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

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What headset/radio products exist for bike-to-bike communication?

I commute to work by bike, sometimes I share the journey with a co-worker. The problem is because of the wind and distance between the bikes, it's very hard to hear what the other person says. It ...
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Maximise exercise benefits

After 10 months my commute has gotten to the stage where it's quite easy and I'm looking for ways to maximise it as a workout and hopefully benefit more muscle groups. Currently it just seems to work ...
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Would a backpack or cargo rack be better for commuting? [duplicate]

Right now I use a backpack to hold all of my supplies including spare tubes, pump, patch kits, tools, my change of clothes for work, etc. This is the backpack I use: It's about as comfortable as a ...
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Are there any clip-on fenders that provide as full coverage as bolt-on fenders?

Are there any clip-on non-eyelet fenders that provide as full coverage as bolt-on fenders? I live in Seattle and am buying a new carbon commuting rain bike. Many of the high end bikes do not offer ...
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Do fat cyclists bonk?

(this isn't a discussion on the attractiveness of large cyclists and likelihood of sexual congress...) In my cycling career I have varied between 22 stone and 15 stone. At 6'2" the leanest I have ...
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Should I buy a CX bike or a Road bike?

I'm looking at two specific bikes. Here is the first: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fantom_cross_trail_xiv.htm It's a cyclocross style bike. The second: http://www.bikesdirect....
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How to avoid running over animals whilst cycling on a canal at night?

I commute on a towpath in Hertfordshire, England and there is ample amount of wildlife about. During the day it's fine, I can see ducks, squirrels and rabbits in time and slow down if I need to. ...
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Mapping the most gentle route for my single speed

I commute to work on a single-speed road bike, so it's a lot easier if I avoid any steep hills (preferring to cover the same gradient gradually). Taking a look at a map, there are seemingly 3-4 ...
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Commuting to work for the first time, what do I need to bring? [duplicate]

I've never biked to work, but am going to start next week. It's only about 15 miles round trip. I'm using a single speed bike, but it should be fine because I've gone on farther trips. Besides a ...
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How to protect yourself from pollution in city cycling

I live in India and have been commuting to office daily on cycle for nine months now. I have developed a permanent sore throat and my skin has also deteriorated because of pollution. I bought a neo ...
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Why does my bike feel slow, hard to ride and wobblier now?

I have a mountain bike with road tires, which I've use for commuting almost every day for over a year now but had barely used for the many years before. It has recently (~1.5 months ago) been serviced,...
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Other commuters riding too close

I have been commuting to work for a few months now, and generally I enjoy it. Unfortunately I've noticed that on the way back (never seems to happen in the morning - I set off quite early) I will ...
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What's the proper technique for starting uphill?

I am a beginner cyclist, having not learned how ride a bike as a kid, I've started riding from scratch 3 months ago. Local "bike buddies" have helped a lot. I'd like to ride my bike to work, which is ...
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Can a belt driven bike be used in a hilly area?

I have been thinking about getting a Canyon Commuter 4.0 but I am worried about the internal geared belt driven system this bike has. The only ones that come with a pannier rack are the belt driven ...
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Downsize Chainring

I have a Montague Boston full-sized folding bike which ships as a fixie. I've added a Sturmey-Archer 8-Speed hub and now am trying to determine the optimal chainring size. The stock chainring has 42 ...
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Can I modify a slightly too big bike?

A couple of months ago I went for a professional bike fit on a jig. They were struggling to find a bike to fit me perfectly (5ft1 female). They ended up ordering me a cyclocross bike. The bike has ...
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Navigating on tour / in urban areas

It's been a while since I've ridden places where I needed a map. So long that the last time I did it I used an Eclipse handlebar bag with a paper map folded in the pocket… Sadly the Eclipse bag is no ...
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How to avoid showering twice when cycling to and from work? [duplicate]

I'm at the stage where even a light cycle to/from work raises an appreciable sweat. I shower when I get into work, but I'm sweaty when I get home too. How do I avoid showering twice a day?
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Leave a bicycle in the rain for a day - is it safe?

I use my bike (gt avalanche 1.0) to commute to work. Now it's autumn and so rain can happen just every day. So the questions are: is leaving my bike outside harmful? Should take the seatpost with me ...
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Best practices for commuting with rack & panniers

I've been starting to commute by bike more (about 6 miles each way) and decided to upgrade from my cheap, old mountain bike to something more suitable. I just bought a used 2009 Kona Jake off ...
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How beneficial is it to swap bikes?

Today I finally got a couple of Urban Cruisers I ordered a while ago. For the last 7 months I have been commuting on a very heavy cheap 29er mountain bike. These new ones feel incredibly light by ...
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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 different about cycling in London?

Prologue I cycle in Toronto, Canada: which has wide straight roads, bike lanes, bike paths, no traffic on residential roads etc. My brother lives near Brixton: he doesn't cycle himself, and says ...
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What are the minimum requirements to commute comfortably through the winter?

What needs to change on my bike? I have an 80's Schwinn Traveler single speed conversion. What needs to change with my clothing? I just wear regular street clothes now. I'm looking for the minimum ...
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Dealing with homicidal drivers [duplicate]

I do a 35km return commute into a big city. Almost daily, someone tries to run me over. Just in the past month I've experienced the following: I filter to the front of the traffic, wait at the ...
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Modifying Bikes 101 - Help (1988 Bridgestone City Limit CB-2)

1988 Bridgestone City Limit CB-2: Can I modify my bike with other parts or will that make it all funky? I know little to nothing about bikes but REALLY want to put some new parts on my bike. HANDSOME ...
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What to do with my old bike?

