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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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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 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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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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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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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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Is laptop safe in pannier bag during commute?

Start by checking with your employer about your personal liability if the device is damaged while in your possession. Mine tried to make a former coworker claim on his home insurance when his work-...
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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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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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Is this bike overkill for me

What you lose out for going cheaper isn't usually reliability. You can even pay more and get less reliability as components become too light to be robust. This is certainly true of chain wear. I get ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Would a backpack or cargo rack be better for commuting?

I avoid backpacks where possible 1) Sweat - I get damp enough wearing just a cycling top. Putting anything else on top makes it much worse. 2) Crashing - Occasionally I have carried a toolbox in a ...
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How to build stamina and speed?

You're doing it already. Time on the bike is what counts the most. In the early days you will find yourself pushing up a lot of hills but in a few weeks you'll be surprised at how much better you're ...
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Did I pay too much for repairs on road bike? Should I have bought new?

Bicycles cost money to maintain. Even if you do all your own mechanic work, you still need to purchase parts. That being said, more expensive bikes are generally more expensive to maintain at the ...
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How to pass a bicycle while driving a car

My personal list in order of importance: Overtake when it’s safe to do so. This means no oncoming traffic (unless the lanes are wide enough to overtake even despite traffic) and that you can see far ...
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Can I pump my MTB tire to max (55 psi / 380 kPa) without the tube inside bursting?

It can't burst the tube, because the tube is completely surrounded by the tyre and rim. Bear in mind, though, that higher pressures don't automatically mean a faster ride. There are two competing ...
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Stiff but short daily commute leading to "heavy" legs

How hard do you ride? If you ride hard and in hard gears it could be that your legs are accumulating fatigue and simply don’t have enough time to recover from one day to the next even though it’s only ...
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Do fat cyclists bonk?

Bonking occurs when your body cannot metabolise stored fat (and muscle protein) fast enough to replace the glycogen reserves, you deplete the reserves in your muscles and liver, and eventually you run ...
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What are the possible practical consequences of breaking the rules of the road?

The consequences for you as an individual are perhaps not as important as the broader ramifications of your behaviour. By behaving as if you think that the local rules of the road don't apply to you,...
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Can my bike support a kickstand?

There are at least four different places you can mount a kickstand. From left to right: Orange arrow: Rear axle kickstand. These come in one-sided and two-sided varieties. The one sided are not that ...
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Is this bike overkill for me

Probably overkill, and possibly also under-spec at the same time depending on the details of your commute and what you consider reasonable for maintenance. As mentioned in a few other answers, a lot ...
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