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Gear to protect against hand injury in a crash

I commute to work a few miles on my bike in the city. Today someone walked out in front of me and I squeezed the brakes too hard and went over the handlebars. I suffered a mild elbow fracture ...
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Deteriorating lycra

Background: A year or so ago, I noticed that a pair of bib shorts had a spot of deterioration on one of the thigh panels. Basically it was a round spot where the outer weave had apparently ...
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Cycling shorts: comfort vs bacteria / fungus?

I picked up endurance cycling a few years ago (30 - 100 km rides), and bought a few pairs of padded lycra shorts because that's just the thing to do. I wash them after every ride -- at least soap in ...
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Can frequent light bicycle commuting severely damage pants?

I bought a nice pair of pants to wear to work, and I am reasonably certain they were of good quality (although maybe I was mistaken) and I found that the seat of the pants was worn down to holes in ...
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How to minimize wear on pants

I commute on bike and I wear jeans (which I work in). I find that after about 500 miles of bike commuting in a single pair of jeans I've got holes in my pants from the saddle-jean rubbing. My ...
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Bike Shorts, Do you wear things under/over them?

So I am going on a 200mi ride (over 3 days) soon. I was at the bike store getting my bike a once-over before I go, and I was told by the bike specialist, that I would really want to consider buying ...
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Warranties on cycling clothing in the event of a crash?

I recently destroyed the clasp on my pair of Fox Head Demo shorts while riding this weekend (don't worry, I'm OK). Do cycling clothing brands/companies offer any sort of warranty on their clothing for ...
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Rehabilitating leg warmers

I have a pair of leg warmers, purchased from Performance Bicycle some years ago. They're still in decent shape, but the rubber or silicone layer at the top that holds them up has thinned. The warmers ...
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Choosing fabric when shopping for cycling pants

I have question similar to what to look for when buying bicycle pants Are Merino cycling boxers/cycling pants worth the cost? Finding good pants for winter biking How to minimize wear on pants ......
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Are the side pockets of the Proviz Switch Men's Cycling Jacket - Yellow / Reflective accessible from both sides?

I'm considering buying the http://provizsports.com/en-gb/switch-mens-cycling-jacket-yellow-reflective.html jacket. Its description states "Two side pockets". As the jacket is reversible, are the ...
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What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on?

What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on? The Dutch are known to wear regular clothes while cycling rather than cycling specific clothing. In cycling forums, people ...
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Cleaning leather bike gloves

I have fingerless leather gloves which are smelling pretty bad and stink my hands up when I wear them. So I've been googling ways to clean them. Most methods seem to need exotic stuff like saddle soap ...
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How to ride to work without sweating?

I'm planning on commuting by bicycle to work in hot Montreal, though this question is probably relevant to anyone who bikes to work in a city with temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees ...
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How to keep my testicles from freezing on a recumbent

I wonder how to keep my testicles (plus part of the perineum) from freezing. I ride a recumbent, which is making it worse because it exposes those parts to the wind much more and I use unpadded tights ...
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How to prevent Brooks Cambium C17 saddle from wearing through pants

I've got a Brooks Cambium C17 saddle, and as others have noted (see "long term experience" heading), the fabric covering has worn through the seat of my pants from abrasion and has resulted in one ...
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Sun protection clothing

I would like to see if there is clothing that can provide sun protection while minimizing sweating and/or allow air flow. Would also like to do the same with my bike helmet without compromising ...
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How to clean up at work after a commute?

I would like to bicycle commute to work, but we don't have showers or any place I can change. How can I clean up and carry clothing? My office is business casual, but I need to look neat and ...
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What did people ride for cold weather cycling “back in the day?” (Is it cheap?)

Everyone who has ridden a bike any real distance in the cold has likely noticed a few things. Due to the speed to effort ratio of the bicycle, certain thermal realities have different relationships ...
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Winter commuting - how to keep warm?

I am interested in what the best ways are to keep your face and feet warm. I saw some shoe covers on amazon, but they all seem to require you to be riding clipless which I do not. I think if I used a ...
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What's the purpose of cycling gloves?

I haven't cycled for many years already and long ago when I was cycling I didn't pay much attention to equipment. Now I see that many cyclists wear a certain kind of gloves - that only cover the palm ...
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What special measures do I have to take to commute in frigid temperatures?

Until now, I have been an infrequent recreational (summer) cyclist, but this winter I plan to begin commuting to work via bicycle. It is a relatively short distance, (approx. ten minute ride), but ...
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What features should I look for when buying bib tights?

I want to buy a new set of bib tights for cold weather biking, but there are many choices and variations and huge variations in price. What qualities should I look for - e.g. fabric, padded insert, ...
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How can I cycle in winter while not being able to change work clothes?

I started recently to bike to work, where we have a shower and I can change clothes. However recently I also started attending an evening course, where there is no place to change. So when I commute ...
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What gloves work well for winter riding?

I'm starting to plan ahead for winter riding, and gloves are definitely high on the list. What gloves work well for winter riding? Are cycling-specific gloves the way to go for a flat-bar bike with ...
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Making your cycling gear smell less post ride

Is there anything I can do to make my cycling gear smell less after I have arrived at work? My problem is my baselayer tends to stink. Then I stink when I put it on at the end of the day to get home....
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Cycling Jerseys

I have several cycling jerseys that have writing on the collars. Each one has the writing on the inside of the collar. Where nobody will ever see it except when it isn't being worn. Why?
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Road jersey front length

I went to get my first road jersey today. I found one I liked and the overall fit and feel seemed right, but I was surprised at how short the front is. I am aware that it is designed for being used ...
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Armor and helmet for ultra-safe commuting (womens size)?

