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How do I gear up a bike for winter riding?

I live in NYC and would like to ride to work during the winter as well. What should one do to a mountain bike? a road bike? If you can also show products that you actually use that would be great.
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Alternatives to trailers for transporting young children

A representative in Oregon has recently introduced a bill that would prohibit children under the age of six from riding in bicycle trailers. While it is far too early to tell whether this bill will ...
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Crash-proof Laptop bags for MacBook Pro for Bicycle?

I'm thinking of getting a new bike, one with a Pannier or Cycle rack; my job requires me to travel with a Macbook Pro and there are several issues. 1). I am worried about crashing/wiping out and ...
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What hand signals work best for cyclists in the US?

I am looking for some guidance on what hand signals and strategies to keep me alive on the roads.
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Demographics of cycle commuters

I haven't been able to find any usable statistics but from my observation of cycle commuters men appear to out-number women by around 10:1 This is in a relatively bike friendly city, at least by ...
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How are the racing categories in the US decided?

I have heard mention before of racing cyclists in the US being, say, a Category 2 racer. What are these categories and how are they decided?
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Why do cycle paths always have to be bumpy?

In the UK there are cycle paths laid down with proper tarmac just like the stuff they have on the roads. However, none of them that I have come across are level enough to afford a comfortable ride at ...
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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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Where Can I Legally Ride Off Road in the UK?

As it says in the title, where can I ride legally ride my mountain bike off road in the UK?
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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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How much should I spend on my helmet?

I'm finally going to buy a bike next month. And a helmet. I'm wondering how much I should budget for buying a helmet. I'll be riding around New York City, so I want good visibility around me. And ...
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Randonneuring: Which UK 400k is appropriate for a new rider?

I plan to attempt my first super randonneur series in the first half of next year. Picking a 200k and 300k are easy: I'll just ride my local ones (End of Hibernation 200 and Hauxton 300). And 600k is ...
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Is it ever legal in the USA not to have two brakes on a bike?

When using a bike on a road in the USA, is it ever legal not to have separate brakes on the front and back wheels?
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What are the accepted hand signals for cyclists in the UK?

see also "What are the accepted hand signals for cyclists in the US?"
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Why aren't sportive' 'bikes popular outside the UK?

I recently bought a 'sportive' bike, i.e. very much like a road bike but with a taller head tube to give a slightly more upright, more relaxed, less 'heads-down' riding position, and a triple chainset ...
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Where to find a good bicycle-trailer lighting system…in Canada

We have a child trailer (like this--link has better side/rear view but requires flash) and want to be seen by cars when biking at night. The little red blinking bike lights available in our area ...
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Best place to shop for parts in Canada (used parts)

What is the best place to buy bike components that will ship to Canada? I would prefer a Canadian company or someone who ships within Canada to avoid large shipping costs and inport duty. I am ...
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Is taking a bike TRAILER on SF Bay Area Rapid Transit permitted?

My partner and I were considering purchasing a Burley Travoy (http://www.burley.com/products/cargo-utilities/travoy.cfm). We thought we might do this because we like to get groceries at Rainbow in ...
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What are the rules about take a bike on London Dockland Light Railway (DLR)?

I know that the rules for the DLR are not the same as the Tube, but what are the rules?
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Are reflectors mandatory by the UK highway code?

I bought a set of mudguards recently, the rear one attaches onto the seat post. I have a red reflector that also attached onto the seatpost, so if I have both the seat has to be too high and only my ...
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What is a “Boris bike”?

They are black and blue, are not light, however what is one? Have you had any experience of using one?
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Can I take my bike on the New York City subway or buses?

Do I need a folding bike to do this? What are the rules? Also, even if it's allowed, is it practical to do so? Subways get pretty crowded during rush-hour, and it's hard to imagine taking a bike there ...
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bike routes around san francisco?

I'm fairly new to San Francisco. I've taken up biking the last few months while I have been here, and I want to do a variety of rides around the city. I am having no trouble making up my own, but I ...
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Mountain bike tires for rocky, steep, dirt trails?

I live in central Iowa and travel once a year to the Breck area (Breckenridge, CO) to do mountain biking. Since that is the Rocky Mountains, well they are rocky and steep. Very different terrain from ...
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How can I rent a bike in Paris (France) for a short time?

Is there a system in Paris that will let me rent a bike to get across town, if so how does it work?
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Redmond bikers: Can you ride all year long?

I'll move to Redmond, WA in a couple months and since I was about to buy a bike, I have a few questions to see if I still should. Is it possible to ride all year long for both commute/recreation (I ...
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Is it ever legal in the UK not to have two brakes on a bike?

When using a bike on a road in the UK, is it ever legal not to have separate brakes on the front and back wheels?
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Where can I buy Framesaver in Canada?

My LBS has told me they're unable to order Framesaver due to difficulties shipping aerosol canisters across the border. Are there any reputable retailers (either online or in the Greater Toronto Area) ...
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Bike Repair Information in Germany

I have been riding a bike for many years now, but I am embarrassed to tell you all that I am an novice when it comes to repairing and maintaining bikes. I have always had a problem with repairing ...
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What are the rules about take a bike on the London Tube?

Can I take a bike on the Tube (underground) in London, if so how much does it cost?
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Amateur Bicycle Racing outside of the US

I'm interested in taking a trip to Europe (although perhaps this question can apply to other areas of the world) and do some bike racing at a really amateur level like the equivalent of Cat 4 or Cat 3 ...
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What's a good bike for daily use in New Orleans? A flat city with lots of potholes and bad roads

Something under $500 that is relatively unbranded.
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A month in Italy (May or June) on a bicycle - advice needed

I'm going to travel in Italy by bike for 1 month, from the north (Venice) to the south (Sicilian) and back to Rome. I'm not professional, but also not a beginner. I need some help information about ...
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Modern Retro-design (Peugout-mixte) bicycle for girlfriend

My girlfriend would like to buy a bicycle, though, she's marveled about these old Peugout Mixte bicycles. These seem to be very hard to find. So, I am wondering if there can be found any modern ...
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How should I alight from the pavement?

Whenever I'm exploring a new bike route or climbing a steep hill, I often need to get of the road and onto the pavement to avoid motorists, pushing my bike on the pavement until I feel it is ...
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Useful and accurate mapping websites: United Kingdom

What are your favourite regional online websites or blogs relating to mapping or routing that you find useful and accurate. See also: What are the most useful or interesting cycling-related websites ...
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Does anyone know of a list of city roads with bad pavement ( NYC )

Is there a list/site out there that contains roads and pavement conditions? I ride a road bike and some NYC roads are really beaten up, while some maintain reasonably smooth pavement. It would be ...