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Legality of opening someone else's car door?

This is in the context of having just been involved in a near miss with the car. And only applies at traffic lights whereby the car is stationary very soon after the near miss. So, generally the near ...
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Old bike - what can I use for crank replacement?

The LBS doesn't have anything in stock to replace the crank on this bike : What is this type of crank and does anyone still supply them?
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Is it possible to predict when roads will have less traffic?

I'm planning a two day trip down the UK country roads. I'd like to time and plan my route so that I'll have a pleasant ride. Is it possible to tell which days of the week would see the least traffic? ...
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Where can I ride Paris-Roubaix style cobbles in the UK?

Watching the Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde van Vlaanderen recently made me think I'd like to try out my road bike on similar-style cobbles, just for a laugh. Is there anywhere in the UK (I live in ...
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Best cycle to work provider? [closed]

I'm looking at signing our work up to a Cycle to Work scheme in the UK. There are a lot of online reviews of the benefits of the scheme, but not much feedback on which are the best providers to go ...
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Will I have problems maintaining a bike from the UK in the US?

I'm moving to the US from the UK and am considering taking my fairly average hybrid road bike with me. It's nothing special but I quite like it and the cost of taking it on a plane doesn't seem to be ...
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Will this Retrospec Siddhartha bike suit my needs? [closed]

This is my first question on here so please take it easy :) I will be relocating to Surrey (UK) in 2 weeks due to being offered a new job (as a software developer) and I am thinking of (finally) ...
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I need to change my bike from UK to US Spec

I bought a bike from the UK. The brakes and shifters are on the opposite sides. I want to change it so the front brake is on the left and the rear is on the right, Same thing for the shifters. I ...
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What should I expect from a bicycle service?

I'm thinking about getting my bicycle serviced for the first time to make sure it's entirely roadworthy. My question is what should I expect from a bike service from a professional? i.e. what ...
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Who has right of way at a staggered crossroad

I live in Manchester, United Kingdom. I cycle to and from work everyday. On my route there is a staggered crossroad where I have to go straight on. Above is the traffic lighted junction I have to ...
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Bike fitting in the UK

As an keen but casual touring cyclist I'm interested in getting a little more competitive and also keeping myself comfortable over longer distances. So I'm considering getting professionally fitted, ...
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Cycling on Manchester Metrolink tram routes

I have been looking around for information on this topic but can't find anything definitive. The tram routes through Manchester city centre are for trams (obviously), but it seems public transport ...
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The back brake on my bike is not functional, is it illegal for me to cycle in the United Kingdom?

I live in the UK and cycle to and from work. I recently noticed that the back brake on the bike is not functioning. Is it legal for me to be cycling on the road (the front brake works fine but it is a ...
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List of UK hill climbs

Can anyone provide a brief list of some graded climbs in England, Scotland and Wales, please? I tackled a few hills some 30 years ago (as a tourist), which I thought were quite tough - would they be a ...
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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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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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Is it legal for me to ride a bicycle on the pavement (sidewalk)?

UK only, just wanted to check if it's actually legal. The area I'm living on is deadly on the roads, so want to know about riding on pavements (sidewalk/pedestrian walkways) instead where there is no ...
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Mountain bike rain coat / jacket (packable, not for winter)

I am looking to get a thin rain coat. I have a good one for the depths of winter (it needs water proofing again), but it is way too hot to wear it any other time. (I am a portable radiator.) My hope ...
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Do I need a bike bag / box to put my bike on the Eurostar?

The Eurostar website has a page that really should say but doesn't: http://www.eurostar.com/UK/uk/leisure/travel_information/at_the_station/bicycles.jsp I'm guessing I don't? Would also be ...
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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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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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Best advice for buying a replacement spoke

Can you get spokes cut to length for replacement use in run-of-the-mill bikes, e.g. one with an older 26 x 1 3/8 wheel where there is not likely to be a standard size in the 'DT Swiss' range? Does ...
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electronic security tags

Are electronic security tags (e.g. Immobitag, Datatag) a good idea? Are the stickers likely to deter theft and does the electronic tag increase the chances of recovery in the event of theft?
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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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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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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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What do you do when a bus stops in front of you?

When a double decker bus stops in front of you, what do you do? Is it safe to attempt to overtake the bus?
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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Where (UK) can we rent an adult tricycle or recumbent tricycle

There are a lot of cycle tracks (mostly old railway lines) in the UK that have bike rental, however very few of them have adult tricycle or recumbent tricycle. Does anyone have the list of where you ...