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Questions tagged [commuter]

Riding to and from work. Other cycling primarily for transportation. Carrying stuff. Picking a bike. Related issues.

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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 can I get for panniers to commute with my 17" laptop?

I have looked for a pannier that can hold my 17" laptop for a couple of years. No such thing exists. I tried contacting a couple of places to make one, but they never replied. So, now I'm trying to ...
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New bike for commuting and touring

I went downstairs earlier to get ready for an afternoon ride on the cheap bike I picked up a few months ago as I wasn't certain if I would keep the cycling up and found to my dismay that, once again, ...
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How to pass a bicycle while driving a car

I understand this is more of a driving question, but I'm curious to know the answer from the bicycling community and perhaps gain insight into how to act both as a bicyclist and driver. The other day ...
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Is a Surly front rack compatible with tubus mount for eyeless forks?

I am looking at the Surly front rack and was wondering if it's compatible with this Tubus mount. If it's not I'll have to go for the Tara but I was keen on having a platform on my front rack. Any ...
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Finding the correct bike for short tours and daily commutes [closed]

I am looking for a new bike after my current one has started to fall apart mostly. As a disclaimer upfront: I have very little knowledge on bikes. For my current bike I did very minor repairs myself (...
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Should I drive or bike to work? [closed]

I'm going to start a job next summer as a sailing instructor. I've volunteered before and biked the 3.6 mi (5.8 km) commute a few times a day on a mountain bike I found trashed a year prior. ...
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Why ride knobbies on a commuter?

For me, riding a bike is often practical, good for my health, the environment, etc., but I ultimately ride bikes because I enjoy it. I'm curious to learn about others' decisions for riding knobby ...
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Options to move the school rucksack during the trip [duplicate]

If to commute to school by bike, how is the school rucksack usually transported? I can see the following options: Keep it on the back. It is quite heavy, gravity center will be high and in case of ...
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Is it worth to get a Bianchi Caurus 909 and rebuild some parts? [closed]

I'm planning to get a Bianchi Caurus 909 2nd hand for city bike and some long rides (30 km average) whenever i want to visit another city for example. The thing is if it worths to get the bike and ...
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Best Way to Upgrade My Bike

About three months ago I bought a second hand bike for £70; to be honest it is reasonably good. Current setup for gears is a 2 x 18 (38-48 front, 13-28 rear). As far as I can tell it's not a branded ...
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Suggestions for a commuter bike with 20 inch wheels and suspension? [closed]

Got my Raleigh Shopper stolen (thieves are so desperate nowadays), and looking for a similar replacement. Could anyone suggest the best search query to search for similar bikes (Raleigh, BSA, ...
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Clipless pedals (safety release)

Is there a safety feature in any brand of clipless pedals which allows the mechanism to release in the event of an accident? For example, being hit by a car in traffic while commuting, I would hope ...
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Help! Want to convert 8 speed Kona road bike to 1x drivetrain

I currently have a 2015 Kona Rove AL with Shimano Claris 8 speed drivetrain; running double FSA tempo chainset in front. This is the link to Kona’s specifications for the bike: http://2015.konaworld....
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Is a brompton right for my riding style?

This question is for current OR past Brompton owners. I am considering purchasing a Brompton because hype about its quality built compact simply looks awesome! About me: 6ft, 145lbs. (182cm and ...
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Suggestions for a new bike for a newbie [closed]

Good Evening All, Whilst I used to ride a bike on a regular basis around 15 years ago, I have no real knowledge of bikes. I recently completed a Wiggle Ride, that my friends signed me up for, in ...
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Can’t seem to put the wheels back on the frame

I’ve removed both wheels to do some deep cleaning. And even though, I’ve removed the wheels before I would immediately pop them back on without a problem. This time I left them out for a few weeks, ...
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how to install a chainguard, when the chainring doesn't have screw holes?

I'd like to install a chainguard like this: on a bicycle that's will be spend it fair amount of time commuting, but on closer inspection I see that the largest chainring doesn't have the necessary ...
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Options for carrying a smart briefcase on a bike (pannier or otherwise)

Situation I don't own a bike: however due to a recent change of office location, I have worked out that I could cycle in half the time as driving through rush-hour traffic every day. I'm therefore ...
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What luggage carrying options exist for an e-bike

I am planning to build a DIY e-bike for my work commute and have the electronics already figured out (which motor, ESC, battery). After work I want to go directly to my other activities. Until now I ...
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Fuji Nevada 1.5 29er (2017) - 549$ or Trek Marlin 7 (2018) - 375$ (discount)? [closed]

Fuji Nevada 1.5 29er (2017) - 549$ or Trek Marlin 7 (2018) - 749$? Below are the URLs I am 6'3, 285lbs Trek - Marlin 7 | Trek Bikes (https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bike ... 7/p/17382/) Fuji - ...
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How can I improve my downhill mountain bike as a commuter?