I'm about to start daily bike commuting again after a long hiatus and want to go all out on safety. My fear of an accident is extreme enough that I am looking into regularly wearing body armor and a ...
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Clothing advice for beginner

I've read online not to wear underwear with bike shorts. Unfortunately, I don't have cycling specific attire. What would be a best clothing to wear (below the waist, specifically) for first time 75 ...
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How to carry a concealed firearm on a bike?

For those of you that happen to cycle through rough neighborhoods and are able to do concealed carry of firearms... Wondering what you wear to conceal them that works well while cycling. Obviously ...
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Cycling base layers in warm weather?

I understand wearing base layers in the colder months, but I see cycling clothing companies (Castelli, Assos, Rapha, etc) also making undershirts specifically for hot summer riding. Given how ...
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What should I look for in a good pair of cycling shorts?

I don't currently own a pair of cycling shorts. I just wear a pair of running shorts underneath some running leggings. I'm thinking of getting my first pair of cycling shorts, but as there are so many ...
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Ideal pants for bicycle commuting the rain [closed]

I commute about 10 miles a day in Portland, OR. Needless to say rain is a big part of many of my rides. My current rain pants leave me almost as sweaty as if I had just ridden without the rain gear. ...
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What's special about bicycle socks?

I do understand why I'm wearing cycling pants all the time. I'm totally used to the pockets in my back of my jerseys and jackets. I understand where my gloves and helmet help. And I could continue ...
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Keeping the bottom of your legs warm in very-cold-weather biking

I come from a country with a warmer climate,but am now living in the Netherlands. It's not that bad really, but in winter, it sometimes gets to -5°c / -6°c - and occasionally with strong head wind ...
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Layering (lower half) for long chilly rides

I was riding all day on Sunday in temperatures that peaked a few degrees above freezing, but dry apart from the odd snow or hail shower. It was cold enough to need layers. As I tried not to hang ...
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How does one wear leg warmers without them sliding down?

I seem to always have my leg warmers fall down. They seem a little tight, and I wear them under my bike shorts. Are they any tips to keep up around my thighs instead of my falling to my knees?
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Prevent trouser damage when biking?

I am biking nearly every day to work and back (~ 3 km), but my trousers get damaged quite fast due to the created friction between my legs and the saddle. Which then means that I have to buy new ones ...
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Does this wear pattern on my shorts indicate an issue with my position on my road bike?

My last three pairs of bib shorts have all worn out in exactly the same place (see picture). The latest pair started wearing after about 5 rides. I average about 100 miles a week. Do you think my ...
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Bibs vs Shorts? [duplicate]

I have so far used cycling shorts for my road cycling attire, but have noticed that bib shorts are prevalent with many road cyclists including many pros. What are advantages and disadvantages of ...
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Can I use a road bike for commuting 11 miles each way without SPANDEX

I am thinking of getting (investing in) a road bike for my 11 mile commute (total 22 miles each day). I want to continue wearing normal work clothes - meaning hiking pants and a T-Shirt. I plan on ...
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Should I feel self-conscious wearing cycling shorts to school? [closed]

I cycle to school and intend to wear my new Lycra shorts for my commute as they are much more comfortable. But I want to know if I will look dumb wearing the tight shorts, as my legs are only average ...
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What can bald guys do to prevent helmet sunburns?

In the cooler months I normally wear a skullcap like this, which both keeps me warm and covers my scalp under my helmet. Now that summer is around the corner that skullcap is way too hot. I'd like ...
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How do I keep sweat out of my eyes?

Heading into the southern hemisphere spring I'm starting to contemplate another summer of having sweat running into my eyes and down my face. I have a couple of lightweight headbands from Netti (that ...
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Any issues with wearing leg warmers over tights?

I want to add a layer over my bike tights for warmth. Leg or knee warmers seem like a nice versatile option. I am just wondering if there is any issue with wearing these over tights as opposed to over ...
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Safety vests: Yellow vs. Orange?

What are the factors that should affect whether my visibility will be higher with a "high visibility Yellow" vs. a "high visibility Orange" vest or jacket? It seems too simplistic to simply say "...
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Protecting yourself from briars / brambles / jaggers while mountain biking

Riding in the northeast US, I find myself encountering a lot of overgrown mountain bike trails in the spring. Many of these trails are bordered by briars / brambles / jaggers. I can't totally avoid ...
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Winter cycling clothes in full black

I searched and tried the Gore Windbreaker Jacket today on. It fits me very well and I like the look of the jacket in black. The white one looks good too, but I am afraid that it is harder to clean if ...
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How can I prevent glasses fogging when cycling in the cold with face covered

Related to this question: need cycling eyewear, but fogging is a big problem but that is more focused on the eyewear itself, whereas I'm interested in the face covering material. I cycle to and from ...
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Protecting jeans from saddle rub?

I am looking at ways to deal with jeans aging prematurely due to saddle rub. While I could change clothing (not nessarily an option), as suggested in an older thread, I am wondering if there is such a ...