I have an old, cheap, second hand bike which I use for commuting. I have to leave it on the street for 10 hours every day, it is old with damaged stickers and dirty which makes it less likely to be ...
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How do you decide your route to commute to work?

I'm seriously considering bicycling to work, and I'd like some advice on the way to choose a route. Specifically, I have these two options: Go on a path with only 2 cross streets, but a road that is ...
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Can I increase my highest gear ratio?

I have a modern bike (ridgeback meteor '13) and It currently has a 21 speed shimano chainset. I find that going down hills (which I do a lot) and on flats I need a higher gear. Can I do anything to ...
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How often should I grease and repack my hubs and bottom bracket?

I am commuting 7 miles a day (round trip) in all weather in New England (temperate, moderately wet climate, cold winters). Overall I am putting about 1000 miles per year on my commuter bike, a 2009 ...
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What can I wear in the cold weather to be able to bike to work (where I don't have a shower)

I've already read the answers to this question and learned a lot! But my question is a bit different, I bike to work almost everyday, not a long ride, a few miles, a bit hilly a bit road side... ...
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Is my dream of finding a light/commuter/hauling bike a pipe dream?

For a while now I have been trying to find the perfect bike. One that is fast and allows me to ride 20 mph for 50 mi. One that I can load stuff on and has braze-ons for racks, fenders, etc. A bike ...
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I have a 13 mile commute, and I'm looking to buy a new bike [duplicate]

I'm currently riding a mountain bike from Wal-Mart, takes me about an hour. When I get my tax return, I plan buying a more appropriate bike for the commute. I'd like to stay around $300-400, and this ...
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Is it possible to fit a chain guard to a bike with derailleur gears?

I've been slowly going through the process of converting my old hardtail mountain bike into a commuting bike. One of the things that I'd like to do is to fit a chain guard so that I can ride the bike ...
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How can I be visible in the dark when I'm signalling a turn?

My bike and I are fairly visible at night--white light in front, red light in the back, bright yellow fenders, reflective tabs and a light on my helmet. I use hand signals to alert motorists when I'm ...
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Are slick tires worth it for commuting?

I commute to work on a Marin San Rafael on roads over a mix of flat to steep roads. My bike came with "700 x 35c with Puncture Protection" semi-slick tires: In the bike shed at work I noticed another ...
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Skateboard, roller blades or? [closed]

So this isn't precisely about bicycles but it's pretty close, right? Please point me to a more relevant Stack Exchange forum if there is one. I am trying to optimize my daily commute. I usually walk ...
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Storing commuter bicycle indoors during winter

I got myself a road bike that I intend to ride occasionally during winter (mostly for commuting). I live in an apartment, so storing the bicycle in a dry and cold place such as garage is not an option....
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Bike recommendation for daily commute

I am a 6ft, 172 pound being. Just moved to boston and now that the weather is better, I am looking for a bike which I can use for my daily office commute (around 3ish mile one way). I am willing to ...
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Hybrid bike stolen, trying to weigh factors for how to replace

I had my 2006 Trek 3700 stolen from my apartment today. I reported it to the police and should be getting at least a small amount of money from renter's insurance. It was locked with a Kryptonite ...
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Casual, stylish jacket for cycling? [closed]

I've been looking for a commuting jacket for a few months and haven't found anything suitable. Are there any casual-looking jackets with the following features for autumn/winter commuting in a city ...
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What are the most effective exercises to improve stamina and speed on my cycle to/from work?

I have just turned 40 and despite running many marathons in my younger days I'm finding it hard to get fitter again after too many years at a desk. I have a reasonable racing bike which I use for my ...
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When do I need more than one bike? How many bike is enough? How many bikes is too many?

I see questions where people want a bike to commute, road ride, and take on trails. Not one bike will do it all. When do I need more than one bike. How many bikes is enough?
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A long, straight, stiff mudguard?

I saw a bike with such a mudguard the other day. It was mounted on the seat tube and stuck straight out horizontally, between the two seat stays, over the brake and then over the rear wheel. I liked ...
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Quick drying shorts

I'm looking for a pair of shorts for my commute to work. I live in a country where it rains a lot so I know I'm going to get wet so rather than getting water proof gear I'd prefer to get some quick ...
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Shoe covers (or other tricks) for commuting in shorts

I commute to work by bike, very often in casual shorts and waterproof North Face sneakers. Provided I don't want to change my clothes (in particular I don't want to get SPD etc.), is there a good way ...
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Specs for parts on Giant Defy 4 (2013) to decide on upgrades to transfer parts onto another bike

I have a 2013 Giant Defy 4 and a new Montague Urban(UK)/Crosstown(USA) folding 21" 700c. I'd like to make the Montague better for the occasional uphill commute home I do when I don't have access to a ...
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How do I tell if a used bike (craigslist) is worth it? [duplicate]

So there are always a lot of sales going on on craigslist / ebay / etc. How do I tell if what they are selling is worth it? I don't really know the difference between a $500 bike and $1500 bike. I ...
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How should I configure my tail-lights?

I currently own a Cygolite Hotshot which I use with a rack mount in flashing mode. I also have a PDW The red planet which I keep on steady burn. I wanted something brighter than TRP so I ordered a ...
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How can I stop my toes from going numb on long rides?

I've begun trying to commute to work, which is a 70+ minute ride each way for me. I find that after about 30 minutes of riding, my toes in both feet begin to go numb. It's not a cold thing, because ...

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