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How to choose semi-pro MTB for all weather [closed]

I'm looking for universal semi-pro quality MTB for all weather. I'd like to have mounts for installation of sturdy metallic mudguards. Example: Also I'd like to have option to install confortable ...
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Long term durability of surface coatings for frames and parts

I'm trying to determine the best coating or combination of coatings for bicycles that I'm refurbishing. Along with other elements of making these bikes weatherproof (full chaincases, fenders, water ...
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What kind of jersey for summer heat and sun?

With summer on its way, I'm looking for kit that I can wear in the summer to keep myself cool. My typical routes don't have a lot of shade. What should I be looking for? I know I am going to want a ...
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Is an overhanging roof shelter enough to safely leave bike outside?

So I’ve built a shelter to keep the rain off my bike and intend to keep it outside most of the year. It’s just a sloping corrugated plastic roof to keep the rain off it. Will this be enough do you ...
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Is it ok to store a bike with the (hydraulic) brakes locked (i.e. pressurized)?

It's really windy today, and the rain tarpaulin makes a good sail for the bike I'm storing on my balcony. Short of actually mooring the bike to something, I decided to just fasten the tarp a bit ...
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I have slipped off my bike 3x in the last 2 months - will changing tyres help?

Recently picked up a used Boardman Hybrid Team and it's my first bike after several years on boris bikes in London. I was doing great in the summer but recently have slipped/skidded 3 times in last 6 ...
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Is an IP68 rating sufficient to protect a phone during a 12 hour ride in heavy rain?

I would like to bring my IP68-rated phone with me on long rides where the weather might be very wet. As I understand, IP68 means it can withstand immersion at a depth of 1 metre for 30 minutes. ...
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Waterproof overshoes: am I using them right?

As part of my "in case it rains" gear, I have waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers and waterproof overshoes. The first time I used them I had the "brilliant" idea to tuck the ...
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My new bicycle skids laterally, especially in the wet; what can I do about it?

My new bicycle is a new regular road bicycle (not specialist) with puncture tough tyres. The bicycle is fine otherwise but a bit rough on all the crappy pedestrian path elements in Japan like kerbs. ...
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How to deal with fog, condensing on the outside of glasses?

I had a particularly foggy commute both ways today. I was having to wipe the glasses lenses every 10-20 seconds as traffic permitted to maintain some semblance of visibility. I already wear a cap ...
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How to commute by (electric) bike in excessive heat

I am from India and this is beginning of summer. I rented an electric bicycle for daily commute during winter but now it is difficult to do during summer screeching heat. What should I do to continue ...
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Keeping my ears warm while biking in the cold with a helmet

Biking in the Northeast has become a challenge lately because of the cold; my ears freeze. I can't wear a hat (because of my helmet) - I never actually tried, maybe I can. Sometimes I'll put my hood ...
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Getting the best fitted mudguards for a standard road bike

I'm quite new to cycling and soon I'll experience my first winter cycling, thaמkfully I live in quite a dry country so we don't have a lot of rain. I've read all about the clearence issues of regular ...
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How do carbon fibre road bikes handle rough conditions?

I'm considering buying a entry level road bike for around 2000€. I'll use it for commuting every day 20km and for long rides up to 150km. I'll try to use an older bike when it rains, but I'll have ...
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Keeping the bottom of your legs warm in very-cold-weather biking

I come from a country with a warmer climate,but am now living in the Netherlands. It's not that bad really, but in winter, it sometimes gets to -5°c / -6°c - and occasionally with strong head wind ...
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Are flats more likely in hot weather?

It has been very hot lately, up to 106 and 103 degrees F (41 and 39 degrees C). I went for a ride and got a puncture flat both times. I don't usually get flats. Is it possible the heat of the road ...
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Where is the best place to park a folding bike?

This is quite a generalised question, but I'm looking for some principals to follow when looking for parking for my folding bike, that I just bought this morning. I think the ideal situation would be ...
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Storing a nice bike outside cheaply in the city during winter (weather/security) [duplicate]

I'm no longer able to store bicycles in my flat, as my current place is less than 20m² in size; Is there any way to store a bicycle outside in a way which will significantly minimize weather- and ...
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How to brake without falling during wet weather?

A couple of days ago I fell off my bike. I was on a wet, steep downhill, asphalted road with a lot of curves. I didn't expect neither the weather, nor the 15+ km downhill route. I was always reducing ...
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Why use embrocation versus just oil?

Many cyclists apply embrocation cream to their legs in colder weather because it makes them feel warmer. I understand wanting to have an extra "weather-barrier", in the form of the oil(s) that make up ...
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How to ride when the weather is hot?

Today the weather was 36°C (97°F) and sunny. What should I know about riding when it's a bit hot like that? I'm a kind of casual rider now (no longer commuting by bike) -- when the weather is above ...
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Should I seal the open spoke holes on my front rim?

I have a 16 spoke front wheel on my road bike. The hub is an oddball Shimano one with 16 big nipples at the hub end instead of the rim end. This wheel also has a 32 hole aluminium/aluminum rim: I ...
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Smooth tires on wet road?

In this answer : link (With regard to tires, there seems to be a widespread belief that the mountain bike tires will grip all kinds of surfaces better, including asphalt: in other words, that they ...
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Are there fenders designed specifically for bikes with racks?

I have a bike with a rear rack and want to buy a rear fender. Is there any fender that is specifically designed to be used in a combination with a bike rack?
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Poor shifting in dense fog?

