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This is what I tell everyone to get first when they get a new bike: Seatbag, to hold the following: Spare tube (maybe two) Small multitool Mini-pump or CO2 inflator Tire patch kit 2x tire levers That assumes you have bidons and cages. Those six things should get you by for many miles and should get you out of any trailside emergencies. As with ...


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Bicycle Helmet Suitable clothing and shoes Cellphone Whatever else you "need" depends on your mechanical abilities and how independent you wish to be.


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For commuting with panniers and/or a toddler seat, I've settled on the front fork for the D-lock, mainly because little else fits there and I'm restricted by cables and tube diameters elsewhere. Having that 1.5kg forwards also helps the handling with a heavy back load. Don't forget that a heavy lock is only around 2% of a rider's weight - it has to be a long ...


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I used to strap mine to the bike frame, but I have a bike specifically built to facilitate touring with a camera. This is a cheap Manfrotto tripod rather than my expensive one, used while making sure that the idea worked. The camera goes in the black canvas sack above the tripod, BTW. One thing no-one else has mentioned is mounting the tripod vertically ...


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A front light needs to have both enough lumens (brightness) and have those lumens pointed in the right places - dictated by the reflector and lens. It also needs a battery (presuming its not dynamo powered) to last the length of the ride with some reserves. Addition things to consider are ease of install and removal from bike and mounting location, and ...


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Answer: As with everything in cycling, it depends. You need to put stuff where it suits you, and your bike. Having weight lower down helps generally Weight forward helps on climbs Weight aft helps on descents but the rear wheel already more than half the weight of the bike. Carrying something you don't ever need? Leave it at home, that helps all the time. ...


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I have that exact hitch, and it is terrible. My chainstay gets smaller further back, so the only way this clamps on right is when butted up against the seat stay. There's only grip at one end, and the clamp rotates downwards over 10-20 km. At that point its close to clipping the rear spokes, and only takes one good bump to fall right off. As the clamp ...


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I would go for a good floor pump, as I find it can be extremely important in preventing flats. One big problem I see is underinflated tires. This can cause flats and other problems like rim damage. A good floor pump will make it not so much of a chore to ensure your tires are always properly topped up. If you plan on leaving your bike anywhere except your ...


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No. The typical "pollution mask" I have seen are modified or styled after surgical masks. Surgical masks are NOT designed to filter intake air. They are designed to direct exhaust air away from a patient who is opened up and vulnerable to infection. The masks shown on your links appear to have possibly a sealing face mask, but the filters look clearly ...


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that leaves the danger of the particulate matter which in my opinion, could be prevented with just a cloth wrapped around the nose and mouth. Diesel particulates are mostly in the 3-30 nanometre range of sizes. This is very fine and will not be stopped by normal cloth. 3M say a P2 (EU rating) filter should reduce exposure to diesel particulates. A P3 ...


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Thanks, Criggie for bringing this back to the front of the queue. A quick Google for "Le vélo de Tati” shows that the largest online source is 1,722px × 2,048px (the first hit). This is accessible at http://www.dreweatts.com/media/dreweatts/inventory/4/5/6/456745-8.jpg As Criggie has already cautioned, be careful of copyright issues. According to ...


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This is a bad answer, but its been six months and noone else has a better one. For personal use only AND given there appears to be no other way, you could either 1) recreate it for yourself and take your own photograph, 2) Scale this one as big as you reasonably can and then manually retouch it. ...


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Answer: Yes - anything on your helmet may affect its ability to function. Remember the skiing accident that gave Michael Schumacher brain damage? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/formulaone/michael-schumacher/10640839/Michael-Schumacher-skiing-crash-did-helmet-camera-cause-head-injuries.html That was not cycling, but he managed to run his ...


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As a 6-days/week day/night commuter for more than 10 years, I have tried several combinations of lighting described here. My trip is 25% city, 25% bush and 50% 4-lane national road. The dangerous part is the 4-lane where I have been side-swept and rear-bumped. I am now using only a helmet-mounted "quality" front white and rear red light. I have found ...


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It turns out that the "washer" is upside down in the photo: The flanges on the sides of the washer are perfectly flat on one side but are slightly curved on the other. By flipping the washer over so that the flat side faces the bell and the curved side faces the handlebar, the flanges then protrude ever-so-slightly away from the handlebars. With this slight ...


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I would like to recommend a "hiking" GPS. A good example is the Garmin Oregon/Montana/Dakota units. Pick one that fits your price range. They are water resistant and shock resistant. They are built very ruggedly and can be operated with gloves. You can use regular AA batteries which means as long as you pack enough batteries, you never have to worry ...


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If your doing this sort of activity I would NOT look at cycling related, or "sports" GPS devices. Your shopping for something that could potentially save your life. You won't need many of the functions of a cycling computer on a ski trek. You may also check out "The Great Outdoors" stack and search through there. In my humble opinion two key factors for ...


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What features am I supposed to value most? Really you should decide this yourself. I would value longest battery life simplicity of display least size/weight usability with gloves on The second point is quite important to me. This isn't a device you will use when sitting at leisure at a desk or table sipping a Martini. You probably want to keep ...


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Looks like an older generation Sigma Sport bike computer with that has its silk screened logos worn away. The two 7-segment displays and small alphanumeric display in the center are their trade mark and as you noticed, the mount is Sigma. The second set of connections in the mount is for cadence sensor that is sold separately. Over the years, Sigma has ...


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SIGMA make a connecting pod with USB connection to the PC. It takes the bike computer via twist lock. They have their own data suite for reading and archiving data from the bike computer. You should find it on their website.


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Did you try BetaBrand. They are costly but these are the only cloths that I've found that meet that criteria. THey have a whole line of "bike to work" clothes https://www.betabrand.com/collections/bike-to-work.html


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If you already have the usual tools and clothing you can always need more of the typical wear parts: Tires, tubes, chains, brake pads, chain oil, cables, pants … Otherwise I’d start with a proper stand pump, mini pump (for on the bike), tubes, chain tool, hex keys, lock, bottles, helmet … Clothing is of course essential but hard to guess the right size for ...


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It would be great if there was scientific evidence for the safer option There are some crash videos (in German) but it gives an idea how seat vs trailer behaves in a crash Here is an interesting information about european child test requirements and tests http://www.podilates.gr/sites/default/files/EN_14344.e.2004.pdf Thule ...


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I think that in "some" cases people can make the case against a kickstand, but in most I think it is ridiculous. Extra weight? Are you kidding - they weigh virtually nothing. If they rattle then they are not on right. I have recumbents but whether that or standard bikes, there aren't always places to lean them up against. Or laying them down can difficult ...


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Try out this website, it apapts to your pannier rack via the Ortlieb bag system, which means just adjust this tripod bag in a very simple way to your pannier rack (it fits to all) within a minute and then safely fix the bag within 3 seconds and take it off by just grabbing it on its handle. g Genious! http://www.koenig-photobags.de/stativhalter/ ...


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On my commuter bike, my front dynamo hub charges a small 18650 battery that I then can tap to provide power to my smart phone. You need to have an intermediary battery because most dynamos only produce the German government mandated 6VAC / 3 watts minimum, which is around 0.5 amps (500 milliamps) -- and this is only when you're going faster than 15 km/h. ...


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Check out this tech of my company Roadie Solar http://bicyclepatents.com/keeping-your-devices-charged-in-the-field/2220/ They are new but very light and fits on a bike rack. Possibly the lightest solar charger you can find on the market We are doing a kickstarter Next week.



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