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Summary: a helmet that meets the new standard is going to protect your head better than one that just barely meets the old standard. Old Law: AS/NZS 2063:1996 (PDF); unfortunately just the start, the actual full text of the law is behind paywalls. New Law: AZ/NZS 2063:2008 (PDF); also need to pay to get full text some stuff about US rules for comparison: ...


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3- How should I deal with "bicycle forward stop" boxes? I deal with a "bicycle forward stop" box by using it (and being grateful that the city planners have started to arrange things for bikes). For example if cars are stopped where they should be (out of the box) and the light's red, I move into the box. It's there for me. [I'm in Toronto where people ...


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What do others do about the "come out of nowhere" motorists? There are a few possible reasons for this. Vision You may need to develop your peripheral vision. Unless you have problematic eyesight, you can detect movement in your peripheral vision. This doesn't replace glancing around thoroughly, but it does give you a guide to unexpected ...


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OK, so: I called Queensland Transport, who put me through to main roads I then called main roads back (since the first call got disconnected). They told me to call my local main roads office, as their central number doesn't answer questions about compliance. I called the local main roads office. The inspector there told me this was an issue of legislation ...


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After reading through the ACCC's web page on the new standard, the 12 of December change only applies to retailers. The VicRoads website only mentions that you have to have a helmet that reaches AS/NZS 2063, not the year of the standard. Personally, I am due for a new helmet, my current one being well over 2 years old, and I will be looking for one that ...


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Well, since the most valuable thing about you is your brain... take that in to consideration. Also, on a side note -once you've crashed and made impact on the helmet - you should discard and buy a new one. Personally, I would not be scared to buy a cheap one on clearance - there are many riders who will wait til they wear out, damage, or just get tired of ...


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You can guard somewhat against "out of nowhere" motorists entering from your side of the road (ie. from left in Aus) by scanning ahead and keeping a keen eye on possible entry points (streets, driveways, alleys). But traffic coming from the other side of the road -- like those hook turns -- is much harder to scan for. They fall outside of your peripheral ...


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Check with the airline you are flying with. Airlines generally have a small surcharge for taking a bike along, since people frequently travel with sporting equipment. I looked into flying with a bike from Canada to France last year and it was only a $30 charge on the airline I was flying with (they even accepted tandems). I can't guarantee your airline will ...


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Reading the link and interpetting it in the strictest sense I would say no. My reasoning is that the law states "a reflector" that is clearly visible. It does not say a reflective material that is clearly visible. My other thought is that since reflective tape is cheaper and easier to install, if bike manufacturers could get away with reflective tape they ...


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I'm in Brisbane. Weekends should be fine, the only restricted time is on peak hour on weekdays (7-9 am and 5-7 pm here). I'd say the place to be with bike is at the back where you don't have to hold it so you can sleep. Second best is close to the doors because you get more empty space. You won't find issue with guards as bikes are allowed on board and in ...


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Since I do this style of trip fairly regularly, I'll answer, even though my experience is in New York, USA: Taking a bike on regional/commuter trains on the weekend is usually very fine, so long as it is not a holiday. Which days the train operator considers to be holidays are posted on their website, though not always very easy to find. In New York at ...



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