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

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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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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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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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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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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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What is the best time to cycle during the day (traffic)?

I started cycling a year ago and I have a favourite route for my time trial training since it is very hilly. However, I cycle on a major road (just outside town) and thus I like to cycle when it is ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Will a Mishiki Pueblo Mountain 20 in frame hold my weight. I go about 330 [closed]

I weigh about 330 ... Will a Mishiki Pueblo Mountain Bike 20 inch frame will hold my weight?
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Running tires with significantly different pressures?

I ordered a replacement for one of the old Schwalbe Marathon 700x28C tires on my ancient road bike, and it turns out that "new" Marathons of that size are meant to be inflated to 80-110psi despite ...
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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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How should I handle a highway patrolman who stops me occasionally to give incorrect instructions about my riding duties?

I live near a minor Tennessee town and frequently ride the few miles into town and back on state highways. Part of the route (the less busy part, ironically) has a dedicated bike lane, but it's filled ...
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Does cannabis affect cycling performance?

Some of my friends like to smoke (using both traditional methods and vaporizers that produce no "smoke") or eat edibles before rides, they say it makes it more enjoyable. I always wonder if it ...
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Is cycling with crystal sunglasses dangerous?

I'm a commuter cyclist. I have a pair of Persol sunglasses with leaded crystal lenses. Do y'all think this is dangerous in case of an accident? I have terrible thoughts of wrecking and glass shards ...
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Nearly getting hit by reckless vehicles. What can be done? [duplicate]

Today I nearly got hit by a driver not paying attention: I was stopped, waiting to turn right. She was turning right off the road. She did not indicate. It was a quiet residential area, daylight. ...
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Cyclist vs Van. Who is wrong in this scenario? [closed]

I often find that some drivers disregard cyclists right of way, and as a result put cyclists in danger. For example, when a cyclist takes their right of way, some drivers ignore this and assume the ...
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MTB Safety - Helmet [duplicate]

Does a standard bike helmet offer any real protection when cycling offroad? Looking at other people cycling offroad, fullface helmets are quite rare. Although to me it looks like a standard helmet is ...
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How to (safely) navigate a four-way stop

What's the safest way to navigate a four-way stop on a bicycle? I've found that some cars will ignore me, others will wave me through, and still others will just treat me as any other vehicle on the ...
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Questions about shifting from a new road cyclist

I recently purchased a used bike from my local co-op. I've ridden previously on fixed bikes with straight bars, but this bike is the first one I've owned where I have to shift and use drop handlebars. ...
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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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What speed of wind gust will cause a cyclist to swerve by 1m or more?

Today's weather forecast for London predicts gusts of 45mph. While there are many factors in determining whether its safe to ride, the possibility of getting blown into oncoming traffic rules out a ...
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What to do when a snake is in front of you?

I was coming out of a corner and saw something on the road about 10 meters up but only from about 5 meters I realised it's a snake trying to cross the path. I panicked but didn't really do anything. ...
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How to proceed when pedestrians occupy the dedicated bike path?

I go to work every day on my bike. In my town there are only few bike roads but luckily one is about half of my way to job, but a lot of pedestrians believe they are bikes and occupy the bike path. At ...
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What bicycle safe anti-car road spikes exist?

I am curious if there is a technology that allows bicycles to run over it, but will destroy car tires. From my understanding, usually poles like this are placed on trails to prevent vehicles from ...
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What's this part of the bike, and is it safe to alter it?

The video shows someone installing a gps bike tracker, however there is not much room in the top of the head tube, so he hammers down what's already in there in order to make room for the tracker. In ...
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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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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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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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Fracture in folding frame - safe to ride?

I cycle every day because I live in a city and I find it a fun, fit and convenient mode of transport. I am not a cycling hobbyist, am only averagely fit and know pretty much nothing about bike ...
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Pizza box rear light

I work as a delivery man on a bicycle, so I often ride my bike after dark with a black pizza box attached. My rear light attaches to my seatpost, and is completely useless when the pizza box is there. ...
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When should I replace the brake cable?

Here is the picture of the cable from my rear V-brakes: As you can see it's worn down. Should I replace it now or is it safe to use it for some more time?
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Is Marseille a safe place to ride a bicycle?

I learned to ride a bike quite recently and I was thinking about moving to Marseille next year to study. I love bikes and I would love to be able to get one there and move around the city using it. I'...
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Rear wheel constant bump

my rear wheel has a constant bump whenever I ride . I've done all that came to mind at firs. Deflated and checked the tire , checked the axel for bends , checked the ball bearings , made shure the ...
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Pedal-powered head/tail lights

I'm planning to get a pair of pedal-powered head & tail lights to get my husband as a gift. He commutes ~11mi roundtrip every day to/from work. In summer, he rides a Cannondale touring bike. In ...
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Can the iBert safe-T-seat be safely mounted behind the seat post?

I have the iBert front-mounting child seat. I've used it previously attached to my street bike as in the below image, but between the straight bars and the shifter triggers, I had to mount it so low ...
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Is my stopping dangerous when Idaho Stop is de facto but not legal?

I've been bike commuting in the East Bay Area of California (5mi/day, plus public transport) for a few weeks now. I recently attended an in-class safety course, where I learned the fine for not ...
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Looking for an old fashioned bicycle with coaster brakes & hand brakes for a woman

I am looking for an old fashioned style bicycle. I had a bad accident on a new bicycle and I feel safer with with an old-style bike. I've never crashed before and I've been riding bicycles for over 40 ...
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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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What are the risks of fenders/mudguards?

I've seen fender/mudguard descriptions that mention things like breakaway stays and discussions about the relative safety of metal vs plastic fenders, but I'm not getting what the concerns are. Can ...
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Front wheel oscillation

I'm not sure if oscillation is the right way to describe this, but when I'm riding at speed (say around 35-40 km/h) and take one hand off of the bars, the bars shimmy or oscillate – kind of like they ...
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Best Tires for Cannondale Bad Boy 4

I'm just getting into biking and last week I just purchased a Cannondale Bad Boy 4 from REI. They still have it in the shop as I'm in the processing of moving and they agreed to hold onto it for me. ...
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Safety comparison, downhill mountain bike vs. downhill ski

My twelve-year-old recently tried downhill mountain biking when we were in Lake Placid. He found it thrilling and would like to continue with this new sport now that we are back home. I am hesitant ...
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Where do you leave your bike on cafe stops and water breaks?

Where should I leave my bike on longer rides when stopping at a cafe or going into a store to get water? Do you carry a lock in your jersey? Leave it outside? What is a good lock? What should I do ...
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What's the best way to secure helmet straps?

On every helmet I've worn there is always some extra length to the straps that run through the buckle that secures the helmet to ones head. Most helmet's these days come with one or two small rubber ...
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How does the risk of a cyclist colliding with a vehicle vary with the speed difference?

In a recent answer I asserted Statistics show that the probability of a collision rises rapidly after the speed difference between two road users exceeds 20 kph (12 mph). So choose paths without ...
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Is it possible to get a light that is too bright?

This question is related to this recent question: Best ways to avoid getting hit by cars? I have a 750 lumens front head light - it's bright! Some of my riding buddies say it is too bright for the ...
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Best ways to avoid getting hit by cars?

When riding through city traffic, what are the best ways to increase the chance you are seen, given a bit of space, and are not touched by any vehicles?
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