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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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Does anyone know what model my bicycle is? [duplicate]

Serial number t143960019 Located in the front part of the frame.
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SPD SL Cleat Cover, are they supposed to be attached all the time or removed on rides?

I've always assumed you put them once and forget it, and still clip in with them, but then I read somewhere that Speedplay covers needs to be re-attached when you're walking. Is Shimano the same? If ...
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Trouble deciding between XC and road helmet [closed]

I need to buy a new helmet as my current helmet is at least 7 years old now and its pretty broken. I wanted something safe, and I've been using Bell helmets for forever, so just sticking with the ...
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I am a big guy who wants to buy a race bike

I am new to this site and I would really appreciate any thought on this. I am 32 years old male. I used to be in good shape most of my life. my weight fluctuated between 180 to 220 lbs. three years ...
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What road bike size to get?

I am very new to road bikes and have decided to buy one. The problem is both shops I have gone to said I should get a 54cm frame, even though I'm only 5'5. This seems to go against a lot of online ...
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Are recumbents more fatal in an accident than a regular bicycle?

I noticed a bunch of people riding recumbents a few days ago, as well as upright bikes, for an event happening in my town. What struck me was the low ride height and poor visibility (by others) of ...
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Popping/flexing, but *not* when pedaling hard

My road bike is making very noisy popping/flexing sounds when pedaling. There are multiple sounds in a semi-regular pattern with each pedal stroke, and I can feel extra movement through the pedals as ...
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Road bike and mountain bike shoes

I have a road bike with Look pedals that I would like to ride with SPD pedals, are they any adapters to the cleats that would allow me to do it?
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Can I replace 700*23C tire with 700*28?

I have Trek 1.1 with currently 700*23C tyres. I need to replace them but the one available in market are 700*28 Can I use this size as replacement? If yes, what'll be advantage and disadvantages?
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Is there a website which lists all the climbs? [closed]

I love to ride uphill with my road bike and the longer the climbs are the better. I want to build a "climbs to ride up before I die" list. What websites should I used to build such a list? I'am aware ...
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How should I approach safe cycling? [closed]

I have interest in biking to and from work, but have heard some horror stories from cyclists at work. Short of asking coworkers on safe cycling practices, where should I go for a more authoritative ...
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Why would a salty damp road be slipperier than the same road just damp?

I came off this morning* on a road I ride every day, in all weather conditions. Last night was frosty so the road was salted/gritted, but there was no visible frost nearby, it had warmed up from the ...
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How can I learn to sprint and ride out of the saddle?

I'm pretty new to road cycling, I've been road cycling since June 2017, because it's winter in Canada I recently got a indoor trainer and zwift. On a recent zwift session, I tried sprinting out of the ...
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Riding in single line

Is it safest for a group of cyclists to ride in a single line? Is it required for cyclists to ride in a single line in a narrow bike lane, or can they pass on the left in open traffic?
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How to install flat mount road disc brake calipers on IS mount bike?

I have custom MTB frame and I bought a pair of Shimano Hydraulic road shifters. They have on Shimano BR-RS505 Road Hydraulic Brake Calipers Flat Mount when instead my frame takes standard IS 51 mount (...
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Which of those 2 bikes is better [closed]

Hey i have the chance to buy either one of those 2 bikes . which bike is better. Please help. thanks
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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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Maximum Descending Speed

This is a hypothetical question but I'm curious. Assuming an endless, freshly paved road with no turns, what would be my maximum speed? EDIT My question is too general so to help I'm adding some ...
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Upgrading tires on my road bike

I'm very new to the complex world of bicycles, so apologies ahead of time... I have a 2012 Giant Defy 1 (https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/defy-1-2012) and am looking to upgrade the wheels to ...
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Can I use my Endurance bike for my first race?

I recently got into road cycling, my first and only bike purchase has been a Scott endurance bike. Now that I am getting more and more comfortable on a road bike, a couple of guys I group ride with, ...
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Senator bicycle [closed]

I own a bicycle by the name Senator, manufactured in Austria, by the Senator company. I have had the bike for over 35 years. I Would like to find out any information on it.
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Going from MTB to CX - keep shoes? [duplicate]

I am switching from a MTB (with pretty old, but still fine, SPD cleats) to a CX and am in the process of picking pedals. I won't be driving the MTB at all anymore, after that, and have switched it to ...
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Finding the right size bicycle

I am 4'10" and about 300lbs. I would love to start bicycling around the countryside for pleasure and low level exercise. But my tummy gets in the way and it hurts to bend my knees at the top of the ...
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Changing cranksets

Ive done hardly any cycling and know virtually nothing about road bikes, but Ive bought a second hand Avanti Vervace with the intention of doing the around Lake Taupo ride (160km). Apparently the ...
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UK - What constitutes dangerous driving?

So today a big tour bus pulled into the bus lane in front of me. In the process of doing so, they came pretty close, within an arm span. Then, further down the road the traffic slowed them down and I ...
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Look PP75 overhaul

How to make a complete overhaul of Look PP75 clipless pedals? I already removed the plastic cap but I cannot remove the bearings. Does someone know how? Also, where to get replacement bearings?
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converting a road bike (aluminum with carbon forks) handle bar

I am coming off of a 10 year break from cycling due to a horrible auto accident. I have back issues and have the following questions: Would converting or modifying my existing handlebar help? What ...
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XC helmet for road biking, or road helmet for XC?

