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Do the benefits of clipless pedals out weigh any danger they may pose the rider?

As a newbie rider, I was asked by many experienced riders and bike shop experts if I was using clipless pedals yet? The implication was you are not really a serious rider until you are clipless, sort ...
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How would the “pros” bike this commute?

I've been putting up some pounds and have a bike gathering dust at home =D I normally commute by bus or carpool, but would like an opinion from some more seasoned bikers on how you'd tackle this ...
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Which brake is most expendable?

I'm thinking of removing a brake(front or back) to reduce weight and simplify my bike. Which brake is most expendable? Its your average fixie road bike.
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Storing bicycle helmets…will temperature affect the performance of the helmet?

I got into a discussion at home about where to best store our bicycle helmets. We store our bikes in the garage (a standalone, not attached to our apartment). So, logically and aesthetically my wife ...
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Long sleeves for safety?

I took @Jason's and @Neil's advice and practiced wearing clipless pedals in cold weather. I fell three times (nearly four) last week, all at very low speeds: twice because of ice, and twice because of ...
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Best type of headphones while riding

I'm starting to commute on my bike soon and was looking for suggestions or advice on what type of headphones I should use to listen to music while riding? I am aware of the dangers of listening to ...
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Need a bright headlight for offroad, UK

As winter approaches I am looking to upgrade my cycle lights. My commute takes me on an unlit section of canal tow path so I am looking for suggestions of a super bright headlight or cycle light that ...
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What does this warning symbol on my pannier bag mean?

I bought a pannier bag which attaches to the rear rack with 3 quick-releases. Each quick-release has a sticker on it: What does this symbol mean? My guess would be something like "don't hit this ...
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Rules for rotary/roundabout?

Does a cyclist have the right of way in a traffic circle/roundabout/rotary (in the US)? Any tips for riding around one of these scary things? This past summer, I was riding around a rotary (a.k.a. ...
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Is it safe to ride on a cracked rim?

Doing my monthly inspection & clean of my wheels last night and I was shocked to see a crack around one the spokes as they enter rim. It is a rear wheel (Shimano R600 I think). I had obviously ...
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What is the largest hole a tire can bear before replacement?

Saw this question today. The tire in question has a 2cm long hole on the inside, from a knife. I sometimes get puncture flats from e.g. glass. Never as big as 2cm. Usually if they're less than ...
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Employer Duty of Care for cyclist

The company I work for provides cycle racks for cyclists in a semi underground carpark that is open at one side. Several cycles have been stolen from this area and one colleage was attacked by a bike ...
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Are 2-way bike lanes safe?

For this question, I'm referring to bike lanes of the type shown here: To me they seem like a really bad idea. Firstly, one of the lanes is going against traffic. In this instance, the cars ...
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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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Is there a resource that lists certifications for all available helmets?

Is there a reference on on-line source of information on what certifications have been awarded to all helmets currently available on the market? For example I'm specifically trying to determine what ...
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Can a steel fork be unbent?

I was hit by a car and now the steerer of my Reynolds 753 aero fork is bent. Is it possible to bend them back? Would that be safe? I can't afford a new pair!
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What is the braking (stopping) distance for bicycles?

A vehicle driver must keep enough braking distance (aka stopping distance) between him/her and a vehicle in front in order to avoid collision. It depends on the driving speed. What is the braking ...
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Safe cycling lights red but the man is green

At a standard road crossing, the lights have turned red, but the man has gone green for pedestrians to cross. What do you do? Honestly in the situation I coast through as long as there is room. (i.e ...
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What is considered a good “safe biking distance” to bike to work?

I'm curious about what is the maximum distance you can live from work so that it's a reasonable biking distance. I am interested in biking about 30 minutes to work. It would be about 5 miles away. I ...
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Armor and helmet for ultra-safe commuting (womens size)?

I'm about to start daily bike commuting again after a long hiatus and want to go all out on safety. My fear of an accident is extreme enough that I am looking into regularly wearing body armor and a ...
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How practical is an unicycle on uneven surfaces?

From my experience riding a bicycle the fact that a bicycle has two wheels makes it rather easy to ride over minor obstacles like minor cracks in the road. Segway also looks promising in this aspect ...
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Turn signal lights for bikes

I am interested in buy a turn signal light for bicycles. I read something about here and in other websites, but I did not find a answer for the follow questions: For the point of view of a driver, ...
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Is riding shirtless safe?

During the summer, I like to go for rides on trails without a shirt. Is this safe? Also, related: is it rude to other people on the trail not to wear a shirt?
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Does exercising solely through cycling cause injuries?

I get most of my exercise through cycling. Does cycling without cross-training cause injuries? If so, are there specific injuries to which cyclists are susceptible (knee, hip, etc.), and is it ...
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Should I ring my bell before going around corners?

