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Lessons from downhill crash

To ride in the dark is difficult. You should have a decent head light on your helmet so it tracks your vision, and a handlebar light that tracks where your front wheel is aiming. In addition you ...
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What is this metal bar parallel to the frame?

It's used for attaching a child seat similar to this one. The above site shows a clearer image of the part in question which might be useful to future visitors.
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Giant Toughroad SLR 2 for 200 miles in two days, will it make it?

First, don't worry about the bike - worry about you. If you need a different bicycle, you'll figure that out pretty fast while you're training to do your 200-mile ride. What's the farthest you've ...
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How Can A Faster Rider Aid A Slower Rider On A Long Ride?

Novices I've ridden with are surprised and pleased that I ride behind them. They set the pace I can watch what they're doing I can ride close (enough to talk) without being too close (i.e. without ...
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Pieces of plastic that came with my bike, what are these?

These are cable guide parts. From the looks of it, you have: 2 Housing shims, used to secure hydraulic lines or brake housing in the braze-ons of the frame, or for securing the housing at the point ...
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Is it possible to construct an overnight shelter using a bike as the upright?

Yes, its been done before, there are various configurations. Google for 'Bikepacking tarp shelter' for many ideas. Good resources for this type of thing are bikepacking.net forums and in the UK Bear ...
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Are there any 8-speed brifters with internal cabling?

The new Claris, called R2000, has internally routed brake and shifter cables, an improvement on a previous version, that still sported the externally routed shifting cables. It is still 8 speed group, ...
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Is it possible to get a light that is too bright?

Blinding road users will be the result of the following factors: Total light output Mirror design (how is the light shaped) How you aimed your light Most trail lights (and high output battery ...
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Is an IP68 rating sufficient to protect a phone during a 12 hour ride in heavy rain?

It should be. That's how I navigate on all my rides, wet or otherwise (phone on the bars). I've done this for a few years, but not completely without incident. Some tips: Make sure all port covers ...
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What is the necessary equipment on longer bike rides?

Answering as a road cyclist ... For a ride of this duration (less than a day), before starting I take notice of the conditions, and decide what to wear, in how many layers. I want to carry a spare ...
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Lessons from downhill crash

At some point you are still on the bike, but the mistake has already been made and you are looking for the exit option that will minimise damage. Jamming the front brake on while in a tight corner ...
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Is it possible to construct an overnight shelter using a bike as the upright?

In the current situation I have time on my hands to try things, but only at home (hence the cramped pictures below, with garden toys in). An injury meant last year's trip didn't happen as planned, ...
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Is it possible to construct an overnight shelter using a bike as the upright?

Get a tarp, and use your bike to provide at least three mounting points for it. Dozens of examples of how people do it: https://backpackinglight.com/forums/topic/54639/ My quick and dirty solution ...
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Is it possible to construct an overnight shelter using a bike as the upright?

You don't mention where you will be riding so I have to use my own area as an example. Using your bike as part of a tarp/tent rig is a horrible example. I know your trying to keep weight down, but ...
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Bike pump: what is this lump?

This from an old article circa 1996 it references a Medai floor pump. "Screwed into the base near the compression tube is an air tight steel chamber. This chamber is known as a reservoir and holds a ...
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Help for a 169 mile bike ride

Do I need to put myself through easier challenges/trainings before I embark on my planned trip? That depends. What is the farthest you've cycled in one go before now? I suggest you skip your next ...
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Just how much difference does your bike make?

Bicycles, like many machines, are efficient, but a large amount of energy converted by them is not in fact used for their "intended" purpose: The largest energy sink is air/wind resistance, which you ...
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Priorities for Limited Funds

Given your low budget, priority for me would be to have the gear needed to get going after a road side problem, followed by maintenance tools so you can do as much work as needed yourself. Then add ...
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Giant Toughroad SLR 2 for 200 miles in two days, will it make it?

How far have you ridden in a day? The bike will be fine, as the comments say the question is whether you will be. A road bike is more efficient and will get you there easier, but there are many ...
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How Can A Faster Rider Aid A Slower Rider On A Long Ride?

I have seen various tow rope devices based on bungie cords used in multi-event team races[1], but I'd suggest those are even harder to learn than drafting. Having someone pull on the bike unexpectedly ...
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How should I approach safe cycling?

From my experience, the single most important point is properly choosing your route. Google maps and the satellite view are your friends. For example, there is a 2x2 lanes road nearby. I see cyclists ...
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About 20-30 people bike to where I work. What equipment/supplies should we have on hand?

We have 50 cyclists at work, out of 170 people. When I started the spares were the odd tube on a desk, perhaps without holes, and the only tools in the place was a floor pump and about 60x 6mm hex ...
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Why should I use a mirror?

I am an Audax club member and so am mostly riding on high speed country roads - B class highways in the main. Firstly I would say that just as a good driver should be using a 'system of car control' ...
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What is the necessary equipment on longer bike rides?

My ideal packing includes: Tools: Hex keys to fit your bike : 2mm, 4mm, 5mm the most important, 6mm and 8mm. Some bikes use 2.5mm and 3mm. A T25 driver if you have disk brakes. Phillips and flat ...
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Asymmetric pedaling?

Bilateral asymmetry in pedaling is well-known and long-studied. You can see the abstract of a review of what is known about bilateral asymmetry in running and cycling here. During cycling, bilateral ...
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What factors influence how easy it is to track-stand a bike?

The interplay between Head Angle and fork rake and trail are biggest factors influencing (low speed/no speed) bicycle handling. Steep head angles and shallow trail values result in an increased ...
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Are there any 8-speed brifters with internal cabling?

There are two ways to do it. One is use Microshift SB-R482 levers. (Sorry, I got this wrong because the image is a little tricky and it comes off a link from their front page that says "inner ...
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About 20-30 people bike to where I work. What equipment/supplies should we have on hand?

Its now late 2016 and a new need has cropped up for my workplace. That's charging points for ebikes. Most people with powered bikes will charge them overnight at home, for the day's usage. But some ...
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Preventing red eyes after biking

Several solutions: Clear cycling glasses (which you've tried) A helmet with a windscreen / windshield / visor that'll help keep the wind and the light from streetlamps and cars out of your eyes ...
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Preventing red eyes after biking

I have several pairs of sunglasses and find some work much better than others. If your glasses weren't tight to your face, you may just need to look for a different pair. When I wear my looser, ...
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