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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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Most US State and Local laws are based on the Uniform Vehicle Code and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) guidelines. They will normally have a phrase like: Where sidewalks are provided, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway. And a phrase like: Where sidewalks are ...


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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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A thread on this subject on Bikeforums ran to pages and pages... Some expressing utter horror that a bicyclist would feel the need to be armed, others ridiculing the whole idea, others with decent suggestions. I'm a cop, I know that numbers of cyclists ride in conditions that are less than optimal. We have had armed robberies and muggings of cyclists here ...


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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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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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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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Flashing yellow arrows have been introduced in the US recently to help ease congestion at intersections. This signal should be treated similar to a yield sign or a turn lane not controlled by its own traffic signal. If there is no oncoming traffic, you may make a left turn if it is safe to do so, but you must yield to any oncoming traffic and to any ...


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In the case of a one way street, the implication is that you "may" ride (not must ride) close to the left hand curb. If you are traveling in the direction of traffic, this allows you to complete a left hand turn in a safe and sane manner. The provision in California Vehicle Code Section 21200(a), listed below, makes clear that a bicycle on the street is ...


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Seems like stuff made for joggers could work for cycling. http://www.activeprogear.com/jogger_holster.html Would a small triangle frame bag work? The kind I'm thinking of seem about the right size to hold a small-to-medium pistol, and fit on the rear end of the top tube. Some sit on top, secured by the seat post, some hang under, secured by the seat ...


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Yeah, in theory you should ride near the left edge of the right lane (if multi-lane) until you get near your exit point, at which time you mosey to the right -- "own your lane". This is basically the same way you should ride on a road with shoulder when the shoulder converts to a turn lane. In practice, I suspect I'd be tempted to stop, dismantle my bike, ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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I would be in favor of waiting until you move. There is the possible problem of needing service work under warranty and the nearest dealer being some distance away. You must also factor in the shipping cost along with the expense of disassembly and reassembly if you can't do it yourself. There is also no better way to start a good relationship with your ...


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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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The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has a SF Bike Map & Walking Guide that they'll give you if you join, or you can buy it at just about any bike shop in SF or online. (and the online version at that link isn't bad). It's got bicycle-friendly routes color-coded. They also have various organized rides and other events. SF Bike Coalition and 511.org ...


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Yes, Redmond is a great biking community - there is the Burke Gilman trail which goes around Lake Washington at 40 miles. Just get brakes that work well wet.


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Found this thread as I was looking for the same answer for the legality of pedestrian running on the bike lane with a perfectly good sidewalk next to them. Since I have not seen this being answered here, I'll post what I found from California's DMV. Pedestrian in Bicycle Lane 21966. No pedestrian shall proceed along a bicycle path or lane where ...


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I have a Bike Nashbar frame pack that would definitely fit a compact frame handgun:



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