen it on a number of bicycles. What is it for?
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How can I prevent or mitigate the front wheel coming off the ground when climbing steep hills?

On one of my bicycles (a 2012 Trek Madone 4.7), when climbing very steep hills, I have had problems with the front wheel coming off the ground. This creates an extremely dangerous situation because ...
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Is a Racing-Bike making creaking noises a sign of equipment damage?

Last Sunday I noticed that my bike makes creaking noises (similar the hull of a ship, but on bicycle scale - imagine a rat making the sound "creak"). It seems to me that this is related to stressing ...
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Bicycle production/sales figures?

Is there a way to find out how many of a particular bike model were produced and/or sold? For example, "how many Schwinn LeTour bikes were produced in 1979?" The Schwinn LeTour question is just an ...
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Road bike for a 10 day trip in the Pyrenees and French rivera and other questions

I am planning a 10 day trip covering roughly between 500 and 600 kilometers, starting in the Spanish Pyrenees and finishing in Nice. What kind of bike do you recommend me for such a trip? Obviously ...
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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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Going on a long distance bike tour: what kit do I need?

I am going on a long distance bike tour and I am looking for advice as to the kind of equipment / bike set up I should use? I don't have a huge budget so what are the absolutely critical aspects I ...
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Alternatives for front shifting for small hands

I'm looking into a hopefully short-term solution for my daughter's small hands for shifting the left/front. Current setup is Shimano Sora with triple on the front. She can shift the right side fine, ...
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Can someone give me a short description and comparison of the different road cycling pedal / shoe systems?

I am looking at buying a pedal/shoe system as the clips and straps I am using are hurting my feet again. It's been a long time since I have bought a road pedal / shoe system, and I have forgotten the ...
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What type of bicycle rack should I buy for my car?

I have been biking for a while now but mostly for my commute to work. Now, I am interested in doing longer rides and trails as summer is almost there :). I need a bike rack for my car, which is a ...
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What is a good roof-rack configuration for optimal gas mileage?

I have a standard 2 bar roof rack (such as Yakima or Thule) with interchangeable and move-able bike / ski racks. I often carry 2 bicycles. Which will give me the best (least worse) gas mileage on my ...
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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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Why should I use a mirror?

In a comment to an answer about helmet replacement mention was made of a mirror and perhaps suggesting that a helmet was merely a good place to mount a mirror. I, hopefully humorously, suggested that ...
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What hydration system should I use for multiple activities?

Looking for a hydration pack/system that I can use for cycling, running, snowboarding and (by removing the bladder and putting it into my travel pack) backpacking across Europe. My requirements are ...