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Leaving lock on the parking rack - is this rude?

Whether it's rude is a matter of local custom. Whether you're offended by it depends on your flexibility and sensitivity Often, we cyclists can become a little over sensitive, after having to defend ...
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Polite way to ride in the dark

There are now many bike lights on the market which have a shaped beam with a "horizontal cutoff" giving strong light onto the road or path, but much less above the horizon. When adjusted ...
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Polite way to ride in the dark

Consider how you feel when a fellow cyclist approaches you will full beam straight ahead. It's pretty blinding, even for a moment, and especially off-road when your eyes aren't used to it. So in a ...
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Group ride - Proper descent etiquette

Summary If the description above is accurate, Rider A operated their bicycle correctly, and gave enough clearance to riders still in the paceline. Remembering that we weren't there in person, there ...
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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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Leaving lock on the parking rack - is this rude?

I'd pick a different spot in the rack if possible. But if I was in a hurry or there wasn't another suitable place I'd use it (e.g. my bike doesn't fit on the bottom of the double stacker at the ...
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Group ride - Proper descent etiquette

Apologies, this answer is somewhat at a tangent (Weiwen Ng already gave a great answer). Irrespective of who is technically right or wrong from an etiquette standpoint, Rider B can resolve this in ...
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Polite way to ride in the dark

I had to face exactly this on an old commute. Dipping the front light was absolutely necessary in a park and another stretch of unlit bike path. It was a bright enough light to illuminate the road, ...
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Leaving lock on the parking rack - is this rude?

This will depend on MANY things, including but not limited to: local custom office politics special concerns (I can't think of any, but more in this later) utilization of the rack your feelings on ...
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Polite way to ride in the dark

In case you can read German, here's a nice explanation how to adjust the bike front light. Summary: put bike 5m from a wall measure distance (height) of the light from the street make sure that the ...
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Group ride - Proper descent etiquette

Riding with others is very much a Trust-Fall exercise. If anyone doesn't gel with your group, it can cause issues with the dynamic and that can grow into full-on accidents. Sometimes it's best to set ...
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Etiquette (and common sense) rules for MTB cyclists

This depends heavily on geography and individual trail systems. For example, in US National Forests, cyclists yield to hikers and equestrians, hikers only yield to equestrians, and uphill traffic has ...
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Polite way to ride in the dark

You can dip the light slightly (point it towards the ground). Even without considering politeness, you might prefer to illuminate the ground ahead of you, instead of (as you would on a lit city street)...
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What are the possible practical consequences of breaking the rules of the road?

This is highly dependent on where you are. Generally, in the US, if you're on the road, you're subject to the standard vehicle regulations in the area (e.g. what applies to cars) you are in (with some ...
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Right of way for a raised crossing?

The vehicular and cycle traffic has priority, since the crossing is not a zebra crossing and there are no traffic lights, which are the only situations in which the Highway Code talks about ...
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How to "fit in" a cycling bunch?

I've heard once: if a person offers you a gift and you don't accept it - it remains the property of the other person. And it's the same with criticism. And thus, if you engage yourself into a ...
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How to "fit in" a cycling bunch?

This is almost a question for https://interpersonal.stackexchange.com/. Any group of people has a spectrum of attitudes and social skills. Just ignore and don't engage with anyone in the group that ...
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Other commuters riding too close

Just wave him past, that's what I do. I don't draft and I'm not interested in someone drafting off me. Nor am I particularly interested in being polite to someone who is interfering with my ride or ...
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Safely overtaking pedestrians

As a pedestrian who faces this issue repeatedly, I can tell you that most cyclists ten to yell at the last second which causes a fear response rather than a thoughtful reaction. When I hear a bell, a ...
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Right of way for a raised crossing?

According to the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 (TSRGD) and Highway Code pedestrians only have priority at zebra and parallel crossings (which include stripes flashing orange ...
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How to "fit in" a cycling bunch?

Change the riding style. Either go to the mountain biking or touring/endurance riding. The Rules do not apply to them: to MTB — because it originated from different historical background; to touring —...
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Safely overtaking pedestrians

I personally think "on your left/right" is confusing to a lot of people who are just walking there thinking their thoughts. Also where I live there's quite a lot of foreigners (myself ...
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Safely overtaking pedestrians

Use the 3-seconds rule When you signal to a pedestrian, you need to have some time left for the reaction to take place: 1s for the pedestrians to hear you. To identify that the sound came from a bike....
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What are some good tips for riding in a large group?

If the reported group speed is correct, this is an advanced group ride. My interpretation is that the OP is a relatively new cyclist. I would actually advise new cyclists not to join an advanced ride ...
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Which side should I pass other cyclists on a UK cycle path?

I've checked the Highway Code, and Rule 160 seems to apply universally (I can't see anything in the Bicyclists section): "Once moving you should keep to the left, unless road signs or markings ...
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Other commuters riding too close

If it is the same person day after day just talk to them. If it was me then I'd say "Hi, I've noticed you follow me quite closely most days. I'm sure that you are a pretty good bike handler but ...
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Safely overtaking pedestrians

I ride through pathways with pedestrians fast and silent. It might seem dangerous but in fact it is safer. Basically you don't give any time for pedestrians to react. When they passed it is all done. ...
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Is it considered rude to draft other random cyclists?

It's not only rude, it can be very dangerous if you don't make sure they know you are there. I remember once hearing quite a loud angry yell and crash behind me when I actually stopped for a stop sign....
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Safely overtaking pedestrians

What is your preferred method of warning pedestrians when you are overtaking them? I have given up warning pedestrians if the group of pedestrian has a gap where I can safely ride my bike through. My ...
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