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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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Prescription glasses getting dusty and greasy

I cycle to work each day, about 2.5 miles in each direction through a moderate sized town on paved roads (I don't use any dusty trails or go offroad etc). The climate is somewhat dry and arid with ...
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Is it possible to commute 34 km (21 miles) daily? [duplicate]

My work is 17 km (10.5 miles) from home and I am wondering if it's possible to commute daily by bike. I live in the Netherlands so the roads are bike-friendly. Google predicts it takes 52 minutes (one-...
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Fenders that will work for swapping between 650b and 700c wheels

History I'm a bike commuter that rides 23 miles round trip. I usually quit once the winter weather gets bad, but I'd like to move towards commuting year round. In addition, I've been wanting to ...
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Road bike drag decrease with bulky backback

I'm about to increase my daily commute from 5 km each way to 10 km each way. I've been using a MTB converted to a commuter for years. Given the extra distance, regular evening head wind, and aging ...
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Shoes for commuting

I'm trying to find a good (and preferably cheap) pair of shoes to wear while commuting. I've only got a relatively short commute (around 3 miles) and I'm using an old mountain bike I had lying around (...
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How to deal with anxiety caused by dangerous riding conditions stemming from poor lane design and inconsiderate fellow road users? [closed]

Location is Belgium. I stopped seriously riding my bike about 5 years ago. At the time, I used my bike for commuting to work for about 9 km one way. The main reason I stopped was because the timing ...
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Should I bike or drive to work? (6.8 mi) [closed]

I am moving next month and I need to figure out how to get to work. Option one is driving to work, which will take 15 to 20 minutes one-way. Option two is biking, which will take about 35 minutes ...
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Ghost shifting with a nearly fully rebuilt drivetrain

I’ve got an old Surly Crosscheck that’s been ghostshifting for awhile now. I’ve rebuilt most of the drivetrain to try to fix the problem to no avail. I replaced the cassette, chain, rear derailleur, ...
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Looking for the perfect frame [closed]

I'm looking for the perfect frame for my next build and looking for suggestions. This is going to be a commuter bike. I want disc brakes with thru-axles, a classic road-ish geometry as much as ...
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Hydraulic discs on commuter bike

Does anyone have any recommendations in favor/opposed to hydraulic disc brakes on a commuter bike? I'm considering building up a new commuter with discs but, as an old-school kinda person, I have no ...
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Folding basket - is there such a thing?

I'd like to be able to go to a grocery (or some other) store on my commute from work. I've got a rear rack (b-tween). I know, that I can permanently mount a basket on it, but I'd prefer not to since ...
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Commuter bike for better performance: less weight, or internal gear-hub?

Background I commute daily to work, the ride is about 10 km each way, across the city. The path is mostly streets with intersections, and a few long cycling lanes. Some hills here and there: Strava ...
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I think I bought the wrong bike

A few weeks ago I decided I would start commuting by bike since I live in a central location in a fairly bike-friendly city (mainly to campus, work, gym, etc), through roads, and trails that are not ...
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How to commute by (electric) bike in excessive heat

I am from India and this is beginning of summer. I rented an electric bicycle for daily commute during winter but now it is difficult to do during summer screeching heat. What should I do to continue ...
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Daily commute as HIIT training?

I'm cycling to work every day. It's 2x8km it takes around 30 mins (depends on weather, traffic and whether I want to push it or just cruise. I'm starting to see it as an opportunity to make it some ...
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Can I pump my MTB tire to max (55 psi / 380 kPa) without the tube inside bursting?

I have a e-mountain bike and I use to commute to uni every day. I have heard that higher tire pressures give you a bit more speed. My tires say I can pump to 55 psi (380 kPa) but I don't know if my ...
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Bike sizing question - are these two sizes actually that different?

Could use some advice on bike sizing. I'm in the market for a new commuter and after a lot of research I ended up picking this one: https://www.bergamont.com/gb/en/product/bergamont-vitess-n8-belt-...
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My MTB tires say “Inflate to 50 PSI”. Can I inflate them a little more for commuting?

I bought this MTB for commuting. Yup, I found out later that I should get a road bike instead. Too late. Not planning to use on rough terrain. Can I inflate the tires more than the manufacturer ...
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Since hybrid bikes may be a compromise with no benefits, why are they still often preferred for commuting instead of drop bar bikes?

Since hybrid bikes may be a compromise with no benefits, why are they still often preferred for commuting instead of drop bar bikes? According to at least one opinion, hybrids are a compromise with ...
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What are the pros and cons of suspension seats and suspension handlebars?

The title says it all, but I’ll add more specifics to give a better understanding of my particular situation. I am a on-road commuter with little-to-no dirt roads in my routes, many of the roads are ...
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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 ...