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Riding safely, safety equipment, and safe places to ride.

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How to properly attach a “tag-along” bicycle

I have a tag-along for my son that wants to join me on some rides. It's a great way for father-son bonding. He's 7yo. I've attached the collar of the tag-along to my seat post, and tightened the four ...
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I want to ride a bike, but its dangerous for me to have weight on my arms

I ride about 6 miles a day to work and back. I would like to ride more, but because of a bum shoulder I am increasingly getting into dangerous situations and I want to give up riding. I have a Giant ...
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Safety vests: Yellow vs. Orange?

What are the factors that should affect whether my visibility will be higher with a "high visibility Yellow" vs. a "high visibility Orange" vest or jacket? It seems too simplistic to simply say "...
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What happens if a tire goes flat while I am in a fast turn?

So, the other day, I was riding along and got a flat tire. I was at the bottom of a large hill where I often find myself travelling 30 or more miles per hour (as per my speedometer) about it's many ...
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Why is it safer to bike with traffic, instead of facing oncoming cars?

There has been an ongoing debate in my area's local newspaper, regarding biking with vs. against the flow of traffic. A recent incident in which a cyclist was hit from behind, and later died of his ...
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Are there any post 2013 studies available that focus on the use of bike lights during the day to prevent collisions with cars? [duplicate]

My cousin was recently killed when hit by a car from behind as he was cycling his road bike in the countryside in broad daylight. The accident occurred on a sunny day as he entered a shaded area of ...
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Is pollution a problem in urban cycling?

I usually ride a bicycle in Barcelona. I'm concerned about pollution and I take an anti-pollution mask. Of course, some people scream because they confuse me with Hannibal Lecter but currently that's ...
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Can a climbing helmet be used for biking safely?

I have a Black Diamond HalfDome helmet I use for rock climbing. Is it safe for me to bike with it or should I wear a regular helmet?
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What are the possible practical consequences of breaking the rules of the road?

I was reading this question which seemed a totally weird thing to worry about and sparked my question. I've always disregarded stop signs, lights, crossings and waving policemen as basically ...
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Safety - Improve braking power in wet conditions

I have a Dawes Giro Competition with Vuelta Stylus Corsa rims (aluminium I think although I'm not certain), Mavic Aksion 700x25c slick tyres and Tektro R540 brakes. Brake pads are standard Tektro pads ...
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Are convertible full face helmets as safe as regular ones?

I'm thinking about buying a full face helmet for bike parks. While searching I found helmets like Bell 2R that convert from round enduro helmet to full face with a removable chin bar, which is kind of ...
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Can a Reynolds 753 aero fork steerer tube be unbent?

I was hit by a car and now the steerer of my Reynolds 753 aero fork is bent. Is it possible to bend them back? Would that be safe? I can't afford a new pair!
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If I report intentional dangerous driving to police, will it have any effect?

Today I was riding ~3 feet out from parked cars (dooring is the most common way to get killed) and this pickup truck comes up behind me and just lays on its horn for an entire block. The driver was ...
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If I attached a “pointy” pool noodle to my bike, would it make me safer even from sadistic drivers?

A few sources suggest that mounting a foam pool noodle on the back of your bike can help stop drivers from passing too closely. Such noodles are available at my dollar store, unlike spring-loaded bike ...
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How to tell if a newly built bicycle wheel is safe to ride?

I recently finished building my first ever bicycle wheel, and now I'm planning to test ride it. Since this is my first wheel build I want to safely test it to ensure that the wheel won't fail ...
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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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How to indicate you are going straight?

I live in a country where people drives on the right. Say I am riding my bike like this: - main road vvvv vvvv - narrow path vvvv vv \ \ | | \ \ |* | &...
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Can I use Shimano 105's brakes with vintage bike?

Complete newbie here, looking for better stopping power and less rusty calipers. I have a Nishiki Custom Sport with Dia Compe brakes and I was wondering if I could use the Shimano 105 5800's on them. ...
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Get off bike on crosswalk?

I go to school at Lafayette, CA. Can't find the local laws here, but people sometimes shout at me to get off my bike on the crosswalk. Even though many other students ride over the cross, I'm ...
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Is there a spoke light that is ultrabright? [closed]

I love the setup this guy demos here as it is attention-grabbing and is visible from all directions, however I'm wondering what options I have with ultrabright spoke lights. The description says they ...
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What is, by police standards, considered legally walking versus riding bicycle? [duplicate]

Legally, what berkeley, california police based legal standard for walking bicycle in the residential neighborhood street? Walking with the bicycle at the side, and, or, walking while bicycle is ...
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How many fingers on the brake lever?

I have seen people stop with one finger, two fingers or the whole hands on the levers. Is there a recommended number of fingers on the brake levers when stopping/anticipating an emergency stop? Do ...
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When using the front brake, should I always move my weight to the back or is just bracing with arms is sufficient?

