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

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Who has the right of way crossing a shared pedestrian crosswalk / bike path? (USA)

I pass this intersection (and others like it) at least twice per day on my way to work and I'm still a little unsure who should stop for whom. The little yellow star indicates the "bike path", which ...
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Brake levers for bullhorn on single speed - tt/cross or both?

I'm newbie. I need advice regarding brake levers for bullhorn on a single speed. I ride both flat and bullhorn ends. Do I need both TT levers and cross levers? What do you use? Bonus questions: ...
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My handlebar and My front tube are no longer one. Might I have died?

So, I have this problem [problem]. This happened today while I was putting it in a car to store overnight, but clearly I have to fix this. Could someone please tell me: what exactly qent wrong ...
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Child sleeping in bike trailer

My husband and I like to take our 3.5 year old daughter for bike rides and she rides in a trailer. But the problem is that she is sitting idly on a calm, mostly smooth ride on a bike path surrounded ...
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Which is safer: country road vs highway?

Asking the park ranger about my planned itinerary, her answer was to take, instead, a 4-lane divided highway with wide shoulder, the argument being that it would be safer than using 2-lane/little-or-...
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We offer our riders shared helmets. What sanitizing spray or barrier product can we provide alongside the helmets?

We are lucky enough to have four shared bikes at work, which are available for any employee to ride. Due to New Zealand's compulsory helmet laws, we must provide some shared helmets. Some people don'...
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When I pedal they keep shifting forward randomly but not moving the bike forward [duplicate]

When I try to pedal fast or hard or just put any sort of pressure to move the pedals foward they seem to give out, randomly jerking forward and not making the bike wheel move. https://drive.google....
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Hydraulic Disc Brakes Not Locking Up

So as the title says my disc brakes are not locking up. They are gripping but not locking. My older brakes were leaking and i changed them with Shimano Deore BL-M596. I have searched online and found ...
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cross country upgrades [closed]

Well I am planning to ride to California from Indiana. I was wondering if there are any cost effective bicycle upgrages that may help increase the endurance of the bicycle and or the overall speed.
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Motorists misjudge bicycle speed

This question is probably a little too location-specific but I hope it attracts some good answers Okay, here we go... Most cities in India do not have dedicated paths/lanes for bicycles We are ...
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Is it really safer to ride in the road than on the sidewalk?

I am fairly new to riding, in a city where it is legal to ride in the road or on the sidewalk. In the areas where I need to ride, the roads are busy but the sidewalks are virtually deserted. I keep ...
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Threatening swerving by driver - should I report it? (Canada)

I'm curious to get some opinions on this from other cyclists. FYI this event took place in Ottawa, Canada. On my work commute, there are about 3 blocks where I ride in the lane with cars because ...
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How long does an unused helmet keep for?

Will a helmet suffer in any way if it is kept in its original box indoors for some years before ever being used? For instance, I might keep it unused for 5 years and then use it for 5 years. I ask ...
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Factors Involved With Tire Wobble When Riding Without Hands

I recently upgraded road bikes from a heavy one (25lbs+, 25mm) with thick tires to a very light one with skinny tires ( 16 lbs, 22mm ). One thing that changed noticeably was the loss of the ability ...
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Tire Rubbing Against Chainstay

The specifics: Have an older Litespeed Vortex (2005) frame. I think back in these days the super skinny 20mm tires were in vogue. Anyways it seems like the frame might be super optimized towards ...
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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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1976 peugeot 10-speed bike correct tire pressure?

I have a 1976 peugeot 10-speed bike. What is the correct tire pressure? I ride over concrete sidewalks and rough, pitted asphalt roads and paths.
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How close to the kerb should I cycle?

I'm new here, and also pretty new to cycling as my main form of travel. Note that I'm from the UK, so we drive on the left. I always ride on the lane closest to the kerb. On one of my journeys I have ...
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Broken stem tube – LBS "just" lowered handlebars. Is this safe?

I have asked this elsewhere on the internet as well, but this is the Stack Exchange adaptation. I have three related questions and I'll try to make it clear what they are. Here's some background where ...
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How to cross major road 3 way intersection

I'm curious about the best way to get across this intersection. I will be traveling north (top of the picture is north), and want to turn left at this light. Path indicated by red arrows. As can be ...
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I need an StVZO compliant bike light. Any recommendations?

I tried to buy one from Amazon but after testing it today the beam is clearly symmetrical and has no advantages over a normal bike light. I live in the UK so the StVZO regulation is not one which I ...
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Slipstreaming Passing Vehicles

When I'm alone and plodding along the shoulder of a state highway, I like to stand up to catch a wind gust as large vehicles "fly" by me. The amount of "fun" I get from this is exponentially ...
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Biking across a four-lane bridge - Why was I wrong to bike across the bridge?

I am an avid bike-rider living in Spokane (Washington State). Spokane is a fairly large city, with many bridges built across the Spokane River. One such bridge is the Maple Street Bridge, which was ...
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How do you reconcile demographic helmet safety findings with individual helmet safety? [closed]

There is some evidence that the rate of bicycle helmet use in various developed countries has a positive correlation with the rate of received head injuries & deaths in the cycling population. ...
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Recourse for Reckless Drivers?

I was just now pedaling home in the bike lane when an oncoming car made an abrupt left turn in front of me. My rear tire locked up as I braked hard and narrowly avoided a collision. The driver ...
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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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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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Cycling into tunnels with claustrophobic person

you are cycling in pair you may need to travel through tunnels (lenght can vary from few hundreds meter to about 7 kilometers) your travelmate is claustrophobic, therefore tunnels are a challenge for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Wrong way on a bike lane?

Is it OK to ride the opposite way on a designated bike lane? I'm in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. The reason I ask is because most of the lanes near me are only on one side of the road. The picture below ...
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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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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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Safety of lateral (flexible) flags to prevent cars from passing too closely and signaling

A problem that I'm always confronted when cycling, especially in steep climbs where there is no or insufficient roadside, are cars passing too closely. Usually I would position myself more close to ...
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How to keep glasses dry in the rain?

Today in the middle of my ride it started raining and I could barely see due to the amount of rain on my glasses. This is basically what I could see I have jokingly talked about using Rain-X on my ...
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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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Is cycling in the Netherlands without a helmet safer than cycling with a helmet in the USA?

We moved to Netherlands and no one seems to wear a helmet. My teenage child did have a helmet but said she lost it. When my wife wanted buy her a new helmet, my daughter said she will refuse to wear ...
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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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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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Bicycle designed for one-arm usage?

I badly fractured my shoulder in a car accident and have limited mobility in my right arm after the repair. Is there a way for me to safely bicycle on city streets with one arm? Can I modify my ...
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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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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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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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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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