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What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on?

In places where there are lots of bikes, most people who are riding them are making short journeys purely for transport. For a short ride of a few kilometers, it really doesn't matter what you're ...
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What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on?

Local here, have lived in Amsterdam for just over a year and a half, through the cold wet winter. I'm not a Dutchie, but have embraced the fiets lifestyle here. Let me just say that the jeans you get ...
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Can frequent light bicycle commuting severely damage pants?

Absolutely. The thicker your thighs, the more friction, and the quicker the pants loose their thread. This happens relatively irrespective of material, even jeans can wear through rather quickly. I ...
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What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on?

You are surely aware that there is an industry out there that tries to sell you things you only marginally 'need' - special clothing for any sport is not unaffected by that. There is certainly a gain ...
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Bike Shorts, Do you wear things under/over them?

Do you wear underwear with them? Can I wear shorts over them? Absolutely not. Nothing over or under, just the bike shorts. Do I really need them? For 200 miles? Hell yeah. Your ass will thank ...
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What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on?

Jeans aren't as bad as you think. I think the biggest factors are short journeys, mild climate, and being used to it. With efficient infrastructure this can account for a lot of commuting. Apart from ...
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What did people ride for cold weather cycling "back in the day?" (Is it cheap?)

Wool, wool, and wool. Wool undergarments. Wool over garments. (Maybe tweed as well.) Wool is a amazing material. It tends to perform better than synthetics (although the gap is closing) for keeping ...
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How to keep my testicles from freezing on a recumbent

First: merino wool boxers. EDIT: Also windproof boxers, see other answer below Second: Vest and short tights are very little for ~5°C, raining. You are losing a huge amount of body heat through your ...
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Is it acceptable to wear kit from old team?

I guess it's a matter of opinion, and cyclists have a lot of rules, but personally I would go for it. You were actually on the team after all. I think that the rule #17 from the above link applies ...
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What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on?

As someone who biked daily for transportation and recreation for years, I can tell you it doesn't take any miracle to do it in street clothes. David Richerby already mentioned that most practical ...
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How to keep my testicles from freezing on a recumbent

Why not add a fairing? There are designs that add a windshield, some that provide protection down to the knee, some that go further down, and in the extreme case there's full nose-cones. This will ...
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Winter cycling clothes in full black

I think there is a case to be made that you will be less visible in dark colours. Anecdotally whenever I look down the road at a group of cyclists, it's the ones in large blocks of bold colours (not ...
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Gear to protect against hand injury in a crash

Thankfully I never ride without gloves. The light weight gloves with padded leather in the palms is all you need - they are cheap, comfortable and effective - what more could you ask for. I had a ...
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Is skin or fabric more aero?

The simple answer for professional riders is that clothing is regulated by the UCI. Part 1 Section 3 of the Regulations of the UCI say, When competing, all riders shall wear a jersey with sleeves and ...
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How to dress for biking 3 miles to work in 40°F (3°C) and below so not to sweat to much but still keep warm

It depends a lot on you. I live in Illinois and I'll go out in a T-shirt and shorts in the 40's for bike rides. But if you want some additional warmth in the around 40F and 3 miles, I'd say maybe ...
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Bike Shorts, Do you wear things under/over them?

Yikes. 200 miles, just like that? Have you been training for it at all? I'm not talking about the endurance aspect -- I'm assuming you're in good enough shape to even consider it -- I'm talking about ...
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How to keep my testicles from freezing on a recumbent

For most parts of the body a second layer of moderately wind-blocking fabric makes a massive difference -- so another pair of unpadded cycling shorts would go a long way. The rain is likely to ...
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Clothing advice for beginner

I'd invest in a pair of bike shorts. Casual riders going short distances on big comfy saddles can get away with casual or regular sports clothing. You won’t be able to do that riding significant ...
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Can frequent light bicycle commuting severely damage pants?

It depends. I have had one saddle that wore through pants quickly. It had an embroidered logo. After removing the embroidery (which took quite some effort) I did not have the problem with that saddle ...
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Mountain bike shorts for commute

Mountain bike shorts are ideal for commuting. If they fit, are comfortable and you like the look of them, you won't find a better commute short. If you a fast rider, over 11km the extra drag of ...
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Shoe covers (or other tricks) for commuting in shorts

if I wear the same clothes and just go for a walk/jog, then my feet stay dry for much longer Do you have mudguards (fenders) on your bike? If not your feet are in the spray from the front wheel and ...
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How to keep my testicles from freezing on a recumbent

Wind proof boxers which have a layer of windbreaking material in the “package” area make a big difference. They are commonly used by cross country skiers so can be found at stores that cater to the ...
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Road jersey front length

Usually road jerseys will have different fits, both within a brand and across brands depending on the intended application. If you have one with a short front it will likely be a tight fit intended ...
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What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on?

I've never been to Amsterdam, but I do remember reading a comment by someone from there once about what it was like. He said that people there tend to ride at a more leisurely pace, and everyone from ...
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Can I use a road bike for commuting 11 miles each way without SPANDEX

Yes, absolutely. Clothing is mostly an issue of personal preference. Performance fabrics and things like spandex don't make that much difference for short stretches, and their advantages become more ...
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Preventing staining of clothes when carrying bike

It might be a facetious answer on the face, but seriously - why are you carrying your bike at all? Do carry a working mini-tube, pump, two tyre levers and whatever you need to get the wheel completely ...
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How to keep my testicles from freezing on a recumbent

A double layered triangle of bubble wrap under the pants in front of the exposed bits. Cheap and effective! In days of severe cold I use the same method between base and medium layers on the upper ...
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Can frequent light bicycle commuting severely damage pants?

Absolutely. The seat of my favourite ever pair of trousers was ruined in a single journey, no more than about three miles. There was nothing wrong with my saddle. They were an unusual fabric and I ...
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Gear to protect against hand injury in a crash

There is plenty of advice about gloves under the Gloves tag. See especially the question "What's the purpose of cycling gloves?" and one of the answers. From which you see that I recommend ordinary ...
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Shoe covers (or other tricks) for commuting in shorts

The main thing that would determine whether or not a particular brand or style of shoe cover will help would be the closure around your ankle, above the top of the shoe. A standard, non-cycling over-...
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