Skip to main content
25 votes

How to take a drink while riding?

I find that using my primary hand (my writing hand) is better than the other one. Keep eyes on the road, you should not have to look to find your bottle. I use my teeth to open the sippy valve, ...
Criggie's user avatar
  • 125k
25 votes

Reasonable daily distance for cycle touring?

I can think of worse things to get a mate to do without training, but not many. If you told me your mate ran a marathon last week, this answer would not change. It is not about how fit they are, it is ...
mattnz's user avatar
  • 50.9k
20 votes

Reasonable daily distance for cycle touring?

In addition to the other good answers, I think you should ask yourself if you just want to be on the road, or that you want to enjoy other things as well. I have been on several (camping) cycle ...
Berend's user avatar
  • 789
18 votes
Accepted

Turning right but can't see cars coming (UK)

It's not easy. A few factors make it harder. The double yellow lines don't extend vary far up Chipperfield Road (for those not in the UK, they mean "no parking"). Cars can come up too ...
Chris H's user avatar
  • 59.7k
14 votes

What is a safest cheapest bicycle?

Cheapest and safest tend to be a second hand mountain bike from a bike shop. Some countries you can get a decent bike for free if they have a club which refurbishes and gives them away.
Kilisi's user avatar
  • 1,658
13 votes
Accepted

What pressure should a tire have?

Each type and size of tire has a different pressure range. The range is written or embossed right on the side of the tire. The actual pressure you choose is dependent on what you are using the bike ...
Argenti Apparatus's user avatar
13 votes
Accepted

Fixie: how to learn to ride: step by step

I’ve been riding mostly fixed gear for, oh, maybe ten years now. I use bmx pedals with straps. Straps You really ought to practice getting in and out of them until it becomes second nature. Having ...
SimonL's user avatar
  • 1,083
11 votes

Reasonable daily distance for cycle touring?

The "reasonable distance" for such travel is the one that the least trained member of the team is sure to able to cover day after day, and there's no way to know it without training/...
Rеnаud's user avatar
  • 20.6k
10 votes

Turning right but can't see cars coming (UK)

There is really not much you can do except taking it slowly and carefully looking around. Parked vehicles (especially high ones like trucks, vans and SUVs) at intersections are always a problem and ...
Michael's user avatar
  • 27.8k
10 votes
Accepted

What is a safest cheapest bicycle?

Safe If properly assembled and maintained, the safety level of bikes tends to be fairly consistent. While technological advancements are consistently being made, the fundamental safety aspects haven't ...
jimchristie's user avatar
  • 11.9k
8 votes

Pain in back and back of thigh

Your position on the trike looks mostly fine. You said the saddle digs the back of your thighs, that may be the saddle is too far forward, or it could be too wide for your bone structure, or it could ...
Criggie's user avatar
  • 125k
7 votes

Fixie: how to learn to ride: step by step

As a fixie novice myself I'd suggest getting, and getting familiar with, clipless pedals and the shoes to match. Straps are only really an option if you can stop strapped in and lean on something ...
Chris H's user avatar
  • 59.7k
7 votes

How to take a drink while riding?

Remove bottle from bottle cage and keep riding using the hand not holding the bottle Pull up the cap with teeth Squeeze bottle in the mouth (if soft bottle) or suck liquid in (if hard bottle) Swallow ...
L.Dutch's user avatar
  • 7,131
7 votes

How to take a drink while riding?

I switched to CamelBak's podium bottle, which has a lock and a self-sealing "Jet Valve" that only has water come out if you squeeze really hard. This has made the whole process easier (and better for ...
Don Chesworth's user avatar
7 votes

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 ...
bobflux's user avatar
  • 1,784
7 votes

Fixie: how to learn to ride: step by step

I commute on a fixie sometimes. I'm not interested in fancy specialist skills, and am totally happy having brakes on my bike, so for me fixie skills come down to two things above and beyond "regular" ...
Jerb's user avatar
  • 450
7 votes

Choosing my first bike

Bicycles Stack Exchange prohibits recommending products, but we can offer principles to use when shopping. The key to choosing the right bicycle is matching the bike to the kind of riding you want ...
David D's user avatar
  • 21.7k
7 votes

Do I need to shorten chain when fitting a new smaller cassette?

As the smallest cog and smallest chainring have not change changed size, the chain length will be no worse than it was previously. With the smaller large cassette cog, you may find you can shorten ...
mattnz's user avatar
  • 50.9k
7 votes

What is a safest cheapest bicycle?

Onging bike use require regular maintenance to keep them safe. You could buy a bike in good working condition, but if you do not maintain it, it will become unsafe sooner or later. If you learn to ...
mattnz's user avatar
  • 50.9k
6 votes

First time ride advice

With respect to riding in a group, or with more numerous riders closer to you than you are used to. Be aware of the space around you Maintain a safe distance from riders in front Look sideways and ...
Argenti Apparatus's user avatar
6 votes

Resistance for different gear ratios

To add to Nathan's correct answer, the concept at work here is mechanical advantage. Different gear ratios offer different mechanical advantages, and let you divide or multiply your torque to suit ...
Adam Rice's user avatar
  • 30.1k
6 votes

Turning right but can't see cars coming (UK)

Get the junction improved! You already have some good answers for dealing with it "there and then", below is a parallel, long-term solution. Write to: the council (the borough council in ...
pateksan's user avatar
  • 2,364
5 votes

Restoring/modernizing an old cheap(ish) bike

There's a lot of questions in here. My suggestion is to read through https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help and http://sheldonbrown.com/ instead of asking a separate question for everything. Brake ...
ojs's user avatar
  • 22.1k
5 votes
Accepted

Changing 7-speed Shimano cassette to 10-speed

EDIT As ojs points out in the comments below, the freehub's width of 7-speed systems mismatches those of 8- to 10-speeds. This means the rear hub/wheel has to be changed as well, in addition to ...
Grigory Rechistov's user avatar
5 votes

How to take a drink while riding?

I originally used to prefer to drink with my right (primary) hand but now prefer to use the left, with the right controlling steering and covering the brake (the front brake on my case as I'm in the ...
Chris H's user avatar
  • 59.7k
5 votes
Accepted

Mountain Biking with Heavy Rider and Rigid Bike

The Multitrak is really a hybrid designed for light off road, on road and touring. You are right not to try and upgrade the bike parts. As long as you stick within its limits it will be fine. Enjoy ...
mattnz's user avatar
  • 50.9k
4 votes

How to take a drink while riding?

Also have your water bottle positioned tilted up to the side of your face. So you're sipping from the side of your mouth. You won't have to bend your head back as far, as apposed to sipping from the ...
Martin 's user avatar
  • 389
4 votes
Accepted

Restoring/modernizing an old cheap(ish) bike

I'll throw another answer it now that you posted pictures which give some more info. Cassette sprockets do not look worn, neither do the chainrings, which probably means the bike has not been ridden ...
Argenti Apparatus's user avatar
4 votes

First time ride advice

FYI, not to confuse people, it's not a race, but a "ride"; Event info "Participants who weave, pass at high speeds or cycle at high speeds in a group/peloton are considered unsafe and ...
Max's user avatar
  • 1,701
4 votes

Choosing my first bike

Hydraulic disc brakes - yes. These are now available on Shimano's lower end Altus, Acera and Alivio groupsets so there no reason to not have them. A 3x9 drivetrain will give you the low ratios you ...
Argenti Apparatus's user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible