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In the winter you will have to contend with: Ice and snow on the road Wet Freezing bike parts Cold winds Overheating 1. Ice and snow on the road This past winter I used the Schwalbe "Marathon Winter" tires for a 3-mile commute along a rural highway and town streets in central Vermont. Our winters are quite a bit more severe than NYC, but if you have ice ...


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I ride year round, and it can get very cold in January/February. Layers are your friend. here's my winter riding gear: annotated on Flickr The trick is the windproof shell. With that on, it's VERY easy to stay warm, even down to -30˚C or lower. And windproof layers on hands and feet. Wind is evil when it's cold. EVIL! One trick I use is to put a layer ...


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Testing of helmets shows that there is little difference in impact protection. A better quality helmet, defined in this case as one that fits your head, is well ventilated, and looks good. A well ventilated helmet prevents you from overheating while riding, especially at high speeds. A helmet that fits stays put on your head during a crash. And one that is ...


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It's a bike sharing scheme in London, the "Boris" part comes from the mayor's name. Wikipedia article on Barclays Cycle Hire There's also a small Boris Bikes community forum (Photo credit)


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Your area gets colder than mine. I ride through winter, but mostly deal with rain, puddles and cold. Basics: for wet conditions (puddles, rain), you need fenders (aka mudguards). The fuller the coverage the better, and mudflaps at the end are good. See this comment on the useful accessories community wiki for the specific model I happen to use. You'll ...


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In England, Wales and NI You can legally ride in lots of places: On any bridleway On any Byway open to all traffic (BOAT) Restricted Byways (Used to be called RUPPs) Permisive Bridleways Dedicated MTB trial centres (of which there are now lots) The first three categories of path can be found on your OS map, although the definitive maps are held by local ...


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Actual legal signals: Left Turn - hand out straight to the left (with palm forward (not down or up). I'll often point with two fingers to help convey the message. Right Turn - hand out straight to the right; mirror of the left turn.† Stop (or slow) - Left hand straight down with palm flat. Commonly recommended but not necessarily exactly what the ...


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Followed some links from your links and found the actual text of the law, which summarizes the law as: Prohibits person from carrying child under six years of age on bicycle or in bicycle trailer. Elsewhere in Oregon law, a bicycle is defined as: [a human-powered vehicle] designed to travel with not more than three wheels in contact with the ...


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Being a motorcyclist, I stick to the standard hand signals using the left arm. At least in Arizona (other states may vary) this is listed as the official method for turn signaling, and even appears in the Driver License Manual. Left arm straight out: Turning left. Left arm bent pointing the hand straight up: Turning right. Left arm bent pointing the ...


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I rode all year round in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for about 10 years. What I found most useful was warm boots. I wore winter boots like the ones shown. Though that link is to the -40C version. I also used the -70C version. Which in -35C weather (-31F) are actually quite comfy. I found that the ankles rotated without a problem, and I could ride in ...


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Bicycles are allowed on the subways at all times, but the MTA suggests against taking your bike on the subway during rush hour. Bicycles are permitted on Subway trains at all times. However, we strongly recommend that cyclists avoid boarding crowded rush hour trains. Folding bicycles are permitted on all trains and busses except for express busses. ...


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Yes. A fixed wheel does not need two, it needs only one (on the non-fixed, presumably the front, wheel). Two separate and independent bracking systems, one per wheel, are required, but as the CTC say Apart from saying that a brake that acts directly on a pneumatic tyre shall not be deemed to be in efficient working order, these regulations do ...


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I think it is an issue of foundation mostly. Because roads get very heavy (as in weight) traffic roadbuilders spend a lot of time on the groundwork, compacting, digging away soft and unstable earth or sand layers and replacing them with gravel or other heavy rocky debris before the tarmac is laid down. Because a bicycle path only sees light bicycles less ...


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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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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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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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From a UK government website I found the following document (linked from a page about the Highway Code for cyclists). Signals to other road users (scroll to the bottom for cyclist information) Essentially there are three signals for cyclists: Left arm out - "I intend to move in to the left or turn left" Right arm out - "I intend to move out to the right ...


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The Right Turn and Stop signals (using the left hand) make sense when driving a car, since you can't stick your right hand out the window, but on a bike the right-arm/right-turn signal is probably more intuitive and therefore understandable.


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When you say plastic, do you mean cling-film, glad wrap, sandwich wrap type stuff? In Melbourne weather I struggle with the balance between freezing for the first half and melting for the second - does windproof gear breathe properly? I'd definitely recommend mountain bike style tyres for good grip, and a decent set of mudguards - you don't want to have ...


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Usually, it is the USA Cycling racing categories that people are referring to. Road Upgrades Guidelines and Notes by Category: 5-4: Experience in 10 mass start races. Local Associations may also establish policies where upgrade credit is given for taking asanctioned rider education clinic. 4-3: 20 points in any 12-month period; ...


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Many places have adopted the Uniform Vehicle Code language. It currently states: 12-706. Brake required Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake or brakes which will enable its driver to stop the bicycle within 25 feet from a speed of 10 miles per hour on dry, level, clean pavement. (FORMER 11-1207(c)). The goal of the UVC is to have consistent laws ...


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I've completed a handful of 400km brevets and organized one myself, but I can only speak to my experience in British Columbia (Canada) which is quite different riding than in the UK. I find the 400km to be the hardest in the basic series and have heard other randonneurs (but not all) echo this feeling, so you're wise to choose this one carefully. The ...


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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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That site's basic definition of sportive boils down to: more upright riding position more comfortable for distance riding longer chainstays, taller head tube softer forks (though many brands have gone to carbon forks across the board) yet still with drop handlebars and quality components And I think nearly every brand in the US has entries in that realm, ...


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You could always get a laptop sleeve and slide that into a big enough pannier. Timbuk2 has a couple pannier options that both have an included laptop sleeve and are designed to be easily carried off the bike. One converts to a messenger bag, the other more of a "shoulder bag". Looks like Timbuk2 has some of their stuff sold retail in the UK, and they also ...


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In many countries all helmets legally sold meet a certain minimum standard. So there is no "too cheap" option, as the cheapest helmet you can buy will be considered safe enough. In this case spending more gets you a lighter, better looking (subjectively) and more comfortable helmet. The USA also has a mandatory standard. For information about the standards ...


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...just speaking up for the Local Bike Shop - if you are moving to Redmond permanently then it may make sense to have a bike with a warranty and the support of the LBS for when/if it goes wrong. Also consider the mudguards situation - I know they are unfashionable but they are handy for the commute. Since Specialized bikes are designed for sunny California ...


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The only thing I'd add to the other suggestions are mud guards. Good mudguards ("fenders" in the US) are well worth getting to prevent the grime which is generally worse in the wet and nasty conditions. I personally ride a mountain bike when there is snow or ice because I like having wider tires so all I have to do is be careful on turns when it comes to ...



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