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How to pass a bicycle while driving a car

As long as you give a cyclist plenty of space, and obey traffic laws and drive safely in general you are OK. 1 meter or 3 feet is generally considered enough space when passing, but I know I prefer ...
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How to pass a bicycle while driving a car

The problem is ambiguity. Sometimes you'll be unfairly judged by cyclists you're trying to pass. It will happen. Sometimes it helps to reduce the sting of the judgement with some perspective on ...
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Is commuting 10 km on an empty stomach harmful?

As far as I can tell, no. I've been riding 30 minutes or more every workday before breakfast for more than 10 years with no detectable ill effects. When I was riding an hour to work I'd sometimes have ...
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Should I drive or bike to work?

Health Two decades ago I threw away my bike. Admittedly it was worn, but I had that "I have a car, why do I need a bike?" thought. After a long time in a sedentary desk job, I got back on a bike ...
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How to commute to work on your bike and dress up

I've recently started commuting to work 3 times a week and my commute is about 8 miles each way. I've found if I roll my clothes rather than fold them and pack just before I leave, there are no ...
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What can you do when a driver cuts you off?

Ride like every driver is a psychopath who hates cyclists; you will be wrong 95% of the time. What if the driver who just cut you off is one of the 5% and has a knife (US == gun)? It’s easier said ...
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How much cheaper is cycling than driving?

I commute by bike around 8,000-10,000 km per year and based on my book keeping it is at about 1/5th (or less) the cost of running a car. After accounting for paying for the bike (i.e., devaluation) ...
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How to move a bicycle by bicycle

If one bike has a rear rack, you can attach the second bike's front wheel with a bunch of bungies and tow it. I've done this, and it worked fine. Now I have a cargo bike, and the towing is simpler:
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How to commute to work on your bike and dress up

People who are sweating when cycling but not when walking are either cycling in hot weather (worse when steeply uphill with not enough gears), or treating a bicycle as a piece of sports equipment ...
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How to give away lights to cyclists without lights?

We have had much more success advertising it and doing it through a local bike shop or bike group. Once each, so far, that I've done. I think the psychology behind refusing a gift from a stranger is ...
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Should I drive or bike to work?

You don't bike to work to save money, you do it for the fun. Honestly, once you are a regular rider, you won't want to get into your car unless it's raining. That said, of course biking is a lot ...
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Is it possible to commute 34 km (21 miles) daily?

That's similar to my old commute (a bit further but flatter), and I didn't cycle regularly when I started. The Google estimate is probably reasonable for the second time you do it, though may not ...
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Can any one tell me what make and model this bike is? Stolen today

It's a Specialized Sirrus circa 2012-2014. Here's a video from 2013 that shows the bike in detail. Without part photos it's hard to tell the exact trim level, I suppose it's either a "Comp" ...
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Could I bike 9 mile a day home from work starting with no current exercise?

I agree with the comments that 9 miles is a not a short ride for somebody not in shape, but you’ll get in shape for it really fast, so you should go for it. Just get ready to be sore in funny places ...
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Since hybrid bikes may be a compromise with no benefits, why are they still often preferred for commuting instead of drop bar bikes?

Simply, I reject the premise of your question and I'm sure I'm not alone. I say that as someone who has a tourer and a hybrid, and commutes on both - the speed difference is much less than the ...
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How to move a bicycle by bicycle

Walk :) Safest. I do this from time to time (usually when one of the kids have 'forgotten' their bike), and find it easiest to do as pr above, but with a little variation. If the transported bike is ...
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Can’t seem to put the wheels back on the frame

That's not the correct skewer for the wheel. I think you likely are using the rear skewer in the font wheel. Front hubs are typically 100mm between the drop-outs, rear are 130 or 135mm (or even 145mm ...
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What can you do when a driver cuts you off?

What to do when a driver cuts you off? Stay safe Keep situational awareness in all directions - there may be another vehicle coming so look for it. Keep moving - don't stop, get out to a safe place ...
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At what point does a road become too busy/fast to ride on safely?

Determining an acceptable risk level is really a subjective personal assessment, no one can tell you whether or not something is of an acceptable level of risk. As such I will give you my judgement ...
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At what point does a road become too busy/fast to ride on safely?

@Rider_X has already given a good answer. I would add an important consideration: local driver and cyclist cultures. As you and the map you cite indicate, there is little pro-cycling culture in this ...
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Might biking lower forehead temp readings at destination?

The body controls its core temperature, not the skin temperature. Skin temperatures will vary significantly, to the point they are generally considered an unreliable way to measure core temperature, ...
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How can I interpret the intent of and respond to cars behind me honking?

Broadly, not a lot. Legally it's probably technically unlawful on several grounds (horn not used as a warning device, causing alarm, loud noise, possibly harassment), but they're all petty offences ...
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Is it better to get a commuter bike with a front suspension or without one?

Commuter or city bikes are designed for paved surfaces. A suspension fork on such a bike is not going to add much comfort, except perhaps when riding over potholes or kerbs, which are avoidable. ...
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Since hybrid bikes may be a compromise with no benefits, why are they still often preferred for commuting instead of drop bar bikes?

You are wrong that hybrid style bicycles have no advantages over drop bar road bikes. You kind-of invalidated your premise by saying hybrids are a compromise, which means by definition certain ...
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How to move a bicycle by bicycle

If you are reasonably firm at riding one-handed, you can drive them home by riding one of them while pushing/pulling the other one beside you with one hand. Let's assume that the bike you will ride ...
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Group of Bikes: Is 3x1 an option?

I don't think you can make a 3x1 setup work. In order to have the chain change gears, there needs to be a mechanism to take up the slack in the chain. In a normal dual-derailer setup, the rear ...
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Is it annoying to carry a backpack when riding a road bike?

Backpacks have a number of drawbacks when riding. They can make your back sweaty. The can interfere with your helmet/head posture depending on bike geometry and backpack size/design. They increase ...
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When do I need more than one bike? How many bike is enough? How many bikes is too many?

If you have n bikes, n+1 bikes is the right amount of bikes to have. ;) Realistically, I think 2 or 3 is adequate - a cyclocross or non-racing road bike can do the first two tasks (road ride + ...
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Tips for improving commute efficiency/comfort?

I have found that if you don't want to invest in equipment the best way to improve efficiency is by ensuring you are fitted properly to the bike you have. For example: Many non-cyclists do not have ...
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When do I need more than one bike? How many bike is enough? How many bikes is too many?

Aside from (n+1), the other honest answer is: as many as your spouse will tolerate, often written as (s-1). At the time I wrote this answer, I had six bikes (two road bikes, one mtb, two folders, one ...
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