I cleaned up my bike yesterday after a particularly wet and muddy week, wiped the oil off the chain, applied a fresh batch, took it for a spin and found no issues whatever with the shifting (I go ...
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Shoe covers (or other tricks) for commuting in shorts

I commute to work by bike, very often in casual shorts and waterproof North Face sneakers. Provided I don't want to change my clothes (in particular I don't want to get SPD etc.), is there a good way ...
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Feet slip off flat/cleat hybrid pedals when it's wet

I have those hybrid pedals that allow for both clipping in with cleats, and riding on flat pedals with ordinary shoes. As I use my bike for cycling around the city, I mostly use the flats. What I'...
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Clothing: when should we wear what, are there any guidelines/conventions?

I regularly cycle to work in London, at the moment the weather is between 5-9 degrees Celsius. I'm finding it difficult to decide what to wear in these conditions as I either get too much windchill (...
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Are bikes more prone to punctures after a spell of rainfall/flooding?

We've had an unusually wet winter and flooding has been a problem in my area. Now that the weather has improved and cycling is possible/pleasurable again I'm finding I'm getting many more punctures ...
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Which waterproof shoes? [closed]

I am looking for waterproof shoes to use on my daily bike commute for home-office moves. I previously had rain boots, and was happy with them. Nevertheless they quickly started to "break" in the ...
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What maintenance is required after riding through deep water?

The road where I live is on a flood plain and tends to flood every winter. Despite this, I have continued riding to work through the water. I'm trying my best to dry the bike out at the end of the ...
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Leave a bicycle in the rain for a day - is it safe?

I use my bike (gt avalanche 1.0) to commute to work. Now it's autumn and so rain can happen just every day. So the questions are: is leaving my bike outside harmful? Should take the seatpost with me ...
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Forward thinking for riding through winter

Yes I know it is mid-August and Winter is not here yet, far from it. I am just thinking way forward on how I will be able to do my daily 18 km commute in the Winter weather of Paris (yes, it's not a ...
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Thunderstorm Safety

I commute 5 miles each way to work. I live in a climate where the weather can change from decent to torrential rain and thundering within 5 minutes (i.e. the first mile of my commute). This ...
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How to ride to work without sweating?

I'm planning on commuting by bicycle to work in hot Montreal, though this question is probably relevant to anyone who bikes to work in a city with temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees ...
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Waterproof spray or waterproof pannier cover?

Does anyone have experience with either waterproofing panniers with a waterproof spray or using waterproof covers for panniers? Which one was best? I don't want to invest in waterproof panniers as I ...
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What subtle factors affect performance in unsubtle ways?

As a non-professional biker who commutes on a bike daily I've been noticing that some factors that I didn't think would make much difference in how fast I go or how quickly I get tired have a much ...
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I know there are better rain-forecast sources than "hourly forecast" websites. What's the best such source? [closed]

When biking, I'm not so concerned about how the temperature will fluctuate. I'm much more concerned about whether or not it will rain. I sometimes wonder about two things: Will it rain in my city? If ...
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How would the "pros" bike this commute?

I've been putting up some pounds and have a bike gathering dust at home =D I normally commute by bus or carpool, but would like an opinion from some more seasoned bikers on how you'd tackle this ...
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Is it safe to Cycle with an Umbrella?

Is it safe to cycle while holding an Umbrella? Obviously it's at least a little less safe than biking without holding something in your left (or right) hand. But how much more dangerous is it? ...
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Help a new biker with bad fitness to become a bike commuter

I am interested in biking [and always has been] and I want to start biking lot more for fun. It's been long time since I biked when I was in high school and I lost touch. At this point of time, my ...
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What can I wear in the cold weather to be able to bike to work (where I don't have a shower)

I've already read the answers to this question and learned a lot! But my question is a bit different, I bike to work almost everyday, not a long ride, a few miles, a bit hilly a bit road side... ...
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Good tires for road riding in winter weather?

What are some good tires to install for riding the roads in snow, ice, other winter conditions? Besides letting some pressure out for better traction, what tires should I use?
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What weather conditions are slicks suitable for?

I currently use 700x25 slicks on my commuting bike, to get the easiest ride possible. I also own: 700x28 with some tread 700x35 metal studded snow tires (Purchased last year for UK snow) ...
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What is the recommended type of tire for riding on wet pavement?

I am commuting in rainy Seattle, and the rain has started. Right now I have Continental Gatorskin tires on my commuter, but yesterday I noticed I was braking to stop the wheels and skidding quite a ...
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Can a carbon fiber mountain bike handle cool/cold weather?

It is late summer in the US and I am starting to look forward to autumn and winter mountain biking. I have a carbon fiber frame though. Didn't get to ride it last winter due to a broken collar bone (...
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Road Tire Performance in Rain and Snow

How well do road tires perform in rain and the snow? I've heard narrow tires are better because they actually can put more weight/pressure on the road through the wet/ice. I just bought Continental ...
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How do belt drives perform with snow?

I am completely new to the concept of belt drives and, when doing some initial research, the Wikipedia article on belt-driven bikes says that they have the disadvantage of Problems in snowy ...
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Redmond bikers: Can you ride all year long?

I'll move to Redmond, WA in a couple months and since I was about to buy a bike, I have a few questions to see if I still should. Is it possible to ride all year long for both commute/recreation (I ...
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How to keep the pants from getting dirty

If it is wet, not necessarily pouring rain, it is easy to get the bottom of the pants and the shoes dirty. My tires have protective platesfenders, yet it is not enough. If there a way to avoid that?