I'm in a town in Bavaria, Germany and the local custom with the more dangerous corners is to honk a horn or ring a bell. Will this actually make me safer? Currently I am cycling in a half-urban ...
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How do you know when you need to add more air in the tires?

How much air is too little and you should add more for the safety and ease of your bike ride?
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How to determine if a decline is too steep for safety?

I often find myself confronted by a steep and bumpy bit of hill on the trail, or one or two steps on the path, and end up with three possible results: A) ride down with no trouble (usually) B) step ...
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Can a guy wear a woman's helmet safely?

I'm a guy and since I started wearing a helmet for mostly Trail Riding and occasionally for commuting, I noticed that the helmet looks really large on my head. My doctor later confirmed with a tape ...
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What does a flashing yellow arrow traffic signal mean?

While bike commuting in an urban setting, I've started noticing that some intersections have flashing yellow turn signals during part of the light cycle. What does this mean? If I am on my bike in the ...
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Where can I find replacement pads for a bicycle helmet?

I have a Bell bicycle helmet that is probably two years old, and the pads for the front and sides have disintegrated from sweat and are now little more than pieces of fabric attached to the velcro ...
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Speed wobble safe fall?

What's the best downhill safe fall if you're getting a lot of speed wobble, or you're on a really rocky course and lose control? I noticed a lot of people try to slide the bike down to its side, but ...
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What statutes govern the directing of traffic by citizens in Massachusetts?

Are there laws or statutes governing the directing of traffic by citizens or "members of the public"? A scenario I often encounter is one in which someone — typically another rider or pedestrian in a ...
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Back wheel skidding out

On my cycle to work this morning I noticed my back wheel was skidding out as I was going up a fairly steep hill. It did it enough that I thought I'd probably gotten a flat, however upon inspection it ...
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What is the best Anti-Pollution Mask?

I bike everyday in Paris and I am looking for a mask with a particulates filter.
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Can the extreme heat from powder coating influence frame integrity of older bikes?

I just got an older frame powder coated. The shop that I took it to doesn't specialize in bikes. They mainly do industrial grade powder coating and perhaps a car wheel here and there, so I wouldn't ...
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Which is the most stringent bicycle helmet certification?

There are numerous safety standards for bicycle helmets available, but which certification is the most stringent one in terms of safety?
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Why are frame pads no longer readily available?

When mountain bikes first became popular people were a lot more likely to buy a full set of frame pads than a helmet. Obviously helmets had all of the aesthetic appeal of a lycra covered fan-heater ...
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How to practice jumping over cars with disc brakes and SPD shoes?

This question here raises a sub-question, to avoid accidents. I am looking for some safe ways to practice jumping over cars. I use SPD shoes and disc brakes because I have noticed that I can burst ...
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Which footwear is the safest for summer cycling?

This morning I could not find my training shoes. So, I used my sandals. I found that the sandals not only kept my feet cool but there was no pedal slippage as I had expected. The more I think about ...
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Replacing a chainring - what did I do wrong?

TL;DR I thought I could figure out repairs myself but clearly I'm a moron. I replaced the chain and chainring on my fixie last Saturday, and this morning it got scary loose on me. I started to feel ...
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Figures on accidents involving cyclists where motorists are using cell/mobile phones

I am trying to get hold of some figures for accident rates where either, ideally just cyclists or, just general road users & pedestrians, are involved in accidents (or reported near misses) ...
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Safe countries for touring (without having to take public trasport all the time) in EU? [closed]

I discussed today foreign ambulance guys and they told stories about sliced bicyclists in an ex-communist country. The country in itself is not special but rather the fact that it lacks proper roads ...
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Wheel spokes missing

I have 5 spokes missing. Is it OK to ride on it, and how long will it last, or will my wheel just break on me? I will be going to work on it every day.
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Safety check for a used bike

I'm a poor student and I bought a used bike. I don't have experience with bikes and I want to make sure that the bike is safe for me because actually I found the bike in a garbage container and the ...
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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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What is the correct way to put a helmet on?

I hear often claims similar to "many cyclists wear their helmets the wrong way" and "wearing a helmet incorrectly significantly reduces it's protective ability". My helmet is similar to the following ...
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“wound” on the tire side

The other day I was stopped at a traffic light when I felt my bike moving slowly forward. Did not pay really attention, thought there was a slight slope, so hit the brake and voila. But it did not ...
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Helmet Safety Standards Canada

I am looking at buying a helmet meeting ASTM F 2040, CPSC and EN 1078 safty requirements. Are these reasonable standards and will they protect my head in an axcident? Are these standards recognised ...
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Safe saddles for men's health

As a continuation to Why is it important to have good saddles? I would like to know: Are there non-expensive saddles that are safe for men's health that you can advise. A slightly different question, ...
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How does one test the freewheel?

What are the failure modes (symptoms) of a failing or failed freewheel? My understanding of normal free wheeling means the rear tire should rotate when the bike is moving and the pedals are or are ...