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What advanced cycling skills are useful for a commuter or city rider?

I'm a commuter; I mostly ride around the city to get to work, go shopping, visit friends, and stop by the pub. I have basic cycling skills down; proper mounting and dismounting, signaling turns, ...
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How to do a track stand?

I want to be able to do a track stand. I can almost come to a halt on my bike without taking my shoes out the cleats - but not quite. In theory, on a fixed wheel it should be easier, but I can't ...
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How to secure and transport panniers when on foot during a bike trip

Context I would like to go on a solo two weeks bike trip in Europe (mid & east). I am planning on camping (with a 2 person tent), so will not go to any hotel. This means that I will be buying ...
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What is it called when you ride a bmx like a unicycle?

I was looking around a bit on YouTube and found a video for a footjam decade... which is pretty cool, in my opinion. However, in this video at 2:44 he rides the bike like a unicycle, straddling the ...
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How to learn wheelie on MTB

I'm stuck on learning wheelie. I've read a few tutorials and watch some videos and now trying to repeat that. But I only able to raise front wheel for a second and half-rotate pedals. I prefer to use ...
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Definition of a bunny hop

In this answer, Mσᶎ mentioned a bunny hop. I agreed, and wrote about How to Bunny Hop. But it soon became clear that different people have slightly different definitions of a bunny hop. For example, ...
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Is there much of a difference between flatland and park/street frames?

I am a newbie at biking, and I've been wanting to get into BMX for a few years, and I can now since I actually have some money. Primarily I've been wanting a 20" BMX bike with front and rear brakes ...
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Effect of BMX bike geometry on manualing

What aspects of the geometry of a BMX bike have an effect on the ease (or lack of ease) with which a manual can be performed? Obviously there is an element of skill to performing a manual, but do ...
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Why do riders swing the bike out sideways when jumping?

When people do really big jumps on a bicycle or motorcycle, they'll swing the tail of the bike way out to the side once they've taken off. Then it rotates back under them by the time they land. ...
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What is it called when you ride around on your back wheel?

What's it called when you pull a wheelie and hold it while you ride around on just the back wheel? I learned the term as a kid and I think it started with "c", but I could be wrong or the term could ...
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What muscles am I using when wheeling?

I recently received a MTB as a birthday gift. I'm 18 now but have been riding bikes since I was 6. I've always wanted to wheelie for longer distances and now I learned how to after praying. But anyway,...
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What does 'orbital' mean when speaking wheels?

I want to build my own dirt jumper, mostly using Octane One parts. At this site, there's two versions of the wheel. An 15mm orbital and an 20mm orbital. What is the difference, and which is the most ...
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What should I look for in a mountain bike for doing BMX-style balancing tricks?

When I was a kid I started learning to ride around on my back wheel and it was really difficult. Then I tried doing it on a crappy CCM mountain bike we had (rather than my nice Gary Fisher Piranha) ...
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Is it possible to perform tricks with 100% safety during commuting?

When commuting in the city, i encounter many transitions between road and sidewalk. It's easy to jump from the sidewalk down to the road (~20 cm vertical) if you have enough speed, but to get back ...