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Braking one-handed to signal down steep traffic-heavy slope

As an confident road rider I'd do two major things. I'd turn my head, look backward and make eye contact with the driver(s) just behind me to show intention, and maybe signal at this point. Or I ...
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How old is too old for aggressive cycling?

I'm 65, and doing 60-70 miles a week on local roads, trails and hillsides. I'm not a kamikaze biker anymore, but it's still wholly worthwhile. Injuries just take longer to heal, and I'm not so patient ...
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Is it worth buying a lighter bike? If so what kind?

IMHO, it's not the weight that is hurting you the most. While weight makes a difference and a lighter bike would be much better, it's too common in cycling world for people to use weight as a proxy ...
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Braking one-handed to signal down steep traffic-heavy slope

Firstly, congrats on both posting for the first time and for deciding to commute on a bike! Many of us commute on bikes in the UK and everyone started somewhere! If you're not 100% confident with ANY ...
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How to brake without falling during wet weather?

when I pressed the rear brake lever, the wheel stopped turning immediately, despite the slight pressure if it locked up with only slight pressure, either your brakes lack modulation, or it had really ...
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How does weight influence your speed when descending?

The heavier person will present more area to the wind, but this is mitigated by two factors: The bicycle presents a fixed area to the wind and the area presented by the heavier person is not ...
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Is it worth buying a lighter bike? If so what kind?

I would recommend you wait for one reason Covid. In most parts of the world bikes are in limited supply. Prices even on used bikes are 50% to 75% higher than comparable bikes a year ago. I think you ...
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How old is too old for aggressive cycling?

No, age will not restrict you. You're not as young as you used to be, but in a good way: you won't have physical limitations of age, but you'll be more observant and thoughtful about what works for ...
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How safe is v-brake system with handbrake and coaster brake for child going downhill?

This brake setup would probably be the safest for a five year old, which is why its so popular. It would be rare for a child of five to be able to brake hard enough and go over the bars with V brakes. ...
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Braking one-handed to signal down steep traffic-heavy slope

I've literally never braked one handed so it kind of terrifies me. It is terrific for a reason and you have to practice somewhere safe. If you hold the front set with only one hand and do brake, ...
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Heating of hydraulic oil with hardtail electric MTB brakes

pumping worked to no avail-which usually works This is ringing alarm bells for me - it implies you encounter brake fade on a semi regular basis. This is almost certainly down to poor braking ...
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How to brake without falling during wet weather?

A lower saddle will compromise your riding comfort at all other times. Instead you should have unweighted the saddle and put your backside further backwards to weight the rear wheel. Also, were you ...
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How to decelerate during long downhill rides and avoid brake glazing

Brakes work by turning kinetic energy into heat through friction. As you heat up the system there generally is less capacity to absorb more heat (in addition to physical changes in the brake system ...
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Braking one-handed to signal down steep traffic-heavy slope

As a cyclist in the UK your use of the bicycle on the road is governed by the Highway Code. You are not required to use hand signals, because it is acknowledged both hands are required for operating ...
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Braking one-handed to signal down steep traffic-heavy slope

Do a 2 stage turn manoeuvre. or I do this often when traffic is too important.
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Is there a limit to safe downhill speed on a bike

The maximum safe speed is the speed where you still have control you think is needed. There are levels of control Can you stop if a car suddenly reverses out of a driveway? This is the highest level ...
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Best posture to ride a road-bike down hill?

This answer will be for riding down hills fast, but a lot of the advice applies to slower speed descents. When riding downhill you should have your hands in the drops, the pedals at level (i.e., one ...
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Buying a DH frame to build an Enduro?

If you are doing this to get a better Enduro and a Better DH bike, I believe this is a really bad idea. If you are doing it because its fun and you want to play and learn about bike building, dive on ...
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Can I put other type of fork to a downhill frame? Is this a DH frame?

Yes and no. What really matters for handling of the bike is that the fork you use has the same axle to crown length and the same offset as the fork the bike should have. The offset is the distance ...
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Safety comparison, downhill mountain bike vs. downhill ski

Downhill mountain bike has the potential for very serious injury, that must be said right out of the gate. You can do terrible things to yourself. I've ridden downhill for 15 years on and off, just ...
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Minimum brake rotor sizes

Since post mount became the norm, most long travel/gravity forks have a minimum rotor size based on what post mount length standard they're built with. Here is how Fox communicates it on the product ...
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Is a downhill scooter lighter than a downhill MTB with same performance?

There are a wide variety of things that go by the name "scooter." Taking a wild guess that you are looking at something like this, it's in the same weight range as a downhill mountain bike. ...
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Is there a limit to safe downhill speed on a bike

High speed stability can be dramatically affected by the geometry of the bike in question. There's a chance that the head angle on your 29'er is slacker which should give greater stability. I know ...
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When in a UCI race, does the helmet have to be to be fitted properly

According to UCI's official regulations Section 1.3.031 (emphasis mine) Wearing a rigid safety helmet shall be mandatory during competitions and training sessions in the following ...
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How does weight influence your speed when descending?

If it is harder to get up the hill it has to be easier to get down. Assume you are two rocks of same shape and density dropped from mile up. What the is the relative terminal velocity? Two forces ...
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Which components affects downhill speed?

It's really simple, gravity/weight moves you forward, and drag/friction keeps you from going fast. He can't do much about the weight difference, short of drinking more beer or getting a heavier bike. ...
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Is it worth buying a lighter bike? If so what kind?

Add 5-8kg to your bike*, go for a ride. Take it off, ride again. Expect the difference in buying a lighter bike to be at least as good. *Try to add mass uniformly, so as not to affect balance.
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How old is too old for aggressive cycling?

It depends a lot on your previous life style. Whether you have been practising sports on a regular basis or led a rather sedentary life. Anyway it will not be something that you are going to enter at ...
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Heating of hydraulic oil with hardtail electric MTB brakes

First, I'm sorry you had what sounds like a nasty crash. I've been there, a couple of years ago and it's no fun. I'd be looking hard at the pads. In my case it was mechanical disc brakes so there ...
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