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I buy all my bike lights from http://www.dealextreme.com - they are in HongKong but have free postage to Canada. You are just buying the same made in China stuff in the shops direct from the makers in China. Avoid the very cheapest stuff (destined for a Dollar store near you!) and check the reviews. edit: specifically for your trailer you can't beat this ...


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Interestingly, Scientific American had an article about this a few years ago. According to the article, which cites a few studies, women are less comfortable with on-road biking than men, particularly in areas with auto traffic. As most roads are primarily for auto use, women tended to find routes which avoid these roads, making commuting a bit more ...


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why are almost all cycle commuters male techies Not just commuters but cyclists generally: more cyclists are male. Source: http://www.cycling-inform.com/positioning-and-bike-fit/222-special-considerations-when-fitting-woman-to-bicycles-sensitive-issues-part-1 ...


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You can get it from Niagra Cycle Works via Amazon.com. Not quite the great TO area but not too far either. http://www.amazon.com/T-9-Rust-Protectant-Ounce-Spray/dp/B001447PEK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1298302015&sr=8-1


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While not 100% on topic, if you are in southern Ontario, consider the Toronto International Bike Show every year around the first few weeks of March. (It usually conflicts with a half marathon in Burlington, Ontario, the Chili Half, so I often have done both!). Usually it is in the CNE grounds. They have a ton of local bike stores there trying to sell new ...


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Downtube is well-thought-of, and they ship internationally. They also accept returns, although you'd be out the money for shipping. Dahon has several bikes under $400US/$412CAD - the Boardwalk and Eco (and the 7-speed Speed is you can stretch your budget a little). Dahon is likely the best choice for a budget folder, and they have dealers in Canada.


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I'd suggest starting with your local bike shop. They're the ones that will do some of the servicing (I'm guessing) and having a good relationship with them is always important. If they can't even come close to pricing or won't get a folding bike for you then your local Craigslist might yield some results.


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I don't know about strip lighting, but can help with side lighting: REI ships to Canada, and they sell spoke lights. While they don't satisfy your requirement for rechargeable batteries, they are easy to install, come in Amber, and are waterproof. These aren't as bright as, say, a Planet Bike Superflash -- which REI also sells -- but the motion of the ...


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Those are reasonable standards that will protect your head in an accident. Comparable to the Snell B-90 standards. Snell B-95 standards is higher and would provide more protection. ASTM F2040, for instance, is a "snow sports" helmet standard based on the same testing as the ASTM bicycle helmet standards with some additional cold-conditions tests added in. ...


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Ontario specifically mentions the following standards on the MTO website. Canadian Standard Association: CAN/CSA D113.2-M89 Snell Memorial Foundation: Snell B90, Snell B90S, or Snell N94 American National Standard Institute: ANSI Z90.4-1984 American Society For Testing and Materials: ASTMF1447-94 British Standards Institute: BS6863:1989 Standards ...


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Well I cycle in the Netherlands, I work in IT, I'm a techy and all my colleges are techies yet I am the only one who cycles, which is infuriating when living in a country built to be cycled. Looking at the 13km trip into work there are a lot of commuters in the morning, (there are cycle jams at the lights) I would say the female/male split is 50/50. Even in ...


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I suspect there are a lot of factors. One factor I know from why my wife and her friends don't ride: It really hurts their crotches! Obviously, not every woman has this problem as I see lots of women riding bikes. The other reasons I can only speculate: Gender roles demanding that women look more put together and this requires more infrastructure than ...


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Framesaver is really hard to get, also sucks to breathe and get on the skin, I would use linseed oil instead, apply it pretty much the same, break frame down squirts some down all tubes and rotate bike all around for an even coating, the linseed will cake on the steel and leave a residue that's harmless to steels but will protect from oxide. Linseed oil can ...


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No idea how to get Framesaver into Canada, but there are some alternatives. A classic alternative to Framesaver is Linseed oil. It's a liquid oil that slowly hardens. Used to be common as a wood varnish, so you might find it at a hardware or furniture store. If you go this route, be careful with rags, since a rag soaked in linseed oil can spontaneously ...


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If you want to buy locally, and you're looking for uncommon parts or an uncommon bicycle, try a Google web search. It can take you to a site that has what you want. Here's an example: Just today, I did a Google search for toronto used | second-hand | preowned | pre-owned folding bike. And indeed, the first Google hit took me to a local classifieds site ...



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