I always thought that OTB is caused by deceleration if the rider stops too abruptly. But I've found an article that says: Jobst Brandt has a quite plausible theory that the typical "over-the-bars"...
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Dealing with cars harassing cyclists in the US [duplicate]

Tonight as my partner was out riding a car swerved over to the fog line as it passed and laid on the horn before speeding off. While most of the driver around here are extremely courteous something ...
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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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Do helmets really lose their quality with time even if kept in package?

A friend of mine, who works as a sales manager in a good bike shop advised me to never buy a helmet that is older than couple of years, and the best thing to do is to buy the current model line, when ...
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Are anti-pollution masks effective?

In Toronto when the temperature goes above 30 degrees Celcius (90 degrees Farenheit), for a few days and without wind, there is smog. I find the smog irritates and makes it difficult to breathe in ...
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Is it acceptable to cycle towards the centre of the lane on blind corners?

Some context: I live near a very congested main road, and everyone goes through the villages whenever it is blocked. If I am cycling, I have a continuous stream of cars passing me, even if they can't ...
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How to pass another bicycle in a bike lane

I bike to and from work in New York City, and I have noticed that while I stay very far to the right in the bike lane (literally on the line that marks the right most boundary of the bike lane), maybe ...
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How can I gauge what angle I can safely ride at on a downhill curve?

On a Strava segment featuring a 80-100m-long, 40-50m radius curve going downhill on a paved road at about 8-10%, I make generous use of my brakes out of fear of wiping out on my 23mm, fairly slick ...
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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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Red light facing forwards?

I was criticized for having a blinking red light facing forwards on my handlebars (in addition to a White headlight). What is wrong with this? It was nighttime in Manhattan. Isn't more always better ...
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What is the safest and most courteous way to ride on a two-lane road?

There is a one-mile two-lane road close to my home with no bike lane, but with a large sidewalk. I ride this road every day, and it got me curious what I should be doing. The speed limit is 35 and the ...
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Do the benefits of clipless pedals out weigh any danger they may pose the rider?

As a newbie rider, I was asked by many experienced riders and bike shop experts if I was using clipless pedals yet? The implication was you are not really a serious rider until you are clipless, sort ...
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Is it safe to go over roots at high speed on a cross-country bicyle?

I have an average cross-country bike (Cube AIM), with stock parts on it. I have no problems descending at high speeds on a rocky road/singletrack. But when I have a long, steep descend with big ...
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Is it good practice to wave following cars through when safe?

When I am being followed by a car that is unable to safely overtake, I would normally take the lane and adopt primary position as recommended, making an obvious move to secondary position once it is ...
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Tips for having partner drive support.

I am hoping to get some tips and suggestions for having a partner drive support for long rides (training or touring). Is it best to plan spots that they will meet you and can get to your location of ...
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Does a bike helmet without chin straps make any sense?

Wouldn't any major impact make it fly off the head and not protect you.
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How can I check if my bike is safe for touring?

I have an old second-hand bike that I use daily for commute, and in a few weeks I want to take it on my first bike tour around Europe. I'm a bit worried, since the bike is quite old (has some rust ...
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Black threads are coming of my tire. Does it need to be replaced?

One of my bike tires have started shedding long black threads. I'm assuming that this means that something is not right. The tire has a folding bead. Does this mean that my tire should be replaced as ...
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Turn signal lights for bikes

I am interested in buying turn signal lights for bicycles. I read something about here and in other websites, but I did not find answers for the following questions: For the point of view of a driver,...
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Which bicycle cameras are suitable for all weather 11+ hours food delivery cyclists [closed]

I am a bicycle food delivery boy. After a close pass forcing line variation followed by a threat of assault using a motor vehicle I now desire to mount cameras for evidence. I also want to mount ...
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When in a UCI race, does the helmet have to be to be fitted properly

I noticed that Nibali's helmet was very loose when he went down during one of the last stretches of the 2016 Giro d'Italia. A helmet is almost useless if it's not properly fastened. I understand that ...
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What bike/helmet camera resolution is needed in order to read licence plates?

Has anyone had any success with cameras that can resolve the license plates of vehicles that are near the bike? What resolution will be needed if we want to be able to read license plate later on? ...
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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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Does it make sense to complain to companies about bad driving?

On my commute in this morning I found myself in another situation where I was in conflict with another road user. (Briefly, a truck and I arrived at a roundabout at a roughly similar time, but I was ...
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Potential risks of sitting upright on the saddle during a daily commute

I ride my bike to work Monday through Friday, about forty minutes both ways. The elevation changes a bit but not too much. I'm not a huge fan of holding the handlebars, and I often ride with no ...
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Why do many full face bicycle helmets not conform to the ASTM F1952 standard?

It seems to me that a lot of full face bicycle helmets do not conform to the requirements of the ASTM F1952 standard for downhill bicycle helmets. Some noteable examples from the best selling list of ...
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In city traffic, is sitting more upright safer than more aero positions?

I like the handlebar height lower than the average road bikes I see in my city. Am wondering if I am putting myself in more risk.
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What is the safest type of pedal for all-weather city cycling?

I've been commuting by bike for many years on different types of strapless platform pedal and have always been nervous about clip-in pedals. Excluding any accidents caused by getting used to a new ...