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Twist and go front wheel conversion on existing ebike

I have new mid motor ebike (Raleigh) and I want to replace the front wheel with a twist and go front wheel conversion with its own separate battery only to get up hills and I will use existing pedal ...
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Training for driving on the left in the UK

In contrast to the rest of Europe, the UK has a drive on the left policy. It is not easy to follow the rules, coming from Europe. Is there a written or in person training for this? I have found this: ...
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How strong should lights be for a route partially in a city and partially outside city on a public road?

I'm commuting 3 days a week 20 km one way (40 km daily) on an e-bike in the UK. It takes around 50 minutes. Days are getting darker and I am about to buy a better light. I'm tempted to buy a 1600 ...
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Passing parked cars with oncoming traffic - UK Highway Code

This is a tricky one and a problem I suspect others encounter, but I can't find a definitive answer so... On my cycle (in the UK), I have a few streets which are narrow with parked cars on the left (...
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Found my stolen bike, what to do? (London, UK) [closed]

About a year ago my old bike was stolen by cutting through the fence that I had locked it too (I didn't realize that the fence was thinner than the lock itself) and now I've come across it once again ...
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Maps for cycling routes in Scotland and Yorkshire

I am starting to plan my next cycling vacation, with finger crossed that it can really take place. My intention is to cycle in Yorkshire and Scotland. When using Google Map, cycling option, how much ...
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18 Speed Mountain Bike Single Speed Conversion

As of right now I currently have an Apollo 18 speed freewheel bike (3 Front and 6 Rear) I bought from Halfords but I have decided that I want to convert it into a single speed bike. This is because I ...
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I’m intending doing the UK C2C and wondered what would be the most suitable bike to buy? [closed]

Bike choice £1000 Coast to coast ride in the UK. Been riding a Ridgeback Voyage but too heavy.
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England Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme: how not to miss the next release?

The UK government is running a Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme in England which allows members of the public to receive a voucher worth up to £50 towards the cost of repairing a bicycle. At the time of ...
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Turning right but can't see cars coming (UK)

I'm a newbie to cycling and I was wondering if I done the right thing or I should do something different next time. I'm coming down towards a main road where I can either go left or right. I want to ...
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What proportion of adults in Britain can ride a bike? [closed]

I'm guessing it's a very high proportion, but has someone got a reliable statistic for this?
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Is passing traffic on the cars' passenger side ("Undertaking") with a bicycle frowned upon in the UK?

Take the example where a bicycle lane is on the road, rather than the pavement. There is a queue of cars waiting at the lights, and the bike lane is clear right up to the lights. If you were to cycle ...
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3 bolt exercise bike saddle adapter in the UK

The saddle currently fitted to my exercise bike is attached to a fixed plate with 3 bolts on it, I can't find any adapters to fit more traditional saddles (rails/posts) that are available in the UK. ...
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UK - Help me find my ideal bike [closed]

My employer's cycle to work scheme (Cycle Solutions) allows a max spend of £1k for a bicycle. Ideally I want a bicycle that fits the following criteria: Drop bars Frame with eyelets (I can transfer ...
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Liability Insurance - What if you break the law?

Are there any insurance policies out there that cover you if you have an accident while say, jumping a red light or cycling the wrong way on a one-way road?
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Can I legally use front facing blue light in the UK?

I have a white front-facing light and a red light at the back. However, I was wondering if I could add the blue light at the front as well from a legal standpoint. Whether it is flashing or constant ...
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Is it possible that the gears switched from left to right?

I'm 100% sure that my gear levers on the right side are for my front gears and the ones on the left side are for changing the rear gears. After a muddy ride today it seemed that this changed. I was ...
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How much is average annual maintenance of a mid-range electric bike?

I'm considering buying a mid range e-bike for commuting (3 miles one way, all city road/bike lane). it's about £1000 to buy the bike, but how much is it to service the bike? I don't need an exact ...
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Preparation/tips for 50 mile ride

I've been cycling for most of my life but I'm not an endurance rider - the furthest I've ever cycled in one go is 20 miles. I do a modest amount of riding daily - a couple of miles. Soon I'll be ...
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Is it legal for a car to overtake me as I overtake a parked car in UK?

The road has one lane. There is a parked car on the side. I overtake it and position myself in the middle of the road because no car is coming from the front. Often enough, at the same time I get ...
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Is using hand signals a legal requirement in the UK?

I am just starting to cycle on the road and I'm wondering if cyclists are legally required to use hand signals or if they are optional (i.e. recommended but you won't get into trouble if you don't use ...
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Riding my bike on empty pavement when the road is busy UK [duplicate]

I often find myself in the situation that I'm riding my bike on the road, holding up several cars whom I can tell are getting impatient (there are oncoming cars so its hard to overtake safely). A lot ...
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No locked off youth gearing restriction for road racing British National Series/Championships

Can anyone correctly confirm (by providing a link to the exact rule in British Cycling rulebook), if the use of locked off gears is permitted in Youth (A, B and Junior) National level series or ...
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Is UK National Cycle Network Route 20 fully open?

