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How much protection would a motorcycle jacket provide in a low speed, ebike accident?

How much protection would a motorcycle jacket with CE certified body armor provide in a sub 20mph/32kmh, ebike accident? I'm particularly interested in the following scenarios: A car running a stop ...
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Adding Base Layer Pants

You guys gave me good advice and I've been able to bike comfortably with temperatures in the high 40s F. I bought some base layer clothes and I want to add those and try doing a ride in the low 40s F. ...
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Riding Comfortably in Cold Weather

I'd like to keep riding as the temperatures drop but below 55°F/13°C I'm just not comfortable in my synthetic shorts, t-shirt and sun sleeves. I really hate wearing anything more than that because ...
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In how many guises are MTB shorts made?

MTB-specific shorts seem to be currently made in the following guises: Shorts from special rip-resistant fabrics and strategically placed pockets, with no padding. Rider can size up and wear padded ...
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Do medium-to-advanced single-track riders really care about paddings/chamois?

As a commuter-turned-road-cyclist I cannot fathom going on any ride without padded shorts or bibs (even if I have yet to understand very well why having the padding in the saddle is so awful compared ...
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Is there and science or consensus or theory about whether a black or a white visor is better for cycling? Other than heat

I like to wear a visor under my helmet. Basically a short visor like a cycling cap without the cap part. I ride with both black and white, and I feel like I like the black better, but I also think it ...
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Wetsuit for cycling in rainy cold weather?

After another ride in the rain that left me drenched and freezing despite wearing a rain cape (which was also annoying to wear, kept getting rearranged by the wind, rustling loudly etc.), I'm starting ...
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Bib shorts in rain

When you ride in a heavy rain, you can easily wear a Gore-tex jacket an to stay "mostly" dry on top and some kind of overshoes to achieve the same for the shoes/socks. However, noone talks ...
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Why might I want to buy MTB clothing, rather than use road cycling kit that anyway seems exactly suitable for both sports?

Road Cycling There is a very strong case for tight-fitting clothes on a road bike: Wasps (I'm listing the reason that firmly converted me first.) A wasp entered my shirt while driving, and I ...
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How to tell if a chamois pad is molded / contoured

I'm trying to replace a worn-out pair of cycling shorts that has been discontinued, and am having a hard time recognizing a feature that seems pretty important: the shape of the chamois pad. The ...
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Safety vest: is an all-reflective one fine?

I stumbled across a question on whether yellow or orange safety vests were better for visibility, and it got me wondering - I have a vest that consists only of the silvery reflective fabric (and it ...
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Doesn't wearing bibs over—rather than under—a jersey make more sense?

OK, I'm convinced. Bibs are useful. Until about 40-km rides I was quite comfortable with cycling pants, but starting from 50+ km I see that the waist rubber band really digs in, and when hunched over, ...
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What kind of jersey for summer heat and sun?

With summer on its way, I'm looking for kit that I can wear in the summer to keep myself cool. My typical routes don't have a lot of shade. What should I be looking for? I know I am going to want a ...
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Is skin or fabric more aero?

Which is more aero, bare skin or fabric? I have always assumed bare skin, because fabric would at best be flat to the skin and at worst introduce wrinkles, folds, and flapping in areas where it is ...
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Wearing short sleeved merino by itself?

I heard merino is for cool-cold days. Maybe I heard it wrong. Then I thought people use it for baselayer (something you wear under your jackets). But it seems it's not the case based on some reviews/...
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Styles of Shoe Covers for Colder Weather

After getting this pair of shoe covers, I'm wondering whether this style of closure (zipper behind the foot) is reasonable. I suspect that after the inevitable bit of walking on grass and asphalt, ...
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Mountain bike shorts for commute

I was recently given padded mountain bike shorts. Are mountain bike shorts good for commute? (around 11 km one-way)
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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Merino or non-merino socks?

I am a weekend-warrior mountain biker and want/need to buy cycling socks. Should I buy regular cycling socks or merinos? I only ride one day a week for 1-2 hours in Mexico, that contrary to everyone ...
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Preventing staining of clothes when carrying bike

Is there any reliable way to carry a bike (of non-insignificant weight) without ruining the clothes one's wearing? I live in a part of the world where millions of people ride in plain clothes every ...
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Keeping shirts crease free when commuting [duplicate]

I'm a manager in an office and need to wear shirt and tie every day. I am also a keen commuter cyclist (5 mi cycle to station, train, 0.5 mi walk to office). I've tried panniers, rucksack, rolling ...
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What is a good gents' hat to wear while cycling in formalwear? [closed]

As a natty man-about-town, I don't like to go out without a hat. As I always go out by bike, this limits my hat selection considerably to those that will stay attached to my head in any wind, but not ...
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At what temperature do you say its too cold to ride a bike? [closed]

It's been a great winter here in DC, its mostly high 30's but the last few days it's low 20's and in at night a little windy?
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What to wear under tights with fabric padding?

I have a pair of performance bike cold weather tights that have some fabric padding where a chamois normally would be. Should i wear these tights over underwear (worry about chaffing), bike shorts (...
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suggestions of affordable clothes for beginner rides?

I am new to riding. I have done some research, and found out there are plenty of guides telling people how to pick up cycling gear. But I want suggestions for affordable, good quality clothes. I ...
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Social bike race costume - Morph Suits

I've had a blast at a social mountain bike race/relay the other week. Our corporate team wants to do it again next year, and in costume too. Question is: Do you think these all-over costumes would ...
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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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