I have started commuting recently to work and university with my bike. It's not ideal, but as it is, I'm not willing to invest in a new one, hence why I'm looking for suggestions to improve my current ...
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Gear shifting : new to cycling maintenance

I'm new to cycling. I have a Soma Saga with SRAM X7 derailleur and Apex shifters. I have ridden about 200 miles on it. When I'm cycling, sometimes my gears shift/jump to the next gear on their own. I ...
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Gates Carbon Drive vs Single-Speed Chain, Long Term Lifespan and Maintenance

I'm looking to get a new bike which will require the smallest amount of maintenance. The bike will have an internally-geared hub and I have the choice of single speed chain or belt drive. I have ...
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Making a left hand turn as a commuter [duplicate]

I am thinking about commuting to school on my bike and wanted some advice on it. I do live in a very bike friendly neighborhood, but the thought of turning left on a 40mph road (no stop lights nearby ...
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Rain Booties that go over Cleats

I use clipless pedals for bike commuting, and I'm looking for suggestions on waterproof "booties" that can go over a pair of cycling cleats. I can find some products on-line, but can't ever see the ...
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Is it better to get a commuter bike with a front suspension or without one?

Is a commuter/city bike without front suspension comfortable?
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Does dropping off a 4" kerb damage wheels?

Every day I ride off a kerb from the pavement onto the road (about a 4" drop) on a pretty standard commuter bike with 26" tires. (I could get off, or ride around, but it's a pain…) Is this a good ...
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What type of rear derailleur to buy?

My cheap bike that I use to commute has been taking a lot of punishment (mostly from salt that's been used to melt the snow). I've been thinking about changing the rear derailleur (maybe not right now,...
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Drop stem on endurance bike to get the geometry closer to road performance?

So I'm planning to get this bike, possibly the later 2017/2018 model: http://www.polygonbikes.com/id/bikes/description/2016-strattos-s3-black#spec Which is a well known local brand and practically ...
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Is cranking bigger gear from dead stop bad for your legs?

So I don't have lots of money and just recently the bb on my vintage tube shifter 2x6 road bike broke and I have to make do with a slightly too long bb and mtb cranks because it's what I have. Anyway ...
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What would be a good bike for urban commute? (3-4km) [closed]

I have been riding bicycles for quite a long time now, but have never done it on city roads. Instead, I have been riding a rented bike in a park which has specific bike lanes (the same size as the car ...
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What instead of Sram Spectro s7 shifter

I have just damaged shifter and it is no longer usable. Is it possible to replace it with something cheaper and more available? It is just commuter/winter-bike, so I just need it to work and less it ...
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Effect of helmets and other impressions of the bike rider on driver behaviour?

Are there any studies on the effect of helmets and/or other impressions of the bike rider, on driver behaviour? Has anyone collected their own data on things like this? Has anyone noticed any other ...
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I generally commute along four-lane 30 mph [50 km/h] main streets. Is this wise?

crasic's view Elsewhere, crasic writes: The Most Direct Route is Not Always the Best ... Your driving commute route is usually a horrible bicycling commute route. I purposefully avoid big ...
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Recommendation for trainer tire 28 x 1 5/8 x 1 3/8 [closed]

I started with a 700x32c Continental Hometrainer tire. It seemed to work out OK at first, but in the last few times I've had to switch between my commuter/road tire and the trainer tire, it seems to ...
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I read that “training is needed” before your voice can replace a horn. Why might this be?

In a discussion about very-loud bicycle horns, alex wrote that he uses his voice. He added that it works well and is always ready to use. And then he added: "And, yes, training is needed." If I ...
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Bicycle Headlights for Commuting. Can't Decide [closed]

I'm in the market for my first bicycle headlights, mainly for commuting 10 miles to/from work. The days are getting shorter and I foresee my entire commute will be in the dark in the coming months. ...
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Reposition pedal on a fixed gear (fixie)

I've been riding a fixie for about 3 months, without foot retention, for commuting. As I ride at about 10km/h I don't feel the need for it. I've learned I can reposition (lift) my right pedal (...
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Is it annoying to carry a backpack when riding a road bike?

I plan to buy a road bike for my daily commute but I need to carry my PC with me as a well-equipped engineer. My daily commute is around 5 km plus intermittent city tours. I afraid after some ...
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Commuting 36 kms, 5 days a week

My workplace is 18 kms ( 11 miles ) away from home. I am planning to commute to and from every workday, 5 days a week. My stats - 6'1" (185 cms ) 82 kgs (180 lb ) I generally average around 22 km/h ...
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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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Converting Jamis Coda Comp from 8 speed to 10 speed?

I have a 2013 Jamis Coda Comp hybrid with 8-speed Acera/Altus groupset parts. I'd like to replace the whole drivetrain with 10-speed Tiagra. Is this doable? Anything I should be aware of?
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Anyone have issues using cx tires on the road when its wet?

I have a cross bike and i love the feel the fit and the response to steering that comes with cx bikes but im having a repeat issue. Using it as my daily rider when roads are wet it never fails that ...
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Road bike commuting

I have a road bike (Orbea Aqua T23) on which many of the components are coming to the end of their lives. As such I'm replacing most of them, and was wondering what people thought were good mods to ...
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Repeated front wheel puncture

I've just had my 3rd front wheel puncture in about 4 weeks (doing around 80 miles per week). Since the first puncture, the tube and rim tape has been completely replaced, but these seem to have not ...
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What makes a durable and dependable commuter bicycle?

I ride between 150 - 180 Km per week (depending on route) and all of it is on bike path or road. I have been riding a Norco Alloy Threshold Sora. It has not been a fun experience, because within a ...
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How to build stamina and speed?

I am a 28-year-old female weighing 13 stone [approximately 180 lbs] (overweight, I know, as I am only 5'1"). I've recently bought a mountain bike to ride to and from work (about 2 miles each way), but ...
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Where can you park your bike?

I've started biking and see its potential for being able to go around the local area. But when you are running errands (biking to a store or the bank or something) you have to physically put it ...