I'm not a very serious biker in either category, I need a new helmet and I'm thinking that I would rather spend $200 on one awesome helmet rather than $100 on two just-good helmets. I understand ...
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answers for why the bike wobbles back and forth when standing on the pedals and working it

So I read all these answers about the bike moving underneath the rider back and forth when standing on the pedals. So how much is actually effective and how much is for "show" (looks cool) I have a ...
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Should i upgrade from Skultura 400D with 105 to giant tcr advanced with ultegra di2? [closed]

I have had the merida skultura 400d and have ridden around 1100kms. Would there be any value in getting giant tcr advanced pro disc or the propel advanced pro? My rides are generally 80kms a week ...
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How do i train two days a week? [closed]

I am working in odd shifts and don't get time to go on training ride every morning. My work schedule allows me some free time around evening however due to traffic conditions here I am reluctant to ...
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At what point does a road become too busy/fast to ride on safely?

Upfront, I'm willing to admit that I have some nervousness when it comes to commuting by bike that I need to get over. However, I want to know if all of that nervousness is unfounded, or if some of it ...
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Mountain bike, one road bike tire. Front or back?

I have a road bike tire and was going to put it on my mountain bike since I use it to commute to work. Should I replace the front or back tire? Which will give me the better performance?
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Is it OK to use pedestrian phase of pedestrian crossing to join/leave the carriageway? (UK)

If the start of my journey is on a busy road, and there is a pedestrian crossing nearby, I often take advantage of the pedestrian phase of the crossing by mounting the bike, joining the carriageway ...
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Can you run 52/39 chain rings with an 11/32 cassette?

Seems most bikes either come with 50/36 rings and an 11/32 or 52/39 rings with an 11/28 cassette. I live in hilly terrain and do need lower gears but often feel spun out with my 50/36 by 11/32, could ...
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Pavement riding in Scotland

I've just moved to Edinburgh, and I understand that the land reform act 2003 lets me cycle on most land, excluding certain places like some highways or ministry of defense land. Does this mean I'm ...
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Road Bike overhaul [closed]

Can someone recommend a complete step by step book or other media that can help me with this project I am about to take on. Please include the list of tools too. I have an old Jamis road bike I would ...
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Presta valve in a Schrader rim hole: How to use / do I need a rim hole reducer?

I have a road bike here with 622-16 wheels and Schrader valves. As I needed to replace a tube, I found that most options in the 622-23 size use Presta valves. I read around a bit and found people ...
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Maxing out on gears [duplicate]

I have an older specialized bike from 2001 that I ride and race on with a gearing of Shimano 53/39 and 9-speed cassette 12/26. On my regular weekly rides I end up maxing out on my gears and can't get ...
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Where and when was my Schwinn Traveler made?

I think that I have a 1987 Schwinn Traveler. The serial number is I626829. The code on my head badge is 0227. The head badge says Schwinn Chicago and there is a star in the middle. I have read ...
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Hybrid bike advice, tyre sizes

I currently ride my road bike (700cx28 (or 28x622) in front and 700cx35 rear) on loamy/grassy trails about 1/3rd of the time (2/3 on the road). When the trail gets too muddy or stony etc. I dismount ...
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Tour de Trump/Tour DuPont routes?

The Tour de Trump (later Tour DuPont) was run from 1989 to 1996 on the East Coast. Information regarding the details of these events seems to be sparse, especially the earlier editions. Does anyone ...
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Planning to purchase a road bike

I am 57 years old, 182 cm and weigh 105 kg. I have been cycling for the past 5 years, mostly with a city bike, Trek 7.5 FX. After a trial of a long distance lasting a week with that bike, I realized ...
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How fast can you go over speed breakers?

so I've only recently started biking. I have a hybrid, Montra Trance Pro. So I went pretty fast over a few speed breakers, and that made me wonder, exactly how fast can I go over a bump? The rear ...
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Windshield on a bike

I'm doing a bunch of work on my bike today, and had an idea. My biggest speed killer especially downhill is air resistance. I have a mountain bike but I only ride on the road. I've been looking at my ...
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2 speed shifter for three chainring set

I just bought a A070 Shimano Sti 2x7 set for my bike which is 3x7. Could I still install and use all three chainrings? Or would I be limited to the two chain rings?
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Tool for Cannonade Carbon Si Crankset

Used a 3/8" hex key to remove the crank but the outer bolt needs to be tightened separately. Perhaps it's possible to tighten it with the crank off or do I need a special pin type tool. Its a ~2008 ...
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Why don't women have Cat. 5?

For road racing in the US, USA Cycling has women divided into four categories (4,3,2,1) and men divided into five categories (5,4,3,2,1). The procedures for category upgrades for 4-3, 3-2 and 2-1 are ...
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Old bike compatibility with direct train bike trainer?

I'd like to get a direct train bike trainer (wahoo kickr) to exercise on. My current road bike is a Schwinn le Tour circa 1980, and does not have the 10 or 11 speed required to run on most direct ...