Is UK National Cycle Network Route 20 fully open and fully signed all the way from Wandsworth (in London) to Brighton?
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Bicycle box on train Gatwick to Reading

Has anyone arrived on a flight into Gatwick Airport with a bike box and then got onto the train ? I arrive late at night from Australia and have booked a train ticket to Reading but booking space for ...
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Right of way for a raised crossing?

The new Cycle Superhighway 3 goes through Hyde Park, London,UK on West Carriage Drive. It contains a number of points at which pedestrians are evidently intended to cross, as the roadway and cycleway ...
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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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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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Cyclopark Sportive Kent

I love riding my bike and am looking at my first challenge! I've seen a sportive in October from Cyclopark, I've not been there and not sure of the roads the route is on, looks hilly!! Has anyone seen ...
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Frame manufacturer not covering crack as saying it was crash damage

My Ti frame developed a huge crack in the frame a week or so ago. A pain I thought bit it'll be covered by warranty... The frame builder is now saying that it's crash damage. I really really doubt ...
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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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What does this road sign mean?

I regularly pass a (UK) road sign that I don't recognise. My gut instinct is that it's warning me about a bridge or a tunnel but it's on a normal dual-carriageway and there are no obvious overhead ...
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Is a car "perfectly entitled" to turn left around cyclist

(I'm in the UK so we drive on the left) This morning a driver pulled up alongside me (to my right) at a junction. As soon as a gap came available, I pulled out to turn left and he did the same, ...
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can you use a cycle path to bypass red lights?

Okay, so this is my issue. On my commute home there is a spot where there is a light straight ahead, before the white line the cycle lane mergers with the path on the left. Does this mean i can ...
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Legality of opening someone else's car door?

This is in the context of having just been involved in a near miss with the car. And only applies at traffic lights whereby the car is stationary very soon after the near miss. So, generally the near ...
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Old bike - what can I use for crank replacement?

The LBS doesn't have anything in stock to replace the crank on this bike : What is this type of crank and does anyone still supply them?
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Is it possible to predict when roads will have less traffic?

I'm planning a two day trip down the UK country roads. I'd like to time and plan my route so that I'll have a pleasant ride. Is it possible to tell which days of the week would see the least traffic? ...
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Where can I ride Paris-Roubaix style cobbles in the UK?

Watching the Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde van Vlaanderen recently made me think I'd like to try out my road bike on similar-style cobbles, just for a laugh. Is there anywhere in the UK (I live in ...
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Best cycle to work provider? [closed]

I'm looking at signing our work up to a Cycle to Work scheme in the UK. There are a lot of online reviews of the benefits of the scheme, but not much feedback on which are the best providers to go for....
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Will I have problems maintaining a bike from the UK in the US?

I'm moving to the US from the UK and am considering taking my fairly average hybrid road bike with me. It's nothing special but I quite like it and the cost of taking it on a plane doesn't seem to be ...
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Will this Retrospec Siddhartha bike suit my needs? [closed]

This is my first question on here so please take it easy :) I will be relocating to Surrey (UK) in 2 weeks due to being offered a new job (as a software developer) and I am thinking of (finally) ...
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I need to change my bike from UK to US Spec

I bought a bike from the UK. The brakes and shifters are on the opposite sides. I want to change it so the front brake is on the left and the rear is on the right, Same thing for the shifters. I ...
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What should I expect from a bicycle service?

I'm thinking about getting my bicycle serviced for the first time to make sure it's entirely roadworthy. My question is what should I expect from a bike service from a professional? i.e. what ...
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Who has right of way at a staggered crossroad

I live in Manchester, United Kingdom. I cycle to and from work everyday. On my route there is a staggered crossroad where I have to go straight on. Above is the traffic lighted junction I have to ...
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Bike fitting in the UK

As an keen but casual touring cyclist I'm interested in getting a little more competitive and also keeping myself comfortable over longer distances. So I'm considering getting professionally fitted, ...
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Cycling on Manchester Metrolink tram routes

I have been looking around for information on this topic but can't find anything definitive. The tram routes through Manchester city centre are for trams (obviously), but it seems public transport ...
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The back brake on my bike is not functional, is it illegal for me to cycle in the United Kingdom?

I live in the UK and cycle to and from work. I recently noticed that the back brake on the bike is not functioning. Is it legal for me to be cycling on the road (the front brake works fine but it is a ...
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List of UK hill climbs

Can anyone provide a brief list of some graded climbs in England, Scotland and Wales, please? I tackled a few hills some 30 years ago (as a tourist), which I thought were quite tough - would they be a ...
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Safe cycling lights red but the man is green

At a standard road crossing, the lights have turned red, but the man has gone green for pedestrians to cross. What do you do? Honestly in the situation I coast through as long as there is room. (i.e ...
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Which side should I pass other cyclists on a UK cycle path?

I'm new to using cycle paths and seem to get dirty looks for riding on the left. When driving along my usual commute this morning I saw others riding on the right and therefore passing to the left of ...
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